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Events in Houston this December 2020

Events in Houston this December 2020

We’re in the home stretch of 2020! What a year it has been!! While many events in Houston have been canceled or gone virtual due to Covid-19, there are still many holiday events taking place this month in Houston. Grab your mask, keep your distance and enjoy some of these family friendly events in Houston this December.

Events in Houston this December 2020

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas

When: December 7th - 29th, 2020

Where: Virtual Event

A highly inventive, digital adaptation of the Dickens classic, pared down to its essential elements. A resident company of actors assemble online to perform a new production of the heartwarming Christmas story. With everyone performing from home, creating a magical world of holiday make-believe is no easy feat. The socially distanced troupe brings this holiday classic to imaginative new heights. It will be A Christmas Carol like no other.

Deck the Trees

When: Now through January 3rd, 2021

Where: George R Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida De Las Americas

Houston, TX

Benefiting the Alley's educational and artistic initiatives, Deck the Trees has been a favorite Houston holiday tradition for the past decade, coinciding with the Theatre's holiday production of A Christmas Carol.

The annual event features a variety of festive trees decorated by Houston’s premier designers and sponsored by generous businesses and individuals.

This year’s Deck the Trees will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center, where the display will appear in the large windowscape facing Avenida de las Americas. The trees will be displayed in the windows from November 21, 2020 through January 3, 2021.

Holiday Décor on Main Street

When: Now through December 31st, 2020

Where: Main Street Downtown

Houston, TX

Stroll along Main St and take in the twinkling lights bringing the holiday spirit to Downtown Houston! From the larger-than-life “NOEL” at Main Street Square to the sparking trees and banners guiding you from one end of the street to the other, there’s no place like Downtown Houston for the holidays.

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market 2020

When: Now through December 11th, 2020

Where: Virtual Event

The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has pivoted to an online shopping event for the 2020 holiday season in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Virtual Nutcracker Market will offer Nutcracker Market shoppers a new way to kick off the holiday season, support their favorite merchants, and contribute to Houston Ballet. Online shoppers will be able to shop some 150 merchants from across the country, showcasing unique holiday items, home decor, gourmet food, apparel, jewelry, toys, accessories, candles, and more. The virtual event will take place on a dedicated platform, providing a seamless shopping experience. The 2020 Virtual Nutcracker Market will be open for FREE general access starting November 12 and will run through December 11. The Virtual Market is open 24/7, but booth hours are generally 9:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. (technical assistance from merchants and staff is available during the posted times).

Memorial City Mall Santa Experience

When: Now through December 24th, 2020

Where: Memorial City Mall in the Dillard’s Court

303 Memorial City Way

Houston, TX

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Memorial City with a twist! With the health and safety of customers and employees being a top priority, Memorial City Mall has completely reimagined their Santa set with new layouts and technologies. The Santa Experience offers on-site and virtual options from Nov. 6th through Dec. 24th, to enable families to continue creating memories this holiday season, including:

-   Stools placed six feet in front of Santa with creative camera angles to capture memorable photos

-   Zoom video calls from the convenience of your home, or the Mall, to offer virtual interaction with Santa

-   Newly designed Santa Set with peppermint scented path and six-foot candy canes, plus other Instagrammable moments

-   Large TV monitor for families to view and experience the magical moments outside of St. Nick’s Park

-   Reservations required to avoid lines and crowding

-   Variety of packages offered including family portraits and opportunity for Santa to personally read a story to your child

-   For hours, packages and pricing visit: Reservations made prior to December 16threceive $3 discount off photo packages; Free pass to Ice Skate Memorial City and Memorial City Carousel with each photo package purchase

Mistletoe on the Go

When: Now through January 1st, 2021

Where: Market Square Park

301 Milam

Houston, TX

Pucker up—Texas’ biggest mistletoe ball is back Downtown this holiday season. A 150-inch ball of kiss-inducing greenery hanging from a 15-foot giant candy cane will be located at Market Square Park Nov 17 through New Year’s Day. Passersby are invited to stand under the massive ball and kiss—just because!  Share your smooches using #XOmistletoe. 

Sugar Land Holiday Lights

When: Now through January 3rd, 2021

Where: Constellation Field

1 Stadium Drive

Sugar Land, TX

Bring the entire family out to Constellation Field for socially-distanced holiday fun - over 3 million lights, great food, holiday vendors, a carnival, and SO much more! Open 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.CLOSED 11/23 & 11/30

The Ice Powered by Green Mountain Energy

When: Now through January 1st, 2021

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

Glide beneath the glittering lights of downtown Houston and discover the holiday magic on The Ice powered by Green Mountain Energy! We have reinvented the experience to ensure that you can still make memories here with your family and friends.

The Light Park Holiday Drive-Thru at Hurricane Harbor Splashtown

When: Now through December 31st, 2020

Where: Hurricane Harbor Splashdown

1219 Spring Cypress Rd

Spring, TX

The Light Park Troupe proudly presents an animated Christmas light show with millions of animated lights!

Once in the park, tune your radio to our special channel for some entertaining banter and a mix of holiday music.

Cityplace Gingerbread Village

When: Now through January 9th, 2021

Where: 1250 Lake Plaza Drive

Spring, TX

New for this season are two, one-of-a-kind attractions on display at CityPlace at Springwoods Village. Bringing additional shimmer to CityPlace’s waterfront Plaza, a 35-foot Christmas tree will rise from the main pond, creating a dazzling beacon for the community. And as an equally dynamic complement to the floating centerpiece, local creative entrepreneur Steve Kopelman and his team of partner artisans at New Orleans-based Professional Scenic Services have been commissioned to fabricate the inaugural “gingerbread” village display on the lake system’s eastern banks, adjacent to the Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village.

A super-sized, fantasy version of the holiday classic, the installation is anticipated to expand each year. From the Plaza, guests will wind around a path dotted with oversized candy canes, popsicles and gumdrops and cross under an entrance guarded by two gingerbread men before arriving at a raised clearing featuring cookie trees, a 16-foot high house and 12-foot windmill. This is a first of its kind endeavor for Kopelman, a pioneering and globally recognized haunted house producer, COO of the country’s largest escape room company, and co-founder of soon-to-open immersive experiential museum Seismique.

Both the tree and gingerbread village will be on display through January 9 with free hot chocolate served on the Plaza every Thursday and Sunday from 4 until 7 p.m.

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