Plan Your Weekend: December 15 to 18, 2022

A holiday lantern display with a giant octopus and twinkling lights
Roam among themed lanterns, a carnival and circus at Magical Winter Lights | Courtesy of Magical Winter Lights

Updated Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 9:45pm

Find the perfect things to do in H-Town with our Weekend Guide for Thursday, December 15 to Sunday, December 18, 2022.

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Things to Do
All Weekend Long

  • 4th Annual Hometown Holidays & Trail of Lights at Silver Sycamore | Daily – The fourth edition of this holiday celebration on the beautiful, old west grounds of Silver Sycamore in Pasadena keeps lighting up the night with its signature trail of holiday displays, appearances by Santa Claus, live performances, market shopping and more. $23; $15 for ages 3 to 12; free for ages 2 and under. Times vary.
  • Magical Winter Lights at Houston Raceway Park | Daily –Get into the holiday spirit with these seven illuminated displays featuring more than six million lights in Baytown. Walk through a winter circus, grub on festival foods and more. $25; $17 for ages 3 to 12 and 65+. Times vary.
  • Houston Symphony presents A Very Merry Pops at Jones Hall | Daily – Ring in the season with traditional and contemporary carols, performed by the orchestra and chorus, joined by the incomparable N’Kenge, star of Broadway’s Motown: The Musical and Caroline, Or Change. $22 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Harry Potter: A Yule Ball Celebration at Paraiso Maravilla | Daily – Immerse yourself in a whimsical wintertime ball honoring the iconic Triwizard tradition, complete with amazing performances, photo opps, themed food and drink to purchase, dancing, and more. Costumes and/or cocktail attire encouraged. Times vary.
  • ASID Texas Gulf Coast Show House 2022 in West University | Daily – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Texas Gulf Coast presents a chance to tour its stunning 2022 Show House by Sugar Creek Homes in Houston’s West University neighborhood. The house showcases the work of 14 of Houston’s top interior designers, all of whom are ASID members with space designed by select interior design students. $35; $15 for ages 12 and under. 10am to 5pm.
  • Comedian Steve Byrne at Houston Improv | Thursday to Saturday – The established comedian known for making rounds at some of NYC’s most fabled comedy clubs, Steve Byrne brings his latest material to the Improv for four shows heading into the weekend. Tickets are sold by the table; $40 for 2, and up. Times vary.
  • The French Farm Open Warehouse Sale in the Heights | Friday & Saturday | No Cover – The popular online retailer opens its doors in the Heights for this annual sale of European gourmet food and housewares. Look for olive oils, honey, jams and more from France, Italy, Portugal and Spain, to name a few. 10am to 5pm.
  • The Riot Comedy Club presents Michael Kosta at Rudyard’s | Friday & Saturday – A correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and known for his hosting duties on the E! Network and other late night appearances, Michael Kosta heads upstairs at Rudyard’s for back-to-back nights of back-to-back shows. $20 and up. Times vary.
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at MATCH | Friday to Sunday – The hilarious Tony Award winner based on the acclaimed book gets weekend performances in Midtown, following an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents aiming for the coveted spelling championship of a lifetime. $18; $15 for ages under 18 and 65+. Showtimes vary.
  • TerrorFest: A Christmas Horror Convention at the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center | Saturday & Sunday – Conroe welcomes its first-ever horror convention, featuring celebrity signings, a costume contest, escape rooms, a haunted house, local vendors and more. $15 and up. Times vary.
  • Little Central America, 1984 at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston | Saturday & Sunday – Catch a live performance of this production that explores the origin story of the “Little Central Americas” established across the United States as a result of the civil wars of the 1980s. The performance utilizes poetry, live music and testimonials, drawing upon first-hand witnesses. Pay-what-you-can. Saturday 7pm; Sunday 1:30pm.

