11/28/2018

Free or Budget-Friendly HTX Events in December

by Cash Store Staff

Free Family-Friendly Events

Parade Santa

 

  • 12/01 - Christmas on Commerce - Tomball
    Christmas crafts, live entertainment, food, caroling, shopping, kid's zone and more!

  • 12/08 - Holiday Party at Kinder Station - Houston
    Celebrate the holiday season with arts & crafts, complimentary face paiting and more!

  • 12/08 - Snow Fest - Brookshire
    Enjoy 70,000 pounds of real snow, hot cocoa & cookies, live ice carvers, bounce houses and more!

  • 12/07 - Snow Fest - Missouri City
    Missouri City’s 35th annual Snowfest will feature activities including a 3-lane snow hill, a chainsaw ice carver, inflatables, photos with Santa and fireworks.

  • 12/08 - Winter Wonderland - Houston
    Bring the family to Winter Wonderland in The Woodlands for photo opportunities with Santa, live reindeer, a pony carousel, carnival games and inflatables, face painters, balloon artists, and plenty of holiday music.

  • 12/08 - Christmas Boat Lane Parade - Kemah
    Ring in the holidays with this Clear Lake tradition. The parade features more than 100 brightly decorated power and sailboats that will traverse the Clear Lake channel from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon to Galveston Bay.

  • 12/31 - New Year's Eve at CityCentre - Houston
    Spend New Year’s Eve at CityCentre with live music in the plaza from five-piece, variety dance band A Sure Thing, followed by a countdown to midnight capped off with confetti and a 60-second rooftop fireworks show.

  • 12/01 - Katy Old Fashioned Christmas Festival - Katy
    This Christmas market will feature produce, arts and crafts, antiques, handmade goodies, carolers, food trucks, entertainment, a beer garden, 50,000 lbs of snow for the kiddos, and more.

  • 12/01 - Brunch with Santa - Houston
     Santa & Mrs. Claus will be visiting and taking photos with the lil’ ones (free entry). Yule-tide brunch specials available like Gingerbread Chicken and Waffles. Children’s Holiday Cookie decorating kits available. Enjoy Classic Holiday Cartoons on our big screen.

  • 12/02 - Free Photos with Santa - Sugar Land
    Bring the kiddos out to snap a free holiday pic with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Sugar Land Town Square.

  • 12/08 - Holiday Movie Under the Moon: Elf - Sugar Land
    This month’s movie is holiday favorite Elf, and there just might be a “real” one in attendance passing out candy canes.

  • 12/01 - Holidays in the Plaza featuring Houston Show Choir - Sugar Land
    Sing along to carols with a performance from the Houston Show Choir at Sugar Land Town Square.

  • 12/21 - Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long - Sugar Land
    Deck the halls and sing along to a jolly holiday performance from The Living Christmas Card Carolers! 

Free Recurring Events

Boot camp

 

  • 12/01 - Holiday Movie Nights: Home Alone - Houston
    Experience the warmth of the season with the Lake Houston community and enjoy your favorite holiday movies while sipping on hot chocolate and tasting specialty eats from Bibo's Bistro. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs and meet us in the plaza!

  • 12/06 - Screen on the Green: Home Alone - Houston
    You can bring chairs and a blanket and find a spot on the hill, or lace up and skate while you listen to the flick. *Fees to skate

  • 12/07 - Holiday Movie Nights: Polar Express - Houston
    Experience the warmth of the season with the Lake Houston community and enjoy your favorite holiday movies while sipping on hot chocolate and tasting specialty eats from Bibo's Bistro. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs and meet us in the plaza!

  • 12/08 - Holiday Movie Nights: Frozen - Houston
    Experience the warmth of the season with the Lake Houston community and enjoy your favorite holiday movies while sipping on hot chocolate and tasting specialty eats from Bibo's Bistro. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs and meet us in the plaza!

  • 12/13 - Screen on the Green: The Nightmare Before Christmas - Houston
    You can bring chairs and a blanket and find a spot on the hill, or lace up and skate while you listen to the flick. *Fees to skate

  • 12/14 - Holiday Movie Nights: Christmas Vacation - Houston
    Experience the warmth of the season with the Lake Houston community and enjoy your favorite holiday movies while sipping on hot chocolate and tasting specialty eats from Bibo's Bistro. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs and meet us in the plaza!

  • 12/15 - Holiday Movie Nights: Arthur Christmas - Houston
    Experience the warmth of the season with the Lake Houston community and enjoy your favorite holiday movies while sipping on hot chocolate and tasting specialty eats from Bibo's Bistro. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs and meet us in the plaza!

