This first weekend in December brings holiday events in full swing. Taste and see a traditional Czech Christmas at a holiday market in the Museum District. Then, take a break from seasonal fun, and explore some of the best contemporary crafts in the state.
In the evening, watch a world premiere from an emerging new playwright who takes us back to adolescent life in the suburbs in the 1990s. And if you're on a tight budget because of all the gift-giving, we have one free event and one pay-what-you-can event.
Whatever you do for fun, make METRO part of your plans. We'll take you where you want to go, while you sit back, relax and text to your heart's content. Use our Google-powered Trip Planner to get the specific route from your starting point.
Event: Czech Christmas Market with St. Nicholas. Experience a Central European Christmas at the Czech Center Museum Houston with food trucks, Christmas activity booths, Christmas music and a special visit from St. Nicholas. Discover Czech Christmas traditions – from blown-glass ornaments to Czech vanilla crescent cookies – a sweet, nutty treat. The kids can get their photo taken with St. Nicholas – and this one does not look like the mall Santa. Select unusual gifts from the museum's Prague international gift shop.
When: Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m. Free for kids under age 13; $5 for kids 13+ and adults.
Where: Czech Center Museum Houston, 4920 San Jacinto St.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Wheeler Station
Bus: 5 Southmore - exit Fannin & Rosedale; 65 Bissonnet – exit Main & Arbor; 25 Richmond – exit Wheeler Station; 152 Harwin Express, 153 Harwin Express – exit Wheeler Station.
Event: CraftTexas 2018. This tenth in a series of biennial juried exhibitions highlights the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. The show features 50 works by 36 artists and includes sculpture, jewelry, and furniture – all with a focus on cutting-edge works.
When: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. (through Jan. 6)
Where: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Wheeler Station.
Bus: 65 Bissonnet – exit Main and Arbor; 5 Southmore – exit Fannin & Rosedale; 25 Richmond – exit Wheeler Station; 153 Harwin Express – exit Wheeler Station; 56 Airline/Montrose – exit Montrose.
Event: "First Suburb." This play follows five adolescents' lives in a planned community in the 1990s when their quiet suburb is violently interrupted. It's a subversive, mischievous and somewhat familiar look back at childhood by Chana Porter, an emerging playwright, education activist, writer-in-residence and McDowell Fellow.
When: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Pay-what-you-can, although $40 is suggested price.
Where: MATCH - Catastrophic Theatre, 3400 Main St.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Ensemble/HCC Station.
Bus: 9 Gulfton/Holman – exit Holman & Main; 82 Westheimer – exit Milam & Elgin.
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