Day 7 of 12 Days of Giveaways: Houston Ballet

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 SEVENTH DAY features an awesome prize package from Houston Ballet. One winner will receive 4 tickets to The Nutcracker, Sunday, December 28, 7:30 pm ($400+ value).

Houston Ballet's Nutcracker

Houston Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker is such a wonderful Houston holiday tradition. This season, Houston Ballet will give 35 performances of The Nutcracker — which has been seen by more than 1 million people since its premiere 27 years ago. I love the special effects such as the Christmas tree that “grows” 40 feet and the 200 pounds of snow that fall during the snow scene.

The Nutcracker is a family tradition that I love to enjoy with my girls to kick off the holidays, even as they get older. Just the special memory of dressing up, going downtown, and enjoying this classic by Houston Ballet never gets old.

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 15, 10 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 Houston Ballet for providing this prize.

photo: Amitava Sarkar; Dancers: Allison Miller and artist, Houston Ballet

Chipotle: Free Food w/ Tacky Sweater 12/13/14

Chipotle free foodDon’t miss the Tacky Sweater Party at all Texas Chipotle Mexican Grill locations Saturday, December 13, 5 pm – 8 pm. Simply wear your favorite tacky/ugly/festive holiday sweater to take advantage of a buy-one-get-one free on tacos, burritos, salads, or bowls.

Get in the holiday spirit (even if it is 70 degrees in Houston)!

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Day 6 of 12 Giveaways: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

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 contests featuring fabulous prizes worth $2,000+.  Subscribe by email to stay up-to-date so you don’t miss your chance to win!

 

THE SIXTH DAY features an awesome prize package from Alamo Drafthouse Cinema! Two winners will each receive a $100 food and beverage credit and 5 movie tickets ($148 value each). Tickets are valid through 4/1/15 and good for admission to any show after 2 weeks of release.

alamo drafthouse houston WM

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which started in Austin in 1997, now has 18 locations around the country. It can be dubbed a movie lover’s oasis combining food and beverage service during the movie, which makes it a perfect date night! I love all the unique programming and events Alamo Drafthouse offers such as Sing-Alongs, Quote-Alongs, Decade Nights, indie films, free Kids Camp, and more!

There are two Houston locations: Mason Park, off I-10 and Mason Park in Katy, and Vintage Park, in NW Houston at 249 and Louetta.

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 14, 5 pm CST. Two winners will be selected by random.org. Winners 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 Alamo Drafthouse for providing this prize.

Free Weekend Fun in Houston December 12-14

It’s another weekend in Houston with plenty of free fun! Check out these amazing Free Things to Do in Houston December 12-14:

Free Weekend Fun in Houston

FRIDAY

Explore the German culture — It’s a three-day party in Tomball! Get ready for the Tomball German Christmas Market Friday through Sunday featuring 5 stages, 175 vendors, street performers, ethnic food, arts and crafts, free hayride, and more. {Activities in the Kids Zone are $2 including petting zoo, rock wall, carnival rides, pony ride, bungee-jumping}. Located in Old Town Tomball near the train depot. Free parking and shuttle is available from the VA Medical Center at 1200 N. Main. Festival hours are 6 pm – 10 pm Friday, 10 am – 10 pm Saturday, and 10 am – 6 pm Sunday.

Catch a movie under the moon — Check out this classic holiday movie for free outdoors Friday: Miracle on 34th Street begins at 7:30 pm, with the screen oriented towards the ICE rink. Located at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

 Experience the birth of Christ — Don’t miss this free outdoor walk-through drama, Journey to Bethlehem, experiencing the birth of Christ. The production includes 200 cast and crew, live animals, and 9 interactive scenes. This will be held Friday through Sunday at Current Christian in Katy, 26600 Westheimer Parkway. This is a free event but an express pass will be available for purchase.

SATURDAY

Head to The DepotChristmas on Commerce is a big day of fun featuring themed games and activities, free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, free train rides, free performances, and free outdoor movie, Jingle All the Way. Located at 201 S. Elm in Tomball from 10 am – 7:30 pm.

Watch The Polar Express — Catch a free screening of The Polar Express Saturday, 11 am, thanks to Santikos. Bring 4 canned goods for each free ticket. All food items will be donated to a local food bank. Valid at Santikos Silverado in Tomball and Palladium AVX in West Houston.

gingerbread build off 2013Cheer for the gingerbread — The 6th annual Gingerbread Build-Off is a unique event squaring off more than 30 teams of artistically and architecturally talented folks. The building begins at 10 am Saturday, December 13, at Hermann Square at City Hall (900 Smith) with judging at 4 pm. Come cheer your favorites and watch creativity in the making!  Kids can play in the kids’ Construction Zone and see Santa. Winning gingerbread houses will be on display downtown December 15-19 at Architecture Center Houston. photo: Architecture Center Houston

Love Christmas traditions — Enjoy a Homestead Holiday celebration Saturday at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. See the homestead come to life with Christmas traditions, have some wassail and cookies and get a photo with Santa. Located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble.

