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Are you looking to plan a vacation but need to do so on a budget? Well living in the Houston area makes it a lot easier. Try planning a Houston Staycation this time. These are little mini vacations that just involve short little drives for day trips or even over night stays. There is actually a ton of things to do and living in the greater Houston area you sometimes become blind to what all is there. It's increasingly becoming more and more expensive to have a vacation because of the increased cost in travel. A staycation makes it a lot more affordable and you can still have just as much fun. Follow along and we will help you plan your next Houston Staycation, while pointing out even more ways to save money as well! Get tips on discounts, packages, when to go, coupons, and more for your staycation in Houston.

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Amaluna at Sam Houston Race Park

2014 November 12

Experience an incredible night of high-flying acrobatics and stunning imagery that only Cirque du Soleil can do. Amaluna is a Cirqu du Soleil production of magical romance, inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The story takes you to a mysterious island where goddesses walk the land and the rhythm of life is ruled by the cycles of the moon. On this island a group of young men are shipwrecked and stranded. The daughter of Queen Prospera finds them and falls in love with one of the brave sailors. This enchanting story is told in only a way that Cirque du Soleil can tell it. If you want to see it then mark your calendar for February 12th through March 8th. All performances will be at Sam Houston Race Park. Tickets are available for select nights (and a few daytime performances) starting at $80 a piece.

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If you purchase your tickets online then be sure to check for promo codes. You should notice a promo code box at the top left of the checkout page. Just enter your coupon in the box and click apply. You should then see your discount appear in the ticket price. There are also discounts offered for students, seniors, and for those who are in the military. At last check you can save $5 off the cost of your ticket with the student, senior, or military discount. You may be asked to show your ID in order to get the special discount. Finally, be sure to check with the daily deal / coupon sites like Livingsocial where you can save as much as 50% off the cost of your ticket package for Cirque du Soleil Amaluna at Sam Houston Park.

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Ice Skating Camp for Kids: Drop 'Em While You Shop

at Ice at the Galleria Houston, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Mon, November 24
Mon, November 24
Mon, November 24
+ 9 more dates
Mon, November 24
Mon, November 24
Mon, November 24
Tue, November 25
Tue, November 25
Tue, November 25
Wed, November 26
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Fri, November 28
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FULL PRICE: $60.00 - $80.00
OFFER PRICE: $30.00 - $40.00

Holiday shopping with the kids has never been so fun and easy -- Ice at The Galleria's offering a Thanksgiving-week day camp for the young ones, ages 5 to 15, for morning, afternoon or full day sessio... [more+]

Holiday shopping with the kids has never been so fun and easy -- Ice at The Galleria's offering a Thanksgiving-week day camp for the young ones, ages 5 to 15, for morning, afternoon or full day sessions with their fun and friendly staff. The younger set will enjoy ice-skating lessons, with rentals included, along with off-rink activities like arts and crafts and scavenger hunts while you glide through your gift-giving duties. Lunch is included for full-day campers, and half-day campers can order lunch on site for an extra fee. [less-]

"A Cardboard Christmas": Heartwarming New Holiday Play

at Grace Theater, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Tue, November 25
Wed, November 26
Thu, December 04
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Tue, November 25
Wed, November 26
Thu, December 04
Fri, December 05
Thu, December 11
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Thu, December 18
Fri, December 19
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FULL PRICE: $20.00 - $40.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00 - $20.00

This world-premiere play by John Jensen offers an explanation as to the origins of some of your all-time favorite Christmas songs. It's framed around the story of a talented young boy and his struggli... [more+]

This world-premiere play by John Jensen offers an explanation as to the origins of some of your all-time favorite Christmas songs. It's framed around the story of a talented young boy and his struggling, but strong-hearted Mom. Their paths happen to cross with a harmonica-playing stranger, who's carrying some yuletide secrets along with his few belongings. So if you'd like to see something besides Scrooge this season, you and your family may enjoy this new take on holiday entertainment from Houston's own faith-based A.D. Players. [less-]

