There are plenty of things to do during the month of December. Are you looking for the city’s most amazing light displays, we’ve got that for you here. Are you looking for Christmas and holiday events? There are plenty of opportunities for guaranteed merriment, just click here. Maybe you’re just looking for fun ways to spend the weekend, this list is for you.
Free Live Music
The Rustic Downtown & The Rustic Post Oak, Hours Vary
Has it been a minute since you’ve enjoyed live music? Thankfully there are a handful of ways to enjoy live music in December. Make sure to check out The Rustic both Downtown and at Post Oak for the December performer lineup. Featured talent include Texas singer-songwriter Max Flinn, Steven Curd, Ruby Jane, The Powell Brothers, Mike Randall and more. The Rustic has plenty of cocktails, food, desserts and more, so make a night of it. Enjoy a delicious dinner and amazing live music al fresco!
Travis Tritt Concert
Dec. 4, 2020, 7 p.m.
Country music lovers, rejoice! Triple-platinum performing artist Travis Tritt is headed to the Arena Theatre for a night of your favorite songs from his catalog. Plus, concert goers will love the recent upgrades to the Arena Theatre and its round revolving stage. This unique feature allows the audience a degree of intimacy unavailable in a traditional concert floor plan. There isn’t a bad seat in the house.
Disney On Ice Presents Dream Big
Dec. 9 – Dec. 13, Hours Vary
Need ideas for an early Christmas gift? Grab tickets to Disney On Ice’s Dream Big performance. There will be no shortage of Disney stars as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and favorites from Frozen, Moana, Coco, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, The Princess and the Frog, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty take to the ice for lots of sing-a-long songs and superb skating. Share every magical moment with your kids and their beloved Disney stories!
Bayou Music Center
December 1 - December 23, 2020
Hou-Ville is a huge, immersive holiday exhibit that brings to life a city filled with everything we love about Christmas, from Dr. Seuss’ beloved children’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, to gingerbread houses, giant gifts, shops and Santa Claus, all wrapped up in festive décor and filled with homages to everything Houston.
Family Magic & Comedy For All Ages with Carter Blackburn
Sat., Dec. 19, 2 p.m.
Come one, come all and head to the Improv Houston for an afternoon of laughs, magic and magical laughter. Musician and comedian Carter Blackburn, is appropriate for the young and the young at heart. Guests will experience a mix of high-energy magic, illusions, juggling, sleight of hand, danger, and lots of audience interaction. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show!
Markets and Merchandise
Flea by Night
Dec. 5, 12, & 19, 2020, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Still need to shop for the holidays? Don’t worry, there are plenty of markets to enjoy over the next month. First, stop by the Flea by Night at Discovery Green. Recurring weekly through Saturday, Dec. 19, Flea by Night brings together amazing local artisans and small business owners who sell vintage, handmade, recycled, repurposed and local goods. Shoppers at Flea by Night can feel good about their purchases while supporting the local economy. Happy hunting!
ClayHouston’s 4th Annual Bayou City Clay Crawl - Virtual Event
Dec. 6, 2020, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Houston has amazing potters and these talented artists often partake in the ClayHouston Bayou City Clay Crawl. In its fourth year, the Bayou City Clay Crawl will feature over 35 artists participating in five studios and locations throughout the Heights, offering unique pieces ranging from traditional pottery to large-scale sculptures as well as installations and performance art. This year, the event is partnering with Empty Bowls Houston, an international grassroots effort by artists and craftspeople to feed the hungry in their local communities which is implemented locally to benefit Houston Food Bank. Shop for a cause and enjoy the art.
The Market at Sawyer Yards at Night
Dec. 12, 2020, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sawyer Yards is easily one of the coolest spots in Houston. Making up one of the nation’s largest creative campuses, Sawyer Yards boasts 400+ artists that span a variety of mediums including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, mosaic, photography, mixed media, jewelry and more. The Market at Sawyer Yards, is a market that features a number of these artists and their incredible work. When you stop a booth, the seller is typically the artisan behind the crafts on display. So, get to know some local talent while checking off your holiday shopping list. Bonus, Holler Brewing Co. will be on site serving to-go until the market closes.
Heights Morning Market
Dec. 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2020, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The holiday season is always busy, so enjoy a slow Sunday morning at the Heights Morning Market. Head to Onion Creek, grab some breakfast and browse the fine purveyors of local goods. The Heights Morning Market is a mix of all things including food, condiments, clothing, candles and more! The market makes gifting easy and runs every Sunday through the month of December.
Dec. 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2020, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Houston is one of the most diverse cities in America. Luckily, the cultures within Space City are vibrant, proud and on display at Wanderlust Market. Vendors share a number of their favorite things from their home countries and even things they create and curate on their own. These small businesses have wonderful holiday gift and meal options for yourself or a loved one.
Mandela: Struggle for Freedom
Now – Jan. 3, 2021, Daily
December is the last full month to catch “Mandela: Struggle for Freedom” at the Houston Holocaust Museum. A true sensory experience, “Mandela: Struggle for Freedom” utilizes rich imagery, soundscape, digital media and objects to explore the earth-shaking fight for justice and human dignity in South Africa. Further, visitors can experience the tiny cell where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison, take a stand in front of a giant 22-foot long by 9-foot tall armored vehicle, make a virtual protest poster on a digital light table, or enter a secret apartment for freedom fighters forced underground. Enjoy and savor this is a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for all.
Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis
Every Friday – Sunday, Now – Dec. 31, 2020, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wind down in the lap of luxury with afternoon tea at the St. Regis. Truly a cultural experience, the St. Regis makes this teatime both special and authentic. Enjoy delicious tea with traditional delicacies like tea cakes, scones, finger sandwiches, custards, jams and more. The holiday hustle and bustle can be taxing, but when you slow down in the amazing St. Regis lounge and listen to their on-site harpist, you’ll never want to leave.
HGO Digital: The Snowy Day
Dec. 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Join the Houston Grand Opera for a delightful digital experience, “The Snowy Day.” Streamed through MarqueeTV, audiences can enjoy a video presentation as composer Joel Thompson and librettist Andrea Davis Pinkney transform Ezra Jack Keats beloved children’s book “The Snowy Day” into an opera. “The Snowy Day” is the heartwarming story of Peter, a young boy exploring New York City on a snowy day—who is also the first Black American protagonist of a mainstream children’s book. Get your kids some popcorn and enjoy this engaging and sweet presentation from the comfort of your own home.
Opening mid-December, Hours Vary
Seismique is a brand new 40,000-square-foot technology-fueled experiential art museum featuring over 40 unique galaxies (rooms) designed to stimulate imagination, heighten curiosity, inspire wonder and offer a one-of-a-kind educational experience. The first-to-market arts and entertainment concept will feature works by established and emerging artists along with advanced technological elements like projection mapping, holograms, augmented reality, light mapping, motion tracking, gamification and more. As it’s experiential, kids and adults alike will love visiting Seismique.