Houston Symphony Polar Express Christmas

One of the things that makes the holiday season so special is the music. All of the best emotions and sentiments of the holidays are expressed best through song, and many holiday songs have become as much a tradition as the Christmas tree, the menorah, or giant stacks of Amazon boxes by the door all month long.

To celebrate the magic of holiday music, the Houston Symphony is performing a festive, family-friendly program called “A Polar Express Christmas” this holiday season. Performances will be held at 10:00 am and 11:30 am on Saturday, December 8, and tickets start at just $25. Children of all ages, including infants, are welcome at these performances.

The program features images from Chris van Allsburg’s timeless Christmas storybook The Polar Express alongside seasonal and holiday favorites including a suite from The Polar Express film soundtrack, “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Let It Snow.” The program concludes with a festive holiday sing-along for all ages.

Of course, no holiday events would be complete without a meet-and-greet with the big man himself: Santa Claus. Santa will be available in the lobby for pictures alongside the “instrument petting zoo” in which symphony members let the public see and touch real orchestral instruments. These activities will take place in the lobby one hour before the 10:00 am concert and immediately after the 11:30 performance.

A Polar Express Christmas is presented by BBVA Compass and takes place at Houston’s own Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall which is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.