Things to do in Houston this weekend: December 2-5, 2021

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Updated on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 3:27 PM.

Find the perfect things to do in H-Town with our 365 Houston Weekend Guide for Thursday 2 December to Sunday 5 December 2021.

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Things to do all weekend

  • Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis Holiday Shindig Dinner Show at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck | Thursday Friday – Sit down to a four-course dinner as the married Texas singer-songwriter duo takes the stage for their annual show of holiday tunes. Starts at $118. Show times vary.
  • Comedian Gary Owen at Houston Improv | Thursday to Saturday – Popular comedian and actor Gary Owen travels to Houston for five stand-up shows in three days. Starts at $90. Times vary.
  • Home for the Holidays Humble Gift Market in Humble Civic Center | Friday Saturday – Discover Christmas gifts and decorations, plus unique items from 100 suppliers during a two-day pop-up shopping event in Northeast Houston.
  • 48th Annual Dickens on the Strand in Galveston | Friday to Sunday – Galveston’s Victorian Holiday Festival returns in a big way this weekend, with parades, parties, dinners, drinks and some of the best holiday crowds watching this side of the pond. $18; $12 for ages 7 to 12; free for 6 years and under. Times vary.
  • Stephen Sondheim’s Business at Art Factory | Opens Friday December 3rd – Art Factory plays the late Sondheim’s Tony-winning musical in North Downtown. It follows a man weighing the pros and cons of staying single over dinner with his friends. $25. Show times vary.
  • no more time Live Performance at Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern | Saturday Sunday – See the cistern come to life during a live performance by musician André Vida, who plays a custom woodwind instrument he calls a “Cistern-o-phone” as he performs his original score for the Time No Longer installation. $20. 12 noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. both days.
  • Houston Ultimate Women’s Expo at George R. Brown | Saturday Sunday – Hear inspiring speakers such as Blac Chyna, Melissa Gilbert, Kim Fields, Toya Johnson and D’andra Simmons, and discover the goods and services of hundreds of merchants, spa and massage treatments and all that celebrates your ‘inner you’. Times vary.
  • 4th Annual Holiday Festival at Levy Park | Saturday & Sunday | FREE – Explore a family-driven outdoor party complete with a holiday market, craft station, live music performances, a River Oaks Dance performance, Hanukkah events, exhibits, and more. Both days from 12:00 to 17:00.
  • Charles Dickens’ A Christmas song at the Grand 1894 Opera House | Saturday Sunday – In conjunction with the grand return of Dickens on the Strand, Galveston’s 127-year-old theater once again presents two performances of the Dickens classic that inspired the event. $27 to $75. Show times vary.
  • Hanukkah Film Festival 2021 Virtual Screenings | Daily | virtual – Tune into the final days of the online streaming festiva, with exclusive, award-winning new movies celebrating the holiday season.
  • Hanukkah celebrations at Kenny & Ziggy’s | Daily – Houston mainstay offers menu packages for 6-8 ($195) or 8-10 ($235) people, plus a la carte options including latkes by the dozen to soups, brisket, kasha verniskas, fried kreplach, sweet noodle kugel and more. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance.

Holidays and Hanukkah Events

Temporary museum exhibitions, art installations and pop-up markets

  • Temporary Museum Exhibits and Art Installations around Greater Houston | Daily | Lots of FREE – Explore the many eye-catching, stunning and diverse exhibits on history, science, art, culture and creativity surrounding the Greater Houston metro area.
  • Open-air markets and pop-up shopping events around Greater Houston | Daily | Much no coverage – With so much to choose from these days, browse, explore, and shop at any or all of Houston’s proliferating outdoor markets, many featuring live entertainment, food trucks, and other diversions.

