For the tenth year in a row, anyone spending the holiday season in Houston can partake in a wintry tradition ordinarily reserved for those in cooler climes: An outdoor ice rink.
There are few holiday celebrations more European than Boxing Day, a vestige of aristocratic England wherein gifts were given from master to servant. So it makes sense that the best place to celebrate Boxing Day in Texas is Rienzi, a grand Houston home operated by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and dedicated to European decorative arts, paintings, and furniture.
Bells ring out in harmony, lights dance and shimmer in the twilight, and carols fill the air.
It’s the most magical time of the year again at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. For the third year in a row, Christmas Village at Bayou Bend has transformed Ima Hogg’s celebrated home and grounds into a show-stopping holiday wonderland.
The best holiday traditions have a way of standing the test of time, even if it means overcoming the odds—that’s the magic of this time of year. For the city of Houston, one of those traditions is a dazzling performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker by Houston Ballet. Even though the company’s Wortham Theater home is closed until mid-2018 after suffering in Hurricane Harvey, visions of sugar plum fairies will dance their way across the stage this season in as splendid fashion as ever thanks to a pair of local venues.
So you’re spending the weekend in Houston. What strikes your fancy? Sampling craft beers from top breweries? Catching some jazz from an emerging quartet? Supporting a beloved cultural institution that suffered during Hurricane Harvey? Why not all three?
One of Houston’s best holiday celebrations is right around the corner! This Saturday, November 18th, the sixth annual TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights brings the holiday season to a glittering start.
Hurry over to the Houston Zoo to marvel at fifteen miles of environment-friendly LED lights, strung around the zoo grounds’ ancient oak trees. Sip hot chocolate as you bask in the twinkle of over two millions lights.