Day 12 of 12 Days of Giveaways: Hyatt Market Street

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at Houston on the CheapHouston on the Cheap’s 6th annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways is underway with 12 daily giveaways featuring fabulous prizes worth $2,000+.  Subscribe by email to stay up-to-date so you don’t miss your chance to win!

 

THE TWELTH {and final} DAY features a great prize from Hyatt Market Street! Win a one-night stay at The Woodlands’ new boutique hotel ($350 value). This hotel with 70 rooms won several awards in 2014 including “Best Hotel in The Woodlands” by Living Magazine’s People’s Choice Awards and Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award for consistently achieving outstanding traveler reviews. The hotel is just steps away from Woodlands Waterway and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion at 9595 Six Pines.

Hyatt Market Street

Hyatt Market Street

Enter to win: Simply enter to win on form below. If you can’t see the form, enter online here.

Giveaway is open two days only and will end December 20, 5 pm CST. One winner will be selected by random.org. Winner will receive an e-mail and be announced on the 12 Days of Giveaways page. Good luck to all!

Rules: Giveaway is open to Houston-area residents only, 18 or older. One entry per person. Additional entries will be deleted. Feel free to leave a comment on this giveaway post, but it will not be an entry to the contest.

Special thanks to Hyatt Market Street for providing this prize.

photos: Hyatt Market Street

Houston Discounts: Ice Skating, Sesame Street Live, Santa’s Wonderland, Travis Tritt, and more

Don’t miss these discounts to Houston area entertainment — or gift ideas for the holidays! Here are a few that caught my eye:

Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance”Save 43% on tickets to Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance”. Tickets are $10 – $45 ($17-$56 value)

Galleria ice skatingIce Skating at Galleria Houston$5 for Ice Skating at the Galleria Houston ($15 value). Valid January 6 – July 6, 2015.

Ice Skating at Discovery Green$14 for a 90-minute pass and skate rentals for two, valid Monday–Thursday ($26 value) or $28 for four Monday-Thursday, or $18 for a 90-minute pass and skate rentals for two, valid any day ($26 value) or $36 for four, valid any day ($52 value). Not valid 12/22/14 – 1/4/15.

santas wonderlandSanta’s Wonderland — Dates after Christmas only: December 29-30 and January 1-4!  $35 for Santa’s Town admission for two plus a hayride ($51.90 value) or $65 for Santa’s Town admission for four plus a hayride ($103.80 value)

Travis Tritt$22.50 for An Acoustic Evening With Travis Tritt ($45 value)

Dennis DeYoung of Styx$13 – $18.50 for ticket to see Dennis DeYoung at Arena Theatre ($35 value)

Harlem GlobetrottersHarlem Globetrotters game January 23, 24, or 25, 2015 at NRG (41% Off)

A Charlie Brown Christmas $17.50 for A Charlie Brown Christmas at The Kaleidoscope ($35 value)

Houston RocketsHouston Rockets vs. Atlanta Hawks at Toyota Center on December 20 (average savings 10%)

Studio Movie GrillOne, Two, or Four Groupons, Each Good for One Movie Ticket at Studio Movie Grill (Up to 45% Off)

Houston Ultimate Women’s ExpoCOMP for ” Houston Ultimate Women’s Expo” ($10 value)

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Day 11 of 12 Giveaways: Radio City Rockettes

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at Houston on the CheapHouston on the Cheap’s 6th annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways is underway with 12 daily giveaways featuring fabulous prizes worth $2,000+.  Subscribe by email to stay up-to-date so you don’t miss your chance to win!

 

THE ELEVENTH DAY features an amazing prize from Theater Under the Stars! Win two Orchestra seats to Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes December 27, 3:30 pm at Hobby Center. Please make sure you can attend this performance before you enter to win!

This tour hasn’t hit Houston since 2006, so it’s especially exciting to add a new holiday tradition this year featuring all new scenes, new sets, new costumes, five new numbers, plus a new finale! I’m going to an upcoming performance and can’t wait!

