Holidays in Houston

In such a large city like Houston, there is almost an endless amount of events and things to do to celebrate the holiday season. Below are just a few ideas of activities you can do with family, friends, and loved ones during the holiday month!


Go See a Show/Play

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas
Nov. 20 – Dec. 28 
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas returns this year with a re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story that follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve.

Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Nov. 27 – Dec. 27
Set in nineteenth century Germany, the ballet opens at a charming Christmas party at which the mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer gives his little niece Clara a magical toy that takes her on an unforgettable journey.

A Christmas Story
Dec. 8 – 20
In this clever musical adaptation of the 1983 film comedy, we follow the childhood dreams and schemes of little Ralphie, whose heart is set on getting one thing and one thing only for Christmas: the official Red Ryder rifle.


Attend a Holiday Festival

Festival of Lights
Nov. 14 – Jan. 10
The Gulf Coast’s largest holiday lighting event features a 100-foot slide, ice skating, and a mile-long trail of more than a million lights and 100 sound-enhanced animated displays sparkling over the beautiful Galveston Bay. Photos with Santa will be available nightly throughout the festival, and it will snow in Galveston every Friday night.

Zoo Lights
Nov. 20 – Jan. 9
The Houston Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the Zoo and take in all the awe-inspiring sights, including thousands of twinkling lights adorning the magnificent live oak trees, whimsical colorful projections over 15 feet tall, and life-size animated animal sculptures.

Magical Winter Lights
Nov. 20 – Jan. 10
The 2015 Magical Winter Lights will debut in Houston this winter from November 20, 2015 to January 10, 2016 at the Sam Houston Race Park. The 52-day festival will become the largest holiday light festival in Houston, and the largest lantern festival of its kind to ever take place in the U.S.


Go Ice Skating

Ice at Discovery Green
Nov. 24- Feb. 7
Ice skating returns and its bigger than ever! Skate among the downtown skyline at Discovery Green’s now 7,716-sq. ft. outdoor rink in the heart of Texas. Park-goers will enjoy a variety of family-friendly programming throughout the holidays, including concerts, movies and more.

Ice Skating in The Woodlands

Open from November 21, 2015 through January 18, 2016, the coolest place to be in the Winter is The Ice Rink At The Woodlands Town Center, one of the largest seasonal ice rinks in the southwest.


Participate in the Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk

2015 Total Jingle Bell Run and Walk
Dec. 13
Get in shape and support a great cause during the 2015 Total Jingle Bell Run and Walk in Downtown Houston. The event, which includes more than 5,000 participants of all ages, benefits the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA Partners Campaign.

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