Finals end on December 14, making it hard to get in the mood for the holidays when you’re worrying about ten page papers and that calculus final you feel like you’ll never be prepared for . But this list is here to help. So whether you take a study break or are lucky enough to be done with finals early, here are 11 things that are a sure way to bring you holiday cheer.
The Nutcracker at the Wortham Theater Center
Get dressed up for the Houston Ballet’s modernized version of this classic production. The annual holiday play is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. There is a matinee show at 2 p.m. and evening production at 7 p.m. throughout the month of December.
Zoo lights at the Houston Zoo
Enjoy over 2,000,000 zoo lights and music from local carolers at the refection pool stage every night starting at 6 p.m. from Nov. 18 to Jan. 15. Zoo lights is closed Dec. 24 and 25. This holiday event is great for friends and family or perfect for a date.
Ticket prices vary
Value Nights: Member $9.95 Non-Member $14.95
Prime Nights: Member $14.95 Non-Member $19.95
Children 1 and Under: FREE
Ice Skate at the Galleria or Discovery green
During the holiday season, both ice rinks are open daily. Ice skating at the Galleria is just what you need to unwind after some Christmas shopping. Ice Skating at Discovery Green has different theme nights like skating with Santa and hot nights with music. Skating fees apply.
Christmas Cruises on Buffalo Bayou
This 30 minute pontoon boat ride along the Buffalo Bayou has music and holiday decorations. The cash-only tours cost $7 for adults and $5 for children and are from 5-8 p.m. every 30 minutes. The boat rides are Dec. 3, Dec. 9, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.
Christmas by the Bay
Come down to La Porte for a three day event filled with holiday cheer. This free event kicks off Thursday, Dec. 1 with a tree lighting and continues until Saturday with the jingle bell 5k and 1k glow run, breakfast with St. Nick and a lighted parade. Thursday 5 p.m., Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Christmas tree lighting at Sugar Land Town Square
This free event begins at 5 p.m. on Dec. 1 and is filled with family friendly activities, live performances and an appearance of Santa. And of course the main event is the lighting of the 40-foot-tall Christmas tree in the center of Town Square.
97th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting at City Hall
Join our city’s Mayor Sylvester Turner on Friday December 2 for a free holiday extravaganza. This city-wide holiday tradition includes the tree lighting music, fireworks and more. If you bring a toy to donate you’ll receive a light up Santa hat.
7th annual DesignCraft Holiday Art Market at Market Square Park
Find plenty of handmade holiday gifts from local vendors. Enjoy demonstrations by local artist and crafters as well as live music and food trucks. This free event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on Dec. 3.
Santa Hustle 5k and half marathon
Resister for this 5k or half marathon and receive a hat and beard to dress like St. Nick and run through Galveston. Listen to holiday music all the way through and enjoy candy canes and cookies. And stay tuned for the after party. Sunday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 a.m.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the Toyota Center
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra celebrates their 20th anniversary this holiday season with their “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve” show. They will have two performances on Dec. 23 at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. and doors open one hour before the show. Tickets start at $47.50 and go up to $76.50.
Christmas Party at Kirby Ice House
This holiday party will feature a special release from Saint Arnold $4.50 pints and an ugly sweater competition. So dust off your worst Christmas sweater and enjoy local brews from 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.