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: Saturday, Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec. 22; 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Where: Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave.
What: Still need gifts? We're not judging. Finish up your 11th-hour shopping and keep your dollars local with unique goodies from Houston artists and vendors, all while enjoying some Saint Arnold brews (this calls for a Christmas Ale) and music in the beer garden. The free, two-day Shop Local event is family-friendly—Santa will be on-hand for holiday pics—and you can also find a gift-wrapping station and ugly sweaters for all your upcoming party needs.
When: Saturday, Dec. 21; 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Where: Truck Yard, 2118 Lamar St.
What: You'd be seriously remiss not to take the opportunity to wear footie pajamas, chug eggnog, and throw snowballs at your friends for a chance to win $50 gift cards, and EaDo adult playground Truck Yard is offering you that very opportunity this weekend. Find all-day holiday drink specials, free hot cocoa for kids from 11–5, a kids-only (8+) snowball fight for a candy prize at 1:30, adults-only snowball fight for $50 Truck Yard gift card prize at 2, eggnog chugging contest for another $50 gift card at 5, and raffle drawings every 20 minutes from 6–10 for prize-filled stockings and one final drawing to win free cheesesteaks for a year(!). To enter the . raffle, wear your best onesies or purchase a hot toddy. Or better yet, do both.
When: Saturday, Dec. 21; 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show
Where: House of Blues, 1204 Caroline St.
What: It's time to sleigh all day with this traveling stage show featuring your favorite festive divas that's sky-rocketed to the top of the Naughty List. Expect holiday performances featuring Drag Race contestants, hosted by Nina West. All ages are welcome but adult content is (obviously) on deck. Tickets from $24.50.
Ugly Sweater Party
When: Saturday, Dec. 21; 9 p.m.–2 a.m.
Where: Black Swan Nightclub at the Omni Houston Hotel
What: Can't commit to a whole onesie? No worries—just don your best ugly holiday sweater and get ready to party when the Omni's legendary Black Swan celebrates National Ugly Sweater Day in tackiest fashion with a late-night party back by popular demand. The worst-knit nightmare wins a prize. 21+; call 713-871-8181 or email [email protected] for reservations.
When: Sunday, Dec. 22; 4:30–6:30 p.m.
Where: Market Street Central Park, The Woodlands
What: The Woodlands' outdoor shopping district hosts a community celebration of the Festival of Lights for the ninth year in a row, presented by Chabad of The Woodlands. Rabbi Mandel Blecher will lead the lighting of a nine-foot, seven-branched menorah at 4:30 to be followed by traditional Chanukah food, music, and fun for guests of all ages.