19 Things to do in Houston this weekend of December 15 Including For King & Country Drummer Boy Christmas, HTown Sneaker Summit, & more!

19 Things to do in Houston this weekend of December 15 Including For King & Country Drummer Boy Christmas, HTown Sneaker Summit, & more!

Our top picks for things to do in Houston this weekend of December 15 include the For King & Country: Drummer Boy ChristmasHTown Sneaker SummitOtaku Winter Arc Food and Anime FestivalRock the Dock Holiday Party, and more!

There’s always a lot to do in Houston, especially on the weekends. And so, if you find yourself searching for ‘things to do this weekend near me’ or ‘Houston events this weekend’ or ‘what to do in Houston this weekend’ we have you covered! Whether you are looking for ‘things to do in Houston this weekend for couples’ or ‘black events in Houston’, you will surely find something you like on our list. 

There are several fun things to do in Houston this weekend December 15 – 17, 2023! Read on to find out! 


Editor’s Note: Our staff works hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, all information is subject to change! As always, please verify with the organizer before heading out! 

Also, remember to check out our other Houston posts: River Oaks Christmas Lights 2023, The Light Park Houston 2023, Shepherd Park Plaza Christmas Lights 2023, and Magical Winter Lights Houston 2023


Things to do in Houston this Weekend of December 15, 2023 – Friday Night Houston

FROSTIVAL AND 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.


City Lights at Avenida Houston

Watch Avenida Houston come to life with dazzling lights, enchanting songs, and heartwarming performances of “A Happy Houston Holiday” this Thanksgiving weekend! The show will feature world-class performers, local talents, and even community groups with medleys that everyone can sing along to.

When: Friday, December 15 – December 17, 2023, 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Avenida Houston, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: Free


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


TUTS: The Ugly X-mas Sweater Musical

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

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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: Friday, December 15, 2023, 7:30 pm 
Where: Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $40


Anita Baker: The Songstress Tour

Anita Baker is best known for her soulful ballads, particularly those from the height of the quiet storm period in the 80s. Catch her onstage this weekend and hear these ballads live!

When: Friday, December 15, 2023, 8 pm 
Where: Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $119


The Urban Nutcracker Holiday Market

Celebrate Houston’s diverse cultures while filling up that holiday shopping basket at the Urban Nutcracker Holiday Market. You’re sure to find some pretty unique gifts for your loved ones or yourself here. 

When: Friday – Sunday, December 15 – 17, 2023, 11 am – 6:30 pm 
Where: Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre and Convention Center, 10505 Cash Rd, Stafford, TX 77477
How Much: $10


Things to do in Houston this Weekend of December 16, 2023 – Things to do in Houston Saturday

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


Holiday Onesie Party

Holiday Onesie Party

Image credit: Truck Yard Houston

Put on your merriest onesie and join the party over at Truck Yard Houston! Snap photos with the Grinch, throw snowballs in the yard, sip on cheerful cocktails, and compete in some epic games for a custom Truck Yard onesie. 

When: Saturday, December 16, 2023, 11 am  
Where: Truck Yard, 2118 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77003
How Much: No cover


Campfire Christmas

Celebrate Christmas Texas-style at George Ranch! Step back in time to 1944 and join Mamie and Albert George as they host a USO dinner. The meal includes a rustic buffet-style meal and live music by Creole Swing.

You can also explore the site, visit the cowboys at the campfire, dance at the Ranch House yard, and enjoy a tour of the Ranch House decorated for the season. 

When: Saturday, December 16, 2023, 5:30 pm 
Where: George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Rd, Richmond, TX 77469
How Much: $60 | $45 for kids aged 4 – 12 | Free for kids 3 and under


A Hogwarts Christmas Feast

Calling al Harry Potter fans out there! Pull up a seat to the great feast as Gastrochurch hosts a wonderful feast pretty much like the one at the Great Hall. You’ll even get sorted and earn points for your house through trivia, riddles, a costume contest, and more.

