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Best Holiday and Christmas Events in Houston for Families

Mommy Poppins logo Mommy Poppins 11/5/2021 Rachael Cherry
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The holidays and all of their cheer are quickly approaching, and there are some amazing seasonal and Christmas events near Houston to do with the whole family. From the Nutcracker Market to holiday light shows, volunteer opportunities, and more, there is no shortage of fun and festive activities you and your family can enjoy to get into the holiday spirit. To get you started, we've compiled a list of the ultimate must-do holiday and Christmas events in Houston to make the most of the 2021 holiday season.

For more Christmas events and other seasonal activities, check out our Guide to Holiday Events in Houston.

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The Houston Ballet's Nutcracker Market, photo courtesy of the Market

Holiday and Christmas Events in Houston: Inner Loop

Thu. Nov. 11, 2021 - Sun. Nov. 14, 2021

Ready, set, SHOP! The Nutcracker Market is back! As one of the largest holiday markets in Houston featuring a wide array of specialty items, clothes, toys, and more, you're sure to find everything you need for a successful holiday season.  read more

Thurs. Nov. 11, 2021 - Mon. Jan. 3, 2022 (Daily)

Take part in an interactive walk- or float-through lights experience at the Marriot Marquis Houston. Guests can swim through the lights in the Texas-shaped lazy river, snap photos, enjoy nightly snowfalls, dine on a winter-themed dining menu, and more. read more

Fri. Nov. 12, 2021 - Thu. Dec. 24, 2021 (Daily)

Santa Claus is at the Galleria ready to take photos with his favorite friends! read more

Mon. Nov. 15, 2021 - Sun. Jan. 9, 2022 (Daily)

The Houston Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonder light experience for the entire family to enjoy. read more

Fri. Nov. 19, 2021 - Wed. Dec. 29, 2021

Enjoy Houston's rendition of the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge's journey with three ghostly spirits. read more

Sat. Nov. 20, 2021 - Sun. Jan. 2, 2022 (Daily)

This exhibit (the size of a tennis court) is the largest indoor O-scale model railroad in Texas and a wonderful holiday tradition. read more

Thurs. Nov. 25, 2021 - Sun. Dec. 26, 2021 (Daily)

Travel into a holiday wonderland as you tour the River Oaks neighborhood. Homes are decked out in unparalleled holiday lights displays, and Santa is even hanging out at one of the houses!  read more

Sat. Nov. 28, 2021 - Wed. Jan. 6, 2022 (Daily)

Choose from 9 different holiday light tours, ranging from 3-7 hours long. Tours can include stops for famous walk-through displays like Moody Gardens' Festival of Lights, while others include driving through some of Houston's best decorated and most festive neighborhoods.  read more

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Lighting of the Doves Festival near Houston, photo courtesy of visitthewoodlands.com

Holiday and Christmas Events in Houston: North & East Houston

Wed. Nov. 3, 2021 - Sun. Jan. 2, 2022 (Daily)

Experience the magic of holiday lights in a socially distant way by driving through The Light Park, which features an interactive holiday experience that includes millions of twinkling lights, holiday music, and festive cheer.  read more

Fri. Nov. 12, 2021

The annual Dickens Market features vendors selling food, crafts, Christmas gifts, books, and anything else you can think of to check off your holiday shopping lists. There are also carolers from the Cypress Creek Community Chorale and guest elementary school choirs. read more

Sat. Nov. 13, 2021 - Sun. Dec. 19, 2021 (Weekends)

Home for the Holidays transforms the historic Old Town Spring into a holiday wonderland. There are twinkling light displays, live entertainment, family-friendly activities, and photo opportunities with Santa. read more

Fri. Nov. 19, 2021 - Mon. Jan. 17, 2022 (Daily)

Indulge in some winter skating fun at The Woodlands' Ice Rink. read more

Sat. Nov. 20, 2021

The Lighting of the Doves Festival is a family tradition that symbolizes peace during the holidays and features international performances, Santa's arrival, the lighting of the doves, and fireworks. read more

Sat. Nov. 20, 2021 - Sun. Dec. 12, 2021 (Daily)

