Plan Your Weekend: December 10 to 13, 2020

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Updated Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12:01pm

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide from Thursday, December 10 through Sunday, December 13, 2020.

Kick off the start of Chanukah with menorah lightings; stuff your stockings or finish your holiday shopping at one of many holiday markets around town; brunch your weekend away while listening to a set filled with country tunes; learn about Kwanzaa while taking part in craft activities and more.

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Things to Do All Weekend

  • Things to Do for Chanukah 2020 in Greater Houston | Daily Load up on chocolate gelt (coins), latkes, and other holiday favorites while lighting the menorah and enjoying music, live entertainment, crafts, and other activities during Chanukah 2020 in Houston. Times and prices vary.
  • Inside Her Studio Pop-Up Gallery in Rice Village | Daily | FREE – Explore the work of 8 female-identifying artists at an art gallery pop-up at Inside Her Studio in Rice Village, on view through Thursday, December 31, 2020. Times vary.
  • Disney on Ice: Dream Big at NRG Stadium | Daily – Treat the kiddos to a socially distanced winter production featuring Mickey Mouse and favorite characters from Moana, Frozen, Coco, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and more. $25 per seat within a socially distanced pod. Showtimes vary.
  • Hogwarts Christmas Village in Uptown | Thursday to Saturday – Explore Hogsmeade and the world of Harry Potter by car, collecting the various courses of a holiday feast at each stop, complete with Sorting Hat shenanigans, a chance to buy handmade Potter-verse ornaments and goods, and more. $15 in advance; $20 day of the event. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Christmas Train at Victory Camp in Alvin | Thursday to Saturday – Enjoy yourself an old-fashioned train ride out in the open air while on a Christmas Train in Alvin that takes visitors past Christmas lights and themed displays all along the way. $10 for ages 3 and up; $12 at the door; $8 after 8pm. Hours vary.
  • The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical at Island ETC in Galveston | Thursday to Saturday – The final shows in the socially distanced musical dwells on North Florida’s premier mobile living community and the holiday threat posed by Darlene, the trailer park Scrooge. Virtual option available. $30. Showtimes vary.
  • 40th Annual Home for the Holidays in Old Town Spring | Friday & Saturday | FREE – Get into the holiday spirit while strolling Old Town Spring, visiting area shops, businesses and restaurants at the 40th Annual Home for the Holidays which features train rides, Santa’s House, live entertainment and more. 10am to 8pm both days.
  • Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt at Terramont Park in The Woodlands | Friday & Saturday – Search for sweet treats and hidden candy canes during a flashlight treasure hunt in Terramont Park in the Woodlands. Ages 5 and up. $15 for non-residents; $10 for residents of The Woodlands Township. 5:30pm to 6:30pm both days.
  • Candlelight Holiday Market at Sam Houston Park | Friday to Sunday – Spread out under the big Texas sky and enjoy sipping, strolling, and shopping outdoors at the beloved market tradition. Expect to uncover holiday decor, jewelry, home goods, apparel, and more in your shopping, while taking in holiday flair, live entertainment, drinks, and more. $10. Times vary by day.
  • Houston Symphony presents A Very Merry Pops at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – Bask in holiday favorites like “Feliz Navidad,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and more when Conductor Michael Krajewski leads the Houston Symphony in a socially distanced concert at Jones Hall. $25; livestream tickets for the Saturday show are $20. Showtimes vary.
  • Resonance at Archway Gallery | Friday to Sunday | FREE – Featuring new woven artworks by artist Laura Viada, Archway Gallery’s December exhibition, Resonance, explores the theme of “resonance,” as both a physical phenomenon and as a component of human creativity using simple elements of basic geometric form and the interaction of color. The exhibition will be on display through Thursday, January 7, 2021. Times vary.
  • Main Street Theater presents Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley Live Read on Zoom | Friday to Sunday | FREE – Check out one of three live virtual readings of the holiday sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice which tells the story of middle-sister Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love. Showtimes vary.
  • 2020 Holiday Marketplace on The Lawn at Baybrook Mall | Saturday & Sunday | No Cover – Cross off your holiday list while browsing holiday goods from local makers, artists, crafters and local businesses at the outdoor marketplace at Baybrook Mall. 10am to 6pm each day.
  • Meet Santa & Elf at UKaty at University Center | Saturday & Sunday | FREE – Take advantage of free goodies including balloons, milk tea, ice cream, live music, and more while you spy Old Saint Nick and one of his elves in Katy. Times vary.
  • Space Age Christmas Trees: World’s Biggest Mega-Show at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum | Daily – The annual dazzling holiday display returns to the Museum, featuring more than 100 vintage aluminum Christmas trees, an interactive Mid-Century Modern Holiday Pad and more. $10; $4 for ages 3 to 12; free for ages 2 and under. Times vary.
  • Top 25 Things to Do for Christmas 2020 in Houston | Daily – Make your holiday season merry and bright with Christmas light displays, shopping markets, concerts and theatrical performances, socially distanced outdoor gatherings, skating rinks and more this winter. Times vary.
  • Christmas Light Displays Around Houston in 2020 | Daily – Pile in the car for a leisurely holiday drive or take a hot cocoa-fueled stroll while you ooh and ah at Houston’s most popular Christmas light displays—in residential neighborhoods and at city landmarks alike. Appropriate hours to do Christmas light drive-bys are typically from 7pm to 10pm.
  • No Kid Hungry’s Taste of the Holidays | Daily – Raise funds to feed children in need via No Kid Hungry’s Taste of the Holidays fundraiser where a $1 will be donated for every order of select items from Mala Sichuan Bistro, Tobiuo Sushi & Bar, Phat Eatery and Phat Kitchen. Menu prices and hours vary per restaurant.
  • Zoo Lights at Houston Zoo | Daily – Stroll through the Houston Zoo with hot chocolate in hand while you admire glimmering displays made up of more than two million Christmas lights at this annual must-see attraction. $12.95 to $25.65; free for ages 1 and under. Tickets cannot be purchased in person and must be purchased online in advance. 5:30pm to 10:30pm daily; last entry 9:30pm.
  • ‘Tis the Season for Sweet Cash in Sugar Land | Buy a Gift Card & Get a Free Gift Card | Daily – Give the gift of holiday cheer when you stop by a participating Sugar Land business and purchase a gift card, which will land you a second gift card and sends one to an essential worker through the ‘Tis the Season for Sweet Cash program.
  • Current Temporary Museum Exhibits & Art Installations on View Around Greater Houston | Daily | Many FREE – Explore the many striking, stunning, and diverse exhibits exploring history, science, art, culture, and creativity around the Greater Houston metro area.
  • Day Trips & Things to Do Outside Houston | Daily Plot your next day trip from Houston with our guide to the region’s best things to do, including more than 500 must-see attractions, favorites and hidden gems, in communities that surround Houston like Brazosport, Clear Lake and the Bay Area, Baytown, Beaumont, Conroe, Deer Park, Galveston, Pearland, Port Arthur, Sugar Land, The Woodlands, and Tomball.
  • More Things To Do at Home | Daily | Many FREE – If you’re still looking for things to do as you stay in, then tap into our wide-ranging lists of things you can do at home.
  • Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources– Find face masks, more information about best practices, how you can help, and other details about response to COVID-19.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

