Top Things to Do in Houston on Thanksgiving

The holiday season has begun, and the city is full of activities to help you get into the mood.

Here are some ideas for things to do this weekend in the Houston region.

The Nutcracker presented by the Houston Ballet

A traditional holiday production makes a comeback. The Nutcracker, a production of Stanton Welch by the Houston Ballet, opens on Friday and runs through December.

When: Wednesday, December 27, to Friday, November 24.

Where: 501 Texas Ave., Brown Theater, Wortham Center, Houston, TX 77002

Expense: $30+

Renaissance Festival in Texas

The 49th edition of the Texas Renaissance Festival is coming to an end. You have one more weekend to spend indulging in the wonders of this magical kingdom. There are hundreds of stores, a jam-packed entertainment schedule, and delicious treats. The kingdom will be decorated for “Celtic Christmas” this three-day weekend, complete with festive sights and sounds.

When: November 24 through November 26 on Friday

Where: Todd Mission, Texas 77363; 21778 Farm to Market 1774

Cost: Changes daily

Black Friday Market for Holidays

Get a head start on your holiday shopping while endorsing regional producers and artists. Discover a carefully curated market that supports regional artists, designers, and craftsmen while providing a platform for one’s own unique collectibles, jewelry, vintage goods, art, mid-century modern furniture, original designs, a full bar, and locally sourced cuisine.

When: 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 26.

Where: 2000 Edwards St., Silver Street Studios, Houston, TX 77007

Price: $5

Elf Movie Party

Come see the beloved holiday movie “Elf” with elf hats, props, and a gift “wrap off” at this screening.

When: Nov. 24 at 7:15 p.m. on Friday and Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Where: 2707 Commercial Center Blvd., Suite K-100, Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra, Katy, TX 77494

Expense: $18.13

Thanksgiving Week at Houston’s Great Gobbler Children’s Museum

The Great Gobbler Children’s Museum in Houston Christmas arrives with a festive transition after Thanksgiving Week. Watch a skit on Friday where Santa takes over the holiday season from the Great Gobbler. Santa will greet guests as well. The Grinch will make an appearance on Saturday, and Cindy Lou Who will lead storytime.

When: November 24 through November 26 on Friday

Where: 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004; Children’s Museum of Houston

Cost: $17 for adults and children for general admission

Houston Symphony presents Diva Legends

Hits by Gloria Gaynor, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, and Alicia Keys are performed by the Houston Symphony. Visit the Round Bar for an after-party with dancing, cocktails, free merchandise, and an opportunity to interact with musicians on Saturday night after the show.

When: November 24 through November 26 on Friday

Where: 615 Louisiana St., Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Houston, TX 77002

Price: $34 or more

Cistern Illuminated

Beginning this weekend, whether you’ve never been on a tour of the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern or have already, you’re in for a singular experience. Kelly O’Brien, a local artist and engineer from Fenris, created Cistern Illuminated, which uses lights to accentuate the columns in the reservoir. only those over nine.

When: from Sunday, January 7, to Saturday, November 25.

Where: 105b Sabine St., Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, Houston, TX 77007

Price: $12 for those over nineteen; $10 for students, seniors, and members of the armed forces