Houston’s Weekend Happenings November 28th, 29th, 30th, December 1st


November 28th





BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot

WHEN:  Thursday 7:30am

WHERE:  The Galleria, 5085 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056, Get Directions >

COST:  $20-$40

DETAILS: The BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot is now offering registration for its annual Philips 66 5K & 10K races, as well as the Angels Medical Kids Run. The BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot is a Thanksgiving Day favorite for hundreds of families and individuals across the Greater Houston region who have made it a part of their Thanksgiving Day traditions. Proceeds raised by the race benefit the over 112-year-old nonprofit’s continued work in the local region – across more than 60 locations.

The BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot will include three separate races in the Uptown Galleria area designed to appeal to runners of all ages and experience levels. Winners of the certified timed events will be given awards based on event and age category. By running in any of the race events you are supporting nearly 600,000 men, women, children and seniors earn, learn, and belong.

Participants in the Houston Turkey Trot are encouraged, but not required, to wear their best Thanksgiving Day outfits or costumes.

INFO:  713-667-9400, https://houstonturkeytrot.org/


November 28th





Woodforest Turkey Trot

WHEN:  Thursday 8:30am

WHERE:  Woodforest Forest Island Recreation Complex, 4665 Woodforest Pkwy. N, Montgomery, TX 77316, Get Directions >

COST:  $30

DETAILS:  The public can start Thanksgiving Day the healthy way with the annual Woodforest Turkey Trot. Events in the race include the Mashed Potato Mile and the 5K Family Feast Walk/Run. A Harvest Half Mile is available for kids ages 12 and under. Snacks and water will be provided. All runners receive a finisher medal and those registering by November 17 will receive a race T-shirt.

INFO:  936-447-2840, https://turkeytrot19.eventbrite.com/


November 28th






WHEN:  Thursday 9:00am

WHERE:  Area of Town: Downtown

COST:  Free Admission

DETAILS:  At 9 AM on Thanksgiving morning, celebrate 70 years of our annual holiday tradition, the HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade! What began as Santa’s sleigh ride through downtown and into Foley’s in 1949 is now a beloved Houston tradition that ushers in the holiday season.

INFO:  https://www.visithoustontexas.com/event/70th-annual-h-e-b-thanksgiving-day-parade/72303/


November 28th, 29th, 30th,

December 1st






Moody Gardens presents Ice Land

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

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/


November 28th, 29th, 30th,

December 1st 






Discovery Green presents The ICE

WHEN:  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/


November 28th





32nd Annual Uptown Holiday Lighting

WHEN:  Thursday 4:00pm

WHERE:  Uptown Houston, 1908 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  The 32nd Annual Uptown Holiday Lighting will be reimagined with the lighting of over 300 all-new, 20-foot-tall holiday trees that will line Post Oak Boulevard from the West Loop to Richmond Avenue. Four times the number of traditional tree decorations that existed in years past, the custom artisan-fabricated holiday trees will feature an amazing integration of lighting technology that all ages will enjoy.

The family event will also feature festive music, holiday concessions, holiday characters and a special appearance from Santa. Following the ceremonial lighting of the new holiday trees, each illuminated in 850 multi-color lights, the evening will culminate with a fireworks extravaganza.

INFO:  http://www.uptown-houston.com/


November 28th, 29th, 30th,

December 1st






Magical Winter Lights

WHEN:  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/


November 28th, 29th, 30th,

December 1st






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:  $20.25 – $23.85

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/


November 28th, 29th, 30th,

December 1st






Moody Gardens presents Festival of Lights

WHEN:  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/


November 28th, 29th, 30th,

December 1st






Sugar Land Skeeters presents Sugar Land Holiday Lights

WHEN:  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/


November 28th, 29th, 30th,

December 1st






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/


November 29th, 30th, December 1st





Texas Renaissance Festival

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

WHERE:  Texas Renaissance Festival, 21778 FM 177, Todd Mission, TX 77363, Get Directions >

