Christmas Activities, Festivals, Shows, Lights & Family Fun… Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, During the Holidays 2017!

Happy Holidays, Houston!

So you can plan ahead, here are the holiday festivals and shows scheduled all season long… November 1, 2017  through January 2, 2018.

As events pop up, we’ll add them to the list… and since this is being posted so early, be sure to click the links and check before you head out to each venue. (And for Fall Festivals, go HERE!)

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Quick Links:

Full list of things to do in Houston, with kids, November 1 – January 2
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Holiday Lights:

Go HERE for the best neighborhoods and destinations! (We’ll update for 2017 when we get it together)

Zoo Lights – Dates TBD for 2017 – Houston Zoo

Magical Winter Lights – November 10, 2017 – January 2, 2018 – Gulf Greyhound Park

Festival of Lights – November 11, 2017  – January 7, 2018 – Moody Gardens

Lights in the Heights – Dates TBD for 2017 – Woodland Heights
Tour the beautiful, lit up, neighborhood!

Dickinson Festival of Lights – Details for 2017 TBD – Dickenson

 

Shows/Concerts:

As we find discounts, we’ll post them.  Also, not all shows are for little kids… Click the links and decide for yourself!

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – November 17 – December 23, 2017 – Alley Theatre

A Charlie Brown Christmas – November 21-December 21, 2017 – Main Street Theater at MATCH

Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular – November 24–25, 2017 – The Grand Galveston

A Scheherazade Thanksgiving – November 24-26, 2017 – Jones Hall

The Nutcracker – November 25-December 27, 2017 – ?? {Wortham Theater was damaged by Harvey and will not reopen until next year.  I will add detail on this show as I get them.}

Houston Grand Opera: The House without a Christmas Tree – November 30-December 17, 2017 – ?? {Wortham Theater was damaged by Harvey and will not reopen until next year.  I will add detail on this show as I get them.}

Very Merry Pops – December 1-3, 2017 – Jones Hall

A Christmas Carol – December 1–2, 2017 – The Grand Galveston

Houston Symphony: A Grinch Christmas – December 2, 2017 – Jones Hall

The Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Christmas – December 15, 2017 – The Grand Galveston

Handel’s Messiah – December 15-17, 2017 – Jones Hall

SHEN YUN – December 22-27, 2017 – Jones Hall

Christmas Under the Big Top – 2017 Dates TBD – Second Baptist Woodway Campus

 

Festivals/Family Fun:

Texas Renaissance Festival – Weekends, through November 26, 2017 – Todd Mission, Texas 
Ticket deals can usually be found on coupon websites.  Kids are free on Sundays.
The world’s largest Renaissance Festival has themes that change each weekend.

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market – November 9-12, 2017 – NRG Center – N Stadium Dr, Houston, TX 77054
This is not really a kid event… but it’s a fun shopping/people watching event for moms or dads.  Kids can come, but no strollers are allowed!

Trains Over Texas – Starting November 10, 2017 – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Create holiday memories by travelling across Texas by model railroad in this scratch built “O” scale model.

Santa’s Wonderland – November 10, 2017-January 7, 2018 – 18898 Hwy 6 South, College Station, 77845 
Biggest Christmas attraction in the state of Texas!  Several ticket options are available.

Home for the Holidays – November 11-December 23 , 2017– Old Town Spring – 403 Main St, Spring, TX 77373
The local shops come alive and visitors encountered strolling performers and festive exhibits!

Polar Express Train Ride – November 11-December 27, 2017 – 789 Park Road 70, Palestine, Texas 75801
Ride on the Polar Express!  Find the best pricing in November and early December… and book all tickets before they sell out!

Festival of Lights – November 11, 2017  – January 7, 2018 – Moody Gardens – 1 Hope Boulevard Galveston, Texas 77554
Find more than 1 million lights,  live entertainment, ice skating, pictures with Santa and the Arctic Slide.

Ice Land Ice Sculptures – November 11, 2017 – January 7, 2018 – Moody Gardens – 1 Hope Boulevard Galveston, Texas 77554
A new rain forest theme… all carved out of more than 2 million pounds of ice!

Lighting of the Doves – November 18, 2017 – Town Green Park at The Woodlands Waterway 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 
This festival has snow, sledding, shopping, entertainment, fireworks… and Santa arriving on the water!  See the Doves light up along The Woodlands Waterway!

Via Colori Festival November 18 & 19, 2017 – Streets Surrounding City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
200 artists paint the streets surrounding City Hall!  Watch the artists work, enjoy music, activities and food!  Via Colori is a fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech.

Turkey Trot – November 23, 2017 – Galleria 4925 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77056
The largest Thanksgiving Race in Houston and it takes place in the Galleria area. The event benefits children and seniors Neighborhood Centers serves every year. There’s opportunity to participate as a walker, runner and also volunteer.

HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade – November 23, 2017 – Downtown Houston – Starts at Smith at Lamar
Thanksgiving Day Parade in Downtown Houston.  Arrive early for parking!

Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting – Post Oak Boulevard – Uptown Park
From the website: “Due to the construction of Post Oak Boulevard, the Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting event, annually held on Thanksgiving evening, is being postponed until 2019.”

Mayor’s Holiday Celebration – December 1, 2017 – City Hall – 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002
Tree lighting, music, Santa and family fun in Downtown Houston!

Dickens on the Strand – December 1-3, 2017 – Galveston – Strand National Historic Landmark District
Victorian holiday festival!  Six stages, strolling carolers, musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and  even more entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired gifts.

Christmas Train – December 1-23, 2017 – 1407 Victory Lane, Alvin, Texas 775711
Old-fashioned train ride through our winter wonderland of lights and religious scenery. Over 300,000 lights sparkle along the 3/4 mile track.

An Old Fashioned Christmas – December 2, 2017 – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center – 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338
Experience traditions of earlier times as the homestead comes to life with 19th century holiday customs. Enjoy music, a holiday craft, tree lighting, wassail and cookies, and an early visit from Saint Nicholas. Reservations required.

Candlelight Tour December 5-16, 2017 – Sam Houston Park – 1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
This Houston holiday tradition will take you and your loved ones back in time, to an open-hearted world filled with families gathering in cozy homes to count their blessings over a warm hearth.

Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival – December 8-10, 2017 – Tomball Train Depot – 201 S Elm St, Tomball, TX, 77375
Great family festival just outside Houston.

Trees & Stars Winter Celebration – December 9, 2017 – Houston Arboretum – 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024
Enjoy festive food, Saint Arnold beer, Katz Coffee, and a hot chocolate bar inside. Outside, hike through the winter woods and look through telescopes to see the moon and stars.
Wear walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.  Ages 5 and older.  Registration required.

