Less than 2 weeks until Christmas! Time is flying! There are plenty of holiday markets this weekend to get some Christmas shopping knocked off your list. If you need time to shop without the kids in tow- or maybe you just need a break and some “me” time or a date night- we can help with that! Drop your kids off here this Friday for our Friday Night Fun Winter Pajama Party! Or you could get a sitter on Saturday Night and join our Poinsettias Acrylic painting workshop.  Karbach is having their Christmas Story Art Market this Sunday- you can Christmas shop, take in a movie, and take Santa pictures (with your family and pets!) all in one place! Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, December 12th

City Hall Farmers Market | 11AM-1:30PM
City Hall/Hermann Square | 901 Bagby, Houston
“It’s a food-lovers delight at Urban Harvest’s City Hall Farmers Market. The public can enjoy a variety of locally prepared, ready-to-eat or packaged to-go foods, pick up farm-fresh weekly groceries and at the same time support sustainable food, all amid Houston’s dramatic Downtown urban setting. The farmers market features more than 30 vendors including fresh produce grown by local farmers, cheeses, breads, roasted coffees, and a variety of prepared meals, as well as food trucks.”
Click here for more info.

Lego Mania | 3PM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
“Bring the little ones out to Houston Public Library- Central Location for playtime with Legos!”
Click here for more info

Storytime | 10:30AM-1:30PM
Manvel Public Library | 20514 Highway 6, Manvel, Texas 77578
Stories, Songs, & Crafts for Preschoolers
Click here for more info.

Kidtastic on the Square: Puppet Show & Workshop | 10-11:30AM
The Square at Memorial City | 602 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX 77024
“Stop by The Square every Wednesday for Memorial City’s interactive children’s-focused event series!
This week your kids will be thrilled by our puppet show. They’ll also learn how to create their own puppets and make them come to life!”
Click here for more info.

Gymboree at Evelyn’s Park | 11AM-12PM
Evelyn’s Park Conservancy | 4400 Bellaire Blvd
“There will be bubbles, dancing sing-a-longs, and Gymboree exclusive parachute time. So come and explore a Gymboree day! THIS IS A FREE EVENT AND OPEN THE PUBLIC!”
Click here for more info.

Holiday Market on the Lawn | 10-11:30AM
The Lawn at Memorial City | 971 Bunker Hill
“Looking for a really unique gift? Come to the Holiday Market on The Lawn on Wednesday, December 12. We’ll have nearly two dozen local artists and vendors, a hot chocolate bar, gift wrapping and holiday music!”
Click here for more info.

Moonlight Movies: It’s a Wonderful Life | 7PM
CityCentre | 800 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024
“CITYCENTRE presents a holiday edition of Moonlight Movies on December 12 at 7 PM. Meet in the plaza to watch the holiday favorite, It’s a Wonderful Life, in the moonlight on a massive screen. Blankets are welcome.”
Click here for more info.

Mistletoe On the Go | Daily through Dec. 30th
Market Square Park | 301 Milam, Houston
“Pucker up—Texas’ biggest mistletoe ball is back this holiday season. Mistletoe on the Go!, a 150-inch ball of kiss-inducing greenery hanging from a 15-foot giant candy cane, is located at Market Square Park through New Year’s Day. Passersby are invited to stand under the massive ball and kiss—just because!   Share your smooches using #XOmistletoe.”
Click here for more info.

Unsilent Night | 6-9PM
University of Houston-Downtown | 1 Main St, Houston, Texas 77002
“Join BBP and University of Houston Downtown on December 12 for Unsilent Night! Experience this festive and interactive holiday event in the great outdoors. Unsilent Night is a sound sculpture created when many individuals simultaneously play one of four music tracks by composer Phil Kline. The procession will be leaving from UHD down to the trails along Buffalo Bayou around 6:30pm and Yelp Houston will be handing out mittens!
Prior to the procession, enjoy hot chocolate and Bayou Blend coffee from Katz Coffee, local brew from Saint Arnold Brewing Company and holiday cookies. Invite family and friends for kids crafts and BodyJam led by YMCA OF GREATER HOUSTON, music and more! This event is free but please RSVP.
Following the procession, join us for an after party on the rooftop of the Sunset Coffee Building to continue the holiday spirit with music, brew, and treats. Sparkling clothes, hats and all manner of twinkling are encouraged. Prizes will be given for the most illuminating costume!
More details: https://buffalobayou.org/event/unsilent-night-3/”
Click here for more info.

