Holiday Break in Houston: 12 Things to Do Between Christmas and New Year's Eve

Photo courtesy of the Houston Zoo
Photo courtesy of the Houston Zoo

Feeling bored over Christmas Break? Here's a list of things to do in Houston over Holiday Break.

With the kids out of school, it’s the perfect time to explore the city. But with kids out of school, it’s also hard to find the time to plan anything! But we've got you covered by curating a list of the top things to do over the Holiday Break so you can spend more time with your family, and less time figuring out what to do. 

So fall back on our Holiday Activities Guide to find all the seasonal events happening in Houston, and don’t forget to check our calendar which is updated daily. And if you need some inspiration to get out of the house, below are our top things to do with kids that the whole family will love.

Photo courtesy of Kemah Boardwalk

1. View Holiday lights

From the classic holiday experience at Houston Zoo Lights to neighborhood drives like River Oaks and other neighborhoods, there are plenty of amazing lights to check out. 

2. Volunteer

Spend some time giving back to the community with holiday volunteering opportunities

Ice skating in Houston? You bet! Try it over Christmas break. Photo courtesy of

3. Go Ice Skating

Spend the afternoon ice skating at one of Houston's indoor or outdoor ice skating rinks.

Photo courtesy of KIdtastic Park

4. Visit an indoor play space 

Get some energy out at one of our favorite indoor play spaces.

5. Be a tourist in your own town

Take the kids and out-of-town guests to some of Houston's most iconic places

Use Christmas break to finally see some gators at Brazos Bend State Park, photo courtesy of Mommy Poppins

6. Head out on a day trip

Get out of Houston for the day with an easy day trip to a neighboring town, like heading to the beaches in Galveston or Brazos Bend State Park to marvel at the gators.

7. Check out a Local Museum

Visit one of our many great local museums, and don't forget to check our free admission times and days list at Houston's Museums, Zoos, and Gardens.

Photo courtesy of Palace Social

8. Hit up the bowling alley

Or the video arcade...or both at Palace Social.

9. Explore on a kid-friendly hike

Hit the trails for a kid-friendly hike to enjoy the outdoors as a family. 

10. Visit a new park or playground

Find a new place to explore outdoors from our Guide to Playgrounds and Parks in Houston

Photo of Dig World by Jessica Stautberg

11. Play construction worker

If it's nice outside, head out to Dig World for a chance to drive excavators and skid steers.

12. Celebrate New Years

Close out the year with a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration.  









Do one last Christmas break trip to Jingle on the Boardwalk. Photo courtesy of the Kemah Boardwalk




 Enjoy those holiday lights while they're still up. Photo courtesy of Space Center Houston


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