When: Saturday, December 16, 2023, 7 pm – 11 pm 
Where: Westminster UMC, 5801 San Felipe St, Houston, TX 77057
How Much: $45 – $100


Otaku Winter Arc Food and Anime Festival

Things to do in Houston this weekend of December 15 | Otaku Food Festival

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Calling all otakus out there! The biggest anime + food festival is coming to you this weekend! Take in more than 100 food, anime, and retail vendors at Karbach Brewing Co. There will also be cosplay contests, sumo tournaments, photo ops, all-day entertainment, voice actors, and many more. 

As for the food, food vendors will be serving food from all across Asia including Thai street food, Filipino food, Japanese street food, Taiwanese boba tea, baos, noodles, Latin food, Vietnamese grilled chicken and egg rolls, and many more. 

When: Saturday – Sunday, December 16 – 17, 2023, 12 pm – 10 pm (Saturday) and 12 pm – 8 pm (Sunday)
Where: Karbach Brewing Co, 2032 Karbach St, Houston, TX 77092
How Much: Free


10th Annual Pass the Gravy Christmas Spooktacular

Celebrate Christmas this weekend with your favorite podcast! You’ll also be able to catch the 2023 Gravies Awards. Aside from that, there will be a live podcast, food trucks, music, and delicious beer.  

When: Saturday, December 16, 2023, 12:30 pm 
Where: Southern Star Brewing Co, 3525 N Frazier St, Conroe, TX 77303
How Much: No cover


Houston Hip Hop 50: Z-Ro, Lil Flip, Lil Keke, and Special Guests

Experience the legendary Houston hip-hop music scene with a jam-packed concert this weekend! The event will feature amazing rappers like Lil Flip, Z-Ro, Lil Keke, and many more. 

When: Saturday, December 16, 2023, 6 pm 
Where: White Oak Music Hall, 2915 N Main St, Houston, TX 77009
How Much: Starts at $47


Fun Things to do in Houston this Weekend of December 15, 2023 – Sunday Events Houston

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


PlantMas Market

PlantMas Market

Image credit: Houston Plant Market

Shop and have fun this weekend at the Houston Plant Market! There will be over 30 local and small businesses. You can also join a merry scavenger hunt with fun and unique prizes or swap plants with their annual White Elephant. There will also be free hot cocoa, free beer, and free water. 

When: Sunday, December 17, 2023, 12 pm – 6 pm
Where: M-K-T, 600 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007
How Much: No cover


Peace by Piece: Bounce Back Vintage Market

Peace by Piece: Bounce Back Vintage Market

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If you’re a fan of vintage fashion, better not miss this weekend’s vintage market at Post. Here, you’ll find vintage clothing, streetwear, and sneakers all under one roof. You can buy, sell, and trade vintage gear and other hype gear with fellow fans.

When: Sunday, December 17, 2023, 12 pm – 6 pm
Where: The Office, X Atrium Level 2, POST Houston, 401 Franklin St, Houston, TX 77201
How Much: Free


A Magical Cirque Christmas

Embrace the holiday spirit with A Magical Cirque Christmas! This variety show is full of dazzling and enchanting performances filled with nostalgia and charm perfect for all ages. It features talents of world-class entertainers performing to beloved holiday music. 

When: Sunday, December 17, 2023, 4 pm
Where: Cullen Performance Hall, 4300 University Dr, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: $39.50 – $89.50


The Texas Tenors Christmas Show

The Texas Tenors bring a unique blend of music with their thrilling harmonies and award-winning arrangements. Hear them bring holiday favorites like “O Holy Night” and “Joy to the World” to crowd pleasers like “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin'” and “Bootdaddy” to life this weekend. 

When: Sunday, December 17, 2023, 4 pm and 8 pm
Where: Main Street Crossing, 111 W Main St, Tomball, TX 77375
How Much: Starts at $88


For King & Country: Drummer Boy Christmas

Things to do in Houston this weekend of December 15 | For King & Country: Drummer Boy Christmas

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Indulge in the holiday spirit with Grammy-winning King & Country as they return to H-Town to serenade the city with beloved Christmas classics and more from their best-selling album, “A Drummer Boy Christmas.”

When: Sunday, December 17, 2023, 7 pm
Where: Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $48


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