Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! December 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 2018

Plan out your weekend, in Houston, with kids!

See a show! Go to Home Alone—Film with Live Orchestra at Jone Hall, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Theater Under the Stars, The Nutcracker at Wortham Theater or A Christmas Carol at Alley Theatre.  Or go to the big big Christmas show, Christmas Under the Big Top, at Second Baptist Woodway.

See the lights! Go to the Christmas Village at Bayou Bend, Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo, Magical Winter Lights at Gulf Greyhound Park or Sugar Land Holiday Lights at Constellation Field.

Or go skating! Go to the ICE at Discovery Green on any day… or Skate with Santa on Saturday.

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

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Sugar Land Holiday Lights… Now through January 1, 2019!
Trains Over Texas at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Schlitterbahn Galveston Indoor Waterpark… Play All Day without the Summertime Crowds!
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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 13, 2018:

Free Museum Entry
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens (Value Day)
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
Christmas Train– 6:30pm-9:30pm – Alvin
A Nightmare Before Christmas – 7:00pm – Discovery Green
Rockets vs Lakers – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)
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!)

Friday, December 14, 2018:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – 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 Village at Bayou Bend – 5:30pm-10:00pm – Bayou Bend
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Constellation Field
Christmas Train– 6:00pm-10:00pm – Alvin
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-12:00am – College Station
Christmas Under the Big Top – 7:00pm – Second Baptist Woodway
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)
The Nutcracker– 7:30pm – Wortham Theater
Home Alone—Film with Live Orchestra – 7:30pm – Jone Hall
Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff – 7:30pm – Hobby Center (Look for discount tickets HERE!)
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast– 8:00pm – Theater Under the Stars

Saturday, December 15, 2018:

Santa Surfs – Schlitterbahn Galveston
Holiday Gingerbread Decorating Class– 10:00am-12:00pm – Phoenicia
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Santa Lands at Lone Star Flight Museum – 11:00am – Lone Star Flight Museum
Mr. Popper’s Penguins – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
ICE – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
Christmas Under the Big Top – 12:00pm, 3:00pm & 7:30pm – Second Baptist Woodway
The Nutcracker Tea– 12:30pm – The Grand Galveston
Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff – 2:00pm & 5:00pm – Hobby Center (Look for discount tickets HERE!)
Nutcracker – 2:00pm & 6:30pm – The Grand Galveston
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast– 2:00pm & 8:00pm – Theater Under the Stars
The Nutcracker– 2:00pm & 8:00pm – Wortham Theater
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)
Skate with Santa – 5:00pm-6:00pm – ICE at Discovery Green
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
Christmas Train– 6:00pm-10:00pm – Alvin
Transforming the Spirit in Song – 7:00pm – Discovery Green

Sunday, December 16, 2018:

Santa Surfs – Schlitterbahn Galveston
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
ICE – 11:00am-8:00pm – Discovery Green
Nutcracker – 2:00pm – The Grand Galveston
Potted Potter – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff – 2:00pm – Hobby Center (Look for discount tickets HERE!)
Christmas Under the Big Top – 2:00pm, 4:30pm & 7:00pm – Second Baptist Woodway
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)
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.)
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
Sugar Land Holiday Lights – 6:00pm-9:00pm – Constellation Field

Monday, December 17, 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
Holiday Market – 5:00pm-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Cheap Skate – 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
Christmas Train– 6:30pm-9:30pm – Alvin
Rockets vs Jazz – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Tuesday, December 18, 2018:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
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
Christmas Train– 6:30pm-9:30pm – Alvin
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – 7:00pm – Market Square Park
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 7:30pm – Alley Theatre (Save 20% with Discount Code SNOW)
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 19, 2018:

Storytime at the Trains – Second Baptist 1463
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
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.)
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
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 Statio
Christmas Train– 6:30pm-9:30pm – Alvin
Rockets vs Wizards – 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!)

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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