Get Your Ugly Sweaters Out List of Things to Do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday November 30 to Sunday, December 2, 2018. 

Rock out to all your favorite ’80s songs at an award-winning musical; snag unique gifts from one of several holiday markets around town; celebrate Indonesian culture at a two-day fest; wear a tacky sweater for a holiday bar crawl through Midtown; race through a mud-filled obstacle course and more.

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2, 2018.

Things to Do All Weekend

·         Chanukah Events Around Houston | Daily – Celebrate Chanukah with friends, family, and loved ones with a variety of festivals, menorah lightings and more happening around Houston this weekend. Prices, times, and locations vary.

·         Christmas Events Around Houston | Daily – Get in the Christmas spirit with our list of the Top 25 parties, festivals, concerts, markets and other festive events happening in and around Houston. Times vary.

·         The Ultimate Christmas Show (Abridged) at Stages Repertory Theatre | Daily – Follow along as three quick-witted church members are forced to perform an impromptu Christmas pageant after none of their scheduled acts arrive. Tickets start at $25. Showtimes vary.

·         Panto Star Force at Stages Repertory Theatre | Daily – Crack up at this hilarious spoof of the original Star Wars trilogy, which follows Jed, a farm boy from the planet Cypress, who joins forces with a zany band of space rebels to take on the powerful Emperor Snorkelfish and Dark Tater. Tickets start at $25. Showtimes vary.

·         Alley Theatre presents A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas | Daily – Catch a performance of the classic, seasonal tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who’s famously visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future in Alley Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. Tickets start at $37. Showtimes vary.

·         Celebrate! Holiday Art Stroll at Sawyer Yards | Friday and Saturday | No Cover – Take care of holiday shopping at this two-day art stroll through Sawyer Yards’ six studio buildings. Night one is located in the North Yard, through Spring Street and Sabine Street Studios, while night two is at the Main Yard, which includes Silver Street Studios, The Silos at Sawyer Yards, and Winter Street Studios. Both nights, you can browse a variety of unique finds, including jewelry, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, mosaic, photography, mixed media and more. 5pm to 9pm both days.

·         The French Farm’s Annual Holiday Open Warehouse Sale | Friday and Saturday | No Cover – Stock your kitchen for all of your holiday season get-togethers at The French Farm’s Spring Open Warehouse Sale. You’ll find discounted prices on everything from jams, mustards, and oils to cutlery and serving ware. 10am to 3pm both days.

·         45th Annual Dickens on the Strand in Galveston | Friday to Sunday – Travel back in time as Galveston’s historic Strand is transformed into Charles Dickens’ Victorian London for this annual, family-friendly event. Gear up for parades, live entertainment on six stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a visit from the characters of Dickens’ books. Tickets start at $13. Times vary.

·         Comedian Craig Robinson at Houston Improv | Friday to Sunday – Crack up at a comedy show by actor and comedian Craig Robinson at Houston Improv. Known for his many memorable roles in The Office, Knocked Up, and Hot Tub Time Machine, Robinson now takes the stage for solo acts, as well as full-band sets, that blend his lyrical comedy with piano skills. Tickets start at $32. Showtimes vary.

·         Love & Makes Candle-Making Workshop in Rice Village | Friday to Sunday – Design and create a personalized wax candle with help from the team at Love & Makes in Rice Village. The BYOB workshop also features handmade goods from local artisans to shop while your candles set. $45. Times vary.
Back to the ’80s at Music Box Theatre | Friday to Sunday – Feel the music at Back to the ‘80s, a throwback show featuring hits from Queen, Journey, Michael Jackson, Linda Ronstadt, George Michael, Neil Diamond, Cyndi Lauper, and Air Supply. Ticketsstart at $31. Showtimes vary.

·         Rock of Ages in Concert at Smart Financial Centre | Friday to Sunday – The five-time Tony-nominated musical, Rock of Ages, heads to Houston’s Smart Financial Centre with back-to-back hits from ‘80s rockers like Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, and Whitesnake. Tickets start at $45. 8pm.

·         Houston Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Wortham Theater Center | Saturday and Sunday – The Sugar Plum Fairy, Clara, and all of her magical toys return for the beloved Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, presented by the Houston Ballet at the Wortham Theater Center. Tickets start at $40. Showtimes vary.

·         COFFA December 2018 Exhibition at Palette Art Gallery | Saturday and Sunday | FREE – Admire a variety of fine photography when Circle of Friends for Arts (COFFA) reveals its December 2018 Exhibition at Palette Art Gallery. 10am to 6pm both days.

·         Indonesian Festival Houston at Jones Plaza and The Consulate General of The Republic of Indonesia | Saturday and Sunday – Immerse yourself in Indonesian culture at this two-day festival of authentic food, fashion, coffee-tasting, batik-making, music, dance, and entertainment. Day one of the festival will be held at Jones Plaza, while the second day is at The Consulate General of The Republic of Indonesia. $7. 10am both days.

