13 Things to do in Houston this weekend of December 29 Including Resolution Run Houston, New Year's Eve Fireworks at Sugar Land Holiday Lights, & more!

13 Things to do in Houston this weekend of December 29 Including Resolution Run Houston, New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Sugar Land Holiday Lights, & more!

Our top picks for things to do in Houston this weekend of December 29 include the Resolution Run HoustonNew Year’s Eve Fireworks at Sugar Land Holiday LightsNew Year’s Eve Celebration at POST, 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: My Experience at Houston Botanic Garden, Best Neighborhood Christmas Lights in Houston 2023, Dickinson Festival of Lights 2023, and Santa’s Wonderland in Texas!  


Things to do in Houston this Weekend of December 29, 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.


Alley Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Celebrate the Christmas spirit with Alley’s new adaptation of the classic “A Christmas Carol.” Enjoy colorful Victorian costumes, lively dancing, special effects, stunning sets, and just the right blend of Christmas carols. Please take note that the show is best for kids aged 6 and above. 

When: Friday, December 29 – 30, 2023, 7 pm 
Where: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $89 | Ticket prices vary by date


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 29 – 30, 2023, 5:30 pm 
Where: Chatter’s Cafe, 140 S Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
How Much: $22 for 90-minute slots. 


Nutcracker! Magical Winter Ballet!

Get another spectacular version of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker” this weekend with the extraordinary international cast and Ukrainian Principal Artists. In this show, you’ll be transported by the magic of jaw-dropping acrobatics, stunning hand-crafted sets, amazing costumes, and larger-than-life puppets. Don’t miss it! 

When: Friday, December 29, 2023, 7 pm
Where: Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479
How Much: Starts at $39


Things to do in Houston this Weekend of December 30, 2023 – Things to do in Houston Saturday

Shen Yun 2024

Things to do in Houston this week of December 25 | Shen Yun 2024

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Experience a lost culture with Shen Yun 2024! Here, artists will perform the incredible art of classical Chinese dance to make legends come to life on stage right before your eyes. 

When: Saturday, December 30, 2023 – January 1, 2024, 2 pm 
Where: Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $140


Houston Cougars Women’s Basketball vs Texas Tech Red Raiders

Houston Cougars Women's Basketball vs Texas Tech Red Raiders

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Cheer on the Houston Cougars Women’s Basketball team this weekend as they take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders! Invite your fellow fans or friends and grab your tickets now. 

When: Saturday, December 30, 2023, 1 pm 
Where: Fertitta Center, 3422 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX 77204
How Much: Starts at $26


Monica, Joe, & K Michelle in Concert

Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum singer and rapper Monica is coming to Houston! Catch her live this weekend and jam out to her tunes. Joe and K Michelle will be opening the show. 

When: Saturday, December 30, 2023, 8 pm 
Where: NRG Park, NRG Center, 1 NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054
How Much: Starts at $67


Drunk Shakespeare

Shakespeare has never been more fun than Drunk Shakespeare. One of the actors has to take five shots of whiskey before they attempt to perform a major role in a Shakespearean tragedy. With that, you’re sure to see hilarious mayhem as the other sober actors try to keep the script on track with their mates. 

When: Saturday, December 30, 2023, 7 pm 
Where: The Emerald Theatre, 412 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $304


Fun Things to do in Houston this Weekend of December 29, 2023 – Sunday Events Houston

Resolution Run Houston

Things to do in Houston this weekend of December 29 | Resolution Run Houston

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If you’re looking to make new traditions this New Year, why not try joining the Resolution Run Houston Downtown? Join fellow runners and kick off the year right. 

When: Sunday, December 31, 2023, 7:30 am – 10 am
Where: Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: $75 race fee + $7.10 signup fee | Price increases to $80 after December 20, 2023


New Year’s Eve Celebration at Kemah Boardwalk

Ring in the New Year with family fun at the Boardwalk with great food, entertainment, and fireworks!

When: Sunday, December 31, 2023, 1 pm – 10 pm | Fireworks at 9 pm
Where: Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565, United States
How Much: Free


New Year’s Eve Fireworks at Sugar Land Holiday Lights

Things to do in Houston this weekend of December 29 | New Year's Eve Fireworks at Sugar Land Holiday Lights

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Enjoy the dazzling lights at the Sugar Land Holiday Lights before they close off for the season. Then, once the clock hits midnight, enjoy the wonderful fireworks show to welcome the new year. 

When: Sunday, December 31, 2023, 6 pm – 12 am
Where: Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr, Sugar Land, TX 77498
How Much: $23 for adults | $18 for kids


The Rustic’s NYE Bash

The Rustic's NYE Bash

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Bid farewell to the old and welcome the new in style at The Rustic’s! Electrifying music will be playing late into the night that will have you dancing into the midnight hour. No tickets are needed here. Just come and have fun to celebrate the New Year. 

When: Sunday, December 31, 2023, 8 pm 
Where: The Rustic, 1836 Polk St, Houston, TX 77003
How Much: Free


New Year’s Eve Celebration at POST

New Year's Eve Celebration at POST

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Welcome the New Year with a bang at POST! Enjoy cirque performances, complimentary caricature drawings, live DJs, a professional fireworks show at midnight, tasty adult beverages, and more. 

When: Sunday, December 31, 2023, 9 pm – 2 am
Where: POST Houston, 401 Franklin St, Houston, TX 77201
How Much: $50 for early bird tickets


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