Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, December 7 to Sunday, December 9, 2018. 

Stroll down 19th Street while surrounded by real snow; watch the annual menorah lighting at City Hall; head to Tomball for German beer, food, music and more; don your tacky Christmas sweater for a pub crawl through Rice Village; hear country music star Martina McBride live in concert; cheer on the Texans at NRG and more.  

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, December 7 to Sunday, December 9, 2018.

Things to Do All Weekend

·         GUST: Celebrating a Decade of Discovery at Discovery Green | Daily | FREE – Check out Discovery Green’s latest interactive winter art installation on the Brown Promenade, comprised of more than 1,600 colorful plastic pinwheels that spin and shift in the wind. At night they take on a gently-changing glow as LED lights add another element of sensory delight. Open from sunrise to midnight. 

·         Chanukah Events Around Houston | Daily – Celebrate Chanukah with friends, family, and loved ones with a variety of festivals, menorah lightings and more happening around Houston this weekend. 

·         Christmas Events Around Houston | Daily – Get in the Christmas spirit with our list of the Top 25 parties, festivals, concerts, markets and other festive events happening in and around Houston. Times vary.

·         The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) at Stages Repertory Theatre | Daily – Follow along as three quick-witted church members are forced to perform an impromptu Christmas pageant after none of their scheduled acts arrive. Tickets start at $25. Showtimes vary.

·         Panto Star Force at Stages Repertory Theatre | Daily – Crack up at this hilarious spoof of the original Star Wars trilogy, which follows Jed, a farm boy from the planet Cypress, who joins forces with a zany band of space rebels to take on the powerful Emperor Snorkelfish and Dark Tater. Tickets start at $25. Showtimes vary.

·         Alley Theatre presents A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas | Daily –Catch a performance of the classic, seasonal tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who’s famously visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future in Alley Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. Tickets start at $37. Showtimes vary.

·         Netflix Hit Comic Steve Byrne at The Houston Improv | 2-for-1 Tickets | Thursday to Saturday – Score two-for-one tickets to a hilarious show by comedian Steve Byrne, who has featured specials on several TV networks including Netflix, Comedy Central, TBS, and Showtime. Tickets start at $20. Showtimes vary.

·         The French Farm’s Annual Holiday Open Warehouse Sale | Friday and Saturday | No Cover – Stock your kitchen for all of your holiday season get-togethers at The French Farm’s Spring Open Warehouse Sale. You’ll find discounted prices on everything from jams, mustards, and oils to cutlery and serving ware. 10am to 3pm both days.

·         76th Annual Kappa Holiday Pilgrimage Home Tour | Friday and Saturday –Houston’s oldest home tour kicks off the holiday season with festive décor, while supporting local charities. The Holiday Pilgrimage includes a tour of four homes in the River Oaks and Tanglewood areas decorated for the season by some of Houston’s top professional floral designers. Tickets are $20 and include admission to all four homes on the tour. 10am to 4pm both days.

·         Houston Chamber Choir presents The Wondrous Gift is Given: Christmas at the Villa | Friday to Sunday – Houston Chamber Choir’s annual The Wondrous Gift is Given: Christmas at the Villa features five holiday concerts. Beloved carols and works destined to become classics are performed by the Chamber Choir in the serene beauty of the Chapel of the Villa de Matel convent in the Greater East End. Tickets are $40; $36 for ages 65 and up, veterans, actively military, first responders, and music educators; $10 for students. Showtimes vary.

·         Catastrophic Theatre presents First Suburb at MATCH | Friday to Sunday – Venture back to early ‘90s suburbia in Catastrophic Theatre’s newest presentation, First Suburb, which follows five preteens who fall witness to a shocking and violent act that forever affects their views on life. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. The suggested price is $40, but attendees can select ticket pricing from $5 to $75. Showtimes vary.

·         2018 Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival | Friday to Sunday | FREE – Do as the Germans do and celebrate Christmas with plenty of food, beer, and wine, as well as live music on four stages, a petting zoo, and a holiday market featuring more than 200 vendors with antiques, arts and crafts, souvenirs and more. Showtimes vary.

·         A Very Merry Pops with Ali Ewoldt at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – Get in the Christmas spirit with a spectacular concert starring the Phantom of the Opera Broadway star, Ali Ewoldt, who will belt out all of your holiday favorites while backed by the Houston Symphony. Tickets start at $40. Showtimes vary.

