Things to do in Houston today, and this New Years weekend, with kids! December 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 2018, January 1, 2, 2019

Plan out your holiday week, with kids, with this long list of events from our sponsor, Children’s Memorial Hermann!

Get on the ICE at Discovery Green… and even Skate with Spider Man!  And don’t forget to watch Elfinteract with the art and enjoy the giant gingerbread while you are at the park!

Walk through the holiday lights at the Christmas Village at Bayou Bend and the giant lanterns at Magical Winter Lights.

On New Year’s Eve, take the kids to the Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash at the Children’s Museum of Houston, High Noon Countdown at The Woodlands Children’s Museum or New Year’s Eve Family Celebration at Kemah Boardwalk.

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For the full list of things to do, brought to you by our sponsor, Children’s Memorial Hermann, look below.

Things to Do Any Day:

All the holiday shows, lights and festivals!
Full list of things to do in Houston, with kids, November 2 – January 7
This is the time to visit Discovery Green… ICE, Art & Giant Gingerbread!
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!
Sugar Land Holiday Lights… Now through January 1, 2019!
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend… Now Through January 5, 2019!
Trains Over Texas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Schlitterbahn Galveston Indoor Waterpark… Play All Day without the Summertime Crowds!
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 27, 2018:

Free Museum Entry
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
ICE – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Winter Break at the Museum – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
The Nutcracker– 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Wortham Theater
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)
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm-9:00pm – Bayou Bend
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-9:00pm – Constellation Field
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-11:00pm – College Station
Elf – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
Rockets vs Celtics – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
SHEN YUN – 7:30pm – Jones Hall
Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff – 8:00pm – Hobby Center (Look for discount tickets HERE!)

Friday, December 28, 2018:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
ICE – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Winter Break at the Museum – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
The Nutcracker– 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Wortham Theater
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)
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 Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm-10:00pm – Bayou Bend
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Constellation Field
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-12:00am – College Station
SHEN YUN – 7:30pm – Jones Hall
Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff – 8:00pm – Hobby Center (Look for discount tickets HERE!)

Saturday, December 29, 2018:

Santa Surfs – Schlitterbahn Galveston
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
ICE – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Winter Break at the Museum – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
SHEN YUN – 2:00pm & 7:00pm – Jones Hall
The Nutcracker– 2:00pm & 7:30pm – Wortham Theater
Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff – 2:00pm & 8:00pm – Hobby Center (Look for discount tickets HERE!)
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)
Skate with Spider Man – 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.)
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 Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm-10:00pm – Bayou Bend
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Constellation Field

Sunday, December 30, 2018:

Santa Surfs – Schlitterbahn Galveston
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
ICE – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Winter Break at the Museum – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff – 2:00pm – Hobby Center (Look for discount tickets HERE!)
SHEN YUN – 2:00pm & 7:00pm – Jones Hall
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)
Santa’s Wonderland– 3:00pm-12:00am – College Station
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-10:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm-9:00pm – Bayou Bend
Skating with the Stars – 6:00pm-6:45pm – ICE at Discovery Green
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-9:00pm – Constellation Field

Monday, December 31, 2018:

Sharkey’s New Year’s Eve Celebration – Downtown Aquarium
Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash – 9:00am-3:00pm – Children’s Museum of Houston
High Noon Countdown– 10:00am-12:00pm – The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
ICE – 11:00am-7:00pm – Discovery Green
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check pagefor extended hours.)
New Years Family Event – 5:00pm-8:00pm – Dave & Busters Galleria
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Houston Zoo
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Constellation Field
Rockets vs Memphis – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
New Year’s Eve Family Celebration – Fireworks at 10:00pm – Kemah Boardwalk

Tuesday, January 1, 2019:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Winter Break at the Museum – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
SHEN YUN – 1:00pm & 6:00pm – Jones Hall
ICE – 1:00pm-7:00pm – 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-10:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Constellation Field

Wednesday, January 2, 2019:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Winter Break at the Museum – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
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-10:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park

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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