Rockettes

Rockettes

Houston is lucky to have Theater Under the Stars, a local company since 1968 that got its start right at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Its mission is dedicated to “enriching life through the experience of quality musical theatre.” Today it features an annual series of musical and theater productions, Humphrey School of Musical Theatre, classes in the community, and its free summer annual musical at Miller Outdoor Theatre, where it all started.

Enter to win: Simply enter to win on form below. If you can’t see the form, enter online here.

Giveaway is open two days only and will end December 19, 5 pm CST. One winner will be selected by random.org. Winner will receive an e-mail and be announced on the 12 Days of Giveaways page. Good luck to all!

Rules: Giveaway is open to Houston-area residents only, 18 or older. One entry per person. Additional entries will be deleted. Feel free to leave a comment on this giveaway post, but it will not be an entry to the contest.

Special thanks to Theater Under the Stars for providing this prize.

photo courtesy Theater Under the Stars

Free Weekend Fun in Houston December 19-21

It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these amazing Free Things to Do in Houston December 19-21:

Discovery Green

FRIDAY

Celebrate the season — Enjoy this classical holiday showcase of Handel’s Messiah in its 11th season. Free tickets will be distributed at 7 pm each evening, first-come first-serve. This annual event is held at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 8300 Katy Freeway.

Sing with Olaf — Watch Frozen Sing A Long Friday night, 7:30 pm, at Discovery Green as part of Bank of America Friday Night Flicks. The screen will be oriented towards the ICE rink, but you can watch from the deck of The Lake House or nearby. Located at 1500 McKinney.

SATURDAY

Love a tuba — Don’t miss this unique Christmas concert called Tuba Christmas Saturday, 11 am – 1 pm, in The Woodlands. It pays tribute to the first Tuba Christmas concert in 1974 at NYC’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink. The event also features a Tuba Euphonium decorating contest! Located at 9595 Central Pines Drive at Central Park.

Rock outKaty Rocks Winterfest is back Saturday, noon – 6 pm, at Central Green Park. The event includes holiday music, great bands, fun activities and more. Located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Enjoy outdoor live music — Get ready for Discovery Green Flea, held the 3rd Saturday each month with vintage, recycled or repurposed items, artful kitsch and more. This month’s free entertainment features The Invincible Czars performing their whimsical rock interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, 2 pm – 4 pm. Bring your bike for the free bicycle repair workshop. Make-it-and take-it fun by The Tinderbox for 18 and older. Little ones can enjoy the craft zone run by City Artworks. Located at 1500 McKinney.

Enjoy music on the plaza — Families can head to Sugar Land Town Square for Holidays in the Plaza December 20 with live holiday music. The evening features performances by First Colony Church of Christ, 5 pm – 7 pm. They also will be distributing free hot chocolate and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies!

Celebrate the season — Enjoy this classical holiday showcase of Handel’s Messiah in its 11th season. Free tickets will be distributed at 7 pm each evening, first-come first-serve. This annual event is held at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 8300 Katy Freeway.

SUNDAY

Make a family day — Enjoy Family Day at Bayou Bend Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm, featuring free holiday fun making crafts, touring the house, indulging in cookies and wassail, and singing your favorite holiday songs with carolers. Take part in holiday traditions from many cultures. Located at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive.

Free Special Needs Screening at SMG: Annie

Studio Movie Grill Special Needs ScreeningEach month, Studio Movie Grill offers free movie tickets for special needs children and their siblings. Annie is this month’s Special Needs Screening Saturday, December 27, 11 am. The environment is adapted for these children by having the lights up and the sound down so kids can play, laugh, sing or even dance! Adult tickets are just $6 each and available only at the box office. Seating is first come, first serve.

In Houston, Studio Movie Grill is located at CityCentre (822 Town & Country Lane) and Copperfield (8580 Highway 6 N).

