31 BEST Things To Do In Houston For Christmas

31 BEST Things To Do In Houston For Christmas In 2023

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First off, Texas is near and dear to my heart ! My mom is from Texas and we’ve spent many childhood summers with my grandparents visiting all the best-kept secrets of that giant state. As a matter of fact, one of my favorite Texas memories includes visiting Houston as an adult with own children. We explored the city and found super fun things to do in Houston for Christmas.

Although Houston during Christmas is not your typical winter wonderland, it’s got incomparable Southern charm and plenty of festive surprises! Actually, just thinking about things to do in Houston for Christmas makes me excited about of the memories we’ve made there as a family!

If you are planning a Houston road trip or are local-ish to Houston and can drive over for the Christmas season, these “31 Best Things To Do In Houston for Christmas” will fill your holiday spirit (Oh my word, you are going to have a blast! Let’s get started!).

31 Best Things To Do In Houston For Christmas

Are you ready for this? Get your planner out because you will want to check as many of these things off as possible from your Christmas bucket-list (Is that even a thing? It should be. Make one now and include some of these things to do in Houston for Christmas).

1.🦓 Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo

Think animal-themed lanterns, gorgeous oak trees covered in Christmas lights, canopies of illuminating flowers, and butterfly displays hanging in the garden while you drink hot chocolate. Dreamy, right?

The Houston Zoo Lights is one-of-a-kind. Don’t forget to visit Santa’s workshop or the Coca-Cola Polar Bear exhibit. The Zoo Lights event will be going on from November 17, 2023 – January 7, 2024, closed Dec. 6th, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. The hours are 5:30-10:30pm with last entry at 9:30pm.

The Zoo Lights is among the best things to do in Houston for Christmas

NOTE: Tickets are NOT sold on-site at the zoo, online only. Members of the military, first responders (firefighters, police, and EMT), and educators qualify for a 10% off discount.

The tickets to attend the zoo at night for the Zoo Lights event are in ADDITION to the daytime zoo access ticket. If you’d like to visit the zoo during the day, grabbing a Houston CityPass is a great option to combine Houston activities and save money (we are huge fans of CityPasses!).

➡️ We love CityPasses because it’s the BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! The Zoo is a part of the Houston package. Learn More: Houston CityPass

2. 🦕 The Houston Museum of Natural History

You may think if you’ve been to ONE Museum of Natural History, then you’ve been to them all. WRONG. They are all unique and wildly intriguing. Visiting the Houston Museum of Natural History during Christmas is a breath of festive air.

Amidst the holiday season, the museum’s captivating exhibits, including dinosaur skeletons, gemstones, and ancient artifacts, provide a unique escape from the holiday hustle.

things to do in Houston for Christmas

Did someone say dinosaurs? Do our kids ever REALLY outgrow their love for observing giant dinosaur fossils? As a mom of 3, we’ve been to a lot of museums and they still love them.

➡️ Lock in your tickets to The Houston Museum of Natural Science here: Reserve Now! (Ps. If you plan to do several activities, the Houston CityPass (see #1) is the best deal!)

3. ⛸️ Discovery Green Outdoor Ice Skating

My whole family loves to go ice skating! You won’t see us doing any spins or tricks, but the experience has always been pure joy. While you are in Houston during Christmas, stop by the only outdoor ice skating rink in Houston at Discovery Green (hours of operation listed here).

Each ice skate session is 75 minutes and, from personal experience, that is MORE than enough time to learn the basics and work up an appetite. We loved taking our kids ice skating at a young age and Discovery Green Outdoor Ice Skating believes “if you can walk, you can skate” (no age restrictions). You will love this making this special Christmas memory!

things to do in Houston for christmas
My husband teaching our son to ice skate

4. 🚀 Holiday Splendor at Space Center Houston

Of all the things we did in Houston, this by far was my family’s favorite. We’ve been to Space Centers before but there is something novel about Houston.

