Things to do in Houston this weekend, November 25 to 27: Holiday events, festivals, & more

Thanksgiving is ushering in several holiday traditions in Houston. This weekend you can head to a theater for a Christmas performance, see some holiday lights or shop for local gifts.

Here's a look at just some of the things to do this weekend in Houston.


Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker

A holiday tradition returns to the stage. The Houston Ballet’s production of Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker begins Friday with performances throughout the month of December. 

When: Nov. 25 through Dec. 27

Where: The Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002

Cost: Tickets start at $30

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Disney's Fantasia

The Houston Symphony performs a classic that can be enjoyed by the whole family this Thanksgiving weekend. As animation fills a giant screen, the symphony will provide the soundtrack, performing songs like The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and more.

When: Nov. 25 - 27

Where: Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002

Cost: Tickets start at $29

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George Ranch Historical Park Fall Festival

Bring the whole family out for this "cowboy style" fall festival. Enjoy s'mores cooked over a campfire, spiced hot apple cider served from an 1860s cast iron store and crafts. If you haven’t taken a pumpkin patch photo, this is your last chance to strike a pose at the Pumpkin Roundup. They will also have their regular tours.

When: Nov. 25 & 26

Where: George Ranch Historical Park

Cost: General admission required; $15 for adults and children ages 13-64; $10 for children 4-12; $12 for seniors 65+

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A Christmas Carol

Step back in time and get into the holiday spirit at this production of A Christmas Carol. This telling of Scrooge’s classic story includes magical elements by illusionist Jim Steinmeyer and holiday carols.

When: Nov. 18 through Dec. 30

Where: Hubbard Theatre, 615 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002

Cost: Prices vary by day.

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Texas Renaissance Festival

The Texas Renaissance Festival is wrapping up its 48th year. You still have one more weekend to immerse yourself in this magical kingdom. There is a packed entertainment schedule, treats to feast on, and hundreds of shops.

This three-day weekend, the kingdom will be transformed for "Celtic Christmas" with holiday sights and sounds. Kids can visit Father Christmas throughout the weekend.

When: Nov. 25 - 27

Where: 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, TX 77363

Cost: Ticket prices depend on the day

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Bolivar Christmas Market and Festival

Head to the coast for the 3rd Annual Bolivar Christmas Market. You can get a jump on gift shopping while browsing vendors’ booths selling clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts, furniture, Christmas decor and more.

When: Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: The Pavilion At Festival Park, 1609 State Hwy 87, Crystal Beach, TX, 77650

Cost: Free admission

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Cistern Illuminated

If you’ve never taken a tour of the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, and even if you have, you’re in for a unique experience starting this weekend. Cistern Illuminated was designed by local artist and engineer Kelly O’Brien of Fenris and features undulating lights to amplify the reservoir’s columns. Take a tour and learn about the history of Houston’s water system.

When: Nov. 25 to Jan. 8; Wednesday through Sunday

Where: The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007

Cost: Guided tours $10 per person

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Lightscape at Houston Botanic Garden

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Explore the Houston Botanic Garden at night along a path illuminated by immersive light installations. Walk through the light tunnel featuring 100,000 lights or among a field of electric bluebonnets. Get your timed-entry ticket ahead of time, as they are limited each evening.

When: Nov. 18 to Jan. 1

Where: Houston Botanic Garden, 1 Botanic Lane, Houston, TX 77017

Cost: Tickets start at $26 for non-member adults; tickets for non-member children ages 3-15 start at $16

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