Things to do in Houston today, and this weekend, with kids! November 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 2018

Get ready for the holidays in Houston!  This weekend the lights and shows begin!

See the lanterns and Magical Winter Lights at Gulf Greyhound Park and Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo.

Get on the ICE at Discovery Green.  The ice rink opens with Frostival on Friday night.  Enjoy live music, interactive ice sculptures and music!

Go see A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas at Alley Theatre and Mr. Popper’s Penguins at Main Street Theater at MATCH.

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

Things to Do Any Day:

Plan ahead for the holidays!  Here are all the shows, lights and festivals!
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
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, November 15, 2018:

Free Museum Entry – Museum District
Find a museum district restaurant HERE.
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-11:00pm – College Station
Rockets vs Warriors – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

Friday, November 16, 2018:

Our Youngest Artists – 10:30am & 11:30am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
ICE – 11:00am-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Frostival – 6:00pm-10:00pm – Discovery Green
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-12:00am – College Station
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas– 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
I Am King: The Michael Jackson Experience – 8:30pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, November 17, 2018:

Santa Surfs – Schlitterbahn Galveston
Texas Renaissance Festival Todd Mission, Texas
Via Colori Festival – 10:00am-6:00pm – Streets Surrounding City Hall
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-11:00pm – Moody Gardens
Young Writers Workshop – 10:30am – Discovery Green
Our Youngest Artists – 10:30am & 11:30am – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
ICE – 11:00am-11:00pm – Discovery Green
HPL Express Craft: Teen Craft – 11:30am – Discovery Green
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Lighting of the Doves– 3:00pm-9:00pm – Town Green Park at The Woodlands Waterway
Santa’s Wonderland– 3:00pm-12:00am – College Station
Skate with Santa – 5:00pm-7:00pm – ICE at Discovery Green
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check page for 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
Rockets vs Kings – 7:00pm – Toyota Center
The Divine Miss Bette – 8:00pm – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Sunday, November 18, 2018:

Santa Surfs – Schlitterbahn Galveston
Texas Renaissance Festival Todd Mission, Texas
Via Colori Festival – 10:00am-5:00pm – Streets Surrounding City Hall
Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Sunday Family Zone – 1:00pm-4:00pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
ICE – 11:00am-8:00pm – Discovery Green
Mr. Popper’s Penguins – 12:30pm & 3:30pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
Sunday Family Studio – 1:00pm & 2:30pm – Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Bayou Bend Family Day “Festive Celebrations” – 1:00pm-5:00pm – Bayou Bend
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
Santa’s Wonderland– 3:00pm-11:00pm – College Station
Ride the Holiday Train – 5:00pm-7:00pm –  Hermann Park Kinder Station (Hours change, check page for extended hours.)
Magical Winter Lights – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Gulf Greyhound Park
Holiday Market – 5:00pm-10:00pm –  Hermann Park (by Kinder Station)
Zoo Lights – 5:00pm-11:00pm – Houston Zoo
Skating with the Stars – 6:00pm-6:45pm- ICE at Discovery Green

Monday, November 19, 2018:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Mr. Popper’s Penguins – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
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
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-11:00pm – College Station

Tuesday, November 20, 2018:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Mr. Popper’s Penguins – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – 2:30pm & 7:30pm – Alley Theatre
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
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-11:00pm – College Station

Wednesday, November 21, 2018:

Festival of Lights – 10:00am-9:00pm – Moody Gardens
Mr. Popper’s Penguins – 11:00am & 2:00pm – Main Street Theater at MATCH
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
Santa’s Wonderland– 6:00pm-11:00pm – College Station
Rockets vs Pistons – 7:00pm – Toyota Center

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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