ComedySportz: Fast and Funny Improv Comedy Competition

at Holiday Inn Houston West-Energy Corridor, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Fri, November 28
Sat, November 29
Fri, December 05
FULL PRICE: $18.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $9.00

If you like "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" then you'll love ComedySportz Houston, a fun, fast-paced comedy show that's great for the whole family. See two teams battle for laughs and points as they make u... [more+]

If you like "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" then you'll love ComedySportz Houston, a fun, fast-paced comedy show that's great for the whole family. See two teams battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot with audience participation and suggestions incorporated into the act. With the help of a referee, the audience will generate suggestions for improv games and determine the winner. Fast fun and interactive, no two shows are alike. [less-]

"Dear Santa": Saint Nick Pulls Back the Curtain in This Comedy

at Theatre Suburbia, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Fri, November 28
FULL PRICE: $16.00
OFFER PRICE: $8.00

Get in the holiday spirit with "Dear Santa", a hilarious and heartfelt look at the man in the red suit. This comedy, written by Rob Frankel, consists of several short plays that showcase Santa from th... [more+]

Get in the holiday spirit with "Dear Santa", a hilarious and heartfelt look at the man in the red suit. This comedy, written by Rob Frankel, consists of several short plays that showcase Santa from the viewpoints of children at various stages of belief and disbelief. Santa and his helpers will shed light on many of the mysteries surrounding him, including why you don't get that must-have gift, how he delivers everything in one night and how his powers transcend nearly all cultural boundaries. [less-]

"Sister's Christmas Catechism": A Comedy-Mystery That Includes You

at Stages Repertory Theatre--Arena Theater, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Sat, November 29
FULL PRICE: $34.00 - $40.00
OFFER PRICE: $17.00 - $20.00

Sister is back with a holiday edition of her ever-popular catechism class, in which she tells the story of the nativity as only she can. This hilarious production tackles a mystery that has intrigued ... [more+]

Sister is back with a holiday edition of her ever-popular catechism class, in which she tells the story of the nativity as only she can. This hilarious production tackles a mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages: On the night of that famous holy birth, whatever happened to the Magi's gold? With forensic tools in hand -- and plenty of audience participation -- Sister hunts over the manger and under a camel hump for answers, and along the way, she offers a history lesson on the origin of nativity sets, provides line-by-line analysis of favorite Christmas carols and creates a living nativity unlike any you've ever seen. [less-]

DJ Collective 3BallMTY: Cutting-Edge Mexican EDM

at House of Blues, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Mon, December 01
FULL PRICE: $22.00
OFFER PRICE: $11.00

Three teenage DJs from Mexico joined forces to turn the Latino electronic music world on its ear, and now 3BallMTY (pronounced "Tribal Monterrey") are taking the U.S. by storm with this headlining tou... [more+]

Three teenage DJs from Mexico joined forces to turn the Latino electronic music world on its ear, and now 3BallMTY (pronounced "Tribal Monterrey") are taking the U.S. by storm with this headlining tour. The trio's done remix projects for Shakira and Paulina Rubio, and their own debut album, "Try", went platinum in the U.S. This show is set to feature songs from that record, plus the new CD, "Global", along with original mixes of today's hottest Latin music. Combining traditional Mexican cumbia rhythms with searing techno beats and melodies, 3BallMTY's brand of guarachero won them a Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2012. Bilingual hip-hop group Los Rakas opens this show. [less-]

Author Eric Liu Discusses Work "A Chinaman's Chance"

at Asia Society Texas Center, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Tue, December 02
FULL PRICE: $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

Former presidential speechwriter Eric Liu traces his family's history, culture and future in a presentation based on his acclaimed book "A Chinaman's Chance". The work discusses how, in many ways, Chi... [more+]

Former presidential speechwriter Eric Liu traces his family's history, culture and future in a presentation based on his acclaimed book "A Chinaman's Chance". The work discusses how, in many ways, Chinese-Americans are exemplars of the American Dream, but lost in that narrative is the erosion of that dream and the anxiety generated by China's rise as a world power. Award-winning author Claudia Kolker hosts this program as Liu explores identity, nationalism and more, in a playful and provocative manner. After the program, Liu will sign books and interact with guests. [less-]

