10 Things To Do In Houston This December

By Gabriela Swan | December 4, 2019 | Lifestyle


A model train runs by a miniature “Prada Marfa.”

Through 1/12
Farah Al Qasimi Solo Exhibition
Farah Al Qasimi’s thought-provoking work examines the use of photography and the role it plays in shaping Western perceptions of Middle Eastern identity. See website for schedule, Houston Center for Photography

Katherine Jetter Holiday Trunk Show
The internationally recognized fine jewelry collection returns to Elizabeth Anthony to show off its one-of-a-kind pieces, which feature Australian opals and exceptional gemstones. See website for schedule, Elizabeth Anthony, Uptown Park

An Evening With Jay Leno
A comedian, actor, writer, producer and television host–this multihyphenate Emmy Award winner will light up your night as the stand-up king. 8pm, best tickets from $199, Jones Hall

Margaret Alkek Williams Jubilee of Dance
This year’s Jubilee of Dance presents the history of the 50 years of Houston Ballet through spoken narrative and exquisite dance in what is sure to be one of its most spectacular shows ever. 7:30pm, best tickets from $200, Wortham Theater

Mozart & Aucoin Brentano String Quartet
One of the most outstanding string quartets of its generation performs the new work of composer Matthew Aucoin at Da Camera. Violinist Hsin-Yun Huang will also join them onstage for Mozart’s “String Quintet No. 2.” 7:30pm, best tickets from $67.50, Hobby Center

World Aids Day Luncheon
With fashion designer and social influencer Mondo Guerra as the keynote speaker, this annual event commemorates community members and loved ones lost to AIDS, as well as raises awareness about HIV. Proceeds benefit AIDS Foundation Houston Inc. 11:30am, see website for tickets, The Ballroom at Bayou Place

Christmas Village at Bayou Bend
Thousands of lights, carolers, a faux-snow slide, a cotton snowball play area, a handcrafted model train, games and more can be found at Bayou Bend’s annual winter wonderland, which promises entertainment for the whole family. 5:30pm, see website for tickets, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Very Merry Pops
The Houston Symphony and former principal pops conductor Michael Krajewski join to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with a delightful concert of holiday classics such as “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World.” See website for schedule and tickets, Jones Hall

After five years, the pop legend returns to the stage to present her Here We Go Again tour, with special guest performances by Nile Rodgers and CHIC. 7:30pm, best tickets from $708, Toyota Center

Handel’s Messiah
One of the greatest stories ever told returns to Jones Hall with joyous refrains and arias, including the beloved “Hallelujah” chorus, performed by the Houston Symphony, chorus and guest soloists. See website for schedule and tickets, Jones Hall

Marking a third Christmas tour, this award-winning a cappella group heads back to town to perform a harmonic blend of pop covers, holiday tunes and original songs. 7pm, best tickets from $149.50, Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land

Tobe Nwigwe
This Houston-based Nigerian American artist, who’s found fans in greats like Common and Michael B. Jordan, brings his buzzed-about The Ivory Tour to Revention Music Center. 9pm, best tickets from $100

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Keep your holiday spirits up with the critically acclaimed rock group’s 2019 winter tour, which will feature their debut album, Christmas Eve and Other Stories. See website for schedule, best tickets from $80, Toyota Center

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Photography by: Cameron Bertuzzi