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PERFORMING ARTS
in HOUSTON

Ongoing Theater Shows & Arts Performances

Many plays, musicals, and other stage shows span multiple weeks. Scroll down to find new shows opening this week, then ongoing performances, followed by shows that are wrapping up this weekend.

Keep track of more openings with our weekly roundup of Performing Arts events.

  • A.D. Players presents A Texas Carol at the George Theater | Daily | Ongoing – This Lone Star take on the holiday classic finds the whole family heading to Mee-Maw Jane’s ranch in East Texas for what might be her last Christmas. When they arrive, she’s already gone. How will they save Christmas? Recommended for ages 10 and up. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • What-A-Christmas at Alley Theatre | Daily | Ongoing – In this brand-new, adult holiday comedy written by H-Town’s own Isaac Gómez, Margot is a Tejana Scrooge, on the Christmas Eve overnight shift. When her dead best friend Jackie Marley turns up and warns her about some spirits coming to visit, Margot is in for a wild night. $55 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • A Motown Christmas at Ensemble Theatre | Daily | Ongoing – Get into the groove that only the signature sound from Detroit can deliver. This Motown revue in Midtown blends traditional holiday carols with soulful sounds from Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and more. $44 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Stages presents Houston for the Holidays With DeQuina Moore at the Gordy | Daily | Ongoing – The Houston native, who starred in Stages’ Plumshuga, hits the stage for a holiday-themed cabaret-style evening of song and story. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • A Christmas Carol at Alley Theatre | Daily | Ongoing – The beloved Charles Dickens Christmas story returns, telling the tale of the miserly Scrooge visited by three spirits who compel him to change his ways, in a new production adapted and directed by Alley artistic director Rob Melrose. $41 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Stages presents Panto Snow White & the Seven Dorks at the Gordy | Daily | Ongoing – The Panto tradition returns with an all-new holiday show, this one delightfully skewering the Snow White tale. The Evil Queen has a high-tech virtual mirror and she’s banished Snow White to the wilds of Silicon Valley, where she encounters seven dorky hackers. Expect hilarity to ensue. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • A Beatles Holiday Cabaret at Music Box Theater | Friday to Sunday | Ongoing – Singers take to the stage for this Beatles/Christmas mash-up show that features holiday traditional carols alongside Fab Four faves. Look for renditions of the iconic music group’s “In My Life/Christmas Canon,” “O Come All Ye Faithful/Revolution” and more. $35 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Wortham Center | Friday to Sunday | Ongoing – The Tchaikovsky classic returns to the stage, as only the Houston Ballet can deliver it. Stanton Welch’s take on this beloved story of young Clara and the nutcracker she receives as a gift on one magical Christmas Eve offers grand sets, gorgeous costumes and stunning dance. $35 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Main Street Theater for Youth presents Cinderella at MATCH | Saturday | Ongoing – The beloved story comes to life as a musical, backed by music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein. This stage adaption is based on the popular teleplay, and captures the romance of Cinderella and her prince, the capers of her stepsisters and the magic of her fairy godmother, who shows that impossible things happen every day. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents El Milagro del Recuerdo at the Wortham Center | Daily | Final Weekend – This family-friendly, Mariachi opera celebrates family and tradition, transporting audiences to Mexico to experience the story of Laurentino, a bracero who comes back from the United States to share the holiday with his family, and his wife Renata, who worries his time away is changing him. $30 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley at Main Street Theater | Daily | Final Weekend – Jane Austen fans and lovers of drawing room comedy will delight in this holiday bonbon that takes places in the servants hall at Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s estate. As the Darcys and their guests enjoy the holiday upstairs, hijinks are afoot downstairs, especially when Lydia’s incorrigible husband arrives. $44 and up. Showtimes vary.
  • Uncle Eb at MATCH | Thursday to Saturday | Final Weekend – This brand-new take on A Christmas Carol finds Tiny Tim Cratchett all grown up and returning home following the death of his Uncle Ebenezer. That’s when things get, well, strange. Please note this play contains strong language. $28. Showtimes vary.

