Events in Houston this January

Events in Houston this January

Happy New Year! From all of us at Preston Woods and Associates, we hope you had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to a prosperous 2019. Now that the holidays are over, take some time to enjoy all that Houston has to offer.

Events in Houston this January

Ice Land & Festival of Lights

When: January 2-6, 2019

Where: Moody Gardens

7 Hope Blvd

Galveston, TX

Brighten up the holidays with a tradition for families and groups alike. A mile-long trail with more than one million lights and lighted scenes take you around the Moody Gardens property with spectacular views  Galveston Bay. Enjoy the area’s only outdoor skating rink, concession areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiday buffets, live entertainment and more.

Moody Gardens recognizes the following 2018 Festival of Lights Sponsors: KPRC TV2, Houston Chronicle, Pepsi, Gilbane Builders, Garmon Flooring, KenMor Electric,  Baker Concrete, Broome Welding, Chuoke Plumbing, Forman Equipment, Forward Energy, Huitt-Zollars, Kelso Concrete, Letsos, Marek Bros, Milam Painting, Schindler Elevator, Western Specialty.


When: January 2-6, 2019

Where: George R Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida de las Americas

Houston, TX

Avenida Houston welcomes LOOP, a cross between a music box, a zoetrope and a railway handcar. The retro-futuristic machine, more than two meters in diameter, creates animated fairy-tale loops. Through the combined efforts of members of the public working the hand lever, the image cylinder lights up and creates the illusion of motion in the drawings. The black and white images, tinted through a strobe effect, recall the earliest movies and are visible inside the cylinder as well as outside it, so that they can be watched from close up or far away. The speed at which the images fly by, the frequency at which the light flickers and the rhythm of the audio composition are all directly related to the pace set by the participants, who can be of any age.

LOOP is a work by Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix and presented by Ekumen and Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal. This installation will be the first in Texas and only the third of visit of its US tour. LOOP was first presented as part of the 7th edition of Luminothérapie, from 2016 to 2017, at the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal.

Zoo Lights

When: January 3 – 11, 2019

Where: Houston Zoo

6200 Hermann Park Drive

Houston, TX

The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland! TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights celebrates its seventh year as one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday traditions. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season. Fifteen miles of earth-friendly LED lighting illuminate our ancient oak trees and decorate the paths to light your way. 

Funfetti Fridays

When: January 8 – 22, 2019

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

With DJ Mohawk Steve spinning your favorite jams, ice skating has never been this fun. Bring your friends and family for a perfect winter night on the ICE with lively music and a light show.

General admission: $11 admission. $4 skate rental. (Tax Included) Members: $11 (Free skate rental) Online: $18 includes tax and skate rental.

Rainbow on ICE

When: January 11, 2019

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

On Friday, January 11, 7pm-10pm the annual LGBTQ celebration at Discovery Green heads to the ICE for the ultimate dance party with electrifying entertainment featuring music by DJ Joe Ross and costumes created by Yahiara Dehill using recycled items. FREE to attend, skating fees apply.

Don't miss Drag Houston and their live staged production of the hit single and viral sensation music video to Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next”. They will be paying tribute to pop culture movie sensations such as, “Legally Blonde”, “13 Going on 30”, “Mean Girls”, and “Bring It On!” It’s promised to be a theatrical, non-stop, high energy performance from up-and-coming local Houston Drag stars!

Hops n’ Hot Sauce

When: January 12, 2019

Where: Spindle Tap Brewery

10622 Hirsch Road

Houston, TX

NEW FOR 2019 -


with Mikey V!

3rd Annual

Hot Pepper Eating Contest

An afternoon

Gary Kyle and  Jay Warren

DJ and Other Entertainment

spicy foods and other samples

Fresh Craft Beer

Kids Play Area with Bounce Houses

Popular Houston Food Trucks

Free Parking

Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration

When: January 15, 2019

Where: Rothko Chapel

3900 Yupon

Houston, TX

In honor of the life and work of the Rev. Dr. King, the Chapel will host a conversation between civil rights activist and organizer Rev. Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. and Former Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao exploring the influence of Mahatma Gandhi on Dr. King, moderated by Melanie Lawson. The program features opening remarks by Mayor Sylvester Turner and Consul General of India, Dr. Anupam Ray. This program coincides with the Houston-wide Gandhi Sesquicentennial Celebration in partnership with the Mahatma Gandhi Library-Houston.

A performance by Indrajit Banerjee (sitar) and Shantilal Shah (tabla) will take place from 6:30-7pm during seating for the event. A performance by the Phillip Hall Singers will conclude the program. 

The Original MLK Day Parade

When: January 21, 2019

Where: Hermann Square

900 Smith Street

Houston, TX

The extravagant and diversified celebration will feature an array of marching bands, decorated floats, dance teams, military & ROTC groups, first responders, city & county officials, VIP guest appearances, and notable organizations from around the world. The parade will be immediately followed by the​ 2n​d Annual MLK, Jr. Taste of Houston festival in LOT B of ​Minute Maid Park (at the corner of ​Texas & St. Emmanuel​). ​The family-friendly festival will feature popular and cultural food cuisines and desserts, artwork, kid-friendly activities, and live musical performances. ​Attendance to the parade and the festival is free to the general public.

This year’s parade celebration is part of a full weekend of festivities and community service projects with a focus on celebrating the life and legacy of beloved civil rights leader, the late ​Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The schedule of activities will kick off on​ Thursday, January 11 th and continue through the weekend, including the annual MLK children’s march and MLK volunteer day of service (in partnership with the national chapter of the ​AFL-CIO​) at ​MacGregor Park on ​Saturday, January 13th​, beginning at 10:00 AM.

13thAnnual Spring Katy Home and Garden Show

When: January 26 – 27, 2019

Where: Merrell Center & Robinson Pavilion

6301 S Stadium Lane

Katy, TX

Spring into high gear to find the freshest home design trends at the 13th Annual Spring Katy Home & Garden Show January 26-27 at the Merrell Center. Fresh finds for 2019 include a full-scale farmhouse kitchen sure to WOW; guest speakers Dana Tyson, host of Sunny 99.1’s morning show and her son, realtor/home builder, Bobby Tyson share the backstory on how they restored a 1922 historic East-end home. The popular Vintage Market component returns bustling with timely, yet vintage finds, plus hourly, hands-on workshops from The Rustic Brush where guests can make unique décor to take home. The largest home show in the Southwest features two buildings over-flowing with inspiration, including over 200 industry experts specializing in kitchen and bath; home décor; windows & doors; flooring; paint; furnishings and more. Get inspired and ready to renovate and decorate! Tickets are $9 for adults; kids 12 and under are FREE. Parking is also FREE! Hours are Saturday, January 26; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, January 27; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For ticket information, directions, and hours visit or call 832-392-0165.

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