Houston’s Weekend Happenings December 31st, January 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th


December 31ST, January 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th




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 31st, January 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th





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

WHEN:  Tuesday 10:00am, Wednesday 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 31st, January 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th 






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 31st





George Ranch Historical Park presents New Year’s Eve Historical Bash

WHEN:  Tuesday 11:00am

WHERE: George Ranch Historic Park, 10215 FM 762 Rd, Richmond , TX 77469, Get Directions >

COST:  $10-$15; free for age 3 and under and FBHA members

DETAILS: George Ranch Historical Park will host a special New Year’s Eve Historical Bash. Prepare for the countdown with a historical mask-making and noise-making craft and learn the dos and don’ts of “first-footing.” At noon, a countdown will be held at the 1830s Jones Stock Farm.

INFO:  281-343-0218, http://georgeranch.org/



December 31st, January 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th








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 31st, January 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th







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 31st





Bosscat Kitchen & Libations presents New Year’s Eve Pairing Dinner

WHEN:  Tuesday 5:00pm

WHERE: Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, 4310 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027, Get Directions >

COST:  $75-$100

DETAILS: Bosscat’s third annual New Year’s Eve celebration will feature a four-course pairing dinner and live DJ. Reservations starting from 5-9 pm are $75/person, while reservations from 9-11 pm are $100/person, which includes champagne all night and DJ entertainment beginning at 10 pm. Reservations are recommended. Guests will choose one item from each course and one beverage.

INFO:  http://www.bosscatkitchen-houston.com/


December 31st, January 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th  







TXU presents Zoo Lights

WHEN:  Tuesday 5:30pm, Wednesday 5:30pm, 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 31st, January 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th 







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 31st, January 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th 






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 31st, January 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th   





Space Center Houston presents Galaxy Lights

WHEN:  Tuesday 6:00pm, Wednesday 6:00pm , 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/





January 1st 





B.B. Lemon presents New Year’s Day Hangover Cure Brunch

WHEN:  Wednesday 11:00am

WHERE: B. B. Lemon, 1809 Washington Ave, Houston , TX 77007, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS: B.B. Lemon will host their New Year’s Day Hangover Cure Brunch to help guests recover and re-hydrate with their straightforward food, cocktails, and live music. They will be featuring a black-eyed pea special so that the attendees can ensure health, wealth and prosperity in the New Year.

INFO:  713-554-1809, https://www.facebook.com/events/930341650672193/



January 1st






B&B Butchers & Restaurant presents New Year’s Day Hangover Cure Brunch

WHEN:  Wednesday 11:00am

WHERE: B&B Butchers and Restaurant, 1814 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS: B&B Butchers & Restaurant will host their annual “Hangover Cure Brunch,” an event where attendees will enjoy live music on the rooftop patio and decadent brunch dishes, including a black-eyed pea special and oversized “Manmosas” (a mimosa in a pilsner glass).

INFO:  713-862-1814, https://www.facebook.com/events/1400786163422137/



January 3rd, 4th, 5th





65th Annual Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show

WHEN:  Friday 1:00pm, Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 11:00am

WHERE: NRG Center, 1 NRG Par, Houston, TX 77054, Get Directions >

COST:  $5-$15; free for kids 5 and under

DETAILS: The 65th annual Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show is the largest indoor show in the nation for boats and outdoor sports, a two-week event that will feature more than 1,500 boats and RVs covering 700,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Visitors to the 2020 event will have access to hundreds of industry experts, special deals, family activities and more.  In addition to returning favorites – like the Fish-O-Rama kids fishing experience, the 4,000-gallon Bass Tub and the Kid’s Build-A-Boat attraction – the boat show will offer plenty of new activities, including a craft beer garden, kid’s casting clinics and even special visits from Houston Astros mascot Orbit.

