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Conspirare Christmas
December 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11,

Conspirare
505 East Huntland Drive, Suite 155 ; Austin, TX 78752
(512) 476-5775
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Conspirare Christmas (with Matt Alber) Conspirare’s signature holiday concert, featuring Craig Hella Johnson’s renowned collage-style programming. With singer-songwriter Matt Alber. THU, 12.01.16 First United Methodist Church, Victoria TX FRI, 12.02.16 St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Houston TX SAT, 12.03.16 The Carillon on Exposition, Austin TX SUN, 12.04.16 The Carillon on Exposition, Austin TX MON, 12.05.16 Dell Hall, Long Center, Austin TX WED, 12.07.16 H-E-B Hall, Tobin Center, San Antonio TX FRI, 12.09.16 The Carillon on Exposition, Austin TX SAT, 12.10.16 The Carillon on Exposition, Austin TX SUN, 12.11.16 St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas TX

Nine Flags Christmas Festival ~ 2
December 1-10

Downtown Festival Plaza ; Nacogdoches

Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau
Joel Novosad, Meeting and Event Coordinator
200 East Main Street ; Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 564-7351 ; (888) 653-3788
Music: Bluegrass, Children's
Activities: Fiddling contests
For more than a decade, the Nine Flags Christmas Festival has paid homage to the rich and spirited history of the oldest town in Texas. That history includes three attempts to establish a Republic of Texas. Thus, nine flags have flown over Nacogdoches as opposed to the six that have represented Texas. They are French, Spanish, Magee-Gutierrez, Dr. James Long, Mexican, Fredonia Rebellion, Lone Star, Confederate Stars & Bars and United States of America. Since its inception in 1997, the Nine Flags Christmas Festival has become one of the premier holiday celebrations in the state and has been recognized by the Texas Legislature for its community education and historic restoration efforts. Join us as our 15th annual Nine Flags Christmas Festival kicks off in downtown Festival Plaza with fun activities for the whole family! It's going to SNOW in Nacogdoches with our first-ever Snow Hill, where you can grab a tube and sled down the extreme hill covered in real snow! New to this year's festival are Movies in the Park featuring "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" Friday night and "The Polar Express" Saturday night as well as Santa's workshop where your little elves can tinker away making free take-home Christmas crafts.

Laugh Tracks
December 2

George's ; Texas State University's Student Center San Marcos, TX

KTSW 89.9
Amberly Russell
(512) 245-5879
Activities: Music festival, Comedy
Laugh Tracks is a free event held every first Friday of the month from 8-11 p.m. at George's in Texas State University's Student Center - San Marcos, Texas. The evening consists of a subtle DJ set broken up between two local comedian acts. Presented by KTSW-FM 89.9 and Texas State University's Student Involvement.

St. Cecilia Music Series
December 2, January 20, 2017, February 25, 2017

First Presbyterian Church of Austin ; 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78731

First Presbyterian Church of Austin
8001 Mesa Drive ; Austin, TX 78731
(512) 345-8866
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The most beautiful music you’ve never heard. This is the essence of the St. Cecilia Music Series. SCMS aims to fill in the blanks between Buxtehude and Bach. Between Dufay and Dandrieu. Between Monteverdi and Marcello. After a single performance from St. Cecilia, you’ll know that beyond all the composers you’ve already heard rest scores of other unknown or under-known artists of equal and sometimes greater talent. SCMS focuses on this music between the lines of history in hopes of offering a more complete, authentic story of early music. First started in 1995 by First Presbyterian Church of Austin, a church with a long history of support for music and the arts, St. Cecilia has evolved under the leadership of James Brown, an accomplished violist da gamba in his own right. Today, with the support of rich local talent like La Follia and the Texas Early Music Project, St. Cecilia hosts renowned early musicians from around the globe, bringing top-rate programming to the Austin community.

