It's nearly the end of 2019, but it’s only the beginning of the most festive month of the year. Whether it’s holiday parties and sporting events or festivals and concerts, the city of Houston is buzzing with something for you to get into to. Check out these events for a fun end to the year and the decade.


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Now – Jan. 5
Avenida Plaza is transformed into a beautiful, giant kaleidoscope with Prismatica. Come out and enjoy large prisms that project colorful lights by day and by night. You and your friends can rotate the prisms to create your own personal light show. How fun is that!


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ICE at Discovery Green

Now – Feb. 2
The much-anticipated ice skating at Discovery Green returns! This family-friendly activity lets kids and adults alike glide along the ice skating rink surrounded by holiday lights. For added fun, go on Theme Night Tuesdays where you’re encouraged to wear a costume in line with the theme (Dec. 3rd is Harry Potter night). People in wheelchairs or who have other special needs can enjoy Special Skaters and Wheelchair Wednesdays.


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Jay Leno at Jones Hall

Dec. 6
Spend an evening with funnyman Jay Leno at Jones Hall. The former late night show host, stand-up comedian and author will entertain a Houston audience on December 6th with stories and insights from his life as a celebrity and public figure.


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Houston Hot Air Balloon Festival

Dec. 13 – 14
Thousands of spectators will be out for the 15th annual Hot Air Balloon Festival and Polo Match. You’ll enjoy live music, gorgeous fashion, plenty of food and drinks, an exciting polo match and big, beautiful hot air balloons. Tethered rides will be available on a first come, first served basis (if the weather cooperates).
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Cher at Toyota Center

Dec. 15
Legendary performer Cher brings her Here We Go Again tour to Houston. You can expect to hear some of your all-time favorite hits as well as songs from her most recent album, “Dancing Queen.” Get your tickets early because this show is sure to sell out.


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Tobe Nwigwe at Revention

Dec. 21
You can “get twisted” with Houston-bred rapper Tobe Nwigwe at Revention as he wraps up his 28-city tour on December 21st. The wildly popular independent artist has been praised by mega stars such as Common, Jill Scott and Luke James for his lyrical style, which focuses on purposeful entertainment.


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Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Toyota Center

Dec. 22 - 23
Start a new type of holiday tradition at the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert coming to the Toyota Center. The critically acclaimed rock group returns to Houston for jaw-dropping special effects and a modern take on the Christmas season.


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Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

Dec. 27
Root for a Big 12 team or players from the SEC during the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl. The game will take place at NRG  Stadium with ticket prices starting at $37. If you can’t make it in person, tune in to ESPN to watch from home.


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Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets

Dec. 31
Spend your New Year’s Eve watching the Houston Rockets take on the Denver Nuggets in what’s sure to be an exciting game. Grab your friends and a few tickets to root for James Harden or Nikola Jokic at Toyota Center.
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