The holiday season is here, and there are plenty of things to do in Houston to celebrate. Whether you enjoy viewing festive light shows, sitting around a campfire, perusing ice sculptures or going to a holiday concert, there’s something for everyone this time of year. With so much going on in the city, here are a few Houston holiday festivals you and your family shouldn’t miss.
Milk and Cookies with Santa
When: Dec. 24
Your kids are sure to love meeting Saint Nick before he boards his sleigh to deliver presents to children around the world. The Children’s Museum of Houston will be celebrating Christmas with milk and a cookie jar filled with sweet treats.
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend
When: Dec. 10 – Jan. 1
Little ones will have another opportunity to see Santa and his reindeer at Bayou Bend. This former mansion turned museum is filled with lights, performances, and animations. Plus, this year there will be a Belgian tent of mirrors that has more than 1,200 pieces. Click here for information or to purchase tickets.
Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash
When: Dec. 31
Who said you have to stay up until midnight to celebrate the new year? This year-end celebration is designed just for kids! At noon, the Children’s Museum of Houston will have a ball drop and a parade to help young ones ring in the new year.
Festival of Lights
When: Nov. 12 – Jan. 8
Join the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast at Moody Gardens. The light show includes more than a million lights and 100 animated sounds along a mile-long trail. Plus, there is a 100-foot slide and ice skating, all overlooking Galveston Bay.
There are plenty of other Houston holiday festivals for you and your family. Here’s a more complete list if you’re looking for additional ideas.