5 family-friendly Christmas events you should attend in Houston this holiday


HOUSTON – These Houston family-friendly activities are sure to please the whole family from amazing lights and decorations to priceless memories, pictures with Santa, food, music and more.

Here are five family friendly Christmas events in the Houston area:

Santa’s Wonderland Bass Pro Shops

When: Until Dec. 24

Where: Bass Pro Shops What: Visiting Bass Pro Shops is a quick, free and easy one stop to get in all your family Christmas needs. There will be free pictures with Santa, crafts, games and activities. Check the website for scheduling information.

Website: https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/santas-wonderland#schedule-of-events

Christmas Village at Bayou Bend

When: Until Dec. 30

Where: Bayou Bend

What: Enjoy a historic tour of Ima Hogg’s mansion and the 14-acre estate. The Christmas village will be complete with sledding, cotton snowballs, Christmas carolers, pictures with Santa, games and more.

Website: https://www.mfah.org/a/christmas-village-at-bayou-bend/

Christmas at Hotel Galvez

When: Until Jan. 2

Where: Hotel Galvez

What: The special gingerbread village will be on display in the lobby throughout the holiday. If you are looking for a more formal brunch or celebration, Hotel Galvez offers Sunday brunches with Santa every Sunday through Dec. 22. Reservations can be made on Open Table and don’t forget to bring Santa your wish list this year. On Christmas Day, Hotel Galvez will host another large brunch with special treats and features. Reservations are required.

Website: https://www.hotelgalvez.com/things-to-do-in-galveston/holiday-events-galveston

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights

When: Until Jan. 12

Where: The Houston Zoo

What: Enjoy the Houston Zoo lights for a great date night or evening the kids will love filled with hot chocolate, the stunning zoo grounds and stellar lights. There will also be opportunities to take pictures with Santa, decorate churros, and make s’mores and more. Jan. 6 is sensory-friendly night, a night designed for guests with sensory sensitivities and their families. On Jan. 9 is Ugly Sweater 21 & Up Night, where guests 21 and older can enjoy a free drink with admission.

Website: https://www.houstonzoo.org/events/zoo-lights/

The Ice Powered by Green Mountain Energy

When: Until Feb. 2

Where: Discovery Green

What: Ice skate at Discovery Green within the heart of downtown Houston. General admission is $11. Themed days include Dec. 17 ugly sweaters, Jan. 7 Star Wars, Jan. 14 super heroes and Jan. 21 super villains. Guests are able to skate with Santa before Dec. 25. Check the website for more custom themes, guests and events.

Website: https://www.discoverygreen.com/ice