In addition to finding and cutting your own Christmas tree, you can enjoy a variety of seasonal fun at the farm. Activities include train rides, hay rides, a petting zoo, a giant slide, a bounce house, and a jumping pad. read more

Sun. Nov. 28, 2021

Get in the holiday spirit as City Place unveils a floating Christmas tree at City Place Park's pond system. See Santa and Mrs. Claus, sip on hot chocolate, and enjoy special performances, a strolling balloon artist, a face painter, and music by DJ Hues. read more

Tue. Nov. 30, 2021

Celebrate Conroe's annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The festivities kick off with a performance by the local Children's Choir, followed by the lighting of the tree.  read more

Sat. Dec. 4, 2021

Head to Town Center for Kingwood's annual Christmas in the Park, featuring live entertainment, vendors, food, artists, Santa Claus, and the big event of the night: the Tree Lighting. read more

Sat. Dec. 4, 2021

Get in a little early holiday cheer! Santa and Frost invite you for a treat with holiday cookies to eat. Don't forget to bring your holiday list of what you want and need! read more

Sat. Dec. 11, 2021

Enjoy a free* day of festive family activities at the Conroe Christmas Celebration. Kids can play on snow slides and inflatables, ride on camels, snap pictures with Santa, ride the ferris wheel, and more. read more

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Tomball German Christmas Market and Festival - photo courtesy of tfea.org

Holiday and Christmas Events in Northwest Houston

Fri. Nov. 5, 2021 - Sun. Jan. 2, 2022 (Daily)

Dasher's Lightshow, Houston's Original Christmas Drive-Thru, is coming to town this Holiday Season. Experience the magic of Dasher's Lightshow with friends and family as you drive through light tunnels and past giant Christmas trees, snowmen, and acres of land. read more

Fri. Nov. 12, 2021 - Thurs. Dec. 30, 2021 (Daily)

Experience Santa's magical world with hayride tours, train rides, live music, shopping, horse and carriage tours, food village, campfires, and more. Families also get to meet Santa and take photos with him. read more

Sat. Nov. 20, 2021

This one-day event features vendors selling women's and children's clothes, jewelry, gourmet food, and a variety of other novelty items that make great gifts this holiday season. read more

Fri. Dec. 10, 2021 - Sun. Dec. 12, 2021

You won't just find a holiday market at the Tomball German Christmas Market and Festival, but a weekend-long festival celebrating German heritage. It's full of live music, street performers, ethnic and festival foods, and more fun for the family. read more

Fri. Dec. 10, 2021 - Sun. Dec. 19, 2021 (Weekends: Friday-Sunday)

This is one spectacular holiday celebration you don't want to miss! Drawing from the Vaudeville and Follies shows of the late 19th century through the 1970s, this performance brings laughter, dancing, and lots of holiday cheer.  read more

Sat. Dec. 11, 2021 - Sun. Jan. 2, 2022 (Daily)

Prestonwood Forest invites you to judge which streets and houses have the best and most award-worthy holiday decorations. Since the '80s, this neighborhood has lit up during the holidays with extravagant light displays with themes on each street. read more

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Photo courtesy of The Christmas Train, Alvin

Holiday and Christmas Events in Southeast Houston

Sat. Nov. 13, 2021 - Sun. Jan. 2, 2022 (Daily)

Enjoy an out-of-this-world light experience at Space Center Houston this holiday season! There are two high-kinetic light shows, the original film "Holidays in Space," a  a 200-foot LED light tunnel, and more.  read more

Fri. Nov. 19, 2021 - Sun. Jan. 2, 2022

Magical Winter Lights immerses guests in elaborate light displays of various themes. There is a holiday market, carnival games, arts and crafts, a food court, and lots of family fun. read more

Sat. Nov. 20, 2021 - Sun. Jan, 2, 2022 (Daily)

Head down to Moody Gardens for an unparalleled holiday experience that includes seven different attractions. Walk the annual Festival of Lights, watch Rudolph in 4D, glide down the Arctic Slide, take a festive train ride, and more. read more

Fri. Nov. 26, 2021 - Wed. Dec. 23, 2021 (Weekends: Friday - Sunday + Select Dates)