·         Love & Makes Candle-Making Workshop in Rice Village | Friday to Sunday – Design and create a personalized wax candle with help from the team at Love & Makes in Rice Village. The BYOB workshop also features handmade goods from local artisans to shop while your candles set. $45. Times vary.

·         Elton John in Concert at Toyota Center | Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 – Bid farewell to Sir Elton John as he tours the world one last time after more than half a century on the road. Expect to hear all of his top hits that have inspired multiple generations and redefined the cultural landscape. Tickets start at $59.50. 7pm both nights.

Friday, December 7, 2018

·         Holiday on 19th Street in the Heights | FREE – Enjoy free in-store cocktails, roaming carolers, and real snow as the shops on historic 19th Street open their doors for a special Friday evening of shopping and holiday cheer. 6pm to 10pm.

·         Peppa Pig Live! At Smart Financial Centre – Treat the kids to an action-packed show with all of their favorite characters from the children’s show, Peppa Pig. Expect an exciting evening of singing, dancing, games, and surprises throughout the show. Tickets start at $29.50. 6pm.

·         Holiday Market at Holler Brewing Co. | No Cover – Sip craft beer while taking care of holiday shopping with plenty of art, accessories, vintage goods, produce and more for sale at the Holiday Market at Holler Brewing Co. 6pm to 10pm.

·         Holidays in the Plaza featuring Heart & Soul Ensemble at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Enjoy a festive concert by the all-female ensemble, Heart & Soul, when they perform a selection of holiday favorites at Sugar Land Town Square. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

·         Funfetti Fridays on The ICE at Discovery Green – Skate around The ICE at Discovery Green while jamming out to a colorful light show with beats from DJ Mohawk Steve during Funfetti Fridays. $11. 7pm to 9pm.

·         The Menil Contemporaries Holiday Party – Kick back with tasty bites and cocktails while admiring the new additions to the Menil Collection at their annual holiday celebration. Join the Menil Contemporaries at the Partner level and two complimentary tickets to the party. Tickets start at $75. 8pm to 11pm.

·         The Commodores, with The Temptations in Concert at Arena Theatre – Get down to groovy tunes by funk/soul band The Commodores when they team up with their Motown contemporaries, The Temptations for a single performance at Arena Theatre. Tickets start at $55. 8:30pm.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

·         Troy Barbell & Fitness Warehouse Sale in Spring Branch East | No Cover – Don’t miss the opportunity to check out Troy Barbell & Fitness in Spring Branch East as the shop opens its doors to the general public for the first time in its 30-year history. You can expect clearance deals on fitness equipment and accessories, including dumbbells, barbells, plates, bars and more. 9am to 1pm.

·         Breakfast with Santa at Hermann Park – Let Santa know what’s on your Christmas list when Hermann Park offers breakfast, a ride on the Hermann Park Railroad, a pedal boat ride, and pictures with Santa this Saturday morning. Tickets are $14 for adults; $7 for kids. 8:30am to 10am.

·         Opera in the Heights presents Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuenaat Lambert Hall – Opera in the Heights presents the bilingual children’s opera, Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena, a retelling of the Mexican folktale about the poinsettia at Lambert Hall. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for children. 11am.

·         Love & Make’s Bath Bomb Making Workshop in Rice Village – Create your own luxurious, scented bath bomb at this DIY workshop, hosted by Love & Make in Rice Village. The family-friendly activity allows crafters to incorporate essential oils and experiment with fun colors. $45. 11am.

·         Holiday Dance Showcase at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Enjoy a lineup of dance performances by several local companies at this holiday-themed event in Sugar Land Town Square. 11am to 4pm.

·         The Market at Sawyer Yards | No Cover – Shop a curated selection of specialty foods, folk art, and artisan crafts during this market hosted by The Washington Avenue Arts District. 11am to 5pm.

·         14th Annual Heights Holiday Market | No Cover – Carry on the 14-year tradition of shopping local vendors, gourmet foods, and artisan goods at the annual Heights Holiday Market. You’ll find everything from handmade jewelry and leather handbags to vintage wreaths and scented beeswax candles. 11am to 5pm.

·         Holiday Wreath-making Workshop at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft – Craft a contemporary holiday wreath using a variety of seasonal greens and cuttings during this seasonal workshop at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. All skill levels welcome. Tickets start at $50. 1pm to 3pm.

·         Winter Wonderland at Creekside Park Village Green | FREE – Bring the family to Winter Wonderland in The Woodlands for photo opportunities with Santa, live reindeer, a pony carousel, carnival games and inflatables, face painters, balloon artists, and plenty of holiday music. 1pm to 5pm.

