Mosaic of Light at Discovery Green.

Christmas Day might be known for opening gifts from Santa, eating festive foods and spending quality time with the family, but that doesn’t have to be it. Besides the list of restaurants to dine at on Christmas Day, we’ve made a list of things to do around the city to ensure you have a fun holiday weekend, even when a lot of places might be closed.

Go on a Photo Walk

For the photo enthusiasts, this one’s for you. While the morning hours of Christmas are silent across Houston’s usually, busy streets, join the 7th Annual Abandoned Downtown Photo Walk. The walk will start at Market Square Park and work its way through Downtown from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. giving you a nice window of time to take your new camera from Santa out on a test-run. 

See a Drag Show 

If you’ve ever wanted to see Cher, Beyoncé and Tina Turner in one place, Christmas evening might be your chance. This burlesque-style comedy performance, Illusions the Drag Queen Show Houston, will feature the very best celebrity impersonators in Houston. You must be 21 to attend this event. General admission is $30, but there are a variety of group packages and specialty seating to choose from. 

Visit a Gingerbread Town

Visit the 2nd Annual Gingerbread Village located at City Place Plaza in Spring. Walk along a trail of candy canes and gumdrops, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., that leads to a 16-foot-high gingerbread house. It’s a free holiday-themed display that’s fun for the entire family. 

Go Deep Into Van Gogh

Yes, the Immersive Van Gogh experience is still open and yes, it’s open Christmas day. Purchase tickets anytime from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and surround yourself in ethereal, historic paintings that come to life. The exhibit is extended for viewing until February 6.

Go Bowling

Head to Bowl & Barrel on Christmas Day for “Drink the Tree!” From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., the boutique bowling alley will host its annual celebration of bowling and drinking cold beer. Guests can “Drink the Tree” by choosing from an assortment of beers on Bowl & Barrel’s original beer bottle Christmas tree. 

Drive-Thru Christmas Light Show

Not enough lights on your roof to brighten your holiday? The Light Park in Spring has you covered. Take the family (and your dog) on a drive-thru Christmas light show with music and entertainment, open until January 2. Register ahead online to reduce your wait time. 

Sing Karaoke

This might be your last chance to sing holiday songs, like Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas is You, without annoying your relatives. Karaoke at Molly's Pub Westheimer happens every Saturday, and Christmas is no exception. “Feel the Beat” Karaoke starts at 9:30 p.m. 

Go to the Movies

Relax with a bucket of popcorn, and buy tickets to the latest movies out in theaters. Find movies like the new Spider-Man, Sing 2 and the Matrix Resurrections at the Regal Edwards Houston Theater. Check your local theater for more details. 

Grab a NightCap

Julep's interior holiday decor.

Image: Abbie Arnold

 Julep is all decked out for the holidays, and they’ve just dropped their holiday menu with cocktails like the Apple Butter Old Fashioned and Mulled Wine Sour. Bring in the first hours of Christmas with relatives from out of town. Open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Christmas Eve. Julep, 1919 Washington Ave.

Party on Christmas Night

Bust out your wide-legged low-rise jeans and 90’s vintage clothes, and spend a night out at The Secret Group for their Saturday night, DIAL UP: 90s & Y2K Dance Party! After all the Christmas jingle, go out with friends and dance the night away. Dance party starts at 9 p.m.

 

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