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Dazzling light shows, electrifying stage shows and more

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It’s almost the weekend before Thanksgiving, and for some of us that means the last days of denial before we’re forced to deal with the financial, social, and emotional stresses of the holiday season. (Anyone else looking at a calendar full of obligatory travel days, shopping trips, and family gatherings?)

If you’re feeling less than festive, consider getting into the holiday spirit with low-stakes, effortless fun. Awaken your inner child with a journey through the “Trains Over Texas” exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Frolic in a field of glowing bluebonnets at the Houston Botanic Garden. Or join the “Peanuts” gang for an evening of caroling at the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston.

Read on for more ways to seize the season before it seizes you.

10 best bets for your weekend in Houston:

  • magic winter lights: At this Houston Raceway Baytown attraction, race through more than 100 sets of lanterns in multiple themed sections, including a Magic Castle, Christmas Village, Houston Tribute, Dinosaur Entertainment Zone, Space Maze, and Paradise oceanic.
magic winter lights (Winter magic lights)
  • “A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage”: Charles M. Schulz’s lovable character, Charlie Brown, has been adding festive fun to the holidays since 1965. That year saw the premiere of the television special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” which became a show annual and a theatrical musical. Now the “Peanuts” gang are at the Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston, where “A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage” is playing, with tickets starting at $22.50. The Saturday production at 4 and 7 p.m. features Vince Guaraldi’s original jazz score, along with holiday tunes and rousing choreography. The show lasts 90 minutes, including intermission.
  • zoo lights: At this annual holiday lights event, walk through a 100-foot-long tunnel of light, walk under a canopy of glowing flowers and butterflies, spot life-size, light-up animal lanterns, take a photo with Santa and more. The experience will run from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday through December 28. Buy tickets here.
Houston Zoo Zoo Lights (Copyright 2020 by KPRC Click2Houston – All rights reserved.)
  • “A Christmas Carol”: The Ghost of Christmas Past will once again haunt the Alley Theatre. “A Christmas Carol” will run from Friday through December 30. This year, the acclaimed theater company will offer a new theatrical version of the popular Victorian tale. Art director Rob Melrose’s new adaptation “captures Dickens’ witty phrasing and evocative style to surprise audiences with new scenes from the familiar story they may not know,” according to the release. Alley Theater press. Tickets start at $26.
  • Bright landscape: This popular christmas lights event will return to the Houston Botanical Garden on Friday and run select nights through January 1. On this illuminated trail you will see stunning immersive installations including a tunnel of light, a breathtaking field of bluebonnets and a glowing forest of spiraling trees.
2022 Lightscape for the Houston Botanical Garden (Landscape of light)
  • San Jacinto Fall Fandango: Texans in the 1830s loved to celebrate with a fandango, a festive gathering with music, dancing, games, and food. Dancing and balls were an important opportunity to socialize and form a community on the frontier, where many people lived miles from their nearest neighbors. In a nod to that tradition, a fall fandango will be held Saturday at the San Jacinto Battlefield State Historic Site. There will be saloon games, period music and dancing, arts and crafts, and living history activities.
  • “The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley”: Regency romance returns to Rice Village with one of literature’s most beloved couples, Elizabeth and Fitzwilliam Darcy. In the Main Street Theatre’s annual holiday production of “The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley”, a most unwelcome visitor makes an appearance, Mr. Darcy’s nemesis and Lydia’s incorrigible husband, Mr. Wickham. Production runs from Saturday to December 18.
“The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley” presented by Main Street Theater (Main Street Theatre)
  • Sugar Land Holiday Lights: Starting Friday, more than three million lights will illuminate Constellation Field during Sugar Land’s annual Christmas lights extravaganza. See dazzling light displays, take a photo with Santa Claus, enjoy carnival rides, catch a holiday movie screening and more at this holiday festival.
  • Trains Over Texas“: On view starting Thursday, “Trains Over Texas,” the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s annual miniature show, features a detailed, replica-filled tennis-court-sized approximation of the Lone Star State of some of Texas’ most iconic landmarks, including Enchanted Rock and Pedernales Falls. The exhibit is Texas’ largest indoor O-scale model railroad. From Big Bend to the “Be Someone” sign from downtown Houston, model trains travel through the exhibit, traversing oil country salt domes, coastal Texas prairies and wetlands. he exhibit offers visitors a unique insight into the geology of Texas.Admission to the exhibit is included in the general admission price.
Trains Over Texas (Houston Museum of Natural Sciences)

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