Light up the night — Celebrate in the streets at the 27th annual Lights in the Heights December 13 in the Woodland Heights neighborhood. Streets are blocked off to best view the lighted homes and musical performances right from the porch! Hours are 6 pm – 9 pm beginning at Omar and Highland.

 Experience the birth of Christ — Don’t miss this free outdoor walk-through drama, Journey to Bethlehem, experiencing the birth of Christ. The production includes 200 cast and crew, live animals, and 9 interactive scenes. This will be held Friday through Sunday at Current Christian in Katy, 26600 Westheimer Parkway. This is a free event but an express pass will be available for purchase.

Watch a free outdoor flick — Enjoy these 3 free outdoor movies Saturday night 1) Market Square Park: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, begins at 7 pm. Located at 301 Milam. 2) Sugar Land Town Square: Don’t miss Elf! beginning at 7:30 pm. 3) Home Alone: The movie begins at dusk at LaCenterra, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Enjoy a parade on water — Don’t miss the 53rd annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade Saturday, December 13, 6 pm, in League City. Watch more than 100 brightly decorated boats travel from the Clear Lake Channel to Galveston Bay.

Explore the German culture — Get festive at Tomball German Christmas Market Saturday with live music, vendors, street performers, ethnic food, arts and crafts, free hayride, and more. {Activities in the Kids Zone are $2 including petting zoo, rock wall, carnival rides, pony ride, bungee-jumping}. Located in Old Town Tomball near the train depot. Free parking and shuttle is available from the VA Medical Center at 1200 N. Main. Hours are 10 am – 10 pm Saturday.

SUNDAY

Explore the German culture — Last day for the Tomball German Christmas Market Sunday with live music, vendors, street performers, ethnic food, arts and crafts, free hayride, and more. {Activities in the Kids Zone are $2 including petting zoo, rock wall, carnival rides, pony ride, bungee-jumping}. Located in Old Town Tomball. Free parking and shuttle. Hours are 10 am – 6 pm Sunday.

 Experience the birth of Christ — Don’t miss this free outdoor walk-through drama, Journey to Bethlehem, experiencing the birth of Christ. The production includes 200 cast and crew, live animals, and 9 interactive scenes. This will be held Friday through Sunday at Current Christian in Katy, 26600 Westheimer Parkway. This is a free event but an express pass will be available for purchase.

Day 5 of 12 Giveaways: Royers Round Top Cafe Pie

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 contests featuring fabulous prizes worth $2,000+.  Subscribe by email to stay up-to-date so you don’t miss your chance to win!

 

THE FIFTH DAY features an amazing prize from Royers Round Top Cafe in Round Top, Texas! Have you had any of their homemade pies — like Bud’s Chocolate Chip, Not My Mom’s Apple Pie, or my new favorite, Sweet & Salty Pie… “Handmade pies, one at a time — since 1987.”

Royers Round Top Cafe

This eclectic cafe sits on Main Street in Round Top with population 77, about half-way between Houston and Austin. The town is famous for its annual antique fair, folk art fairs — and Bud’s pies at Royers. The tiny cafe sells about 10,000 pies per year in the cafe since 1987 and ships thousands more by mail order. Two winners will receive one pie of choice shipped to your door. Value: ~$45 each.

For those who visit Austin, Royers Pie Haven recently celebrated its 1st birthday near UT at 29th and Guadalupe! It’s definitely a cute little spot to get your fill of Royers pies, coffee and more while you’re in the area!

royers pie haven

 

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 13, 5 pm CST. Two winner swill be selected by random.org. Winners 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 Bud at Royers Round Top Cafe for providing this prize.

El Pollo Loco #2 Opens in Copperfield

This is a sponsored post by El Pollo Loco. All opinions are my own.

El Pollo Loco CopperfieldEl Pollo Loco opened its second Houston location the week of Thanksgiving in Copperfield, located in NW Houston off Hwy 6 and West Road. The response has been overwhelming, according to Kristie Smith, Houston area marketing manager.

“We’ve had a great rush of people coming to the restaurant at all hours of the day — it’s been fantastic,” Smith says. “Businesses and residents alike have been so kind and supportive.”

