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25 Things to Do with Houston Kids Over Christmas Break

As parents, it's safe to say that we all have the best intentions of organizing the most creative, Pinterest-worthy crafts and activities for our kids during school breaks. Making those activities come to fruition, however, isn't always as easily executed. This winter break, instead of setting lofty goals that never get met, fall back on our holiday guide for events and things to do during the season, and read our other posts for fun things to do on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Below, you'll find 25 things to do you and the kids will love and that, more importantly, get you out of the house!

Winter Bucket List: 37 Things to Do With Houston Kids This Winter

Houston has no shortage of fun activities for kids this winter. From the best holiday events to kid-friendly stage shows, we've rounded up a list of the top Houston happenings this winter. Keeping in mind that cooler temperatures have finally arrived, we've also included some of our favorite indoor activities to do with kids at home and around town. But because it's typically not too cold in Houston, taking advantage of milder days to get some fresh air allows for even more options for family fun. Read on for our list of the best of what Houston has to offer this winter season. 

50 Awesome Santa Activities for Houston Kids

Santa Claus is comin' to town... Santa Claus is comin' to town... you know you're humming along right now, and boy is he coming! Santa is making stops all over Houston and has all sorts of fun activities planned along the way. From traditional breakfasts, brunches, and super fun lunches to attending holiday and Christmas events around town, the big guy is ready to party with all the good little girls and boys in Houston. 

Best Houston Neighborhoods and Homes for Viewing Holiday Lights

During the most magical time of the year, there are many ways to get your holiday light fix. Houston has beautiful public lighting displays, but nothing beats driving the family around a neighborhood in your Christmas pajamas. For those evenings when you want to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season at your own pace, it's helpful to know which Houston neighborhoods go above and beyond in the decoration department.

We've rounded up the neighborhoods with must-see lighting displays, so all you have to do is gather the family into the car, turn on some holiday tunes, and explore the Bayou City on your own time. However, many neighborhoods prefer visitors between 6-10 p.m. Lights are typically up from Thanksgiving through New Years. Also, for all things holiday in Houston - from free events to shows - check out our ultimate holiday guide for families.

December GoList: Best Things to Do With Houston Kids This Month

It's the time of the year when the Christmas decorations Target put on display in October are finally appropriate. The holidays are here! We have you covered with our guide featuring events and things to do around Houston this month from where to see holiday shows and The Nutcracker, FREE holiday events for the family, and places to take photos (or eat breakfast) with Santa.

There are tons of fun festivals in December, and lucky for us Houstonians, many of them have thousands of pounds of "snow" for kids to play in. As a native Houstonian, I didn't see snow until I was in my late teens, so at least you can still give your kids a white-ish Christmas. Also, events that started in November like Zoo Lights, Moody Gardens' Festival of Lights, and Magical Winter Lights in La Marque are still up and running throughout December.

Make sure to keep an eye on our calendar for daily events, and if you haven't already, sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters to receive our latest posts and things to do around town. Read on for the best Houston events this month.

Where to See and Take Photos with Santa in Houston

My family's holiday traditions wouldn't be complete without the annual trip to snap photos with Santa. Some years we have dealt with full-on meltdowns, faces twisted in horror and arms flailing out to my husband and me, and other years the event has been a breeze, smiles plastered on to faces and eagerly waiting to whisper what they want to receive for Christmas. Either way, the tradition of taking photos with Santa is a holiday staple, and we've rounded up a variety of places you can find the big man.

We also have even more fun events that are sure to make your holiday season a magical one:

Without further ado, here is where you will find Santa Claus this year in Houston.

40 Free Christmas & Holiday Events in Houston

The holidays are expensive enough without having to worry about forking out cash for a fun activity to enjoy with family and friends. We've rounded up FREE things to do this holiday season in Houston for the whole family. From parades and tree lightings, to Santa sightings and outdoor movies, there truly is something for everyone on our list. Be sure to check out our calendar for things to do every day with the kids.

Breakfast, Brunch & More Christmas Festivities with Santa for Houston Kids

Ready or not, the holidays are officially here, and there are tons of family-friendly events around the city to kick off the festivities and see Santa before he drops off all his presents. One of our favorite ways to celebrate the holidays is by having a good, old-fashioned breakfast with Santa... especially when breakfast is followed by lots of crafts and activities and plenty of photos with the man in red. 

And if that wasn't enough, in addition to breakfast with Santa we also included brunch with Santa, cookies with Santa, and more fun events, ensuring you have plenty of face time with the big guy so he knows exactly what you want for Christmas this year. 

Looking for even more Christmas activities and festivities? You'll definitely want to 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.

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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