The 2022 Winter Season has arrived in Houston, and this only means there will be plenty of activities and events for families with kids (seriously, tons).

Winter holidays provide the perfect time of year for family-bonding time – giving an excuse to try new traditions or even old favorites. Many of the events on this list will do the job!
With so many options for having the best Winter season, we’re sure you won’t know where to start!

Check out our top 50 picks for winter holiday events in Houston:

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Where: Space Center Houston
Hours: November 12 – January 1, 6 PM – 10 PM | (Closed Nov. 24, Dec. 8, 24 & 25)

This winter in Houston, families will explore the most interactive and technologically advanced light display in Texas at Space Center Houston!

There will be tons of activities and much to see! Embark on a festive adventure and continue the Space City tradition this holiday season during Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant.

Where: Typhoon Texas Waterpark Parking Lot
Hours: November 4th through January 1st

Families will not want to miss the most exciting drive-through light show!

Eat, drink, and watch as the night is electrified with millions of Christmas lights and festive music.

Where: Discovery Green
Hours: November 11, 2022, through January 29, 2023. Monday – Friday: 5-10 PM (Fridays open until 11 PM) | Saturday & HISD School Holidays*: 11 AM-11 PM | Sunday: 11 AM– 8 PM

Ice Skating is a must when it comes to winter activities for families!

Green Mountain Energy Ice returns and families will get to glide beneath the glittering lights of downtown Houston and discover the holiday magic!

Where: Santa’s Wonderland
Hours: November 11th thru December 30th

Make sure you and the whole family visit this family-friendly Texas Christmas Experience!

You and your loved ones will have an unforgettable evening celebrating the holidays with lights, music, food, and engaging activities and attractions.

Where: Galveston Railroad Museum
Hours: November 11 – December 23, 2022. 2:30 PM

This is a pretty great and UNIQUE activity to share with your kids!

Enjoy a round-trip journey to the North Pole led by a cast of talented actors.

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™ for a one-hour trip to meet Santa. 

Where: Houston Raceway Park
Hours: November 18, 2022, to January 7, 2023

Explore illuminated castles and world landmarks, peek under the sea and step into imaginary lands of delight and adventure at Magical Winter Lights!

Encompassing more than seven dazzling themed displays and with more than six million lights, the 2022 Magical Winter Lights festival will entertain the entire family!

Where: Texas Jail House
Hours: November 18- December 18 | Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 12 PM- 6 PM

The Grinch’s Lair is a fun, festive experience inspired by “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” By Dr. Seuss.

This whimsical, live, interactive, production lets you visit your favorite green guy while he’s locked up in jail for stealing Christmas. You’ll get to immerse yourself in the world of Mr. Grinch through his Christmas Texas Jailhouse Lair. You never know what ridiculousness he’ll be up to with his pal, Max, and all the other adorable residents.

Hours: November 18 – January 1, 5 PM-10 PM

Magic of Lights is a unique and dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience for the whole family!

You will find more than a mile of spectacular light displays that bring to life your favorite holiday scenes and characters. Don’t miss the larger-than-life sparkling Christmas Barbie™ display, the supersized Bigfoot® Monster Truck, and the life-sized dinosaurs of Prehistoric Christmas!

Where: Humble Civic Center
Hours: November 18- December 31. 5:30 PM- 10:30 PM

Families will enjoy the twinkling lights choreographed to holiday music favorites from their vehicles!

There’s also the chance to stroll through lighted tunnels and sing along with Santa and all of his dancing reindeer. 

Where: Texas State Railroad
Hours: November 18- December 27

Another unique experience this Christmas season: relive the classic story the minute the train departs the Palestine Depot for the journey to the North Pole!

Enveloped by the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the tale as they are whisked away on THE POLAR EXPRESS™. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served as the classic children’s book, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is recited!

(The adventure is even more fun when families and friends show up in their pajamas)

Where: Houston Botanic Garden
Hours: November 18– January 1, 2023, | 5:30 – 8:30 PM

Lightscape, holiday lights, and music event like no other, features a winding path through the Garden lined with stunning immersive installations!

The creativity of Lightscape’s international artists sets the stage for a festive experience for all ages, including fire pits for s’mores and dramatic backdrops for social posts!

Where: Houston Zoo
Hours: November 18– January 8, 2023, | Closed on December 7, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. | 5:30-10:30 PM| Last entry at 9:30 PM

Presented by TXU Energy, Zoo Lights is Houston’s favorite holiday light experience!

The beautiful Zoo grounds are the perfect setting to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season with friends and family.

Where: Constellation Field
Hours: November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023. 6 PM- 10 PM

Sugar Land Holiday Lights is a sparkling wonderland that features more than 3 million lights, a carnival, Santa Claus (until 12/23), a brand new 40 ft. light-up tree, and numerous themed displays!

You can also get holiday shopping done with a number of holiday vendors all while enjoying great food and a dazzling light show!

Where: Moody Gardens
Hours: November 19, 2022 – January 7, 2023

Get ready to enjoy a very diverse range of attractions!