Thursday, December 13th

Winter Cardinals- Acrylic Painting Workshop | 7-9PM
Creative Edge Art Studio | 2975 Kingsley Dr. #137, Pearland
What says winter more than these bright red cardinals on a snow-covered fence? Join us Thursday, December 13th to paint these colorful cardinals on an 11×14 canvas.
Take a break and come to explore your creative side at our acrylic painting workshop for all levels. Over the course of 2 hours, you’ll play with color, composition, light, and texture to create your own, one-of-a-kind piece of art. This workshop is designed to support creative growth for artists of all levels (really – no experience necessary!) Whether you have painted for years, or if this your first time picking up a paintbrush, you’ll receive personalized guidance to help you through the artistic process.
All materials for painting are provided. Just bring yourself and any snacks or drinks (and yes, that includes alcohol for those 21+) to enjoy (we’ll supply the utensils!)
Workshop $40- Must pre-register.
Click here for more info.

Mini Musicians | 10:30-11AM
Manvel Public Library | 20514 Highway 6, Manvel, Texas 77578
Music and movement with stories for toddlers.
Click here for more info.

Circus Night featuring Cirque La Vie| 7-8:30PM
The Square at Memorial City | 602 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX 77024
“Be amazed and delighted by Houston’s premier circus group, Cirque La Vie, with their high-flying, spectacular family-friendly performance.”
Click here for more info.

Sip & Shop on the Strand | 5-8PM
Strand Historic District | 2100 The Strand, Galveston, Texas 77550
“Come stroll Downtown Galveston’s Historic Strand and find unique and wonderful gifts for everyone on your list, including yourself. While shopping, relax and enjoy a sip of wine. Join us!
A few more details:
The Sip n Shop is brought to you by The Downtown Partnership in our continuing efforts to bring visitors to the wonderful and diverse experiences available in our incredible historic setting.
Shops will be offering refreshments, specials and some gift wrapping.”
Click here for more info.

Screen on the Green: The Nightmare Before Christmas | 7PM
Discovery Green| 1500 McKinney, Houston
“Catch a free screening of the holiday hit movie, The Night Before Christmas under the beautiful Downtown skyline. Arrive early for contests and activities.”
Click here for more info.

Friday, December 14th

Friday Night Fun | 6-10PM
Creative Edge Art Studio | 2975 Kingsley Dr. #137, Pearland
Bring the kids in their cozy winter PJ’s and slippers as we celebrate all things winter during this Friday Night Fun!
Drop your kid(s) for a night of creative fun with us. They will enjoy arts and crafts, inventive games, pizza and story time and more! It’s a night away for you and the kids!
$35- Must pre-register.
Click here for more info.

Friday Family Movie Night – The Santa Clause | 7-9PM
The Square at Memorial City | 602 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX 77024
“Divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream after all — and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.
On Friday, December 14th, grab a blanket or lawn chair to watch The Santa Clause on our 24’ X 14’ hi-definition screen with surround sound!
Stop by one of Memorial City’s great restaurants or food court beforehand, or enjoy the movie from the patio of either Maggiano’s or The Cheesecake Factory for the ultimate dinner-and-movie night!”
Click here for more info.

The Grinch at Three Acres | 5-9PM
Three Acres Food Truck Park | 10648 FM 1764, Santa Fe, Texas 77510
“He’s Baccckkkkkk!! The Grinch will make not one but TWO appearances at Three Acres this Christmas Season- December 14th and December 20th.
Fun for the whole fam! There will be music, food trucks, beer, wine and plenty of opportunities to catch a photo with the Grinch! He will ride in on his lit up grinchy sleigh and stay for a while to hang out and terrify small children, I mean, spread Christmas Cheer!”
Click here for more info.

A Charlie Brown Christmas | 7-8:30PM
Bay Area Arts Conservatory | 400 Hobbs Rd. #202, League City, Texas 77573
“Join Bay Area Arts Conservatory in our annual production of the holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas!
Charlie Brown knows that the Christmas holiday season should be one of joy, but it isn’t for him. His little sister asks Santa for money and his dog enters a house-decorating contest to win money. Overwhelmed with the commercialism he sees, Charlie sinks further into despair, until his friends ask him to be the director of their Christmas play. Can Charlie Brown put on a successful production and find the true meaning of Christmas, or will he continue to be, as Lucy puts it, a “blockhead” and ruin everything?”
Tickets $10
Click here for more info.

