Texas State Railroad begins service to the North Pole aboard The Polar Express! The magical story comes to life the minute the train departs the Palestine Depot for the journey to the North Pole. (The adventure is even more fun when families and friends show up in their pajamas!) Come experience the book/movie come to life in this adorable experience! Tickets start at $25.00 per person.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 and Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at 3:30 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm at the Texas State Railroad, Park Road 76, Rusk.
You’ve already experienced the Cupcake virtual 5K, and now it’s time to head home for the holidays! If you’re ready for another virtual jogging 5K then strap on your sneakers and complete this 5K anytime in December. Virtual runs are great because experienced runners won’t have to vie for position, and beginners won’t have to worry about people watching them! Registration is $17.00 per person, which includes your medal, bib and shipping. For participating in this event you will get a fun Home for the Holidays 5K finishers medal! Plus, at least 15% of every entry will be donated to the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Remember, this is a Virtual Run, so take a peep at the website for details.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 through Monday, December 25th, 2017 at Any Time in Houston.
Catch it before it’s gone! Brighten up the holidays with a tradition for families and groups alike. A mile-long trail with more than one million lights and lighted scenes take you around the Moody Gardens property with spectacular views Galveston Bay. Enjoy the area’s only outdoor skating rink, concession areas with hot chocolate and festive food, holiday buffets, live entertainment and more. Tickets range from $34.95 – $44.95.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 and Sunday, December 24th, 2017 at 6:00 pm at Moody Gardens Galveston Island, One Hope Boulevard, Houston.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Anytime this weekend you can visit The Square at Memorial City for daily, 30-minute snowfalls! That’s right, it’s going to be snowing right here in Houston! The Square is located on Memorial City Mall’s west side; nestled between The Cheesecake Factory and Maggiano’s Little Italy. The kids will go absolutely nuts for this snowfall winter wonderland, so don’t miss out! This event is free to attend.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 through Sunday, December 24th, 2017 at 6:00 pm at Memorial City, 303 Memorial City, Houston.
Phone: (713) 464-8640
You’re probably pretty exhausted after opening all those presents on Christmas morning, so why not let someone else cook breakfast for you? Sit down in Hotel Granduca’s Ristorante Cavour for a brunch buffet including a raw bar, antipasto, chef carving station, omelets, and frittatas on Christmas Day. Our stomachs are already rumbling. Admission is $48.00 per person.
Monday, December 25th, 2017 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Hotel Granduca, 1080 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston
Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean that you can skimp out on your fitness goals. Come on down to Levy Park where they’re still having their Zumba class in the evening! Get moving at this free one-hour Zumba class where you’ll dance, skip, hop, and otherwise get your best Beyonce moves on all while shredding those pounds. This event is free to attend.
Monday, December 25th, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Levy Park, 3801 Eastside, Houston.
Phone: (713) 522-PARK
Travel through Christmas pasts on a festive hayride (weather-permitting) and explore holiday customs and decorations from 1830s to the 1930s. The 1860s Ryon Prairie Home will be offering wassail and Christmas treat samples and Santa Claus will lead story time in the Treehouse at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. This year, Christmas in the Park happens on all the Saturdays leading up to Christmas, plus most days the week before Christmas. Tickets are $10.00 per person; $5.00 for ages 5 to 15; $9.00 for ages 62 and up; and free for ages 4 and under.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762, Richmond.
Phone: (281) 343-0218
If watching the movie rather than boarding an actual train is more your speed, then we suggest the Polar Express screening over at Sweet & Sassy! Bring the kids in their pajamas to watch a screening of The Polar Express, take part in crafts, and enjoy a limo ride around Kingwood to see the holiday lights at Sweet & Sassy. Tickets are $35.00 per person and reservations are required.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Sweet & Sassy, 534 Kingwood Dr, Kingwood.
Join the crazy people down at El Gato for a lazy Caturday Morning watching the best cat cartoons from the 90’s. Whether you want to stroll down memory lane back to a simple time when Saturday morning cat cartoons defined your weekend or you want to introduce your kiddo to old school cartoons, you’ll be starting your day off right with the Houston Humane Society resident cats. Passes are for fifty minutes and additional hours can be added for $5.00 per person per hour. Your pass includes bottomless coffee. An adult pass is $12.00 per hour, a student pass is $10.00 per hour (with valid school id) and a child pass is $8.00 (under 17).
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at El Gato Coffeehouse Cat Cafe, 508 Pecore St., Suite A, Houston.
Phone: (832) 968-3006
The Pier over in Galveston is the place to be for all of your Christmas entertainment! Bring the whole family to enjoy holiday-themed activities, holiday movies, and a visit with Santa Claus at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. Don’t miss out on these great activities on this beautiful, historic pier while they’re still here! This event is free to attend.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at 11:00 am at Pleasure Pier, 2501 Seawall Blvd, Galveston.
Want to check out all of the gorgeous holiday lights around town but don’t know where to go? Maybe the hassle of past light-seeking adventures has left you jaded. Why not let someone do all the work for you? Meet up at Market Square Park, get on a bus, and join the Houston Wave for a tour of the many lights around Houston! Tickets are $35.00 per person.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 at 6:30 pm at Market Square Park, 301 Milam St, Houston.
Phone: (713) 863-9283
For all proper gentlemen and ladies we present the Gingerbread Tea at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. This beautiful hotel hosts a gingerbread tea-themed afternoon for the whole family. In addition to traditional tea offerings, there will be activities for children such as ornament and cupcake decorating and gingerbread house building! Admission is $85.00 per adult, and $65.00 per child.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at 12:00 pm at Four Seasons Hotel Houston, 1300 Lamar St, Houston.
Phone: (713) 650-1300
Ah, glorious Festivus. Don’t forget to celebrate your Festivus this year at this Seinfeld-style party with a Festivus MiracAle, a Belgian ale brewed with holiday spice, and a cringe-worthy Elaine dance-off at Holler Brewing Co. This sounds like so much fun – we can hardly contain ourselves! Leave the kids at Grandma’s, or bring them along to start your very own Festivus tradition. This event is free to attend.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Holler Brewing Co, 2206 Edwards St, Houston.
Phone: (832) 781-0555
Dress ups aren’t just for your kids. You can also enjoy some wacky holiday fun! Dress up in a tacky holiday sweater, a Santa Suit, a menorah, or anything else holiday related at this costume party at B-52 Brewing. Enjoy food from Pho-Jita, corn hole games, smore kits, and a costume contest! This is one-holiday party that’s sure to bring a smile to your face with some quirky festivities. This event is free to attend.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm at B-52 Brewing Co, 12470 Milroy Ln, Conroe.
Phone: (936) 447-4677
For those of us bread-lovers out there this is the perfect way to spend some quality time baking with your child, all while getting to enjoy the deliciously warm and crusty fruits of your labor afterwards. Bring the kids to a festive, hands-on cooking class where they will learn to bake homemade fresh bread at Kitchen Chick in Galveston! This class is for kids ages 7 and up. Tickets are $30.00 per child.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Kitchen Chick, 528 23rd St, Galveston.
Phone: (409) 497-2999