Something particularly unique about Space Center Houston during Christmas time is the unique Galaxy Lights event. If you are around during this time, register ASAP because it sells out quickly.

things to do in Houston for Christmas

Spend the day exploring space from Earth and (like we did) visit Mission Control from all of the Apollo missions. It doesn’t get cooler than that 🤓.

➡️ You can’t go to Houston without visiting Space Center Houston, it’s a known fact: Buy Space Center Houston Tickets
(unless you want the CityPass bundle, then go back to #2 in this list)

5. 🎺 Attend a Houston Symphony

Do you enjoy the art and ambience of listening to a full orchestra playing your most nostalgic Christmas songs? Set a night (or more) aside to visit the Houston Symphony. You’re in luck, this season they are offering a new option actually. Pick three or more concerts and enjoy 40% off on tickets (hello savings!).

things to do in Houston for Christmas include going to the symphony

Amongst the events on the schedule in December 2023 are Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker, Handel’s Messiah, and Broadway leading lady Many Gonzalez singing “Very Merry Pops”.

Jones Hall is freshly refurbished and sure to offer you some unforgettable evenings.

6. 🚗 Dasher’s Drive-Through Lightshow

‘Tis the season to be merry! Experience the 4th annual Christmas Lightshow drive-thru at Sam Houston’s Race Park, a Houston first. Priced per person, revel in the shimmering lights synchronized to your favorite holiday tunes. Over 1 million lights on display! Did you catch that? O-N-E M-I-L-L-I-O-N!

Walk through radiant tunnels, sing alongside Santa and his jolly reindeer, and craft cherished memories with friends and family at Dasher’s Lightshow!

This one gives me major nostalgic vibes. This drive-through experience is absolutely a must-have ingredient for a magical Christmas season. Dasher’s Lightshow takes approximately 25-30 minutes to ride through and tickets can be purchased here.

7. 🩰 Attend the Nutcracker at the Houston Ballet

The Houston Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” is a beloved holiday tradition that has enthralled audiences for decades. This performance transports spectators to a magical world, where young Clara embarks on an extraordinary journey.

Are you familiar with the storyline? It can keep you on the edge of your seat! From battling the Mouse King to visiting the Kingdom of Sweets, this timeless tale is brought to life with exquisite choreography, elaborate sets, and dazzling costumes. This is a high-demand event and tickets are selling fast. Make a reservation here: Tickets

things to do in Houston for Christmas includes attending the Houston Ballet

The Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker is a mesmerizing and heartwarming experience, making it a cherished part of the city’s holiday celebrations, suitable for both newcomers and longtime fans of this classic masterpiece.

8. 🧒🏻 Visit the Children’s Museum Houston

Being a mom of 3 (age ranges 5-11), children’s museums are a permanent bookmark in any city we visit. The Children’s Museum of Houston is an exciting, educational wonderland where kids get to play, discover, and simply have a great time.

Even better, it’s right in the heart of the Museum District, and it’s all about engaging children’s curiosity and nurturing their creativity. In the Christmas mood, the museum will be covered with Christmas spirit and have interactive exhibits, science experiments, arts and crafts, imaginative play areas, and cool tech stuff that will amaze kids of all ages.

Santa will even be making an appearance on Christmas eve if you want to drop in!

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9. 🚂 The Christmas Train

Houstonians adore the Christmas extravaganza at Victory Camp in Alvin, and for good reason. There’s a jaw-dropping 279 trees decked out in twinkling lights, over 500 pounds of scrumptious popcorn, and some seriously irresistible deep-dish pizza.

Plus, the whole family can hop on an old-school train ride with open-air coaches, giving you a front-row seat to an epic spectacle of over 300,000 Christmas lights and dazzling displays. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill holiday event; it’s a one-of-a-kind experience that you won’t find anywhere else in Houston.

things to do in Houston for Christmas

The Christmas Train runs November 26-27, December 3-4, 9-11, and 16-23, with extended hours until 10 PM on December 22-23. Get all the info here: The Christmas Train

10. ⛵ Christmas Boat Parade

Kick off the holiday season with the 62nd Anniversary Christmas Boat Lane Parade, a spectacular event organized by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Over 100,000 people usually flock to the shores and hop aboard hundreds of boats, all scattered across Clear Lake.