Holiday Party at Kinder Station – December 9, 2017 – Hermann Park Train Station – 1700 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas
Come and enjoy free crafts and face painting.  Park members also enjoy free train rides.

Gingerbread Build Off – December 9, 2017 – Hermann Square by City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
Architecture Center Houston will host the Annual Gingerbread Build-Off at City Hall’s Hermann Square. Competing teams will create their masterpieces using 100% edible materials.

Homestead Holiday – December 9, 2017 – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center – 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338
Enjoy homemade cookies and wassail as the homestead comes to life with old-fashioned Christmas traditions, including jolly old Saint Nicholas

Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash – December 31, 2017 – Children’s Museum of Houston – 1500 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004
The end-of-year bash rings in the New Year at the stroke of noon with a parade and shimmering ball drop.  9:00am-3:00pm

Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve Celebration – December 31, 2017 – Downtown Aquarium – 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Balloon Drop, Buffet and all day adventure pass.  11:00-2:00pm & 3:30-6:30pm

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration – December 31, 2017 – Kemah Boardwalk – 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565
Live music and fireworks at 10:00pm.

 

Details TBD:

Stories at the Trains – Dates for 2017 TBD – Second Baptist Woodway – 6400 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77057
Right by the giant model train display, nursery and preschool aged kids can enjoy storytime!

Zoo Lights – Dates TBD for 2017 – Houston Zoo – 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030
Tour the Zoo after dark!  The Zoo closes at 5:00pm and reopens at 6:00pm for this event.  Check their website for “value” nights and “prime” nights.  “Value” nights are less busy and cheaper!

 ICE at Discovery Green – Dates TBD for 2017 – Discovery Green 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010  
All ages are invited to skate at Discovery Green.  There is a small toddler rink for the littlest ones to practice.

Dickinson Festival of Lights – Details for 2017 TBD – Dickenson – Paul Hopkins Park
See the lights and Santa!  Free Parking and shuttle service is provided on busy nights at Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center.

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Things to do in Houston, with kids, for Winter! Houston Events for November 1, 2017 – January 2, 2018

Look forward to the best winter ever!

So you can plan ahead for November and December, here are all the family events scheduled for November 1, 2017  through January 2, 2018. (For the full list of fall events, go HERE!)

As events pop up, we’ll add them to the list… and since this is being posted so early, be sure to click the links and check before you head out to each venue.

If you are looking for Holiday Festivals, Train Rides, Lights and Shows, go HERE!  (And for Fall Festivals, go HERE!)

Quick Links:

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Full Events List:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Mommy Mingle – 10:00am-12:00pm – Children’s Museum of Houston
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Party on the Plaza – 5:00pm-9:00pm – Discovery Green

Thursday, November 2, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Mondays with Mommy: A Trip to the Farm – 10:00am – LaCenterra

Friday, November 3, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
Circo Avenida – 7:00pm – Discovery Green

Saturday, November 4, 2017:
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Touch-A-Truck 2017 & Model Train Festival – 10:00am-5:00pm – 6th Street Texas City
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Akeelah and the Bee – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
Hands On Houston Family Festival: Focus on Fiber – 11:00am-3:00pm – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
STEM Saturdays – 12:30pm – Discovery Green
Naturally Wild Families: Cane Pole Fishing – 1:00pm, 2:00pm & 3:00pm – Houston Arboretum
Movies at Miller: Sing Along with the Muppet Movie – 7:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre
Screen on the Green: Zootopia – 7:30pm – Discovery Green

Sunday, November 5, 2017:
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Texans vs Colts – 12:00pm – NRG
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Rockets vs Jazz – 6:00pm – Toyota Center

Monday, November 6, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green

Tuesday, November 7, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
MFAH Playdate – 10:45am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Family Storybook Circle – 11:30am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Wednesday, November 8, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Party on the Plaza – 5:00pm-9:00pm – Discovery Green

Thursday, November 9, 2017:
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Rockets vs Cavaliers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Friday, November 10, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
Cirque Mechanics “Pedal Punk” – 7:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, November 11, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Walk on the Wild Side – 10:00am – Nature Discovery Center
Free Train Rides for Veterans – 10:00am-5:00pm – Hermann Park Kinder Station
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Akeelah and the Bee – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
Rockets vs Grizzlies – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Sunday, November 12, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
My First Music Lesson – 2:00pm – Discovery Green
Canned Acoustica – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green

Monday, November 13, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green

Tuesday, November 14, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Rockets vs Raptors – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Wednesday, November 15, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Color Condition – Avenida Houston/Discovery Green
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Party on the Plaza – 5:00pm-9:00pm – Discovery Green

Thursday, November 16, 2017:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science

Friday, November 17, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Saturday, November 18, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
Via Color Street Painting Festival – 10:00am-6:00pm – Streets Surrounding City Hall
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Lighting of the Doves – 3:00pm-9:00pm – Town Green Park at The Woodlands Waterway
Flea by Night – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green

Sunday, November 19, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
Via Color Street Painting Festival – 10:00am-5:00pm – Streets Surrounding City Hall
Texans vs Cardinals – 12:00pm – NRG
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Bayou Bend Family Day: Our National Thanksgiving – 1:00pm-5:00pm – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Monday, November 20, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science

Tuesday, November 21, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Wednesday, November 22, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Rockets vs Nuggets – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Thursday, November 23, 2017:
Turkey Trot – 7:00am – Galleria
HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade – 9:00am – Downtown Houston
Thanksgiving Day Brunch – 10:30am-2:00pm – Omni Houston Hotel

Friday, November 24, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
A Scheherazade Thanksgiving – 8:00pm – Jones Hall
Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular – 8:00pm – The Grand Galveston

Saturday, November 25, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas

Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular3:00pm & 8:00pm – The Grand Galveston
Rockets vs Knicks – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
A Scheherazade Thanksgiving – 8:00pm – Jones Hall

Sunday, November 26, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Texas Renaissance Festival – Todd Mission, Texas
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
A Scheherazade Thanksgiving – 2:30pm – Jones Hall
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Monday, November 27, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Rockets vs Nets – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Tuesday, November 28, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science

Wednesday, November 29, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Rockets vs Pacers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Thursday, November 30, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Friday, December 1, 2017:
Dickens on the Strand – Galveston
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
Mayor’s Holiday Celebration – 6:00pm – City Hall
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Very Merry Pops – 8:00pm – Jones Hall
A Christmas Carol – 8:00pm – The Grand Galveston