  • International Human Rights Day at Holocaust Museum Houston | FREE – Enjoy free general admission to HMH while celebrating International Human Rights Day, where the first 200 visitors will receive a complimentary bag complete with sanitizer, a personal copy of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, stickers, and a Mandela notecard. 10am to 5pm.
  • Virtual Kwanzaa Celebration with Mr. New-School on Zoom | FREE – Celebrate Kwanzaa with a virtual presentation as Mr. New-School, Brian Barber, and the Smithsonian-affiliated Anacostia Community Museum walk participants through the seven principles of Kwanzaa and create a hands-on craft using easy-to-find materials. Advance registration required. 2:30pm to 3:15pm.
  • Jazz Night at Finn Hall | No Cover – Spend your evening enjoying live music from local jazz vocalist Tianna Hall and the Houston Jazz Band while enjoying diverse dining options at Finn Hall in Downtown. 5pm to 8pm.
  • Skate with Santa! at The Ice at Discovery Green – Get into the holiday spirit while skating with Santa Claus for an hour on The Ice at Discovery Green. $15 per person (including skate rental) and must be purchased in advance. The Ice is open for skating from 5pm to 10pm; Santa will be on The Ice from 7pm to 8pm.
  • Chanukah: Distanced Gelt & Gift Hunt in Uptown Houston | FREE – Chabad of Uptown hosts a socially distanced hunt at Sofa Park on Post Oak with a giant menorah lighting, a 71-car menorah parade, a paint-your-own-cookie kit, and more. 5:30pm to 6:30pm.
  • Shinyribs’ Kevin Russell in Concert at The Heights Theater Tap your feet to the country beat of Kevin Russell, frontman and multi-instrumentalist of Austin-based swamp rock band Shinyribs, in two socially distanced shows. $28 to $432. 6pm and 8:45pm.
  • Candlelight Open Air Concert: Holiday Special Featuring Tchaikovsky & Winter Classics at Hughes Manor Take in a classical concert during an outdoor candlelit (electric for safety) concert at Hughes Manor on Washington Avenue when the Listeso String Quartet performs classic Christmas carols as well as works by Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Strauss and more. $49 per person at tables for two or four. 6pm and 9pm.
  • Andrea Magee in Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrea Magee takes to the stage for a set that blends country, blues, and pop at Upper Kirby’s Mucky Duck for an in-person and virtually broadcast performance. $120 for a table for four; $180 for a table for six. The show will also be broadcast free online. 7pm.
  • 4th Wall Theatre Company virtual presentation of Holiday Story Time | FREE – Every Thursday brings a new episode in this series of festive stories, each designed to channel the spirit of the season. Episodes will remain viewable for one month after they debut. 7pm to 7:40pm.
  • Houston Grand Opera virtual presentation of The Making of The Snowy Day | FREE – While the world premiere of this production, based on the beloved children’s book by Jack Ezra Keats, was delayed this year, HGO offers this behind-the-scenes look at how the company brought the story to life on the opera stage. 7:30pm
  • Brandon Rhyder in Concert at Main Street Crossing Check out a live set filled with Texas country tunes from Carthage, TX singer-songwriter Brandon Rhyder at Main Street Crossing in Tomball. $36 for a table for two. 8pm to 9pm.
  • Sounds of Christmas: Vince King in Concert at Sambuca Houston | No Cover – Hear hits from the Rat Pack and the king of rock and roll during a holiday concert where musician Vince King will cover tunes by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis at Sambuca Houston. Reservations are required. 8pm to 11pm.

