Work off all the holiday cookies you’ve been sneaking from the office pantry at this 5K and half marathon. Don’t worry, there will be more cookies (and some merry tunes) at the race. The half marathon starts at 7am, with the 5K popping off at 7:15.
Cost: Register for $64.75-$80 for the Half and $44.75-$60 for the 5K.
Shop Local Market is setting up its annual Funky Christmas Story Art Market at Karbach Brewery’s biergarten from noon to 7pm. Details are TBD, but you can expect Karbach suds, a lineup of artists and vendors, and cool stuff like a gift wrapping center and Ugly Sweater Contest.
Cost: Free to attend
Head Downtown and cozy up for a screening of a cult favorite classic holiday film, A Christmas Story. You can bring blankets, and food/drink (including beer) will be available from the Lake House. The free showing starts at 7pm, and those who want to ice skate can do so for a fee.
The Houston Symphony Chorus, soloists, and orchestra perform the annual holiday tradition, Handel’s Messiah on three occasions. Shows begin at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 2:30pm on Sunday.
Cost: Tickets start at $24
Saint Arnold Brewery
A two-day holiday market is popping into Saint Arnold Brewery, featuring local artists and vendors, lots of gift ideas, festivities in the beer garden, and flowing beers, of course.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Sure, you could pop into any overcrowded, vodka-soaked watering hole this New Year’s Eve -- or, you can spend a magical “1920s midnight in Paris” at sexy wine bar 13 Celsius, beginning at 10pm. Snag a ticket to enjoy twinkling lights and Champagne dreams; and dress in your best Parisian ’20s glam garb to really set the mood. The evening's cover charge will guarantee a seat, a toast at midnight and a second toast at 1am for the bar’s 13th birthday.
Cost: Tickets are $26
Get some hair of the dog and crawl your way into the new year at this Washington-area pub crawl. The all-day (11am-8pm) party journeys through spots like Concrete Cowboy, Fuegos Saloon, Lincoln Bar, and Velvet Taco, with live music, drink specials, and brunch bites along the way.
Cost: $30 gets you a wristband access to brunch buffets, boozy specials, swag, and one free drink ticket