These Santas didn't need any reindeer to make their holiday rounds.
These Santas didn't need any reindeer to make their holiday rounds.
Photo by Abrahán Garza

Ten Things to Do in Houston for $10 or Less (ALL Free) December 8-14

December is the month you're obsessed with eggnog while simultaneously jotting down your not-so-concrete resolutions list. There are plenty of affordable ways to stick to them or ditch them if you rather, without feeling that beginning of the year guilt. Regardless the goal is to enjoy the city for what it is, an all-inclusive play yard that's going to keep you in line or delightfully distracted. Keep reading for ten of our favorite events the won't cost you anything— all of them are free! Check out the Houston Press Calendar for even more things to do.

A glimpse of the Christmas market at Marche de Noel this Thursday.EXPAND
A glimpse of the Christmas market at Marche de Noel this Thursday.
Photo by Carol Streatfield

Marche de Noel Holiday in the Village
Rice Village District
4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Free
As the saying goes "if you haven't worn it in a year- get rid of it." Marche de Noel is the event that will take your up cycled clothing for those in need at this time of year. Use this event to break your clothing hoarding tendencies, that we all have, and give it to someone else to appreciate. After all, once it's taken out of rotation what follows is a replacement from your local boutique in the Rice Village District.

Morozko Movie Showing
Czech Center Museum Houston
6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Free
Want to get more cultured? Well then Houston is the city to help you, Houston has a plethora of cultures waiting to be seen. Get your dose of classic Russian cinematography at the Czech Center Museum Houston. This Friday you'll be able to catch a classic love story in an exotic European landscape. No translation needed to understand forbidden love that overcomes.

These Santas didn't need any reindeer to make their holiday rounds.
These Santas didn't need any reindeer to make their holiday rounds.
Photo by Abrahán Garza

2016 Rusty Riders Christmas Light Ride
Meetup at Market Square Park
7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Free
Although you have a preconceived idea of what is going on your 2017 resolutions list you cannot get there without going through the holidays first. With that reminder, Rusty Riders has medium to modestly prepare you for the fitness part of your resolutions tip. The annual Christmas Lights Ride is a way to become reacquainted with the city and the magic we tend to overlook. Costumes and bike decorations are encouraged to keep you feeling jolly during the magical tour as well. So remember to charge your phone and your camera for proof that all the whimsy really did exist.

Santa Claus shows us how he keeps busy until Christmas duties.EXPAND
Santa Claus shows us how he keeps busy until Christmas duties.
Photo by Mike Baxter

Christmas on Commerce
Downtown Tomball
11 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Free
This event is for the family oriented resolution to "spend more time with the kids." Santa Claus and his Tomball crew lay down the foundation for Christmas fun by offering up games, small rides, and your favorite festival foods. Saturday is meant to be a beautifully sunny crisp day so don't sleep on the opportunity to get festive for free.

The open space at Discovery Green creates a welcoming environment for all yogis attending.
The open space at Discovery Green creates a welcoming environment for all yogis attending.
Photo by Katya Horner

Hatha Yoga
Discovery Green
9 a.m Saturday, Free
Discovery Green carries out it's initiative to keep us going back for more with an agenda full of events. This time around it's giving us a free outdoor yoga class, fitting for the season of giving. Take your own mat of course, water bottle and let the Texans 6-6 record go for the week. They'll do better and you'll feel better after practicing your cat-cow in the cool morning breeze.

Mayor Sylvester Turner shows his excitement for our city to be the official host of Super Bowl LI.EXPAND
Mayor Sylvester Turner shows his excitement for our city to be the official host of Super Bowl LI.
Photo courtesy of Touchdown Tour

Touchdown Tour
Blueridge Park
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Free
Santa Claus is coming to town and so is the Touchdown Tour. This Saturday the event is planting its feet at Blueridge Park with the plan to get you in the mood for Super Bowl LI. As the tour makes its stop you'll be able to take advantage of the event's games, food and appearances. Keep yours eyes on this one because you never know what superstar will join to get you excited for the big game that's only a few months away.

Come check out the decked out boats during the 55th Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade.EXPAND
Come check out the decked out boats during the 55th Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade.


Christmas Boat Lane Parade
Clear Lake Channel through Galveston Bay

6 p.m. Saturday,  Free


What do you get when you cross

Speed 2

  (minus Texas sweetheart Sandra Bullock)+ Christmas spirit + our local Bay area? You get the 55th Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade. Dozens of boats doing their best to take holiday spirit boat side. The upside to this event is that it spans from one ed of the channel to either making spot selection that much more pleasant. Pack a blanket or two, load your thermos with hot chocolate and pop your tailgate to take in the seaside Christmas parade.

The "Virgen de Guadalupe" exhibit displays the 'Queen of Mexico' in all her colorful majesty.EXPAND
The "Virgen de Guadalupe" exhibit displays the 'Queen of Mexico' in all her colorful majesty.
Photo courtesy of Casa Ramirez

"La Virgen de Guadalupe" Exhibit and Display
Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Free
In addition to a foreign film, you can consider getting in touch with a cultural main staple of the Heights, Houston. La Virgen de Guadalupe, swing by and casually introduce yourself to the 'Queen of Mexico' as she is often referred to while she stands on display at Casa Ramirez FOLKART Gallery. The exhibit works as market of Latino goods that are held close to tradition. So if at this time of year you are gearing to make posole and menudo for your family Casa Ramirez may have just what you need to keep it authentic.

Each panel acts like a key of the life size xylophone-esque installation.
Each panel acts like a key of the life size xylophone-esque installation.
Photo by Joel Luks/CKP Group

Holiday Installation: Chime
Art Blocks at Main Street Square
Sunday, Free
Get interactive in the space that's resolved itself to be an art-filled landmine in the middle of downtown Houston. Oakland based artist Dan Gottwald brings us this life size instrument that lets you fulfill your Tom Hanks Big fantasy without a piano but a xylophone inspired installation. Each key will resonate smooth sounds so that you can create your own soundtrack for Main Street Square. Record your melody and tag Gottwald in it for proof that his installation is creating sweet music just as intended.

City Hall Farmer's Market
Herman Square at City Hall
11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Free
Farmer's Markets double as a place to get your fresh local produce that supports local farming and as the venue you exercise the Andrew Zimmern in you while browsing the fresh goods up for purchase. You'll get your choice of just squeezed juices and herbs that will inspire you to exercise your green thumb, if you have one. This event is for the die-hard that knows produce selection is about scent, texture and farming location.

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