Update: This post previously referenced a screening of Wes Anderson's Rushmore that is closed to the public. The event has been removed from this listing.
Nov. 30–Dec. 15 | Horse Head Theatre Co.
Set in a moldering cinema home to the state's last 35 mm film projector, three employees canoodle and cavort in this punchy comedy described by the Times as "a play that truly nudges the art form in new directions." Consider it your respite from the onslaught of saccharine holiday fare, and, if you put any stock in those egghead critics, know that the play took home a truckload of hardware, including the 2014 Pulitzer prize for drama. (No big deal.)
Tickets from $20. Houston Warehouse Studios, 1506 Lorraine St. More info and tickets at horseheadtheatre.org.
Dec. 1 | The Heights
As our lifestyle editor outlined earlier this week, you can peek inside five spectacular Heights homes dating from 1903 to as recent as 2005. None are for sale, sadly, but what's more seasonal than a little window shopping?
Tickets from $20. More info and tickets at houstonheightsstore.org.
Dec. 1 | Bayou City Performing Arts
With the combined firepower of the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston and the Bayou City Women's Chorus, this'll be the holiday choral spectacular you'll find us at. Expect bangers chosen from both modern carols and Medieval texts.
Tickets $20. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church, 2025 W 11th St. More info and tickets at bcpahouston.org.
Dec. 1–2 | Jones Plaza / Indonesian Consulate Office
Equal parts food, dance, fashion, martial arts, art, craft, and family festival, this two-pronged festival takes over both Jones Hall downtown and the Indonesian Consulate (each for a day).
Multiple locations. More info and tickets at iacc-scu.org.
Dec. 2 | Main Street
It's always worthwhile to stroll, cycle, or roll down an otherwise traffic-clogged thoroughfare blocked off come the monthly Sunday Streets events, but this holiday-themed edition sweetens the deal. Slated for the evening, you'll get holiday lights and special activities in both Market Square Park and Discovery Green.
Free. More info at houstontx.gov.