The holidays are just around the corner, and there are a number of ways to enjoy the festive season in Houston.
Take a stroll through the Houston Zoo and enjoy this year’s zoo lights, Dec 1-2
Sip hot cocoa and enjoy 15 miles of twinkling, eco-friendly Christmas lights. Now in its seventh year, this Houston holiday event also features a Holiday Train Village, an interactive talking zebra, colorful installations and other family activities.
$12.95-$22.95. 5 p.m. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. zoolights.houstonzoo.org
Watch ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Alley Theatre, Dec 1-2
Bring the family to watch Ebenezer Scrooge learn a valuable lesson from three ghostly visitations on Christmas Eve in this family-friendly adaptation of Dicken’s classic tale. “A Christmas Carol” imparts a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season. Run time with intermission is 1 hour and 47 minutes. Suitable for ages 6 and up. $89-$49. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 713-220-5700. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave., Houston. www.alleytheatre.org
Take part in the annual Trafigura Run, Dec. 1
Race through Sam Houston Race Park and raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Houston. The RMH provides temporary housing to families of seriously ill and hospitalized children . Competitive runners, families and dogs are welcome. The Transfigura Foundation will match up to $300,000 of the proceeds. $35. 8 a.m. Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby Street. www.rmhhouston.org
Do some Chirstmas shopping at the Craftidote Holiday Market, Dec. 1
Come to the 10th annual Craftidote Holiday Market and find some unique gifts and artwork. The market takes place in the parking lot of Antidote Coffee shop in the Heights. Over 40 local vendors will sell handmade or locally made goods. There will be food, coffee, music and a free kids craft area. Free. 12-5 p.m., 729 Studewood Street, Houston. facebook.com/craftidote holiday market
Go on a holiday home tour, Dec.1
Visit five decorated Houston homes during this unique holiday tradition hosted by the Houston Heights Association. From the oldest home built in 1903 to the newest in 2005, each has its own take on the holiday spirit and will incorporate the historic nature of the neighborhood. $20-$25. 3-9 p.m. Houston Heights Association, 107 W 12th St., Houston Heights. 2018 Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour.
Attend the Jingle Bell Bark & Brew at Kirby Ice House with four-legged friends, Dec. 1
The Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue’s annual Jingle Bell Bark & Brew is a fundraising and adoption event with beers on tap. It will include a silent auction, raffle, and pet photos with Santa. Attendees must be 21 years of age and older. Dogs are welcome. Free (admission). 1-4 p.m. 713-524-2750. 3333 Eastside St., Houston. www.kirbyicehouse.com
Watch Santa take on Krampus at the 4th Annual Christmas with Krampus Smackdown, Dec. 1
This family-friendly event features holiday-themed wrestling matches, food, vendors and holiday photos with Santa and Krampus. There will also be a silent auction, raffle, a bake sale and brews from Eureka Heights Brew Co. This is Houston Zombie Walk’s final event for the year. All proceeds will benefit the “Too Ghoul For School” education fund. Suggested donation: $5. 1-5 p.m. 832-953-467. 941 W 18th St., Houston. www.EurekaHeights.com
Attend the 8th annual Tamale Festival at Guadalupe Plaza Park, Dec. 1
Enjoy a variety of tamales and vote for the best one. The event features live music, entertainment and a jalapeno-eating contest. $6-$10. 12-8 p.m. Guadalupe Plaza Park, 2311 Runnels St., Houston.Tamale Festival Houston.
Attend Houston’s inaugural Indonesian Festival, Dec. 1-2
The theme of the 2018 Annual Indonesian Festival Houston is “Remarkable Indonesia.” Hosted by the Indonesian-American Chamber of Commerce, the festival will feature Indonesian food, clothes and accessories, and a batik fashion show. $7, free for kids under 12. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana St., Houston (Saturday). The Consulate General of Indonesia,10900 Richmond Ave., Houston (Sunday). iacc-scu.org
The Houston Ballet presents ‘The Nutcracker’ at Wortham Theater Center, Dec. 2
Watch this holiday favorite at the Wortham Theater with family and friends. “The Nutcracker” tells the magical story of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince in the Land of Sweets, set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score. 2 p.m. $60. Wortham Theatre Center. 501 Texas St., Houston.