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11 things you must do in Houston this December

Published On 12/04/2014 Published On 12/04/2014
Brooke Viggiano

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Dec 4 Thu

Gawk at rich people’s lights  Expect the wealthiest ‘hood in town to be absolutely decked out all month long. Grab a (spiked) hot cocoa and take in the brilliance while you contemplate just where the hell you went wrong in life.

River Oaks

Gawk at rich people’s lights  River Oaks Expect the wealthiest ‘hood in town to be absolutely decked out all month long. Grab a (spiked) hot cocoa and take in the brilliance while you contemplate just where the hell you went wrong in life.

Houston Zoo

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Dec 4 Thu

Zoo Lights Take a date to see 2 million lights and 15ft tall colorful projections glittering over live oak trees and animal sculptures throughout the zoo.

Houston Zoo

Zoo Lights Houston Zoo Take a date to see 2 million lights and 15ft tall colorful projections glittering over live oak trees and animal sculptures throughout the zoo.

Dewberry Farm

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Dec 4-14

Cut your own Christmas tree Impress your girlfriend with your lumberjack (and nesting) skills as you pick and chop your own Christmas tree. 

Dewberry Farm

Cut your own Christmas tree Dewberry Farm Impress your girlfriend with your lumberjack (and nesting) skills as you pick and chop your own Christmas tree. 

Flickr/brianac37

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Dec 4 Thu

Taste Saint Arnold’s Sailing Santa This 22oz bomber – a blend of Saint A’s Christmas Ale and Elissa IPA with spices added – is exactly how Christmas is supposed to taste. Get it while it lasts!

Spec’s

Taste Saint Arnold’s Sailing Santa Spec’s This 22oz bomber – a blend of Saint A’s Christmas Ale and Elissa IPA with spices added – is exactly how Christmas is supposed to taste. Get it while it lasts!

Flickr/Ann Larie Valentine

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Dec 5-6

Tamale Festival Gorge on Tex-Mex, Texas ‘Q, and tamales at this gluttonous two-day festival. VIP access to Day 1 is $35, but you can also hit up Day 2 for just $7.50.

TBH Center

Tamale Festival TBH Center Gorge on Tex-Mex, Texas ‘Q, and tamales at this gluttonous two-day festival. VIP access to Day 1 is $35, but you can also hit up Day 2 for just $7.50.

Twitter/Buffbrew

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Dec 6 Sat

Beer, dinner & a movie  Watch Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail on the big screen while you feast on a 5-course, family-style meal featuring holiday foodstuffs from some of the city’s baddest chefs. Plus, all the beer you can responsibly handle. Get tickets for $60.

Buffalo Bayou Brewery

Beer, dinner & a movie  Buffalo Bayou Brewery Watch Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail on the big screen while you feast on a 5-course, family-style meal featuring holiday foodstuffs from some of the city’s baddest chefs. Plus, all the beer you can responsibly handle. Get tickets for $60.

Flickr/comedynose

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Dec 6 Sat

Yellow Rose Distilling Holiday Pop-Up Because shopping is more fun with a buzz. Come here for complimentary tours, plus samplings of the distillery’s bourbons, whiskeys, and vodka while browsing male-centric holiday finds.

Yellow Rose Distillery

Yellow Rose Distilling Holiday Pop-Up Yellow Rose Distillery Because shopping is more fun with a buzz. Come here for complimentary tours, plus samplings of the distillery’s bourbons, whiskeys, and vodka while browsing male-centric holiday finds.

Flickr/jwolff-stl

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Dec 13 Sat

Lights in The Heights This festive block party is always a rager. Expect the streets, porches, and patrons to be lit up from 6-9pm, with the after party flowing into White Oak bars all night long.

Woodland Heights

Lights in The Heights Woodland Heights This festive block party is always a rager. Expect the streets, porches, and patrons to be lit up from 6-9pm, with the after party flowing into White Oak bars all night long.

Market Square Park

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Event

Location

Dec 13 Sat

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation in the park If cuddling up with a flask of whiskey (and/or a date) while watching movies is more your speed, the outdoor showing of this classic comedy is for you.

Market Square Park 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation in the park Market Square Park  If cuddling up with a flask of whiskey (and/or a date) while watching movies is more your speed, the outdoor showing of this classic comedy is for you.

Flickr/chucka_nc

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Event

Location

Dec 21 Sun

Santa Hustle 5k & Half-Marathon Fact: You will gain 10+lbs over the holidays gorging yourself on your aunt’s famous Christmas cookies. At least try to run this 5k to give yourself a shot at date for NYE.

Saengerfest Park

Santa Hustle 5k & Half-Marathon Saengerfest Park Fact: You will gain 10+lbs over the holidays gorging yourself on your aunt’s famous Christmas cookies. At least try to run this 5k to give yourself a shot at date for NYE.

Texas Bowl

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Event

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Dec 29 Mon

Texas Bowl and TexFest No matter what Big 12 and SEC teams make this College Bowl, the showdown is going to be intense. Especially with the possibility of the Longhorns and Aggies facing off. Get tickets now.

NRG Stadium

Texas Bowl and TexFest NRG Stadium No matter what Big 12 and SEC teams make this College Bowl, the showdown is going to be intense. Especially with the possibility of the Longhorns and Aggies facing off. Get tickets now.