So what makes El Pollo Loco unique to the Houston area? Smith says the centerpiece of El Pollo Loco’s menu is their fresh whole chicken, marinated in special herbs, spices, garlic and fruit juices, and then fire-grilled to perfection.

El Pollo Loco chicken“Our Grill Masters are trained and certified through a four-stage, slow-grilling process that takes nearly an hour,” Smith relates. “They use a cleaver to expertly chop the golden brown, finished chicken to order for individual or family-sized meals.”

The company refers to El Pollo Loco as “QSR-plus” — a quick-service restaurant (QSR) with the “plus” translating to better service, better food, and better environment.

“We are very excited that we are able to provide new job opportunities in Copperfield,” Smith says. “We want to be good neighbors in the community and do our part to support schools, churches, and other organizations in the community.”

Copperfield will celebrate its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting the week of December 15. Sign up online for My Loco Rewards eClub to get a free chips and guacamole! Plus you get a freebie on your birthday — and whenever they feel a little crazy!

El Pollo Loco plans to open future locations in Katy, Humble, and Spring in 2015.

I am compensated to be a blog ambassador for El Pollo Loco. All opinions are my own.

Day 4 of 12 Days of Giveaways: Houston Zoo Lights

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 FOURTH DAY features a great prize from the Houston Zoo for its TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights! Here’s your chance to visit Houston’s newest holiday tradition — now with 2 million lights. One winner will receive a Family 4-Pack to Zoo Lights (up to $60 value) at Houston Zoo.

houston zoo lights

Through January 4, Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland from 6 pm – 10 pm (or till 11 pm on Prime Nights). You’ll enjoy colorful light displays, festive holiday music, strolling carolers, nightly performances, hot chocolate, and more. Prices are $10.95-$12.95 online or $12.95-$14.95 at the gate — depending whether it’s weekday or weekend. Most animals are sleeping at night, but you can check out the Reptile House, Kipp Aquarium, or Bug House. The giraffes were active in their building when I went recently!

Houston Zoo Lights

houston zoo lights

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

Contest is open two days only and will end December 12, 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: Contest 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 Houston Zoo for providing this giveaway prize. I received 4 tickets to visit Zoo Lights in return.

Yuletide Fun for Families at Bayou Bend

This is a sponsored post by Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.

Experience a Houston tradition with Yuletide: Holiday Time at Bayou Bend with two family-friendly events:

Festive Family Friday
December 19, 5 pm – 7 pm
–This evening outing features festive lights, decorations, holiday treats, storytelling, music, puppets, and more. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $6.25 for ages 10 – 18, and FREE for kids 9 and younger. Purchase tickets online or at the door.

Bayou Bend Yuletide

Free Family Day: Season of Joy
December 21, 1 pm – 5 pm
–Enjoy a Sunday afternoon 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. This Family Day is free for all ages, and no tickets are needed. It’s presented by Occidental Petroleum Corporation.

Bayou Bend Yuletide

Yuletide Exhibit is on view through January 4. Take a daytime tour of the mansion to see holiday moments from history brought to life. Ages 9 and under are welcome for daytime tours December 12-13, 19-21, 24, 26-28, 30-31, and January 1-4. Ask for a Detective Day handout to keep kids engaged as they tour! Yuletide at Bayou Bend is generously underwritten by The Crain Foundation. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is located at 6003 Memorial.

Day 3 Giveaway: Moody Gardens in Galveston

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 contests featuring fabulous prizes worth $2,000+.  Subscribe by email to stay up-to-date so you don’t miss your chance to win!

 

THE THIRD DAY features an amazing prize from Moody Gardens in Galveston – its called the EVERYTHING prize! One winner will receive four tickets to:

  • Festival of Lights
  • Ice Land Ice Sculpture
  • Rainforest Pyramid
  • Aquarium Pyramid
  • Ice Age Exhibit
  • Ropes Course & Zip Line
  • 3D and 4D theater
  • Arctic Ice Slide
  • Ice Skate Rental

This is valued at $300. Prize tickets expire January 4, 2015.

festival of lights

Festival of Lights is a one-mile trail at Moody Gardens featuring more than one million lights and 100 lighted scenes. Add on all the extra attractions and this is an amazing family outing!

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

Contest is open two days only and will end December 11, 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: Contest 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 Moody Gardens for providing this giveaway prize.

photo: Moody Gardens

Giveaway Winner: ICE at Discovery Green #3

We are excited to share the winner for the third skating giveaway. Out of 530 entries, we have one winner:

Wanda Harris

Please respond to my email so we can get your four tickets sent your way. Thanks to all for participating!