Lights in the Heights Bike Ride | 7-11PM
Eureka Heights Brew Co | 941 W 18th St, Houston, Texas 77008
“Our Lights in the Heights bike ride is this Friday night! Dress warm, the weather man says it will be a bit brisk.
Come drink in the Christmas spirit (and beer) with us. We’ll be riding through the Lights in the Heights neighborhoods to check out the lights that make us feel bad about how little effort we put into decorating.
More info:
This months ride is approximately 10 miles long.
Rally at Eureka Heights at 6:30pm.
Roll out from the brewery is at 7pm.
1st Stop – Onion Creek Cafe
Ride through the lights
2nd Stop – Good Dog Houston – Heights
End at Eureka Heights Brewery!
This ride will have a much slower pace than usual so you have plenty of time to soak in the holiday spirit. This is a social ride, not a race. We will do our best to keep everyone together – that way everyone can have a great time.
Bike helmets and bike lights are REQUIRED for this event as your safety is a priority for us. Bring cash to help lines move faster at our two stops.
Don’t have a bike? Houston BCycle has you covered. They will be onsite the day of the event checking out a limited number of BCycles to those that need two wheels.
The tap room will be open late for the returning riders. All riders participating will get a discount on beers after the ride.”
Click here for more info.

Saturday, December 15th

Poinsettias – Acrylic Painting Workshop | 7:30-9:30PM
Creative Edge Art Studio | 2975 Kingsley Dr. #137, Pearland
These beautiful Poinsettias will last throughout the years! Join us in learning acrylic painting techniques to create these beautiful holiday poinsettias on an 11×14 canvas.Take a break and come to explore your creative side at our acrylic painting workshop for all levels. Over the course of 2 hours, you’ll play with color, composition, light, and texture to create your own, one-of-a-kind piece of art. This workshop is designed to support creative growth for artists of all levels (really – no experience necessary!) Whether you have painted for years, or if this your first time picking up a paintbrush, you’ll receive personalized guidance to help you through the artistic process.
All materials for painting are provided. Just bring yourself and any snacks or drinks (and yes, that includes alcohol for those 21+) to enjoy (we’ll supply the utensils!)
Workshop $40- Must pre-register.
Click here for more info.

Holiday Gingerbread Decorating Class | 10AM
Phoenicia Specialty Foods | 1001 Austin, Houston
“A festive event where kids can decorate gingerbread houses, enjoy holiday activities and a tasty seasonal brunch menu. There will be plenty of hot cocoa, holiday music and fun International holiday stories for all! Space is limited and registration is required. Ages 2-11.”
$55
Click here for more info. 

Little White Oak NIGHT Market | 4-8PM
Sideout Volleybar | 2623 Keene St, Houston, Texas 77009
“This is where Houstonians can find a common culture among its community. Our city, being a collection of neighborhoods separated by major freeways, needs a centralized location to find the best of what we Houstonians can offer. We bring together local farmers, craft merchandisers, and artists from paint to performance.”
Click here for more info.

Young Writers Workshop | 10:30-11:30AM
Discovery Green| 1500 McKinney, Houston
Kids learn to express their thoughts and develop language skills, thanks to Writers in the Schools (WITS), HPL Express and Discovery Green in Houston’s only free and open writing workshop for kids. Limited to 25 students, first come first serve.
Click here for more info.

Winter Flea by Night | 6-10PM
Discovery Green| 1500 McKinney, Houston
“Discovery Green’s eco-conscious Flea is irresistible to the avid shopper. Enjoy live local music, food trucks and shopping under the stars and twinkling lights.”
Click here for more info.

Jingle & Mingle featuring Jawad | 6-9PM
The Square at Memorial City | 602 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX 77024
“Join us in The Square for live music from some of Houston’s best musicians. Pop, rock, jazz, swing … there’s a little something for everyone!
This week, enjoy the “Rainbow Colored Sounds” of Jawad. He’s a singer, guitarist, songwriter, poet and oral interpreter.  Jawad’s original songs are refreshing, clean and mellow!
There will also be a special appearance by the Memorial City Reindeer and snow fall!”
Click here for more info.

