Things to do this weekend in Houston

There’s a lot of fun things to do in Houston this weekend (November 26-28)!!!

Our top free and cheap picks include: Ice Skating at Discovery Green, Christmas Train in Alvin, Giant Menorah Lighting Celebration at Sugar Land Town Square, Moody Gardens Festival of Lights, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Alley Theatre, & more!


Top Pick – Ice Skating at Discovery Green

courtesy Discovery Green

Discovery Green is bringing back ice skating on the green for the whole winter. Enjoy open-air skating with updated safety protocols, including online ticket sales and plenty of seating to change into skates. Keep an eye out for Cheap Skate Mondays, when ticket prices drop to $8!
When: Friday, November 12th-Sunday, January 30th
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: $15 ($8 on select Mondays)


Also Check Out – The Christmas Train in Alvin

Christmas Train in Alvin Texas

The holiday season is here again, and a great way to celebrate with the entire family is to enjoy an old-fashioned train ride while experiencing hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights and displays.The ride includes a modern retelling of the traditional Christmas story and Nativity. In addition to the main attraction, there’s a lighted walking trail with tons of fun photo opportunities,  Guests can also enjoy the Great Elf Show, an hourly interactive performance, as well as special events such as food drives.

When: Select nights starting from November 26th to December 23
1407 Victory Lane, Alvin, Texas 77511
How Much: Train tickets are $10 for weekdays and $12 on weekends and peak nights leading up to Christmas. Discount tickets are available on December 9th and 16th for rides after 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended to avoid lengthy wait times. Click here to buy your tickets today!


Zoo Lights

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights returns to the Houston Zoo now through January 9, 2022, with two million Christmas lights illuminating throughout the area. The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland each night from 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm.
When: November 15th-January 9th, 5:30-10:30 p.m., last entry at 9:30 p.m.
The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030 
How Much: Between $17- $22, prices may vary according to the day and offer, it’s recommended to check their website and make bookings before your visit.

The Light Park – Katy, TX 

A family-friendly drive-thru Light Show that will open to spectators every night until 2 January 2022 and show a dazzling symphony of lights and music.
When:  November 3rd-January 2nd
Where: Typhoon Texas (Parking Lot), 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd, Katy, TX 77494
How Much: $40-$80. Check detailed prices here

Moody Gardens Festival of Lights & More

Moody Gardens Light Show Courtesy of Facebook:Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens Light Show Courtesy of Facebook/Moody Gardens

Now through January 2, you can get a load of eight special holiday attractions at Moody Gardens, including Festival of Lights, Ice Skating, Train Rides, photos with Santa, and much more. It’s a great place to see Christmas lights!
When: November 20th-January 2nd, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554
How much: $22 for the Festival of Lights ($18 on value days) and $39 for the Holiday Pass ($29 on value days)


Great Gobbler Wonderweek at the Fort Bend Children’s Discover Center

Celebrate the season of giving thanks by making woven paper placemats, turkey leg hats, fall wreaths, and using plastic polymers to create leaves or pumpkins.
When: Tuesday, November 23rdSaturday, November 27th (closed on Thanksgiving Day), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
198 Kempner St, Sugar Land, TX 77498
How Much:
$12 (general admission)

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Alley Theatre

Come and watch a family-friendly, lively adaptation of the classic Christmas story to get into the holiday spirit. Kids will learn a valuable lesson and be entertained by this surprising new take on the tale, which involves a little bit of confusion among the actors.
When: Tuesday, November 23rdWednesday, December 29th; times vary
615 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
How Much:
tickets start at $39

Fall Festival at George Ranch Historical Ranch

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courtesy George Ranch Historical Park

Celebrate the fall season, cowboy style, at George Ranch Historical Park. Enjoy spiced hot apple cider off made on an 1860s cast iron stove, caramel apples made over a campfire, and fun crafts throughout the park. It’s also the last weekend that you can take pictures in front of the Great Pumpkin Round-Up.
When: Friday, November 26th, and Saturday, November 27th, at 9 a.m.
Where: 10215 FM 762 Rd, Richmond, TX 77469
How much: $10-15

