Holidays in Houston During a Pandemic

It’s December, and instead of endless holiday parties and festive celebrations, this year 2020 has a different idea for us. What’s new? I decided to venture out and find some fun things to do this month to get that celebratory bug out of my system. Here is a list of winter wonderland activities and exciting things to do this month, whether that be with a friend or your family, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

The Best Christmas Bar In Texas

Sorry kiddos, you’ve got to be 21 for this one, but what a way to celebrate! For my Houston locals I am sure you’ve heard about the best little Christmas Bar around, Johnny’s Goldbrick. During the year this bar is just your regular spot for yummy cocktails, but Thanksgiving through Christmas it is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with Christmas drinks like spiced mulled wine served in Santa mugs, a Christmas playlist, and lights galore. This is a spot that I will visit multiple times this month! Reservations are required, so make sure you book your time in advance online.

Hoo-ville

Looking for something the whole family can enjoy? This year Hoo-ville has landed in the Houston Theatre District. This interactive photo experience features multiple scenes, including a Hoo-ville bakery, pictures with Santa, and even the Grinch’s lair where you can snap a picture with the Grinch himself. Each ticket purchased comes with free hot cocoa, and there are also several Grinch themed treats available including green ice cream, green ice cream cones, and Hoo-ville sundaes. For the adults, you will also find a bar with Christmas themed cocktails or your usual poison, whether that be a vodka tonic or a whiskey on the rocks.

A british Pub

Perhaps my favorite on this list and the most understated is the infamous Montrose British Pub on Shepard, The Red Lion. This classic pub is elegantly decorated for the Christmas season and I found myself transported to a cozy ski lodge in Aspen or that warm little Irish spot I loved so much in Galway. A crackling fire, twinkling lights, garland, and Christmas tunes make this spot perfect for a night of fun and conversation with friends or even a cute date night with your bae. Don’t forget to order a signature British dish, and rest assured you are ordering the best in town, at least that’s what Guy Fieri thought when he visited for an episode of Diners Drive-ins and Dives!

Brunch Like Never Before

Houstonians know how to Sunday brunch, but The Brass Tap is taking this weekend activity to a whole new level with their exclusive Brunch boards. That’s right, it is exactly what you think, charcuterie but brunch food. Mini pancake stakes, fruit, bacon, sausage, croissants, churro balls, french toast sticks, eggs, and all the jams and spreads. Limited boards are made on Saturdays and Sundays so make sure you reserve your board in advance. You can choose from the small or large size, but be warned, the small can easily feed 4-5 people and is sold for a killer deal of just $50.00. While you are there order a mimosa flight or my favorite, a Brass Tap michelada to complete your meal.

A World of Color

Last on my list of things to do this month is a visit to the Color Factory! If you haven’t been I highly recommend this experience. Visit a maze of rooms full of color, lights, confetti, balloons, and even a ball pit as you snap pictures, color on walls, smell, taste, draw, and observe. This experience is fun for all ages and will not leave you disappointed. Tickets are available online. With everything this season, masks are required, so make sure to buy a cute one for all of your fun pics!

Don’t forget about all the Houston classic holiday treats like Zoo Lights, ice skating at Discovery Green, and driving through River Oaks to view the beautifully decorated homes! Just because this year is a bit strange doesn’t mean you can’t get into the spirit of the holidays and allow yourself to have a bit of fun! xxx

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