Saturday, December 2, 2017:
Dickens on the Strand – Galveston
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston Symphony: A Grinch Christmas – 10:00am & 11:30am – Jones Hall
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
Very Merry Pops – 11:30am & 8:00pm – Jones Hall
Naturally Wild Families: Homemade Holidays – 1:00pm-3:00pm – Houston Arboretum
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
A Christmas Carol – 3:00pm – The Grand Galveston
An Old Fashioned Christmas – 4:00pm-7:00pm – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center (RSVP Required)
Very Merry Pops – 8:00pm – Jones Hall

Sunday, December 3, 2017:
Dickens on the Strand – Galveston
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
Very Merry Pops – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Jones Hall
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Monday, December 4, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science

Tuesday, December 5, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
MFAH Playdate – 10:45am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Family Storybook Circle – 11:30am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park

Wednesday, December 6, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park

Thursday, December 7, 2017:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Friday, December 8, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park
Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Tomball Train Depot
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Saturday, December 9, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Gingerbread Build Off – 9:00pm-4:00pm – Hermann Square by City Hall
Kinder Station Holiday Party – 10:00am-2:00pm – Hermann Park
Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival – 10:00am-10:00pm – Tomball Train Depot
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
Homestead Holiday – 1:00pm-3:00pm – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park
Trees & Stars Winter Celebration – 6:30pm–9:30 pm – Houston Arboretum

Sunday, December 10, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival – 10:00am-6:00pm – Tomball Train Depot
Texans vs 49ers – 12:00pm – NRG
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Monday, December 11, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Rockets vs Pelicans – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Tuesday, December 12, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park

Wednesday, December 13, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park
Scrooged – 7:00pm – Market Square Park
Rockets vs Hornets – 8:30pm – Toyota Center

Thursday, December 14, 2017:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science

Friday, December 15, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Handel’s Messiah – 8:00pm – Jones Hall
The Texas Tenors: Deep in the Heart of Christmas – 8:00pm – The Grand Galveston
Rockets vs Spurs – 8:30pm – Toyota Center

Saturday, December 16, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
A Charlie Brown Christmas – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Candlelight Tour – 4:00pm-8:00pm – Sam Houston Park
Rockets vs Bucks – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
Handel’s Messiah – 8:00pm – Jones Hall

Sunday, December 17, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Handel’s Messiah – 2:30pm & 8:30pm – Jones Hall

Monday, December 18, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Rockets vs Jazz – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Tuesday, December 19, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Wednesday, December 20, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center
Rockets vs Lakers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Thursday, December 21, 2017:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Friday, December 22, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Rockets vs Clippers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
SHEN YUN – 7:30pm – Jones Hall

Saturday, December 23, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
SHEN YUN – 2:00pm & 7:00pm – Jones Hall
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Sunday, December 24, 2017:
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm – Alley Theatre

Monday, December 25, 2017:
Christmas Day Brunch – 10:30am-2:00pm – Omni Houston Hotel
Texans vs Steelers – 12:00pm – NRG

Tuesday, December 26, 2017:
SHEN YUN – 2:00pm & 7:00pm – Jones Hall
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Wednesday, December 27, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
SHEN YUN – 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Jones Hall
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Nature Storytime – 4:00pm – Nature Discovery Center

Thursday, December 28, 2017:
Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00pm-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00pm-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00am-9:00pm
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Friday, December 29, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Children’s Story Hour – 10:00am – Hermann Park
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Saturday, December 30, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre

Sunday, December 31, 2017:
Trains Over Texas – Houston Museum of Natural Science
Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash – 9:00am-3:00pm – Children’s Museum of Houston
Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve Celebration – Downtown Aquarium
Rockets vs Lakers – 6:00pm – Toyota Center

Monday, January 1, 2017:

Tuesday, January 2, 2017:


Fall Festivals, Farms & Pumpkin Patches – Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, during Fall 2017!

It’s nearly time for Fall Festivals, Farms & Pumpkin Patches!  Find the fall events below and get to celebrating!

Know that this was compiled just before Hurricane Harvey, so click every link before you attend an event… things will certainly change as the city cleans up.

Also, for the FULL LIST of Houston events, September 6 through October 31, go HERE!  You can also get updates to your inbox HERE.

If you know of more to do, please tell us!

Fall Festivals & Events:

Texas Renaissance Festival – Weekends, September 30-November 26, 2017 – Todd Mission, Texas 
Ticket deals can usually be found on coupon websites.  Kids are free on Sundays.
The world’s largest Renaissance Festival has themes that change each weekend.

Mondays with Mommy: Halloween Boo Fest – October 2, 2017- LaCenterra
Get ready to dance, sing and play at this free event.

Greek Festival – October 5-8, 2017 – Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral – 3511 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006
$5.00 (adults), Children 12 and under admitted free, Friday 11:00am – 3:00pm Free Admission
Enjoy performances, food, shopping and a kid zone.  If possible, go Friday mid-day for free admission.

KBR Kids Day on Buffalo Bayou – October 7, 2017 – Guadalupe Plaza Park – 2311 Runnels Street, Houston, TX 77003
Free. hands-on crafts and learning opportunities from non-profit partners, birds of prey show, music and entertainment from local performers, the park’s splash pad and tasty treats from local food trucks. Pontoon boat rides ($2 per person; no children under 4)

Halloweekends – October 13-29, 2017 – Splashway Campgrounds in Sheridan – 5211 Main St, Sheridan, TX 77475
Crafts, a costume contest and “Trick-or-Treating” around the campgrounds.  Pumpkin Patch, pancake breakfast with Ray and fun for the whole family.  Splashway also offers a wide array of amenities all year long from kayaks, fishing, basketball, volleyball and so much more.

Bayou City Art Festival – October 14-15, 2017 – Streets Surrounding City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
Hundreds of artists are joined by music, food and fun. The festivals have raised 3.5 million dollars benefiting local arts and community service organizations, Houston parks and arts education initiatives for children and adults.

FireFest – October 14, 2017 – Val Jahnke Training Facility – 8030 Braniff Street, Houston, TX 77061
Our favorite!  There are a lot of kid friendly activities, a lot of live fire demonstrations, a parade and more! Rescheduled for Spring 2018

Zoo Boo – October 13-29, 2017 – Houston Zoo – 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
Free with zoo admission.  Wear your costumes and stop by the stations throughout the zoo.  Pumpkins, candy, mazes and more.  If possible, go on Friday mornings and beat the crowds!

