The Most Wonderful List of Things to Do This Weekend

Saturday, December 23, 2017
• Home for the Holidays in Old Town Spring – Stroll around Old Town Spring and stop into local businesses and restaurants to get into the holiday spirit. Catch a visit from Santa, strolling performers, live entertainment and more.
• Holiday Cheer on the Pier in Galveston – Bring the whole gang to Galveston for holiday-themed activities, holiday movies, and a visit with Santa Claus at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. 11am.
• Frosty the Snowman Musical at Salem Lutheran – Frosty and his young friends learn valuable lessons about the true meaning of friendship when the family musical Frosty the Snowman comes to Salem Lutheran in Houston. Tickets start at $10. 11am and 1:30pm.
• It’s A Wonderful Life Movie Screening at Baybrook Mall – Watch as George Bailey is guided through a difficult time by his guardian angel Clarence in It’s A Wonderful Life at this free screening on the lawn at Baybrook Mall. 11am.
• Gingerbread Tea at Four Seasons Hotel Houston – Bring the whole family for a gingerbread-themed afternoon tea with ornament decorating and gingerbread house building at Four Seasons Hotel Houston. Noon.
• Come As You Aren’t: Holiday Costume Party at B-52 Brewing – Dress in your most festive (or ugly) holiday attire for a costume contest, food from Pho-Jita, corn hole and s’mores at B-52 Brewery. Noon to 10pm.
• Soulful Sounds of Christmas at the Ensemble Theatre – Lift your spirits at a performance of Soulful Sounds, a musical with a touching family story. Tickets start at $36. 2pm and 8pm.
• Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert at No Label Brewing Co. – Hear music from Charlie Robison, Max Stalling, and John Baumann at this concert benefiting Firefighters Helping Firefighters at No Label Brewing Co. $40. 5pm.
• Neon Garden Music Series at Axelrad – Visual installations will be set up on the 2nd floor of Axelrad with a stage for Camera Cult, George West, and Oso Fantasma to perform at the bar’s Neon Garden Music Series. 7pm.
• Double Feature Christmas Movie Night at The Petrol Station – Get into the holiday spirit and watch a special double screening of National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and the Always Sunny in Philadelphia Christmas Special with complimentary s’mores and popcorn at The Petro Station. 7pm.
• Jack Ingram in Concert at The Heights Theater – Sing along to country songs like “My Hometown” and “Barefoot and Crazy” from singer Jack Ingram at The Heights Theater. Jamie Lin Wilson will open. Tickets start at $22. 7pm.
• Certified Funny Saturdays Comedy Show at Grooves of Houston – Hosted by local stand-up star Lil Darrel, this comedy show stars comedian Tyler Craig and features sets by Piper the Comedian and Derrick Cakely. Tickets start at $22. 8pm.
• Love Tempo at Grand Prize Bar – Dance the night away to beats from resident DJs Miguel Flaco, Luz, Kona FM, and Andy V at Grand Prize Bar. 9pm.
• Die Hard Midnight Movie Screening at River Oaks Theatre – Catch a late night screening of the 1988 movie Die Hard starring Bruce Willis at River Oaks Theatre. $11. Midnight.
Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2017
• Hello Trees! at Discovery Green | FREE – Stroll through Discovery Green’s temporary art installation Hello Trees! and watch/listen as your voice message is transformed into light and music. All day.
• Christmas Eve at Underbelly – Chef Chris Shepherd will channel Clark Griswold and serve three courses and lots of eggnog on Christmas Eve at Underbelly. $75. 1pm and 5pm.
• Panto Cinderella at Stages Repertory Theatre – Take your seat for this out-of-the-box rendition of Cinderella with zany characters, audience interaction, and music. Tickets start at $25. 2pm.
• A Midnight Clear: A Musical Tale of Christmas at Stages Repertory Theatre – A Midnight Clear sheds light on all the ways Christmas touches each of us, performed by Stages Repertory Theatre. Tickets start at $25. 2:30pm.
• Christmas Eve Dinner at Backstreet Cafe – Stuff your belly with delicious eats like orecchiette pasta with grilled kale pesto, shrimp and grits with crispy leeks, braised lamb shank with mushroom risotto, and apple tart with bourbon maple ice cream, and enjoy complimentary eggnog at Backstreet Cafe. $52. 5pm to 9pm.
• Christmas Eve at La Table – Indulge in an a la carte feast at La Table featuring dishes like wild mushroom ravioli with black truffle, heritage chicken for two served with winter vegetables and a potato puree, and Bûche de Noël au chocolate. 5pm to 11pm.
• Feast of Seven Fishes at Robard’s Steakhouse – Head to Robard’s Steakhouse in The Woodlands for a traditional Christmas Eve dinner of fish and other savory dishes. 5pm.
• Sugar Land Holiday Lights at Constellation Field – The home field of the Sugar Land Skeeters is decked out in 2.5 million lights. $14. 6pm to 9pm.
• 8th Annual Holiday Lights Tours at Market Square Park – Hop aboard the Houston Wave for a bus tour of some of the most beautifully lit neighborhoods in Houston. $35. 6:30pm.
• Fat Tony in Concert at Walter’s Downtown – Hip-hop artist Fat Tony puts on a show at Walter’s Downtown with openers Deep Cuts, Hevin, and Tee Vee. Free for 21 and up. 8pm.
• X-Mas Eve Galactic Fantasy FairyLand Space Odyssey at Notsuoh – Hear performances from Kinky Karl, Gin Martini featuring Slowflood, and the Persona at Downtown dive bar Notsuoh. 8pm.
Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 2017
• Mistletoe on the Go at Market Square Park | FREE – Steal a kiss, or just a selfie, under the largest ball of mistletoe in Texas, stationed squarely at Market Square Park in Downtown. All day.
• Holiday Brunch at Hotel Granduca – Sit down in Hotel Granduca’s Ristorante Cavour for a brunch buffet including a raw bar, antipasta, chef carving station, omelets, and frittatas on Christmas Day. $75. 11am to 2pm.
• Christmas Day Brunch at Radio Milano – Skip the dishes this year and bring your family to Radio Milano for a three-course brunch including dishes like mini crab cakes, Hong Kong fried toast, vegetarian lasagna, and pannacotta. $45. 11am to 3pm.
• The Ice at Discovery Green – Lace up your skates and take to The Ice rink at Discovery Green to show off your moves on Christmas Day. $14 to rent skates. 1pm to 7pm.
• Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers at NRG Stadium – Catch the Texans’ final home game of the season when Big Ben and the Steelers come to Houston for this Christmas Day game at NRG. Tickets start at $145. 3:30pm.
• Magical Winter Lights at Gulf Greyhound Park – Explore larger than life landmarks from around the globe, made from lanterns and covered in holiday lights, at Magical Winter Lights. Tickets start at $13. 5pm to 10pm.
• Zumba at Levy Park | FREE – Get moving at this free one-hour Zumba class at Levy Park. 6:30pm.