Ongoing theater and art performances

Houston Pro Sports Games Tickets

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Thursday, December 2, 2021

  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at the Owl | No coverage – Put on your spunkiest, happiest Christmas sweater, throw back holiday cocktails and compete for your chance to win the hottest sweater. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Christmas on the main street in La Porte | FREE – Ring in the season at La Porte’s ultimate Christmas celebration in La Porte’s hometown, with an evening of student performances, food trucks, photos with St. Nick, a kids zone and market. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Asia Society Texas Center Presents Small Business Exports in Asia and Beyond on YouTube Live | FREE – With a little help from the US Small Business Administration, Asia Society is offering a season to help local business owners and entrepreneurs explore commerce in the Indo-Pacific region. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Hanukkah Concert with Soprano Sivan Rotem at Holocaust Museum Houston | FREE – Argentina-born international Israeli soprano, Sivan Rotem sings Israeli and Jewish music in Yiddish, Ladino, Hebrew and Spanish in a special holiday concert. RSVP required. 6.30 pm.
  • Billy Strings at the White Oak Music Hall – Grammy-winning bluegrass guitarist, Billy Strings, plays his latest album, Renewal at WOMH. Tickets for the first run are sold out, but you may find hard-to-get seats on the online resale marketplace. 6.30 pm.
  • Rooftop at Sunset Coffee Building in Buffalo Bayou Park – Blend and mingle with BBP’s young professional group, the Currents, on a holiday shindig offering overlooking the bayou, featuring tasty appetizers, holiday libations, Christmas cruises on the water, music from DJ Felix and more. $50 in advance; $60 at the door; $35 for members. 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
  • Bookstore arms present Brené Brown’s Atlas of the Heart Book Launch Event | virtual – Log in and listen to a conversation between inspirational author, podcaster and TED talker, Brené Brown and Priya Parker about mapping meaningful connections. $30. 19:00.
  • Holly Jolly Jingle Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | FREE – The Woodlands Pavilion closes the 2021 season with the seasonal favorite featuring Christmas music from local schools, train rides, performances by Santa and Grinch and more. 19:00.
  • SoundClash: The Suffers vs Tank and the Bangas at the Bayou Music Center – H-Town’s local soul extraordinaires, the Suffers, take on the Grammy-nominated New Orleans funk group Tank and the Bangas in a unique four-round live concert. $20.26. 8 p.m.
  • Mickey Gilley & Johnny Lee: The Urban Cowboy Reunion in Dosey Doe: The Big Barn – Two country music characters who play a major role in the 1980 film Urban Cowboy, filmed here in Houston, including at Gilley’s self-proclaimed honky tonk, bring their reunion tour to The Woodlands. $98. 8 p.m.
  • Tay Money in concert at Warehouse Live – Texas’ breakout rap star Tay Money headlines in EaDo, along with Lil Earl and Huncho Da Rockstar. $20. 8:30 in the evening.
  • The riot presents: American AF Comedy Show at Rudyard’s British Pub – Rudyard’s welcomes the monthly American AF comedy contest pitting local laughs against each other to be the crowd’s favorite pick. Starts at $10. 9:30pm.
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Friday, December 3, 2021

  • Deck the Park Vacation Picnic at Clay Family Eastern Glades in Memorial Park – Memorial Park offers a preview of its new Eastern Glades holiday lighting installation, while serving up hot chocolate, cookie and ornament decorations, live music, Christmas carols and more. $15; 10 years and under. 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday: half discount on pizza, champagne and wine at Pour Behavior – Enjoy a 50% discount on 8 signature pizzas, along with select wine and champagne bottles, from happy hour to closing time at the drinking destination of Midtown. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Cider House Supper at Central Market Cooking School – Transition from fall to winter with this cider-themed event in Uptown. Central Market creates a four-course menu of hot ciders carefully matched to each dish. $75. 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic at Toyota Center – Watch the Rockets take the field against the boys from the home of Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and other tech-enabled magic. $15. 7pm.
  • Comedian Bert Kreischer at Smart Financial Center in Sugar Land – Kreischer brings his “Party Boy Relapse Tour” to the mega stage at Sugar Land. $15. $39.75 to $79.75. 19:00.
  • The Journey of a Uyghur Artist: An Evening with Kaisar Anvar at the Asia Society Texas Center – Embark on a musical journey with pianist Kaisar Anvar, a Uyghur emigrant to the US who will perform a program of Uyghur music, along with Beethoven and other pieces that inspired his experience. $35; $25 members. 19:00.
  • It’s a John Waters Christmas at the Heights Theater – Legendary comedian, director and writer John Waters presents his 25th annual Christmas tour, showcasing holiday hilarity, blistering takes and heady fun. $40 to $800. 8pm.
  • Latin Christmas with Houston Latin American Philharmonic at Wortham Center – Under the direction of maestro Glenn Garrido, the Houston Latin American Philharmonic will perform its traditional concert of seasonal works from the world of Latin American music. $29 to $96. 8 p.m.
  • The Garden with Dr. Know in White Oak Music Hall – Catch an intimate show when the experimental rock duo tracks from Dr. Know performs, Kiss my Super Bowl ring, plus previous works. $18 in advance; $20 show day. 8 p.m.
  • DJ Diesel (aka Shaquille O’Neal) at Sekai Night & Day – Basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal, better known as Shaq, comes to H-Town’s newest hot spot and spins a setlist as DJ Diesel. $40. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • W&W at Stereo Live – Dance to a bloodcurdling set of new songs from the Rave Culture label played by the Dutch DJ in West Houston. Tickets are $20. 10am to 2pm.

Activities on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December 2021.

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