The holidays are expensive enough without having to worry about forking out cash for a fun weekend. We've rounded up FREE things to do this holiday season in Houston for the whole family. Be sure to check out our calendar for things to do every day.
1. See the tree lighting, visit with Santa, mail letters to the North Pole, and enjoy free family games at the Holiday Tree Lighting at Hendley Green in Galveston (Nov. 25, 2017 ).
2. Make a Christmas ornament and do some singing and dancing at Preschool Playhouse hosted by Chick-fil-A Cinco Ranch (Nov. 29, 2017).
3. Visit Bellaire Town Square's Holiday in the Park (Nov. 30, 2017) where you'll find carolers from area schools, holiday crafts, a petting zoo, and plenty of photo ops with Santa himself.
4. Admire decked-out parade floats at the Parade of Lights (Dec. 3, 2017) in Cypress, at Pasadena's Holiday Lighted Parade (Dec. 2, 2017), or down the streets of Pearland at its 2017 Hometown Christmas Parade (Dec. 2, 2017).
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5. Let the kids tackle the laser arcade games at Bass Pro Shops' Santa's Wonderland (this event has tons of free crafts and activities for kids of all ages).
6. Watch an outdoor screening of "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" at CityCentre (Dec. 13, 2017).
7. Listen to live holiday music from area organizations at the Sugar Land Town Square every weekend in December.
8. Cheer on a team at the 8th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off (Dec. 9, 2017).
9. Head down to Clear Lake and see the parade of boats (Dec. 9, 2017) decorated with hundreds of sparkling lights.
10. Take a stroll around the stunning displays at the Dickinson Festival of Lights (Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 2017).
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11. Drive around the Prestonwood Forest subdivision in Northwest Houston to see the residents' elaborate Christmas decorations.
12. Shop, check out twinkling light displays, enjoy live entertainment and family activities at Old Town Spring's Home for the Holidays every weekend through December.
13. Slide down the three-lane snowhill at Missouri City's Snowfest (Dec. 1, 2017).
14. Take a trolley tour throughout historic Richmond at the city's annual holiday event, Miracle on Morton Street (Dec. 2, 2017).
15. Enjoy the festivities in the City of Fulshear's Holly Jolly Christmas (Dec. 16, 2017), such as ice skating or watching the live nativity scene.
16. Watch a holiday movie and participate in holiday arts and crafts for the whole family at Holiday Wonderland in Burroughs Park (Nov. 25, 2017).
17. Snap the perfect selfie with Santa at the Sugar Land Town Square (runs through Dec. 17, 2017).
18. Marvel at the 50,000 pounds of snow at Katy's Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival (Dec. 2, 2017).
19. Buy gifts, eat good food, and celebrate German heritage at the Tomball German Christmas Market and Festival. (Dec. 8-10, 2017).
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20. Celebrate the season with an old-fashioned holiday festival in Tomball at Christmas on Commerce (Dec. 9, 2017).
21. Stroll down historic Baytown, which is lit by candlelight and decorated in elaborate Christmas decorations, at Christmas Past and Present. There are free games and activities for the kids to enjoy as well (Dec. 9, 2017).
22. Party by the Gulf at Galveston County's fourth annual WinterFest (Dec. 1-2, 2017). There's snow, Santa, and lots of fun!
23. Watch the giant tree come to life at the 98th Annual Mayors Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting downtown (Dec. 1, 2017).
23. Support local artists at Baytown's Christmas on Texas Avenue where you'll see Santa and Mrs. Claus, local vendors, and more (Dec. 9, 2017).
24. Walk through a beautiful and historic home in Pasadena at Bufkin Christmas Wonderland. Visitors are welcome every day in December ending the 27th, and 2017 is the last year for the event - so don't miss out!
25. Dance and sing along to holiday favorites at Jingle & Mingle at The Square in Memorial City every Saturday in December (ends Dec. 30, 2017).
26. See the lighting of the Menorah at the 5th Annual Public Menorah Lighting at Central Green. There are children's games and crafts as well! (Dec. 14, 2017).