Christmas in Houston
- SWATHI RAMASWAMY
- UPDATED May 08, 2018
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Christmas is undoubtedly one of the most eagerly awaited festivals of the year. There is just something about Christmas that fills you with joy and lights up your mood no matter how grim you feel. The bright lights, the Christmas carols and the decorated trees make this festival almost everyone’s favourite! The shopping, theatricals, skating rinks and home visits is what makes people jam to holiday tunes and mark their calendars for this season. There are plenty of things to do in Houston for Christmas other than decorating your houses for guests and planning dinners. Here is a list of things you should definitely try if you are celebrating Christmas in Houston.
1.Visit the Houston Zoo
Who said the zoo is only a place to go watch the animals with your kids? Try visiting it during the Christmas season when you can take a walk out and about Houston zoo with a cup of hot chocolate, admiring the displays that are developed from around two million lights! They also have a huge snow globe and a train display which you can admire, while gently swaying to the carols from the local carolers.
2.Marvel at the marvelous attractions at the Discovery Green
This includes far more than just Christmas and is an excellent attraction during holidays in Houston. The park has an ice skating rink along with amazing lights and attractive decorations that impart a beautiful appearance to the setting. They have interactive lights and sound display and a postcard prop as a photo booth where you can get a picture clicked.
3.Christmas is incomplete without shopping
The local informal markets and shops are growing significantly and undoubtedly are packed with delicious food and holiday-specific entertainments. The ones most popular among the locals are First Saturday Arts Market, Cheers and Beer Holiday Market, and Pop Shop Houston Holiday Festival. You can get as many decorations and Christmas related products here without having to burn a hole in your pockets.
4.Watch Gulf Greyhound Park’s amazing Winter Lights decorations
Sam Houston Race Park should definitely be explored with seven themed areas in amazing Winter Lights that feature magnificent Chinese lanterns resembling specific landmarks in other continents.
5.Steal a kiss at Market Square Park
Stationed at the Market Square Park located in the heart of Texas, is the most prominent mistletoe of more than 145 inches diameter. The perfect spot for a romantic kiss, right?
6.Attend one of Main Street Theaters great plays
What better way to begin Christmas than to indulge in some theatrical? The Main Street Theater has some of the best plays on which perfectly describe the charms and joys that Christmas brings to all.
7.Go old-fashioned in the traditional Downtown of Katy
Experience Christmas with thousands of others at the Market Day in Katy, where there are carolers singing away merrily and food trucks serving piping hot dishes all in a park laden with 45,000 plus pounds of snow. There will also be Santa Claus for your pictures but sadly he does not have gifts for you, and you need to pay $5 to get a picture with him.
8.Visit the Historical George Ranch Park
What better way to enjoy Christmas than to dive back into the past at George Ranch Historical Park? Turn back time and experience Christmas from the 1800s and 1900s with great stories from Santa while exploring the traditional decorations and enjoying the refreshments. This event takes place every Saturday of the month of December until Christmas.
9.Marvel at the Annual Sugar Land Town Square Christmas lighting
The spectacular Forty feet Christmas tree covered with lights in the town of Sugar Land will leave your mouths wide open. Join the celebration there with refreshments, live performances and Santa Claus offering warm hugs for free!
10.Enjoy the Christmas Market and Festival at Tomball
There will be over 170 different vendors selling unique gifts and holiday items at this Christmas Market and Festival. Apart from the great gifts, you can also enjoy live performances from musician on four separate stages, gorge on the delicacies and explore the petting zoo.
11.Visit Woodlands Heights
Woodland Heights has the best set of beautifully decorated homes in Houston living up to the spirit of the Christmas. You can sit there and watch the holiday performers, which is the favourite things to do for the Houstonians’. The small neighbourhood can often get crowded, and the presence of a large number of people can be a little overwhelming, but the streets here are merrier than in any part of Houston. Enjoy the welcoming neighbourhood but make sure that you respect the privacy of other homeowners.
12.Go to the Boardwalk
Head out to the Kemah Boardwalk to enjoy a day of rides and carnival games by the seaside. There will be many restaurants open there on Christmas, so you do not have to worry about going hungry as well.
13.Participate in the Holiday Project
Christmas emphasizes on giving and what better way to do that than to work with The Holiday Project. You could make the holidays merrier for people living in assisted facilities in Houston by signing up with The Holiday Project. You can volunteer as a family and spend the evening singing carols, visiting the residents there and handing out holiday cards.
Christmas is a time of merrymaking and enjoying with family and friends, Houston offers you countless reasons to soak in the festive spirit and enjoy the Christmas celebrations in the city.