Things to do in Houston this week of December 4 Christmas Carols on the Roof, The Sing Off 2023, & more!

Things to do in Houston this week of December 4 Christmas Carols on the Roof, The Sing Off 2023, & more!

Our top free and cheap picks for things to do in Houston this week of December 4, 2023, include Christmas Carols on the RoofThe Sing Off 2023Ramen and Izakaya ExpoRudolph Run, 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. 


Editor’s Note: Our staff works hard to bring you the latest information. However, all information mentioned in this article is subject to change. As always, please confirm before heading out. Some of the events listed below may have affiliate links that help us earn a small commission on any purchase made after using the links. 

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Things to do in Houston this week of December 4, 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.


Paul Hope Cabarets: We Need a Little Christmas

Celebrate the early weeks of the holiday season with some melodic Christmas carols this Monday at Ovations. Paul Hope Cabarets will be performing a mix of Broadway holiday songs and carols that aren’t heard as much as the classics in the holidays.

When: Monday, December 4, 2023, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Ovations Night Club, 2536 Times Blvd B, Houston, TX 77005
How Much: Starts at $20


Top Things to do in Houston this week of December 4, 2023 – Tuesday

Ramen and Izakaya Expo

Help support businesses looking to expand their reach at the Ramen and Izakaya Expo. Some exhibitors in attendance include Japanese food distributors, online shopping sites, Japanese ramen shops, makers of gyoza, noodle manufacturers, manufacturers of tableware, and many more. See what they have to offer!

When: Tuesday – Wednesday, December 5 – 6, 2023, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: NRG Park, NRG Center, 1 NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054
How Much: Registration is needed for the event


A Christmas Tail

Enjoy a holiday happy hour with your friends at City Place that will benefit local nonprofit rescue Operation Pets Alive. 

Stop by the lobby for a silent auction of incredible and edible gingerbread doghouses. You can also vote for the most creative ones while enjoying a $5 drinks menu, a $5 raffle, and complimentary milk and cookies for the kids.

When: Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: City Place, 1700 City Plaza Dr, Spring, TX 77389
How Much: No cover


Things to do in Houston this week of December 4, 2023 – Wednesday

Christmas Carols on the Roof

Christmas Carols on the Roof

Image credit: PostHTX

Enjoy a night of unforgettable Christmas carols surrounded by 100,000 festive lights and a 25-foot Christmas tree as the backdrop with the Kingwood High School Madrigals. 

Known for their Dickensian costumes and beautiful voices, the Madrigals consistently wow the crowds with their varied arrangements of holiday favorites. 

Please take note, to attend the event, you must purchase a Winter Wonderlawn ticket. 

When: Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 5 pm – 6 pm
Where: POST Houston, 401 Franklin St, Houston, TX 77201
How Much: $10 – $15


Things to do in Houston this week of December 4, 2023 – Thursday

City of Katy Christmas Tree Lighting

Things to do in Houston this week of December 4 | City of Katy Christmas Tree Lighting

Image credit: Official – City of Katy

If you’re around Katy this Thursday, make sure not to miss the city’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting! Welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus for pictures, enjoy cookie decorating, write letters to Santa, have fun with many Christmas activities, and more. 

When: Thursday, December 7, 2023, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 
Where: Historic Downtown, Katy, TX
How Much: Free


The Sing Off 2023

Things to do in Houston this week of December 4 | The Sing Off 2023

Image credit: Shop at Market Street

Mark your calendars for an aca-awesome event this Thursday at Market Street! Listen and enjoy the melodies from various a cappella groups as they have a friendly holiday competition for the title of “The Sing-Off Champion.”

Bring a blanket or your lawn chairs and join in on the merry spirit of the performances. There will also be hot cocoa, Christmas cotton candy, and more. 

When: Thursday, December 7, 2023, 6:30 pm 
Where: Central Park at Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Dr #8210, The Woodlands, TX 77380
How Much: Free


Top Things to do in Houston this week of December 4, 2023 – Friday

Christmas Village Opening Day at Bayou Bend

Christmas Village Opening Day at Bayou Bend

Image credit: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Enjoy a delightful and immersive holiday experience at the Christmas Village at Bayou Bend this weekend! 

Expect a wonderful Christmas wonderland featuring thousands of lights throughout the 14-acre estate of Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Some of the fun activities to look forward to are sledding in a faux-snow slide, tossing around cotton snowballs, games for all ages, 3D animation, taking photos with Santa, and touring the Ima Hogg’s historic house filled with live actors, theatrical effects, and Christmas decor.

When: Friday, December 8, 2023, 5:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007
How Much: $12 for kids 5 – 12 | $18 for adults and teens 13 above | Free for kids 4 and below


Things to do in Houston on Saturday, December 9, 2023

Rudolph Run

Rudolph Run

Image credit: CITYCENTREHOUSTON

Put on your holiday running suits and run through wonderfully decorated neighborhoods this weekend at the Rudolph Run. There will be a 1K Cupid Run, a Rudolph 5K run, and a 10K Dasher. 

Don’t forget to smile for the camera and get the chance to win the best costume and win a great gift card. You can also take pictures with Santa and enjoy special treats after the run.

When: Saturday, December 9, 2023, 7 am – 11 am 
Where: CITYCENTRE, 800 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024
How Much: $20 – $55


Things to do in Houston this week of December 4, 2023 – Sunday

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

This version of the classic tale is inspired by the acclaimed teleplay starring Brandy and Whitney Houston. Much like the original, this retelling is beautiful, romantic, and inspiring. It also features Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs. 

When: Sunday, December 10, 2023, 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $40


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