Holiday events 2019: 10 ways to enjoy the holidays in the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose area

Levy Park Holiday Festival
The Levy Park Conservancy will host a two-day festival in December. (Courtesy Levy Park Conservancy)

The Levy Park Conservancy will host a two-day festival in December. (Courtesy Levy Park Conservancy)

Check out these holiday events around the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose area.

Holiday on 19th Street

Dec. 6: Shop at a winter market featuring live music, in-store specials, cocktails, holiday shopping and snow along 19th Street in the Heights, from Shepherd Drive to Yale Street. 6-10 p.m. Free. www.facebook.com/shopheights19th

6-7 Tour historic homes

The 30th annual Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour will feature five homes decked out in antique Christmas decorations, including a restored Victorian, an original cottage bungalow and three renovated craftsman bungalows. 6-9 p.m. (Fri.), 3-9 p.m. (Sat.) $25. 107 W. 12th St., Houston. 713-861-4002. www.houstonheights.org


Pride & Joy

Dec. 7: Bayou City Performing Arts presents a holiday choir performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston and the Bayou City Women’s Chorus at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church. 7-9 p.m. $10-$20. 2025 W. 11th St., Houston. 832-835-1643. www.bcpahouston.org

Craftidote Holiday Market

Dec. 7: The annual craft market offers dozens of vendors, live music, unique gifts, a food truck and activities for children in the parking lot of Antidote Coffee. Noon-5 p.m. Free. 729 Studewood St., Houston. 713-861-7400. www.facebook.com/antidote.coffee

Levy Park Holiday Festival

Dec. 7-8: The Levy Park Conservancy will host two days of music, pop-up shops, dog-friendly activities, crafts, and food and drink by chef Tim Love’s Woodshed Smokehouse and Love Shack restaurants. Noon-5 p.m. Free. 3801 Eastside St., Houston. 713-522-7275. www.levyparkhouston.com

Heights Mercantile Holiday Market

Dec. 14: Browse for gifts and artwork by local vendors at a pet- and family-friendly outdoor market along the Heights Mercantile promenade. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free. 714 Yale St., Houston. 713-783-4444. http://heightsmercantileholiday2019market.eventbrite.com

New Year’s Eve with Boomtown Brass Band

Dec. 31: Ring in the new year with desserts, champagne, dancing and a concert by the Boomtown Brass Band at the Heights Theater. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $30, with table and VIP packages available. 339 W. 19th St., Houston. 214-272-8346. www.theheightstheater.com

ONGOING EVENTS


‘Miracle on 34th Street’

Through Dec. 15: Stages Repertory Theatre will host several performances of the classic Christmas musical radio play adapted from the original 1947 broadcast. Showtimes vary. $25-$86. 3201 Allen Parkway, Ste. 101, Houston. 713-527-0123. www.stagestheatre.com

Santa at the Galleria

Through Dec. 24: Parents can bring their children to meet and take photos with Santa at the Galleria on Level 1 of the Nordstrom wing. A session for children with special needs, in partnership with Autism Speaks, will be held Dec. 8 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Parents can register in advance online. Free. 5085 Westheimer Road, Houston. www.simonsanta.com

Buffalo Bayou Holiday Cruises

Every Friday and Saturday in December: The Buffalo Bayou Association will offer 45-minute rides down the bayou in a holiday-themed pontoon boat, with hot chocolate and Santa and Mrs. Claus along for the ride. Rides embark from Allen’s Landing downtown. Rides are not offered Dec. 26-27. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $15. 1001 Commerce St., Houston. 713-752-0314. www.buffalobayou.org

Christmas Village at Bayou Bend

Dec. 12-30: The 14-acre Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is transformed into an immersive winter setting, featuring lights and activities. A premium ticket includes holiday-themed tours of Ima Hogg’s historic mansion. Times vary. The village is not open Dec. 24-25. Free (kids 4 and younger), $8 (members age 5-12), $10 (nonmembers age 5-12), $13 (members age 13 and older), $15 (nonmembers age 13 and older). 6003 Memorial Drive, Houston. www.mfah.org/a/christmas-village-at-bayou-bend
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