Things to do in Houston this week of November 27 Holly Jolly Jingle, Reliant Lights Mayor's Holiday Spectacular, & more!

Things to do in Houston this week of November 27 Holly Jolly Jingle, Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular, & more!

Our top free and cheap picks for things to do in Houston this week of November 27, 2023, include Galveston Island Dickens on the Strand Golden AnniversaryHolly Jolly JingleReliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular, Full Moon HikeA.D. Players presents A Texas Carol, 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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Also, remember to check out our other Houston posts: Winter Wonders at Discovery Green, Mexican Restaurants in Conroe, Date Night Ideas Houston, and Midtown Houston Restaurants


Top Pick – Galveston Island Dickens on the Strand Golden Anniversary

Galveston Island Dickens On The Strand

Galveston Island Dickens On The Strand

When: The 50th Anniversary of the Dickens on The Strand festival, a signature event by the Galveston Historical Foundation, commences on Friday, December 1, offering free admission to Fezziwig’s Beer Hall from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The celebration continues with ticketed entry on Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, December 3, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: 2002 The Strand, Galveston, TX 77550, United States

Tickets: Entry is complimentary on December 1. For December 2 and 3, tickets are available at varied rates. Advanced purchase tickets are priced at $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 7-12, while tickets bought at the gate are $25 for adults and $18 for youth.

GHF members can avail of discounted tickets at $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Attendees in Victorian costumes enjoy a 50% discount on entry.

For more details about tickets, visit www.dickensonthestrand.org.


Things to do in Houston this week of November 27, 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.


Full Moon Hike

Full Moon Hike

Image credit: HTXoutdoors

If you love the sight of the full moon, this hike will bring you a spectacular view. Join fellow hikers and enjoy a leisurely moonlit walk at Memorial Park.

Be prepared though because it will not be a paved path and the hike will be about three to four miles. Make sure to bring your headlights or flashlights and water. The meeting place will be at Rally Pavilion at the Running Center.

When: Monday, November 27, 2023, 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Rally Pavilion, Houston, TX 77007
How Much: Free | $2 parking fee


Top Things to do in Houston this week of November 27, 2023 – Tuesday

Conroe Lighting of the Christmas Tree

When it comes to Houston tree lighting, the City of Conroe is not one to hold back. Watch out for what they’ve prepared for everybody at Heritage Park this holiday season.

Don’t think that it’s just the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, however, because the real party is over at Downtown Conroe. So after the Christmas tree lighting, head over there and celebrate the holiday season with food, drinks, music, shopping, and various kinds of entertainment.

When: Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 6:30 pm
Where: Heritage Place, 500 Collins St, Conroe, TX 77301
How Much: Free


Things to do in Houston this week of November 27, 2023 – Wednesday

Light the Towne

Christmas Tree Lighting Houston 2023 | Light the Towne

Image credit: Towne Lake by Caldwell Communities

Join the Boardwalk for the annual Christmas tree lighting at Towne Lake. They have sent word to the North Pole and Santa himself will be coming to visit the town for the celebration. 

Aside from the lighting, enjoy carols, complimentary hot choco, balloon artists, snow, a fashion show, Santa and his elves, airbrush face painting, and more. 

When: Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Town Lake, 10855 Towne Lake Pkwy, Cypress, TX 77433
How Much: Free


A.D. Players presents A Texas Carol

The Dinkel family is back by popular demand! They’re headed to Mee-Maw Jane’s East Texas ranch for what might be her last Christmas. Unfortunately, when the first grandchild arrives, Mee-Maw is already gone. Now, how would they be able to save the holiday and keep the fact and Mee-Maw’s body from the rest of the family? 

When: Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 7:30 pm
Where: A.D. Players Theatre, 5420 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056
How Much: Starts at $25


Things to do in Houston this week of November 27, 2023 – Thursday

Main Street Tree Lighting Seabrook

Head out to the 2023 Tree Lighting of Seabrook for a night of fun and festivities! 

Aside from the main Christmas tree lighting, other activities will take place on the Community House grounds and will include hot chocolate, cookies, vendors, and live entertainment! 

Get to enjoy holiday tunes by local choirs and the Seabrook Intermediate Band. And, of course, catch Santa Clause to tell him your wishlists. 

