Christmas, New Years & more: The best month of the year is here. Here are a few activities you can enjoy along with your family from 2nd to 8th of December. Hope you have another lovely week with your family!
Zoo Lights – Houston Zoo
Friday, November 18th, 2016 to Sunday, January 15th, 2017 | The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030 United States.
The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland! TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights celebrates its fifth year as one of Houston’s most well-loved holiday traditions. Stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo and take in the sights and sounds of the season. Enjoy festive carols, sip hot chocolate, and take in the more than 2 million lights! Fifteen miles of eco-friendly LED lighting illuminate our ancient oak trees and decorate the paths to light your way.
2nd Annual MainStreet America Lights of Hope
Saturday, November 26th, 2016 to Saturday, December 17th | 6:00 PM to9:00 PM | 18750 Interstate 45 Spring , TX 77373 United States.
MainStreet America will be hosting its annual holiday tradition of Christmas on MainStreet, which will take place every Saturday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. starting Nov. 26 and ending on Dec. 17. Come visit Santa as well as other Christmas characters, including Frosty the Snowman and the Gingerbread Man. Bring the whole family out for a night of Christmas magic and make our tradition part of your family tradition.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat – National Youth Theater
Friday, December 2nd, 2016 | 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 | 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM
Sunday, December 4rd, 2016 | 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar’s wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph’s gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.
Little Artists – The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Friday, December 2nd, 2016 | 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM | Beck Building 5601 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005 United States.
Children ages 3 to 5 are invited to experience an exciting art adventure at the MFAH! Together with an adult caregiver, kids learn about the materials and process used to create selected works of art on view at the Museum. This program includes a storybook circle, multi-sensory play, a tour of the galleries with a Museum educator, and making an art project in the studio.
97th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration – Hermann Square
Friday, December 2nd, 2016 | 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Hermann Square at City Hall.
Ring in the season with the 97th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Presented by Reliant, an NRG Company on Friday, December 2, 2016 in the heart of downtown Houston. The spectacular event is a holiday tradition of music, Santa, fireworks and family fun. A towering Holiday Tree, glowing with energy efficient LED lights, shimmering ornaments and a stunning star topper will light up the streets of downtown Houston this holiday season.
Teddy Bear Checkup – The Health Museum
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 | 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM | 1515 Hermann Dr. Houston, Texas 77004 United States.
Bring your teddy bear, doll or other favorite friend for a ‘beary’ special checkup. This annual event lets kids become a doctor for the day by learning all about health & wellness. Santa will be there giving his friend a special checkup too!
7th Annual Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 | 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM | 1st Street
Katy, TX 77493 United States.
Historic Downtown Katy will be the setting for a free day of holiday fun. Held in conjunction with Katy Market Day, the festival includes holiday performances, a holiday market, a snow playground, a No Label Brewing beer garden, food trucks, Santa Claus and more.
Christmas in the Park – George Ranch Historical Park
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM | 10215 FM 762
Richmond, TX 77469 United States.
Christmas is coming to the Park this year in all of its historical glory. Travel through Christmas pasts on a festive hayride (weather-permitting) as we explore the customs and decorations from 1830s to the 1930s. Make sure to stop by the 1860s Ryon Prairie Home for some wassail and Christmas treat samples or catch Treehouse Story Time with Santa Claus at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Holiday Story Time – Brazos Book Store
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 | 10:30 AM | 2421 Bissonnet Street Houston, TX 77005 United States.
Join them for a special holiday story time! They will read a fun holiday storybook, do a special craft, and have lots of hot chocolate!
Hands on Houston – Junk to Jewelry
Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 | 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM | Houston Center for Contemporary Craft 4848 Main St. Houston, TX 77002 United States.
Please join HCCC staff member and jewelry artist Tarina Frank to create upcycled jewelry from everyday objects inspired by the works on view in CraftTexas 2016. Learn how upcycling, which is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and beautiful, breaks the rules of traditional jewelry making.
Photos with Santa – Sugar Land Town Square
Sunday, December 4th, 2016 | 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | 15958 City Walk
Sugar Land, TX 77479 United States.
Enjoy a free holiday photo with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Sugar Land Town Square. They will also be collecting new and unwrapped toys for the Fort Bend Rainbow Room’s Christmas Project. All donations will go to children & adults referred by caseworkers from TX Dept of Family & Protective services.
- Santa Claus | Noon to 4pm
- Snow Playground | Noon to 5pm
- Tree Lighting | 6pm to 7pm
MFAH Playdate – The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 | 10:45 AM to 11:15 AM | 5601 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005 United States.
Children up to 35 months old, and an adult caregiver, are invited to enjoy a multi-sensory experience in the galleries. Each MFAH Playdate focuses on a different work of art.
Family Storybook Circle – The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 | 11:30 AM to 12:30 AM | 5601 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005 United States.
Join in a lively storybook adventure that connects art with fun and entertaining stories. Each month, Museum educators read a new storybook in the galleries and lead families on a brief exploration of the work of art related to the story.
Nature Story Time – Nature Discovery Center
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 | 4:00 PM | 7112 Newcastle Bellaire, Texas
A FREE story time for preschoolers and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Story-time may involve visits with live animals, puppets, short nature walks in the park, crafts, or songs in addition to age appropriate nature related stories.
Mommy Mingle Wednesdays – Children’s Museum Houston
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 | 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM | 1500 Binz St. Houston, TX 77004United States.
Calling all greater Houston area Mothers! You’re invited to the Mommy Mingle at the Museum. Once the kids are off at school, come and enjoy free coffee and breakfast on us (while supplies last) and meet other mommies.
Thursday Free Museum Entry
Children’s Museum of Houston FREE 5:00-8:00pm
The Health Museum FREE 2:00-7:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science FREE 3:00-5:00pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston FREE 10:00-9:00pm