Dickens on the Strand
December 3-4

Galveston Island Strand ; Strand Street, Between 21st - 25th Streets, Houston, TX

Galveston Historical Foundation
Helen Doherty
PO Box 149 ; Galveston, TX 77553
(409) 765-3432
Music: Victorian Christmas Music
Activities: Victorian Christmas Festival
Presented by Galveston Historical Foundation, Dickens on the Strand will take you and your family on an enchanted journey through history as a bustling 19th Century cityscape comes to life. For an entire weekend, hundreds of costumed vendors and performers will provide a look at the pomp and pageantry of the British Empire, at a time when commercial and cultural ties provided a strong connection between London and Texas’ largest and richest city. Centered in Galveston’s The Strand National Historic Landmark District, located approximately one hour south of downtown Houston, the family festival will include parades, non-stop entertainment on the festival’s stages, plus strolling carolers and roving street musicians, bagpipers and entertainers. Additionally, costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with tasty culinary delights and Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items.

The Living Christmas Tree
December 3-4

First United Methodist Church ; 400 Scurry, Big Spring, TX

First United Methodist Church
Gershom Garcia/Music Minister
400 Scurry Street ; Big Spring, TX 79720
(432) 267-6394
Music: Christmas
The Living Christmas Tree concert is presented each year by the First United Methodist Church of Big Spring. It is a musical Christmas Program and play, presented with a full orchestra providing music and a 100 member choir that stands on a 2 story high "Christmas Tree".

Lone Star First Saturday
December 3

Montgomery Trace Shopping Center ; SH 105 and FM 149

Historical Montgomery Business Association
Claudia Childress
27 Royal Dalton ; Conroe, TX 77304
(936) 597-5004. ; (936) 597 4566
Multiple acoustic open jams during Lone Star Days each 1st Saturday in Historic downtown Montgomery. The Historic Montgomery Farmers' Market is held each month in conjunction with "Lone Star First Saturday," a citywide sales event which occurs in Montgomery on the first Saturday of each month ; and features special activities, hospitality, and/or bargains at all participating restaurants and historic district shops.

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Season
December 3, 13

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center ; Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock, TX

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
Mary Jones Saathoff, President and CEO
601 Avenue K ; Lubbock, TX 79401-1842
(806) 762-1688
Music: Classical, Pop
Activities: Concert season

Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon
December 3-4

Competitor Group Inc.
Kim Messey, Event Manager
9477 Waples Street Suite 150 ; San Diego, CA 92121
(800) 311-1255 ; (858) 450-6510
Music: Punk, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Marathon
Take a running tour through San Antonio with live entertainment along the course. Then celebrate your finish with a festival, beer garden and headliner concert!

Round Top August To April Series ~ 2
December 3, 10, January 21, 2017, February 11, 2017, March 4, 2017, April 8, 2017

Festival Hill at Round Top ; 248 Jaster Road, Round Top, TX

The International Festival-Institute at Round Top
The James Dick Foundation
P.O. Box 89 ; Round Top, TX 78954-0089
(979) 249-3129 ; (979) 249-3086
Music: A cappella, Americana, Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin/Spanish
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
The 2016-2017 August-to-April Series presents: Split Second Piano Duo Concert on Saturday August 20, 2016 at 3:00pm, Celil Refik Kaya, Guitar on Saturday October 8, 2016 at 3:00pm, University of Texas Wind Ensemble on Saturday November 19, 2016 at 3:00pm, PraiSingers Holiday Choral Concert on Saturday December 3, 2016 at 3:00pm, The Nutcracker Ballet on Saturday December 10, 2016 at 4:00pm, Texas Guitar Quartet on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 3:00pm, Valentine's Concert with Dick Smith and Friends on Saturday February 11, 2017 at 2:00pm, James Dick in Concert on Saturday March 4, 2017 at 3:00pm, and Piano Duo: Elena Martin and Jose Meliton on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 3:00pm.

Round Top Festival Institute 2016/2017 Season
December 3

Festival Concert Hall ; 248 Jaster Rd, Round Top, TX

Round Top Festival Institue
248 Jaster Road ; Round Top, TX 78954
979-249-3129
Music: A cappella
Activities: Concert season
PraiSingers Holiday Choral Concert PraiSingers, the popular choir from Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas sings holiday favorites. The annual Open House at Festival Hill follows the concert in the Victorian-style Menke House.

