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10 of the Best Holiday Outings for Houston Families

10-of-the-Best-Holiday-Outings-for-Houston-FamiliesThe winter holidays are a festive time of joy and celebration, especially for families in the Houston area. From art festivals and ballet performances to shopping and shows just for kids, there’s no shortage of seasonal festivities to keep the holiday spirit alive and well in your family. These are ten of the best and brightest holiday events in Houston, each with their own unique flair and mood. For a truly encompassing winter holiday season, try to take in all ten.

1. HMNS Take Two: Elf

The incomparable Will Ferrell stars in this modern holiday classic, which will be presented by the Houston Museum of Natural Science at the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre. Bring the whole family along to enjoy this tale of an overgrown elf, and to experience a bit of holiday cheer, Houston-style.

2. A Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Holiday Show

If your family includes a Yo Gabba Gabba! fan, you simply can’t miss the Very Awesome Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Holiday Show at the Bayou Music center. There are two shows on December 8th, which means that you have two chances to catch the holiday magic in action. If you really want to swing for the fences, consider a Gabba Party Package. This special offer includes one seat in the first fifteen rows, a pass to the private VIP room, and photo opportunities for the festive little fans in your family.

3. Christmas Boat Lane Parade

A Bay Area tradition, the Christmas Boat Lane Parade brings together more than 100,000 Houston residents to view upwards of one hundred boats, all decked out for the holiday season. The boats travel from the South Shore Harbor Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon all the way to Galveston Bay.

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas Musical

Nothing quite says “Christmas” like this Dr. Seuss classic, which the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts brings to life on the stage. Shows run from November 24th through December 5th, so you’ll have plenty of chances to bring your family to witness the wonder of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, right on a local stage.

5. Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Market

Hosted by the Houston Ballet, the Nutcracker Market is a treasure trove of seasonal shopping and festival experiences. Running from November 7th through the 10th, tickets are available in advance for $13, or $14 at the door on the day of the event. Children under six are admitted for free.

6. Festival of Lights

One of the biggest holiday events in the Houston area, the Festival of Lights runs on Thursdays through Saturdays from November 22nd to December 7th, and nightly from December 12th to January 4th. Bring the whole family to witness more than one million lights and sound-enhanced displays of holiday cheer. The only outdoor ice skating rink in the area is also on-site, along with the Arctic Ice Slide and Santa photo ops.

7. It’s a Wonderful Life

You can catch this classic film at home on television, or you can witness a live stage production through The Players Theatre Company between November 29th and December 21st at the Owen Theatre on Metcalf Street in Conroe.

8. Handel’s Messiah

Bring your family to witness the wonder of Handel’s Messiah as performed by the Houston Symphony and Chorus. Running from December 20th to December 22nd, this is an ideal opportunity to expose your family to both the symphony and some seasonal cheer.

9. Chanukah On Ice

Visit the Galleria Mall on December 9th to experience the Chanukah On Ice event. Your family can skate with the Houston Rockets Mascot, Clutch, around the giant Ice Menorah. Seasonal foods and music will be featured, all for the price of skate rental.

10. Spacetaker Winter Holiday Art Market

The Spacetaker Winter Holiday Art Market is a new Houston tradition, featuring elements of a holiday party, festival and shopping destination, all in one location. Enjoy some artisan crafts and plenty of entertainment from November 23rd to November 24th at the Winter Street Studios on the second floor.


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