Imagine more than 60 boats, decked out in dazzling decorations, parading their way from the South Shore Harbour Marina and Nassau Bay Lagoon to Galveston Bay through the Clear Lake channel. It’s a festive sight to behold!

And if you’re eager to be part of the merriment, you can register your own boat for this year’s Christmas Boat Lane Parade.

11. ❄️ Holiday in the Gardens at Moody Gardens

This place has EVERYTHING Christmas-y. Moody Gardens stands as the premier holiday destination in the Southwest, delivering an array of holiday attractions, activities, festive delights, dining experiences, and hotel packages beyond your wildest expectations.

The ice slide is a crowd favorite at Moody Gardens ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants in Galveston, TX (PRNewsFoto/Moody Gardens)

If you want to knock out your Christmas memory checklist, this could easily be a one-stop shop. There are two parts to this event: ICE LAND and the Festival of Lights. You can buy separate tickets or bundle them, of course.

Ready for the extensive list of activities to choose from? Ice Skating Rink, Holiday 3D Films, Rudolph 4D, Arctic Slide, Train Rides, Pictures with Santa, Nightly Fireside S’Mores, A Christmas Wish Holiday Show, Breakfast with Santa, Nightly Holiday Buffets, and more!

NOTE: This is in Galveston, TX which is about an hour from Houston. Don’t fret about commuting though, easily book a transfer to and from Galveston with the link below.

➡️ Make this a lifelong memory and book a ride to and from Holiday at the Gardens in Moody Beach (Galveston): Reserve Easy Transportation!

12. 🚢 Christmas Dinner Cruises on Galveston Bay

If you are in the area on December 9, 2023, save the date for this once-a-month dinner cruise experience. While you are in Galveston, make the most of your visit and surprise the family with this unique sunset evening.

Go on a Christmas dinner cruise on December 9, 2023 on the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat

Under the serene blue skies, with tranquil waters and breathtaking sunsets, the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat emerges as a captivating spectacle. This 1800s-style Paddlewheeler replica accommodates 550 passengers and offers year-round hour-long cruises on Offatts Bayou in Galveston Island. All the details you need here.

Boarding 6:30 – 7pm, Dinner 7 – 8pm, Sail 7 – 9pm

13. 🎭 Watch A Christmas Carol at Alley Theatre

I have always loved live theatre. Attending live musicals with my grandparents during our Texas visits is one of my favorite childhood memories. Gathering your family to watch “A Christmas Carol” at Alley Theatre is a heartwarming tradition you won’t want to miss. The show runs from November 17 – December 30, 2023.

Visit the Alley Theatre to see a "A Christmas Carol" while you visit Houston for Christmas

This timeless Charles Dickens classic comes to life in a live performance that’s not just a play; it’s a journey into the true spirit of the season. The talented actors, elaborate sets, and captivating storytelling will transport you to the heart of Victorian London, making you laugh, cry, and truly reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

Sharing this experience with your loved ones instills a sense of togetherness and a reminder of the importance of generosity and goodwill, making it a treasured holiday outing.

14. 🎅🏽 Visit Santa’s Wonderland

I remember driving past this giant barn-looking building and the front read “Santa’s Wonderland.” It was huge and mesmerizing. If you are on the hunt for REAL Texas snow, look no further because Santa’s Wonderland doesn’t hold back. You and your kids will love this place in College Station, TX (about an hour from Houston).

Take a hayride, horse & carriage, meet Texas Santa (because YES there is an undeniable Texas Santa), go snow tubing, get energy out on Frostbite’s Snow Playground, enjoy ice skating, you name it, they’ve got it. Wow!