Festival of Lights is a mile-long walking trail decked with two million lights and filled with sound-enhanced lighted and animated displays themed to everyone’s favorite holiday music and spectacular views of Galveston Bay. Families attending will also enjoy an outdoor ice rink, Arctic Slide, a holiday buffet, train rides, holiday 3D films, and Rudolph 4D. 

Where: Children’s Museum Houston
Hours: November 19. 11 AM- 12:30 PM

Kids of all ages will be entertained by this charming Holiday story! Celebrate the coming holiday season with this beloved storytime.

Where: Children’s Museum Houston
Hours: November 23, 10 AM- 2 PM

During Change of the Seasons, kids will celebrate the season and make it nice with the man of the hour, Santa Claus!

This is your chance to tell him how nice you’ve been this year. Dress for the occasion and don’t forget your smile!

Where: Victory Camp
Hours: November 25-26, December 1-3, December 8-10, December 15-23 | 6 – 9 PM

The Christmas Train is a unique holiday experience, unlike anything else in Houston!

The entire family can enjoy an old-fashioned train ride on open-air coaches while experiencing hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights and displays.

Where:  Lone Star Lights
Hours: November 25–27, December 2–4, 9–11, 15–22

At Lone Star Lights, families will find a-17 acre park with 8 immersive thematic zones complete with incredible photo opportunities, engaging interactions, and over a million lights.

Local food and retail vendors will enhance this dynamic community-oriented experience. 

Where: Dewberry Farm
Hours: November 26, 10 AM- 6 PM

During Christmas Tree Farm, admission to the Dewberry Farm is free!

Take a wagon ride to the Christmas Tree Forest to find the perfect tree. You can cut the tree down yourself or one of the team members can help cut it down for you.

Where: Children’s Museum Houston
Hours: November 26, 11 AM- 1:30 PM

Dance through the land of the Sugarplum Fairy with Intempo Dance Ensemble as they bring a preview of The Nutcracker to the Museum.

Step into the reverie of little Clara in an unforgettable holiday tale and enter a magical wonderland of toy soldiers, a blizzard of snowflakes, and a kaleidoscope of imaginative dancers.

Where: Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center
Hours: November 29 – December 3

During Seasons of Sharing, kids will usher in December and get closer to Christmas, keeping the holiday spirit alive!

There will be many very merry holiday activities! 


Where: 13201 Ranch Road 620 North, Austin, TX, USA
Hours: Monday- Thursday 11 AM- 7 PM | Friday- Sunday 11 AM- 9 PM

This Wonderweek will be filled with holiday activities and crafts that are sure to remind you that this is the most wonderful time of the year!

Where: The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Hours: December 1, 11 AM

Shadow Puppet Theatre Thursday, December 1st at 11 presents “The Very Snowy Christmas” by Diana Hendry. 

Little Mouse worries that the sky “is coming undone” when he sees big white flakes falling down. Big Mouse helps him discover the magic of snow and the holiday season.

Where: Bayou Theater | University of Houston – Clear Lake
Hours: December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18.

The Nutcracker at The Bayou Theater is a classic holiday tradition filled with toy soldiers, dancing snowflakes, and the magical Land of Sweets.

Where: The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Hours: December 2, 11 AM

In this twist on the classic poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” the dinosaur fossils in the museum come alive on Christmas Eve.

They celebrate the season by singing, dancing, and eating gingerbread!

Where: The Owen Theatre
Hours: 7:30 PM | December 2-4 | December 9-11 | December 16-18

This family-friendly show is an excellent option for this winter holiday!

The gang’s all here in this familiar-feeling musical comedy-Linus and his blanket, Schroeder and his piano, Lucy and her psychiatrist stand, Sally and her philosophies, Snoopy and his doghouse, and Charlie Brown and his love for the Little Red-headed Girl, of course!

Where: Lone Star Flight Museum
Hours: December 3 – Stearman Santa with VIP Member Line | December 10 – *NEW* Breakfast with Santa | December 17 – Stearman Santa

Have a magical holiday season at the Lone Star Flight Museum with Santa!

Activities include Stearman Santa with VIP Member Line, Breakfast with Santa, and See St. Nick taxi on the ramp, followed by photos, crafts, and more!

Where: The Houston Museum of Natural Science
Hours: December 3,4, 10, 11, 17

Santa is flying into HMNS this holiday season to make sure this year is the best yet, and there will be many activities to enjoy.

From deeply discounted holiday shopping to having breakfast with the jolly man himself, there is something for everyone.

Where: First Colony Mall
Hours: December 3, 8 AM- 9 AM

Kids and families are invited to have Breakfast with Santa at The Cheesecake Factory!

To attend the event, bring a new, unwrapped toy per child to be donated to Toys for Tots. Santa will read his favorite book and enjoy a yummy breakfast with the kids!

Where: Dewberry Farm
Hours: December 3, 8:30 AM- 10 AM

Families can join Dewberry Farms for a festive breakfast in Mattie’s Pavilion. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, fruit, muffins, coffee, and hot chocolate.

Enjoy a visit from Santa and take personal photos! Kids will also decorate a Christmas Cookie, make a Christmas Craft, and enjoy holiday music.