THURSDAY
December 15, 2022

  • Champagne and Candy Canes Market at Evelyn’s Park | No Cover – Get some local holiday shopping done featuring vendors like Shopaholic Sanctuary, Finditgirl, NandRcandles, and Cheese & Boards Co. along with $3 mimosas from Betsy’s at Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire. 10am to 7pm.
  • ZaZa’s Tasting Series: Bubbles at Hotel ZaZa Museum District – Taste your way through a curated evening of worldly wines and spirits samplings accompanied by hors d’oeuvres and tasting notes at Hotel ZaZa in the Museum District. $75. 6pm to 8pm.
  • Superspectra Opening Reception at Laura Rathe Fine Art | FREE – The fine arts gallery near Uptown presents its final exhibition of the year, featuring new and original works from more than 30 artists that each explore color, material and style in their own ways for an immersive exhibiting experience. Light refreshments will be provided and a number of the artists will be in attendance. On display through Thursday, January 12, 2023. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Gremlins Movie Screening at Discovery Green | FREE – Catch a holiday classic when the Downtown park space hosts a screening of the 1984 comedy horror film, Gremlins, which follows small, destructive monsters that wreak havoc on a town on Christmas Eve. 7pm.
  • Shaft Movie Screening at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – MFAH pulls a rare 35mm print of the iconic ’70s film starring Richard Roundtree and directed by Gordon Parks. Houston ethnomusicologist and DJ, Flash Gordon Parks, will introduce the film and participate in a post-screening discussion with MFAH’s Jazz on Film guest programmer, Peter Lucas. $9. 7pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Miami Heat at Toyota Center – Jimmy Butler leads the Heat into town to face Jalen Green and a youthful Rockets squad. $20 and up. 7pm.
  • Salsa Night at Post Houston | FREE with RSVP – Learn the 1’s and 2’s of Latin dance at one of Houston’s signature settings in the X Atrium at Post Houston. Love Dance HTX will host the evening with dance lessons, social dancing and tasty beverages. 7:30pm to 9pm.
  • Kameron Marlowe in Concert at Warehouse Live – Country music singer and a featured performer on The Voice, Kameron Marlowe brings songs from his debut album, We Were Cowboys, to the EaDo stage. $21.50. 8pm.
  • Roger Creager in Concert at Main Street Crossing – The country music singer-songwriter and Texas native son, Roger Creager closes a three-night engagement at Tomball’s live music venue. Tickets are sold out, but waiting list is open. 8pm.
  • Nutcracker Burlesque at Rise Rooftop – Take in a seductive twist on the Christmas classic, hosted by Nikki Knockout at the Midtown rooftop venue. $20 and up. 9pm.
  • More Great Things to Do All Weekend Long – Some of the biggest things to do are happening all weekend long. Scroll up and see our list, or browse Houston Experiences to save on museum passes, tours, and more.

FRIDAY
December 16, 2022

  • Women in Agriculture Conference at United Way of Greater Houston – Urban Harvest presents this day-long conference that highlights innovative agriculture practices along with the challenges and opportunities for women within the field of agriculture, featuring growers, educators, entrepreneurs and community stakeholders in conversation. $40. 8am to 3:30pm.
  • Storybook Theatre presents I Have a Little Dreidel at the Woodlands Children’s Museum Gather around to hear I Have a Little Dreidel by Maxie Baum. This story is based on the classic Hanukkah song and highlights the family celebrations and traditions of the holiday. $7.50 for ages 1 and up. 11am.
  • Max’s Sweet 16 Party at Max’s Wine Dive – Celebrate a special Sweet 16 with pregame brunch specials starting at 11am, followed by tastings at 6pm, and a spectacular birthday wine dinner to follow, featuring its award-winning fried chicken, deviled eggs, oyster nachos and private label wines. Dinner is $65. 11am to 10pm.
  • A Jane Austen Tea at West University Library | FREE – Come into the West University Senior Center to celebrate the beloved author of Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and other classic novels on her birthday. This very English writer will be honored with that most English of activities: tea. Registration required. 3pm to 4pm.
  • Christmas In the Square featuring Monarch Chamber Players at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – The wind quintet is accompanied by percussion for a night of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Nutcracker suite, performed alongside a video projection of the ballet as part of Sugar Land Town Square’s Christmas in the Square series. 6pm to 7:30pm.
  • Holiday Karaoke & Sing Alongs at City Place | FREE – In Spring, the shopping and dining destination hosts another holiday event, this time offering you the chance to grab the mic and belt out your favorite Christmas carols and seasonal classics. 6pm to 8pm.
  • The Grinch Movie Screening at Levy Park | FREE – The 2018 animated version of The Grinch screens outdoors at Levy Park, just off Richmond Avenue, for a Family Movie Night event. 7pm.