Santa's Wonderland blew my mind when we drove past it in College Station. They are amazing!

Can I just move in? I am sure Santa and his elves need more helpers 😉 And as if it can’t get better? They’ve reserved special nights to honor veterans and active duty military (on November 10-12, free admission). Also (my personal favorite), they have … drum roll please…. sensory friendly nights on December 4th and 5th from 4pm – 7pm.

Go support this place. I am over the moon!

15. 👒 Dickens on The Strand in Galveston

I have to start by letting you know I have not attended this event personally but it may be one of my biggest regrets because if you DRESS UP IN VICTORIAN ATTIRE you get a discount. No, this is not a joke. They are actually celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year and it only lasts a few days (December 1-3, 2023).

This annual festival transports you to Victorian-era England, with its cobblestone streets, charming architecture, and people dressed in elaborate period costumes. It’s an immersion into Charles Dickens’ world, complete with costumed characters, parades, and street performances.

Dickens on The Strand is something you can do during the holidays around Houston

You’ll find street vendors, food stalls, and unique handcrafted gifts for sale, perfect for holiday shopping. Live music, entertainment, and even a traditional English tea (you had me at tea, I’m a tea girl) make it a festive experience.

What a neat family-friendly event that offers a glimpse into the magic of a bygone era, making it a cherished holiday outing for many. You in?

16. 🏃A Charlie Brown Christmas 5k/10k Race

Participating in a 5k/10k race during Christmas may not be at the top of your list (or maybe it is, you’re awesome!) but when my husband and I did a Christmas 5k, we loved it! I was actually 8 months pregnant with our second son, so I walked it while little elves (race helpers) brought my hot chocolate. It was as amazing as it sounds.

It’s more than just a race; it’s a bonding experience filled with joy and togetherness. The festive atmosphere, with runners donning Santa hats and jingle bells, creates a sense of community and shared excitement. They also have a The Snoopy Kids Dash that is a perfect length for the littles!

Completing a 5k together instills a sense of accomplishment and reinforces the spirit of unity, making it a cherished and heartwarming holiday tradition for our family.

17. 🎄 Sugar Land Holiday Lights

Ever wonder with 3.5 million Christmas lights look like? You can see it for yourself at Sugar Land Holiday Lights at Constellation Field. A short 20-minute from south Houston you will be surrounded by great lights and great food.

It’s fun for the young and the young at heart! Stroll through a world of dazzling, brilliantly themed light exhibits, enjoy festive music, and indulge in delicious seasonal treats.

The charming atmosphere is perfect for making cherished memories, whether it’s taking a family photo with Santa, sipping hot cocoa, or riding holiday-themed rides. It’s a heartwarming experience that radiates the joy and spirit of the holidays, creating lasting memories for all who attend.

18. 👑 Texas Renaissance Festival Christmas Wonderland

Ever heard that everything is bigger in Texas? That applies to their Renaissance Festival for sure. The Kingdom is transformed into a Christmas wonderland and holiday music fills the lanes. Whenever I’ve visited a Renaissance Festival, I am taken back by how impressive the details are and how committed the characters are during the event.

The Texas Renaissance Festival transforms into a captivating Yuletide celebration during Christmas. It’s like stepping into a magical time machine, where the Renaissance era meets the festive spirit.

Visit the Texas Renaissance Festival during Christmas in Houston

The entire festival grounds are adorned with holiday decor, and you’ll find costumed characters, from jolly jesters to elegant lords and ladies. There’s live entertainment, including carolers and minstrels, adding to the merriment.

Artisan vendors offer unique holiday gifts and treats, while the scent of roasted turkey legs and spiced mulled wine fills the air. It’s an enchanting blend of history and holiday cheer, making it a must-visit for those who appreciate a unique Christmas experience.

Free Things To Do In Houston For Christmas

During the holiday season, Houston offers an array of festive and free activities for families and individuals to enjoy. We’ve attended our fair share of paid events (worth it) but there are TONS of free things to do in Houston for Christmas.

