Where do we even begin with December events in Houston? It seems that everyone is in the holiday spirit and fun events are everywhere. From Houston to Galveston, Spring and beyond, there is fun for all ages. If you’re looking for a round up of the best holiday lighting, we’ve got that on our holiday lights blog. We’re also covering some of the best holiday hotels that make you feel like you’re visiting the North Pole. Happy Houston holidays!
Old Time Christmas Tree Farm
Dec. 1 - Dec. 12, 2021
Did you know you can cut down your own Christmas tree? Yes, this year you can skip the fraser-fir-filled parking lots and head to Old Time Christmas Tree Farm for a fun, family outing. Old Time Christmas Tree Farm offers four different varieties of Christmas trees – two of which you can cut down yourself, and two that are pre-cut and shipped from up north. Along with tree shopping there is a train ride through the Christmas tree fields, a petting zoo, and a giant inflatable slide and bounce house. Note that these additional attractions are only available on the weekends.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Dec. 1 – Dec. 29, 2021
Houston’s seasonal favorite, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is back at Alley Theatre. Known for exciting and engaging iterations of the classic, the Alley Theatre troupe is mixing up the storylines again this year. When two of the troupe’s actors can’t arrive in time for the performance, others step in to create a magical world of holiday make-believe that guests are sure to enjoy. As usual with this talented ensemble, it will be “A Christmas Carol” like no other.
Dickens on the Strand
Dec. 3 – Dec. 5, 2021
In its 48th year, the Galveston Historical Foundation is hosting its signature Dickens on The Strand in downtown Galveston. Enjoy a truly Victorian holiday with the architecture, sights, and sounds of yesteryear. In paying homage to the times, each lord and lady should definitely adorn their most festive hat. There will be activities throughout including non-stop entertainment on four stages, new additions like Tiny Tim’s Play Land and roaming characters throughout the festival.The Shopkeeper Skills Village features numerous craft, food, and holiday vendors that guests seek out each year for fun holiday finds.
The Little Mermaid
Dec. 7 – Dec. 24
Experiences over gifts is a great mantra for the season, so treat yourself and your Disney-obsessed kids to “The Little Mermaid” at TUTS. Everyone loves the story of Ariel eschewing her under-the-sea kingdom for life on land, but watching it unfold live is sure to thrill. We know everyone will be singing along to the classic choruses from “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.” Tickets start at $40, so be sure to grab them while they last.
Friday Night Lights and Lights in The Heights
Dec. 10 – 11, 2021
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
For an entire weekend of fun head to Friday Night Lights and Lights in The Heights. The historic Heights neighborhood puts on a holiday showing with this fun, festive and family-friendly weekend. On Friday night, families can gather around the campfire at Norhill Esplanade to roast marshmallows, watch a Christmas classic and enjoy dinner from a local food truck. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 6:30 p.m. to check on whether kids are being naughty or nice. Then, on Saturday night, homes are decked out in lights and displays, creating walkable holiday magic. Guests can walk the Lights in The Heights route while enjoying warm drinks, live music and revelry.
Dec. 12, 2021
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
In a quick break from holiday activities, Houston Ferrari Fest is a big event coming to River Oaks District. Presented by Ferrari of Houston, any sports car enthusiast should plan to attend, as over 80 Ferraris will be on display, including the new Ferrari 812 Competizione, multiple Monza's, La Ferrari, Ferrari Enzo, multiple SF90's, Ferrari race cars, Ferrari Classiche models and more. The event also benefits Texas Children’s Cancer Center, so a $5 donation is suggested to attend.
Very Merry POPS
Dec. 18 – Dec. 19, 2021
Holiday cheer is back with Houston Symphony’s Very Merry POPS. This concert is always the perfect way to step into the season! Broadway’s Rodney Ingram from “The Phantom of the Opera” joins the Symphony and Chorus for heartwarming favorites and treasured carols. Complete with sparkling decorations and a visit from Santa, it’s guaranteed fun for all ages. Before your head to Jones Hall enjoy one of the many Downtown bars and restaurants downtown for a festive meal or cocktail.
Storybook Stars at Discovery Green
Dec. 30 – Dec. 31, 2021
Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green is always a hot-ticket item at the holidays. Once the Christmas adrenaline has worn off and your kids are back to being “bored” at home, take them to skate with their favorite storybook stars! From Snow White to perhaps Ana and Elsa, your kids will love ice skating with these special guests. Be sure to snag tickets and enjoy this fun activity.
Where to Stay for the Holiday
Grand Galvez Resort and Spa
Already an iconic Texas hotel, the stunning Grand Galvez in Galveston always adds extra magic to the season. The coastal town of Galveston becomes a “Winter Wonder Island” with more than 50 days of magical activities, making Grand Galvez the perfect place to stay. Plus, a stay at this luxurious hotel would be a perfect present for you and your significant other to enjoy!
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa
There are plenty of holiday activities in and around Houston, but holidays at The Houstonian are truly an institution. As soon as you walk in the Grand Lobby, you’re greeted by over-the-top Christmas décor, giant gingerbread houses, and even entertainment. Outside there is a giant live oak with over 10,000 lights. Who said a Christmas tree can’t be an ancient live oak!? The entire experience at The Houstonian is Instagram-able and shouldn’t be missed. Plus, there are additional activities like Hotel Lobby Holiday Libations and Light Bites throughout the entire month.