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Where to See and Take Photos with Santa in Houston

My family's holiday traditions wouldn't be complete without the annual torture session that is photos with Santa. Whether your children are like mine and find Santa to be the most terrifying being they've ever encountered, or you are among the lucky few to end up with smiling faces, photos with Santa is a holiday staple. If you are interested in spending more time with the big man in red, check out an area breakfast or brunch with Santa. And for all things holidays in Houston, visit our activity and event guide.

Without further ado, here is where you will find Saint Nick this year in Houston.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Zoo Lights, Winter Wonderland Kids Festival, Pecan Harvest Festival, Nov. 18-19

If you're anything like us, then your calendar is probably filling up at an alarming rate right now with seasonal favorites like breakfast with Santa, The Nutcracker, and other kid-friendly holiday shows. With so many great events happening, it can be hard to pick which ones to attend! To help ease the stress of sifting through the overwhelming number of events coming up, we put together a handy little list of the top things to do with preschoolers during the holidays.

Or maybe that just made your calendar even fuller. Even so, you'll thank us when you see those great big smiles, promise. 

Suddenly feel like you need to get away? A family camping trip to Bastrop State Park might be just what you need. We're positive you'll come back feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to tackle the holidays.

Don't forget: there's still time to vote for your favorite local businesses during this year's Houston Besties; voting puts you in the running to win some awesome prizes!

Find your calendar looking a little light this month? In need of ways to entertain visiting family and friends? Check out our fall bucket listevent calendar, and November GoList for even more family events and activities. You can also subscribe to our free weekly newsletter to make sure you're always in the loop with everything happening around Houston. 

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Now, let's get on to this weekend's events!

Top Things to Do With Preschoolers During the Holidays in Houston

It's the most wonderful time of the year! This is especially true for preschoolers, who may be just now starting to really understand what is happening during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Breakfasts with Santa, holiday light displays, parades, and craft fairs top the list of things to do with kids this season, but sometimes it's hard to navigate what might be age-appropriate to attend with a preschooler. This handy list not only includes area events that are the most kid-friendly, but also gives you some tips for activities to do at home with preschoolers during Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

For even more ideas on how to have fun with your preschooler this holiday season (and the rest of the year, too!) check out our ultimate bucket list of 100 things to do in Houston with kids

Family Camping at Bastrop State Park

About two hours northwest of Houston is the beautiful Bastrop State Park, and it's a campground I've enjoyed visiting for as long as I can remember. Although the Bastrop of my childhood no longer exists, the park is rising from the ashes after the 2011 Bastrop County Complex wildfire. There is evidence of new life and growth everywhere you look.

My family and I most recently camped here in mid-October (sadly, it was still scorchingly hot), and had a great time with our kids; a 3-year-old and 1-year-old. Read on for what you can expect, from activities to the best hiking trails.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Children's Festival, Dino Discovery Day, Nov 11-12

And just like that, we're officially barreling into the holidays at full speed. In a nod to the upcoming holidays, there are a plethora of holiday craft fairs and markets in the upcoming weeks, allowing you to get a head start on your holiday shopping and spend the weekend supporting local business and vendors. 

November also means it is time to start planning Thanksgiving, which means you need to ask yourself one very important question: are you going to tackle the feast on your own, or let someone else do the work by heading to one of your favorite local kid-friendly restaurants whose doors are open?

Don't forget: there's still time to vote for your favorite local businesses during this year's Houston Besties; voting puts you in the running to win some awesome prizes!

Find your calendar looking a little light this month? In need of ways to entertain visiting family and friends? Be sure to check out our fall bucket listevent calendar, and November GoList for even more family events and activities. 

Remember, you can always submit your own event to our calendar to promote your upcoming event and stay on the up and up with everything happening around Houston when you subscribe to our free weekly newsletter.

Now, let's get on to this weekend's events!

Breakfast, Brunch & More with Santa for Houston Kids

Ready or not, the holidays are here, and there are tons of events around the city for the whole family, including breakfasts, brunches, and cookies with Santa.

For more Christmas fun (and if Black Friday took a Santa-sized chunk out of your wallet), check out our guide to all things Christmas, Hannukah, and holiday fun in Houston this year.

Holiday Craft Fairs and Markets In and Around Houston

Ready to get a jump on all of your holiday shopping, but don't want to frequent the same tired stores you always visit? A holiday craft market and fair is the perfect answer. You'll find an assortment of handmade treasures crafted by local artisans that will make unique gifts for everyone on your list. Check out these markets around town.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Food Truck Festival, Houston Family Fun Fest, Nov 4-5

It's time to snap out of that candy coma; November is here, and with it comes our November GoList: your one-stop-shop for anything and everything to do around the city. We also have compiled an exhaustive list of places you can play for FREE this fall, and with the holidays officially in full swing anything free is definitely a welcome treat.

Speaking of treats... if you're anything like me and happen to have a slightly embarrassing amount of excess of candy still lingering around the house (and making its way into your mouth), you'll definitely want to check out these sweet ways to donate that leftover candy. We also rounded up 8 amazing kid-friendly hiking spots that allow you to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and beautiful scenery Houston has to offer while doing something active with the kids. 

As always, don't forget to peruse our fall bucket list for even more family events and activities, and check out our event calendar, which is always stocked with ideas for every day of the week. 

Remember, you can always submit your own event to our calendar. And to stay on the up and up with everything happening around Houston, subscribe to our free weekly newsletter with great posts like this delivered to your inbox.

Now, let's get on to this weekend's events!

Kid-Friendly Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Houston

While a traditional turkey dinner enjoyed at home with close family and friends may be the first image that comes to mind when thinking of the Thanksgiving holiday, it's not always a feasible reality. Whether you're overwhelmed with the thought of hosting a large group, facing a variety of dietary restrictions or preferences or just wanting to try something different this year, there are plenty of Houston restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day ready to take the stress out of the holiday for you. 

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