Sammons Jazz Concerts Fall 2016 Season
December 7

Sammons Center for the Arts ; 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX

Sammons Jazz Concerts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. ; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7789
Music: Jazz
Activities: Concert season
Jazz Images Opening Set: Arlington Jones: The Soul Gent Sammons Jazz Artistic Director and Steinway Artist Arlington Jones pays tribute to the history of solo jazz piano, channeled through innovative compositions and grooves. His newest CD release, The Soul Gent, is a culmination of his music roots and influences. Recognized for his energetic and engaging performances, Arlington uses 88 keys to bring joy to everyone who hears him play. Second Set: Tatiana "LadyMay" Mayfield Group Tatiana "LadyMay" Mayfield brings her breathtaking, spirited vocals and persona to the Sammons stage where she is joined by Ben Bohorquez on sax, Brian Harmon on drums, Mike Luzecky on bass, Caleb Sean McCampbell on piano, and Evan Weiss on trumpet. With nods to Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson, Tatiana is adept at honoring traditional jazz while laying claim to the genre's evolution.

Montgomery County Choral Society "A Christmas Celebration"
December 2016

First United Methodist Church ; 4308 West Davis Street Conroe, TX

Montgomery County Choral Society
P.O Box 1375 ; Conroe, TX 77305
936-756-3395 X.118
Music: Children's, Classical, Holiday
The centerpiece of the concert, “Trinity Te Deum,” is an early Christian hymn of praise reimagined by Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds. Joining the Choral Society on stage will be the Symphonic Women’s Choir from Robert P. Brabham Middle School in Willis, accompanied by brass, harp, percussion and organ. Established in 2015, members of the Brabham choir are young women in the 7th and 8th grade who perform at multiple concerts throughout the year, as well as pep rallies, sporting events and community events. The choir director, Rachel Rodriguez, is an avid performer, singing in 11 operas and is a recipient of the Texas Music Educators Association Student Teacher Scholarship in 2014.

Annual Christmas Concert
December 10

Celebration Plaza - Downtown ; 1200 Houston Street, Sulphur Springs, TX

North East Texas Choral Society
Carol R. Allen
P. O. Box 66 ; Sulphur Springs, TX 75483
(903) 348-8552
Music: A cappella, Big Band, Children's, Classical, Jazz, Pop, Traditional Christmas
Activities: Concert season
"A Family Christmas Spectacular" will be presented by the North East Texas Choral Society. This 100-voice community chorus presents this Christmas concert in addition to a spring concert, and a fund raising dinner-show/Cabaret annually. The Christmas choruses from The Messiah will be presented accompanied by a string quartet. The concert is fun-filled with traditional Christmas music and audience participation.

Black Ball Gala ~ 2
December 10

The Paramount Theatre ; 713 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

Black Fret
Brandon DeMaris
P.O. Box 29628 ; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 656-9312 ; Brandon DeMaris
Music: Americana, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Pop, Soul/R&B, Rock
Activities: Awards show
Austin non-profit Black Fret will host its second annual Black Ball gala on Friday, Dec. 4 at The Paramount Theatre, located at 713 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701. The event will start at 6 p.m. and will feature performances by many of the 2015 Black Fret Nominees and special guests. Those who wish to attend the Black Ball may become a member of Black Fret by signing up at www.blackfret.org/join. All Black Fret memberships provide entry for the member and a guest to all upcoming Black Fret events including the Black Ball. The class of 2015 grant nominees include Aaron Behrens, Casey McPherson, Dan Dyer, Danny Malone, East Cameron Folkcore, Gina Chavez, Holiday Mountain, Jazz Mills, Max Frost, Migrant Kids, Mother Falcon, Nakia, Not in the Face, Riders Against the Storm, Ruby Jane, Shakey Graves, Shinyribs, Tameca Jones, The Digital Wild and The Nightowls.