  • 12/21 - Holiday Movie Nights: How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Houston
    Experience the warmth of the season with the Lake Houston community and enjoy your favorite holiday movies while sipping on hot chocolate and tasting specialty eats from Bibo's Bistro. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs and meet us in the plaza!

  • 12/22 - Holiday Movie Nights: Elf - Houston
    Experience the warmth of the season with the Lake Houston community and enjoy your favorite holiday movies while sipping on hot chocolate and tasting specialty eats from Bibo's Bistro. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs and meet us in the plaza!

  • 12/27 - Screen on the Green: WALL-E - Houston
    You can bring chairs and a blanket and find a spot on the hill, or lace up and skate while you listen to the flick. *Fees to skate

  • Every other Saturday - Midtown in Motion at Bagby Park - Houston
    Get moving when instructor Roz Jones conducts a High Intensity Interval Training class and a Yoga Flow class for all fitness levels at Bagby Park.

  • Monthly on Second Thursday - Craft Asylum - Second Thursdays! - Houston
    Texas Art Asylum hosts a relaxed craft event where you can crochet, knit, paint draw, and more. This event is BYOB and light snacks will be provided.

  • Monthly on the First Saturday - First Saturday Arts Market in The Heights - Houston
    Browse fine art and eclectic goods at the free monthly First Saturday Arts Market in the heart of the Houston Heights. In addition to shopping and browsing, you’ll find live music, food truck bites, great people watching and more.

  • Weekly on Fridays - Children's Story and Hermann Park - Houston
    A can't miss storytelling event! After the story is done, the kids get to participate in special activities, like coloring a picture or even planting a seed to bring home with them.

  • Weekly on Saturday - Yoga at Levy Park - Houston
    Get out to Levy Park every Saturday morning at 10 am for a free hour-long yoga class hosted by Joy Yoga Center.

  • Weekly on Tuesdays - Toddler Tuesdays at Discovery Green - Houston
    Toddler Tuesdays, happening weekly this Fall, allow you to enjoy meaningful story time with your little ones followed by a morning of fun activities and crafts at Discovery Green.

  • Weekly on Tuesdays - Zumba at Midtown Park - Houston
    Join FiTMiX Yoga & Latin Fitness Studio for a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and, flexibility, boosted energy, and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class. 

  • Weekly on Wednesdays - Cards Against Humanity Tournament at Craft Beer Cellar Houston - Houston
    Comedian, Roxxy Haze hosts a night of fun and laughs with a Cards Against Humanity tournament at Craft Beer Cellar Houston every Wednesday.

Budget-Friendly Events

Santa Paws

  • 12/07 - Craft Night: Ugly Christmas Sweater - Houston - $25
    Get crafty and make your very own ugly Christmas sweater at Heights Common Market. There will be adult beverages as well as some hors-d’oeuvres to snack on.

  • 12/08 - Breakfast with Santa - Houston - Adults: $14; Kids: $7
    Celebrate the holiday season at Hermann Park! Your fun day will include breakfast, ride on the Hermann Park Railroad, pedal boat ride, and pictures with Santa!

  • 12/08 - Cookies with Santa at Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land - Sugar Land - $10
    Enjoy holiday crafts, cookies & milk, and more with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

  • 12/15 - Winter Wonderland at Balmoral - Humble - Adults: $12; Kids: $8
    Enjoy photos with Santa, a giant snow globe, holiday food, a DJ and more!

  • 12/26 - After Dark at Houston Museum of Natural Science - Houston - $15-$25
    Take a stroll, grab a drink, catch a flick and enjoy a wonderful evening out at HMNS After Dark without all of the crowds!

  • December 1, December 7-8, December 13-15, December 17-23 - The Christmas Train - Alvin - $8 online or $10 at the door
    The train ride is a unique experience through over 300,000 lights and hundreds of Christmas decorations. Colorful gingerbread villages, penguin snow lands and life size storybook illustrations are all some of the scenes you and your family will experience along the way.

  • December 1, December 7-8, December 14-15, December 20-23, December 26-29 - Lights of Tejas - Giddings - General Admision: $9; 2 and under: free; Activity Package: $30
    General admission tickets include hayride, bounce houses, complimentary cookie decorating, indoor game room, nightly fireworks, concert lighting, synchronized color changing lights, Christmas trees, and the Gospel story and real meaning of Christmas. Activity package includes 1 general admission ticket, 1 meal voucher for a hot dinner in our dining hall, 10 Lights Credits, and 1 s’mores kit. Lights Credits can be used for archery tag, zip lines, midway games, ornament making, and much more!

