Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
Magical Winter Lights [Through Jan. 2]
The festival will feature seven themed sections, a Holiday Market Square, photo opportunities with Santa Claus, nightly acrobatic performances, authentic arts and crafts created by Chinese artisans, amusement rides and games, live entertainment and an expanded dinosaur exhibit complete with dinosaur rides.
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 2; Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004, La Marque; www.magicalwinterlights.com
Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday [Through Jan. 7]
A skilled team of master ice carvers has charted your course for a journey through the rainforests of the world to see monkeys, birds, butterflies and other creatures. Your hosts on this journey are the leaf cutter ants carrying Christmas lights and other decorations to a magical place.
10 a.m. to 11 p.m. through Jan. 7; Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston; 800.582.4673 or www.moodygardens.com
Festival of Lights [Through Jan. 7]
As one of the largest holiday celebrations in the region, Festival of Lights has become a holiday 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 11 p.m. through Jan. 7; 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 123rd 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.; 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
‘Funny Money’ [Jan. 5-28]
A frenetically funny farce about a mild-mannered CPA who picks up the wrong briefcase – one full of money. When he decides to keep the money, his life changes and the fun starts.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 5-28; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
12th Night of Christmas [Jan. 6]
Celebrate the 12th Night of Christmas at Moody Mansion with King Cake, wassail and music in the traditional finale to the Christmas season.
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 6; Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway, Galveston; www.moodymansion.org
Galveston Symphony Orchestra [Jan. 7]
Conducted by Trond Saeverud, this ensemble of highly skilled amateur and professional musicians will perform its New Year Concert.
7 p.m. Jan. 7; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; www.galvestonsymphony.org
‘Black Coffee’ [Jan. 12-28]
Sir Claud Amory’s revolutionary new formula for a powerful explosive is stolen. Locking his house guests in the library, Sir Claud switches off the lights to allow the thief to replace the formula, no questions asked. When the lights come on, he is dead, and Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings have to unravel a tangle of family feuds, old flames and suspicious foreigners to find the killer and prevent a global catastrophe.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 12-28; Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay; 281.335.5228 or clearcreekcommunitytheatre.com
ArtWalk [Jan. 13]
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. 13; Galveston Arts Center and other galleries, 2127 Strand St., Galveston; www.galvestonartscenter.org
‘The Official Blues Brothers Revue’ [Jan. 13]
Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty return as “Jake” and “Elwood” Blues in “The Official Blues Brothers Revue.” Backed by a powerhouse band, their performance is packed with classic hits from the Blues Brothers catalog, including “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit,” “Sweet Home Chicago” and more.
8 p.m. Jan. 13; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
‘Love, Loss and What I Wore’ [Jan. 19-27]
With its intimate collection of monologues and scenes, this show uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories about matters of the heart and matters of the closet.
8 p.m. Jan. 19-20, 25-27 and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 21; Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., Galveston; 409.762.3556 or islandetc.org
Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest [Jan. 20]
The ninth 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.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 20; Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand, Galveston; www.yagaschiliquest.com
The Oak Ridge Boys [Jan. 20-21]
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 the group one of five Grammy Awards, went double-platinum and cemented The Oak Ridge Boys in country music history.
7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and 3 p.m. Jan. 21; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
‘Lucky Stiff’ [Jan. 25 to Feb. 11]
This offbeat, hilarious musical murder mystery revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6 million. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn or his uncle’s gun-toting, mob-connected ex-girlfriend.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from Jan. 25 to Feb. 11; College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City; 409.933.8345 or www.com.edu
German Cornejo’s Tango Fire [Jan. 26]
Tango master German Cornejo and his partner Gisela Galeassi are joined by World Tango Champions and dancers from one of the greatest Tango houses in Buenos Aires.
8 p.m. Jan. 26; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Mardi Gras on the Mainland [Jan. 27]
Join the Rotary Club of Texas City for the eighth annual Mardi Gras on the Mainland celebration. Festivities begin at noon with a parade traveling down Palmer Highway from 29th Street to Sixth Street. Participants in the 5K Fun Run will lead the parade. Featuring the theme “Hooray for Hollywood,” the gala begins at 7 p.m. and includes a steak and shrimp dinner, open bar, silent and live auctions and music from The Lineup. New this year is a Royal Court, which includes nominees from Galveston County Rotary Clubs. The King and Queen will be crowned at the gala. Proceeds for the gala help fund the Rotary Club’s many community and international projects.
Jan. 27, noon parade, 7 p.m. gala; Doyle Convention Center, 2010 Fifth Ave. N., Texas City; www.mardigrasmainland.com
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