Serve! Legends Only
at Warehouse Live
Friday, December 16

Werk your way to EaDo for an eleganza extravaganza featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty; the legendary Monét X Change, Symone, Willam, and Queen of the Universe’s, Aria B Cassadine—plus Houston icons Blackberri, ONDI, Luna of the Lilies, Norvina DuBois, and Adriana LaRue.

$55 and up | 8pm

  • All A’s Asian American Appreciation Comedy Show at Rec Room Arts – Come out to the Downtown arts venue for a night of Asian American stand-up, featuring local comics like Peng Dang, Son Tran, Connor Carter, Victor Tran and more. $15 and up. 8pm.
  • Wild Child in Concert at the Heights Theater – The Austin-based indie pop ensemble brings tunes from their forthcoming album, including the recent release, “Wearing Blue.” $18 and up. 8pm.
  • Daniel & Andrew’s Christmas Comedy Spectacular at the Secret Group – Houston’s own Daniel Van Kirk and Andrew Youngblood host this night of stand-up in EaDo, joined by the Suffers’ Kam Franklin for live music, and including a toy drive that helps support the mission of local legend, Pancho Claus. Bring a toy and get your first drink free. $10 and up. 8pm.
  • Serve! Legends Only Drag Show at Warehouse Live – Head to EaDo for an eleganza extravaganza featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty; the legendary Monét X Change, Symone, Willam, and Queen of the Universe’s, Aria B Cassadine. Joining in on the fun are Houston icons Blackberri, ONDI, Luna of the Lilies, Norvina DuBois, and Adriana LaRue. $55 and up. 8pm.
  • Victor Internet, Ariel & the Culture, Estéreomance in Concert at White Oak Music Hall – The upstairs stage at White Oak hosts Ariel’s Latin Prom Night, featuring the Chicago-based Mexican American producer Victor Internet, Ariel & the Culture from Dallas, and support from Estéreomance. $18 and up. 8pm.
  • Josh Turner in Concert at Arena Theatre – The chart-topping country gospel singer finds his way to the Southwest Houston stage for an evening of songs, including from his latest, 2021’s King Size Manger. $39.50 and up. 8:30pm.
  • Borgore DJ Set at Stereo Live – The Israeli DJ and EDM producer from Tel Aviv lands at West Houston’s premier venue for electronic music. $10. 10pm.
  • Felix Cartal DJ Set at Rise Rooftop – The EDM producer known for blending across many genres hits the Midtown rooftop for a night that recalls a groove from his fourth studio album, Expensive Sounds for Nice People. $15. 10pm.
  • Trinity the Tuck Live at ReBar – Winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, Trinity the Tuck performs live at ReBar on Tuam. $20 and up. 10:30pm.
  • More Great Things to Do All Weekend Long – Some of the biggest things to do in Houston are happening all weekend long. Scroll up to see our list, or browse Houston Experiences to save on museum passes, tours, and more.

Things to Do on Saturday, December 17 & Sunday, December 18, 2022.

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.