Buy Holiday Gift Cards, Get Bonus Card for Yourself

Gift Card Bonus Deals for the holidaysIt’s getting down to the wire, folks! If you need any last-minute gifts, check out this list where you can snag a bonus gift card or food item! It’s like gifting yourself! Here are 38 participating merchants:

Purchase these by December 31, 2014. Bonus cards are valid for a specific time frame in early 2015, depending on the company. Buy the gift cards in person to skip shipping fees.

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Day 10 of 12 Giveaways: Three Brothers Bakery

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at Houston on the CheapHouston on the Cheap’s 6th annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways is underway with 12 daily giveaways featuring fabulous prizes worth $2,000+.  Subscribe by email to stay up-to-date so you don’t miss your chance to win!

 

THE TENTH DAY features a unique prize from Three Brothers Bakery! Have you seen our local bakery represented on Good Morning America or in national magazines for its Pumpecapple Piecake? It’s quite a spectacle weighing in at 23 pounds, 12 inches tall, and $175 — featuring pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple pie baked inside a spice cake and chocolate cake.

Pumpecapple Piecakepumpecapple 3bros

The winner of this prize will receive one-fourth of this dessert (serving about 6) to share during the holidays. It’s probably the perfect amount!

Three Brothers Bakery is a family-owned business for 65 years with three Houston locations: Braeswood, Memorial and Washington Avenue. Follow them on Facebook to take advantage of its 12 Days of Deals. Today is Day 10!

Enter to win: Simply enter to win on form below. If you can’t see the form, enter online here.

Giveaway is open two days only and will end December 18, 5 pm CST. One winner will be selected by random.org. Winner will receive an e-mail and be announced on the 12 Days of Giveaways page. Good luck to all!

Rules: Giveaway is open to Houston-area residents only, 18 or older. One entry per person. Additional entries will be deleted. Feel free to leave a comment on this giveaway post, but it will not be an entry to the contest.

Special thanks to Three Brothers Bakery for providing this prize.

Save with Free Shipping Day December 18

Free Shipping Day Dec. 18, 20137th annual Free Shipping Day returns December 18 to help the procrastinators save money. To date, 1,000+ retailers have signed on to offer free shipping for purchases made online Thursday, December 18 — with guaranteed December 24 delivery. Many merchants will offer extra discounts from 10% – 50% in addition to free shipping. And once again, all participating merchants are offering no minimum purchase for free shipping. The website says “You asked, we delivered. Free shipping. No minimum.”

In 2011 Free Shipping Day generated the most online sales of any Friday in U.S. history, according to comScore. It actually garnered a 1,000% increase from first-year retailers with more than 2,600 participating. In 2012, Free Shipping Day exceeded more than $1 billion in sales.

The folks behind Free Shipping Day also have a mobile-friendly site for those on their tablet or smartphone. A 2013 Google study revealed that 39% of people use mobile to find promotional offers.

Everyone benefits from Free Shipping Day, according to founder Luke Knowles, since it’s a money-saving measure for consumers, and it extends the online holiday shopping season for retailers. Search for your favorite retailer at the FreeShippingDay.com site. The actual offers won’t be revealed until 12 am EST, December 18.

What to Do? Family Holiday Events in Houston

It’s easy to find fun ways to enjoy the holidays in Houston with family and friends. Here is a snapshot of activities 9 days before Christmas that are catching our eye:

1) Free performances of Handel’s Messiah: Enjoy this classical holiday showcase of Handel’s Messiah in its 11th season. Free tickets will be distributed at 7 pm each evening, first-come first-serve.
Dec. 18-20, 8 pm; Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church
8300 Katy Freeway

santa skating2) Skate with Santa: Kids will enjoy skating with Santa Claus at Discovery Green’s outdoor ice rink. Daily ice skating is open through February 8, 2015.
Dec. 20, 4-5 pm; $13 to ice skate but watch for free
1500 McKinney  photo: Tina Mathis

