Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday, November 30 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.
Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Thursday, November 30 to Sunday, December 3, 2017.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Delicious Brunches Around Greater Houston | Saturday and Sunday – No matter what part of the city you live in, there’s a delicious brunch option near you. Click here to see our handy lists of Where to Brunch in Greater Houston, including The Woodlands, Katy, Sugar Land, Downtown, Midtown, The Heights, Montrose, The Museum District, The East End, Memorial City, The Energy Corridor, Galveston, and many more.
- Houston Texans Tickets on Sale | Sponsored – Save on Texans home games with cheaper, better, or hard-to-get seats on TicketNetwork’s resale market.
- Houston Rockets Tickets on Sale | Sponsored – Save on Rockets games with cheaper or better seats on TicketNetwork’s resale market.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
- A Season of Thanks Concert at Rienzi – Spend the evening at Rienzi, starting with a self-guided tour and a wine reception followed by a concert from the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra. $45. 4pm.
- Ugly Sweater Party at Karbach Brewing Co. – Dig your tacky holiday sweaters out of storage and join the Heights Young Professionals for a social party at Karbach Brewery Tickets start at $10. 5pm to 8pm.
- 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 9pm.
- Angulo Innocenti Wine Dinner at Churrascos River Oaks – Nosh on a five-course meal of dishes like an empanada de sofrito and crispy pork carnitas paired with wines from Angulo Innocenti at Churrascos. $64.95. 6pm to 10pm.
- Darby English Author Talk at The Menil Collection | FREE – Hear from author Darby English, who wrote 1971: A Year in the Life of Color, at this appearance at The Menil. 7pm.
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at Discovery Green | FREE – Join Clark Griswold and the whole family in this viewing of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on the big screen at Discovery Green. 7pm to 10pm.
- Holly Jolly Jingle at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | FREE – Get into the holiday spirit with caroling at this festive performance in The Woodlands. 7:30pm.
- The Hip Hop Nutcracker at Smart Financial Centre – The Nutcracker gets a spin in this re-imagined production with all-star dancers, a DJ, and violinist at Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land. Tickets start at $39.50, but you may find cheaper or better seats on SeatsForEveryone’s online resale market. 8pm.
- More Great Things to Do All Weekend Long – Some of the biggest things to do in Houston this weekend are happening all weekend long. Click here to scroll up and see our list.
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, but you may find limited discounted tickets for $18.50. 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; limited discounted $8 tickets available. 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; limited discounted $8 tickets available. 10:30pm.