Where: LaCenterra
Hours: December 3, 6, 10, 13, 17. 9 AM & 10:30 AM

This December, gather the family together and enjoy a Storytime with Santa, Presented by Texas Children’s Hospital!

During each show, Santa will spend 30-40 minutes reading stories to children outside by the 51ft Christmas tree, with a picture opportunity offered afterward. A small gift from Texas Children’s Hospital is also included, as is hot chocolate served by Gelato & Co!

Where: Children’s Museum Houston
Hours: December 3, 1 PM- 1:30 PM

Families will be entertained and in awe of the Houston Boychoir during their fantastic performance.

Houston Boychoir was established nearly 60 years ago and has been a staple in the arts community. 

Where: Houston Zoo
Hours: December 5, 5:30 PM- 10:30 PM

This night is designed for guests with sensory sensitivities and their families.

During this Zoo Lights night, guests can expect a smaller crowd, quieter music, limited flashing lights, and designated quiet areas.

Where: The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Hours: December 6, 11 AM

During Nutcracker Boogie, Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic is the backdrop for fun movement activities including freeze dance, moving expressively with scarves, and marching with rhythm instruments!

Where: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Hours: December 9–30 | 5:30 PM.–9 PM Sundays–Thursdays (except Thursday, December 22) | 5:30 PM–10 PM | Fridays, Saturdays & Thursday, December 22.

Families will get to discover an immersive Christmas experience at the beautiful Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.

You will find a dazzling bridge that brings you into a winter wonderland featuring thousands of lights throughout the 14-acre estate.

Where: The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Hours: December 10, 9 AM- 2 PM

Children can mingle the morning away delighting in professional personal photos with Santa Claus, interactive moments with Frosty the Snowman character, the sound of excited children’s voices, live music, and entertainment!

Where: The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Hours: December 13, 11 AM

During Holiday Parachute Fun, children will learn teamwork, cooperation, and rhythm through parachute activities that focus on holiday songs and themes of jingly bells, marching wooden soldiers, and a cotton ball blizzard!

Where: The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Hours: December 14, 17. 10 AM- 2 PM

Kids will get to enjoy special family time decorating individual gingerbread houses while visiting with Mrs. Claus, delighting in Christmas story time, and creating lacing gingerbread men.

Where: The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Hours: December 15, 11 AM

Llama Llama wonders if Christmas will ever arrive while he and Mama Llama rush around getting ready for the holidays.

Overwhelmed by all the hustle and bustle, his meltdown is met with his understanding mama’s hugs and love.

Where: The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Hours: December 16, 11 AM

This story is based on the classic Hanukkah song and highlights the family celebrations and traditions of the holiday.

Where: The Health Museum
Hours: December 19-23 | December 26-30 | January 2-6

During The Health Museum’s Discovery Camps, kids will be engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities while learning about medical science and the human body.

There will be health-themed interactive experiences to explore all that The Health Museum has to offer.

Where: Space Center Houston
Hours: November 21-23| December 19-23 | December 26-30 |

Space Center Houston offers a variety of age-appropriate, safe, and inspiring camp experiences.

The Explorer Camps introduce children ages 4-11 to science, technology, engineering, and math through engaging and hands-on learning activities.

Where: The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Hours: December 19, 10:30 AM- 2 PM

Kids will not want to miss this very special day!

The Woodlands Children’s Museum will have the visit of Anna and Elsa and a Holiday bingo!

Where: Nature Discovery Center
Hours: 9 AM- 3 PM | December 22: Incredible Insects | 23: Fantastic Fish | 27: Amazing Amphibians | 28: Reptile Rendezvous | 29: Birds of a Feather | 30: Marvelous Mammals | January 2: Adapt or Die | 3: Feeding Frenzy | 4: Nature’s Mysteries | 5: Art in Nature | 6: Surviving the Cold | 16: Many Kinds of Animals | 20: Night Creatures

Children ages 5-10 years old will be engaged and entertained by these science and nature-themed camps, featuring hands-on activities, games, art projects, new friends, and more.

Weather permitting, campers will spend the majority of their time outdoors.

Where: The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Hours: December 22. 10:30 AM 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Make sure you and the little ones don’t miss Twas the Night Before Christmas Marionette Puppet Show!

Where: The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Hours: December 23. 10:30 AM 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM

Make sure your kid doesn’t miss this Olaf meet ‘n greet! It will happen at 10:30 AM 11:30 AM, and 12:30 PM.

Where: The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Hours: December 29, 11 AM

Shelley the tortoise is determined to stay awake instead of hibernating to see what winter is all about.

In spite of her parents’ warnings, Shelley sets out to explore the cold world. She eventually realizes that it’s best to return home…and rather quickly!

Where: The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Hours: December 30, 11 AM

A young boy dreams of a non-melting snowman buddy who shares in all of the special events and holidays throughout the year!

Where: The Woodlands Children’s Museum
Hours: December 31, 9 AM- 3:30 PM

High Noon Countdown is the New Year’s Eve party designed for the little ones!

“Pop” in the New Year with the Woodlands Children’s Museum and celebrate making New Year hats and creative art projects!