Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, December 1 to Sunday, December 3, 2017.
Dust off your tacky holiday sweaters, watch the mayor light the massive tree at City Hall, shop for gifts, rock out at a concert, go to the theater, stuff your face with the best barbeque in the state, run in a 5k, eat tamales, and more.
Things to Do All Weekend
• Theta Design Weekend at George R. Brown Convention Center | Daily – Create your dream home with products, decor, inspiration, design panels, and expert input at the Theta Design Weekend home decor and interior design show in Downtown. Tickets start at $20. Thursday 6pm; Friday and Saturday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 11am to 5pm.
• The ICE at Discovery Green | Daily | FREE – Lace up your skates and take to The Ice rink at Discovery Green to show off your moves. $14 to rent skates. Thursday 5pm to 10pm; Friday 5pm to 11pm; Saturday 11am to 11pm; Sunday 11am to 8pm.
• Hello Trees! at Discovery Green | Daily | FREE – Stroll through Discovery Green’s temporary art installation Hello Trees! and watch/listen as your voice message is transformed into light and music.
• Zoo Lights at Houston Zoo | Daily – Explore the Houston Zoo at night while millions of lights illuminate the various exhibits in this annual tradition. Tickets start at $11.95. Wednesday and Thursday 6pm to 10pm; Friday to Sunday 6pm to 11pm.
• A Christmas Carol at The Grand | Friday and Saturday – Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and future come to life on stage at The Grand in Galveston for two productions of A Christmas Carol. Tickets start at $30. Friday 8pm; Saturday 3pm.
• The French Farm’s Holiday Open Warehouse Sale | Friday and Saturday – Bring the taste and feel of Europe home for the holidays when The French Farm opens their warehouse for a major sale. 10am to 3pm both days.
• 44th Annual Dickens on The Strand in Galveston | Friday to Sunday – Take to the streets of Galveston for the 44th annual Victorian holiday festival, Dickens on The Strand, with costumed vendors, strolling carolers, jugglers, holiday food, and drinks. Tickets start at $7. Friday 5pm to 9pm; Saturday 10am to 9pm; Sunday noon to 6pm.
• Very Merry Pops Concert With Megan Hilty at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – Megan Hilty of Broadway’s Wicked will join the Houston Symphony for three nights of festive holiday performances featuring songs like “Jingle Bells”, “Santa Baby”, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” at Jones Hall. Tickets start at $57. Friday and Saturday 8pm; Sunday 7:30pm.
• Pop Shop Houston Holiday Festival at GreenStreet | Friday to Sunday – Head Downtown for shopping, music from DJ Fredster, face painting, a fashion show, and DIYs at Pop Shop Houston’s Holiday Festival. Friday 6pm to 10pm; Saturday 10am to 7pm; Sunday 11am to 4pm.
• Pancakes & Booze Art Show at Warehouse Live | Saturday and Sunday – Check out works from more than 120 artists while listening to live DJs and watching live body painting, and make a couple of trips to the pancake bar at the Pancakes and Booze Art Show. Tickets start at $10. 8pm both nights.
Friday, December 1, 2017
• Cheers & Beers Holiday Market at Saint Arnold Brewing Co. – Shop Local will set up at Saint Arnold for an evening of shopping, beer, root beer floats, and festive music. 5pm to 10pm.
• Midtown Wine Down in Bagby Park – Unwind at Midtown’s monthly happy hour in Bagby Park featuring music from The Slags and happy hour specials on food and drinks from Rico’s Morning Noon Night. 5pm to 8pm.
• 98th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting at City Hall | FREE – Watch as the city of Houston gets into the holiday spirit at this annual celebration with the tree lighting at City Hall, fireworks, an appearance from Santa, and music for the whole family. 6pm to 8pm.
• A Midnight Clear: A Musical Tale of Christmas at Stages Repertory Theatre – A Midnight Clear sheds light on all the ways Christmas touches each of us, performed by Stages Repertory Theatre. Tickets start at $25. 8pm.
• Songs of Freedom Concert at University of Houston – Da Camera’s Jazz Series pays tribute to Abbey Lincoln, Joni Mitchell, and Nina Simone in this concert at UH’s Cullen Performance Hall. Tickets start at $37.50. 8pm.
• The Rhinoceros at The MATCH – The Catastrophic Theatre will perform their take on the anti-fascist play The Rhinoceros at The MATCH. Tickets start at $10. 8pm.
• A Snow White Christmas at Theatre Suburbia – The story of Snow White gets a refresh from Theatre Suburbia as it’s remade into a British Panto with a comedic holiday twist. $16. 8:30pm.
• CSz Houston presents Improv! The Musical at CSz Arena – Watch a musical come together as the ComedySportz team pulls a show together out of thin air for your entertainment. $16. 10:30pm.
Saturday, December 2, 2017
• 8th Annual Trafigura Run for the House at Sam Houston Park – Run or walk for a good cause in the USATF-certified 10k/5k or the 5k Family Walk (dogs welcome) in Downtown Houston benefiting Ronald McDonald House Houston. $35; free for ages 7 and under or 70 and older. 8am.
• Nature Revealed: Bones at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center – In this class at the Houston Arboretum (ideal for ages 13 and up), you’ll learn about what bones are, the major groups of bones, and their most important functions. Tickets start at $20. 9:30am to 11:30am.
• Bossbabes Who Boot Camp & Brunch at New Heights Fitness – Join in a workout for women, with scaleable routines that are suited for all levels. Afterwards, mix and mingle over light bites and mimosas and make some new friends. $30. 10am.