  • Evenings through 1/6/2019 - Holiday Train - Houston - $3.50
    Looking for a fun way to get into the holiday spirit? Hop on the Holiday Train decorated in festive garlands and enjoy the glowing lights after dark.

  • Every Saturday in December - Christmas in the Park - Richmond - $10
    Travel through Christmas pasts as we explore the customs and decorations from 1830s to the 1930s. Make sure to stop by the 1860s Ryon Prairie Home for a Christmas treat or visit Santa’s temporary workshop at the 1930s “Bach House.”

  • Mondays 12/3/2018-12/17/2018 - Cheap Skate Nights - Houston - $8
    Buy one get one free! Glide around The ICE for just $15 for two people or $8 per person. 

  • Saturdays 12/1/2018-12/22/2018 - Skate with Santa - Houston - $11 admission; $4 skate rental
    Glide beneath the glittering lights of downtown Houston and embrace the holiday cheer on The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy! 

  • Weekends 12/2/2018-12/30/2018 - Kayak on Kinder Lake - Houston - $5
    Kayak in downtown Houston! Safe for people of all skill levels, including beginners, our kayaks will be limited to two children and a guide OR one adult, one child and a guide. 

Sips & Snacks

Holiday cheers

 

  • 12/01 - Tamale Festival - Houston - $10
    Kick off tamale season with this festive food and musical showcase. Now in a new, bigger location, festival-goers can expect a tamale eating contest, live music, and plenty of food and drink vendors offering tamales, festival eats, and Tex-Mex favorites.

  • 12/01 - Jingle Bell Bark and Brew - Houston - Free
    Bring your pup to Kirby Ice House for an afternoon of pet-friendly fun! This adults-only event boasts a silent auction, raffle, and pet photos with Santa.

  • 12/01 - Holiday Brews on the Bayou - Houston - $35
    Sample seasonal beers from a dozen craft breweries including like No Label, 8th Wonder, Rahr, and Celis Plus, while listening to live jazz from the Richard Brown Trio.

  • 12/01 - Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl - Houston - $15
    Whip out your tackiest Christmas sweater and head to Midtown for a holiday-themed bar crawl, which offers drink specials and discounts at The Dogwood, Little Woodrow’s, Mongoose versus Cobra, Saint Danes, and Belle Station.

  • 12/07 - Holiday on 19th Street - Houston - Free
    Enjoy free in-store cocktails, roaming carolers, and real snow as the shops on historic 19th Street open their doors for a special Friday evening of shopping and holiday cheer.

  • 12/08 - Gingerbread House Decorating Party - Houston - $30
    Decorate your own gingerbread house while sipping on a beer at SpindleTap Brewery.

  • 12/09 - Beers & Cheers - Houston - Free
    This family-friendly event will feature plenty of local vendors, root beer floats for the kiddos, music, ugly sweaters, and even a gift wrapping section.

  • 12/09 - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Movie Party - Katy - $14
    Christmas Vacation is getting Movie Party treatment with special props for the audience and special surprises that your host will be bringing into the theater throughout the event.

  • 12/7/2018-12/9/2018 - Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival - Tomball - Free
    Do as the Germans do and celebrate Christmas with plenty of food, beer, and wine, as well as live music on four stages, a petting zoo, and a holiday market featuring more than 200 vendors with antiques, arts and crafts, souvenirs, and more.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Toys

 

  • 12/19 - Orientation for McGovern Centennial Gardens Volunteers - Houston
    Anyone who loves to be outdoors and is interested in becoming a regular volunteer in McGovern Centennial Gardens should attend an upcoming orientation followed by a short tour of the Gardens.

  • 12/21 - MD Anderson Cancer Center Blood Drive - Sugar Land
    Giving blood and platelets provides hope for cancer patients who depend on the support of their family and friends and on the generosity of donors just like you. Be a hero – Donate blood to their blood bank and save lives.

  • Any time - Volunteer with the Houston Museum of Natural Science - 
    You don’t need to be an expert, just interested! You’ll get to meet smart and interesting people, learn about a variety of subjects, and become an integral part of one of the nation’s most visited museums!

  • December - Houston Zoo Volunteer Recruitment Period - Houston
    Apply now to be a volunteer - assist staff with Animal Encounters, interpretation, guest services, events and more!

  • December - Winter Camp at the Arboretum - Houston
    Apply to be volunteer as a Winter Camp assistant and help education students about the creatures of the night!

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