Special Holiday Events In and Around Houston

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Get ready! It’s Cookies with Santa time!

Houston Moms’ special holiday event is back and in-person! On December 19th, come to Kelsey-Seybold Berthelsen Main Campus and visit with Santa, take photos and let your kiddos tell him what they’d like for Christmas. Be ready to snack on delicious cookies and collect swag from your various holiday helpers. Tickets go on sale soon, so be on the lookout! 

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Mayor's Holiday Spectacular 2021. Logo: Reliant.

Houston loves a good celebration! Of course, the most wonderful time of the years is the perfect time to celebrate! One of the holiday events that we are looking forward to the most is Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular on December 4th, {5-8pm}.

This year’s Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular event returns to in-person sights and sounds of the holiday season. The spectacular event is a local holiday tradition of festive entertainment, lights and, of course, the towering 70-foot White Fir tree in front of City Hall. Pop icon Taylor Dayne will headline the event, featuring hit songs from her career spanning three decades. Additional performances will include Port Arthur native DeAndre Nico; Houston-born sisters, Shelby and Carley Nunn; Houston Contemporary Dance Company; Salvation Army Brass Band; Carver High School Dance Company; and Ernest Walker and the Official Holiday Band.

Christmas Trees at Dewberry Farms

Catch a wagon ride or ride on the Dewville Express Train to the “forest” on the back 40 acres of the farm. After you find the perfect tree, Dewberry will provide you with a saw or will cut it down for you! Dewberry is open for tree sales, food and fun on Black Friday, plus Saturdays and Sundays through December 12. There is no admission to enter the farm to shop for a tree, but tokens {$4 each} or Christmas Activity Day Passes {$19.95 each plus tax} is required for the activities.

Polar Express Train Ride

{November 19th – December 26th | Departure times vary}

ALL ABOARD! The Polar Express in Palestine is ready for you and your family to throw on your favorite Christmas PJ’s and experience a magical journey to the North Pole. After being served cocoa and yummy treats, just 30 minutes later, your children will be greeted by Santa and all his elves, with a special gift from the jolly man himself. Tickets are going fast for this festive event, so get yours soon! CHOO CHOO!

Breakfast with Santa at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum- 

Join Kris Kringle for a very special breakfast! Take pictures with the man in red, play games and enjoy fun Christmas activities on December 18th from 9am to 11am. Afterward, enjoy the fun sights of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum. Sounds like a day of awesome Christmas fun! Tickets are $20 for kids 11 and up, and $15 for kids 10 and under. Make sure to register online so you don’t miss the fun!

Camp Santa Express-

Parents who still need a bit more time to prepare for holiday fun can take their kiddos to Camp Santa Express for train loads of fun! On December 22 from 10am to 2pm, your kindergarten- 6th grade kids can visit the museum for a day games, crafts, music and dancing. They also get a full tour of the museum and a tasty lunch! Take the afternoon to wrap up your shopping while your kids enjoy a full, fun, festive day! Sign your children up online for $50 per child.

The ICE at Discovery Green

{November 12 – January 30, 2022| Various times}

The ICE at Discovery Green powered by Green Mountain Energy is officially the Southwest’s largest outdoor skating rink. Special events happen all season long at the ICE in addition to the regular skate times, so make sure to check the website for all the details.

Dickens on The Strand

{December 3rd – 5th| Various Times & Events}

The magic of Galveston’s Victorian festival returns yet again! Be transported back in time with elegant costumes, street peddlers, parades, carolers, and plenty of holiday eats and drinks!

Kemah Boardwalk’s Jingle on the Boardwalk  

{Weekends from December 4th – 19th}

From snow patches and Santa’s Workshop to holiday movies and live music, there’s something for everyone at this holiday celebration. Don’t miss the annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade where hundreds of decorated boats cruise down the bay. They also have a huge New Year’s Eve celebration with family fun and fireworks too!

Kids & Christmas Annual Pops Concert

{December 18th @ 5pm}

Come hear the talented voices of the Houston Children’s Chorus at the Annual Pops Concert at the Stude Concert Hall! Tickets are $15 here for reserved seats.

Alvin’s Christmas Train

{November 26th – 27th, December 3rd – 4th, 9th – 11th, 16th – 23rd | Departure times vary}

Hosted by Living Stones Church and Victory Camp, the holidays come alive on this 3/4 mile track accented by over 300,000 lights and Christmas displays, gingerbread houses, and more. The train conductor does recommend purchasing tickets online in advance, but walk up tickets are also available on a first come, first serve basis.