Holiday Concert
December 10

St. Andrew's Episcopal Upper School, Dell Fine Arts Center ; 5901 Southwest Parkway, Austin, TX

Austin Civic Orchestra
Steve Coufal
P.O. Box 27132 ; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 200-2261
Music: Classical, Jazz, Pop
Activities: Concert season
On Saturday December 10th, the ACO will feature jazz vocalist Suzi Stern in its annual Holiday Concert. She will perform Mel Torme's The Christmas Song and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, arranged by her husband, George Oldziey Stern’s emotional clear voice, soaring with jazzy lyricism will create a magical unforgettable performance. After a performance of Bizet's Farandole from L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2 and Prokofiev’s quirky and delightful Lieutenant Kijé Suite, the second half of the program will delight with popular holiday favorites like A Charlie Brown Christmas, music from Fiddler on the Roof, and the perennial favorite, Sleigh Ride. The concert will end with a carol sing-a-long followed by holiday cookies and cider.

Annual Christmas Concert
December 11

Westbury United Methodist Church ; 5200 Willowbend, Houston, TX

Houston Ebony Music Society
P.O. Box 300996 ; Houston, TX 77230-0996
(713) 335-3800
Music: Classical, Pop
Activities: Concert season
"Home for Christmas" Holiday favorites sung by Houston Ebony Opera Guild Chorus and soloists with Jason Oby, program director and DeAndre Johnson, conductor. 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 11 at Westbury United Methodist Church. Free admission, donations accepted.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar ~ 2
December 14-24

Palmer Events Center ; 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Bruce Willenzik
4428 Gillis ; Austin, TX 78745
(512) 447-1605 ; music@armadillobazaar.com
Music: Americana, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin/Spanish, Soul/R&B, Rock, Rockabilly, Western Swing
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention
The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is an iconic arts and music festival featuring three music performances per day over an eleven day run. The show has a tradition of booking Austin A-List and emerging bands with a large fan base. Performers on the Armadillo stage enjoy excellent sound quality and an intimate stage experience. An art fair and music festival rolled into one, it has long been Austin's favorite scene for holiday shopping, live music and fun. Open daily at the Palmer Events Center from December 14-24, 2016.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
December 15

The Grapevine at Gruene Historic District ; 1612 Hunter Road, New Braunfels, TX

Gruene Historic District
Nicole Heath, Party & Events Coordinator
1601 Hunter Road ; New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 629-5077 ; (830) 606-0093
Music: Americana, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
COME AND TASTE IT. Sample Texas’ best wines and craft brews at The Grapevine in Gruene Historic District. On the third Thursday of each month throughout the year (except January), a featured winemaker showcases three of their newest released, top-selling or hardest to find wines, alongside a craft brew hand-picked by The Grapevine staff. The complimentary tastings are held on the patio and garden of this popular tasting room. Samples of food that is offered for sale will be provided, and each event features live music and three prize giveaways. This is a great opportunity to learn directly from the winery and The Grapevine staff, engage with other visitors interested in wine and beer and enjoy the natural surroundings and all the other offerings of Gruene Historic District. For more information, visit GrapevineInGruene.com or call (830) 606-0093.

Sammons Cabaret Concerts Fall 2016 Season
December 15

Sammons Center for the Arts ; 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX

Sammons Cabaret Concerts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. ; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7789
Music: Jazz
Activities: Concert season
Shelley Kenneavy KERA's cheerful midday announcer, Art & Seek calendar producer and blog contributor studied music at Louisiana State University before going to New York to study musical theater. Shelley Kenneavy produced and starred in a cabaret show in NY and Dallas with her sister before going back to a career in radio journalism. Her recent return to performing cabaret is winning fans across North Texas.

