Things to Do in Houston During the Holidays + Christmas Activities in November and December 2014

The Ice at Discovery Green
UPDATE: For the 2015 Holiday Events, go HERE!

It’s holiday time in Houston!  Find the events below and get to celebrating!

For the shows and fairs, I included some that may be best for bigger kids, just click the links to decide for yourself.

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.

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

Festivals/Family Fun:
Home for the Holidays – November 9th – December 21st – Old Town Spring – The local shops in this old railroad town are dressed up for the holidays and the street is alive with performers and Santa’s Workshop.

Nutcracker Market – November 13-16 – NRG Stadium – This isn’t really a kid event… but it’s a fun shopping/people watching event for moms.

Polar Express Train Ride – November 14-December 30 – Palestine, Texas

Santa’s Workshop – November 14-January 4 – College Station

Photo with Santa – November 15-December 24 – Bass Pro Shops

Festival of Lights – November 15 – January 3 – Moody Gardens – Find 1 million lights, an ice skating rink and Arctic Ice Slide.

Ice Land Ice Sculptures with Sponge Bob Squarepants November 15-January 4 – Moody Gardens

Zoo Lights – November 19-January 4 – Houston Zoo – Find 2 million lights, lighting up the Houston Zoo!

 Yuletide: Holiday Time at Bayou Bend – November 20- January 4 – Bayou Bend House Museum (Festive Family Friday on December 19)

Holiday Market & Talent Showcase – November 22 – Project Row Houses

Lighting of the Doves – November 22 – Town Green Park at The Woodlands Waterway – This festival has snow, sledding, shopping, entertainment, fireworks… and Santa arriving on the water!  See the Doves light up along The Woodlands Waterway!

Field of Light – November 22-February 8 – Discovery Green – An art installation by Bruce Munro that will be illuminated at dusk each day.  4,500 glass spheres on slender stems along the Brown Promenade.

 ICE at Discovery Green – November 25-February 8 – Discovery Green – All ages are invited to skate at Discovery Green.  There is a small toddler rink for the littlest ones to practice.

Turkey Trot – November 27 – Galleria – 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 27 – Downtown Houston

Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting – November 27 – Post Oak Boulevard

Pop Shop Houston – November 28, 29, 30 – Silver Street Studios

Classic Christmas Story Hour – November 29, December 6, 13 – Brazos Bookstore

Teddy Bear Tea – November 29 & 30, December 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21 – St. Regis – Tea time 2:00-4:00pm every weekend.  Puppet show, balloons, face painting & a magic show.

Skate with Santa – November 29, December 6, 13, 20 – Discovery Green ICE – Join BigKidSmallCity at the ice!

Holiday Train – December 1 – January 4 – Hermann Park Train – After dark each night, the train is lit up for the season!

Story Time in Candy Land – December 1-4 – St. Luke’s Day School

Sugar Land Tree Lighting – December 4 – Sugar Land Town Square

Mayor’s Holiday Celebration – December 5 – City Hall – Tree lighting, music, Santa and family fun in Downtown Houston!

Dickens on the Strand – December 5-7 – Galveston – 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 5-23 – Alvin, Texas

Jingle on the Boardwalk – December 6 – Kemah – Welcome the season with holiday music, a toy drive and parade.

Paint with Santa – December 6 – Young Artist Art Studio 

Christmas in the Park & Campfire Christmas – December 6-31 – George Ranch Historic Park

Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival – December 12-14 – Tomball Train Depot – Great family festival just outside Houston.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – December 13 – Market Square Park

Breakfast with Santa – December 13 – Pappasito’s Cantina – Fort Bend Theatre hosts Breakfast with Santa in Storybook Land, with your favorite storybook characters, including Frozen’s Elsa.

Candlelight Tour – December 13-14 – Heritage Society 

Yuletide Nights: Spirits of Holidays Past – December 16 – Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens 

Bayou Bend Family Day:  Seasons of Joy – December 21 – Bayou Bend Family Day – This is a great family event.  Activities, music, demonstrations, performances, craft workshops, giveaways, and more abound throughout the home and gardens.

Chanukah On Ice – December 21 – Discovery Green

Participate in the Stock the Shelves Challenge at Wesley House!

Find holiday lights all around town.  See a list HERE

 Find Gingerbread Building workshops HERE!

Make your own FREE Reindeer Feed at Keeli’s Cupcakes!


Madeline’s Christmas – November 13-December 20 – Main Street Theater (at Talento Bilingue de Houston) – This is a professional production for families!  Kids need to be 3 or older.

Little Scrooge – November 22-20 – Express Children’s Theatre – This show is for families!

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – November 26 – December 24 – Alley Theatre 

The Nutcracker – November 28-December 28 – Wortham Theater 

A Christmas Carol – December 3-20 – InterActive Theater – This show specifically for families!

A Christmas Carol – December 5-21 – Wortham Theater

Radio City Christmas Spectacular – December 5-28 – Hobby Center

Houston Symphony’s The Night Before Christmas – December 13 – Jones Hall – This performance is for families!  Kids of all ages are welcome.

Houston Children’s Chorus – December 19, 20, 21 – Houston and Galveston 

Really Really Big Christmas Show – December 19-22 – Second Baptist


Looking for more holiday ideas?
Go HERE for Ideas on Houston Adventures to give your kids for Christmas!
Go HERE for Ideas on what to Give Houston Moms and Families this Christmas!
Go HERE for the list of items to order now so you are ready to relax in December!

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  1. November 5, 2014 at 1:48 pm — Reply


  2. Frida
    November 6, 2014 at 4:59 pm — Reply

    I love this!! Would you be open to including our event on Thanksgiving Day? Turkey Trot is 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. I hope you can support it 🙂

    Thank you!

    • November 6, 2014 at 8:04 pm — Reply

      Thanks Frida. It’s there. 🙂

  3. November 7, 2014 at 11:09 pm — Reply


  4. Sara Berner
    November 8, 2014 at 1:43 am — Reply

    Don't forget the City of Sugar Land's Tree Lighting on December 4th!

  5. November 12, 2014 at 7:25 am — Reply

    Don’t forget the Houston Children’s Chorus holidays concerts!?!

  6. Jessica Martin- Brassington
    November 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm — Reply

    Thanks for posting! Found 6 things for sure that we're going to! 🙂

    • November 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm — Reply

      Awesome! Come back and tell us how they were!

  7. Sandy Buffolano
    November 16, 2014 at 8:37 pm — Reply

    Tuba Christmas?

    • November 17, 2014 at 10:14 am — Reply

      Sandy – What is Tuba Christmas?

  8. Jessica D
    November 22, 2014 at 7:47 pm — Reply

    Thanks for this listing. How can I get on the mail group for special events and also who do I speak with about riding in the Thanksgiving and Christmas parade?

  9. De Ana Furqueron
    November 28, 2014 at 11:38 am — Reply

    Is there any place that has snow???

    • December 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm — Reply

      De Ana – Lighting of the Doves had snow and sledding… If I learn of others, I’ll let you know.

  10. vicki
    December 13, 2014 at 11:18 am — Reply

    which Christmas Carol is better ? any one been to both?

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