Brenham’s Christmas Stroll and Lighted Parade

{December 4th | Events All Day Long!}

Each year, Brenham hosts their fabulous Christmas stroll where you can shop among the beautifully decorated downtown shops, enjoy wonderful eats, and take in a breathtaking lit parade. A completely FREE event that is sure to put a smile on your face as you enjoy the small-town charm of this nearby town.

Tamale Festival

{December 4th | 11:00 am – 8:00 pm}

If you aren’t a native Houstonian, you might be surprised to discover that tamales are a BIG deal around the holidays here. This fun and festive event celebrates the diversity of Houston, and of course, all things TAMALES. Come hungry and ready to dance the afternoon away, while enjoying the various vendor booths and local offerings.

56th Annual Tomball Holiday Parade

{November 20th | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm}

Be sure to check out this holiday tradition in Tomball! This festive parade is fun for all ages, and the many sponsors and parade entries are sure to put on a great show!

Trains over Texas

{November 20 – January 2}

Visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and get in the holiday spirit by travelling across Texas by model railroad in this scratch built O-scale model. With you paid admission, you and your family can see the multiple trains crisscrossing the state will visit important and unique places in the state’s geology and physiography. This exhibit (the size of a tennis court) is the largest indoor O-scale model railroad in Texas. Don’t miss what is sure to become a holiday tradition!

Cookies with Santa at St. Peter’s UMC

{December 4 | 2 – 4pm}

This free event is tailored specifically for special needs children and their siblings to visit with Santa, decorate cookies and do lots of fun crafts! Join in on the holiday fun !

Tree Lighting Celebrations

From Katy to Kingwood, from The Woodlands to the Heights, the Houston area is filled with local holiday events!

Kingwood’s Christmas in the Park & Annual Tree Lighting 

{December 4th | 10am – 6pm}

Head north for “Christmas in the Park!” This annual festival attracts dozens of local vendors sure to get you in the shopping mood, and pictures with Santa are a must! Wrapping up the event, the Town Center Christmas Tree will be lit at 6pm! You definitely don’t want to miss this special event.

Sugar Land’s Annual Tree Lighting 

{December 3rd | 5 – 8pm}

This year’s tree lighting celebration will be a festive Winter Wonderland! Bring your family to enjoy some of the community’s most popular musical performances and theatrical acts at this holiday celebration. Crafts, activities, strolling characters and a variety of holiday treats will make this annual city tradition a night to remember!

LaCenterra’s Annual Tree Lighting

{November 19th | 6 – 9pm}

If you are on the west side of town, head over to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch for their spectacular 51′ foot tree lighting ceremony. With twinkling lights all throughout the outdoor mall and live entertainment, this Katy tradition is a must! Though pictures with Santa will not be available during the event this year, you’re encouraged to come back for Storytime with Santa where photo opportunities will be available (more details will be announced soon).

Old Town Spring Home for the Holidays Tree Lighting Ceremony  

{November 14th | Dusk}

The Home for the Holidays festival will take place every weekend from November 13th- Christmas but the tree lighting event will be on November 14th at dusk in a new location at the Museum parking lot at 403 Gentry Street. The holiday festival will feature a spectacular display of twinkling holiday lights, horse-drawn wagon rides, entertainment, family-friendly activities and photos with Santa!

The Woodlands Annual Tree Lighting at Market Street

{November 18th | 8pm}

Come see the gorgeous 70ft Christmas tree illuminate Market Street! Kicking off a holiday season of events, the celebration continues with live musical performances, entertainers and holiday carriage rides.

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Please Note :: While we make every effort to crosscheck current links and holiday events on our guides, we always encourage you to do the same before making final plans. If details are missing or incorrect, please let us know so that we can make every attempt to correct them.  And if you know of any other holiday happenings around town, include them in the comments to keep the list going as well!


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Ashley KB was born in Long Beach, CA, but spent most of her childhood in Denver, CO. She was very athletic growing up, and she loved running track and playing volleyball. Ashley ventured to Oklahoma where she attended Langston University and transferred to the University of Central Oklahoma. Ashley graduated with an English degree from the UCO in 2011. Ashley was married to A.J. for six years... but it just didn't work out. And that's OK! They have three wild, precious, hilarious sons, Oliver {October 2012}, Maverick {August 2015} and Reeve {August 2017} who make life so incredibly meaningful. She also has a snuggly fur baby, Luna. In her free time, she can be found binge watching The Office {for the millionth time}, listening to inappropriate podcasts, or oversharing on Instagram @theofficialbossmama and her personal blog.


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