With brightly wrapped gifts under the tree, and the kids out of school, you may be looking for special ways to create memories during this holiday season. Start a tradition with the majestic music of Handel's Messiah. Want something a little lighter for the kids? Go see a play where an American teen-ager finds Christmas magic in London.
Or, take a break from seasonal activity, and check out an amazing interactive art installation produced by Cocolab, a Mexican digital art studio. It's free if you've already blown your budget this month.
Wherever you go to have fun, take METRO. It's one of the best bargains in town at only $1.25 for local buses and trains. Seniors and students ride half price, and children five and under are free. Use our Google-powered Trip Planner to find the exact bus or train from your starting point.
Event: Handel's Messiah. Experience Handel's glorious music, telling the greatest story ever told as the Houston Symphony, guests soloists and chorus fill Jones Hall with joyous refrains, including the powerful "Hallelujah" chorus.
When: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Theater District Station
Bus: 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 85 Antoine/Washington; 44 Acres Homes, 30 Clinton/Ella, 82 Westheimer; 102 Bush IAH Express, 32 Renwick/San Felipe
Event: Gust. This interactive art installation displays 1,600 handmade pinwheels to depict wind patterns, engulfing the Brown Promenade with vibrant color and subtle motion. This art project was conceived, designed and produced by Cocolab, a Mexico City-based studio of digital artists. Free.
When: Daily through March 21.
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St.
METRORail: Green and Purple Lines – exit Convention District Station
Bus: 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk
Event: The Christmas Revels. An American teen experiences the history lesson of a lifetime by the ghosts of the Tower of London. Gorgeous music, energetic dancing, the Lord of the Dance, the Abotts Bromley Horn Dance and a Mummers' Play all result in a "magickal" Christmas Revels.
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Where: MATCH Theater, 3400 Main St.
METRORail: Red Line – exit Ensemble/HCC Station
Bus: 9 Gulfton/Holman – exit Holman & Main; 82 Westheimer – exit Milam & Elgin
*Routes suggested by Customer Service; individual needs may vary.
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