Donuts with Santa | 9AM-12PM
Evelyn’s Park Conservancy | 4400 Bellaire Blvd
“We will have Santa {of course!} with a very special photo opp, donuts, crafts, games, and more! It’s an event you don’t want to miss, plus you get to skip the mall lines and grab that keepsake shot with the jolly man himself! We can’t wait to see you and your family.
Please arrive at the time of your purchased ticket, either 9 or 10:30 am. The event will last for approximately 1.5 hours from the start of that time. There is overflow parking located at Faith Lutheran Church (4600 Bellaire Boulevard).”
Click here for more info.

A Charlie Brown Christmas | 7-8:30PM
Bay Area Arts Conservatory | 400 Hobbs Rd. #202, League City, Texas 77573
“Join Bay Area Arts Conservatory in our annual production of the holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas!
Charlie Brown knows that the Christmas holiday season should be one of joy, but it isn’t for him. His little sister asks Santa for money and his dog enters a house-decorating contest to win money. Overwhelmed with the commercialism he sees, Charlie sinks further into despair, until his friends ask him to be the director of their Christmas play. Can Charlie Brown put on a successful production and find the true meaning of Christmas, or will he continue to be, as Lucy puts it, a “blockhead” and ruin everything?”
Tickets $10
Click here for more info.

Heights Mercantile Holiday Market | 4-8PM
Heights Mercantile | 711 Heights Blvd, Houston Heights, Texas 77007
“We are excited to announce the Heights Mercantile Holiday Market! Saturday December 15th, 2018 – 11am to 6pm pop ups on the promenade.”
Click here for more info.

Santa Arrives by Train at the Railroad Museum | 11AM-2PM
Galveston Railroad Museum | 2602 Santa Fe Pl, Galveston, Texas 77550
“Watch Santa Claus and his helpers arrive at the Galveston Railroad Museum aboard the Harborside Express!
Santa will sit in the 1932 Depot lobby and visit with children. There will be train rides, activities for children, and our own elf “Elfie” will be there to pose for photos. Bring your camera and take a photo of your children with Santa! Don’t forget to bring your wish list and tell Santa what you want for Christmas!
The Gift Shop will have train themed Christmas gifts and ornaments. The museum’s cafe, Jungle Express, will have snacks, meals, and hot chocolate available for guests!
Admission for the event:
Adults 13 & up: $12*
Children 12 & under: Free
*This is a special event. No senior, military, veteran discounts, coupons or passes*
Train rides are an additional $5 / per person, ages 3 & up
(Limited to 1,000 train tickets)
*no free passes or coupons for the event*
The “Harborside Express” is an open air caboose that travels 1 mile up Harborside Dr., then returns to the Galveston Railroad Museum. The train rides are approximately 15 minutes long. The train is a standing ride without seats. Due to the caboose being open air, the rides will sometimes be closed during inclement weather.”
Click here for more info.

Children’s Christmas Party | 12-2PM
Pearland VFW Post 7109 | 4202 W Walnut, Pearland, Texas
“ALL PEARLAND CHILDREN INVITED!! Veterans of Foreign Wars Christmas party for children. We will be making Christmas ornaments for our deployed service members. Games, Pizza, snacks and fun!”
Click here for more info.

Christmas in the Park | 5:30-10PM
Texas Avenue Park | 17000 N Texas Ave, Webster, Texas 77598
“Join us for Christmas in the Park on December 15 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Texas Avenue Park.
Space City Big Band will start out the evening with a concert in the park! Following the holiday concert, there will be a showing of The Polar Express.
This is a free event! Texas Avenue Park is located at 17100 Texas Avenue. See you there!”
Click here for more info.

15th Annual Celebration of Dance | 8-10PM
Discovery Green| 1500 McKinney, Houston
“Presenting Houston’s cosmopolitan dance community in one fantastic evening! Experience the excitement of time-honored traditions and brilliant innovations brought to you by the dancers who shine center-stage in the most diverse cultural epicenter in the USA. FREE!”
Click here for more info.

Sunday, December 16th

Free Photos with Santa | 1-5PM
Sugar Land Town Square | 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479
“Enjoy a free holiday photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Photos will take place in the lobby of 16190 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479.  Since it is the season of giving, we will be collecting new and unwrapped stuffed animals for the Fort Bend Rainbow Room’s Christmas Project. All donations will go to children & adults referred by caseworkers from TX Dept of Family & Protective services. Also, drop your letter to Santa in his mailbox and get a return letter in the mail for a donation of $5.
In order to allow Santa to get back to the North Pole on time, the last photo will be taken at 5 pm. Please arrive before then to secure your spot in line. Thank you for understanding during his busiest time of year.”
Click here for more info.