Symphonic Spooktacular – October 15, 2017 – Miller Outdoor Theatre – 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030
Dress in your Halloween best with Houston Symphony’s orchestra of witches and goblins! This concert is spooky fun for the whole family.Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 AM-1:00 PM.  No tickets are needed for the hill.

Tricks, Treats & T-Rex – October 21, 2017 – Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land – 13016 University Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479
Carnival games, trick or treating, pumpkin patch and costumes.  $3 for members.  (Not sure about non-members!)

Energy Day 2017 – October 21, 2017 – Sam Houston Park – 1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Energy Day is a free, family-friendly festival that celebrates and highlights the importance of energy and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in our daily lives. There will be a variety of interactive energy exhibits and booths, live music, food, contests and fun for all ages.  Geared toward K-12 students.

Pumpkin Patch – October 21-22, 2017 – Nature Discovery Center – 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401
Free Admission, Games & Food Tickets for Purchase. Pumpkins, Kids Games, Bounce Houses, Wagon Ride.  There is free street parking.

Wings Over Houston – October 21-22, 2017 – Ellington Airport – 510 Ellington Field, Houston, TX 77034
$30 at gate, but family packs available.  Open admission good for Saturday or Sunday. Bring your own chair and ear protection!

ArBOOretum! – October 21, 2017 – Houston Arboretum and Nature Center – 4501 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77024
$15 for ages 3 and up.  All activities free once inside. Members Only (Free) Early Entry from 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m.
Trick or Treat Trails, Hay rides through the forest, Train rides, Live owls, Petting zoo and pony rides, Pumpkin decorating.

Howl-o-ween Fest – October 21, 2017 – Bridgeland Oak Meadow Park
Performances from The Super Collies, Dynamo Dogs, Houston Disc Dogs and The Amazing Blake. Guests will be able to feast on a whole pack of food trucks, enjoy a multitude of kids’ activities sponsored by The Foundry, try their skills at pumpkin decorating and sand art, and explore the vendor area with pet products and services.  Vendors will have treats for both pets and kids!

Houston Korean Cultural Festival – October 21, 2017 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
The annual event celebrates the Korean culture through food, performances and activities for all ages. The event is free and open to the public.

T3 Haunted House – October 28 & 29, 2017 -Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land – 13016 University Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77479
Family friendly haunted house, recommend for kids 7 and up.  Tickets are $10, Members $5.

If You’re a Monster and You Know It – October 31, 2017 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Be sure to come in costume! On-site contest registration, prizes and treats will be awarded to each child who enters the contest.

Screen on the Green: Hotel Transylvania 2 – October 27, 2017 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010

Scream on the Green – October 27, 2017 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Free. Citywide costume contest and Halloween celebration for the whole family! Prizes, music and more!

Houston Egytpian Festival – October 28, 2017 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
Egyptian dishes, desserts, drinks and family friendly entertainment.

Day of Dead Festival – October 28, 29, 2017 – MECA – 1900 Kane Street Houston, Texas 77007
Free.  Learn how countries throughout the Latin American world celebrate this day!

Halloween Monster Mash Bash – October 31, 2017 – Children’s Museum – 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
Boogie to the hauntingly hip tunes of a wicked DJ along with monstrous characters during the Monster Mashup at 4:30 p.m. Move your bones in the Thriller Dance Party at 5 p.m. Encapsulate Glow in The Dark Monster Slime. Then, trick-or-treat the night away. Be sure to come dressed in your most boo-tiful or frightfully freaky costume!

Pumpkin Carving Workshop – Dates for 2017 TBD – Orange Show – 2401 Munger St, Houston, TX 77023
An annual event for the whole family! It will be under the Vinson Elkins Pavilion in Smither Park and expert pumpkin carvers will be on hand to teach you the tricks and treats of creating a masterpiece. At dusk, trick or treating will start and take place throughout The Orange Show and Smither Park, with volunteer stationed throughout giving out candy to the kids. Come costumed and enjoy a fun, free Halloween evening! BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin).

Hands On Houston Family Festival: Focus on Fiber – November 4, 2017 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft – 4848 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

Touch-A-Truck 2017 & Model Train Festival – November 4, 2017 – 6th Street Texas City
Bring the kids to see more than 45 trucks from monster trucks to dump trucks, cranes to military vehicles, police and fire and much more! Face painting, balloon artists and giant corn box.
This event is held in partnership with the Texas City Model Train Festival. Touch-A-Truck is free, entry to the indoor model train exhibits for the Model Train Festival is $2 for kids and $5 for adults.

Via Color Street Painting Festival – November 18-19, 2017 – Streets Surrounding City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
200 artists paint the streets surrounding City Hall!  Watch the artists work, enjoy music, activities and food!  Via Colori is a fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech.

 

Farms & Pumpkin Patches:

Check websites for prices, hours and opening days.

7 Acrewood –  4401 N. Frazier St., Conroe, TX 77303 
Pumpkins, petting zoo, mini golf, pony rides and play town.

Berryland – 2877 FM 1941 Rd., Winnie, TX. 77665
Opens every weekend in October. Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hay Stack, Pumpkin Bowling, Candy Corn Hill and more.

Blessington Farm – 510 Chisolm Trail, Simonton, Texas 77476 
Come enjoy the Pumpkin Patch and Fall Festivities at Blessington Farms. A great outing for the entire family with many Fall activities that include hay rides, giant slides, barrel train rides, pedal cars and animal encounters with camels, Baby Doll sheep, goats and MANY more. We have many new fun items debuting this Fall including a new gift shop. The walk-thru aviary where you can feed our new Quaker Parrots is a favorite as well as the recent addition of the Rope Maze and Fossil Dig. All activities are included in the price of admission with the exception of camel and bird feedings which are $3 each. Admission is $18.48/person +tax (children 18 mos. and under are free) Fishing is $6/person with admission (bring your own pole and bait.) Most pumpkin varieties are $0.50/lb. LOTS and lots of PUMPKINS and tons of fantastic photo opportunities!! Happening September 23rd-October 29th….every Friday from 9:30-3:30 as well as Saturday AND Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (weather permitting) Located 20 minutes west of Katy.

Caninos Market – 2520 Airline Dr : Houston, TX 77009
Pick out pumpkins and ghords and go inside to get veggies for the week.

Dewberry Farm – FM 362 & Morrison Rd, Brookshire, TX 77423
Opens late September.  Corn Maze, Pumpkins, Train Ride, Slide Mountain, Zip Lines, Pedal Cars and so much more!

Froberg Farms – 3601 TX-6, Alvin, TX 77511
Corn Maze and Fall Festival open weekends starting late September.  Follow with a trip to Bayou Wildlife Park!

