The 10 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: December 24 to 26, 2021

The Rienzi opens on Boxing Day for a special celebration | Courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Take a tour of H-Town’s weekend highlights with the 365 Houston guide to the best things to do in Houston this weekend, from Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24 to Sunday, December 26, 2021.

Every weekend, Houston has plenty of happenings to be found around town—but which ones are the highlights that can help you plan an enjoyable weekend of outings?

We’ve whittled down our extensive Weekend Guide to offer you some of our favorite things to look forward to from Friday to Sunday.

Looking for more things to do? Dig deeper for all of our weekend picks with the 365 Houston Weekend Guide, or comb through our Calendar for even more events, activities, and things to do this weekend.

The 10 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: December 24 to 26, 2021

  • Scrooged: An Underbelly Christmas Eve at One Fifth | Christmas Eve, December 24 − Belly up for Underbelly Hospitality’s special holiday tradition, a three-course meal prepared by the chefs of Christmas past, present, and future (Underbelly’s Chris Shepherd, Georgia James’ Greg Peters, and Wild Oats’ Nick Fine, natch), plus dessert from all three. $85; $35 ages 3 to 10. Seatings at 11am and 3pm. 
  • Red & White Salsa & Bachata X-Mas Party at Ivr Bar & Bistro | Christmas Eve, December 24 – Latin Dance Factory hosts a special class on Christmas Eve that’ll help you learn the steps and turns of salsa and bachata, then let you show off your moves in a social hour on the rooftop of the West Houston bar and bistro. $15 for the class and social; $10 for social only. 8:30pm.
  • Christmas Day at Southern Star Brewery | Christmas, December 25 | No Cover – While closed on Christmas Eve, the Conroe brewery opens its taproom to all those who want to cheers to one another during the holiday. 1pm to 10pm.
  • DJ Sun’s James Brown Christmas at the Flat | Christmas, December 25 | No Cover – Get down to the Godfather of Soul when DJ Sun spins an all-vinyl set of James Brown classics at the Montrose venue on Commonwealth. 8pm.
  • The Last Christmas Party: A Tribute to George Michael at Etro Lounge | Christmas, December 25 | No Cover − Five years after George Michael’s untimely Christmas Day passing, DJ Rice Cube will pay tribute to the dance pop artist, playing music video hits from Wham! and his solo career. 10pm.
  • Silent Night Silent Headphone Party at Grooves of Houston | Christmas, December 25 – The Third Ward lounge brings the Silent Night this Christmas at their Silent Headphone party. Choose between three different channels featuring Top 40, R&B, hip-hop, and reggae hits. $10. 10pm.
  • Houston Texans vs. Los Angeles Chargers at NRG Stadium | Sunday, December 26 – The 2020 Rookie of the Year quarterback Justin Herbert is just one of several roster highlights on this promising Chargers squad that will look to finish the season strong against the Texans. Tickets range from $34 to over $250, but you may find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seat using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. Noon.
  • Boxing Day at Rienzi | Sunday, December 26  Visit the European decorative arts museum, the Rienzi, for the annual Boxing Day celebration. Enjoy some shopping, seasonal music, an art-making activity for all ages, and self-guided tours. $12 for adults; $8 for ages 13 to 18; free for ages 12 and younger. 1pm to 5pm.
  • Holiday Homegrown Show at Houston Improv | Sunday, December 26 – West Houston’s premiere comedy venue hosts a holiday comedy show featuring Houston-based comics Bryson Brown, Barry Laminack, and Alan Adams. Tickets start at $20. 7pm.
  • Mannheim Steamroller at Smart Financial Centre | Sunday, December 26 – Celebrating their 35th anniversary of music making, the new age prog rock group returns to their annual Christmas tour, bringing musically rich renditions of holiday classics and original songs, perfect for the day after Christmas. $45 to $85. 7:30pm.

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins always keeps an eye out for what's ahead on Houston's horizon while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston. When he's not passing along the latest events, destinations and hidden treasures in H-Town, he loves diving into the city's food scene, shopping local and learning about Houston's rich history.