The Definitive Guide to Houston

Where to Get in The Holiday Spirit This Season

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Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it is time to get into the holiday spirit! Even though we may not have snow and low temperatures here in Houston, there are still loads of activities and exhibits to make you feel the holiday cheer!

ICE at Discovery Green

Discovery Green is a 11.78acre park in the heart of downtown Houston. Every year during the holiday season, ICE at Discovery Green brings families and couples together to experience the magic of ice skating outdoorsIn Houston, we don’t let the lack of snow stop us from enjoying timeless winter activities. 

Through February 2nd 

Lights in The Heights 

Lights in the Heights is one of the best street festivals in the city. For over 25 years, the residents of this historic neighborhood have come together to decorate their homes for all to enjoy. Stroll the streets, and find a little holiday cheer with entertainment, music and food at everyone’s favorite festival.  

December 14th  

Christmas Village at Bayou Bend  

Each holiday season, Bayou Bend is transformed into a Christmas villageVisit the 14-acre estate to enjoy a light trail, carolers, handcrafted model train, a 90-foot faux snow sledding slope and much more!  

December 12th – 30th.  

Photo Courtesy of The Houstonian

Zoo Lights  

Every year, the Houston Zoo is decked out with over two million holiday lights, creating the most magical zoo experience you’ll ever see. Enjoy hot chocolate, s’mores and more while you spy on the sleeping animals.  

November 23rd through January 12th.  

Ring in 2020 

This holiday season, join My VIP Life at their Black & White Electric Ball New Year’s Eve party, where guests can ring in the new decade or 2020 at Hotel Derek while simultaneously saving the planet. Your ticket includes unique performers, complementary cocktails, delicious hor d’oeuvres and exclusive party favors. Plus you’ll support My VIP Life in their effort to eliminate waste and preserve our planet. All of the straws at this event are zero emission and will compost in six months. Ticket sales, hotel room reservations and more information can be found at www.myVIPlife.com 

Merry Mansions Gingerbread Display at The Houstonian

“Merry Mansions” is a gigantic, and joyful, gingerbread house display celebrating Houston’s famous Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and the estates. The exhibit pays tribute to noted architect John Staub, who designed the elegant Bayou Bend mansion for oil heiress Ima Hogg in 1927.

Through December 31st.


Feature Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Adams/Houston Zoo

Local Houstonian and Editor of Houston Hotel Magazine. Follow her on Instagram for her latest adventures around the city, @emilylunstroth.

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