The December weather has been consistently inconsistent, which is to be expected unfortunately. The upside of the fluctuations is that it at least allows for residents to come out of hibernation once a week and get some fresh air -before the polar vortex decides to rear its ugly face again and push us back into our dens. The window is presenting itself this week so you can get out there and play a game of bingo on the patio, take a lit Christmas stroll to nurture your holiday spirit and view a menorah lighting that's too beautiful to keep indoors. Keep reading for ten of our favorite events that won't cost you more then $10- and eight of them are free! Check out the Houston Press Calendar for even more things to do.
Bingo on the Porch
Ouisie's Table and Restaurant
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Free
Horizontal, vertical, diagonal, four corners even wins the game for you if you were playing loteria. The odds of winning bingo at Ouisie's are definitely in your favor. Included with your first drink order is your pad and bingo marker so that you're equipped for the best bingo showdown on this side of the loop. To add to the competitive ambiance Ouisie's will also be serving a specialty drink and light bites so that your hands do not miss a B or an I or an N or any of the winning numbers you need to shout Bingo!
Elf Movie Night
Eureka Heights Brewing Company
7 p.m. Thursday, Free
Did you ever see that one movie where Will Ferrell is obnoxiously hilarious as an immature imbecile? More specifically the one where he starts singing horribly funny? Even more specific the one where he's an elf? That's the one, Elf! This new Christmas classic will be screened and hosted this Thursday by Eureka Heights Brewing Company. B.Y.O.Food is an option, but B.Y.O.Money is also recommended since Skratch food truck will be on site serving warm favorites to go along with the Eureka brew of your choice.
A Very Wonky Christmas
White Oak Music Hall
8 p.m. Friday, $10
It's the eve before Christmas Eve and you need an idea for the date that you're not ready to introduce to the family yet. Take them out for a full DJ set from Houston Press regular Gio Chamba and a performance by Houston favorite George West. Admission is only $10 leaving plenty of room for you to splurge on your tried and true taco truck at the end of the night.
Santa's Naughty List- 30 Tap Takeover!
7 p.m. Friday, Free
Think wisely and pick your poison. You'll have 30 to choose from so your first choice doesn't need to be your only choice. IPAs, dark, light, infused, limited edition they'll all be there to take you down memory lane in case you missed some on arrival. And don't worry Uber will be in full swing so you can take advantage of every mouthwatering drop and sill make it home in one piece. Mind your manners and tip your bartender while you're there too.
Downtown Holiday Lamp Post Stroll
City of Tomball
6 to 11:50 p.m. Saturday, Free
This visit to Santa doesn't require sitting on his lap and proving you behaved all year, instead go for a walk with him through the lit and decorated lamp posts of downtown Tomball. See what this out-of-the-loop gem has hidden within while taking in the nostalgic scenes of the season and picking up a warm beverage along the way.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, $10
A British tradition brought state-side, employers thankfully gifting their employees with boxed gifts for the season. Not a far stretch from our gifting philosophy of giving to those we care about, just more specific, but definitely welcomed. After the presentation of boxed gifts visitors are welcome to stick around for the tour that includes building your own Christmas box to house your own New Years wishes. Good things come to those who wait, after a tour through the decked halls Rienzi is serving cookies and warm beverages to send you home fully delighted.
Grand Chanukah and Menorah Lighting
Market Street The Woodlands
4 p.m. Monday, Free
Chanukah is finally here, and come kick off the season with the lighting of a nine foot menorah in The Woodlands.The festivities continue with arts and crafts for the little one, entertainment by the oh-so-amazing Claude Sims, donuts and latkes and even a dreidel mascot.
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Rocksteady Mondays W/DJ Rolle
4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, Free
After you've unwrapped that new pair of dancing shoes, that you gifted for yourself, take them for a spin at The Flat. The party starts at 4 so pace yourself with the all day happy hour, there's $2 Lone Star beer to $4 mojitos. The Flat has you covered so that those mojitos don't settle into an empty stomach, order the House Special pizza. You will not regret ordering the tasty trifecta of hearty chicken, pepperoni and jalapeno.
Highlights of the MFAH
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston- Beck Building
1 to 1:45 p.m. Monday, Free
In the season of giving the Museum of Fine Arts Houston is giving us a free 45 min tour through the Beck building. No reservations or membership needed just an open ear and less than an hour of your time so learn some about some pieces that you can later parlay into table-talk.
4th Annual Katy Public Menorah Lighting
Central Green located in La Centerra
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Free
We've made it this far, so come celebrate the fifth night of Chanukah at La Centerra in Katy. It's the fourh year for this celebration in Katy, and we've got music and jelly donuts, crafts for the kiddos and more.