Find the perfect things to do in Houston New Year’s weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, December 29, 2017 to New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018.
Close out your last few days of 2017 with a bang. Cheer your favorite team on at a bowl game, catch a free movie, see a concert, learn how to make biscuits from scratch, party all night at a NYE party, cure your hangover with brunch at a Houston restaurant and more.

Things to Do All New Year’s Weekend

• 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. Thursday 6pm to 10pm; Friday to Sunday 6pm to 11pm.
• The Ice at Discovery Green | Daily – 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.
• A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas at the Alley Theatre | Thursday to Saturday – See the Alley Theatre’s rendition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at Hubbard Theatre. Tickets start at $26. Thursday 7:30pm; Friday and Saturday 2:30pm and 7:30pm.
• Musical Movie Week at Memorial City | Thursday to Saturday | FREE – Bring the whole fam out to Memorial City for a free screening of some of your favorite musical movies all weekend long. See The Lion King on Thursday, Frozen on Friday, and Moana on Saturday. 7pm nightly.
• Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Concert at Jones Hall | Friday and Saturday – Scenes from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will project while The Houston Symphony plays the score at Jones Hall. Tickets start at $25. Friday 7:30pm; Saturday 2:30pm and 7:30pm.
• Disney Live: Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic at NRG | Saturday and Sunday – Get tickets to see Mickey and Minnie Mouse live at NRG in their Doorway to Magic show as part of Disney Live. Tickets start at $20. Saturday 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm; Sunday noon and 3pm.
• Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Hobby Center | Saturday and Monday –Don’t miss the holiday tradition of the Houston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.This classic will have a new home this year, thanks to Harvey, but you can catch it at the Hobby Center. Tickets start at $35. 2pm and 7:30pm both days.
No DWI – Free Sober Rides on New Year’s Eve | Sunday and Monday – Make the right choice to take a taxi or use a ride-sharing service to get home if you’ve been drinking, pay for it up front, and the law firm Sutliff & Stout will reimburse you for it via PayPal. Sunday 5pm to Monday 10am.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

• Happy Hour Thursday at MFAH – Browse the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and enjoy a cash bar, local DJ, and grub from a local food truck. 5pm to 8pm.
• Yoga at Levy Park | FREE – Join Joy Yoga Center at Levy Park for this free evening yoga class. 6pm.
• Sugar Land Holiday Lights at Constellation Field – The home field of the Sugar Land Skeeters is decked out in 2.5 million lights. $14. 6pm to 9pm.
• Elf Movie Screening at Discovery Green | FREE – Keep the holiday cheer going with Buddy the elf at Discovery Green for a showing of Elf on their big screen. 7pm.
• Panto Cinderella at Stages Repertory Theatre – Take your seat for this out-of-the-box rendition of Cinderella with zany characters, audience interaction, and music. Tickets start at $25. 7pm.
• HTX Indiefest 4 at The Secret Group – Enjoy live music from bands like Hoax and Haze, Playa Familia, Foe G4ng, and Jamie Hancock at The Secret Group’s HTX Indiefest 4. $15. 7:30pm.
• Soulful Sounds of Christmas at the Ensemble Theatre – Lift your spirits at a performance of Soulful Sounds, a musical with a touching family story. Tickets start at $36. 7:30pm.

Friday, December 29, 2017

• Magical Winter Lights at Gulf Greyhound Park – Explore larger than life landmarks from around the globe, made from lanterns and covered in holiday lights, at Magical Winter Lights. Tickets start at $13. 5pm to 11pm.
• Meowvie Night Movie Screening at El Gato Coffeehouse Cat Cafe – Cuddle up with a kitten at El Gato Coffeehouse Cat Cafe and settle in for a surprise cat-themed movie. Tickets start at $15. 6pm to 8pm.
• Minions Movie Screening at Levy Park | FREE – See what the Minions are up to in this free screening of the movie at Levy Park. 6:30pm.
• Critical Mass Bike Ride at Market Square Park | FREE – Bike through Downtown Houston during this monthly community ride with Critical Mass. 7pm.
• Cory Morrow in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Tap your feet and sing along to Texas country tunes from artist Cory Morrow at this concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck. Tickets start at $30. 7pm.
• 2Pac Night Light Vibe at 3rd Ward Tours – Hop on a Brand New Dutch Bike, equipped with multicolor LED lights, and cruise the streets of the 3rd Ward with a break at Midtown Park for music from Tupac. Tickets start at $10. 7pm to 9pm.
• Girl in A Coma and Wild Moccasins in Concert at White Oak Music Hall – San Antonio-based indie rock band Girl in a Coma headlines this concert with Houston-based Wild Moccasins opening the show. $15. 8pm.
• Ashanti and Ja Rule in Concert at Arena Theater – Sing along to the hit “Always on Time” as R&B singer Ashanti and rapper Ja Rule co-headline at the Arena Theater. Tickets start at $49.50. 8:30pm.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