Good Shepherd Pumpkin Patch – 2929 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood, TX 77339
Opens October 16, 2017, Admission is Free.  Children can enjoy lots of fun activities while parents check out the large selection of pumpkins.

Memorial Drive United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch – 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079
Opens October 1, 2016.  Pumpkin Patch is good for photos.

Oil Ranch – 23501 Macedonia Road : Hockley, TX 77447
All activities are included with admission price… milk a cow, ride a horse, climb the hay bales and so much more.  Free pumpkins for kids.  See last year’s post HERE.

Old MacDonalds Farm – 3203 FM 1960 East, Humble, TX 77338
Year round outdoor fun!

Old Time Christmas Time Farm – 7632 Spring Cypress Rd. Spring, Texas 77379
Pumpkin patch and activities, weekends in October. (Followed by Christmas tree cutting in the winter).

P-6 Farms – 9963 Poole’s Road, Montgomery, Texas 77356
Pumpkin patch and fall festival.

Pumpkin Patch at Ashford Houston – 2100 Eldridge Parkway, Houston, Texas 77077
Pumpkin Patch in October.

TGR Exotics – 22115 Sherrod Land, Spring, TX 77389 
100 animals representing over 25 species.

Tomball Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch  – 22601 Lutheran Church Rd, Tomball, TX 77377 

Also, if you don’t know about it yet, learn about “We’ve Been Boo-ed” HERE!

 


Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, for the 4th of July 2017!

Happy Fourth of July!

If you are looking to celebrate Independence Day, with the kids, around Houston, here’s what’s happening!  Or, you can go HERE for free pools and splashpads all over town!  (And if you know of more events, let us know!)

Freedom Over Texas – July 4, 2017 – 4:00pm-10:00pm – Eleanor Tinsley Park

  • This is the City of Houston’s big event with July 4th music, fireworks and fanfare on Buffalo Bayou,
  • Family friendly and strollers are allowed.
  • Admission: $8.00 Online June 1 – July 3, $10.00 Online & at Gate Day of Event, Children 5 & under FREE w/ paid adult

ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: A Star-Spangled Salute – July 4, 2017 – 8:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

  • Features patriotic tunes and post-concert fireworks, this year’s Star-Spangled Salute showcases vocalist Ryan Shaw’s soulful sound and the spirited leadership of our new Principal POPS Conductor, Steven Reineke. Plus enjoy favorites like our Service Medley and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
  • Fireworks follow the concert.
  • Free tickets available for covered seating (and no tickets needed for the hill).

Kidpendence Day – July 4, 2017 – 10:00am-6:00pm –  Children’s Museum of Houston

  • Wear your red, white, and blue to pay tribute to the land of the free and the home of the brave.
  • Kick off the festivity with the Scouts presenting the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the National Anthem.
  • Meet the embodiments of American patriotism, Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty.

Fourth of July Fireworks – July 4, 2017 – 7:00pm-9:00pm – Wet’n’Wild SplashTown

  • Fireworks, music, games and much more.
  • Park is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Must buy tickets for the waterpark.

Fourth of July in The Woodlands – – July 3 & 4, 2017 – The Woodlands (Activities all over town!)

  • Star Spangled Salute at The Pavilion (July 3, 2017): Free concert at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion which features the Houston Symphony performing a selection of patriotic favorites.
  • Fourth of July Parade: Watch the 1.3-mile parade around The Woodlands features marching bands, fire engines, clowns, floats and more!
  • Splash Day: Cool off at one of the Township’s community pools and enjoy activities from noon to 4 p.m. and free refreshments while supplies last. All community pools will be free to residents from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pasadena’s Annual 4th Fest Event – July 4, 2017 – 4:00pm-10:00pm –  Pasadena Convention Center

  • Celebrate the 4th of July at the Pasadena Convention Center from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Twenty minute long fireworks show, live music, a car show, Kidzone, new attractions, USMC Toys for Tots BBQ Cook-off, games, prizes, vendors, sports and other entertainment.

LaCenterra’s 4th of July Celebration – July 4, 2017 – 4:30pm-9:30pm – LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch

  • Patriotic bike contest, live music and a free fireworks display.

For more to do Conroe, Tomball, Magnolia and Montgomery, check out WoodlandsMommy.com.

For more to do in Southwest Houston, check out Macaroni Kid SW Houston.

For the full summer schedule, go HERE!


Things to do in Houston, with kids, for New Year’s Eve 2016

Happy New Year!

If you want to celebrate with your family on December 31, 2016, there are plenty of things to do around Houston.  Look below for celebrations at noon, at midnight and in between!

The Scone Artist Tea Party
Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations:

Noon Year’s Eve – December 31 – Memorial City Mall – 303 Memorial City Way, Houston, TX 77024
Celebrate the New Year at Memorial City Mall with a morning of family fun by the fireplace! Live music, arts and crafts, treats, and when the clock strikes noon, enjoy a lemonade toast and a special balloon drop to ring in the New Year!  11:00am-12:00pm.

Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash – December 31 – Children’s Museum of Houston – 1500 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004
The end-of-year bash rings in the New Year at the stroke of noon with a parade and shimmering ball drop.  9:00am-3:00pm

High Noon Countdown Squared – December 31 – The Woodlands Children’s Museum – 4775 W Panther Creek Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Ring in the New Year with the annual High Noon Countdown Squared party. There’s double the fun with two separate balloon and confetti drops – one at the stroke of noon and another at 3 p.m. The festivities include horn blowing, noisemakers, New Year hats, bubble wrap dancing, creative art projects, live music with Tom’s Fun Band.   10:00am-3:00pm

Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve Celebration – December 31 – Downtown Aquarium – 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Balloon Drop, Buffet and all day adventure pass.  11:00am-2:00pm & 3:30pm-6:30pm

New Year’s Eve at CITYCENTRE – December 31 – CityCentre – 800 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024
Beginning at 9:30 PM in the plaza, the excitement builds with a live performance by Bristol Fashion, capped off as the clock strikes midnight with a spectacular confetti drop.  9:30pm – 12:30am.

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration – December 31 – Kemah Boardwalk – 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565
Live music and fireworks at 10:00pm.

 

More Things to Do:

Santa’s Workshop – Through January 1, 2017 – 18898 Hwy 6 South, College Station, 77845 
Biggest Christmas attraction in the state of Texas!  Several ticket options are available. 

Festival of Lights – Through January 8, 2017 – Moody Gardens – 1 Hope Boulevard Galveston, Texas 77554
Find more than 1 million lights,  live entertainment, ice skating, pictures with Santa and the Arctic Slide.