COST:  $17-$34; kids 4 and under are free; kids 12 and under are free on Sundays

DETAILS:  The Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest, most acclaimed renaissance theme park, returns for the 44th season. The magic of the Festival transports patrons to the 16th century offering enchanting experiences featuring world-renowned live entertainment, works by master artists and craftspeople, award winning food and drink, hand-powered rides and games, and over 100 interactive characters.
The King and Queen open the festival with Oktoberfest, a celebration of the sausage and beer. Themed weekend will include:

November 29-December 1: Celtic Christmas

INFO:  https://www.texrenfest.com/


November 29th






1940 Air Terminal Museum presents “Space Age Christmas Trees” opening day

WHEN:  Friday 10:00am

WHERE: 1940 Air Terminal Museum, 8325 Travelair Blvd, Houston, TX 77061, Get Directions >

COST:  $2-$5

DETAILS:  The “Space Age Christmas Trees” exhibit is based on The Evergleam Book and will include graphics along the north and south hallways of the mezzanine, a speaker with music, and a display of 12 of the most highly sought after and rarest of the Space Age Christmas Trees.

Following the opening day, the exhibit will be on display until January 3, 2020. The exhibit will not be open on December 24-25 and January 1.

INFO:  713-454-1940, http://www.1940airterminal.org/


November 29th, 30th, December 1st





Flea at Silver Street presents Black Friday Holiday Flea

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

WHERE: Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St, Houston, TX 77007, Get Directions >

COST:  $5; free for kids 12 and younger

DETAILS:  This holiday season, the Black Friday Holiday Flea will support and feature local artists, designers, and craftsmen at all of their events. Shop a curated market of one-of-a-kind collectibles, jewelry, vintage, art, mid-century modern furniture, original designs, and more artisan products. There will be local food vendors, food trucks, a pet adoption event, music, and a bar.

INFO:  832-356-3274, http://www.fleaatsilverstreet.com/


November 29th, 30th






The Ballard House of Katy presents The Festival of Trees

WHEN:  Friday 10:00am, Saturday 10:0am

WHERE:  Cane Island Amenity Village, 2100 Cane Island Pkwy, Katy, TX 77493, Get Directions >

COST:  $25; free for children under 3

DETAILS:  At the Festival of Trees, families can purchase custom-designed Christmas trees and wreaths, browse a massive holiday gift market, enjoy live entertainment, take photos with Santa, and more. Proceeds from this year’s Festival of Trees will benefit The Ballard House of Katy and its mission of providing temporary housing for patients and their families coming to the Katy area for extended medical treatment.

INFO:  http://www.bhfot.org/


November 29th, 30th, December 1st





Galveston Railroad Museum presents The Polar Express Train Ride

WHEN:  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


November 29th






Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration

WHEN:  Friday 6:00pm

WHERE:  Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  The annual Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration will kick off to celebrate the start of the Christmas season. This event will feature live performers, including the Galveston Ballet, visits with Santa and the lighting of the city’s official 35-foot Christmas tree.

INFO:  http://www.hotelgalvez.com/


November 29th, 30th







War’Hous presents DC vs. Marvel II

WHEN:  Friday 6:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm

WHERE:  Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020, Get Directions >

COST:  $10 for preview party; admission is free for main event

DETAILS:  War’hous has teamed up with Super Happy Incredible Toys to present DC vs. Marvel II. The event will feature artwork from local artists, an eclectic vendor market, cosplay contests, and a brand new beer garden & restaurant at Saint Arnold.

INFO:  832-768-9515, https://www.facebook.com/events/474086353443315/


November 29th





Downtown District presents Thing-A-Ma-Jingle on Main Street

WHEN:  Friday 7:00pm

WHERE:  The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 705 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, Get Directions >

COST: Admission is free

DETAILS:  The inaugural Thing-A-Ma-Jingle takes place along Main Street in Downtown Houston’s Historic District. Recommended for ages 21 and up, the giant block party will feature a Black Friday Night Market hosted by Pop Shop America, a chance to sing holiday tunes with carol-oke, a Hipster Santa to tell if people have been naughty or nice, a holiday-themed photo booth bus, and more.

Place location is for address purposes only; the event will take place all along the stretch of Main Street between Commerce and Rusk.