19.🎄 Uptown Holiday Lighting

Who doesn’t love Christmas lights? This is a most anticipated community event, the Uptown Holiday Lighting. It typically occurs on Thanksgiving evening with a countdown led by Santa and fireworks to follow.

The Uptown Holiday Lighting is a favorite thing to do in Houston during the Christmas season

If you can’t be there the evening of the lighting, do not fret! The 80 beautifully adorned Christmas trees (recently revitalized along Post Oak Boulevard) stay lite during the entire season. You can stand in awe of this display at no cost while you enjoy performances, creatively designed art cars, and delightful holiday treats.

➡️ Love Christmas lights? Me too!! Soak it all in with a 1-Hour Private Christmas Lights Tour in Houston (it sells out fast): Book Now, Pay Later!

20. 🎥 Family Movie Night on the Lawn at Levy Park

Gather your family, put on your pajamas, and lounge on the lawn at Levy Park to watch a Christmas classic, The Polar Express (on December 15th at 7 pm).

As the sun sets, families are invited to gather under the open sky for a special Family Movie Night. Blankets, lawn chairs, and cozy pajamas are the dress code for this delightful evening. The feature film, carefully selected for all ages, promises an enchanting cinematic experience.

Attend this Family Movie Night at Levy Park for Christmas while you are in Houston

It’s a chance for families to come together, snuggle up, and immerse themselves in the magic of film. This communal event at Levy Park offers a memorable and heartwarming holiday experience, forging bonds and creating lasting memories for all who attend.

21. 🎁 Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular

Stop by City Hall to watch the Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular. It’s a dazzling celebration that lights up the holiday season in Houston. This year, it will be December 2, 2023, At City Hall – 6:00 To 8:00 P.M.

This annual event features an awe-inspiring lighting ceremony, illuminating the city’s grand Christmas tree. Spectators are treated to a mesmerizing display of festive lights, live music performances, and a heartwarming atmosphere.

Join the Mayor's Event in Houston Texas for Christmas

Families can participate in holiday-themed activities and enjoy the company of friends and neighbors. The event’s grand finale, a spectacular fireworks show, lights up the Houston sky, making it a cherished tradition that brings the community together and kicks off the holiday season with joy and warmth.

22. 🎄Be in Awe of Lights In The Heights

More lights that will amaze you and a free evening to piddle and soak in the Christmas spirit. Stop by the Highland and Omar Streets to see the lights on display.

Lights in the Heights is a beloved holiday tradition in Houston’s historic Heights neighborhood. Each year, residents transform their charming Victorian-style homes into enchanting displays of holiday lights and decorations.

Strolling along the beautifully lit streets, visitors are immersed in a magical winter wonderland, enjoying the intricate light displays, festive music, and the warm camaraderie of the community. It’s a free, family-friendly event where people from all over come to admire the creativity and spirit of the season.

23. 🐦 Holiday with the Cranes

Humor me and pretend that the bluebird emoji in the title is a crane, okay? In the spirit of humor, this event has been named “one of the quirkiest events in Texas” by the New York Times. Intrigued, yet?

Galveston, Texas warmly embraces the annual arrival of majestic Sandhill Cranes as they make the island their winter home. These 3-4 foot tall, red-capped birds are a spectacle to behold. Join the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council for a truly unique experience.

Amongst the things to do in Houston, attend this event to celebrate cranes

Taking place on December 9-10, 2023, this event offers a special opportunity to witness the natural beauty of these magnificent creatures and celebrate the rich diversity of Galveston’s wildlife in a setting that truly captures the essence of the holiday season.

24. 🛍️ Show The Holiday Market at Levy Park

In the shopping mood? Browsing the Holiday Market is amongst many free things you can do in Houston for Christmas. Levy Park hosts a fantastic Holiday Market, offering a three-day extravaganza of festive delights.

