Nov. 9–12 | NRG Center
If you love the holidays, if you're willing to sweat through a Houston winter in your ugly Christmas sweaters, if you have an annual calendar reminder to see the Nutcracker for the umpteenth time, you are probably someone interested in this annual holiday market. It's primarily a fundraiser (tickets sales and 10 percent of purchases go to the Houston Ballet Foundation), but it's also a great place to do some one-stop holiday gift getting among the more than 280 vendors selling toys, clothes, food, candles and more.
Tickets $20. NRG Center, One NRG Park. 713-535-3231. More info and tickets at houstonballet.org.
Nov. 11 | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
In Martin McDonagh's latest film, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) doesn't mince words over her daughter's unsolved murder: "It seems like the police department is too busy torturing black folks to solve actual crimes." A perceived lack of action from Police Chief William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) spurs Hayes to erect three incendiary billboards calling for justice, inciting conflict across small town Missouri as she curses, fights, and throws molotov cocktails until her daughter's killer is captured. Part of the five-day Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Three Billboards is just one can't-miss film screening at venues across Houston.
Tickets $10 (Festival pass $99). Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St. More info and tickets at houstoncinemaartsfestival.org.
Nov. 11 and 12 | Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
To have a son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandson, or granddaughter all but guarantees an intimate familiarity with the vaguely British swine of the hit animated series Peppa Pig. A live Peppa Pig appearance is just one attraction at this year's Children's Festival, where there will be face-painting, kite-making, parachute races and live music.
Tickets from $8. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 20005 Lake Robbins Dr. 281-364-3010. More info and tickets at woodlandscenter.org.
Thru Dec. 24 | Stages Repertory Theatre
A new work from Stages Artistic Director Kenn McLaughlin, this musical is set in a snowed-in chapel on Christmas Eve, 1964. That snowstorm won't stop the music, and this new production hopes to make a strong case for A Midnight Clear as a new Houston holiday tradition.
Tickets from $25. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Pkwy. 713-527-0123. More info and tickets at stagestheatre.com.
Nov. 11 and 12 | Masjid As-Salam
More than 50 artists and 5,000 pieces of artwork will be on display at the Masjid As-Salam mosque north of the Loop. The festival is a crash course in the breadth of Islamic Art, featuring calligraphy, henna, ceramics, woodwork, and ebru, the beautiful paper marbling process where color is floated on water and transferred to a surface such as paper. Everybody is welcome—as the posters advertise: "No visa... No walls... Just walk in!"
Free. Masjid As-Salam, 167000 Old Louetta Rd., Spring. More info at islamicartssociety.com.