Things to Do in Houston During the Holidays + Christmas Activities in November and December 2015

Look here for 2016 Holiday Festivals and Shows!

Christmas Dog
BKSC_LittlePrince_600x74

Look here for 2016 Holiday Festivals and Shows!

Happy Holidays, Houston!  Find the events below for 2015 and get to celebrating!

MY LATEST VIDEOS

If you are looking for Fall 2015 activities, go HERE.  Also, each Tuesday I post a list of events for the week.  Go HERE to check the latest.  You can also get updates to your inbox HERE.


For the 2015 Holiday Prep Guide, go HERE.  For the 2015 Gift Guide, go HERE.

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

Holiday Lights:
Go HERE for the best neighborhoods and destinations!

Festivals/Family Fun:

Texas Renaissance Festival
– October 10-November 29, 2015 – Todd Mission, Texas 

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.  Kids are free on Sundays.

Hands On Houston: Celebration of Wood Crafts – November 7 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft – 4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002
Learn about woodworking and assemble your own wooden car!  The event is free and open to everyone.

Home for the Holidays – November 7–December 20 – Old Town Spring – 403 Main St, Spring, TX 77373
The local shops come alive and visitors encountered strolling performers and festive exhibits!

Nutcracker Market – November 12–15– 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!

Santa’s Workshop – November 13-January 3 – 18898 Hwy 6 South, College Station, 77845 
Biggest Christmas attraction in the state of Texas!  Several ticket options are available.

Los Trompos (Spinning Tops) – November 14-March 22 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010
Interactive art installation by internationally-acclaimed Mexico City designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. The colorful, large-scale, temporary installation, which take their form from the common toy, will delight park visitors of all ages.

Festival of Lights – November 14–January 10 – 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 with Sponge Bob Squarepants November 14-January 10 –Moody Gardens – 1 Hope BoulevardGalveston, Texas 77554
SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Squidward are all carved out of more than 2 million pounds of ice!

Bayou Bend Family Day: Our National Identity – November 15 – Bayou Bend – 6003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Activities, music, demonstrations, performances, craft workshops, giveaways, and more abound throughout the home and gardens.

Polar Express Train Ride – November 20-22, 27-29, December 4-6, 11-13, 15-23, 26 & 27 – 789 Park Road 70 Palestine, TX 75801
Ride on the Polar Express!  Find the best pricing in November and early December… and book all tickets before they sell out!

Via Color Street Painting Festival – November 21, 22, 2015 – Streets Surrounding City Hall – 900 Smith St, Houston, TX 77002
Free Admission.  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.

Zoo Lights – November 20–January 9 – Houston Zoo – 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 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.

Lighting of the Doves – November 21 – Town Green Park at The Woodlands Waterway – 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380
This festival has snow, sledding, shopping, entertainment, fireworks… and Santa arriving on the water!  See the Doves light up along The Woodlands Waterway!

Frostival! – November 24 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010
Free.  Snow zone, a meet and greet with the snow sisters, ice sculptures and more

Field of Light – November 24-February 21 – Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010
Field of Light, a dazzling art installation by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro, returns to Discovery Green this holiday season!

 ICE at Discovery Green – November 24-February 8 – 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.

Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 25 – Wortham Theater Center Grand Foyer
Free and open to the public.  This annual holiday tradition will include costumed characters from the Houston Grand Opera’s The Little Prince and Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Live performances, tree lighting and opportunity to donate to Books Between Kids.

Turkey Trot – November 26 – Galleria – 4925 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 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.

Thanksgiving Day Parade – November 26 – Downtown Houston
The parade will begin at 9:00am on Smith at Lamar, north to Walker, east to Milam, south to Pease, west to Louisiana, north to Clay, west to Smith, and north to end at Smith and Dallas.

Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting – November 26 – 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.

Pop Shop Houston – November 27-29 – Silver Street Studios – 2000 Edwards Houston, Texas 77007
Shop from local and indie makers for the holidays. Pop Shop Houston Holiday Festival features an array of art, products, design items, vintage and antiques in a fun setting.

Dickinson Festival of Lights – November 28 – Dickenson – Paul Hopkins Park
See the lights and Santa!  Free Parking and shuttle service is provided on busy nights at Dickinson Plaza Shopping Center.

Skate with Santa – November 28, December 5, 12, 19 – ICE at Discovery Green – 1500 McKinney, Houston, Texas 77010
Join BigKidSmallCity at the ICE and Skate with Santa!  The regular ICE admission ($14) applies, and includes skate rentals.

Mayor’s Holiday Celebration – December 4 – City Hall – 901 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Tree lighting, music, Santa and family fun in Downtown Houston!

Dickens on the Strand – December 4-6 – Galveston Strand Boulevard
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 4-6, 10-13, 17-23 – 1407 Victory Lane, Alvin, TX 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.

Chanukah Fest – December 6 – City Hall – 901 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
The City of Houston is co-sponsoring Hanukkah Fest 2015 in front of City Hall. Live Concert by the 8th Day Band, shows, activities for kids and adults and more.

Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival – December 11-13 – Tomball Train Depot – 201 S Elm St, Tomball, TX, 77375
Great family festival just outside Houston.

Holiday Party at Kinder Station – December 12, 2015 – Hermann Park – 1700 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004
Arts and crafts projects and complimentary face painting.  It’s the second Saturday of the month so Hermann Park Conservancy members ride the train for free!