·         Saint Arnold Rice Village Pub Crawl | No Cover – Whip out your tacky sweater and Santa hat for the Saint Arnold Pub Crawl in Rice Village. Starting at Under the Volcano, the crawl also includes Kelvin Arms, The Big Easy, The Ginger Man, Little Woodrow’s, and Hopdoddy Burger Bar. 2pm to 6pm.

·         Stop, Look and Listen! At The Menil Collection | FREE – Take a seat for this month’s edition of Stop, Look and Listen!, featuring Da Camera Young Artists. The musical selection is inspired by Guyana-born British artist Frank Bowling’s painting, Middle Passage, which will be displayed at The Menil for the first time. 3pm.

·         ROCO Unchambered: Force of Nature at MATCH – ROCO’s principal flute, Brook Ferguson, will perform in this nature-themed piece called “Force of Nature,” which features music for the flute, oboe, viola, cello, and piano. $15. 5pm.

·         Lights in Heights in the Woodlands Heights | FREE – Stroll through the beautifully decorated streets of Woodlands Heights during one of Houston’s biggest holiday events, Lights in the Heights. Every year, the neighborhood streets are closed off, allowing pedestrians to roam freely as they admire the gorgeous homes, which host private parties that sometimes feature musical performances on the porch. After admiring the festive scenery, make your way to area bars and restaurants for tons of after-party fun. Times vary.

·         Elf Movie Screening at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Crack up at a free screening of the hilarious holiday movie, Elf, starring Will Ferrell. Follow along as Buddy the Elf discovers that he is no elf at all, and ventures out to New York City in search of his real father. 7pm to 9pm.

·         Martina McBride in Concert: The Joy of Christmas Tour at Smart Financial Centre – Hear a spellbinding concert by famed country music singer Martina McBride in her annual touring Christmas show at Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land. Tickets start at $39.75. 8pm.

·         John Butler Trio in Concert at House of Blues – Head downtown to House of Blues for a concert by Australian-based roots/rock group John Butler Trio. Tickets start at $25. 8pm.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

·         Holiday Celebration & Toy Drive at Techland Houston | FREE – Bring a new toy to this holiday pop-up event and meet Princess Anna and Elsa lookalikes, enjoy holiday entertainment, character greetings, live costume and cosplay demonstrations, and more. Toys will be distributed to children served by Child Advocates of Houston. 10am to 1pm. 

·         Beers & Cheers Holiday Market at Saint Arnold Brewing Co. | No Cover – Saint Arnold presents its special holiday market, Beers & Cheers, which features local artists and vendors offering unique gift ideas, along with craft beer, bites, music, and a gift-wrapping station. 11am to 4pm.

·         Holiday Market at the Lawn at Memorial City | No Cover – Discover unique artisan gifts for your wish lists at the Holiday Market at The Lawn at Memorial City. In addition, Special K from KRBE’s Roula and Ryan Show will be hosting a live remote from 11am to 1pm, offering market-goers a shot at heading home with exciting prizes. 11am to 4pm.

·         Love & Make’s DIY Macrame Wall Hanging Workshop in Rice Village  Craft a gorgeous macrame wall hanging out of simple cord and twine in this DIY workshop led by designer Tanya Bagashkawill at Love & Make in Rice Village. BYOB and snacks are welcome. $65. 11am.

·         Houston Texans vs Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium – Watch the Houston Texans play the Colts on their home turf at NRG. Tickets start at $35. Noon.

·         Jewish Culture Fest at Levy Park | FREE – Celebrate Jewish culture with live music, crafts, specialty foods, art, and social action projects at this afternoon festival in Levy Park. 1pm to 6pm.

·         National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Movie Party at Alamo Drafthouse – Follow along as the Griswolds celebrate Christmas with their eccentric family members, outrageous Christmas lights, and other shenanigans at a movie party hosted by Alamo Drafthouse. $14. 6pm.

·         Skating with the Stars at Discovery Green | FREE – Skate alongside skilled professionals when they take to The ICE at Discovery Green every Sunday evening throughout the winter season. 6pm to 6:45pm.

·         Menorah Lighting at Houston City Hall | FREE – Witness the 23rd Annual Menorah Lighting at Houston City Hall, which will include addresses by Dignitaries and elected officials on the eighth night of Chanukah. You can also enjoy music, dreidels, sufganiyot, and Chanukah gelt throughout the evening. 7pm.