Now that Halloween is over, it's time to (at least try to) get into the holiday spirit! This month you can still check out a fall festival or two, but Santa is already making appearances around town. For inside activities, check out an area trampoline park, or indoor play area. It's also the perfect time of year for a weekend camping trip to get the most of the weather.
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Texas Renaissance Festival - Todd Mission
November at the renaissance festival means Roman and barbarian invasions, a celebration of the Irish, and a Celtic Christmas. The massive festival has something for everyone, from delicious snacks to unique shopping.
Day of the Dead Celebration - Spring
Nov. 1-4, 2018
The Latin American celebration of the Day of the Dead honors and remembers family members and friends who have passed away. You'll get a chance to pay tribute to your own loved ones and admire artwork and displays from area artists.
Santa's Wonderland - College Station
Nov. 9-Dec. 30, 2018
The hour drive to College Station is worth it to experience the elaborate and colorful displays in Santa's Wonderland. And the big man in red himself will be there for photo opportunities.
Pioneer Day - Humble
Nov. 10, 2018
Go back in time to Texas' Colonization Era and Revolution when the holidays looked a lot different. Attendees can learn a thing or two about skills from the past, like making lye soap and cooking like a real pioneer.
Festival of Lights - Galveston
Nov. 17, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019
Moody Gardens kicks off its annual winter festival that's full of holiday fun - from pictures with Santa, dazzling light displays, and showings of classic holiday films.
Browsing the light displays at Zoo Lights/Photo by Carrie Taylor
Zoo Lights - Downtown
Nov. 17, 2018-Jan. 13, 2019
The Houston Zoo transforms into a magical winter light wonderland.
22nd Annual Children's Festival - The Woodlands
Nov. 10-11, 2018
The Woodlands' annual festival has engaging live entertainment for kids of all ages, like "Dinosaur Zoo Live" and interactive shows by the Imagination Movers. Expect plenty of activities, crafts, and games!
29th Annual Native American Championship Pow Wow - Cypress
Nov. 10-11, 2018
Take this opportunity to watch colorful Native American performances and live entertainment. The festival honors Indian culture, and it's a great opportunity to introduce the kids to some authentic cuisine.
Magical Winter Lights - La Marque
Nov. 16, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019
Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque lights up in elaborate displays with themes like Dinosaur Land and Mystery of the East. In the glow of the twinkling lights, there is a holiday market, arts and crafts, a kid's zone, and more.
Annual City of Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade - Downtown
Nov. 22, 2018
The Houston tradition is back for the 68th year with massive floats and performances from area bands. Don't miss Olympians Simone Biles and Simone Manuel as the parade marshals!
This post originally published in November 2016.