Check Out These Downtown Houston Holiday Happenings

December 18th, 2019
Photo Courtesy Downtown Houston

Our downtown Houston location is why so many of our residents choose to live at 500 Crawford. There is always so much to see and do – for starters; we are directly across the street from the Houston Astros. There is a lot going on downtown on a regular basis, even without a sporting event, but the holidays are one of our favorite times of the year filled with festive and merry vibes around every corner.

Whether you have family in town to entertain, kids who are going stir crazy in your downtown Houston apartment, or just want to plan something unique and festive for the holidays, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite holiday events for you to check out.

Downtown Houston’s Theatre District has no shortage of holiday musicals, ballets, performances and more this holiday season, and it’s all within short walking distance or drive from our Houston luxury apartments. Two of our all-time favorites are still going strong with tickets available:

The Nutcracker, Nov. 29-Dec. 26 | Tickets

Stanton Welch’s opulent production of The Nutcracker is one of the most splendid ever staged. In this, the most traditional holiday tale, Clara and Drosselmeyer travel together to the Land of the Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy is reunited with her prince – and where the magic happens. With grand sets and stunning costumes, The Nutcracker features the entire company of dancers as well as many Houston Ballet Academy students playing hundreds of fun and exciting roles.

Elf - The Musical, Dec. 7 - 22 | Tickets

Based on the cherished 2003 movie, the musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity and help the Big Apple remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Discovery Green’s Theme Night Tuesdays. Throughout the month, you can skate around wearing your Ugly Christmas Sweater on select Tuesdays. Skating with a twist (and a theme) where costumes are encouraged! Break out your ugly sweater for this Tuesday's skate session and keep in mind – wearing your ugly sweaters gets you a free skate rental. More info.

December 18th: Skate and Sip at Discovery Green. Another fun and festive event at Discovery Green Park where you can skate then sip a special beverage from Lake House while listening to a few of your favorite songs by local artists. We know you love your Houston sports, so get ready to show your H-Town pride by sporting your favorite Rockets, Texans, Astros or Dynamo/Dash gear and get a free skate rental just for showing up in team spirit. More info.

December 21 – December 24th: 8th Annual Holiday Lights Tour on The Wave, which starts at Market Square Park. More info.

Mistletoe on the Go, at Market Square Park has a few dates left open to check out. Pucker up—Texas’ biggest mistletoe ball is back Downtown this holiday season. A 150-inch ball of kiss-inducing greenery hanging from a 15-foot giant candy cane will be located at Market Square Park Nov 17 through New Year’s Day. Passersby are invited to stand under the massive ball and kiss—just because! And they encourage you to share your smooches on social media using #XOmistletoe. More info.


Dec 21 A festive event where kids can decorate gingerbread houses, enjoy holiday activities and a tasty seasonal brunch menu. There will be plenty of hot cocoa, holiday music and fun International holiday stories for all! Space is limited and registration is required. Ages 3-11. 11 am – 12:30 pm. Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown. 1001 Austin.


Dec 21-24 Families are invited to the Downtown Aquarium for a ho-ho-holiday Breakfast with Santa. The buffet-style breakfast will feature an assortment of food, fun with Sharkey and an active Santa Claus swimming around in the tank with all the different marine life, taking photos with the guests. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby.

Ready to make your downtown Houston New Year’s Even plans? We’ve got you covered with tons of downtown options, all close to your downtown Houston apartment. Click here for ideas.

If you’re a sports fan in Houston looking to move near the fun that downtown Houston has to offer, we invite you to visit our luxury Houston apartments at 500 Crawford Street, across from Minute Maid Park. You can schedule a private tour, stop by or call us at 713.222.0500 for current leasing specials and availability. Be sure to ask about our leasing incentives on our two-bedroom floor plans, and take a virtual tour of our downtown Houston apartment community.


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