Country Singer Jerrod Niemann ("Lover, Lover" and "Drink to That All Night")

at House of Blues, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Thu, December 04
FULL PRICE: $26.00
OFFER PRICE: COMP - $13.00

After a decade-long career as a successful songwriter, selling hits to artists like Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton, country singer Jerrod Niemann's own career took off in 2010 with the release of his ... [more+]

After a decade-long career as a successful songwriter, selling hits to artists like Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton, country singer Jerrod Niemann's own career took off in 2010 with the release of his album, "Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury". Since then, his albums "Free the Music" (2012) and "High Noon" (2014) have produced a combined six Top 40 entries on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, including the number one singles "Lover, Lover" (a cover of Sonia Dada's "You Don't Treat Me No Good") and, most recently, "Drink to That All Night." He hits the House of Blues with opening act Chris Lane. [less-]

"Ho Ho Humbug": A Grouch Becomes a Macy's Santa in New Comedy

at Studio 101, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Thu, December 04
Fri, December 05
Sat, December 06
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Thu, December 04
Fri, December 05
Sat, December 06
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FULL PRICE: $25.00
OFFER PRICE: $12.50

New York's biggest cynic finds himself in the unlikely job of department store Santa in the new comedy "Ho Ho Humbug". This semi-autobiographical tale follows a disillusioned, middle-aged New Yorker w... [more+]

New York's biggest cynic finds himself in the unlikely job of department store Santa in the new comedy "Ho Ho Humbug". This semi-autobiographical tale follows a disillusioned, middle-aged New Yorker who's humiliated when he has to don a red velvet costume and phony beard while holding crying babies amidst a cheesy North Pole backdrop. Is this sardonic Santa capable of suppressing his contempt for the season long enough to collect a paycheck? Or could Macy's Santaland actually make a believer out of him? "Ho Ho Humbug" stars and was written by Scott Burkell (Broadway's "Titanic"), and might just become the next holiday tradition. [less-]

Holiday Songs, Comedy & The Beatles: "The White Christmas Album 3"

at The Music Box Theater, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 05
Sat, December 06
Sun, December 07
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Fri, December 05
Sat, December 06
Sun, December 07
Fri, December 12
Sun, December 14
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FULL PRICE: $27.00
OFFER PRICE: $13.50

"White Christmas" meets the White Album in what's quickly becoming a holiday tradition at The Music Box Theater. Back for an all-new go-around, "The White Christmas Album 3: The Treequel" is a festive... [more+]

"White Christmas" meets the White Album in what's quickly becoming a holiday tradition at The Music Box Theater. Back for an all-new go-around, "The White Christmas Album 3: The Treequel" is a festive production filled with a few of your favorite things, including classic Christmas tunes, fun comedy sketches and the music of the Beatles. A group of five singers will perform music by the Fab Four along with all the nostalgic holiday songs you love in this fun and entertaining show. [less-]

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

at The Grand, Galveston Island
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 05
FULL PRICE: $35.00
OFFER PRICE: $17.50

Scrooge and the gang are back in a new production of the seasonal classic. The grumpy old miser finds a second chance to become a kind and generous human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit... [more+]

Scrooge and the gang are back in a new production of the seasonal classic. The grumpy old miser finds a second chance to become a kind and generous human being through the aid of four ghosts who visit him in turn one Christmas Eve, each teaching him valuable lessons. This tale of redemption and forgiveness captures the true spirit and magic of the holiday for the whole family, and features veteran actors, top production values, traditional carols and more. [less-]

"A Christmas Carol" Goes Steampunk

at Stage Door Inc., Pasadena
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 05
Sat, December 06
Sun, December 07
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Fri, December 05
Sat, December 06
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Fri, December 12
Sun, December 14
Sat, December 20
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FULL PRICE: $15.00
OFFER PRICE: $7.50

"God bless us, every one!" Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim are getting a steampunk makeover for Stage Door Inc.'s production of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol". Join curmudgeonly Scroo... [more+]