• McGovern Centennial Gardens – Spend the day out at Hermann Park exploring the rose garden and climbing to the top of the 30-foot grassy mound at McGovern Centennial Gardens. All day.
• Cooking Class: Southern Biscuit Saturdays at Kitchen Chick – Join Chef Mary Bass of Kitchen Chick for a master class in making biscuits. You’ll also learn how to make fruit jam from scratch at this cooking class in Galveston. $50. 11am to 1pm.
• Holler for Southern Goods at Holler Brewing Co. – Chef Lyle Bento and Ruben Z. will bring a taste of Southern Goods to Holler Brewing Co. for a pop-up menu that will raise money for the recent fire damage that the restaurant experienced. 1pm to 6pm.
• Club America vs. Toluca at BBVA Compass Stadium – Two professional soccer clubs from Mexico, Club America and Toluca, will battle it out on the field of BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets start at $35. 5pm.
• Skate with Storybook Stars on The ICE at Discovery Green – Bring your camera and snap a photo with your favorite storybook characters on the Ice rink at Discovery Green. Skating fees apply. 5pm to 6pm.
• Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – Keep the Christmas celebrations going at Bayou Bend with lights, holiday-themed tours with live actors, Christmas decorations, cotton snowballs, and a music bells station. Tickets start at $10. 5:30pm to 10pm.
• Jingle & Mingle on The Square at Memorial City – Get in the holiday spirit by listening and dancing to live music with giant reindeer at Memorial City’s Jingle and Mingle event. 6pm.
• Sing Movie Screening at Evelyn’s Park Conservancy – The animated musical movie, Sing, will make an appearance on the big screen at Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire. 6pm to 8pm.
Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens – See the impressive one million light display at Moody Gardens complete with animation and sound during the annual Festival of Lights. Tickets start at $10.95. 6pm to 11pm.
• Shinyribs in Concert at The Heights Theater – Experience the country-soul, swamp-funk sounds of Shinyribs with special guest opener David Beck at this concert at The Heights Theater. $20. 7pm.
• The Best Beatles Holiday Ever at Music Box Theater – Jam to a mashup of Christmas songs and hits from The Beatles at this show from Music Box Theater. Tickets start at $29. 7:30pm.
• Eli Young Band in Concert at House of Blues – Sing along to songs like “Crazy Girl” and “Even if it Breaks Your Heart” when Eli Young Band performs at House of Blues. Tickets start at $35. 8pm.
• ComedySportz Match Improv Show at CSz Arena in EaDo – Crack up as you participate in this interactive family-friendly improv show from ComedySportz. $20. 8pm.
• Soul Session Saturdays at MKT Bar – Join DJ Tempty as he spins nothing but ’60s and ’70s soul, Motown, funk, and disco at his weekly residency at MKT Bar in Downtown. 8pm.

