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.

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All the holiday shows, lights and festivals!
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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
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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 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:

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Comments

  1. Jill, thank you for a comprehensive list of activities! I especially like the idea of “Skate with Santa”. I spend a lot of time with my nephew during the holiday season (while his folks are out shopping), but he’s getting a little old for the traditional picture sitting in Santa’s lap. I think he would really enjoy ice skating! I appreciate that there are events on this list for all ages.

    • Jill Jarvis says:

      Thanks Ron! We also saw Santa taxi in at the Lone Star Flight Museum last week. He’ll be back again each Saturday… so this might be good for bigger little kids too!

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