"God bless us, every one!" Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim are getting a steampunk makeover for Stage Door Inc.'s production of Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol". Join curmudgeonly Scrooge as he's visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future in this delightful story of redemption, second chances and the true meaning of Christmas. No one will be bah-humbugging this unique spin on "A Christmas Carol" with its quirky steampunk costumes and sets mixed with the ultimate feel-good holiday tale. [less-]

"The 12 Divas of Christmas": All-Female Holiday Concert

at The Kaleidoscope, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 05
Sat, December 06
Sat, December 06
FULL PRICE: $35.00
OFFER PRICE: $17.50

Scratch partridges in pear trees. This year give your true love (not to mention yourself) tickets to "The 12 Divas of Christmas", Bayou City Theatrics' rocking holiday extravaganza featuring a dozen f... [more+]

Scratch partridges in pear trees. This year give your true love (not to mention yourself) tickets to "The 12 Divas of Christmas", Bayou City Theatrics' rocking holiday extravaganza featuring a dozen female vocalists and a stellar live band. Experience Houston's finest singers performing not only holiday favorites like "White Christmas," "You're a Mean One, Mister Grinch," and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" but chart-toppers from the likes of Aretha, Beyoncé, Celine, Mariah and many more. Start the season on a high note with this crowd-pleasing concert, complete with stunning visuals, dancing, live music and more than a sprinkle of holiday humor. [less-]

Claudia Acuña: Chilean Jazz Singer-Songwriter

at Wortham Theater Center - Cullen Theater, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 06
FULL PRICE: $37.50 - $67.50
OFFER PRICE: $9.37 - $33.75

Latin jazz star Claudia Acuña took a big leap of faith when she moved from her native Chile to New York in 1995, but her talent quickly landed her a spot on the city's legendary club scene. Appearanc... [more+]

Latin jazz star Claudia Acuña took a big leap of faith when she moved from her native Chile to New York in 1995, but her talent quickly landed her a spot on the city's legendary club scene. Appearances at famed nightspots like the Blue Note led to recording and touring gigs with greats like George Benson, Billy Childs, Pablo Ziegler and Arturo O'Farrill. She recorded several solo albums for Verve before moving to Branford Marsalis' label, for her latest disc "En Este Momento". [less-]

The Bar-Kays ("Soul Finger") & Lakeside ("Fantastic Voyage")

at Arena Theatre, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 06
FULL PRICE: $50.00
OFFER PRICE: $25.00

Experience an evening of epic old-school jams in the round with funk, R&B and soul favorites The Bar-Kays and Lakeside. For more than 50 years, the Memphis-based Bar-Kays have been touring and recordi... [more+]

Experience an evening of epic old-school jams in the round with funk, R&B and soul favorites The Bar-Kays and Lakeside. For more than 50 years, the Memphis-based Bar-Kays have been touring and recording, releasing more than 20 Top 10 singles and albums including "Soul Finger," "Son of Shaft," "Holy Ghost" and more. They've recently performed at the White House, for the troops overseas and around the country on their "Masters of Funk" tour. Lakeside had their own string of hits in the late '70s and '80s, including their smash single and album "Fantastic Voyage", along with "It's All the Way Live," "Raid" and "Outrageous." [less-]

Bayou City Chorale Holiday Concert: 100 Voices in Harmony

at Heinen Theatre, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 06
Sun, December 07
FULL PRICE: $20.00 - $40.00
OFFER PRICE: $10.00 - $20.00

Celebrate the holidays with the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston and the Bayou City Women's Chorus in a fun-filled evening of holiday favorites, breathtaking classics and outrageous surprises. Collectively... [more+]

Celebrate the holidays with the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston and the Bayou City Women's Chorus in a fun-filled evening of holiday favorites, breathtaking classics and outrageous surprises. Collectively known as the Bayou City Chorale, this chorus of over 100 voices is sure to put you in a joyful mood and make your spirit shine. Founded as the Montrose Singers in 1978, the Gay Men's Chorus of Houston is one of the oldest and most successful GALA choruses in the country. Teaming with the Bayou City Women's Chorus, this joint ensemble is also one of the country's most inclusive, with members of all ages, races and sexual orientations. This welcoming spirit informs every performance, which makes for the perfect holiday celebration. [less-]