3) Free and cheap winter movie favorites: Catch a movie outdoors for free — or just $2 at Studio Movie Grill.
Dec. 19, 7:30 pm; Frozen, Discovery Green; free
Dec. 22-24, (time varies); The Muppet Christmas Carol, Alamo Drafthouse; free
Dec. 23, 5 pm; The Muppet Christmas Carol, Studio Movie Grill; $2
Dec. 24, It’s a Wonderful Life, Studio Movie Grill; $2
Dec. 26, 7:30 pm; Home Alone, Discovery Green; free

Houston Zoo Lights4) Houston Zoo Lights: Wander the winter wonderland at TXU Energy Presents Houston Zoo Lights with 2 million lights on more than 50 animal-themed light displays and miles of tree lighting. Sip hot chocolate, make S’mores over a firepit, listen to holiday music and jam to the glowing, musical art car!
Nightly through Jan. 4, 6 pm – 10 pm; $10.95-$12.95 online ($12.95-$14.95 gate); Zoo members pay $8.95-$10.95 online, $10.95-$12.95 at gate
Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park

5) Family Day at Bayou Bend: Enjoy a Sunday afternoon featuring free holiday fun making crafts, touring the house, indulging in cookies and wassail, and singing your favorite holiday songs with carolers. Take part in holiday traditions from many cultures.
Dec. 21, 1 pm – 5 pm; free
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive

6) Dickinson Festival of Lights: Don’t miss the 17th annual walk-thru event in Dickinson’s Paul Hopkins Park. Enjoy holiday music and free Santa photos. Or decorate a cookie for $1!
Dec. 12-23, 26-31, 6 pm – 9 pm; Free parking courtesy Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center, exit 19 (HWY-517) I-45N feeder Rd.

George Ranch Historical Park at Christmas7) Christmas in the Park: Explore and learn how Texas’ first settlers celebrated Christmas, tour a Victorian home with holiday decorations, enjoy a festive hayride and special activities at George Ranch Historical Park. Christmas in the Park is Saturdays in December. Don’t miss Treehouse Storytime with Santa at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.
Dec. 20, 27; Park admission is $10 adults, $5 children age 5-15, free 4 and under
George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762, Richmond (30 miles SW of downtown Houston)  photo: Roy Kasmir Photography

 

Day 9 of 12 Days of Giveaways: IKEA Houston

12 Days of Christmas Giveaways at Houston on the CheapHouston on the Cheap’s 6th annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways is underway with 12 daily giveaways featuring fabulous prizes worth $2,000+.  Subscribe by email to stay up-to-date so you don’t miss your chance to win!

 

THE NINTH DAY features a fun prize package from IKEA Houston. The winner will pick up a basket from IKEA filled with plush toys and children’s holiday gifts for ages 2-12 ($75 value).

IKEA Houston is such a fun place to browse and shop for furniture, home decor, kitchen, and children’s furnishings and toys. The toys are so unique — and the prices are great! This Swedish retailer loves to plan family-friendly events so watch for those on the calendar. And don’t miss Kids Eat Free week (December 29 – January 2) with purchase of an adult entree. Tuesday is the regular day each week for Kids Eat Free all day! If you’ve never been to IKEA, these photos show quite the range you can find inside the huge store!

ikea bedroom

ikea toys

ikea holiday

Enter to win: Simply enter to win on form below. If you can’t see the form, enter online here.

Giveaway is open two days only and will end December 17, 5 pm CST. One winner will be selected by random.org. Winner will receive an e-mail and be announced on the 12 Days of Giveaways page. Good luck to all!

Rules: Giveaway is open to Houston-area residents only, 18 or older. One entry per person. Additional entries will be deleted. Feel free to leave a comment on this giveaway post, but it will not be an entry to the contest.

Special thanks to IKEA Houston for providing this prize.