Ice Land Ice Sculptures – Through January 8 – Moody Gardens – 1 Hope Boulevard Galveston, Texas 77554
A Caribbean Christmas… all carved out of more than 2 million pounds of ice!

Zoo Lights – Through January 15, 2017 – Houston Zoo – 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030
Tour the Zoo after dark!  The Zoo closes t 5:00pm and reopens at 6:00pm for this event.  Check their website for “value” nights and “prime” nights.  “Value” nights are less busy and cheaper! Closed December 24 & 25.

 ICE at Discovery Green – Through February 5, 2017 – Discovery Green 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010  
All ages are invited to skate at Discovery Green.  There is a small toddler rink for the littlest ones to practice.

 


Model Trains at Second Baptist… Now through January 1, 2017!

The trains are at Second!  The Atrium at the Second Baptist Woodway Campus is full of model trains.  And friends, it’s not just one or two trains.

There are mountains, tunnels, bridges and buildings and tons of trains.  Plus there are steps for kids to get a good view… and two bubbles so kids can crawl to the middle and see the trains from the inside of the layout.  (See more pictures below!)

AND it’s FREE during operating hours!

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The display is open through January 1 and there is a storytime each Tuesday for little kids.

The Train Schedule:
Monday – Saturday: 10AM – 2PM
Wednesday: 10AM – 2PM & 5-7PM

Additional Hours:
Open 30 minutes before & after:
• Saturday and Sunday worship services
• Christmas Under the Big Top performances
• Christmas Eve services

Also, toddlers and preschoolers can listen to Stories at the Trains:  Tuesday Dec 6, 13 & 20 – 10-11AM

Families with children who are nursery and preschool-age are invited to come tour the trains, and enjoy a Christmas-themed story, cookies and more!

Get all the details HERE.

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Gingerbread Making Workshops in Houston for 2016

So, you want to get your hands dirty making a gingerbread house… but you want an expert to guide you and you want the mess in someone else’s kitchen… so it doesn’t look like our annual mess of a house?

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Here are the gingerbread workshops recommended by Houston parents, that are planned for 2016 in Houston.  If you know of more, let us know!

(For the full list of 2016 holiday events, go HERE!)

Central Market – November 27, December 4, 11, 17 & 18, 2016
For All Ages.  This holiday tradition means fun for everyone, young and old alike. An authentic Swiss Lebkuchen (gingerbread) house, lots of royal icing and mountains of candy and edible decorations will be ready and waiting.

Crosspoint Church – December 3, 2016
Friends and family welcome. Each house is $30 and to purchase, click here. Supplies are limited!

West U Baptist – December 3, 2016
Friends and family welcome. Each house is $30 and to purchase, click here. Supplies are limited!

Breakfast with Santa and Gingerbread House Decorating at Omni Houston Hotel – December 10, 2016
Santa will bring his gingerbread houses for party-goers to decorate while enjoying holiday refreshments and festive fun. And don’t forget to take a picture with Santa before you head home with your freshly decorated gingerbread house!

The Woodlands Children’s Museum – December 17, 2016
Meet Mrs. Claus’ and get hands-on interaction decorating your very own gingerbread house. Recommended for ages 7 years and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. $5 in addition to the normal price of admission, which is $6 for children ages 1 and older.

Kindli Haus – Schedule your own
Cookie decorating and gingerbread house decorating

 

These places have had workshops in the past… but events are not on the calendar at the time of this post… so keep checking!
Figlia Kitchen

Kraftsmen Bakery

Williams-Sonoma

Moeller’s Bakery

Cookin’ with Kim

Rustika Cafe & Bakery

Bass Pro Shop

HEB

Whole Foods


Houston Events, for Kids, on Halloween Evening… Monday, October 31, 2016!

We love to trick or treat and celebrate Halloween… but our neighborhood is not great for this. There are not a lot of kids and the residents are often home late from work.

If you live in neighborhood like us… or you just rather celebrate indoors or to let others organize the chaos… check out these events schedule for Halloween in Houston!

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Photo: Throw back 5 years!
For the full list of Fall events, go HERE! (And to get ready for Holiday Events, go HERE!)

 

Zoo Boo – October 31, 2016 – 9:00-1:00pm – Houston Zoo – 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030
Free with zoo admission.  Wear your costumes and stop by the stations throughout the zoo.  Pumpkins, candy, mazes and more.  If possible, go on Friday mornings and beat the crowds!

Monster Mash October 31, 2016 – 5:00-7:00pm – Memorial City Mall – 303 Memorial City Way, Houston, TX 77024
Trick or treating courtesy of Children’s Memorial Hermann, a Beetlejuice DJ, arts and crafts, and more

Halloween Monster Mash Bash October 31, 2016 – 3:00-8:00pm – Children’s Museum – 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
Let the ghoul times roll as you boogie to the hauntingly hip tunes of a wicked DJ along with monstrous characters during the Monster Mashup at 4:30 p.m. Move your bones in the Thriller Dance Party at 5 p.m. Encapsulate Glow in The Dark Monster Slime. Then, trick-or-treat the night away. Be sure to come dressed in your most boo-tiful or frightfully freaky costume!

Pumpkin Carving Workshop October 31, 2016 – 5:00-7:30pm – Orange Show – 2401 Munger St, Houston, TX 77023
An annual event for the whole family! It will be under the Vinson Elkins Pavilion in Smither Park and expert pumpkin carvers will be on hand to teach you the tricks and treats of creating a masterpiece. At dusk, trick or treating will start and take place throughout The Orange Show and Smither Park, with volunteer stationed throughout giving out candy to the kids. Come costumed and enjoy a fun, free Halloween evening! BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin).

West End  Kids Fall Festival October 31, 2016 – 5:00-8:00pm – West End Church – 802 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Candy, Food Trucks, Games & Hayride. Wear your costume! Free admission!

Retail Trick or Treating -Find the list on Houston on the Cheap!


Things to Do in Houston, with Kids, During the Holidays 2016: Christmas Activities, Festivals, Shows, Lights & Family Fun!

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Happy Holidays, Houston!

So you can plan ahead, here are the holiday festivals and shows scheduled all season long… November 1, 2016  through January 2, 2017.  As events pop up, we’ll add them to the list… and since this is being posted so early, be sure to click the links and check before you head out to each venue.

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If you want this list emailed to you each week, sign up for the free newsletter HERE.  If you are looking for a full list of things to do (and not just holiday events), November 1-January 2, go HERE

Do you know of other family friendly events in the Houston area?  Email me!  Jill @ BigKidSmallCity . com.