This free event brings together local vendors, food, and drink providers, creating a cheerful atmosphere perfect for some early holiday shopping. It’s an excellent opportunity to discover unique gifts while supporting local businesses.

With an outdoor setup and social distancing measures in place, you can explore the market comfortably and safely. Levy Park’s Holiday Market promises to be a fantastic way to kick off the holiday season with an abundance of holiday spirit and a chance to find that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift.

25. 🏠 Neighborhood Lights are impressive!

Driving through neighborhoods in Houston to admire Christmas lights is a joyous holiday tradition that resonates with all ages. We used to live in a neighborhood that was famous for it’s Christmas lights. Every season there would be hundreds (if not thousands) of cars driving through our streets to see the view.

It may seem crazy but we LOVED the energy and excitement. Driving through neighborhoods is a whimsical journey through winter wonderlands, where homes transform into radiant showcases of creativity and festivity.

The twinkling lights, animated displays, and heartwarming scenes evoke a sense of wonder and nostalgia, igniting the holiday spirit. Pile into cars, sip hot cocoa, and crank up carols while embarking on these illuminating adventures.

The MOST POPULAR Christmas neighborhoods in Houston are:
River Oaks
Post Oak Boulevard, Highland Village, and Uptown
Shepherd Park

Prestonwood Forest
Cleveland Christmas Ranch

26. 📘 Check Events at Houston Public Library

I am a library nerd 🤓. I love books. I obnoxiously want my kids to love books. If there a a library or bookstore near me in any given city, you will see me browsing the shelves.

Great news, many public libraries do not require primary residence to use their facility. Check out the Houston Public Library website to see upcoming Christmas events. Public libraries offer a treasure trove of free events and activities. You can expect heartwarming storytimes with classic holiday tales for children, often accompanied by crafts and cookies.

I want my kids to love to read and I take them to the library as often as I can

Many libraries I’ve visited host festive concerts, featuring local musicians and choirs, or film screenings of beloved holiday movies for all ages to enjoy. Awesome, right?

There could be gingerbread house decorating workshops and some libraries even organize visits from Santa Claus. These free library events foster a sense of community and joy during the holiday season.

27. 🧑‍🌾 Urban Harvest Farmers Market

While you are in Houston, spend a Saturday morning shopping locally at a farmer’s market. See their holiday surprises and taste their samples (it’s a favorite pastime).

The Saturday Farmers Market by Urban Harvest, originating in 2004 with just seven vendors, has evolved into one of Texas’ largest farmers markets. It serves as a platform for local and backyard gardeners to directly sell their freshly harvested produce. Over 100 local Houston vendors, including the original ones like Animal Farm and Atkinson Farms, now participate.

All market participants, within a 180-mile radius of Houston, offer the freshest, locally sourced produce and meats. Open year-round, rain or shine, the market continues its commitment to fresh, local, and sustainable food.

28. 🚙 New Display at the Art Car Museum during Christmas

The Art Car Museum, often referred to as “Garage Mahal,” is a unique private institution in Houston. It is dedicated to contemporary art, particularly focusing on art cars, and showcases a wide array of fine arts.

And guess what? Admission to the museum is always free. The museum will be open on October 21st and will remain open for the holidays.

The museum features an impressive collection of imaginative and intricately designed art cars, low riders, and mobile creations. It also hosts art exhibitions from local, regional, and national artists.

29. 👟 Take a walk down Buffalo Bayou Park

Not much beats a morning or evening stroll. Picture this: Perfect weather that has a slight chill but not too brisk. You pour your coffee or tea into a thermas and drive to Buffalo Bayou Park. Hop out of the car and walk along the water to soak in the views and bare trees. I am already jealous you will be doing this before I do.

The park spans 160 acres west of downtown Houston, and offers a myriad of outdoor attractions. It features captivating gardens, native landscapes, hiking and biking trails, a nature play area, a popular dog park, and striking public art installations.