When: Thursday, November 30, 2023, 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Seabrook Community House, 1210 Anders Ave, Seabrook, TX 77586
How Much: Free


3rd Annual Energy Corridor Tree Lighting Celebration

Things to do in Houston this week of November 27 | 3rd Annual Energy Corridor Tree Lighting Celebration

Image credit: Hyatt Regency Houston West

Bask in the holiday spirit this Thursday at the annual Energy Corridor Tree Lighting Celebration! Enjoy tons of holiday festivities including a holiday market, food vendors, pictures with Santa, free giveaways, live performances, a holiday drone show, and lighting of the Energy Corridor’s 50-foot tree. 

The event will kick off the annual 12-day Christmas celebration of the area. 

When: Thursday, November 30, 2023, 5 pm – 9 pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Houston West, 13210 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77079
How Much: Free


DASH Holiday Market

DASH Holiday Market

Image credit: DASH – Design Art Style Home

Shop for your holiday gifts this Thursday at the DASH Holiday Market. It will have the finest home accessories, art, jewelry, clothing, and gifts all under one roof. 

When: Thursday, November 30 – December 3, 2023, 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Rd, Houston, TX 77024
How Much: Free


Holly Jolly Jingle

Things to do in Houston this week of November 27 | Holly Jolly Jingle

Image credit: Hello Woodlands

The Woodland Pavilion will be closing out its 2023 season with a bang with its annual Jolly Jingle concert! Come and hear holiday and seasonal classics performed by student musicians from Conroe ISD. Santa will also be there for photos. 

When: Thursday, November 30, 2023, 6 pm
Where: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380
How Much: Free


Top Things to do in Houston this week of November 27, 2023 – Friday

Galveston Island Dickens on the Strand Golden Anniversary

Galveston Island Dickens On The Strand

Galveston Island Dickens On The Strand

When: The 50th Anniversary of the Dickens on The Strand festival, a signature event by the Galveston Historical Foundation, commences on Friday, December 1, offering free admission to Fezziwig’s Beer Hall from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The celebration continues with ticketed entry on Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, December 3, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: 2002 The Strand, Galveston, TX 77550, United States

Tickets: Entry is complimentary on December 1. For December 2 and 3, tickets are available at varied rates. Advanced purchase tickets are priced at $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 7-12, while tickets bought at the gate are $25 for adults and $18 for youth.

GHF members can avail of discounted tickets at $15 in advance or $20 at the gate. Attendees in Victorian costumes enjoy a 50% discount on entry.

For more details about tickets, visit www.dickensonthestrand.org.


Sugar Land Christmas Tree Lighting

Christmas Tree Lighting Houston 2023 | Sugar Land Christmas Tree Lighting

Image credit: The City of Sugar Land, Texas – City Government

What: Make delightfully sweet holiday memories at the City of Sugar Land’s 2023 Christmas Tree Lighting! Here, they’re really going all out on holiday attractions. 

The Christmas tree lighting is not the only exciting event of the evening though. There will also be live performances, photos with Santa, and sweet treats. You and the family can also enjoy the Snow Slide and Chill Zone where you’ll find LED swings, vendors, and complimentary airbrush tattoos and balloons.

When: Friday, December 1, 2023, 5 pm – 8 pm
Where: Sugar Land Town Square, 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479
How Much: Free


Things to do in Houston on Saturday, December 2, 2023

Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular

What: Officially kick off the Houston holiday season with the Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular! This year’s holiday tree is a 52 ft. white fir from Grant’s Pass OR. It will feature 99, 680 LED lights and over 4,000 ornaments so it’s surely something to look forward to. 

When: Saturday, December 2, 2023, 6 pm – 8 pm 
Where: Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Free


Things to do in Houston this week of November 27, 2023 – Sunday

Hollydays Market

Grab your friends or family and come enjoy the fun while shopping and supporting some of the cutest shops over at the Holiday Market! There will be over 130 vendors there and you’ll be able to find one-of-a-kind gifts for all your loved ones.

When: Sunday, December 3, 2023, 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, 4310 TX-36 S, Rosenberg, TX 77471
How Much: $6


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