Lights at the Houston Zoo and 11 more things to do Christmas weekend in Houston, Dec. 22-24

There are plenty of events in the Houston area this Christmas weekend.

Dec. 22-24: 'A Christmas Carol' at the Alley Theatre
The Charles Dickens' classic story follows Ebenezer Scrooge's journey with the three spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve. 2:30 p.m. (Friday through Sunday), 7:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday). $55-$154. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave., Houston. 713-220-5700.

Dec. 22-24: Shop local for the holidays in Pearland
Locals can collect stamps from participating shops in Pearland to win a grand prize of up to $3,000 for shopping locally. Cards can be picked up at the Pearland Chamber of Commerce, participating businesses and Facebook. Pearland Chamber of Commerce, 6117 Broadway St, Pearland, 281-485-3634.

Dec. 22-24: Support local business at the Holiday Market
Baybrook Mall is hosting its annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Market event on The Lawn. Noon-9 p.m. (Friday), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Saturday), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sunday). Free. 500 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood. 281-488-4627.

Dec. 22-24: Christmas comes to the Houston Zoo
Decorated in Christmas lights and playing holiday music, the Houston Zoo is bringing the holidays to the animals. Sip hot chocolate while viewing colorful projections and life-size animated animal sculptures. $12-$20. Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston.

Dec. 22-24: Santa Claus and holiday lights in Sugar Land
The fourth annual Sugar Land Holiday Lights returns to Constellation Field. The showcase of lights will feature over 100 walkthrough displays and 2.5 million lights throughout the park. This year will also feature a carnival outside the ballpark, new theme nights and Santa Claus. $14. Constellation Field 1, Stadium Drive, Sugar Land.

Dec. 22-24: Christmas Village at the Bayou Bend
Santa and his reindeer visit Bayou Bend. Ima Hogg’s former home is decorated with Christmas ornaments, sparkling lights, animated projections and performances. 5:30-10 p.m. $10-$16. Bayou Bend, 6003 Memorial Dr., Houston.

Dec. 22-24: Ice skating at Discovery Green
Ice skating at Discovery Green returns with a 7,716-square-feet outdoor ice skating rink that will be open through the holidays. 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sunday) Free. Discovery Green, 500 McKinney St., Houston.

Dec. 23: The Annual Home for the Holidays in Spring
The 37th Annual Home for the Holidays returns to Old Town Spring with holiday lights, entertainment, family-friendly activities and photos with Santa. Free. Old Town Spring, 403 Main St., Spring. 281-353-9310.

Dec. 22-23: ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’
Based on the best-selling book of the same name, this play tells the story of the ill-behaved Herdman siblings and their participation in the church’s annual Christmas pageant. 7:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday), 2 p.m. (Saturday). $20. A.D. Players Mainstage Theater, 5420 Westheimer Road, Houston. 713-526-2721.

Dec. 23: Science Madness features Christmas smells
The Woodlands Children’s Museum hosts an event that allows guests to explore Christmas smells. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955.

Dec. 24: Attend Shenandoah’s luminary ceremony
As tradition follows, the city of Shenandoah lights luminaries to celebrate the holidays every Christmas Eve. 6 p.m. Free. Shenandoah Municipal Complex, 29955 I-45 N., Shenandoah. 281-298- 5522.

Dec. 24: Milk and Cookies with Santa
Santa Claus visits the Children's Museum of Houston before his big journey, having milk and cookies with children and taking pictures with families. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston. 713-522-1138.


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