Holiday markets, light displays: 8 things to do in and around Houston this weekend, Dec. 8-10


Several holiday events and celebrations take place in the Greater Houston area, beginning Friday, Dec. 8.


The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Adapted from the popular children’s novel of the same name, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever tells the story of how the delinquent Herdman siblings disrupt a small town’s annual holiday tradition, celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. $20-$70. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. A.D. Players, 5420 Westheimer Rd., Houston. 713-526-2721.


Tomball German Christmas Market

Families may revel in the holiday celebrations, marveling at distinctive arts and crafts, antiques and souvenirs while enjoying street food and beer. Bands and performers, such as the Chris Rybak Band, Tyolean Brass Folks and Squeezebox Band take the stage, providing live entertainment. Friday, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Old Town Tomball, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball.


Zoo Lights

The Houston Zoo presents a magnificent showcase of ornamental and light displays after hours. Patrons may also enjoy food and beverages from the Macaw Café and Cypress Circle as they walk through the zoo. $16.95-$19.95. 6-11 p.m. The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston.


Teddy Bear Checkup

Children bring their teddy bears and other favorite stuffed animals to The Health Museum for physical examinations while learning about healthy habits and the healthcare profession. Museum visitors may also register online for breakfast and photos with Santa Claus. Non-members, $8 and up. The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston. 713-521-1515.


Gingerbread Build-Off

The Architecture Center Houston hosts the 9th annual Gingerbread Build-Off at Hermann Square. Teams may earn awards for various categories, including best architectural icon, tallest standing structure, best traditionally holiday themed, best non-traditionally holiday themed, most creative interpretation of materials and public favorite. Free admission. Hermann Square, 900 Smith St., Houston. 713-520-0155.


HeartByrne Performance

Austin-based tribute band HeartByrne pays tribute to the Talking Heads, performing two full sets of the band’s popular hits at Fitzgerald’s. $10-$15. 9:30 p.m. Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak Drive, Houston.



Flea by Night

Shoppers may discover unique finds and one-of-a-kind items while enjoying snacks and entertainment at Discovery Green’s Flea by Night market event. Local vendors attend, showcasing art, decor, collectibles, furniture and crafts. Free admission. 6-10 p.m. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston.


Campfire Christmas

Visitors of the George Ranch Historical Park may reserve slots to experience the park after hours at its Campfire Christmas event, featuring a holiday meal of roast turkey and goose, mashed potatoes, vegetables, fried apples and plum pudding among other dishes. After dinner, a tram takes patrons through the nineteenth century, exploring traditions from historical Christmas Eves. $45-$50. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762, Richmond. 281-343-0218.

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Renee Yan
Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism, joining Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July.
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