It's the most wonderful time of the year in Houston. From world-renowned music festivals to a whole lot of lights, there are plenty of reasons to make merry before Santa rolls into town next week.

Day for Night

Dec 16–19 | Central Post (Barbara Jordan Post Office)

Celebrating its second year, the music festival has garnered international buzz (and attendees) thanks to its curated lineup of 64 performers and 15 artists, including electronic superstar Aphex Twin and Björk Digital, a multiroom sensory experience by the Icelandic artist. And sorry y'all, there still won't be a Harambe hologram.

$170 weekend pass. 401 Franklin St. dayfornight.io

Houston Zoo Lights

Thru Jan 15 

Houston's favorite holiday tradition continues to illuminate Hermann Park with more than two million lights strung through the 55-acre animal kingdom. Don't miss the Texas-themed exhibit and life-size twinkling animal structures in the Enchanted Forest. 

$14.98 for members; $19.95 for non-members. 6200 Hermann Park Dr. 713-533-6500. houstonzoo.org

Ice Land

Thru Jan 8 | Moody Gardens

Master carvers from China returned to the Island and crafted a winter wonderland from more than two million pounds of ice, including a towering oil rig-inspired slide that sends visitors into schools of tropical fish, turtles and other sculpted creatures of the sea. (Psst: Parents can keep their cool at the Shivers Ice Bar.)

$10.95 for children; $21.95 for adults. Moody Gardens, One Hope Blvd. 1-800-582-4673. moodygardens.com

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

Thru Dec 23 | Main Street Theater at MATCH

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For young readers who devour the Fancy Nancy book series (and for parents who, begrudgingly, know every word by heart) see the tenacious young lady's lastest antics performed by the Main Street Theater company at Midtown Arts and Theater Center.

$16–20. 3400 Main St. 713-524-6706. mainstreettheater.com

Into the Woods

Thru Dec 18 | TUTS

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Last call! This weekend is your final chance to see Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical, where classic fairy tales, like Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella, are weaved into an enchanting tale that will captivate young and young-at-heart audiences.

From $38.50. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St. 713-315-2400. tuts.com

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