East End Market Day | 10AM-2PM
East End Farmers Market | 2800 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77003
“The East End Farmers Market happens every Sunday from 10am until 2pm. Visit to find some of Houston’s freshest produce, artisan vendors, and good community fun.
Located in the heart of the Second Ward on the award-winning Navigation Esplanade (2800 Navigation)”
Click here for more info.

Memorial City Firefighter’s Day at The Lawn | 11AM-3PM
The Lawn at Memorial City | 971 Bunker Hill
“Join us at The Lawn as we celebrate Houston’s Firefighters and help them gather toys for Operation Stocking Stuffer! Kids will get to tour real fire trucks and engines and try on genuine firefighter gear, too!”
Click here for more info.

A Charlie Brown Christmas | 2-3:30PM
Bay Area Arts Conservatory | 400 Hobbs Rd. #202, League City, Texas 77573
“Join Bay Area Arts Conservatory in our annual production of the holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas!
Charlie Brown knows that the Christmas holiday season should be one of joy, but it isn’t for him. His little sister asks Santa for money and his dog enters a house-decorating contest to win money. Overwhelmed with the commercialism he sees, Charlie sinks further into despair, until his friends ask him to be the director of their Christmas play. Can Charlie Brown put on a successful production and find the true meaning of Christmas, or will he continue to be, as Lucy puts it, a “blockhead” and ruin everything?”
Tickets $10
Click here for more info.

A Christmas Story Art Market: Karbach Brewing Co | 12-6PM
Karbach Brewing Co. | 2032 Karbach St, Houston, Texas 77092
“Please join Shop Local Market for a Funky Christmas Story Art Market at the awesome Karbach Brewing Co.
ALWAYS FREE TO ATTEND!
We will be setting up our holiday market in the amazing beirgarten!
So come out enjoy a nice cold Karbach while shopping with some talented local artist & vendors!
After the market enjoy a screening of everyone’s favorite holiday film at sundown!
A Christmas Story!! Bring your own chair.
UGLY X-MAS SWEATERS WILL BE ON HAND!!
A gift wrapping station will be set up!
$10 PUPPY PORTRAITS
WILL BE SET UP COURTESY OF OUR SPECIAL GUEST:
Rock-A-Bully and Friends Rescue
DRESS THOSE FUR BABIES UP IN THEIR HOLIDAY DUDS FOR A FESTIVE FAMILY PORTRAIT!!”
Click here for more info.

Monday, December 17th

Baby Storytime | 10:30AM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
Ages 6-18 Months
Click here for more info.

Toddler Storytime | 11:30AM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
Ages 18-36 Months
Click here for more info.

Storytime at the Square | 10-11:30AM
The Square at Memorial City | 602 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX 77024
“Join Ms. Jana Banana as she reads and acts out some of her favorite stories.  This fun and interactive event is aimed to spark the love of reading for listeners both young and old!”
Click here for more info.

Tuesday, December 18th

Toddler Yoga | 10:30AM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
“Toddler Yoga is a fun, active way to engage with your child as they become more mobile.”
Click here for more info.

Toddler Tuesdays | 10:30AM-12:30PM
Discovery Green| 1500 McKinney, Houston
“Houston Public Library (HPL) teams up with Discovery Green for a morning of fun with story time, activities and crafts for toddlers.”
Click here for more info.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation | 7-9PM
Market Square Park | 301 Milam, Houston
“Forget about trekking to the theater for your movie fix and join us for a free outdoor screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG-13). Bring your blankets and watch The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. Arrive early to snap a photo with Texas’ largest mistletoe!”
Click here for more info.

Ongoing Holiday Events:

Here’s the start of the list for ongoing holiday events. As I learn of more, I will keep this list updated. If there are any events you attend each year that are a must see, or that should be added, let us know!

The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy | Open Daily through Jan. 27th
Discovery Green | 1500 McKinney, Houston
“This November, The ICE returns, powered by Green Mountain Energy Company. The ICE is the largest outdoor ice skating surface in the Southwest. Discovery Green uses water from Kinder Lake to freeze the ice, and all equipment runs on Green Mountain Energy’s renewable energy, ensuring The ICE is environmentally friendly and sustainable.
The ICE opens on Friday, November 16 and will be open daily through Sunday, January 27, 2019. Admission is $11 per person or $10 for the online fast past, plus $4 for skate rental.”
Click for more information on hours, and special events.

