Things To Do New Year’s Weekend in Houston – December 31, 2020-January 3, 2021



McGovern Lake | Photo courtesy of Hermann Park Conservancy

Find the perfect things to do in Houston through New Year’s Weekend with our Houston New Year’s Weekend Guide for New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021.

Send off 2020 while ushering in the New Year at one of many end-of-year events happening around Houston and online; start the New Year with a tasty hangover-cure brunch or an early morning meditation; shop from area Black-owned businesses during an evening market; see the Texans finish their NFL season at NRG Stadium and more.

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Things to Do All New Year’s Weekend

  • Sober Rides Home: Free $10 Lyft Credits on New Year’s Eve | Thursday & Friday | FREE – Safely navigate New Year’s Eve with a $10 credit on Lyft for Harris County residents who sign up or snap a photo of the QR code to receive a discount code the week of New Year’s Eve. Registration is required to get the $10 discount code, which will be sent by email on the week of New Year’s Eve. The offer is limited to the first 3,000 requests.
  • No DWI – Free Sober Rides on New Year’s Eve from 5pm to 10am | Thursday & Friday | FREE – Plan a safe New Year’s evening by making the right choice to take a taxi or ride-sharing service to get home if you’ve been drinking. Courtesy of Sutliff & Stout, if you pay for your safe travels up front, the law firm will reimburse you via PayPal. The offer is valid from 5pm on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2020, through 10am on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2021.
  • Holiday in the Gardens at Moody Gardens | Through Saturday – Brighten up your holiday season in Galveston at Holiday in the Gardens, featuring Festival of Lights, a mile-long trail of more than one million lights and illuminated scenes with views of Galveston Bay. For 2020, visitors can also embark on the Arctic Slide, take a holiday train ride, catch a 4-D theater presentation of the classic Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer television special, enjoy robust holiday meals, and more. Tickets start at $14. 6pm to 10pm each day.
  • Space Age Christmas Trees: World’s Biggest Mega-Show at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum | Saturday & Sunday – The annual dazzling holiday display returns to the Museum, featuring more than 100 vintage aluminum Christmas trees, an interactive Mid-Century Modern Holiday Pad and more. $10; $4 for ages 3 to 12; free for ages 2 and under. Times vary.
  • Comic DeRay Davis at Houston Improv | Daily – Fall out of your chair laughing when comedian and Chicago son DeRay Davis, best known for his role in Empire, hits the Houston Improv for six socially distanced comedy shows. Shows include a special NYE Countdown Show on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 10:30pm. $120 for two people; $240 for four people; $360 for six people. Preferred tables range from $140 to $280, based on the number of people. Showtimes vary.
  • Seismique Interactive Art Museum | Daily – Wander into a tech-fueled, interactive, intergalactic-inspired art exhibition with 40 exhibits from national and local artists. Starts at $35; $28 for ages 12 and under. Times vary, closed Tuesdays.
  • Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Sweets Virtual Film | Daily – The H-Town holiday tradition continues with a digital film celebrating all things Nutcracker, including an abridged version of Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker from the ballet archives and fun new works set to popular Christmas carols. The program can be purchased and viewed anytime through Friday, January 8, 2021. $35.
  • Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru at Pasadena Convention Center & Fairgrounds | Daily – Roll through a prehistoric time warp for the last weekend in Pasadena while getting up close with 80 life-sized dinos from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle—including a 40-foot T-Rex, a 30-foot Brachiosaurus, a Triceratops and more. Tickets are $49 per vehicle for up to 8 people and must be purchased in advance. 9am to 8pm daily.
  • Zoo Lights at Houston Zoo | Daily – Stroll through the Houston Zoo with hot chocolate in hand while you admire glimmering displays of more than two million Christmas lights at this annual must-see attraction. $12.95 to $25.65; free for ages 1 and under. Tickets cannot be purchased in person and must be purchased online in advance. 5:30pm to 10:30pm daily; last entry 9:30pm.
  • Galaxy Lights at Space Center Houston | Daily– The most interactive and technologically advanced light display in Texas returns to the Space Center Houston campus with outdoor wonders, space-themed light installations, and a look at some real interstellar history that should captivate all ages. 6pm to 10pm.

New Year’s Eve, Thursday, December 31, 2020

New Year’s Day, Friday, January 1, 2021

Things to Do on Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3, 2021.

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Cody Swann

Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn’t recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.