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Houston Holiday Events

The holidays are a wondrous time. Neighbors, friends, and family, gather to celebrate what is most important to them. It’s the quintessential time to build lifelong memories in our fabulous city and surrounding neighborhoods.  If your family is looking to start a new tradition or continue an established one, check out our list of Houston area Holiday events.

 

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Dickinson Festival of Lights

through December 30, 2016

The Dickinson Festival of Lights is the essence of the word community. People of all backgrounds get involved with setting up this Christmas Light Extravaganza.  Started in 1998 this has grown into a Dickinson area tradition. This walk-thru event takes place at Paul Hopkins Park and is a sight to see for adults and children alike. For more information click here.

 

Rockin’ New Year’s Noon Bash at the Children’s Museum of Houston

December 31, 2016

The end-of-year celebration rings in the New Year at the stroke of noon with a parade and countdown to the shimmering ball drop, just like in Times Square! Kids don’t have to stay up till midnight to celebrate. Welcome the New Year kid-style and stick around for our after party! For more information click here.

 

Christmas Village at Bayou Bend

through January 1, 2017

Discover an immersive Christmas experience at the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. This year’s Christmas Village is more exciting than ever! Get in the spirit of the holiday with carolers, Santa, a faux-snowball play area, holiday treats, art-making activities, and—on eight nights—a live reindeer, all on 14 acres of gardens and art nestled in River Oaks. For more information click here.

 

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Santa’s Wonderland 

through January 1, 2017

Santa’s Wonderland is a Texas Christmas Experience and is the biggest Christmas attraction in the state. It’s composed of Santa’s Town, a nostalgic Texas Christmas Village, and the headlining attraction is the magnificent Trail of Lights. The Trail of Lights provides guests with the views of more than 3 million lights! For more information click here.

 

Seasons of Sharing at the Children’s Museum of Houston

through January 9, 2017

With more than 100 languages spoken throughout the Houston area, our city is a thriving metropolis that is home to a variety of cultures from around the world. Ramadan, Diwali, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Christmas in Norway, Kwanzaa and the Lunar New Year will be represented in Houston’s only multicultural holiday exhibit for children.

These seven celebrations will come together in Seasons of Sharing, where a block-long neighborhood of houses light the way through the holiday season. See dipa lamps, menorahs, luminarias, kinaras, Christmas lights, and the crescent moon dazzle the most diverse neighborhood in town! For more information click here.

 

Degas: A New Vision, an exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston

through January 16, 2017

Houston hosts the legendary work of artist Edgar Degas. The MFAH exhibition will be the first and only U.S. venue to showcase a Degas work of this significance in 3 decades. The show features 200 original works from public and private collections around the world including paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture, and even Degas’ little-known passion for photography. For more information click here.

 

Festival of Lights

through January 8, 2017

As one of the largest holiday celebrations in the region, Festival of Lights has become a holiday tradition for families and groups alike. Enjoy more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment. You can also skate around on the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink, try the Arctic Ice Slide or take pictures with Santa. For more information click here.

 

Firmament by Christopher Schardt

through January 8, 2017

Discovery Green® captivates downtown visitors this winter with Firmament, a vibrant canopy of LED lights by acclaimed Burning Man artist Christopher Schardt. Come and see a 52-foot wide, canopy of 21,600 LED lights, suspended from a 42-foot high aluminum tower. For more information click here.

 

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Ice Land Ice Sculptures

through January 8, 2017

Moody Gardens takes the holidays to a whole new level of Christmas fun! A team of skilled master ice carvers has created the ultimate Caribbean Christmas! Embark on a breathtaking undersea journey made of two million pounds of ice! For more information click here.

 

Zoo Lights

through January 15, 2017

For this special night-time spectacular, the Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland, filled with brilliant displays of colorful lights and festive holiday music. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the Zoo and take in all the awe-inspiring sights, including thousands of twinkling lights adorning the magnificent live oak trees, whimsical, colorful projections over 15 feet tall, and life-size animated animal sculptures. For more information click here.

 

Discovery Green ICE

through February 5, 2017

The ICE at Discovery Green® powered by Green Mountain Energy uses recycled water from Kinder Lake to create a 7,716 square-foot ice skating surface, making it the largest outdoor skating rink in the Southwest. The ICE at Discovery Green® powered by Green Mountain Energy hosts a variety of winter programming during the winter season, November through early February. For more information click here.

Lauren Preston

Lauren is is currently the Marketing Coordinator for Greensheet Media and is the administrator for all of Greensheet Media's social media pages and external partnerships. She is a native Houstonian who loves travel, social media, blogging, and all things beauty.