Festival of Lights | On going through Jan. 6th
Moody Gardens | 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, Texas 77554
“There’s nothing that better represents the festive nature of the holidays than vibrant Christmas lights brightening the dark of night.
In true Texas style, where everything has to be bigger, Moody Gardens delivers the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast.
Now in its 17th year, Festival of Lights features a one-mile-long trail with more than 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and one million lights.
In addition to taking in all the lights, show off your balance on the outdoor ice-skating rink or get some thrills snow tubing down the Arctic Ice Slide.
Fun for the whole family, you won’t find anything else like the Festival of Lights here in the Lone Star State.”
Tickets Adult $15.95 | Children/Seniors $10.95
Click here for more info.

Zoo Lights | On going through Jan. 13th
Houston Zoo |  6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
“The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland! TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights celebrates its seventh year as one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday traditions. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season. Fifteen miles of earth-friendly LED lighting illuminate our ancient oak trees and decorate the paths to light your way.
Sights to delight you include our giant Holiday Tree presented by TransCanada. Other features include the Holiday Train Village presented by Macy’s, the Enchanted Forest presented by King & Spalding, and Candy, the interactive talking zebra, presented by H-E-B.
Between the shopping, decorating, wrapping and baking, schedule some time to enjoy the holidays this year at TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights!”
Tickets starting at $17.95.
Click here for more info.

Magical Winter Lights | Open Daily through Jan. 6th
1000 FM 2004, La Marque, TX 77568
“Step into Magical Winter Lights, the largest lantern festival of its kind in the United States, and begin your enchanted journey to tour more than 100 individual lantern sets in eight unique themed sections. Find lantern renditions of landmarks of the world, a Christmas village, skylines of Houston, the mysterious East, a Dino fun zone and more!”
Click for more info.

The Christmas Train in Alvin | Nov. 30th – Dec. 23rd
Victory Camp | 1407 Victory Lane, Alvin, TX 77511
“The Christmas Train is a unique holiday experience, unlike anything else in Houston!  An old-fashioned train ride through Christmas Scenery and over 300,000 lights.”
Click here for more info.

Sugar Land Holiday Lights | Nov. 23rd – Jan. 1st
Constellation Field  | 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77498
“Celebrate the season in the most magical way at the 5th annual Sugar Land Holiday Lights presented by Imperial Sugar.
This sparkling wonderland features more than 2.5 million lights and numerous themed displays at Constellation Field, located in Sugar Land, TX, (15-20 miles from Houston). You can also get some holiday shopping done with a variety of vendors, enjoy great food, and meet Santa!
This spectacular event, located just 20 minutes south of Houston, is sure to make your holidays memorable. It’s fun for the young, and the young at heart!”
Click here for more info.

Santa’s Wonderland | Nov. 11th – Dec. 24th
Bass Pro Shops Pearland  | 1000 Bass Pro Dr., Pearland,TX 77047
“Free Photos with Santa. Once you get to the store, get your Bass Pass at our Bass Pass Booth. A Bass Pass is required to see Santa and provides a time slot, allowing you to explore Santa’s Wonderland while waiting in a virtual line. Bass Passes are limited and go quickly each day.
While you wait for your designated, enjoy free crafts, arcade, and toy testing stations!”
Click here for more info.

Santa’s Wonderland | Open through Dec. 30th
Santa’s Wonderland | 18898 Hwy 6, College Station, TX 77845
“Santa’s Wonderland is a Texas Christmas Experience and is the Biggest Christmas attraction in the state of Texas!
It’s a happy place that exists to preserve & perpetuate the true meaning and “Spirit” of Christmas!
Santa’s Wonderland is here to brighten the lives of all of our guests every Christmas season!”
Click here for more info.

Downtown Lantern and Lights | 8AM-11PM Daily through Jan. 1
Historic Downtown Galveston | 305 21st St, Galveston, Texas 77550
“This holiday season, historic downtown Galveston will be illuminated by lighting and decor encompassing the main corridors of this charming 36-block district.
Downtown Lanterns & Lights will feature a magical display of lights and other holiday-themed attractions in Saengerfest Park and beyond, including an interactive photo frame and a giant snow globe for visitors to enjoy on designated weekends.
Lights will stretch throughout downtown from 20th to 25th streets on The Strand as well as along 23rd and Postoffice streets.
In addition, visitors will find unique holiday gifts at the district’s many boutiques, art galleries and antique shops set among beautiful Victorian architecture.
This is a free public event.”
Click here for more info.