INFO:  713-228-9472, http://bit.ly/Thingamajingle


November 30th, December 1st





Veranda present Holiday Décor Market

WHEN:  Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 12:00pm

WHERE:  The Cottage House, 23323 Pearl Glen Dr, Richmond, TX 77469, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS: Seasonal decorations and how best to display them will be the focus of this pop-up holiday market. The Cottage House be transformed into a holiday home décor wonderland, including table settings, ornaments, mantel décor, and more. Professional decorating demonstrations will inspire attendees as they enjoy wine and snacks, while supplies last.

INFO:  832-449-3937, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/holiday-market-tickets-79014330991


November 30th






Green Mountain Energy® presents Winter Flea by Night

WHEN:  Saturday 6:00pm

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

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  Discovery Green’s night market expands to a weekly event during the holiday season. Flea by Night features works by local artisans, artful kitsch, vintage items, antiques and other treasures, plus live music, food trucks, lawn games, and more.

INFO:  713-400-7336, http://www.discoverygreen.com/


November 30th






Galveston Arts Center presents Amber Eagle: “Nap Dreams” opening reception

WHEN:  Saturday 6:00pm

WHERE:  Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  Amber Eagle’s exhibition features multi-media works inspired by devotional, celebratory, and folk-art practices found throughout Mexico and the Southern United States. Eagle employs the ephemera of pageantry, ritual celebrations, and adornments often used to celebrate personal and historical events in her work.

Influenced by her extensive experience spent between Mexico and Texas, Eagle creates narratives that are inspired by the role of the feminine in Mexican myths and folklore. Cake decorations, party favors, fireworks, prize ribbons, and trophies are represented in an evolving narrative translated through the artist’s personal experience living between two cultures.  Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until February 23, 2020.

INFO:  https://www.galvestonartscenter.org/exhibitions/ambereagle


December 1st






Houston Ferrari Festival

WHEN:  Sunday 10:00am

WHERE:  River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77027, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS: The Ferrari Festival will feature hundreds of Ferraris and thousands of visitors who will gather to appreciate the beauty of these special cars and raise funds to support Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Over the past 10 years, the Festival has raised more than $500,000 for the hospital.

INFO:  713-772-3868, http://www.houstonferrarifestival.com/


December 1st





Gray Contemporary presents “The True History of the Objects” and “Spatial Compositions” opening reception

WHEN: Sunday 6:00pm

WHERE:  Gray Contemporary, 3508 Lake St, Houston, TX 77098, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  Gray Contemporary will host two solo exhibitions: In the Main Gallery will be Ernesto Marenco: “The True History of the Objects,” and in the Second Gallery will be Kamila Szczesna: “Spatial Compositions.” Marenco is an artist, or visual poet, who has more than 35 years translating the language of poetry to everyday objects. Szczesna is an interdisciplinary artist working in various media and formats, including sculpture, drawing, and installation. Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until January 12, 2019.

INFO:  713-862-4425, http://www.graycontemporary.com/


December 1st



BOX 13 ArtSpace presents “From the Treehouse,” “Earthly Bodies: The Houston Brick Archive,” and “Neither Here Nor There” opening reception

WHEN:  Sunday 7:00pm

WHERE:  BOX 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77011, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  In the Front BOX, the exhibition “From the Treehouse” was born upon artist Elisabeth Mladenov’s first contact with the Houston environment, having settled into what she describes as a tree house next to the Menil Collection, as she shed control over both process and result in her work through the use of automatic painting techniques. The exhibition “Earthly Bodies: The Houston Brick Archive” in the Back BOX highlights a large collection of bricks salvaged from sites around Houston by artist Alexander Squier/Fondren Project, presenting an “archaeological theater” – a multifaceted research project that combines sculpture, maps, and other documents focusing on the physical qualities and histories of the bricks, which serve as a metaphor for change and for people, their migrations, and the diverse fabric of the world.

In the installation “Neither Here Nor There” in the Window BOX, Jasmine Zelaya explores the loss and gain and sense of insider vs. outsider of her experience as a daughter of immigrants, raised to assimilate, and as that of a woman of color with an adopted culture, in collaboration with New Orleans based artist Jacob Reptile.

Following the opening reception, the exhibits will be on display until February 2, 2019.

INFO:  713-522-8692, http://box13artspace.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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