Houston’s Weekend Happenings December 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th

Wishing you a safe and happy holidays


December 24th, 25th, 26th,  28th, 29th 




Russian Cultural Center presents Russian Winter Bazaar

WHEN:  Tuesday 9:00am, Thursday 9:00am, Friday 9:00am, Saturday 9:00am, Sunday 9:00am

WHERE: Russian Cultural Center, 2337 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  Exchanging gifts has been an essential part of this wonderful time of the year, and the Russian Cultural Center once again is offering unique ethnic souvenirs and gifts that are hard to find anywhere else. Each and every one of them is hand-made in accordance with centuries-old Russian traditions.

They have wooden figures of Father Frost and beautiful icons. Their collection of traditional blue-and-white porcelain – Gzhel – has been expanded recently, and includes many vintage items. They offer colorful handmade and hand painted wooden tableware called “Khokhloma.” They also have several beautiful Russian tea sets by the famous porcelain factories, such as Lomonosov (Imperial) Porcelain Factory, Dulevo porcelain factory, and others. There are famous Tula samovars on display. And of course, guests will find the famous Russian nesting dolls, or matryoshkas.

INFO:  713-395-3301, https://www.facebook.com/events/1228712563980142/


December 24th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th






The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents “Norman Rockwell: American Freedom”

WHEN:  Tuesday 10:00am, Thursday 10:00am, Friday 10:00am, Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 12:15pm

WHERE:  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, Get Directions >

COST:  Free-$17

DETAILS:  “Norman Rockwell: American Freedom” is the first comprehensive exhibition devoted to Norman Rockwell’s iconic depictions of the Four Freedoms outlined by Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want. The presentation explores how Rockwell’s 1943 paintings came to be embraced by millions of Americans. These works of art provided crucial aid to the war effort and took their place among the most indelible images in the history of American art. Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, the exhibition features a range of works in addition to Rockwell’s celebrated images of the Four Freedoms. “Norman Rockwell: American Freedom” showcases paintings, illustrations, prints, and more by Rockwell (1894-1978) and many of his contemporaries, including Dorothea Lange, J.C. Leyendecker, Mead Schaeffer, Ben Shahn, and Arthur Szyk. Bringing the era to life are historical documents, photographs, videos, and artifacts throughout the installation. Interactive digital displays and immersive settings, some using virtual reality technology, are also part of the presentation.

INFO:  713-639-7300, https://www.mfah.org/exhibitions/norman-rockwell-american-freedom

December 24th, 25th 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th




Moody Gardens presents Ice Land

WHEN: Tuesday 10:00am, Wednesday 10:00am, Thursday 10:00am, Friday 10:00am, Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 10:00am

WHERE: Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554, Get Directions >

COST: $14.95-$28.95

DETAILS:  Moody Gardens will present th 28,000-square-foot Ice Land attraction (made from two million pounds of ice) with an all-new “Christmas Around the World” theme. In this 28,000-square-foot ice wonderland, visitors can explore a chilling maze of majestic ice sculptures, decorated in elaborate colors and shapes, with some standing 30 feet tall. The event includes 30-foot ice slides and intricately carved sculptures, featuring holiday figures and­ scenes that will allow guests to “travel” from Russia and Egypt to China and beyond to see representations of how different cultures celebrate the holiday season.

INFO:  http://www.moodygardens.com/holiday_season/


December 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th






Magical Winter Lights

WHEN:  Tuesday 5:00pm, Wednesday 5:00pm, Thursday 5:00pm, Friday 5:00pm, Saturday 5:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm

WHERE:  Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004 Rd, La Marque, TX 77568, Get Directions >

COST:  $13-$25; $76-$80 for family four pack

DETAILS:  Magical Winter Lights will feature over 6 million lights, upgraded installations, interactive displays, and eight themed lantern sections. The multicultural festival will also feature the dinosaur exhibit with kid-friendly dinosaur rides, entertainment by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, the Ice Sisters, authentic arts and crafts created by skilled Chinese artisans, carnival rides & games, and food. They are introducing brand new nightly Chinese acrobatic shows included in the admission.