Enjoy a unique holiday experience by taking an old-fashioned train ride through more than 300,000 lights, gingerbread villages, penguin snow lands, and other Christmas decor and scenery.  read more

Sat. Nov. 27, 2021 - Fri. Dec. 31, 2021 (Daily)

Walk through over 100,000 twinkling holiday lights, mail letters to Santa, and snap some family Christmas photos at the Home for the Holidays Lighted Christmas Trail.  read more

Fri. Dec. 3, 2021 - Sun. Dec. 19, 2021 (Weekends: Friday - Sunday)

Every weekend during December is full of holiday festivities on the Boardwalk! Take photos with Santa, drink hot chocolate, visit Santa's workshop, watch festive movies, and enjoy even more seasonal fun.  read more

Sat. Dec. 4, 2021

This holiday celebration is packed with activities for the whole family, including snow areas, live music, skating, s'mores and more. There is even a Dinner with Santa option! read more

Sat. Dec. 4, 2021

Check out floats, emergency vehicles, and area bands at the annual Hometown Christmas Parade. read more

Sat. Dec. 4, 2021 & Sun. Dec. 5, 2021

Head down to Baytown for the annual Christmas on Texas Avenue. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance for photo opportunities, plus take advantage of vendor booths, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and more. read more

Sat. Dec. 11, 2021

This FREE annual community event is a favorite among families, and includes a hot pancake breakfast and a visit with Santa.  read more

Sat. Dec. 11, 2021

Every year, thousands of Houstonians head to Clear Lake for the annual holiday boat parade featuring more than 60 brightly decorated power and sailboats. read more

Thurs. Dec. 16, 2021 - Thurs. Dec. 23, 2021 (Daily)

Indulge in some holiday magic at the annual Hometown Holidays and Trail of Lights. With over 100,000 lights to see, games for the kids, and more there is no shortage of holiday cheer to enjoy.  read more

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Photo courtesy of City of Sugar Land

Holiday and Christmas Events in Southwest Houston

Thu. Nov. 4, 2021 - Sat. Nov. 6, 2021

A holiday shopping extravaganza where you can purchase everything from apparel to home decor to children's items and more. read more

Fri. Nov. 19, 2021 - Sun. Jan. 9, 2022 (Daily)

The annual Sugar Land Holiday Lights puts more than 3 million lights and 8 themed areas, along with special holiday movie nights, a carnival, a visit from Santa Claus, and more. read more

Thu. Nov. 25, 2021 - Fri. Dec. 25, 2021 (Daily)

Head to the Duke Family Christmas Light Show for a special evening of 60+K lights all synchronized to music! read more

Thu. Dec. 2, 2021

Kick off the holiday festivities Holiday in the Park! Snow is in the forecast and Santa is coming to Bellaire Town Square and is ready to hear all of your holiday wishes. There is also music from local choirs, food, and tons of family fun. read more

Sat. Dec. 11, 2021

Free movies screen under the stars each month at Sugar Land Town Square. read more

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Photo courtesy of Dewberry Farms

Holiday and Christmas Events in West Houston

Wed. Nov. 3, 2021 - Sun. Jan. 2, 2022

Experience the magic of holiday lights in a socially distant way by driving through The Light Park, which features an interactive holiday experience that includes millions of twinkling lights, holiday music, and festive cheer.  read more

Sat. Nov. 6, 2021 - Fri. Dec. 24, 2021 (Daily)

Bass Pro Shops presents a festive holiday celebration featuring free photos with Santa Claus! read more

Fri. Nov. 19, 2021 - Fri. Dec. 24, 2021 (Daily)

Snap some photos with Santa at Katy Mills Mall. read more

Fri. Nov. 26, 2021 - Sun. Dec. 12, 2021 (Weekends: Friday - Sunday)

Take a train ride on the Dewville Express over to the forest of Christmas trees, take in gorgeous light displays, snap a photo in a giant snow globe, and indulge in lots of family-friendly holiday festivities during Christmas at Dewberry Farm.  read more

Sat. Dec. 4, 2021

The 8th Annual Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival has food trucks, shopping from local vendors, live entertainment, carolers, and 50,000 POUNDS of snow arriving at noon with the one-and-only Santa. read more

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