 

Quick Links:
Full list of things to do in Houston, with kids, November 1 – January 2
Gingerbread House Workshops in Houston
Discount Shows and Family Fun for the Holidays
See the Christmas Trains at Second Baptist
See the Trains at Houston Museum of Natural Science
Send a free personalized Santa video or Santa call to your kids

 

Holiday Lights:
300x300Go HERE for the best neighborhoods and destinations! (We’ll update for 2016 soon!)

Zoo Lights – November 18, 2016 – January 15, 2017 – Houston Zoo

Firmament and Enchanted Promenade – November 22, 2016-January 8, 2017 – Discovery Green

Magical Winter Lights – through January 8, 2017 – Gulf Greyhound Park

 

Shows/Concerts:
As we find discounts, we’ll post them HERE.  Also, not all shows are for little kids… Click the links and decide for yourself!

Shen Yun – December 26, 2016-January 2, 2017 – Jones Hall

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – November 19 – December 29, 2016 – Alley Theatre

 

Festivals/Family Fun:
Santa’s Workshop – November 11, 2016 – January 1, 2017 – 18898 Hwy 6 South, College Station, 77845 
Biggest Christmas attraction in the state of Texas!  Several ticket options are available. 

Festival of Lights – November 12, 2016  – January 8, 2017 – Moody Gardens – 1 Hope Boulevard Galveston, Texas 77554
Find more than 1 million lights,  live entertainment, ice skating, pictures with Santa and the Arctic Slide.

Ice Land Ice Sculptures – November 12 – January 8 – Moody Gardens – 1 Hope Boulevard Galveston, Texas 77554
A Caribbean Christmas… all carved out of more than 2 million pounds of ice!

Zoo Lights – November 18, 2016 – January 15, 2017 – Houston Zoo – 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77030
Tour the Zoo after dark!  The Zoo closes t 5:00pm and reopens at 6:00pm for this event.  Check their website for “value” nights and “prime” nights.  “Value” nights are less busy and cheaper! Closed December 24 & 25.

 ICE at Discovery Green – November 22, 2016 – February 5, 2017 – Discovery Green 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010  
All ages are invited to skate at Discovery Green.  There is a small toddler rink for the littlest ones to practice.

Dickinson Festival of Lights – November 26,2016 – December 30, 2016 – Dickenson – Paul Hopkins Park
See the lights and Santa!  Free Parking and shuttle service is provided on busy nights at Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center.

Noon Year’s Eve – December 31 – Memorial City Mall – 303 Memorial City Way, Houston, TX 77024
Celebrate the New Year at Memorial City Mall with a morning of family fun by the fireplace! Live music, arts and crafts, treats, and when the clock strikes noon, enjoy a lemonade toast and a special balloon drop to ring in the New Year!  11:00am-12:00pm.

Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash – December 31 – Children’s Museum of Houston – 1500 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004
The end-of-year bash rings in the New Year at the stroke of noon with a parade and shimmering ball drop.  9:00am-3:00pm

High Noon Countdown Squared – December 31 – The Woodlands Children’s Museum – 4775 W Panther Creek Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77381
Ring in the New Year with the annual High Noon Countdown Squared party. There’s double the fun with two separate balloon and confetti drops – one at the stroke of noon and another at 3 p.m. The festivities include horn blowing, noisemakers, New Year hats, bubble wrap dancing, creative art projects, live music with Tom’s Fun Band.   10:00am-3:00pm

Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve Celebration – December 31 – Downtown Aquarium – 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Balloon Drop, Buffet and all day adventure pass.  11:00-2:00pm & 3:30-6:30pm

New Year’s Eve at CITYCENTRE – December 31 – CityCentre – 800 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024
Beginning at 9:30 PM in the plaza, the excitement builds with a live performance by Bristol Fashion, capped off as the clock strikes midnight with a spectacular confetti drop.  9:30pm – 12:30am.

New Year’s Eve Family Celebration – December 31 – Kemah Boardwalk – 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565
Live music and fireworks at 10:00pm.

Past Dates:

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market – November 10, 11, 12, 13, 2016 – NRG Center – N Stadium Dr, Houston, TX 77054
This is not really a kid event… but it’s a fun shopping/people watching event for moms.  Kids can come, but no strollers are allowed!

Texas Renaissance Festival – Weekends, October 8-November 22, 2016 – Todd Mission, Texas 
$26 Tickets (and deals can usually be found on coupon websites).  Kids are free on Sundays.
The world’s largest Renaissance Festival has weekend themes of Oktoberfest, 1001 Dreams, Pirate Adventure, All Hallows Eve, Roman Bacchanal, Barbarian Invasion, Highland Fling and Celtic Christmas.

Flicks on The Lawn: Elf – November 18, 2016 – GreenStreet Downtown – 1201 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77002

Lighting of the Doves – November 19, 2016 – Town Green Park at The Woodlands Waterway 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 
This festival has snow, sledding, shopping, entertainment, fireworks… and Santa arriving on the water!  See the Doves light up along The Woodlands Waterway!

Via Colori Festival November 19 & 20, 2016 – Streets Surrounding City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
200 artists paint the streets surrounding City Hall!  Watch the artists work, enjoy music, activities and food!  Via Colori is a fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech.

FROSTIVAL! Winter Celebration – November 22, 2016 – Discovery Green 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010  
A fun-filled night celebrating the opening of The ICE at Discovery Green as well as the debut of the winter art installations, Firmament and Enchanted Promenade! Enjoy a live musical performance by Mary Sarah of “The Voice,” live ICE battles with Reverend Butter, a dance performance by Susie Talbot and Ryan O’Donnell, skating performance by Avril Phillips, Houston Art Cars, interactive ice sculptures, tunes from DJ Caps and more!

Turkey Trot – November 24, 2016 – Galleria 4925 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77056
The largest Thanksgiving Race in Houston and it takes place in the Galleria area. The event benefits children and seniors Neighborhood Centers serves every year. There’s opportunity to participate as a walker, runner and also volunteer.

HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade – November 24, 2016 – Downtown Houston – Starts at Smith at Lamar
Thanksgiving Day Parade in Downtown Houston.  Arrive early for parking!

Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting – November 24, 2016 – Post Oak Boulevard – Uptown Park
Every year on Thanksgiving evening, families gather along Post Oak Boulevard for the annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting with Fireworks.

Mayor’s Holiday Celebration – December 2, 2016 – City Hall – 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002
6:00-8:00pm.  Tree lighting, music, Santa and family fun in Downtown Houston! Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Reliant booth!

