Things to do in Houston this week of December 11 The Ugly X-mas Sweater Musical, A Merry Creepmas Market, & more!

Things to do in Houston this week of December 11 The Ugly X-mas Sweater Musical, A Merry Creepmas Market, & more!

Our top free and cheap picks for things to do in Houston this week of December 11, 2023, include The Ugly X-mas Sweater MusicalA Merry Creepmas Market, Santa Fun RunChampagne and Candy Canes Market, and more!

Houston is among the top 5 metroplexes in the US! What that means is that plenty is going on in Houston any day of the week. There are always things to do on Monday in Houston, things to do in Houston on Saturday night, and everything in between!

Some of you may be looking for things to do in Houston with family, while others may be focused on free things to do in Houston this week. Either way, you can be sure we have you covered in our list below. 


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Things to do in Houston this week of December 11, 2023 – Monday

GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGY ICE AT DISCOVERY GREEN!

Enjoy Winter Wonders with Frostival and Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green!

Enjoy Winter Wonders with Frostival and Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green!

As Houston’s favorite holiday destination, Discovery Green, along with the Green Mountain Energy Ice, invites everyone to make the most of this winter season. Whether you’re gliding on the ice, marveling at public art, or simply enjoying the festive atmosphere, there’s a touch of magic waiting for everyone at Discovery Green!

Excited to have fun and slide and glide through the coolest ice rink in Houston? Then take note of the hours of operation so you can plan your visit soon!

  • Monday – Thursday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. 
  • Friday, Saturday & HISD School Holidays* 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 
  • Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Day 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 
  • Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • Christmas Day & New Year’s Day – 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 15) – 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

*HISD School Holidays are (Nov. 20 – 24; Dec. 25 – 29; Jan. 1 – 5, 8 & 15) 

Green Mountain Energy Ice closes to the public at 5 p.m. on Nov. 19, Dec. 17, and Jan. 21 and at 4 p.m. on Dec 10 & 12.

Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: Regular admission for the ice rink is $17 plus tax, including skate rentals

For more information and the latest updates on events and schedules, visit Discovery Green’s website and sign up for the newsletter at discoverygreen.com/newsletter.


Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)

Enjoy a mashup of stories you know and love sprinkled with seasonal favorites gathered from all around the world. From carols to icons and festivities to traditions, it’s going to be a jolly-filled holiday romp. 

When: Monday, December 11, 2023, 7:30 pm
Where: MATCH – Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Tickets are pay-what-you-can


Top Things to do in Houston this week of December 11, 2023 – Tuesday

14th Annual Chanukah Extravaganza Blockbuster Party

The Bellaire Jewish Center will be bringing the fun to Evelyn’s Park this weekend with their 14th annual Chanukah Extravaganza. The party will feature community menorah lighting, cirque performers, all-you-can-eat Chinese food, a latke bar, crafts, DJ music, and more. 

When: Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 5:55 pm
Where: Evelyn’s Park Conservancy, 4400 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401
How Much: $18 in advance | $15 for kids | $60 max per family


Santa Fun Run

Hold your beer! Get ready for a nice little fun run this merry season at Little Woodrow’s Rice Village. After the run, celebrate with tacos and a special edition of Christmas trivia at 8 pm with Geeks Who Drink. Costumes are highly encouraged. 

When: Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 5 pm
Where: Little Woodrow’s Rice Village, 5611 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005
How Much: Free


Things to do in Houston this week of December 11, 2023 – Wednesday

TUTS: The Ugly X-mas Sweater Musical

Things to do in Houston this week of December 11 | TUTS: The Ugly X-mas Sweater Musical

Image credit: Theater Under the Stars

TUTS presents their newest original musical comedy, “The Ugly X-mas Sweater Musical” that blends elements of “The Office” with the competitive spirit of “Project Runway” and “Pose.” 

The story revolves around a large company that is being bought out by an international conglomerate. To save their jobs, employees have to come up with the best ugly X-mas sweater ever made. 

When: Wednesday, December 13, 2023, 7:30 pm 
Where: Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $40


Things to do in Houston this week of December 11, 2023 – Thursday

Champagne and Candy Canes Market

Things to do in Houston this week of December 11 | Champagne and Candy Canes Market

Image credit: Evelyn’s Park Conservancy

Enjoy local holiday shopping with the family at the Champagne and Candy Canes Market! You can also snap pics with Santa and enjoy $3 mimosas from Betsy’s. 

When: Thursday, December 14, 2023, 10 am – 7 pm 
Where: Evelyn’s Park Conservancy, 4400 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401
How Much: Free


Santa Sightings

Head out with the kids this Thursday and get ready to meet the big jolly man himself. Get your photos taken with him and hand-deliver your Christmas wish list. 

When: Thursday, December 14, 2023, 6 pm – 8 pm 
Where: Five Points Town Plaza, 100 S Broadway St, La Porte, TX 77571
How Much: Free


Top Things to do in Houston this week of December 11, 2023 – Friday

A Merry Creepmas Market

A Merry Creepmas Market

Image credit: National Museum of Funeral History (1)

Experience a unique holiday market at the National Museum of Funeral History’s Merry Creepmas Market! It will feature more than 20 local vendors offering unique gifts, complimentary drinks, and more. 

Tickets include entry to the museum and market, lite bites, and 3 drink tickets. 

When: Friday, December 15, 2023, 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: National Museum of Funeral History, 415 Barren Springs Dr, Houston, TX 77090
How Much: $40


Things to do in Houston on Saturday, December 16, 2023

Rock the Dock Holiday Party

Party it up at Kemah Boardwalk this weekend! The place will be filled with live music, a snow patch, an ornament craft corner, an ugly sweater contest, and more! 

When: Saturday, December 16, 2023, 1 pm – 9 pm 
Where: Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565
How Much: Free


Things to do in Houston this week of December 11, 2023 – Sunday

HTown Sneaker Summit

Htown Sneaker Summit

Image credit: Sneaker Summit

Calling all sneaker fans out there! The Sneaker Summit will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend at NRG Park. Buy, sell, trade, and admire rare and collectible sneakers, apparel, and accessories you won’t find anywhere else. 

When: Sunday, December 17, 2023, 3 pm – 8 pm
Where: NRG Park, NRG Center, 1 NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054
How Much: Starts at $20


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