THE TO-DOUX LIST is lifestyle editor Abby Ledoux’s weekly roundup of pop-ups, markets, and whatever else she feels like doing around Houston each Friday–Sunday (generally). To submit an event for consideration, email details to [email protected]
When: Thursday, Dec. 5; 5–9 p.m.
Where: Boheme, 307 Fairview
What: Eat, drink, and be merry at this one-day only fashion, art, and beauty pop-up at one of Houston's favorite bars in tandem with Cultured Cocktails, Boheme's weekly happy hour, this time benefiting Bayou City Art Festival. Find unique gifts for everyone on your list with vintage and modern adornments, kimonos, jewelry, accessories, and more from vendors Kimono Zulu, V is for Vintage, Shelbi Nicole Designs, Faceforward, Miro et Emma Curated Lifestyle Shoppe, and Palabra.
Glassell Studio School Student Art Sale
When: Preview party Thursday, Dec. 5; 6–8 p.m. and sale Friday, Dec. 6 (noon–8 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 7 (10 a.m.–5 p.m.)
Where: Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Blvd.
What: Give the gift of local art this year with help from this annual student art sale from Glassell's Studio School, featuring original works and unique, hand-crafted items ranging from paintings and photographs to ceramics and jewelry. The Dec. 5 preview party (tickets: $20/adults, $18/MFAH members, $10/ages 13-18, free for ages 12 and younger) includes early access to the sale plus holiday music, refreshments, and drinks. A portion of proceeds from the sale (free admission) will be used toward Glassell Studio School scholarships.
When: Friday, Dec. 6; 5–10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7; 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: Midtown Park, 2811 Travis St.
What: Midtown promises a "high-energy, NYC-style, holiday-inspired" outdoor market full of contemporary crafts and local makers, DIY gift stations, family activities, live entertainment and art, food and drinks (including a hot chocolate station from KICPOPS), Santa letter-writing, and Santa Paws, so bring your (leashed) four-legged family members for Christmas card photos. If this doesn't get you in the spirit, we don't know what will.
When: Friday, Dec. 6; 6 p.m.
Where: 13 Celsius, 3000 Caroline St.
What: Thirteen is the lucky number all month long at this midtown wine bar, which celebrates its 13th anniversary with 13 curated events throughout December beginning with this launch party to unveil this year's art installation, "The Exquisite Corpse," a collaborate mural made from 13 interconnected murals painted in sequence by—wait for it—13 featured artists, who were only allowed to see the end of the previous artist's contribution. Since opening, the bar has eschewed traditional holiday decor in favor of decking its halls with site-specific commissioned works like this one from emerging artists. The result, a surrealist surprise, will debut at this party, which also features wine pairings (duh) plus mood music by DJ Sun and Josh Zulu. General admission is free, and drink tickets ($5 each) can be purchased at the event; or purchased advanced tickets (which include four drink tickets) for $26.
Merry Mingle with Kris Kringle
When: Saturday, Dec. 7; noon–5 p.m.
Where: The Stops at Arrive, 2800 Kirby
What: Still searching for something to put on your Shutterfly prints this year? This holiday card set-up has you covered: Bring your family (furry members included) for a festive, Insta-ready photoshoot in front of an array of holiday vignettes and walk away with a printed portrait with Santa, too. There will be sweet treats, fun for kids, and more; entry is free, but there's a suggested donation of $15 to Candlelighters, the local nonprofit that supports families of children with cancer.
Levy Park Holiday Festival
When: Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8; noon–5 p.m.
Where: Levy Park, 3801 Eastside St.
What: Two free days of live music, holiday markets, DIY stations, food and drinks, and more Santa Paws in this six-acre city park in the heart of Upper Kirby. Come for holiday gifts and crafts and grub from Chef Tim Love's Woodshed Smokehouse and Love Shack, stay for pics with adoptable dogs in Santa gear.
Neiman Marcus Last Call Personalization Party
When: Saturday, Dec. 7; 1–4 p.m.
Where: Neiman Marcus Last Call, 2315 Post Oak Blvd.
What: Houston's Neiman Marcus Last Call—aka the home of (more) affordable luxury—is one of 10 stores around the country to offer free personalization events for the holidays. The concept is simple: Purchase a gift, get it customized. Think stamping and lasering for handbags and small leather goods, and custom calligraphy from local artist Yellow Rose Calligraphy. It's the easiest way to make your holiday gifts pop, plus there will be sips, sweets, and music from local DJs.
When: Saturday, Dec. 7; 5–8 p.m.
Where: Parkland Village Model Home Park, 16211 Presa Overlook Trail, Cypress
What: For one magical night, the North Pole is accessible by US-290 when Bridgeland, the 11,400-acre master-planned community in Cypress, imports 20,000 pounds of snow to transform its Parkland model home park into a veritable winter wonderland. Sledding, snowballs, snowmen—it's all in the cards at the free festivities, which also include photos and visits with Santa, caroling with Pope Elementary Choir, arts and crafts stations, face painting and balloon art, holiday refreshments, and food trucks. Each model home will be decked out in Christmas lights and will offer a different activity or refreshment inside.