15 Things to do in Houston this weekend of December 22 Including Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks, Tinseltown: The Christmas Speakeasy, & more!

15 Things to do in Houston this weekend of December 22 Including Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks, Tinseltown: The Christmas Speakeasy, & more!

Our top picks for things to do in Houston this weekend of December 22 include the Houston Rockets vs Dallas MavericksTinseltown: The Christmas SpeakeasyHouston Symphony: Holly Holly Holiday, 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 22 – 24, 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: Christmas Tree Farms Houston 2023, Houston Restaurants Open Christmas Eve 2023, Dickinson Festival of Lights 2023, and Santa’s Wonderland in Texas!  


Things to do in Houston this Weekend of December 22, 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.


Merry Memories with Santa

Make more Christmas memories with big old jolly Santa in a winter wonderland at Memorial City Hall! Take pictures with him and tell him what’s on your wishlist. Vaccinated pets are also welcome on Mondays. 

When: Friday, December 22 – 24, 2023, 11 am – 8 pm
Where: Memorial City Mall, 303 Memorial City Way, Houston, TX 77024
How Much: Photo packages start at $39.99


Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker

Things to do in Houston this week of November 20 | Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker

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The holiday classic “The Nutcracker” is back with grand sets, stunning costumes, iconic score, and impressive choreography with the Houston Ballet. Make sure to grab your tickets early for the best seats.

When: Friday, December 22, 2023, 2 pm and 7 pm 
Where: Wortham Center, Brown Theater, 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $132


Tinseltown: The Christmas Speakeasy

Things to do in Houston this weekend of December 22 | Tinseltown: The Christmas Speakeasy

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Chatters Cafe has transformed into a little Tinseltown speakeasy with the halls decked with baubles and bows and twinkly lights and wreaths hanging all around. Enjoy Christmasy cocktails, warm winter drinks, and more here with friends or family. Tickets include a themed drink.

When: Friday, December 22 – 30, 2023, 5:30 pm 
Where: Chatter’s Cafe, 140 S Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
How Much: $22 for 90-minute slots. 


TUTS: The Ugly X-mas Sweater Musical

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 22, 2023, 7:30 pm 
Where: Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $40


Houston Symphony: Holly Holly Holiday

Make special memories with the family this weekend with the Symphony’s annual holiday concert for kids. The concert will include “Hamilton” star Mandy Gonzalez performing festive favorites like “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” There will also be a Christmas Carol sing-along, free hot chocolate, and a chance to visit with Santa. 

When: Friday, December 22, 2023, 10 am and 11:30 am 
Where: Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $39


Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks

Things to do in Houston this weekend of December 22 | Houston Rockets vs Dallas Mavericks

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Cheer on the Rockets as they go against the Dallas Mavericks this weekend! Invite your friends or family and raise the team’s spirits.

When: Friday, December 22, 2023, 7 pm
Where: Toyota Center, 1510 Polk St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $19


Ashe Market

Ashe Market

Image credit: Community Artist’s Collective

If you’re still doing some last-minute gift shopping, pass by Ashe Market. The market features a selection of unique gift items made by local artisans. There are also African fabrics, masks, and other art pieces from various African nations. 

When: Friday, December 22, 2023, 12 pm
Where: Community Artist’s Collective, 4101 San Jacinto St Suite 116, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: Free


Things to do in Houston this Weekend of December 23, 2023 – Things to do in Houston Saturday

Cultural Holiday Extravaganza

Things to do in Houston this week of December 18 | Cultural Holiday Extravaganza

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Journey through Santa’s workshop at the multicultural Christmas event taking place every Saturday from November to December in Market Square Park. Get to celebrate diverse holiday traditions and cultures that make up Houston’s vibrant community. 

Enjoy fun activities like face painting, a holiday mini market, and gift wrapping stations.

When: Saturday, December 23, 2023, 7 pm – 10 pm 
Where: Market Square Park, 301 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Free


Santa Paws

Calling all paw parents! Bring your furry best friends and take a free holiday picture with the big man, Santa himself! There will also be pupuccinos, doggie vendors, and live music for a spectacular holiday season with your pets. 

When: Saturday, December 23, 2023, 2 pm – 4 pm 
Where: Trebly Park, 1515 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Free


Ho Ho Houston Comedy Extravaganza

Get ready for a night of non-stop laughter this weekend at The Secret Group. For this Christmas special, a trio of comedy headliners will be taking the stage namely Lotto Marie, Slade Ham, and Jerry Wayne. 

When: Saturday, December 23, 2023, 8 pm – 10 pm
Where: The Secret Group, 2101 Polk St, Houston, TX 77003
How Much: $20 – $25


Festivus for the Rest of Us

Celebrate Christmas “Seinfeld” style! Holler Brewing will be adapting the holiday, Festivus, from the show this weekend. It will begin with the raising of the Festivus pole, followed by the “Airing of Grievances,” and lastly the “Feats of Strength.” 

When: Saturday, December 23, 2023, 7 pm
Where: Holler Brewing Co, 2206 Edwards St Suite A, Houston, TX 77007
How Much: No cover


Fun Things to do in Houston this Weekend of December 22, 2023 – Sunday Events Houston

Christmas Eve at Brennan’s Houston

Christmas Eve at Brennan's Houston

Image credit: Brennan’s of Houston

Enjoy a special Christmas Eve dinner with your loved ones at Midtown’s favorite Creole restaurant. They will be offering a brunch and prix fixe 3-course menu for dinner. 

When: Sunday, December 24, 2023, 10 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Brennan’s Houston, 3300 Smith St, Houston, TX 77006
How Much: Menu prices vary


Christmas Eve Brunch

Christmas Eve Brunch

Image credit: The Historic Hill House and Farm

Enjoy a charming holiday experience set in an antique 1840s barn the day before Christmas with friends or family at The Historic Hill House and Farm. The menu will be filled with both festive classics and modern holiday delights. Mimosas, bloody marys, and mocktails will be available for purchase. You can also take pictures with Santa.

When: Sunday, December 24, 2023, 11 am
Where: Historic Hill House + Farm, 3603 FM1725, Willis, TX 77378
How Much: $65 for adults | $35 for kids | Free for kids under 3


Cena de Noche Buena

Celebrate Noche Buena aka Christmas Eve with your loved ones Mexican style at Hugo’s this weekend. The restaurant will be setting up a buffet and the meal will be accompanied by a live guitar by Viento. 

When: Sunday, December 24, 2023, 5 pm – 8 pm
Where: Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
How Much: $52 | $15 per child


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