The Paramount Theatre

Your Home for the Holidays

Celebrate the season in the decked out halls of the historic Paramount Theatre all December long with live holiday music, a pub run full of beer and cheer, and your favorite classic films.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis: Big Band Holidays

Friday, November 30, 2018 | 8:00pm

Every holiday season, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis brings this Grammy Award–winning holiday extravaganza to venues across the country, and we are thrilled to have them back at the Paramount after many years. With soulful big band arrangements of songs both sacred and secular, Big Band Holidays is an uplifting tradition enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Tickets: $25-$95


Elf Pub Run
+ Screening

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 6:00pm

We are looking for other humans that share our affinity for elf culture! Grab all your buddies and meet at the Paramount. From there, we’ll “pass through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gumdrops…” to a destination TBA for some Elf-themed fun. Then we’ll make our way back to the Paramount Theatre for more festivities in our Gimbels department store lobby including specialty cocktails, a Throne of Lies, and more surprises, followed by 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. Be sure to enter the Elf costume contest! The top 3 costumes will receive prizes!

Tickets: Pub Run + Film: $20 | Film Only: $10


Chris Isaak
Holiday Tour 2018

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 8:00pm

In the course of Chris Isaak’s career, he has released nine extraordinary albums, twelve singles, been nominated for two Grammy awards, acted in several motion pictures and starred in his own critically acclaimed TV series. His legendary shows with his longtime band Silvertone have entertained tens of thousands of people for over two decades. We can’t wait to welcome Chris Isaak back to the Paramount Theatre for his 2018 Holiday Tour!

Tickets: $35-$80


Ian Moore’s
Family Christmas

Friday, December 7, 2018 | 8:00pm

Ian Moore returns to the State Theatre for the his 2nd annual Family Christmas show. Rare songs and special guests will be in store. Known to Austin music fans since his teenage years playing the clubs here, Ian Moore had an attention-getting stint in Joe Ely’s band that helped lead to his own record deal with Capricorn in the early 1990s. Since then, he’s released nearly a dozen albums and several EPs, including the new Toronto on Last Chance Records.

Tickets: $22-$28


Miracle on 34th Street
Film Screening

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 7:00pm

Directed by George Seaton
Starring Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart and Natalie Wood

The resident Santa at the most famous department store in the world claims to be the real Kris Kringle and is institutionalized as insane. When a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is actually Santa Claus, everyone’s beliefs are put to the test. A true holiday classic featuring Edmund Gwenn’s immensely charming performance as perhaps the screen’s best ever Santa. The Paramount is proud to celebrate this Christmas classic on glorious 35mm film!

Tickets: $12 | Film Fan Admission: $7


Bruce & Kelly’s
Annual Holiday Show

Saturday, December 15, 2018 | 8:00pm

It’s a bonafide Paramount holiday tradition. Last year’s sold-out Christmas bash featured a knockout guest performance from Jack Ingram, and you can bet Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison will outdo themselves with this year’s special guest, John Fullbright. 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 16, 2018 | 7:00pm

Directed by Frank Capra
Starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, and Henry Travers

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


The Muppet Christmas Carol
Film Screening

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 | 7:00pm

Directed by Brian Henson
Starring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, The Great Gonzo, Rizzo the Rat, Fozzie Bear and Michael Caine

Sure, there are many great cinematic adaptations of Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday story, but only one of them features Kermit and Miss Piggy as the Cratchits, Fozzie Bear as the festive “Fozziwig” and The Great Gonzo as Dickens himself. As you might imagine, Michael Caine’s Scrooge isn’t happy about being surrounded by all these Muppets, at least until he gets a heavy dose of the holiday spirit. A seasonal classic for the whole family!

Tickets: $12 | Film Fan Admission: $7


Michael Martin Murphey’s
A Cowboy Christmas

Friday, December 21, 2018 | 8:00pm

Since the early 1970s, Murphey has left an indelible mark on the American Music Landscape crafting and recording iconic hits. In the process, he has topped the pop, country, bluegrass and western music charts, earned six gold albums and multiple Grammy nominations. His Cowboy Christmas shows are beloved annual events, and we are honored that he chose the Paramount to celebrate 25 years of this holiday tradition in Austin.

Tickets: $20-$45


Shane Smith & the Saints’
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

Saturday, December 22, 2018 | 8:00pm

Shane Smith & the Saints unleash a spirited, four-part harmony sound at every show. Hints of folk, rock, country and Americana all shine through an aggressive, rootsy fiddle beat stew — this is a unique holiday outing you won’t want to miss.

From their home base in Austin through performances across the country, these five gentlemen have not just stuck stubbornly to their musical and lyrical convictions. They’ve defied audience expectations by delivering incendiary shows since their latest and most ambitious release, Geronimo.

Tickets: $19.50-$24.50


Bob Schneider’s
New Year’s Eve Party

Monday, December 31, 2018 | 9:00pm

The party of the year will be here before you know it! If you’ve never been at the Paramount Theatre to ring in the New Year with Bob Schneider, it’s time you experience why this night of champagne and surprises is an enduring annual tradition. From “Tarantula” and “40 Dogs” to tracks from his latest album, Blood & Bones, Bob has proven time and time again why he’s one of Austin’s most beloved artists. This show and party combo is the best way to see 2018 out in style while ensuring your first moments of 2019 are unforgettable.

Tickets: $35-$100