New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve Celebrations Around Houston – Raise a glass to 2018 with friends and loved ones at an all-night party, pub crawl or special dinner this New Year’s Eve. Prices, times, and locations vary.
• High Noon Countdown at The Woodlands Children’s Museum – Let the little ones make New Year hats, participate in one of the countdowns (at noon and 3pm) for a balloon and confetti drop, dance with bubble wrap, blow on horns, and listen to live music from Tom’s Fun Band at The Woodlands Children’s Museum. Included with museum admission. 10am.
• New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Downtown Aquarium – Bring the kiddos to the Downtown Aquarium for fun with their mascot Sharkey, a dance party, balloon drop, and buffet. Tickets start at $21.99. 11am.
• Noon Year’s Eve at CityCentre – Get the celebration started early at this family-friendly party with face painting, a DJ, photo booth, a bubble countdown, and balloons at CityCentre. 11am to 1pm.
• Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center – Cheer loud for the Rockets when they hit the court to play the Lakers at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $20. 6pm.
• Midtown’s Hottest New Year’s Eve Fest – Make your way over to Midtown for live DJs and a champagne toast at this NYE party spanning three bars: 3rd Floor, Irish Cowboy, and Pub Fiction. Tickets start at $25. 7pm.
• Havana Nights 2018: New Year’s Eve Extravaganza in Sugar Land – Head to the Hilton Garden Inn in Sugar Land for a gourmet buffet dinner, drinks, and music from Cuban band Copacabana and DJ Yuka Frita. $99. 7:30pm.
• New Year’s Eve at Picos – Join Picos for a “Roaring Good Time” with live entertainment from Bulbo, specialty cocktails, a cigar rolling station, dancing, and a champagne toast. Come early for a four-course dinner or at 9:30pm for the show. Tickets start at $100. 7:30pm to 1:30am.
• New Year’s Eve Bash 2018 at The Secret Group – Party all night at The Secret Group with ticket giveaways, drink specials, and a $1000 balloon drop. Select tickets are free with RSVP. 8pm.
• A Very Metal New Year’s Eve at House of Blues – Rock out and ring in the new year at this concert from tribute bands Ozz, Kiss Alike, No Remorse, and Judas X at House of Blues’ Very Metal New Year’s Eve. Tickets start at $15. 8pm.
• BLT XIV at Lucky’s Pub and Warehouse Live – Dress in the BLT (black tie, lingerie, toga) theme and head to EaDo for the 14th annual year-end celebration hosted at Lucky’s Pub and Warehouse Live with party favors, dancing, drinks, and live music. Tickets start at $60. 8pm.
• New Year’s Eve Party at Midnight Rodeo Katy – Boot scoot ‘n boogie into 2018 when Midnight Rodeo Katy hosts their New Year’s Eve party featuring $2 wells. No cover before 9pm. 8pm.
• The Get Down New Year’s Eve Celebration at Rockefellers – Disco into 2018 at this ’70s-themed New Year’s Eve dance party filled with soul, funk, hip-hop, and disco jams at Rockefellers. Tickets start at $60. 8pm.
• New Year’s Eve Party at Churrascos Memorial City – The Churrascos in Memorial City hosts a Latin party featuring a performance from Walter Suhr & Mango Punch, a three-course meal, drinks, prizes, party favors, and a champagne toast at midnight. $135. 8:30pm.
• New Year’s in Berlin at the Hobby Center – Close out 2017 at the home of Sara Itzig Levy, recreated by Ars Lyrica in a concert featuring a Bach double concerto at The Hobby Center. Tickets start at $65. 9pm.
• New Year’s Eve Gala 2018 at Red Oak Ballroom – Red Oak Ballroom at CityCentre hosts a New Year’s Eve bash to ring in 2018. General admission tickets are $35 for singles; $50 for couples. VIP options start at $55. 9pm.
• New Year’s Eve Carnival at Bar Boheme – Say farewell to 2017 at a Brazilian-themed Carnival party filled with live music and samba dancers at Bar Boheme. Cover charge is TBD. 9pm.
• NYE Soiree at Hotel ZaZa Houston – Head into the New Year in style at Hotel ZaZa’s lavish soiree featuring hand-crafted cocktails, trendy music by DJ Tran, and passed apps in the Museum District. $75. 10pm.

New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018

• Mistletoe on the Go at Market Square Park | FREE – Steal a kiss, or just a selfie, under the largest ball of mistletoe in Texas, at Market Square Park before it leaves on January 2. All day.
• Don’t Feel Awful Here’s A Waffle at Black Hole Coffee House – Get rid of that NYE hangover by stuffing your face with waffles at Black Hole. Choose between bananas foster with caramelized rum sauce, savory sausage with a fried egg, or classic Belgium with a scoop of orange infused butter. 9am to noon.
• Slightly Stoopid Burger and Brunch at Liberty Kitchen – Throw your fitness goals out the window, and commit to devouring the over-the-top Slightly Stoopid “Commitment” Burger: a prime rib/brisket patty with chicken fried sugar cured bacon, American cheese, pimento cheese dip, a deviled egg, BRC’s burger sauce, Eddie’s mustard pickle jalapeño sizzle, onion, lettuce, and avocado oil marinated tomato on a Kaiser onion-poppy bun. That’s not all…The burger also comes with a side of pork belly, chicken fried spam, lobster tempura gravy fries, and a 6 ounce Lush Lunch Infamous Brewing draft beer. $39.18.
• Lifetime Commitment Day 5k at CityCentre – Start 2018 off on the right foot in this 5k run at CityCentre. $35. 10am.
• The Annual Hangover Cure Day 2018 at Lucky’s Pub West – Keep your New Year’s Eve buzz going with bloody Mary’s and pitchers of mimosas and pair ‘em with breakfast tacos. All of the College Football bowl games will be playing. 11am to 11pm.
• New Year’s Day Crystal Bowl Meditation at the Rothko Chapel – Clear your mind with the sound of crystal bowls resonating throughout the chapel at this meditation led by Bayou Bliss Yoga founder Dana Shamas. Suggested $10 donation. Noon.
• New Year’s Day Full Moon Hike at Memorial Park – Hike along the Rugby Trails at Memorial Park under a full moon at this event hosted by HTX Outdoors. Free with registration. 6:30pm to 8pm.