Cristian Castro: Catch the Grammy-Nominated Mexican Pop Star in Concert

at Arena Theatre, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 13
FULL PRICE: $62.00
OFFER PRICE: $32.00

International, Grammy Award-nominated pop superstar Cristian Castro comes to the Arena Theatre for a hit-filled concert. One of the best-selling Latin artists in the world, Castro is set to entertain ... [more+]

International, Grammy Award-nominated pop superstar Cristian Castro comes to the Arena Theatre for a hit-filled concert. One of the best-selling Latin artists in the world, Castro is set to entertain audiences with songs from his latest album, "Mi Amigo El Príncipe", as well as a repertoire of his best-loved hits. Known for powerful, emotionally charged singing, Castro's 2009 album, "Viva el Príncipe", received a Grammy nod, topped the Latin music charts for seven consecutive weeks in the U.S. and broke records with 15 weeks at the No. 1 spot in Mexico. [less-]

"Chris-ma-hanu-kwanzika": Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa With The Mosaic Hub

at Ovations Night Club, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 13
FULL PRICE: $30.00
OFFER PRICE: $15.00

The word "Chris-ma-hanu-kwanzika" is a bigger holiday mouthful than a bag of roasted chestnuts, but this could be your kind of party if you've ever found yourself wishing you could celebrate more than... [more+]

The word "Chris-ma-hanu-kwanzika" is a bigger holiday mouthful than a bag of roasted chestnuts, but this could be your kind of party if you've ever found yourself wishing you could celebrate more than one culture's holiday traditions. The variety show from The Mosaic Hub features music, dance, improv, theater and storytelling. That's a lot of options in terms of live performance, which is fitting for a celebration of such varied traditions. Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa might never have fit so well together. [less-]

Magician Ivan Amodei's "Intimate Illusions"

at The Four Seasons Hotel Houston, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Fri, December 26
Fri, December 26
Sat, December 27
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Fri, December 26
Fri, December 26
Sat, December 27
Sat, December 27
Sat, December 27
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FULL PRICE: $65.00
OFFER PRICE: $32.50

Master magician Ivan Amodei's intimate, 90-minute salon performance cleverly combines world-class sleight-of-hand and amazing illusions with razor-sharp wit, audience participation and live musical ac... [more+]

Master magician Ivan Amodei's intimate, 90-minute salon performance cleverly combines world-class sleight-of-hand and amazing illusions with razor-sharp wit, audience participation and live musical accompaniment by a talented concert cellist. Treat yourself to an after-Christmas gift and witness Amodei manipulating time, discovering a spectator's destiny, controlling a random audience member's fate and even performing a Houdini-like escape. The "Los Angeles Times" named "Intimate Illusions" a Top Pick, and the show's played to acclaim in D.C., Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, San Francisco and at its home base in Beverly Hills. [less-]

"Mannheim Steamroller Christmas" by Chip Davis

at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Houston
OFFER DATES:
Sat, December 27
FULL PRICE: $41.00 - $66.00
OFFER PRICE: $23.50 - $44.50

The worldwide entertainment phenomenon known as Mannheim Steamroller pulls into Jones Hall for its always-special live holiday extravaganza. Grammy Award-winning producer and composer Chip Davis is th... [more+]

The worldwide entertainment phenomenon known as Mannheim Steamroller pulls into Jones Hall for its always-special live holiday extravaganza. Grammy Award-winning producer and composer Chip Davis is the mastermind behind the acclaimed Renaissance rock band combo that released a runaway hit Yuletide album in 1984. It soon became the biggest-selling Christmas act in history, selling close to 40 million records. Davis himself directs and co-produces the concert, which features Mannheim Steamroller's signature acoustic-electronic seasonal hits performed live, accompanied by impressive multimedia effects. This year's tour marks the 30th anniversary of the album and will kick off Davis' new album, "30/40", filled with Christmas favorites and recordings from Davis' daughter Elyse. [less-]