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.



Friday-Sunday

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. www.adplayers.org






Friday-Sunday

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. www.tomballgermanchristmasmarket.com






Friday-Sunday

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. www.houstonzoo.org






Saturday

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. www.thehealthmuseum.org/TeddyBearCheckUp






Saturday

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. www.aiahouston.org






Saturday

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. www.heartbyrne.org

 






Saturday

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. www.discoverygreen.com/flea






Saturday

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. www.georgeranch.org


By 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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