I've worn shorts and tees for the past 3 days, but that hasn't stopped me from looking forward to the Christmas holidays. Over the past few years, my family has accidentally established a few traditions that make me pretty geeked about the start of December. One of our favorites is our annual trip to see some of the incredibly brilliant holiday lights the city offers. Some of them are a bit of a trek to get to, but definitely worth the trip.
This year, we'll start the new tradition of visiting a Christmas tree farm and cutting down our very own fresh tree. In years past, we've made a pretty uneventful trip to our neighborhood Kroger, strapped on a tree and called it a night. I'm thinking things will be quite different this year.
Thanksgiving left as quickly as it came and we've immediately moved forward to the Christmas holiday. This month's calendar of events is chock full of fun ways to relish in the season. The Houston Zoo is all decked out in lights from now until the new year. Strolling through those grounds during this time of year is pretty magical.
But if you'd rather stay indoors, visit the theater district and see one (or both) of two hilarious holiday shows: "Elf the Musical" and "The Santaland Diaries". Both are sure to please. Looking for something a bit more traditional? The Alley Theater will showcase its annual production of "A Christmas Carol" . For more goings on for the upcoming week, check out the December Events Calendar.
I am not that good at golf. In fact, I'm quite terrible at it. I went once with my brother-in-law and it ended up being less a day for golf and more a day for me to cuss and throw things. I went a different time with a different brother-in-law and that one too ended less than professionally (with me challenging him to a contest to see who could throw a golf ball the furthest and most accurately).
But these are not events that I am all that interested in replaying in the coming years, which is why I've put together this list of extra cool, extra fun places to go to practice golf. Have a look. Find one. Then go to it and practice and get great and beat your brother-in-law. That's basically the best thing of all.
This week isn't all turkey and sweet potato pie. On Tuesday evening, blues prodigy Gary Clark Jr. will perform at Warehouse Live at 8:30 p.m. Tickets prices are $27.50 in advance and $33 at the door. This show is open to all ages. Be sure to get there early to attend the FREE pre-party sponsored by Molino's.
And on Wednesday, throw on your warmest, quirkiest or most attention-grabbing pj's and head over to Winter Street Studios for their Deep Eddy Falliday Pajamboree. Free drinks, free food, music and dancing are the makings of a successful pre-Thanksgiving celebration.
Have you explored Houston's thriving Theater District lately? The month of November provides you ample opportunity to do so. From November 12 to November 15, the Wortham Center will become the city's access to some of the world's most influential fashion designers at Fashion Houston 2013. See the latest collection from Houston's own Chloe Dao and designers from abroad including Wes Gordon, Johanna Johnson, Nicole Miller and more.
And beginning November 17, the Alley Theater will house Ebenezer Scrooge and all his ghostly encounters in the always-enjoyable production of A Christmas Carol. Tickets begin at $25.
On November 8, see the top ten performers from Fox network's So You Think You Can Dance grace the stage of Bayou Music Center. This event is one you won't want to miss. Find out more about these and other events here and here.
The Houston area has been dealt some unsavory weather today. Ghosts and goblins throughout the city are waiting impatiently to see whether or not those pumpkin pails will be filled with goodies tonight. Whether there's rain or sunshine, the little ones don't have to miss out on trick-or-treating fun.
Malls, shopping centers and museums like the Children's Museum of Houston are opening their doors to trick-or-treaters this afternoon. These events include music, prizes and costume contests. Most begin around 5 p.m. and all of them are absolutely FREE. Look here for details. While you're at it, look ahead to November events.
If you always wanted to call yourself a golfer but have absolutely no interest in actually golfing, TopGolf is your place. It's all the fun you'd find in a bowling alley, pool hall or bar with the added bonus of looking way more interesting than you typically look in either of those places.
TopGolf is both fun and challenging for amateurs and pros alike. With a full bar, full food menu, billiards and more, there's a bit of something for every taste. Find out more about fees, location and details here.
Bowling is one of those activities folks tend to forget about when looking for sources of entertainment. But an evening or afternoon knocking pins down with a big ball is actually a pretty great way to pass the time. Perfect for families, guys night out, birthday parties or even a date night, bowling is probably here to stay.
Houston has no shortage of bowling alleys, but some of them may be in places you'd never look. Check out this list of Houston bowling alleys, grab some socks, and head out for some old-fashioned fun this weekend.
This October, Houston's up to way more than ghost, ghouls and goblins. The expected cooler weather will lend itself to the upcoming host of outdoor festivals like the Original Greek Festival and the Italian Festival. For music lovers, Miller Outdoor Theater will host the 34th annual Chicano Festival. And the legendary Earth, Wind and Fire will perform at Bayou Music Center.
And of course, if you're already in need of a Halloween fix, drop in on a Ghost Walk through downtown Houston.
Houston boasts one of the largest indoor family entertainment centers in the state of Texas and it's surprisingly one of the city's best kept secrets. Within the walls of this megaplex sits a full-size ferris wheel, 40 bowling lanes, a cinema, skating rink, an enormous playscape and more.
If you haven't ventured out to Funplex, now is a great time to do it. Check out their weekly bowling and skating specials and find out how to make it the spot for your next birthday party or corporate event here.