YUMMY! Wonderland Holiday Festival & Brunch – December 12, 2015 – Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown – 1001 Austin Street Houston, TX 77010
Family-Friendly International Festival with Santa Claus, Operation Stocking Stuffer, crafts, cookie decorating, holiday cards, and brunch!  The celebration brings the best global holiday traditions under one festive roof for a party that’s full of merriment and joy for the entire family.

Lights in the Heights – December 12, 2015 – Woodland Heights
Tour the beautiful, lit up, neighborhood!

Bayou Bend Family Day: Festive Traditions – December 20, 2015 – Bayou Bend – 6003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Activities, music, demonstrations, performances, craft workshops, giveaways, and more abound throughout the home and gardens.

Main Street Theater Christmas Party – December 21, 2015 – MATCH – 3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
Face painting, arts and crafts, snacks and photos with Santa as well as fun with some special guests.

Winter Break at the Museum – December 22-January 3 – Museum of Fine Arts Houston – 1001 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas 77005
Families can explore art created by American artist Mark Rothko.

 

Shows/Concerts:

For discount tickets to holiday shows in Houston, check HERE!  (My favorites are HERE!)

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – November 20 – December 28 – Alley Theatre (Check HERE for discount tickets, $16-21 instead of $45.00-$65.)

Lyle the Crocodile – November 22 – December 23 – Main Street Theater at MATCH
This family friendly show brings the storybook to life.  This is not a Christmas show, but a winter show.

The Nutcracker (The Woodlands Ballet Ensemble and Payne Academy of Performing Arts) – November 27 – The Woodlands College Park High School (Check here for discount tickets, $10 instead of $20.)

Home Alone – Film with Live Orchestra – December 4 – Jones Hall

The Little Prince – December 4 – 20 – Houston Grand Opera (Use code 5092 to save $10!)

Santa’s Rockin’ Reindeer – December 5, 12, 19 – Express Children’s Theatre

Christmas Story: The Musical – December 8-20 – Hobby Center

Houston Symphony: A Frosty & Frozen Christmas – December 12 – Jones Hall

The Christmas Revels – December 18-20 – MATCH

The Nutcracker – November 27-December 27 – Wortham Theater 

Really Really Big Christmas Show – December 17-21 – Second Baptist

 

Holiday Guides:

What to gather up now to be ready for the holidays! Find the list HERE.
Holiday 2015 Gift Guide is HERE.

For more to do around Texas for the holidays, visit RWeThereYetMom.com!


Comments

  1. https://www.facebook.com/events/466975246811186/

    Sunday, December 6at 3:00pm
    Show Map
    Houston City Hall
    901 Bagby St, Houston, Texas 77002
    Find Tickets
    Tickets Available
    http://www.ChanukahInHouston.com
    Chanukah Fest 2015

    Menorah Lighting at Houston City Hall
    Twentieth ANNIVERSARY

    The day before Chanukah from 2-6pm. This will be an event you just don’t want to miss!

    The City of Houston is co-sponsoring the fabulous Hanukkah Fest 2015 in front of City Hall. Highlights include a Live Concert by the 8th Day Band from California, Live Entertainment shows, dozens of super-fun activities for kids and adults, a dazzling Food Quarter, Judah the Maccabee Live Statue & Dreidel Mascot, and so much more.

    A FUN FAMILY EVENT

    ENTERTAINMENT, ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS, FOOD QUARTER, JUDAH THE MACCABEE, DREIDEL MASCOT, SO MUCH MORE!!

    Free Admission

    Spectacular Firework show!!

    CONCERT BY JEWISH ROCK SENSATION – 8TH DAY

    BENEFICIARIES
    Friendship Circle of Houston
    Houston Children’s Charity
    Houston Food Bank

    Hyatt Regency Houston – 1200 Louisiana St
    Discounted Room Rate for Attendees: $119.00 for Sunday 12/6/15

    ChanukahFest@ChabadOutreach.org
    http://www.ChanukahInHouston.com

  2. https://www.facebook.com/events/466975246811186/

    Sunday, December 6at 3:00pm
    Show Map
    Houston City Hall
    901 Bagby St, Houston, Texas 77002
    Find Tickets
    Tickets Available
    http://www.ChanukahInHouston.com
    Chanukah Fest 2015

    Menorah Lighting at Houston City Hall
    Twentieth ANNIVERSARY

    The day before Chanukah from 2-6pm. This will be an event you just don’t want to miss!

    The City of Houston is co-sponsoring the fabulous Hanukkah Fest 2015 in front of City Hall. Highlights include a Live Concert by the 8th Day Band from California, Live Entertainment shows, dozens of super-fun activities for kids and adults, a dazzling Food Quarter, Judah the Maccabee Live Statue & Dreidel Mascot, and so much more.

    A FUN FAMILY EVENT

    ENTERTAINMENT, ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS AND ADULTS, FOOD QUARTER, JUDAH THE MACCABEE, DREIDEL MASCOT, SO MUCH MORE!!

    Free Admission

    Spectacular Firework show!!

    CONCERT BY JEWISH ROCK SENSATION – 8TH DAY

    BENEFICIARIES
    Friendship Circle of Houston
    Houston Children’s Charity
    Houston Food Bank

    Hyatt Regency Houston – 1200 Louisiana St
    Discounted Room Rate for Attendees: $119.00 for Sunday 12/6/15

    ChanukahFest@ChabadOutreach.org
    http://www.ChanukahInHouston.com

Leave A Comment!

*