Friday, November 30, 2018

·         World Aids Day 2018 Luncheon at The Ballroom at Bayou Place  Raise awareness of HIV and contribute to the ongoing efforts of The Aids Foundation as they host the annual World Aids Day Luncheon at The Ballroom at Bayou Place. Tickets start at $100. Noon.

·         City of Sugar Land’s Christmas Tree Lighting | FREE – Watch in amazement as a towering, 40-foot tree covered in Christmas lights is illuminated for the first time this holiday season at the sixteenth annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Sugar Land Town Square. Following the ceremony will be live entertainment, holiday refreshments, and an appearance by Santa. 5pm to 8pm.

·         99th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting at City Hall | FREE – Join Mayor Sylvester Turner at City Hall for Houston’s annual holiday extravaganza, which features live entertainment, fireworks, a tree lighting, and family-friendly activities. Bring along a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Salvation Army and receive a festive Santa hat. 6pm to 8pm.

·         The Polar Express Movie Screening at Levy Park | FREE – Bundle up in holiday sweaters and head to Levy Park for a free screening of the seasonal favorite, The Polar Express, starring Tom Hanks6:30pm.

·         Critical Mass Bike Ride at Guadalupe Plaza Park | FREE – Bike through Downtown Houston during this monthly community ride with Critical Mass. 7pm.

·         Gary Clark, Jr. in Concert at Revention Music Center – Jam out to a unique blend of blues, rock, and soul music with elements of hip-hop at a concert by Austin-based Gary Clark, Jr. Tickets range from $45 to $65. 7pm.

·         Ozuna in Concert at NRG Arena  Check out a concert from the Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap star, Ozuna, when he makes his way to Houston’s NRG Arena. You’ll hear hit songs like  “Si No Te Quiere,” “No Quiere Enamorarse,” and “Dile Que Tu Me Quieres.” Tickets start at $150. 8pm.

·         The Band Perry in Concert at House of Blues  See the Grammy Award-winning sibling trio, The Band Perry, in concert at Downtown’s House of Blues. Expect to hear hits like “Live Forever,” “If I Die Young,” and “You Lie.” Tickets start at $29.50. 8pm.

·         Pancakes & Booze Art Show at Warehouse Live  Feed your love of breakfast and beer, while enjoying the works of local artists when the Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns to Warehouse Live. Musical performances and body paint will also be available. $10. 8pm.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

·         Trafigura Run for the House at Sam Houston Race Park – Race through Sam Houston Race Park and contribute to a great cause at the annual Trafigura Run for the House, which benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Houston. Stick around for games and food trucks at the post-race after party. Tickets start at $35. 8am.

·         Jingle All The 5K, 10K, 1K at Addicks Park and Ride– Slip on your running shoes, as well as your Christmas stockings, for this holiday-themed 5K, 10K, and children’s 1K race at Addicks Park and Ride. The race benefits Memorial Assistance Ministries and offers participants a T-shirt, finishers medal, Santa hat with a jingle bell, and post-race festivities. Tickets start at $19. 8:30am.

·         Christmas in the Park at George Ranch Historical Park – Travel back in time to Christmas pasts to explore the historic decor and customs practiced between 1830 and 1930. You can snag a festive treat at the 1830 Prairie Home or visit Santa’s temporary workshop on the grounds of George Ranch Historical Park. Tickets start at $10. 9am to 5pm.

·         NCC Mud Run in Humble – Charge through a multi-obstacle course race through tons of gooey mud at New Covenant Church in Humble. With a 5k, 2.5k, and 1k race, the mud run welcomes participants of every skill level. Registration starts at $40. 9am.

·         9th Annual Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival in Historic Downtown Katy | FREE – Browse a holiday market offering produce, arts and crafts, antiques, clothing, accessories, jewelry, gifts, and handmade goodies at the ninth annual Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival. While you shop, expect roaming carolers, food trucks, entertainment, a beer garden, pictures with Santa, and 50,000 pounds of snow to keep the kiddos entertained. 10am to 5pm.

·         Holiday in the Park with Pop Shop America at Market Square Park | FREE – Hit up the hot chocolate bar or sip a mimosa while shopping from local vendors offering handmade goods at Holiday in the Park. Presented by Pop Shop America, the market will also feature live music, a photo booth, and holiday crafting stations. 10am to 5pm.

·         Love & Make’s Bath Bomb Making Workshop in Rice Village – Create your own luxurious, scented bath bomb at this DIY workshop, hosted by Love & Make in Rice Village. The family-friendly activity allows crafters to incorporate essential oils and experiment with fun colors. $45. 11am.