INFO:  713-526-6361, http://www.houstonboatshows.com/



January 4th, 5th





The Bridal Extravaganza

WHEN:  Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 11:00am

WHERE: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las America, Houston, TX 77010, Get Directions >

COST:  $15-$20

DETAILS: Visitors can meet over 350 wedding vendors at The Bridal Extravaganza. Attendees will be able to see fashion shows, taste cake, and plan their entire wedding in one weekend. Special features include wedding planning seminar, ring selfie station, and an opportunity to appear on a billboard.

INFO:  281-340-7777, http://www.bridalextravaganza.com/



January 4th






Houston Audubon presents Bird Friendly New Year’s

WHEN:  Saturday 10:00am

WHERE: Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, 440 Wilchester Blvd, Houston, TX 77079, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS: Houston Audubon will start 2020 off with activities including a walk in the woods and a scavenger hunt, as well as hot beverages, cookies, crafts and more in the cabin. This is a drop in event and is open to all ages.

INFO:  713-932-1639, https://houstonaudubon.org/programs/calendar.html/event/2020/01/04/bird-friendly-new-year-s-at-edith-l-moore/271254



January 4th





The Market at Sawyer Yards

WHEN:  Saturday 11:00am

WHERE: The Silos on Sawyer, 1502 Sawyer St, Houston, TX 77007, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS: The Market at Sawyer Yards is a curated market that hosts a mix of artist mediums with a focus on folk art, the maker is the seller and artisan crafts including packaged specialty foods. The market features 60 exhibitors, live original music performances, food trucks, wine, beer, and cocktails.

INFO:  832-273-4798, http://sawyerstreetmarket.com/



January 4th





Archway Gallery presents “Urban Observations” opening reception

WHEN:  Saturday 5:00pm

WHERE: Archway Gallery, 2305-A Dunlavy St, Houston, TX 77019, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS: Archway Gallery presents “Urban Observations,” featuring the new collection of encaustic paintings by Joel Anderson. Big and bold. These words describe Houston, as well as Joel Anderson’s newest collection of works in his third show at Archway Gallery. In this exhibition, you’ll see Houston through Anderson’s eyes — what he sees while driving about town and taking walks through the Houston Heights. There are new perspectives on the downtown skyline which has become a signature series for Anderson, as well as things that interest him in one way or another, including the tree canopies, cellphone towers, and, yes, the gargoyles that inhabit the Bayou City.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until January 30, 2020.

INFO:  713-522-2409, http://www.archwaygallery.com/



January 4th, 5th






G Spot Gallery presents “Extravagant Drawing (ReDo)” opening reception and Talk

WHEN:  Saturday 6:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm

WHERE: Gspot Gallery, 310 E. 9th St, Houston, TX 77007, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS: This is a tiny sliver of current practice, and focusing on drawings will be enjoyable and comprehensible without knowing the artists’ larger practices. Still the intention of the exhibition is that it will provoke visitors to look more deeply at a few of the artists here, lured in by the drawing based artistic thirst traps presented here.

The talk will be held on January 5. Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until January 26.

INFO:  http://gspotgallery.com/



January 5th




Watercolor Art Society-Houston presents Signature Members Exhibition opening day

WHEN:  Sunday 2:00pm

WHERE: Watercolor Art Society-Houston, 1601 W. Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS: For the first time in its 55-year history, the Watercolor Art Society-Houston has assembled an exhibition of art work painted by its signature members. During its half century of existence WASH has recognized over 150 Signature members that have each gained entrance into three or more of its annual juried International Watermedia Exhibits. Many of these artists have been recognized by other watercolor societies around the country and some exhibit their work in commercial galleries.

This exhibit will illustrate the beauty and the power of the medium – from abstract to representational to experimental. The Houston community is invited to come and see how these signature members are making artistic expression through this humble medium and see how some of the best artists of today are breaking new ground with watercolor painting. Following the opening day, the exhibit will be on display until January 5, 2020.

INFO:  713-942-9966, https://www.watercolorhouston.org/





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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/

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