• DesignCraft Holiday Market at Market Square Park | FREE – Local artists, crafters, creatives, and vendors will gather at Market Square Park for the outdoor DesignCraft Holiday Market. 10am.
• A Grinch Christmas Concert at Jones Hall – Bring the family to Jones Hall to watch the Houston Symphony and local high school singers tell the story of the Grinch. Tickets start at $25. 10am and 11:30am.
• Kids 1st Saturday at The Breakfast Klub – The Breakfast Klub pulls out all the stops for your little ones at this monthly event featuring a moonwalk, face painting, and arts and crafts. 10am.
• A Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival in Historic Downtown Katy – Shop for produce, art, antiques, gifts, jewelry, and handmade goods while the kiddos play in 50,000 pounds of snow at this festival in Katy. 10am to 5pm.
• Hands-On Houston: Eco Printing at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft – Resident artist Molly Koehn will lead this class in eco printing using flowers, roots, and natural dyes at HCCC. 11am to 3pm.
• Frosty the Snowman Musical at Salem Lutheran – Frosty and his young friends learn valuable lessons about the true meaning of friendship when the family musical Frosty the Snowman comes to Salem Lutheran in Houston. Tickets start at $10. 11am and 1:30pm.
• First Saturday Arts Market in The Heights – Browse artwork and enjoy delicious bites and live music at the First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights. 11am to 5pm.
• Jingle All the Way Day at Burning Bones Press – Shop works from Burning Bones Press studio artists at this holiday print sale. Noon to 5pm.
• Tamale Festival Houston at Navigation Esplanade – Kick off tamale season with a tamale eating contest, live music, festival eats, Tex-Mex favorites, and lots of tamales at Navigation Esplanade. Tickets start at $10. Noon to 10pm.
• 9th Annual Craftidote Handmade Market at Antidote Coffee – Antidote Coffee in The Heights hosts the ninth edition of their annual holiday market, featuring t-shirts, ceramics, textiles, arts, crafts, jewelry and more. Noon to 5pm.
• Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl in Midtown – Bust out your ugliest holiday sweater and head to The Dogwood to start this Midtown pub crawl with drink specials for all who dress for the occasion. $12. 3pm.
• SWAC Football Championship at NRG Stadium – Cheer loud and see which football team comes out as the champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference at this game at NRG Stadium. Tickets start at $11. 3pm.
• Cocktails & Covers: The Chocolate Orb’s ’80s Bash at Warehouse Live – Dance to the sounds of the ’80s, with covers of everything from Madonna to The Cure, at a rocking concert. All proceeds go to support Toys for Tots. $20. 7pm to 11:30pm.
• Reckless at Studio 101 – Follow Rachel’s journey from a peaceful Christmas Eve to a fearful escape, in this dark holiday comedy by Craig Lucas at Studio 101. Tickets start at $17. 7:30pm.
• Greetings! at Salem Lutheran – See what happens when Andy brings his Jewish atheist fiancé Randi home to meet his very Catholic parents on Christmas Eve in this touching play at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church. $18. 8pm.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
• Culture Map Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Silver Street – Enjoy cocktails, festive food, carolers, crafting, and complimentary gift wrapping while you shop this curated holiday market. Free with RSVP. 11am to 4pm.
• Christmas in Kemah Market at Kemah Community Center – Head to the Kemah Community Center for holiday vendors, arts and crafts, artisan shops, decor and more. 11am to 3pm.
• Sunday Streets Houston in the Energy Corridor | FREE – Get active on Eldridge Parkway between Briar Forest Drive and Enclave Parkway, where the street will be blocked off from cars, leaving it wide open for cycling, dancing, walking, and mingling with friends and family. Noon to 4pm.
• Chimney Rock Market in West Houston | FREE – Held on the first and third Sunday of the month near Anderson Park, Chimney Rock Market showcases art, gifts, produce, artisanal food and refreshments. Noon to 4pm.
• HOU-ATX BBQ Throwdown at Saint Arnold Brewery – See if Austin or Houston has the best BBQ at this throwdown between some of the best joints from Austin, including Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue and Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ, and Houston including Gatlin’s, Killen’s, and the Pit Room. A panel of judges will crown a winner, but you’ll have a say in who wins people’s choice. Tickets start at $80. 1pm to 4pm.
• Barks & Brews Adoption Event at 8th Wonder Brewery – Play with adoptable puppies while you enjoy a beer at this Barks & Brews adoption event at 8th Wonder Brewery. 1pm to 4pm.
• The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at A.D. Players Theater – Based on the children’s book, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a hilarious tale of when the rowdy Herdman children get cast in the annual Christmas pageant at their church and wreak havoc on the show. Tickets start at $20. 2pm.
• A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas at the Alley Theatre – Don’t be a Scrooge! Bring those who mean the most to you to Alley Theatre for a performance of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Tickets start at $26. 2:30pm.
• Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Main Street Theater – Start your holiday festivities off early with this production from Main Street Theater. Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is the sequel to Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice and follows the family’s gathering for Christmas. Tickets start at $42. 3pm.
• Lady Gaga in Concert at Toyota Center – Superstar Lady Gaga is bringing her World Tour to Houston for a performance at Toyota Center promoting her album Joanne. Tickets start at $46. 7:30pm.
• Brian Newman in Concert at White Oak Music Hall – Lady Gaga’s musical collaborator, singer, and trumpeter Brian Newman will keep the entertainment flowing at this after-hours show in the Heights. Tickets start at $10. 10:30pm.