Christmas is Comin’ Uptown | Runs Nov. 15-Dec. 30
The Ensemble Theatre | 3535 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
“Who doesn’t love a classic with a twist! The traditional story of “A Christmas Carol” gets a jazzy and colorful makeover! In this version, Scrooge is a Harlem slumlord who is just about to foreclose on a tenement house and a church when a surprise visit from an “old friend” and some groovy ghosts make him reconsider.”
Click here for more info.

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas | Runs Nov. 16-Dec. 30
Alley Theatre | 615 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002
“Houston’s seasonal favorite returns! A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas is a family-friendly re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. A Christmas Carol instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season.”
Click here for more info.

Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker | Runs Nov. 23-Dec. 29
Wortham Theater Center | 501 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002
“We officially return to our home at the Wortham Theater with this joyous production of The Nutcracker by Stanton Welch AM. Join us for this holiday celebration as we open the 2018/19 season with beloved characters from this timeless classic set to Tchaikovsky’s splendid score. Gather your family and friends and join Clara in holiday revelry as she journeys from her home on Christmas Eve, through a magical Christmas tree, and into the whimsical Kingdom of Sweets, accompanied by her Nutcracker Prince.”
Click here for more info.

Pop-Up Christmas Market at Park Avenue | 10AM-6PM Tuesday-Saturday through Dec. 24th
Old Town Square League City| 240 Park Avenue, League City, Texas 77573
“Christmas, pop up Market in Historic downtown League City on Park Avenue. Come see a wonderful collection of all types of vendors here just for the holiday season. We have everything that you could need to decorate your your home for the holidays. From candles to wreaths , handcrafted things and wonderful gifts for your family and and friends. We even have the most wonderful and unique Christmas gift wrapping on site. Come see what the buzz is all about.
Christmas Eve 10 am – 4 pm”
Click here for more info.

Christmas in the Country | November 23 – December 30 (dates and hours vary)
Dewberry Farm | 7705 FM 362, Brookshire, Texas 77423
“Dewberry Farm will be transformed into a whimsical Christmas Village, with twinkling lights, garland, ribbons and tinsel. Hop a wagon for a merry ride across the prairie to experience the magic of over one million lights, fantasy displays and holiday music! Enjoy 40+ attractions … including the Dewville Express Train, all included in the price of admission!
Have you been naughty or nice this year? Visit with Santa and tell him all about it! Afterwards, head on over to the Country Store to do a little gift shopping.”
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Elf the Musical |  Multiple Dates and Times available- visit link below for more info.
Queensbury Theatre | 12777 Queensbury Ln, Houston, Texas 77024
“A title known the world over, Elf The Musical is a must-produce holiday musical that can easily become an annual tradition for any theatre. Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees, Matthew Skylar and Chad Beguelin (Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toymaking abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to
New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
This modern day holiday classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. After all, the best way
to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Skylar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin”
Tickets $24-$50
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Jingle on the Boardwalk | Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 23rd
Kemah Boardwalk | 215 Kipp Avenue, Kemah, Texas 77565
“Tis the Season at the Boardwalk! Area residents and visitors are invited to Kemah Boardwalk’s Jingle on the Boardwalk every weekend throughout the month on December, beginning Saturday, December 1 through Sunday, December 23. Santa Claus will be available for visits and pictures on Fridays from 5 – 7 p.m., Saturdays from 2 – 7 p.m. and Sundays from 2 – 6 p.m.”
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Mistletoe On the Go | Daily through Dec. 30th
Market Square Park | 301 Milam, Houston
“Pucker up—Texas’ biggest mistletoe ball is back this holiday season. Mistletoe on the Go!, a 150-inch ball of kiss-inducing greenery hanging from a 15-foot giant candy cane, is located at Market Square Park through New Year’s Day. Passersby are invited to stand under the massive ball and kiss—just because!   Share your smooches using #XOmistletoe.”
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Ongoing Events:

