See fireworks on New Year's Eve, watch a Harry Potter parody: 7 things to do in the Bay Area this December, January

Kemah Boardwalk on New Year's Eve
Kemah Boardwalk will be putting on a New Year’s Eve celebration for the whole family on Dec. 31. (Courtesy myndaalia79/Kemah Boardwalk)

Kemah Boardwalk will be putting on a New Year’s Eve celebration for the whole family on Dec. 31. (Courtesy myndaalia79/Kemah Boardwalk)

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Space Center Houston will continue to host their astronaut experiences in December and January (Courtesy Space Center Houston)
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"Potted Potter," a Harry Potter parody, is coming to The Hobby Center this December and January. (Courtesy The Hobby Center for Performing Arts)
There are plenty of events and activities to do in the Bay Area this December and January, from eating brunch at Clear Creek Vineyard to hearing from an astronaut at Space Center Houston.

Hear from an astronaut Dec. 31-Jan. 22

Space Center Houston continues to host astronaut meet and greets every Friday and Saturday. The events allows attendees to hear from a different astronaut every week about their experiences in space. This event is included in the general admission ticket. 11:30 a.m., 1:20 p.m. Free (age 3 and under), $24.95 (ages 4-11), $27.95 (age 65 and older), $29.95 (ages 12-64). Space Center Houston, 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston. 281-244-2100. www.spacecenter.org

Eat brunch at a winery Jan. 1

Clear Creek Vineyard will host a New Year’s Day brunch to celebrate the new year. Tickets to the event include a gourmet brunch selection, mimosas and bloody marys with servings of wine and cocktails available for purchase. Must be 21 or older to attend. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $50. Clear Creek Vineyard, 709 Harris Ave., Kemah. 281-334-8300. www.clearcreekvineyard.com


Run a 5K Jan. 8

FitFest Seabrook and Elysium Creative Collective are planning a 5K fun run to help build a new bike park in Seabrook. All participants will receive a race T-shirt, medal and swag bag. There will also be a children’s 1K as well as local food trucks and vendors to check out after the race. 9 a.m. $10 (children’s 1K), $30 (5K). Meador Park Pavilion, 2400 Hammer St., Seabrook. 281-985-5811. www.tinyurl.com/fitfest-5k-fb

Listen to an acoustic show Jan. 8

Lisa Morales will be performing an acoustic show at the Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe. Morales is a Mexican-American vocalist and singer-songwriter who is based in Texas. The show is open to all ages and loud conversation is not allowed in the listening room. 8:30 p.m. $25. Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe, 413 20th St., Galveston. 409-762-9199. www.oldquarteracousticcafe.com

Learn about mental health Jan. 19

The League City Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a mental health awareness luncheon and speaker at College of the Mainland League City. Sujan Shah will be the keynote speaker for the event and will be discussing ways to deal with stress and how to go on a journey of self-discovery. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $25 (member). www.leaguecitychamber.com

Celebrate the new year Dec. 31

Kemah Boardwalk will put on a New Year’s Eve celebration for the whole family. There will be two free live concerts in the plaza, fireworks and food. The fireworks will run from 9:30-10:30 p.m. Free. Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah. 281-535-8100. www.kemahboardwalk.com

See a Harry Potter parody Dec. 22-Jan. 2

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is hosting the touring production of “Potted Potter.” This unauthorized Harry Potter parody is a two-person show that brings viewers through all seven Harry Potter books. 2 p.m. (Dec. 22-23, 26-30 and Jan. 1-2), 8 p.m. (Dec. 22-23, 27-30 and Jan. 1). $59.99 and up. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St., Houston. 713-315-2525. www.thehobbycenter.org
By Sierra Rozen

Metro Reporter, South Houston

Sierra joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in September of 2021 after graduating with a degree in communication and a minor in journalism from St. Edward's University in Austin, TX. Sierra covers all things in the South Houston area but in particular covers Friendswood ISD, Friendswood City Council and Harris County METRO. Prior to CI, Sierra served as the viewpoints and life and arts editor for Hilltop Views, as well as interning for Austin Woman Magazine.