The park provides perfect spots for picnicking, relaxation, and outdoor enjoyment.

30. 🎨 Museum of Fine Art (Free on Thursdays)

The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, one of the largest art institutions in the United States, is a cultural treasure. Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, the museum has an extensive collection that spans over 6,000 years of artistic history, encompassing over 70,000 artworks. Pretty impressive!

things to do in Houston for Christmas

It offers a rich tapestry of global art, from ancient civilizations to contemporary works. The museum features renowned pieces by artists like Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Picasso, as well as various special exhibitions, educational programs, and an impressive sculpture garden.

The museum’s commitment to promoting art and culture enriches the community, making it a significant cultural institution in the city.

31. 🧠 Last But Not Least: The Health Museum

Here’s the catch: Last time I checked, The Health Museum was FREE on Thursdays from 2pm – 7pm. What a deal! This is truly a unique museum and sure to spark some interesting conversations!

The Health Museum, affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, offers an ever-evolving, multi-sensory experience that explores health science advancements and the workings of the human body.

Features include the DeBakey Cell Lab, where visitors can engage in hands-on science exploration. The Amazing Body Gallery offers interactive kiosks and exhibits, such as a giant ribcage, a 10-foot-tall walk-through brain, and a 12-foot-tall beating heart. I mean, if this is still free, you CAN’T turn this deal down!

Where To Stay In Houston

To find the best hotel options for your Christmas visit to Houston, consider your budget, preferred location, and amenities. And you’re in luck. I’ve already done some digging and found my TOP 3 options for places to say while you are visiting Houston fir Christmas (hotels book fast for the holidays so snag it!).

places to stay when visiting Houston for Christmas

📍Budget Option Book here: Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston Near the Galleria

Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston Near the Galleria offers spacious suites with kitchens, complimentary breakfast, and evening socials. It’s conveniently situated near the Galleria Mall for shopping and dining.

📍Mid Range Option Book Here: Embassy Suites Houston – Downtown

Embassy Suites Houston – Downtown provides comfortable all-suite accommodations with a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast. It’s centrally located in downtown Houston, close to major attractions and corporate offices.

📍Luxury Option Book Here: AC Hotel by Marriott Houston Downtown

AC Hotel by Marriott Houston Downtown offers a modern, European-inspired design. It’s ideally situated in downtown Houston, providing a chic, comfortable stay close to the city’s attractions and business hubs.


I absolutely adore Houston. Its vibrant culture, diverse culinary scene, and friendly locals create a welcoming atmosphere.

The city’s rich arts and music culture, along with its lush green spaces, make it a unique and exciting place to explore. Houston’s charm and warmth hold a special place in my heart.

Does downtown Houston have Christmas lights?

Yes, downtown Houston is decorated with festive Christmas lights, illuminating the streets and buildings during the holiday season. This tradition adds to the city’s magical ambiance and holiday cheer.

✅ Does it snow in Houston?

Houston rarely experiences snow. Its climate is primarily warm and humid, making snowfall a very infrequent occurrence. Snowfall, if any, is typically minimal and melts quickly.

✅ Is Christmas a good time to visit Texas?

Christmas can be a wonderful time to visit Texas. The state’s mild winter weather, festive decorations, and numerous holiday events offer a unique and delightful experience for travelers.

31 Best Things To Do IN Houston For Christmas

Final Thoughts About Things To Do In Houston For Christmas

Houston comes alive with festive cheer during Christmas, offering a wealth of activities to make the season magical.

Stroll through River Oaks to witness dazzling light displays or head to Moody Gardens for a combination of lights and ice skating. Experience the classic tale of “A Christmas Carol” at the Alley Theatre or set sail on a Christmas cruise along Galveston Bay.

In Galveston, Dickens on The Strand brings Victorian charm to life, and the Texas Renaissance Festival transforms into a holiday wonderland.

If you are in Houston for the holidays, you will NOT be disappointed!

Maybe we will see you on the road!

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