Saturdays in the Park
Smither Park 2441 Munger St, Houston, TX 77023
See artists in action, as they cover more of the park’s surfaces in beautiful mosaics.
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The Twilight Epiphany Skyspace
Rice University
Every Wednesday-Monday (Closed Tuesdays) 6AM-10PM
Check schedule for sunset time on the day you plan to visit
Reservations Recommended
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Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern: Spatial Chromointerference
Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern | 105 Sabine, Houston
Wednesday-Friday | 3:30-6PM, Saturdays & Sundays 11AM-6PM
Tickets $8-10. Free admission on Thursdays however, reservations are still required. Children under 9 not permitted in Cistern.
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Minute Maid Park Tours | 10AM and Noon
Minute Maid Park Tour | 501 Crawford, Houston
Tuesday-Saturday – Ongoing through August 11th
Tickets $5-9
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Open House | Daily from dawn until dusk through February 2019
Sam Houston Park| 1000 Bagby Street, Houston
Open House is an interactive temporary public sculpture created by local artists, Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. Sourced from Cherry House Moving Company, the 1940s-era house has circular holes into the walls creating a “Swiss cheese” appearance, and collaged interior walls with vintage images sourced from family, friends and local resale shops that represent the city’s people, places and past. Visitors can walk through Open House, soaking in some of Houston’s history while viewing both the modern skyscrapers of Downtown Houston and the landscape of Sam Houston Park through the holes that have been carved out of the house.
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GUST: Celebrating a Decade of Discovery | Daily through Dec. 16th
Discovery Green | 1500 McKinney, Houston
“The interactive art installation is composed of nearly 2,000 custom-made pinwheels installed along the park’s Brown Foundation Promenade. The work is animated by fluctuating breezes as well as interactions with the public, creating a kinetic field of color under Discovery Green’s live oak allée.”
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Mexican-American History & Culture in 20th Century Mural
Heritage Society | 1100 Bagby Street
Houston 10AM-4M | Mon.-Sun. through Dec. 16th
Celebrate the many contributions of our city’s Mexican-American community. In the spirit of the great Mexican muralists, this vibrant collective artwork, Mexican Culture in 20th Century Houston, highlights the places, personalities, concepts and events that shaped the Mexican-American community and laid the foundation for the multicultural city we live in today.
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LOOP Houston | 8AM-11PM Nov. 30th through Jan. 6th
Avenida Houston | 1002 Avenida de las Americas, Houston, Texas 77010
“Bring the family down to Avenida Houston, Downtown’s center for entertainment and enjoy our new, interactive art installation!
As always, this event is FREE and open to the public so don’t worry about tickets.
LOOP
The work is inspired by the zoetrope, an optical toy invented in the 19th century. Loop is a cross between a music box, a zoetrope and a railway handcar. The retro-futuristic machine, more than two meters in diameter, creates animated fairy-tale Loops. Through the combined efforts of members of the public working the hand lever, the image cylinder lights up and creates the illusion of motion in the drawings. The black and white images, tinted through a strobe effect, recall the earliest movies and are visible inside the cylinder as well as outside it, so that they can be watched from close up or far away. The speed at which the images fly by, the frequency at which the light flickers and the rhythm of the audio composition are all directly related to the pace set by the participants, who can be of any age. Loop was first presented as part of the 7th edition of Luminothérapie, in 2016-2017, at the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal.”
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On Exhibit:

Museum of Fine Arts Houston (Click Exhibit title for more information)

The Connoisseur’s Eye: New Perspectives on Ceramics in the Rienzi Collection 
Reinzi | 1406 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77019
Through January 13, 2019

Contesting Modernity: Informalism in Venezuela, 1955–1975
Audrey Jones Beck Building | 5601 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
Through January 21, 2019

Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol
Caroline Weiss Law Building | 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
Through January 27, 2019

Always Greener: Seeing and Seeking Suburbia—Selections from the Museum’s Collection
Caroline Weiss Law Building | 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
Through February 3, 2019

Kindred Spirits: Louise Nevelson & Dorothy Hood
Audrey Jones Beck Building | 5601 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
Through February 3, 2019

A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection
Audrey Jones Beck Building | 5601 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
Through February 24, 2019

Garden Paradise: The Magnificent Safavid Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow
Audrey Jones Beck Building | 5601 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
Through March 24, 2019

Spanish Colonial Paintings from the Thoma Collection 
Audrey Jones Beck Building | 5601 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005
Through September 15, 2019

Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
Caroline Weiss Law Building | 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
Through December 29, 2019

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