INFO:  888-560-5853, https://magicalwinterlights.com/


December 24th, 25th, 26th 27th, 28th, 29th 






Discovery Green presents The ICE

WHEN: Tuesday 11:00am, Wednesday 1:00pm, Thursday 11:00am, Friday 11:00am, Saturday 11:00am, Sunday 11:00am

WHERE:  Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010, Get Directions >

COST:  $11

DETAILS:  The ICE is the largest outdoor ice skating surface in the Southwest. Discovery Green uses water from Kinder Lake to freeze the ice, and all equipment runs on Green Mountain Energy’s renewable energy, ensuring The ICE is environmentally friendly and sustainable.

INFO: 713-400-7336https://www.discoverygreen.com/


December 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th







Sugar Land Skeeters presents Sugar Land Holiday Lights

WHEN:  Tuesday 6:00pm, Wednesday, 6:00pm, Thursday 6:00pm, Friday 6:00pm, Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 6:00pm

WHERE:  Constellation Field Stadium, 1 Stadium Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77498, Get Directions >

COST:  $12-$16

DETAILS:  Celebrate the season in the most magical way at the 5th annual Sugar Land Holiday Lights presented by Imperial Sugar. The sparkling wonderland features more than 2.5 million lights and numerous themed displays at Constellation Field. Participants can also get some holiday shopping done with a variety of vendors, enjoy great food, and meet Santa.

INFO:  281-240-4487, http://sugarlandholidaylights.com/


December 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th






Moody Gardens presents Festival of Lights

WHEN:  Tuesday 6:00pm, Wednesday 6:00pm, Thursday 6:00pm, Friday 6:00pm, Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 6:00pm

WHERE:  Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554, Get Directions >

COST:  $8.95 – $18.95

DETAILS:  The 18th annual Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens is the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast. While visiting Moody Gardens, visitors can also take a ride on the Arctic Slide, go ice-skating, visit with Santa, go on a train ride, grab hot cocoa, and more.

At the opening ceremony on November 16, Santa will parachute in and flip the switch that turns on the mile-long Festival of Lights trail, showcasing more than 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays. The opening ceremony will also feature choirs and other free, live entertainment.

INFO:  http://www.moodygardens.com/holiday_season/


December 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th






Galveston Railroad Museum presents The Polar Express Train Ride

WHEN:  Thursday 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 8:30pm, Friday 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 8:30pm, Saturday 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 8:30pm, Sunday 5:00pm, 6:45pm, 8:30pm

WHERE:  Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Pl, Galveston, TX 77550, Get Directions >

COST:  $27-$75

DETAILS: Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on The Polar Express. Once onboard, hot chocolate and treats are served as passengers read along with the classic children’s book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers greet passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, where each child is given the first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh bell. Chefs aboard each car lead passengers in singing Christmas carols on the ride back to the museum.

INFO:  http://www.galvestonrrmuseum.org/polar-express


December 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th 






TXU presents Zoo Lights

WHEN:  Thursday 5:30pm, Friday 5:30pm, Saturday 5:30pm, Sunday 5:30pm

WHERE:  Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030, Get Directions >

COST:  $20.60 – $23.35

DETAILS:  TXU presents Zoo Lights, an event where guests can stroll through a 100-foot-long Infinity Tunnel of Light, experience the 4-D Enchanted Forest, catch a giant Ice Dragon come to life, see “snow” in Texas, take a picture with Santa, and more.

