Houston, the wait is almost over.
The holiday season is returning in full force and soon, you can relive your favorite festive traditions -- mind-bogglingly massive holiday markets, dizzyingly dazzling light displays, electrifying stage spectaculars, and more.
Read on for a smorgasbord of seasonal offerings and holiday happenings scheduled in the month ahead.
- View incredible quilts at the International Quilt Festival (Nov. 1-5). 🧵
- Join Ryder and the PAW Patrol pups for an action-packed evening of family-friendly fun at “PAW Patrol Live: Heroes Unite” (Nov. 2-5). 🐶
- Rev your engine during the Lone Star Motorcycle Rally in Galveston (Nov. 2-5). 🏍️
- Remember and honor the dearly departed at one of these Día de los Muertos events (Through Nov. 4). 💀
- Celebrate Houston’s AAPI communities at Asia Society Texas’ annual Night Market (Nov. 3). 🥡
- Drive down a twinkly trail of festive displays synced and choreographed to holiday music at The Light Park (Nov. 3-Jan. 1). 🎄
- Light a lantern at the Water Lantern Festival in Spring (Nov. 4). 🏮
- Tour five historic Houston homes on Preservation Houston’s Good Brick Tour (Nov. 4-5). 🏡
- Relive the magic of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on the giant screen at Jones Hall while enjoying John Williams’s iconic soundtrack performed live by the full Houston Symphony (Nov. 4-5). 🎶
- Score sweet merch at Collect-A-Con, a trading card, anime, and pop culture convention (Nov. 4-5). 🦸🏽♀️
- See fantastical figures inspired by the folk-art tradition of alebrijes at a festival thrown by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Nov. 5). 🖼️
- Go medieval at the Texas Renaissance Festival (Through Nov. 26). 🍗
- Don spirited holiday garb before embarking on a festive shopping spree at one of these holiday craft markets. 🛍️
- Hop aboard the Polar Express for a yuletide train ride (Nov. 10-Dec. 23). 🚂
- Twirl around the ice rink at Discovery Green (Nov. 10 - Jan. 28). ⛸️
- Take a road trip to College Station to experience the oh-so-merry spectacle that is Santa’s Wonderland (Nov.10-Dec. 30). 🎅🏽
- Celebrate Diwali at the Festival of Lights (Nov. 10). ✨
- Celebrate our nation’s servicemen and veterans at Houston’s annual American Heroes Parade (Nov. 11). 🪖
- Sample wine on the sea at Kemah Boardwalk’s Wine Fest (Nov. 11). 🍷
- Join Elsa on her quest to protect Arendelle during Disney’s spectacle on ice, “Find Your Hero” (Nov. 9-12). ⛸️
- Dress in your steampunk best to celebrate Miller Outdoor Theatre’s centennial (Nov. 11). 🥳
- Laugh yourself silly during a night of stand up with comedian Ali Wong (Nov. 12). 🎤
- Immerse yourself in the magic of Zoo Lights sans children at a sip-and-stroll wine tasting event (Nov. 16). 🍷
- Enjoy wild holiday lights, merry and bright, at Zoo Lights (Nov. 17-Jan. 7). 🐘
- Immerse Yourself in a wonderland of holiday lights at the Magical Winter Lights Festival in Katy (Nov. 17-Jan 7). ❄️
- See a large menagerie of lighted sculptures twinkling in the Houston Botanic Garden at its “Radiant Nature” outdoor exhibit (Nov. 17-Feb. 25). 🌻
- See dazzling light displays at Constellation Field during Sugar Land’s annual holiday lights extravaganza (Nov. 17-Jan. 1). ⚾
- Confront the Ghost of Christmas Past at the Alley Theatre during its annual production of “A Christmas Carol” (Nov. 17-Dec. 30). 👻
- Ride down an ice slide at Moody Gardens’ ice sculpture experience, Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday (Nov. 18-Jan.6). 🧊
- Support local creatives and score stunning works of art at Zine Fest Houston (Nov. 18). 🎨
- See Kehinde Wiley’s new, monumental body of work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Nov. 19 -June. 19). 🖼️
- Catch a glimpse of the enormous balloons, marching bands, and, of course, Santa Claus at Houston’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade (Nov. 23). 🦃
- Step back in time while celebrating fall at the George Ranch Historical Park’s Fall Festival (Nov. 24). 🍂
- Journey through the glittering Land of Snow to the bright and joyful Kingdom of Sweets with Clara, the Nutcracker Prince, and the Houston Ballet (Nov. 24-Dec. 27). 🩰
- Cut down your own Christmas tree at one of these Houston-area tree farms. 🎄
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