Looking for ideas on what to do over the holidays? Here is a good place to start. For more, see our events calendar.
Houston Zoo, Museum District
Through Jan. 13, 2019; closed Dec. 19, 24 and 25. 5-11 p.m. (closes 10 p.m. on “value nights;” last entry 1-1½ hours before closing)
Admission: $17.95-$22.95 for non-members; 1 and under: free
Animal-themed light displays surrounded by the zoo’s real animals. Fifteen miles of LED lights illuminate oak trees and decorate paths.
Alley Theatre, downtown
Through Dec. 30; see website for dates and times.
Admission: $37 and up
A family-friendly re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve.
Gulf Greyhound Park, La Marque
Through Jan. 6, 2019. Sun.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat., 5-11 p.m. Open all holidays.
Huge, illuminated displays, plus a holiday market, photo ops with Santa, acrobatic performances, rides and games.
Discovery Green, downtown
Through Jan. 27, 2019. Times vary.
Admission: $11; $4 skate rental
Ice skate outside at Discovery Green all winter. Check the website for special themed skating events.
Southside Clubhouse, 3743 Garnet St.
Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Admission: Free. Wristbands to play games: $20; meal tickets: $7
Carnival games, inflatables, mechanical bull, rock-climbing wall, snow, photos with Santa, face painting, shopping bazaar.
Bellaire Town Square, 7001 5th St., Bellaire
Sun., Dec. 2, 4-6:30 p.m.
The Shul of Bellaire hosts a "Magical Chanukah" featuring magician, illusionist and comedian John O'Bryant. Dinner buffet, latkes, inflatables, carnival, craft booths, “magical menorah.”
West U Community Building, 6104 Auden St.
Mon., Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate the start of the holiday season with West U neighbors as the tree is lit.
Wortham Theater, downtown
Through Dec. 29; see website for dates and times.
Admission: $30 and up
The Houston Ballet returns to the Wortham Theater with the holiday classic The Nutcracker.
City Hall’s Hermann Square, downtown
Sat., Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Architecture Center Houston, teams create gingerbread masterpieces using 100 percent edible materials. Kids’ construction zone, Santa, food trucks, music.
Levy Park, 3801 Eastside St.
Sun., Dec. 9, 1-6 p.m.
The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center hosts a festival with music, crafts, food, art and social-action projects.
CityCentre, 800 Town and Country Blvd.
Wed., Dec. 12, 7 p.m.
Gather in CityCentre’s plaza to watch It’s a Wonderful Life on a massive screen.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Dr.
Dec. 14-Jan. 5. Weds., Thurs., Sun., 5:30-9 p.m.; Friday-Sat., 5:30-10 p.m.
Admission: $10-15 for non-members; free for 4 and under.
Thousands of lights plus holiday-themed tours of Ima Hogg’s historic mansion, model train, snow “sledding,” carolers, photos with Santa.
Bunker Hill Village
Thurs., Dec. 20, 6-8 p.m.
Parade with floats, Santa and caroling. Begins at Bunker Hill Elementary (11950 Taylorcrest), winds through the Village and ends at Frostwood Elementary.
Jones Hall, downtown
Dec. 21-22, 8 p.m.; Dec. 23, 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $29 and up
The Houston Symphony, chorus and guest soloists perform holiday tunes, including the “Hallelujah Chorus.”
See more events on our event calendar here.
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