Our top picks for things to do in Houston this weekend of December 23 include the Christmas Day at Kemah Boardwalk, Mistletoe Square, Blood Drive at The Houston Arboretum, Texas Winter Lights, and more!
There’s always a lot to do in Houston, especially on the weekends. And so, if you find yourself asking the question – ‘What are some exciting things to do in Houston today?’ we have you covered! Whether you are looking for things to do in Houston this weekend for couples or family events in Houston on the weekend or black events, you’re sure to find something you like on our list.
There are a number of fun things to do in Houston this weekend of December 23 to 25, 2022! Read on to find out!
Remember to also explore our list of Things to do in Houston this Week of December 19!
Also, remember to also check out our recent posts on 30 Indoor Things to do in Houston, 10 Christmas Volunteer Opportunities in Houston for 2022, Magical Winter Lights Houston 2022, Things to Do on Christmas Day 2022 in Houston, and Dashers Light Show Houston 2022!
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Top Things to do in Houston this Weekend of December 23, 2022 – Friday
The holidays are without a doubt a lovely time of year! But we have to consider how they are in other parts of the world. Enjoy live music and watch live artists produce artwork that reflects winter festivities all across the world!
For this weekend, Mistletoe Square will showcase the Christmas festivities of Kwanzaa. Enjoy this festive holiday event while learning and appreciating the different ways people celebrate this holiday.
When: Friday, December 23, 2022, 6 pm
Where:301 Milam, Houston, Texas 77002
How Much: $17 per person
Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green
Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green is back, so head over and glide beneath the beautiful holiday lights of downtown Houston and experience the magic of the season!
Throughout the season, several special events will happen at the Green Mountain Energy Ice rink. The always popular Skate with Santa is back this year. You can groove to music trends through the decades with DJ Mohawk Steve! Other favorites such as Cheap Skate Mondays (only select Mondays) and Skating with the Stars on Saturday (select days only) are planned as well!
When: Friday to Sunday, December 23-25, 2022 | Runs until January 29, 2023
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: $17 + tax
Back for its third year, discover the interactive winter lights experience on the 6th floor Altitude Rooftop & Pool of Marriott Marquis Houston. With new light activations all over the deck, including a magnificent light-up stallion, an adult playground, and a grove of lights, to name a few, visitors will find Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.
Indulge in festive signature cocktails, a winter-themed food menu, and so much more. Float through the lazy river, heated all winter long to 80°, as lights glimmer from above.
When: Friday to Sunday, December 23-25, 2022, 5 pm to 10 pm | Runs until January 8, 2022
Where: 1777 Walker St, Houston, TX 77010, USA
How much: Starts at $25
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Blood Drive at The Houston Arboretum
The gift of giving is what makes Christmas, Christmas. This Christmas weekend, give blood to those in need!
The Houston Arboretum is partnering with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to host regular blood drives at the Arboretum. All successful donors will receive a free Arboretum Individual Membership!
When: Friday, December 23, 2022, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Located at: 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024, United States
How Much: Free
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend
At Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, discover a really immersive Christmas. You enter a winter wonderland with thousands of lights throughout the 14-acre estate via a stunning bridge.
This event is our top pick for Things to do in Houston this week for families!
When: Friday, December 23, 2022, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: 6003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007, United States
How Much: $15
Music Trends Through the Decades w/ DJ Mohawk Steve at Green Mountain Energy Ice
This Saturday, have fun skating on Discovery Green’s rink as DJ Mohawk Steve makes it more fun and lively with some cool pop beats. The best part, he’ll be playing classic hits and trends through the decades. So whether you remember exactly where you were when you heard your favorite song or you are experiencing it all for the first time, DJ Mohawk Steve will connect you to the power of the greatest hits.
When: Friday, December 23, 2022, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where:Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010
How Much: $17 per person
Zoo Lights Houston
Houston’s favorite holiday lights experience – TXU Energy presents Zoo Lights – is back at the Houston Zoo! The beautiful Zoo grounds are the perfect setting to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with friends and family. One of the most popular Christmas Light Displays in Houston!
This is one of the most anticipated things to do in Houston this weekend of December 2, so don’t miss it!
When: Friday to Sunday, December 23-25, 2022; runs until January 8, 2023 | 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, last entry at 9:30 pm
Where: The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
How Much: Between $21.20 – above, prices may vary according to the day and offer
For complete details check out our Guide to Houston Zoo Lights 2022!
Visit Evelyn’s Park Conservancy for a reading circle and storytime session beneath the covered Trevilion overlooking Bellaire Blvd. You’ll get to enjoy stories being read aloud to visitors in the park while flipping through pages of picture books. A perfect way to let your kids have fun while learning.
When: Friday, December 23, 2022, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: 4400 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401, United States
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Best Things to do in Houston on Saturday, December 24, 2022
Holiday Market with Santa
Catch Santa Claus this weekend at the Traders Village Houston Holiday Market! Head over to Traders Village Houston this weekend and get your picture taken with the big guy himself!
When: Saturday, December 24, 2022, 12 pm to 4 pm
Where: 7979 N Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77041, United States
How Much: Free to public; Parking $5; $13.99 all day all rides wristband
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Fun Things to do in Houston this Weekend of December 23, 2022 – Sunday
Christmas Day at Kemah Boardwalk
Christmas Day bring your Family and friends to enjoy great food and rides! Welcome the season with Santa, holiday music, movies, a toy drive & more!
When: Sunday, December 25, 2022
Where:215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565
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