·         First Saturday Arts Market in The Heights | No Cover – Browse artwork and enjoy delicious bites and live music at the First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights. 11am to 6pm.

·         Craftidote Holiday Market at Antidote | No Cover  Shop from more than 40 local vendors at the tenth annual Craftidote Holiday Market, held in the parking lot of the Antidote coffee house in the Heights. Along with food, coffee, and a kids area, you can also enjoy live jazz music on the patio. Noon to 5pm.

·         Home For The Holidays Market at Pasadena Fairgrounds | No Cover – Cross off holiday shopping from your to-do list after stopping by the Home For The Holidays Market at the Pasadena Fairgrounds. Browse a variety of artisans, direct sellers, boutiques, holiday vendors, antiques, vintage goods and more. Noon to 5pm.

·         Jingle Bell Bark and Brew at Kirby Ice House | No Cover – Bring your pup to Kirby Ice House for an afternoon of pet-friendly fun at the Jingle Bell Bark and Brew. The adults-only event boasts a silent auction, raffle, and pet photos with Santa. 1pm.

·         Holiday Brews on the Bayou at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens – Sample beers from breweries like No Label, 8th Wonder, Rahr, and Celis, while listening to live jazz music and admiring the gardens at Bayou Bend during Holiday Brews on the Bayou. $35. 2pm.

·         Houston Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl in Midtown – Whip out your tackiest Christmas sweater and head to Midtown for this holiday-themed bar crawl, which offers drink specials and discounts at The Dogwood, Little Woodrow’s, Mongoose versus Cobra, Saint Danes, and Belle Station. Tickets are $15. 3pm to 7pm.

·         3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl in Downtown  Enjoy $3 beers, drinks, and shots, and get an ugly sweater-style “Be Someone” t-shirt while visiting 10 Downtown bars. Start out at Dean’s Downtown and make stops at venues like The Cottonmouth Club, Etro, and Henke & Pillot. $19.993pm to 9pm.

·         Houston Masterworks Chorus presents Christmas Brass & Harp at South Main Baptist Church – Get in the holiday spirit at this musical program presented by South Main Baptist Church, featuring songs such as “Gloria” by John Rutter, “Christmas Cantata” by Daniel Pinkham, and “Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten. Tickets start at $15. 4pm.

·         Skate with Santa at Discovery Green – Bring the kids to skate alongside Santa Claus at this themed skate night at The ICE at Discovery Green. $11. 5pm to 6pm.

·         Houston Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls at Toyota Center – Cheer loud for the Rockets when they hit the court to play the Bulls at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $30. 7pm.

·         Seven Lions’ The Journey 2 Tour at Revention Music Center – Get the party started at an EDM concert with headliner Seven Lions, along with Jason Ross and Au5 in The Journey 2 Tour. Tickets are $30. 8pm.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

·         Bayou Bikers Ride at Market Square Park | FREE – Join Bayou Bikers for a 25 to 40-mile ride along the bayous. Meet at Market Square Park. 8am.

·         Girl Crush Holiday Market at The Studio HTX | No Cover – Support local, female-owned businesses at The Girl Crush Holiday market, which features 13 female vendors selling everything from vintage to artisan goods at The Studio HTX. 11am to 4pm.

·         Houston Texans vs Cleveland Browns at NRG Stadium – Watch the Houston Texans play Cleveland on their home turf at NRG. Tickets start at $35. Noon.

·         Opera in the Heights presents Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena at Lambert Hall – Opera in the Heights presents the bilingual children’s opera, Lucinda y las Flores de la Nochebuena, a retelling of the Mexican folktale about the poinsettia at Lambert Hall. Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for children. 2pm.

·         Bellaire Chanukah Festival at Bellaire Town Square | FREE – Feast on a delicious buffet and enjoy a show by magician and comedian John O’Bryant, kids activities, a menorah lighting, inflatables, carnival and craft booths and more at the annual Bellaire Chanukah Festival. 4pm to 6:30pm.

·         Cigna Sunday Streets: Main Street Holiday Edition in Downtown | FREE – Stroll down Main Street admiring views of 30-foot holiday trees, sparkling decor, over-the-street traverses, thousands of twinkle lights, and an oversized Noel during the Main Street Holiday Edition of Cigna Sunday Streets. 4pm to 8:30pm.

·         Celtic Thunder X at Revention Music Center – Explore the world of contemporary Celtic music at this dynamic show, which features both solo and ensemble performances by the Irish singing group, Celtic Thunder.  Tickets start at $29. 6:30pm.

·         98 Degrees in Concert at House of Blues – Transport back to the peak era of boy bands at a concert by 98 Degrees, fronted by Nick Lachey, at House of Blues. Tickets start at $39.50. 7pm.