Free concerts - A Jubilant Christmas
December 16, 20

St Margaret Mary Catholic Church / St. William Catholic Church ; 1105 W New Hope Dr, Cedar Park, TX / St. William Catholic Church – 620 Round Rock West Drive, Round Rock, TX

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra, Attn: John Gordon
John B. Gordon, Chairman of the Board
1007 Green Meadow ; Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 789-5073
Music: Classical, Pop
Activities: Concert season
The national award winning Williamson County Symphony Orchestra will perform 2 FREE family friendly Christmas Concerts with the theme “A Jubilant Christmas.” Many holiday favorites will be performed including Trepak from Tchaikovsky's famous Nutcracker Suite No. 2, A Mad Russian’s Christmas, and Christmas a la Valse, plus a few very special surprises. To honor current and former military service members and veterans for their wonderful contributions, the orchestra will perform Armed Forces Salute at each concert. The Orchestra will once again be conducted by Dr. Thomas E. Rainey who was recognized as a national 2014 Finalist and 2015 Semifinalist in the competition for The American Prize for excellence in the arts for conducting a community based orchestra. There’s definitely music for the entire family and concert goers of all ages at our Christmas concert series. We look forward to seeing you there! Friday, December 16th 7:30pm - St. Mary Margaret Catholic Church, 1101 W New Hope Dr, Cedar Park, TX, Saturday, December 17th 7:30pm - Klett Performing Arts Center 2211 N Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX.

Christmas Ball ~ 2
December 17

Luckenbach ; 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg

Abbey
412 Luckenbach Town Loop ; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-3224 Ext. 29 ; (888) 311-8990
Music: Country, Cowboy
Activities: Dance in Dancehall
Luckenbach's Annual Christmas Dance featuring Gary P. Nunn. Nunn has been described as everything from "a pioneer of Texas country music" to "a part of the fabric of contemporary Texas culture" to "the mule that pulls the Texas country music wagon!" However, one chooses to describe him, there is no denying his contribution, presaging the "Cosmic Cowboy" movement. Show starts at 8:00.

Celtic Christmas at St. Mary's
December 18-19

St. Mary's Cathedral ; 203 East 10th and Brazos, Austin, TX

Celtic Cultural Center of Texas
Donnelle McKaskle
1105B Taulbee Lane ; Austin, TX 78757
(512) 431-6290
Music: World Beat, Irish/Celtic/Scottish/Choral
Activities: Music festival
A true Celtic Christmas in one of Austin's most historic buildings. The Schola Cantorum of St. Mary's Cathedral and local Irish musicians perform sacred Christmas music from Ireland, The Isle of Man, Scotland, and Wales.

Greater Houston Kwanzaa Celebrations ~ 2
December 26-31

SHAPE's Nia Bechnel Family Center ; 3815 Live Oak

SHAPE Community Center
Deloyd T. Parker, Edith Selgary
P. O. Box 8428 ; Houston, TX 77288
(713) 521-0629
Music: Cultural Celebration
Activities: Music festival, Market
Kwanzaa, a cultural arts celebration founded on the principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics and sharing, purpose, creativity, and faith, and features a children’s Kwanzaa activity and an evening family celebration each day, including live music and other performing artists. For the Kwanzaa activity in your neighborhood, contact S.H.A.P.E. Community Center (Edith or Jackie) at (713) 521-0629.

Celebrate San Antonio
December 31

Hemisfair Park and La Villita Plazas ; 200 South Alamo, San Antonio

San Antonio Parks Foundation
Teresa Cox, Vice President
600 Hemisfair Plaza Way, No. 247 ; San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 212-8423 ; (210) 386-3722
Music: Dance/Electronic, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: Awards show, Music festival, Arts and Crafts, Children’s Area, Firecracker Award to Leader in the Community
With live music, over 200,000 excited revelers, fireworks and entertainment for the entire family on tap during Celebrate San Antonio, this event grows in popularity each year. The huge downtown New Year’s Eve fiesta begins at noon in historic La Villita. Great food & beverages can also be found on S. Alamo Street between Market and Cesar Chavez Blvd after the official opening at 5 p.m. There are four stages featuring some of the state’s best bands/musicians. The highlight of the evening is the countdown to midnight and the spectacular Valero Fireworks Extravaganza, showcasing the Tower of the Americas. Admission is FREE and open to the public and festivities continue until 12:30 a.m.