Christmas Activities in Houston

Celebrate this holiday season with fun and festive activities right in Houston and the surrounding areas. Here’s the Nice List of the jolliest ways to spend the holidays with those you love in Houston this year. ‘Tis the season for all of the holiday fun and we’re here for it! Check-out our “must do” list for the best activities for the whole family!

Houston Botanical Garden Lightscape

There’s nothing more magical and joyful than a beautiful lights display. This year, the Houston Botanical Garden takes this favored tradition a step further with captivating light displays created by local and international artists. Be dazzled with sparkling lights in this one-of-a-kind experience.

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Dickens on the Strand

You won’t want to miss the annual Dickens on the Strand event, presented by the Galveston Historical Foundation. Take a step back in time and enjoy this must-see holiday tradition. Dickens on The Strand is based on 19th-century Victorian London, and features parades, non-stop entertainment, and roaming characters throughout the festival.
Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gift items. Children 6 and under are FREE, it’s fun for the entire family!
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Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular

Join the city in celebrating over 100 years of this tradition! Join fellow Houstonians at of the holiday tree lighting at Hermann Square at City Hall. The public is invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Reliant booth at the Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular to help make the holidays brighter for a child this season.

Everyone who brings a toy will receive a light-up Santa hat from Reliant. The annual toy drive benefits the Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command.
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Christmas Concert at the Houston Symphony

Enjoy your holiday favorites with the Houston Symphony! Former Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski returns for a few, exclusive concert showings—snag your tickets now before they’re gone!
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Holiday on 19th Street

Head on over to the historic Houston Heights district and begin your holiday shopping! This annual, holiday event includes exploring the shopping district, live music, in-store features, cocktails, Santa, and real snow!

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Moody Gardens Ice Land & Festival of Lights

Don’t miss the eight special holiday attractions at Moody Gardens. Ice Land, Festival of Lights, Ice Skating, Train Rides, photos with Santa, and much more. If you’re looking to save a few bucks, Sundays are value days and you can save at least $5 per person! It’s a great place to see Christmas lights!

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Houston Zoo Lights

Our favorite zoo gets dressed up for the holidays! Opening day is November 17th but you can expect huge crowds. Go after Prime Day but before the end of the exhibit for the best viewing.

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Ice Skating at Discovery Green

Starting in late November, you can skate every day at Discovery Green. Special events are held regularly as well. Admission is just $11 per person at the gate.

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Houston Ballet The Nutcracker

A favorite tradition for so many Houstonians, you positively cannot miss out on the Houston Ballet’s annual performance of Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker. This absolutely phenomenal performance shines with glimmering scenery and is an experience for all ages to behold.
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