Thursday, December 22
(Real) Snow Days
As a cold front blows through Texas, the Children’s Museum has turned their courtyard into a wintry wonderland through Jan. 8. Play time out in this snowy miracle is included with general admission to the museum during regular hours.
Love Is Love LGBTQ+ Thursdays
Visit Bar 8 for their weekly LGBTQ night with deals including a reverse Happy Hour and $5 shots to keep the party going all night long. 9 p.m.
Friday, December 23
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Performing Arts Houston combines a Broadway-style production with the art of circus performance in this annual holiday show at Jones Hall. With aerial circus acts, sleight-of-hand jugglers, acrobatics, and more, this show features original music, including fresh takes on favorite seasonal songs. Tickets start at $44. Various show times through Dec. 24.
Chanukah Shabbat & Latke Supper
Congregation Emanu El celebrates Chanukah with an all-ages service in their Barish Sanctuary with Chanukah-themed crafts and activities. Register in advance for the dinner. 6 p.m.
The Urban Nutcracker
Visit The Sugar Castle to watch The Urban Nutcracker, a new twist on a Christmas classic featuring African dance, modern dance, and ballet. Tickets start at $15. Doors open at 7 p.m., performance at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 24
Mary Poppins Closing Performance
Celebrate a “jolly holiday” at Theatre Under the Stars’ Mary Poppins before she floats out of town. Final performance begins at 2:00 p.m.
Houston Ballet presents The Nutcracker through Dec. 27. Catch this Christmas classic for its last weekend performance. Read OutSmart’s A Gay Man’s Guide to the Nutcracker featuring soloist Harper Watters. Tickets start at $30. 2 p.m.
A Muslim/Jewish Christmas at Islamic Society of Greater Houston
Visit the Islamic Society of Greater Houston for an annual celebration that brings together Houston’s Jewish and Muslim communities, as well as individuals of other faiths, for an afternoon of understanding, discussion, and activities. This program is a collaboration with Congregation Emanu El, Minaret Foundation, Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism, Congregation Beth Israel, and Congregation Shma Koleinu. 2 p.m.
Christmas Eve Party at Hamburger Mary’s
Visit Hamburger Mary’s for one of the city’s naughtiest Christmas Eve parties, featuring Jell-O shots, Christmas decorations, and giveaways. Come out to mix and mingle starting at 10 p.m.
Santa’s Christmas at BUDDY’s
Visit BUDDY’s to see where you fall on the naughty-or-nice list, take a photo with the Santa Daddies, and rock around the bar to the tunes of DJ Easton. Come and take advantage of all the holiday drink specials. 10 p.m.
Sunday, December 25
Downtown Houston Photowalk
Join fellow photographers taking photos downtown while the streets are mostly empty. This is your chance to get stunning, middle-of-the-street shots with a (hopefully) reduced risk of being run over. The walk starts at Market Street Square Park under the shelter near the restaurant, before making its way through downtown. Tickets are $2. 8 a.m.
30footFALL Christmas Show
For the first time since 2018, 30footFALL returns to Numbers Nightclub for their Christmas show. Enjoy punk rock and reggae artists from Houston throughout the night, before 30footFALL takes the stage to close out a night to remember. 8 p.m.