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Here are the top 7 things to do in Houston this weekend

Here are the top 7 things to do in Houston this weekend

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve at Toyota Center. Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Facebook
Houston, Childrens Museum, Christmas Santa, December 2017
Bring your list and snap a selfie with Santa at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Courtesy photo
Houston, Kolache Saturday at Revival Market, December 2017
Load up on kolaches at Revival Market in the Heights. Photo by Carla Gomez
Robby Bennett
Illusionist Robby Bennett heads to Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston. Photo by Daniel Paniagua
Queensbury Theatre presents Striking 12
Head to Queensbury Theatre for a performance of Striking 12. Photo courtesy of Queensbury Theatre
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Houston, Childrens Museum, Christmas Santa, December 2017
Houston, Kolache Saturday at Revival Market, December 2017
Robby Bennett
Queensbury Theatre presents Striking 12

The holiday weekend is finally here, and we've rounded up a guide to the best seven things to do in Houston. From a festive tour of holiday lights, to a mesmerizing magic show, your weekend starts here:

For more options, check out the full CultureMap Events Calendar.

Music to our ears
Thursday, December 21

Critically-acclaimed and multi-platinum progressive rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents The Ghosts of Christmas Eve at Toyota Center. Expect to hear songs from "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" to "O Come All Ye Faithful." (3:30 pm, and again at 8 pm; tickets: $48.50 to $77.50 per person)
1510 Polk St.; 713-758-7200

Raise the curtain
Thursday, December 21-Saturday, December 23

Head to Queensbury Theatre for a performance of Striking 12, the contemporary retelling of The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen. The tale unfolds through a pop/rock/jazz score by GrooveLily band. (various times; tickets: $22 to $47 per person)
12777 Queensbury Ln.; 713-467-4497

A trip that's so lit
Thursday, December 21-Sunday, December 24

Board the Houston Wave at Market Square Park and ride along for a tour of several Christmas light displays around town including winter wonderlands in Woodland Heights, downtown, and River Oaks. A portion of every ticket goes to Buffalo Bayou Partnership. (6:30 pm; tickets: $35 per person)
301 Milam St.; 713-863-9283

An Angelina flick
Friday, December 22
Helmed by executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award-nominated, The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, is The Breadwinners, an animated feature based on Deborah Ellis' bestselling novel. Catch a screening at nonprofit art-house theater, 14 Pews. (7 pm; tickets: $11 per person)800 Aurora St.; 281-888-9677

Rise and dine
Saturday, December 23

Revival Market in the Heights hosts a kolache pop-up, with flavors including spiced apple and ricotta, apricot and cream cheese, and chicken sausage. (8 am — sold out; tickets: free entry, kolaches are $2.50 each)
550 Heights Blvd.; 713-880-8463

It's all an illusion 
Saturday, December 23

Illusionist Robby Bennett takes to the stage at Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston for a magical presentation of Winter Wonders: The Magic Of Robby Bennett. (3 pm, 6:30 pm, and 9 pm; tickets: $25 to $35 per person)
3400 Main St.; 713-521-4533

Saint Nick
Sunday, December 24

Bring your list and snap a selfie with Kris Kringle at Children’s Museum of Houston's "Cookies with Santa." The fun-filled event also boasts cookie decorating, make-your-own reindeer masks and jingle bell bracelets, zip line sleighs, and more. (11 am to 3 pm; tickets: Museum entry is $12 per person)
1500 Binz; 713-522-1138

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