Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! December 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 2018

Plan your weekend in Houston, with kids!

Head downtown to City Hall for the Gingerbread Build Off!  This is a free, family-friendly holiday event with an epic, edible battle among dozens of teams, using entirely consumable building materials.  Kids are invited to create their own mini gingerbread houses in the Kid’s Construction Zone, where gingerbread supplies and candies are provided at no cost on a first-come, first served basis.

Skate outside at Discovery Green… and Skate with Santa on Saturday.  You’re probably not surprised to learn that the man in red is a pretty good ice skater.

Go out after dark to see the Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo, Magical Winter Lights at Gulf Greyhound Park, Lights in the Heights at  Woodland Heights or Sugar Land Holiday Lights at Constellation Field.

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Or go to Mr. Popper’s Penguins at Main Street Theater at MATCH.  This performance is meant for families!

For the full list of things to do, look below.

Things to Do Any Day:

All the holiday shows, lights and festivals!
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Magical Winter Lights in La Marque… Now through January 6, 2019!
Houston Zoo Lights 2018: Beat the Crowds & Save Money at Houston’s Popular Holiday Event!
Trains Over Texas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Good Places to Take Family Photos in Houston
Discount Tickets to Houston Holiday Shows for 2018!
FREE Indoor Playplaces around Houston – There are a lot of FREE indoor places to play… with no memberships required!
Find a New Houston Area Park!
Houston Citywide Map: Things to do in Houston, with kids
Texas Roadtrips – Pack up the family and head towards Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi or Dallas… and stop at these parent recommended spots!

Thursday, December 6, 2018:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens (Value Day)
Free Museum Entry
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check pagefor extended hours.)
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
ICE – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Holiday Market – 5:00pm-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-9:00pm – Constellation Field
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-11:00pm – College Station
Home Alone – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)

Friday, December 7, 2018:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-11:00pm – Moody Gardens
ICE – 11:00am-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check pagefor extended hours.)
Holiday Market – 5:00pm-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Houston Zoo
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Christmas Train– 6:00pm-10:00pm – Alvin
Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival– 6:00pm-10:00pm – Tomball Train Depot
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Constellation Field
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-12:00am – College Station
The Nutcracker –  7:30pm – Wortham Theater
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)
Very Merry Pops– 8:00pm – Jones Hall

Saturday, December 8, 2018:

Santa Surfs – Schlitterbahn Galveston
Breakfast with Santa– 8:30am – Hermann Park
Teddy Bear Check Up – 9:00am – Health Museum
Holiday Gingerbread Decorating Class– 10:00am-12:00pm – Phoenicia
Holiday Market – 10:00am-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-11:00pm – Moody Gardens
A Polar Express Christmas – 10:00am & 11:30am – Jones Hall
Holiday Party at Kinder Station – 10:00am-2:00pm – Hermann Park Train Station
Gingerbread Build Off–10:00am-4:00pm – Hermann Square by City Hall
Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival– 10:00am-10:00pm – Tomball Train Depot
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Lucinda y las Flores de la Noche Buena – 11:00am – Lambert Hall
Santa Lands at Lone Star Flight Museum – 11:00am – Lone Star Flight Museum
Yuletide TEXAS – 11:00am-3:00pm – Battleship Texas
Mr. Popper’s Penguins – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
ICE – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Homestead Holiday – 1:00pm-3:00pm – Jesse H. Jones Nature Center
Czech Christmas Market – 2:00pm – Czech Center Museum Houston
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)
The Nutcracker– 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Wortham Theater
Santa’s Wonderland– 3:00pm-12:00am – College Station
Skate with Santa – 5:00pm-6:00pm – ICE at Discovery Green
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check pagefor extended hours.)
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Houston Zoo
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Lights in the Heights – 6:00pm-9:00pm –  Woodland Heights
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Constellation Field
Christmas Train– 6:00pm-10:00pm – Alvin
Very Merry Pops– 8:00pm – Jones Hall

Sunday, December 9, 2018:

Santa Surfs – Schlitterbahn Galveston
Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival– 10:00am-6:00pm – Tomball Train Depot
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
ICE – 11:00am-8:00pm – Discovery Green
Holiday in the Park – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Sheldon Lake State Park
The Nutcracker– 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Wortham Theater
Santa’s Wonderland– 3:00pm-11:00pm – College Station
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check pagefor extended hours.)
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Houston Zoo
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Holiday Market – 5:00pm-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
ICE – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Skating with the Stars – 6:00pm-6:45pm – ICE at Discovery Green
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-9:00pm – Constellation Field
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)

Monday, December 10, 2018:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check pagefor extended hours.)
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Cheap Skate – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Holiday Market – 5:00pm-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-9:00pm – Constellation Field
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-11:00pm – College Station

Tuesday, December 11, 2018:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check pagefor extended hours.)
Holiday Open House – 5:00pm-7:00pm – Adventure Kids Playcare Memorial
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Holiday Market – 5:00pm-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
ICE – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-9:00pm – Constellation Field
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-11:00pm – College Station
Rockets vs Trail Blazers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast– 7:30pm – Theater Under the Stars
Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff – 7:30pm – Hobby Center (Look for discount tickets HERE!)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018:

Storytime at the Trains – Second Baptist Cypress
Storytime at the Trains – Second Baptist 1463
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check pagefor extended hours.)
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Houston Zoo
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
ICE – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Holiday Market – 5:00pm-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-9:00pm – Constellation Field
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-11:00pm – College Station
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast– 7:30pm – Theater Under the Stars
Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff – 7:30pm – Hobby Center (Look for discount tickets HERE!)

Looking for more to do in your part of town? Check out…

365 Things to Do in Houston for grown-up things to do.
Fun2Go Misters for things to do near Humble.
Mac Kid SW Houston for things to do in SW Houston, Missouri City, Sugar Land.
Woodlands Mommy for things to do around The Woodlands.
Gish Picks… Curated Culture for Kids and Adults


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