The essentials

7 Events to Help You Survive the Holidays

For when you really need to get the family out of the house.

12/21/2018 By Holly Beretto

Hallelujah

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Dec. 21–23

Enjoy the calm before the Christmas storm.

12/20/2018 By Morgan Kinney

Party On

Up Your Holiday Party Hosting Game with Marie Flanigan's Last-Minute Tips

Candles, garlands, and oversized balloons can make all the difference.

12/19/2018 By Kirsten Keller

Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest

At The Houston Design Center, Setting the Table Is a Work of Art

The 11th annual Deck the Tables competition gave us serious holiday hosting goals.

12/17/2018 By Abby Ledoux

Unwrap The Magic

Where to Get Tamales for the Holidays

Find out where to get these steaming hot bundles of joy.

12/13/2018 By Timothy Malcolm

Sugar 'N Spice

Hansel & Gretel Proves Itself A 'Delightful, Deranged' Hit

The Rec Room twist on the 19th-century classic is a holiday treat.

12/10/2018 By Holly Beretto

Holiday Shear

Do Your Dad-Diligence and Take Your Kid to Bishops This Saturday

To promote spending time together this holiday season, Dove Men+Care and the Midtown Bishops Cuts/Color are offering free haircuts to dads and their kids on December 8.

12/06/2018 By Abby Ledoux

Holiday Loop

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, Dec. 7–9

...if the weather holds up, at least.

12/06/2018 By Morgan Kinney

I'll Be Home for Christmas

This Weekend, Make a Holiday Pilgrimage to 4 Beautiful Homes

Houston's oldest home tour from Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foundation returns for its 76th year with River Oaks and Tanglewood stops.

12/06/2018 By Abby Ledoux

Holiday Road

Celebrate Christmas with Las Posadas in San Antonio

A yuletide pilgrimage.

12/06/2018 By Gwendolyn Knapp

Holiday Hunger

Alternate Holiday Cookie Binging with This Mostly Healthy Breakfast

Two fun dishes at The Classic All Day can help stave off those binges.

12/03/2018 By Joanna O'Leary

Drink It Up

Beer News: Christmas Beer Releases, New Brewery Planned for Near Northside

Plus, a crawl that gets you a whole bunch of Eureka Heights.

11/30/2018 By Timothy Malcolm

Double Double X

Jane Austen: Two Ways, Two Stages

Separate local theater companies mount back-to-back stories about the Bennet sisters for the holidays.

11/28/2018 By Holly Beretto

Santa, Baby!

All the Outdoor Holiday Events You Need to Know About

From Downtown to Bayou Bend, here's where Santa will be popping up.

11/28/2018 By Gwendolyn Knapp

Boughs of Holly

This Weekend, See How Five Heights Homes Deck Their Halls

'Tis the season to gawk at someone else's house.

11/27/2018 By Abby Ledoux

Read me

7 Books to Put on Your Holiday Shopping List

We narrow it down so you'll find something for everyone.

11/26/2018 By Ryan Pait

Eight Hungry Nights

Food News: Where to Load Up For Your Hanukkah Feasts

Plus, enjoy some pancakes and eggs with Santa Claus at a local hotel.

11/26/2018 By Timothy Malcolm

Clutch City

Trim the Tree with These Houston-Inspired Ornaments

Get into the Christmas spirit with these Bayou City baubles.

11/26/2018 By Abby Ledoux

The Drawl

What Your Favorite Holiday Cookies Mean to Their Bakers

The stories behind the sugary treats.

11/26/2018 By Timothy Malcolm

Ice House

How to Thwart Porch Pirates This Holiday Season

Real-life Grinches are out there.

11/26/2018 By Gwendolyn Knapp