INFO:  713-533-6500, https://www.houstonzoo.org/events/zoo-lights/


December 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th 




The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Christmas Village at Bayou Bend

WHEN: Thursday 5:30pm, Friday 5:30pm, Saturday 5:30pm, Sunday 5:30pm

WHERE:  Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007, Get Directions >

COST:  $8-$15; free for children 4 and younger

DETAILS:  Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens will once again transform into a winter wonderland for the fifth annual Christmas Village at Bayou Bend. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, brings holiday cheer with thousands of lights, carolers, animated projections, a hand-crafted model train, and festive activities, including cotton snowball tosses and a faux-snow slope, for all ages. Visitors can stroll through the gardens sipping on holiday beverages, pose for pictures with Santa while he is in town (available until December 23), or even take a holiday-themed tour of Ima Hogg’s historic mansion with actors and theatrical effects. With the assistance of partner Landry’s, Christmas Village also offers dinner and light bite options at Santa’s Kitchen Food truck and sweet treats at the candy shop. This year, Bayou Bend will be partnering with Montrose’s popular retro thrift store Pavement Clothing for Ugly Sweaters at the Bend on Monday, December 16. For one night only, Houstonians are encouraged to sport their ugliest Christmas sweater at Christmas Village. Those in sweaters will receive two special coupons: 20 percent off Bayou Bend’s Holiday Shop that evening and $5 off Norman Rockwell: American Freedom at the Museum’s main campus.

INFO:  713-639-7750, https://www.mfah.org/calendar/christmas-village-bayou-bend/201912160530PM


December 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th  





Space Center Houston presents Galaxy Lights

WHEN:  Thursday 6:00pm, Friday 6:00pm, Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 6:00pm

WHERE:  Space Center Houston, 1601 E. NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058, Get Directions >

COST:  $15.95-$19.95

DETAILS:  Celebrate the holiday season while discovering science and space exploration with Houston’s newest holiday tradition, Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant. This all-new, technologically advanced experience will transform and illuminate Space Center Houston with space-themed installations via LED lights, 3-D projections, and interactive displays.

The self-guided festive experience includes a full range of interactive and immersive light displays inside the center, in Independence Plaza, and at Rocket Park.

INFO:  https://spacecenter.org/galaxy-lights/



December 27th






Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Texas A&M

WHEN:  Friday 5:45pm

WHERE:  NRG Stadium, 2 NRG Par, Houston, TX 77054, Get Directions >

COST:  $35-$125, BOX OFFICE HOURS, Mon-Fri 10am – 5pm; Sat 10am – 2pm

DETAILS:  The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl will feature a matchup between the Oklahoma State Cowboys of the Big XII Conference and the Texas A&M Aggies of the SEC Conference.

INFO:  713-629-3700, http://www.academytexasbowl.com/



December 29th






Montrose Morning Market

WHEN:  Sunday 10:00am

WHERE:  Montrose Morning Market, 1248 W. Gray St, Houston, TX 77019, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  The weekly Montrose Morning Market features gourmet foods, handmade goods, jewelry, arts & crafts, clothing, organic groceries, and more.

INFO:  832-827-4447, http://montrosemorningmarket.com/




Discovery Green:  www.discoverygreen.com ,

Miller Outdoor Theater:  www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

Houston Symphony:   http://www.houstonsymphony.org/ – (713) 224-7575

Houston Ballet: http://www.houstonballet.org/ – (713) 227-2787

Alley Theatre:   http://www.alleytheatre.org/uh – (713) 220-5700

TUTS (Theatre under the Stars):  http://www.tuts.com/default.aspx

SPA – Society for the Performing Arts Houston:  http://www.spahouston.org/home – (713) 227-4772

Classical Theatre Company:  http://www.classicaltheatre.org/ – (713) 963-9665

Stages Repertory Theatre:   http://stagestheatre.com/ – (713) 527-0123

MFAH – Museum of Fine Arts Houston:  http://www.mfah.org/exhibitions

Houston Children’s Museum:  http://www.cmhouston.org/ – (713) 522-1138

Official Visitor’s Site for Houston:  http://www.visithoustontexas.com/travel-tools/events/

Culture Map Houston:  http://houston.culturemap.com/events/

Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion:  https://www.woodlandscenter.org/events – tel:281-363-3300




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