Top Things to Do This Weekend: Dec. 18-20

Chvrches in concert, Christmas at Bayou Bend, the Symphony plays Handel's Messiah, Day For Night festival debuts, and rock–climbing dance show Moving Mountains at Texas Rock Gym.

By Nick Esquer December 16, 2015



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The Scottish electro-pop band has garnered a huge following ever since it hits the music festival circuit in 2013. Now the band hits the road during the holiday season with tracks from its latest album, Every Open Eye.

Dec 18 at 9. $35. Revention Music Center, 520 Texas Ave. 713-230-1600. reventionmusiccenter.com


Christmas Village at Bayou Bend

The Museum of Fine Arts' house of whimsical collections and gardens plays host to a super Christmasy family event. Families can tour the unique gardens, visit Santa and his reindeer and have fun in seven acres-worth of dazzling Christmas lights.

Dec 18–20 at 6. $15, adults; $10, ages 5–12; Free under 5. Bayou Bend Collection, 1 Westcott St. 713-639-7750. mfah.org


Handel's Messiah

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Traditionally performed during Yuletide, Handel’s most epic composition was actually an ode to spring and Easter. The first performance in April 1742 saw a massive crowd of 700 listeners, a number only attainable by the extra space saved from women not wearing dresses with hoops.

Dec 18 & 19 at 8; Dec 20 at 2:30. $29–130. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. 713-224-7575. houstonsymphony.org


Day For Night

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Houston is really vying for the new music festival capital of Texas. Free Press' cool weather counterpart to Summer Fest blends music acts, like the multi-Grammy nominated Kendrick Lamar and Phillip Glass, with trippy visual artists.

Dec 19 & 20. $97.50, day pass; $185, 2-day passes; $750, 2-day VIP passes. Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St. dayfornight.io


Moving Mountains

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Rock climbing and dance don’t typically go together; probably because it’s not advisable to try to pop-and-lock when you’re on the edge of the North Face. Regardless, a group of rock climbers strap on some harnesses and buckled shoes to create a truly immersive and nerveracking dance experience.

Dec 20 at 5. $25. Texas Rock Gym, 1526 Campbell St. 713-973-7625. sonkissd.com

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