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Your Home for the Holidays

Celebrate the holidays at the historic Paramount Theatre all December long with live music and spoken word performances, a pub run, family theatre, and your favorite classic films.

A John Waters

Friday, December 1

John Waters is back for an unforgettable night of holiday mischief with his critically acclaimed one-man show, A John Waters Christmas. Waters pokes fun at the holiday season with adult-appropriate humor (he “puts the X in X-mas”), with this show for the open-minded and slightly left-of-center audience. “It’s my obsession with Christmas. What I want for Christmas, what you should want, and how to handle every holiday disaster,” Waters says. The “Pope of Trash” will give you a Joyeux Noel like no other.

Tickets: $20-$48


Mr. Popper’s

Sunday, December 3

DIRECT FROM SMASH-HIT PRODUCTIONS IN NEW YORK AND LONDON’S WEST END! Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) is the perfect holiday treat for the whole family, ages 3 and up!

Tickets: $20 Adult | $18 Kids 12 and under


Elf Screening & Pub Run
presented by Whole Foods

Tuesday, December 5

We are looking for other humans that share our affinity for elf culture! Grab all your buddies and meet at the Paramount. We’ll smile our way to Whole Foods at 5th and Lamar (if you see gum there, don’t eat it, it isn’t free candy). Once there, we’ll grab a pint of “holiday cheer” – a.k.a. complimentary local Austin beer. Then we’ll make our way back to the Paramount Theatre for more festivities and a screening of Elf. Pub Run participants will also receive two tickets good for beer, soda, or popcorn once back at the theatre. Plus, you’ll leave with other goodies. Also, enter the Elf costume contest! The top 5 costumes will receive prizes!

Tickets: Pub Run + Film: $21 | Film Only: $11


Ronnie Spector’s
Best Christmas Party Ever

Monday, December 11

Performing as ‘Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes’ for the first time since the 1970s! Iconic singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Spector absolutely loves Christmas, and she’ll ring in the holiday season once again when her spirited multimedia show Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever! comes to Paramount Theatre.

Tickets: $25-$50


Tommy Emmanuel CGP
Classics & Christmas Tour

Tuesday, December 12

In the fall of 2017, world-renowned Australian “fingerstyle” guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel CGP released his second album of holiday music, Christmas Memories. In support of his holiday catalogue, Emmanuel will embark on his third annual U.S. Christmas tour. “The Classic & Christmas Tour” will feature one solo set of some of Emmanuel’s classic solo acoustic material, and one set of Christmas favorites where he’ll be accompanied by long-time friend and collaborator John Knowles CGP on guitar, Pat Bergeson on guitar and harmonica, and Annie Sellick on vocals.

Tickets: $25-$42


White Christmas
Film Screening

Wednesday, December 13

Michael Curtiz, director of such varied films as MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, and CASABLANCA, seemed determined to leave no genre unexplored. For this bright and beautiful holiday favorite, Curtiz found himself at the helm of a Technicolor musical starring some of the most talented entertainers of the day, including that old Christmas crooner Bing Crosby as one-half of a male song-and-dance team who become romantically involved with a sister act. This is the cinematic equivalent of a hot-cocoa-fueled winter retreat, so book your ticket to see it on the Paramount’s big screen in glorious 35mm!

Tickets: $12 | Film Fan Admission: $7


Bruce & Kelly’s
Annual Holiday Shindig

Saturday, December 16

It’s a bonafide Paramount holiday tradition. Last year’s sold-out Christmas bash featured a knockout guest performance from Lee Ann Womack, and you can bet Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison will outdo themselves with this year’s show. The singer-songwriter husband-and-wife duo will perform songs from their Christmas album,Happy Holidays, holiday-themed classics, and more! 

Tickets: $30-$48


It’s a Wonderful Life
Film Screening

Sunday, December 17

More than a beloved Christmas favorite, this is simply one of the greatest films ever made. Jimmy Stewart turns in a staggering performance as George Bailey, a warm-hearted man who makes sacrifice after sacrifice for the people he loves. And yet, when his career and family life start to fall apart, George questions whether or not the world would’ve been a better place without him. In true “Christmas Carol” fashion, he is given a chance to find out. The Paramount is proud to celebrate Capra’s classic with this special presentation on glorious 35mm film!

Tickets: $12 | Film Fan Admission: $7


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