Fantastically Festive Things To Do In Houston This Holiday Season

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Fantastically Festive Things To Do In Houston This Holiday Season

Your winter to-do list.

It’s officially holiday season in Houston. What the city lacks in scenic, winter-appropriate weather and atmosphere, it compensates for with an abundance of holiday cheer in the form of events, lights, and seasonal festivities. From ice skating under the skyline’s twinkling lights, to bundling up on a rooftop for a holiday movie, here are our must-do winter activities in Houston in no particular order. [Featured image: @_uvebeenrobd_]

1. Get into the Holiday Spirits at the Most Festive Bars in the City

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Ante up, Houston, it’s Christmas. In honor of the most wonderful time of the year, some of our favorite locals have decked their halls with lights, banners, and a stock-full of yuletide libations. Follow this link to discover the 10 most cheerful places in town to have an eggnog.

2. Glide Under the Stars

Discovery Green in Downtown, Houston has returned their outdoor ice rink for the holiday season. From now until January 30, Discovery Green is hosting public skates at the foot of Houston’s skyline.

As per tradition, Discovery Green will be hosting a series of themed nights for skaters to enjoy on their renewable energy-run rink.

3. Catch a Holiday Candlelight Concert

Whether you’re looking for a beautifully unique classical music performance or a romantic candlelit experience, this performance is for you. You don’t need to know all things Tchaikovsky to enjoy the evening, simply sit back and savor the stunning atmosphere and pieces you’ll hear. Walk into one of Houston’s most exquisite buildings where the walls will be flickering by candlelight to create a magical atmosphere. Prepare to be taken into the clouds with some of the most treasured wintertime classics from Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and other master composers!

4. Marvel at the City’s Countless Light Spectacles

While we not might get the picturesque weather that some other snowy states might receive during December, we more than compensate with a plethora of enchanting light spectacles for the whole city to enjoy. This season, be sure to check out six of our favorites to make the most of the most wonderful time of the year.

5. Float through a Winter Wonderland

The Marquis Houston have converted their legendary downtown rooftop into a full-scale Winter Wonderland with Christmas movie nights, festive lights, and one heated lazy river for their Texas Winter Lights event – a poolside winter wonderland complete with snowfall, fireside s’mores, lit-up lawn games, and more!

Additionally, the event will feature a winter-themed dining menu, signature cocktails, 20 new made-for-Instagram installations, as well as new lighting fixtures to make your holiday season sparkle.


6. Snuggle Up for a Holiday Movie

It’s December and therefore officially the holiday season. In between the decorating, shopping, and occasional binge eating, it’s good to celebrate the spirit of the season by watching some of your favorite holiday classics. In Houston, you can do just the thing at Rooftop Cinema Club, which will be screening all of your holiday favorites this December!

Screenings include: A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Arthur Christmas, and The Night Before. 

7. Take Santa’s Sleigh Out to His Texas-Sized Wonderland

Say “howdy” to the holidays this season in College Station for the annual Santa’s Wonderland, a massive, festive, and bright holiday tradition that features a Texas-sized spectacle of lights, gingerbread village, snow playground, live music, and boundless merriment for the whole family.

For a little more holiday excitement, visitors are invited to mosey down to Frostbite Mountain in the West Pole, where they can glide down a snow-covered luge in snow tubes – just take it easy on the non-chloric, silicon-based kitchen lubricant, eh, Clark Griswold?

8. Do a Bit of Holiday Shopping at The Galleria

With only a few weeks left before Santa comes, you could do him a solid by getting a jump start on things. While online shopping has its perks, if you want the experience to be extra festive, cruise down to Galleria Houston where the lights are twinkling, the ice rink is glimmering, and the holiday tree is standing tall!

9. Cozy Up in a Coffee House

As we’ve said, Houston doesn’t get much of that winter love that other states do during the holidays, but, at least for us, we do get an occasional cold front that may as well be a full-scale blizzard. In this event, we encourage you to seek refuge at 13 of the city’s coziest coffee houses and warm up with a coffee or hot cocoa.


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