Friday, December 11, 2020

  • 5th Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at Bovine & Barley | No Cover Don your best—or worst—ugly holiday sweater while throwing back a few cocktails and downing some tasty bites in Downtown at Bovine & Barley’s tackiest annual tradition. 3pm to 11pm.
  • Shabbat Chanukah Dinner at Chabad West Houston – Head to Chabad West Houston for their Chanukah Shabbat Dinner featuring an outdoor menorah lighting, a Shabbat candle lighting and service, and a socially distanced dinner. RSVP required. $18 for adults and $10 for ages under 10. 4:45pm.
  • Daniel Holmes in Concert at The Rustic Downtown | No Cover – Head Downtown to take in the country tunes of Baytown’s own Daniel Holmes when he hits the stage to play a set of singer-songwriter tunes at the Rustic. 6pm to 7pm.
  • Gremlins Movie Screening at City Acre Brewing Co. Grab a beer, a bucket of fried chicken, and kick back while enjoying an outdoor screening of the 1984 horror-comedy, Gremlins. $20 to reserve a table; $5 for a BYO-chair voucher. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Energy Corridor District’s Wheels & Reels Drive-In Movie Nights: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch at Addicks Park & Ride | FREE – Hit the Energy Corridor for holiday drive-in movie fun during a screening of the 2018 animated hit Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch about a grump who hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas, and silence the Whos’ holiday cheer. Free with advance registration and a purchase from a local Energy Corridor District eatery. Gates at 6pm; movie at 7pm.
  • Two Tons of Steel at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – The San Antonio-based rockabilly band finds its way to the stage at Upper Kirby’s Mucky Duck for an in-person and virtually broadcast performance. $120 for a table for four; $180 for a table for six. The show will also be broadcast free online. 7pm.
  • Brewery Bingo at 4J Brewing Company Shout “bingo” while playing a few rounds of socially distanced bingo where you can win beer and cash prizes at 4J Brewing Company. $5 for a bingo card to play. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Couples Therapy Comedy Retreat with Alan Adams at Houston Improv Catch local comic and club favorite Alan Adams as he delves into the illogical, nonsensical nature of dating and relationships. $40 for two people; $80 for four people; $120 for six people, but select tables are 50% off with promo code Couples365. 8pm.
  • Blues Brothers Tribute Concert at Main Street Crossing Watch Jake and Elwood come to life on stage during a Blues Brothers tribute set at Main Street Crossing in Tomball. Tickets start at $30 for a table for two. 8pm to 9pm.
  • Lyle Lovett & Elvis Costello Virtual Concert Watch two songwriting legends during a livestream concert featuring Houston’s own gifted son and songsmith Lyle Lovett, along with the prolifically talented Elvis Costello. $10. 8pm.
  • An Evening with Doyle Bramhall II at The Heights Theater Take in the acoustic tunes of the uniquely gifted guitarist Doyle Bramhall II when he performs a set filled with country music at the Heights Theater for a socially distanced show. $38. 8:45pm.
  • Tooloji: A Tribute to Tool in Concert at Scout Bar Get your art rock fix when Tooloji takes to the stage at Scout Bar in Clear Lake. Mr. Self Destruct, a Nine Inch Nails tribute band, opens the show. $10 in advance; $50 for a reserved table. 10pm.

Things to Do on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13, 2020.

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