Holidays in Houston
by Jessica Nguyen
The Lights are up...
You don’t have to be under the age of 11 to enjoy all the beautiful lights that are put up around town. You can experience a Festival of Lights at Post Oak Boulevard at the “Uptown Holiday Lighting Event” starting November 28th. The free, family friendly event features festive performances, art cars, concessions and a special visit from Santa. Following the tree lighting, visitors will enjoy a dazzling light show and fireworks extravaganza.
Lights, Lights and more lights! Magical Winter Lights already started on Nov. 15 and ends Jan. 5, 2019. The 2019 Magical Winter Lights will return to Houston for its fifth year to Gulf Greyhound Park this winter from November 15, 2019 to January 5, 2020 including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.
The festival will also include a Holiday Market Square where guests will have a chance to explore the festival food court and shopping areas.
Grab your tickets...
We hope you’ve been practicing your ice skating because Discovery Green Ice Rink, is open November 15 to February 2, 2020. They have some fun and special theme nights (like Star Wars and Ugly Sweaters!). Tickets are $11 and skate rentals are $4.
Grab your tickets and head to your seats for the family-friendly retelling of the Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story of Christmas, on stage from November 15 to December 29 at Alley Theatre.
Take a journey...
Go on an adventure with your family and friends and join Clara Nov. 29 – Dec. 29, 2019 for the Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker as she takes you on her journey from her home on Christmas Eve, through a magical Christmas tree, and into the whimsical Kingdom of Sweets accompanied by her Nutcracker Prince.
The fun keeps going...
Hot chocolate, animals and more than two million lights! Take a tour of the 15 miles covering the zoo’s paths at Zoo Lights, November 23 to January 12, 2020. Get someone to snap a family photo on a giant ice throne cause why not?
We’re heading to The museum district and on over to the Children’s Museum of Houston for any or all of their holiday fun. Like Merry Grinchmas from December 12 to 18, Wintry Mix Wonderweek from December 19 to 25, Hanukkah with the JCC on December 19 and the annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration, too. How fun!
Ring in the new year!
Here’s a chance to head to Santa’s Wonderland without having to book a flight to the north poll. Just a quick trip to College Station, open through December 30, and experience the amazing trail of lights, a snowy mountain for tubing, a train ride, mechanical bull and the giant Texas flag made from lights.
City Centre’s hosting a Noon Year’s Eve for those of us that can’t make it to midnight, or maybe have to put the kids to bed before then. On December 31, dance to a live DJ and countdown to lots of bubbles at noon. There will also be face painting, a balloon artist and photo booth to capture all of the wonderful memories!
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