Magical Winter Lights [Through Jan. 8]
This year’s festival will feature six-themed sections, including Magical Wonderland, Holiday Market Square, Dinosaur Land, Mystery of the East, Man and Nature and Landmarks of the World. There will be an expanded interactive dinosaur exhibit complete with dinosaur rides, a 3-D art installation, daily acrobatic performances, authentic arts and crafts created by skilled Chinese artisans, amusement rides and games and live entertainment.
Through Jan. 8; Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004, La Marque; www.magicalwinterlights.com
Ice Land: Ice Sculptures, Caribbean Christmas [Through Jan. 8]
Guests will embark on an underwater journey from the shores of Galveston Island through the Gulf of Mexico. They’ll dive for sunken treasure and see Christmas surprises along the way. An ice slide takes the form of a towering oil rig and an opportunity to venture through the Flower Garden Banks for encounters with spectacular schools of colorful tropical fish, eagle rays, turtles, dolphins, hammerhead sharks and more.
Through Jan. 8; Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston; 800.582.4673 or www.moodygardens.com
Festival of Lights [Through Jan. 8]
As one of the largest holiday celebrations in the region, Festival of Lights has become a tradition for families and groups alike. Enjoy more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 8; Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston; 800.582.4673 or www.moodygardens.com
Grand birthday [Jan. 3]
The Grand 1894 Opera House will celebrate its 122nd birthday with an open house featuring complimentary tours of the theater, cake and refreshments.
Noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 3, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.; www.galvestonsymphony.org or www.thegrand.com
‘Let’s Murder Marsha’ [Jan. 6-29]
This comedy features a happy housewife, hopelessly addicted to reading murder mysteries, who overhears what she thinks is her loving husband’s plot to murder her.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 6-29; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
Galveston Symphony Orchestra [Jan. 8]
Trond Saeverud leads this ensemble of highly skilled amateur and professional musicians in a New Year Celebration Pops Concert.
7 p.m. Jan. 8; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.; www.galvestonsymphony.org or www.thegrand.com
‘Appointment with Death’ [Jan. 13-29]
The Clear Creek Community Theatre opens 2017 with an Agatha Christie murder mystery. A dissolute group of travelers in a Jerusalem hotel all seem to have a motive to kill the domineering invalid Mrs. Boynton. Or was she ill enough to die a natural death?
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 13-29; Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay; 281.335.5228 or clearcreekcommunitytheatre.com
ArtWalk [Jan. 14]
Stroll the streets of downtown Galveston and check out works by local artists and artisans in a wide variety of media.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 14; Galveston Arts Center and other galleries, 2127 Strand St., Galveston; www.galvestonartscenter.org
‘Wiesenthal’ [Jan. 14]
Written by and starring Tom Dugan, “Wiesenthal” is the true story of Simon Wiesenthal, who, after barely surviving multiple concentration camps during WWII, devoted the rest of his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice.
8 p.m. Jan. 14; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
The Oak Ridge Boys [Jan. 21-22]
Few country music groups have had the enduring popularity, cultural significance or crossover success of The Oak Ridge Boys. The 1981 stratospheric rise of “Elvira” to the top of the country and pop charts brought them one of five Grammy Awards, went double-platinum and cemented The Oak Ridge Boys in country music history.
7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 and 3 p.m. Jan. 22; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest [Jan. 21]
The eighth annual festival spices up downtown Galveston with a cook-off, beer fest, live music, vendors, 5K fun run, Strand merchant walk-about and various contests. There will be a Night Party before the festival on Jan. 20 at Yaga’s Café.
Night Party, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 20; festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 21; Yaga’s Café, 2324 Strand, and Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand, Galveston; www.yagaschiliquest.com
‘Lost in Yonkers’ [Jan. 26 to Feb. 12]
Two brothers are sent to live with their formidable German grandmother, their childlike aunt and their gangster uncle in Neil Simon’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning semi-autobiographical play.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 26 to Feb. 12; College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City; 409.933.8345, www.com.edu
‘Small Engine Repair’ [Jan. 27 to Feb. 4]
“Small Engine Repair” reunites three longtime buddies slouching through their 30s. This casual reunion ultimately betrays a darker purpose.
8 p.m. Jan. 27-28, Feb. 2-4; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29; Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., Galveston; 409.762.3556, islandetc.org
‘Pippin’ [Jan. 29]
Filled with high-flying acrobatics, magical feats and songs from the composer of “Wicked,” this Broadway musical follows one young man’s journey to be extraordinary.
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 29; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
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