Living in the Houston area you never know what weather the winter months will bring. Last winter we had snow (twice) and the year before we were in flip flops and shorts! From snow sledding to ice skating, be the master of your own holiday destiny and check out these ice and snow activities around town.
Ice Land “Pole to Pole” is just one of the eight holiday attractions offered at Moody Gardens as Galveston makes its transition into the Winter Wonder Island. Other holiday attractions include Festival of Lights, a one-mile trail filled with sound-enhanced lighted and animated displays themed to holiday music, Cirque Joyeux, a one-hour circus and variety show featuring performers from around the world, Rudolph 4D, holiday 3D films, the area's only outdoor ice-skating rink, an Arctic Slide and train rides, plus live entertainment and great food. Prices vary for attractions and all access passes are also available.
Ice skating is an activity that is fun for the entire family. Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center has a full line of rental skates in a wide range of sizes starting at Toddler size 8. While there are often games and lessons going on at the center, there are open skating times almost every single day. You can also rent Bobby the Seal for the kids to sit and ride around on the ice if they are feeling a little unsteady. Sessions are $12 - $14 per person depending on how long you want to stay. Check the schedule for themed days and open skate times.
The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center is located at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion multi-purpose event center. The 21,000 square foot area has a huge skating area and also room for parties and concessions. The rink is decorated for Christmas with lights and trees. Weekday skate rentals start at $5 for kids and $10.50 for adults. Weekend prices are $6 for kids, $12.50 for adults. There are also special days and activities planned during the season.
The Aerodrome offers holiday parties and themed nights throughout the year. Daily public skating sessions are available for skaters of all ages. Admission is $10 per person with skate rental at $5 per pair. The Aerodrome also has Bobby the Seal or Penguin rental for kids who need help on the ice. Check out the “Family Fun Pack” for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon session that includes four admissions/skate rentals, one large pizza and four drinks for $70.
Events with Snow
Conroe Christmas Celebration - December 8
Bundle up and prepare to sled down real hills of snow in Conroe on December 8th! The Conroe Christmas Celebration will have two real huge snow hills to slide and play on. There will also be train rides, a live nativity scene, camel rides a petting zoo and more. It’s free admission and everyone is welcome.
Lighting of The Doves - November 17
The long-standing tradition in The Woodlands signifies the start of the holiday season in the community. The ceremonial illumination of the giant doves also includes a festival featuring snow play areas, two snow slides, vendor booths, children’s activities and strolling entertainment. Of course, Santa Claus himself will be there, arriving by sleigh down The Woodlands Waterway ahead of a dazzling fireworks display. The event is free but there is a $10 charge for taking part in the snow festivities.
Beaumont Snow Run - 2019
This event is not until 2019, but prices are way cheaper if you sign up now. The annual Beaumont Snow Run is a 3.5 mile run on Crockett Street in Downtown Beaumont. The race will have elements from the Haunted Hotel and there is a 100% chance of snow another obstacles or detours along the route.