Dickens on the Strand – December 2, 3, 4, 2016 – Galveston – Strand National Historic Landmark District
Victorian holiday festival!  Six stages, strolling carolers, musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and  even more entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired gifts.

An Old Fashioned Christmas – December 3, 2016 – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center – 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338
4:00-7:00pm.  Experience traditions of earlier times as the homestead comes to life with 19th century holiday customs. Enjoy music, a holiday craft, tree lighting, wassail and cookies, and an early visit from Saint Nicholas. Reservations required beginning Wed., Nov. 16 for Harris County residents; Mon., Nov. 21 for non-Harris County residents.

YUMMY! Wonderland International Festival & Brunch 2016 – December 3, 2016 – Phoenicia Downtown – 1001 Austin St, Houston, TX 77010
Celebrate with an international holiday festival and brunch highlighting art, music, traditions and customs from around the globe. Entertain the family with holiday crafts, cookie decorating, cultural performances and live music. This year, you can take also decorate cookies and ornaments with Mrs. Claus and her elves while hearing her secrets on what keeps Santa jolly. Bring the family to enjoy a day full of food, crafts, live musical performances and shopping while snapping photos with Santa.  Reserve your free spot!

Unsilent Night – December 8, 2016 – The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou – 105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007
Unsilent Night is a soundscape created when many individuals simultaneously play one of four different tracks on their smartphone, boomboxes, or mp3 players.

Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival – December 9, 10, 11, 2016 – Tomball Train Depot – 201 S Elm St, Tomball, TX, 77375
Great family festival just outside Houston.

Breakfast with Santa – December 10, 2016 – Hermann Park Train Station – 1700 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas
Special breakfast and ride on the Holiday Train with Santa! RSVP

Holiday Party at Kinder Station – December 10, 2016 – Hermann Park Train Station – 1700 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas
Come and enjoy free crafts and face painting.  Park members also enjoy free train rides.

Homestead Holiday – December 10, 2016 – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center – 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338
1:00-3:00pm.  Enjoy homemade cookies and wassail as the homestead comes to life with old-fashioned Christmas traditions, including jolly old Saint Nicholas

Lights in the Heights – December 10, 2016 – Woodland Heights
Tour the beautiful, lit up, neighborhood!

Breakfast with Santa and Gingerbread House Decorating – December 10, 2016 – Omni Hotel Uptown –  4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056
Santa will bring his gingerbread houses for party-goers to decorate while enjoying holiday refreshments and festive fun. And don’t forget to take a picture with Santa before you head home with your freshly decorated gingerbread house!

Gingerbread Build Off – December 10, 2016 – Hermann Square by City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
Architecture Center Houston will host the 8th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off at City Hall’s Hermann Square Saturday December 10, 2016. Over 30 competing teams will create their masterpieces using 100% edible materials.

Candlelight Tour December 10 & 11, 2016 – Sam Houston Park – 1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
This Houston holiday tradition will take you and your loved ones back in time, to an open-hearted world filled with families gathering in cozy homes to count their blessings over a warm hearth.

Home for the Holidays – November 12, 2016 – December 24 , 2016– Old Town Spring – 403 Main St, Spring, TX 77373
The local shops come alive and visitors encountered strolling performers and festive exhibits!

Polar Express Train Ride – November 18, 2016 – December 23, 2016 – 789 Park Road 70, Palestine, Texas 75801
Ride on the Polar Express!  Find the best pricing in November and early December… and book all tickets before they sell out!

Christmas Train – December 2-23, 2016 – 1407 Victory Lane, Alvin, Texas 775711
Old-fashioned train ride through our winter wonderland of lights and religious scenery. Over 300,000 lights sparkle along the 3/4 mile track.

Christmas Cruises – December 3, 9, 10 & 17, 2016 – Allen’s Landing – 1005 Commerce St, Houston, TX 77002
Join Buffalo Bayou Partnership in celebrating the holiday season with 30-minute pontoon boat rides along Buffalo Bayou served up with plenty of decorations, music and cheer! (Ages 4+)

Stories at the Trains – December 6, 13, 20 , 2016 – Second Baptist Woodway – 6400 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77057
Right by the giant model train display, nursery and preschool aged kids can enjoy storytime!

Critter’s Christmas – December 17, 2016 – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center – 20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338
10:00am.  Learn how to make decorative edible treats for the birds and other wildlife that visit your yard this time of year.

Winter World of Wonder – December 22, 2016 – Houston Fire Museum – 2403 Milam St, Houston, Texas 77006
An afternoon of family friendly activities at the Houston Fire Museum! Hot chocolate bar, tasty treats, plenty of awesome activities, and a special area to create Christmas cards for local Fire Stations.

 

Past Shows:

Elf, The Musical – November 13, 2016 – The Grand Galveston

Cirque Dreams HOLIDAZE – November 18-20, 2016- Jones Hall (Tickets are $48.25-$71.00 but check affiliate Goldstar for $32.25-$47.25 tickets.)

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Musical – November 19, 2016 – The Grand Galveston

Elvis Christmas Memories Starring Jake Rowley – November 20, 2016 – The Grand Galveston

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – December 2 & 3, 2016 – The Grand Galveston

Very Merry Pops – December 2-4, 2016 – Jones Hall

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat – December 2-4, 2016 – National Youth Theater

Houston Symphony: 12 Days of Christmas – December 3, 2016 – Jones Hall

It’s a Wonderful Life with Live Orchestra – December 9, 2016 – Jones Hall

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas, The Musical – November 13-December 23, 2016 – Main Street Theater

The Adventures of Santa Clause – November 19, December 3, 10 & 17, 2016 – Express Children’s Theater

It’s a Wonderful Life – December 2-17, 2016 -Houston Grand Opera, Wortham Theater

Christmas Under the Big Top – December 16-20, 2016 – Second Baptist Woodway Campus

Handel’s Messiah – December 16-18, 2016- Jones Hall

The Christmas Revels – December 16-19, 2016 – MATCH

The Nutcracker – November 25-December 27 – Wortham Theater 

Things to do in Houston with Kids for the Holidays 2016 Christmas Festivals Shows and More

Neighborhoods & Destinations: Best Places to See Holiday Lights in Houston!

Houston Zoo Lights Multicolored Lights Joy
Drive through neighborhoods, walk through a shopping center or seek out the many lit up venues… there are a lot of great places to see lights in Houston!

I asked the BigKidSmallCity community for their favorite spots, and this is what they told me!

If you have a favorite light display, please tell us!  If you are looking for the full list of Houston holiday events, go HERE!

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