Christmas Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Santa's Wonderland & More, Dec 23-25

Things to do around Houston with kids this weekend

Before we dive into the weekend festivities, all of us on the Mommy Poppins Houston team want to wish you and your family a heartfelt Happy Holidays!

With Hanukkah, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve to celebrate in the month of December, this season is one that is full of exciting events and fun for the family. To help you easily find all the best things to do, we put together an exhaustive Winter Bucket List so you always have something entertaining lined up. 

We also have plenty of things you can plan for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, whether you're staying in town with your immediate family, celebrating with friends, or entertaining out-of-town visitors. There's still time to check out some of the best public light displays, visit Santa for breakfast or brunch, or watch one of the numerous family-friendly holiday shows on the stage. 

Make sure you also check out our Holiday and Christmas Events guide as well as our ever popular December GoList, and don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletter to read about fun things to do each weekend in Houston. Have an event you want others to know about? Submit your own events to our calendar; we'd love to share them with our readers!

And now, without further delay, let's check out what's happening in Houston this holiday weekend.

Kids are sure to enjoy the thousands of lights that make up the displays at Sugar Land Holiday Lights/Photo via Sugar Land Holiday Lights.

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

Sugar Land Holiday Lights - Sugar Land
The annual Sugar Land Holiday Lights puts more than 2.5 million lights on display with eight themes and more than 100 walkthrough displays, a massive inflatable snow globe, apperances by Santa Claus, local food trucks, and lots of activities for the kids.

8th Annual Wave Holiday Lights Tour - Downtown
The Houston Wave presents its 8th annual holiday lights tour. The stops include City Hall, Discovery Green, River Oaks, and Woodland Heights.

Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner and Show - Galveston
Circus artists from across the globe come together this holiday season to present "Cirque Joyeux Noel Dinner and Show," a one hour Christmas spectacular. In addition to the show, guests also enjoy a Holiday Buffet Dinner and admission to Moody Garden's Festival of Lights

A Midnight Clear at Stages Repertory Theatre - River Oaks
This musical tale of Christmas takes the audience back to Christmas Eve in 1964 when a snowstorm threatens to cancel a concert put on by the Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart. Watch the tale unfold as the Sisters discover power the songs of Christmas hold. 

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.

Bufkin Christmas Wonderland - Pasadena
Walk through this historic Pasadena home that is filled to the brim with Christmas lights and Christmas villages. Light displays are set up through the walking path for photo opps and for a small fee you can take a photo with Santa. 

Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight - Downtown
Enjoy a contemporary twist on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty during this TUTS performance. The interactive play encourages audience participation through song and dance and is sure to be a favorite this holiday season. 

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. Be sure to stop by Ice Land while you're there!

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Bishop's Palace has been transformed into a must-see destination during the holidays/Photo via Galveston Historical Foundation. 


George Ranch Historical Park's Christmas in the Park - Richmond
Celebrate the holidays at George Ranch Historical Park with hayrides through the past (you'll explore customs and decorations from the 1830s to the 1930s), enjoying wassail and Christmas treats, story times, and more.

Zoo Lights - Museum District
The Houston Zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonder light experience for the entire family to enjoy.

Holiday Cheer on the Pier - Galveston
Watch holiday movies, take a photo with Santa, and enjoy an array of holiday activities. 

Alice! A Family Brunch Show - Downtown
Fall down the rabbit hole and enter an exciting Wonderland where the fantastical creatures who live there are preparing for the holiday season!

Saturday Family Movies at the Lawn at Baybrook Mall - Baybrook
Come out and enjoy special screenings of It's a Wonderful Life - the original black and white version - at The Lawn at Baybrook Mall this Saturday at 11 a.m. 

Frosty the Snowman at Salem Lutheran - Meyerland
Watch as Frosty comes to life on the stage in this family-friendly production. 

Movie Night at Central Green: How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Katy
Enjoy the family favorite holiday movie Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas on the lawn at Central Green in LaCenterra.

Holiday Lights Tour at Bishop's Palace - Galveston
Bishop's Palace has undergone a holiday transformation, and for three Saturdays in December the historical home is open for tours of the spectacular holiday and Christmas tree decorations. 

Jingle & Mingle at the Square - Memorial
Join Memorial City's giant reindeer every Saturday for dancing and singing to live music in the snow at Jingle & Mingle. 

Skate with Santa at Discovery Green - Downtown
Have fun with Santa on the Ice at Discovery Green!

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Get in one last visit with Santa at Cookies with Santa/Photo via The Children's Museum of Houston.


Cookies with Santa at The Children's Museum of Houston - Museum District
Countdown to Christmas by having cookies and milk with Santa on Christmas Eve! Special holiday activities include a meet-and-greet with Santa, cookie decorating, holiday crafts, and more all day at The Children's Museum of Houston. 

Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant at St. Francis Episcopal Church - Memorial
Watch as the story of Jesus' birth unfolds at this live Christmas Eve Nativity Pageant.

Gallery Furniture's Free Christmas Eve Toy & Shoe Drive - North Houston & Richmond
The Gallery Furniture Toy Drive benefits children ages 2-18 across the Houston area. Sprint and Samsung Mobile have partnered with Gallery Furniture to provide toys to those who might otherwise go without. Additionally, Vans has donated 7,000 shoes for children ages 2-9. There is also free food and a visit from Santa!

Celebrate Christmas Eve at La Table - Uptown
Celebrate Christmas Eve with family and friends by having a special dinner at La Table. Reservations can be made over the phone or online. 

Houston Skating Starz at Discovery Green - Downtown
Enjoy this FREE event at Discovery Green and watch Houston's top figure skaters show off on the Ice!

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Skip the cooking Christmas morning and instead enjoy a special brunch/Photo via The Woodlands Resort.


Volunteer with the Holiday Project - Various locations around Houston
Brighten the day of those who may not otherwise have a Christmas celebration by volunteering with The Holiday Project. The Holiday Project coordinates volunteer groups to visit assisted living facilities throughout Houston for the holidays. Sing carols, pass out Christmas cards, and visit with residents on Christmas day.

Christmas Day Brunch to Dinner at Hotel Galvez - Galveston
Head to Hotel Galvez for the annual Christmas Day Brunch to Dinner. The menu features traditional breakfast items as well as special holiday creations by the executive chef. Advance reservations are required. 

Christmas Day Brunch at the San Luis - Galveston
Enjoy a Christmas Day brunch at The San Luis in Galveston! Brunch takes place in the Winter Wonderland that has taken over the Grand Ballroom and features a buffet of breakfast favorites, soups, salads, and more. Santa is even making an appearance for the kids! 

Christmas Day Brunch at The Woodlands Resort - The Woodlands
Feast on traditional breakfast favorites like Belgian waffles, eggs benedict, and more while enjoying views of Lake Harrison.

Christmas Day Brunch at Radio Milano - Memorial 
Skip the cooking and spend the morning celebrating the holidays with friends and family at the Christmas Day Brunch at Radio Milano. The restaurant is offering a 3 course brunch featuring traditional breakfast favorites like parfaits, frittatas, and chicken and waffles, as well as some holiday specials such as mini crab cakes, Hong Kong fried toast, and more. 

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Top photo: Magical Winter Lights courtesy Lauren Garcia