Christmas Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Santa's Wonderland, Festival of Lights, Winter Fest, Dec 23-25

Things to do around Houston with kids this weekend

First and foremost, all of us at Mommy Poppins Houston would like to wish you and your family the happiest of holidays! The weekend we (our kids) have all been waiting for all year long is finally here, and it happens to be Christmas Eve, Christmas and Hanukkah all at once. So, if you are staying in town and have a lot of visiting family members to entertain, there are a lot of different activities to enjoy on Christmas Eve and  Christmas Day, as well as Menorah lighting and Hanukkah celebrations around town. Also, you can check out our list of holiday performances in and around Houston and as well as get the scoop on what restaurants are open on Christmas Day.

We still have one more week to entertain the kiddos before schools starts back up, so here we have a great list of things to do with your kids over winter break

Be sure to check out our holiday guide for the best things to do this season as well as our recommendations for the best things to do as a family in December. Remember to sign up for our weekly newsletter to read about fun things to do each weekend in Houston. Here's the event lineup for Houston this weekend:

All Weekend

The ICE at Discovery Green - Downtown
Ice skating at Discovery Green is back this year with fun-filled days for the entire family.

Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner and Show - Galveston
Moody Gardens presents a one-hour Christmas spectacular with acrobats and other circus performers from around the world as a part of the Lone Star Circus. 

Santa's Wonderland - College Station
Experience Santa's magical world with hay ride tours, live music, shopping, horse and carriage tours, food village, campfires, and much more! You will also get to meet Santa and take photos with him.

Magical Winter Lights - La Marque
Magical Winter Lights immerses guests in elaborate light displays of various themes, and guests can enjoy a holiday market, carnival games, arts and crafts, a food court, and children's fun zone.

Festival of Lights - Galveston
Head down to Moody Gardens for its massive annual Festival of Lights which includes outdoor ice skating, an ice slide, pictures with Santa, and tons of holiday games and activities.

See all weekend events.


Deck The Halls WonderWeek - Museum District
Celebrate the holidays with activities, crafts, and more at the Children's Museum of Houston. 

The Houston Ballet Presents "The Nutcracker" - Downtown
This weekend is the last chance to enjoy The Houston Ballet's new production of the classic "The Nutcracker." The show ends December 27. 

Breakfast with Santa at the Aquarium - Downtown
Enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa and Sharkey at the Downtown Aquarium - but make sure to make a reservation beforehand. 

#ElfieSelfies with Santa - Museum District
Bring your camera for the last chance to get a photo with Santa at the Children's Museum of Houston. 

A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas - Downtown
Enjoy Houston's rendition of the holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol," which follows Ebenezer Scrooge's journey with three ghostly spirits.

Winter Fest at Typhoon Texas - Katy
Houston's newest water park, Typhoon Texas, transforms into a Christmas Wonderland complete with rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, Santa's workshop, hay rides, a winter train, The Miracle of Christmas 4D Show, and more.

Zoo Lights - Museum District
The Houston Zoo presents its annual family tradition where the property is transformed into a magical winter wonder light experience.

See all Saturday events.


Birthday Party for Jesus - The Woodlands
Covenant United Methodist Church in The Woodlands celebrates Christmas with walk-through nativity scenes for kids, and invites children to come dressed in their pajamas!

Bellaire Chanukah Festival - Bellaire
Celebrate Chanukah in Bellaire with crafts, a Chinese dinner buffet, dance and musical performances, inflatables for the kids, and more.

Christmas Day Brunch at The Hilton Galveston Island Resort - Galveston
Enjoy a Christmas Day brunch at the Hilton, which features herb-crusted prime rib, lemon garlic marinated chicken, blackened tilapia, and a variety of other delicious dishes.

Christmas 2016 Food Sharing - Downtown
Volunteer to feed the homeless at the Houston Public Library. People are encouraged to come and help serve food, as well as bring food to serve. 

See all Sunday events.

Photo courtesy of Lauren Garcia at Magical Winter Lights