Black Friday Holiday Flea 

A curated marketplace where 75 vendors will display the best of their hand-crafted art, jewellery, clothing, beer, wine, clothing, and much more.
When: Friday, November 26th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: M-K-T Building 1, 600 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007
How much: Free entry. RSVP here

Texas Renaissance Festival

Celtic Christmas at Renaissance Festival

Come celebrate Celtic Christmas. Father Christmas, Mother Christmas, and all the Christmas elves welcome children of all ages to our final three-day celebration of the coming Yule-tide season.
When: November 26th, 27th, 28th
Where: 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, TX 77363
How Much: Varies


BLCK Market Houston: BLCK Friday

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courtesy BLCK Market

BLCK Market is an open market of local Black-owned vendors selling products in an environment tailored to the Black American experience. The market features products that range from candles and children’s books to beard oil and athletic wear. This month, come for a special Black Friday market. If you hurry, you could grab a free ticket online.
When: Friday, November 26th, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, 3816 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: $5 to enter (kids 12 and under get in free)

Breathless (À bout de souffle) at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the 1960 Jean-Luc Godard film Breathless (À bout de souffle) with three days of screenings of the movie. This film is credited with starting the French New Wave, and tells the story of a small-time crook Michel who goes on the lam with Patricia, an American journalism student living in Paris.
When: Friday, November 26thSunday, November 28th; times vary
1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005
How Much: $9


BRICKLIVE Houston – Animal Statues, Photo-friendly backdrops and lots of fun!

BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise
BRICKLIVE is a once-in-a-generation experience where guests can explore wildlife through highly detailed and rendered life-size brick models. Our exhibit offers a one-of-a-kind safari experience guaranteed to be an excellent time for families, kids, and brick model lovers alike. Click here for more details on what to expect at BRICKLIVE. Among our top picks for things to do this weekend in Houston! 
When: Saturday, Sunday 1 pm – 9 pm
Where:8200 Washington Ave #300 Houston, TX 77007
How Much: Adult Explorer (Ages 13+) $12, Child Explorer (Ages 4 – 12) $7, Children (Ages 4 and under) Free when accompanied by an adultTickets are on sale now at EVENTBRITE, and group packages will also be available at a discounted rate!!

Holiday In The Plaza – City Center

Santa with Kids At City Centre Houston

Kick off Christmas festivities early–meet Santa at the City Center from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 27th. 
Saturday, November 27th, from noon to 5 p.m.
Where: 800 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX, 77024 
How much: Free


Dance!! The Moving Body at Levy Park

Kids of all ages are invited to this free dance workshop designed just for them in Levy Park. The program will draw on physics, anatomy, and basic movement and teach kids about their bodies in a fun, engaging way.
When: Saturday, November 27th, at 1 p.m.
Where: Levy Park Houston, 3801 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098
How Much: Free


Discovery Green is holding its open-air night market, Flea by Night. The market will include handmade, recycled, and repurposed goods from local artisans. If you’re looking for a way to discover new small businesses in the Houston area, this is a good place to start.
When: Saturday, November 27th, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: Free


Free Photos with Santa at Sugar Land Town Square

Head to Sugar Land Town Square to get a free picture with Santa for your kids.
When: Sunday, November 28th, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Sugar Land Town Square, 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479
How Much: Free

Giant Menorah Lighting Celebration at Sugar Land Town Square

courtesy Sugar Land Town Square

In celebration of Chanukah, Sugar Land Town Square is hosting a giant Menorah lighting celebration complete with donuts, juggling, music, and dancing.
When: Sunday, November 28th, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Sugar Land Town Square, 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479
How Much: Free


Jazzy Sundays at Buffalo Bayou: Eastside Kings Featuring Orange Jefferson and Crystal Thomas

For the last time, enjoy a family-friendly jazz concert brought to you by the Kinder Foundation. The goal is to celebrate the history and evolution of jazz while also making your Sundays just a little more fun and relaxing. This week, the Eastside Kings Featuring Orange Jefferson will open the show, and the headline act is Crystal Thomas.
When: Sunday, November 28th, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007 United States
How Much: Free


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