My path in life has given me the great opportunity to travel all over this globe, meaning I’ve experienced the holidays in a variety of places, but it’s always nice to be back home in Houston for this time of year, even if we don’t typically have the cold, snowy weather that most generally associate with the holidays. Although how about that beautiful snow last week?? It had Houstonians (and most South Texas residents) feeling like we were living in a winter wonderland! Yes, we Texans can feel that way even with just a little bit of the white stuff on our cars and roofs.
Weather aside, I never have trouble finding fun ways to get in the holiday spirit in Houston. I especially enjoy any light-filled holiday extravaganza, and we have plenty of those around these parts. I love gathering with friends and family at these special spots this time of year, making sweet memories that will last a lifetime. So I thought I would share 8 of my favorite things to do in and around Houston during December, hoping that you and yours can find some extra joy this holiday season!
1. Zoo Lights
The delightful Houston Zoo grounds are converted into 15 miles of beautifully lit pathways that include over 2 million lights.
Head to Downtown Houston’s Market Square Park with that special someone for a kiss under Texas’ biggest mistletoe ball.
Galveston’s Moody Gardens is the considered the largest holiday destination in the Southwest, thanks in large part to its Festival of Lights.
This marks the 20th Anniversary of this fun event in which guests walk through an illuminated Paul Hopkins Park in Dickinson.
Prestonwood Forest is quite close to my neck of the woods in Cypress so I’m particularly fond of this tradition which is celebrating its 40th Year.
Downtown Houston’s outdoor ice skating rink in Discovery Green is the largest of its kind in the Southwest.
Despite flooding at the Wortham Center caused by Hurricane Harvey, the show must go on, so this holiday season, the Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be performed at both the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land and The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Houston.
If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, San Antonio’s Christmas Light Fest is full of dazzling light displays and activities that will make it well worth your while.This entry was posted in Rediscover, Resources, Revisit
- Dickinson Festival of Lights
- Discovery Green
- Discovery Green Ice Skating
- Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens
- Houston Ballet
- Houston Ballet's The Nutcracker
- Houston Zoo
- Ice on Discovery Green
- Mistletoe on the Go
- Moody Gardens
- Moody Gardens' Festival of Lights
- Prestonwood Forest
- Prestonwood Forest's Nite of Lites
- San Antonio
- San Antonio Christmas Light Fest
- Zoo Lights