December 2018 Calendar
DECEMBER 1, 15, 22 and 29: AIA Houston Tours, 10 a.m.
Bike your way through the Third Ward to view historic properties by architects John Chase and Caudill Rowlett Scott; walk through the Museum District to view structures by Mies van der Rohe, Gunnar Birkerts, Isamu Noguchi and Yoshio Taniguchi; experience the social and architectural history of Montrose, including the Fondren Mansion (now La Colombe d’Or); and explore the timeless design in the quads, courts and axes of Rice University.
HCC Central Campus, 1300 Holman (December 1); MFAH Cullen Sculpture Garden, Montrose and Bissonnet (December 15); Menil Collection Bookstore, 1520 Sul Ross (December 22); Rice University Lovett Hall, 6100 Main (December 29), 713-520-0155, www.aiahouston.org
DECEMBER 7-8: Christmas Home Tour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Explore the lavishly decorated homes in Fort Bend County by day or candlelight, and know that your support helps Child Advocates of Fort Bend better serve children who have been abused or neglected.
281-344-5100, Fort Bend County, www.cafb.org/events/home-tour
DECEMBER 8: Annual Candlelight Tour, 5-9 p.m.
Travel back in time with The Heritage Society’s festively decorated historic buildings at Sam Houston Park, including the 1874 Kellum-Noble House, the oldest surviving building constructed in Houston.
The Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby, 713-655-1912, www.heritagesociety.org/annual-candlelight-tour
DECEMBER 9: 2018 MacGregor Area Christmas Tour of Homes, 1-5 p.m.
Blue Triangle Garden Club opens the doors of architecturally significant homes in Riverside Terrace, Timbercrest, University Oaks and Third Ward neighborhoods; this year’s theme is Dreaming of Christmas.
MacGregor area near University of Houston and Texas Southern University, 713-927-6468,
DECEMBER 1, 8, 15 AND 22: Winter Flea by Night presented by Green Mountain Energy®, 6-10 p.m.
Discovery Green’s popular night market ramps up during the holiday season, with Saturday night shopping from local artisans, vintage items, antiques and artful kitsch.
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, 713-400-7336, www.discoverygreen.com
DECEMBER 8: 10th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Architects, design professionals and decorating enthusiasts go head to head creating edible gingerbread structures and competing for the coveted Grand Prix de Show as well as other categories.
Hermann Square at City Hall, 901 Smith, 713-520-0155, www.aiahouston.org
DECEMBER 15: Heights Mercantile Holiday Market, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Finish up that holiday shopping during this one day event with pop-ups on the promenade.
Heights Mercantile, 711 Heights, 713-783-4444, www.heightsmercantile.com
OUT OF TOWN
DECEMBER 7-8: Christmas on the Brazos, 4:30-8 p.m.
Come out to where Texas became Texas to enjoy the annual Candlelight Christmas at Barrington Living History Farm, with costumed interpreters, dancing, carolers and hands-on crafts in the museum.
Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site, 23400 Park Road 12, Washington, 936-878-2214, www.wheretexasbecametexas.org/events/christmas-on-the-brazos-3
DECEMBER 7-9: Tomball German Christmas Market, 6-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Shop for German food (strudel, pierogi, pretzels and schnitzels) plus Christmas items and handcrafted goods. Enjoy performances by the Keine Kunst German Folk Dance Troupe, the Mädel Jäger Band and Das Ist Lustig.
Old Town Tomball, 201 South Elm, Tomball, www.tomballgermanfest.org
DECEMBER 8: Holiday Homes Tour, noon-5 p.m.
Step across the threshold into Bastrop’s remarkable past and into some of its most beautiful homes.
Bastrop County Historical Society, 904 Main, Bastrop, 512-303-0057, bastropcountyhistoricalsociety.com/holiday-homes-tour, www.lostpineschristmas.com
December 8-9 and 15-16: Christmas Market Days and Cowboy Christmas Market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
The historic town of Boerne takes on a festive air during the holidays with two weekends of holiday markets. Browse for gifts and visit the downtown boutiques, galleries and restaurants.
Main Plaza, Boerne, 210-844-8193, www.boernemarketdays.com
DECEMBER 8-9: Holiday Madness Market, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This shopping extravaganza features pop-up shops, food, games and gifts galore.
Humble Market, 2803 FM 1960 East, Humble, 936-714-5346, www.almostforgottenvintage.com
TRAINS, BIG AND SMALL
THROUGH DECEMBER 27: The Polar Express™ Train Ride, times vary
Houstonians have to car ride before they can train ride, but The Polar Express is so worth it. Put on your pajamas, depart from the Palestine train depot and relive the magic tale from the classic children’s book, The Polar Express. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and storytime.
Texas State Railroad, 789 Park Road 70, Palestine, 855-632-7729, www.texasstaterailroad.net/
THROUGH JANUARY 6: Trains Over Texas, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
View this “O” scale model railroad as large as a tennis court, with landmarks from Enchanted Rock, Pedernales Falls, The Balcones Escarpment, Big Bend National Park, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio. Stop over to see the twinkling lights and rice paper butterflies at the Cockrell Butterfly Center.
Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park, 713-639-4629, www.hmns.org/exhibits/upcoming-exhibitions/trains-over-texas
THROUGH JANUARY 6: Ride the Holiday Train, 5 p.m.
The popular Hermann Park train gets spruced up for the holidays with garland and colorful lights that glow after dark. Train hours are extended during the holidays.
Hermann Park, Kinder Station, 6102 Hermann Park Drive, www.hermannpark.org/calendar/ride-the-holiday-train-1
DECEMBER 14-JANUARY 5: Christmas Village at Bayou Bend, 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 5:30-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
There is no better time of year to tour Ima Hogg’s historic mansion than during Christmas, when the 14-acre estate is turned into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights, live actors, theatrical effects, a cotton snowball toss and sledding on a faux-snow slope.
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial, 713-639-7750, www.mfah.org/christmasvillage
DECEMBER 15: Santa Train, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Santa Train rolls into the depot at noon. Take your photo with Santa, tell him what you want for Christmas, and then hop aboard the Harborside Express for rides.
Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Place, Galveston, 409-765-5700, www.galvestonrrmuseum.com/museum-events
ONGOING: TrainTopia, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays
Steve Sanders was an avid collector of trains. When he and his family moved from Corsicana to Dallas he built a new wing on the second floor to accommodate his passion. After his death his wife donated the set to the Museum of the American Railroad, where it continues to thrill visitors.
Frisco Discovery Center, 8004 North Dallas Parkway, Frisco, 214-428-0101, www.historictrains.org