Plan Your Christmas Weekend: December 23 to 27, 2015

Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens | Photo courtesy of Moody Gardens

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this Christmas weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Wednesday, December 23 to Sunday, December 27, 2015.


All Weekend Long

Wednesday, December 23

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24

Christmas Day, Friday, December 25

Saturday, December 26

Sunday, December 27

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Catch a show, hear a concert, indulge in a multi-course meal, cheer on the Rockets, check out light displays and more this Christmas weekend.

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this Christmas weekend, from Wednesday, December 23 through Sunday, December 27, 2015.

Things to Do All Weekend

  • Christmas Events Around Houston | Daily – Celebrate Christmas with light displays, magic shows, ice skating and other festive events around Houston. Times, locations and prices vary.
  • A Magical Christmas at Moody Gardens | Daily – Enjoy dinner and a show from illusionist Curt Miller. Stick around to see the Festival of Lights (included in admission). Tickets start at $44. 6:30pm nightly.
  • Magical Winter Lights at Sam Houston Race Park | Daily – Featuring larger-than-life Chinese lanterns that resemble landmarks around the globe, Magical Winter Lights 2015 also includes carnival rides, food trucks and special entertainment. $27. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Wortham Center | Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday – Watch Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they travel to the Land of Snow and meet the Sugar Plum Fairy during the Houston Ballet’s production of a holiday classic The Nutcracker. Tickets start at $29. Wednesday 2pm and 7:30pm; Thursday 2pm; Saturday and Sunday 2pm and 7:30pm.
  • Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo | Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday – Sip on hot chocolate as you stroll around the Houston Zoo taking in the displays made up of more than 2,000,000 lights. Step inside of a life-sized snow globe, check out the train display and enjoy music from local carolers at the Reflection Pool stage at 7pm and 8pm each evening. $19.95. 6pm to 11pm nightly.
  • Christmas Village at Bayou Bend | Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday – Take in the wintery setting at Bayou Bend as it’s transformed into a Christmas Village complete with holiday lights, decorations, live music and appearances from Santa and Mrs. Claus. $15; $10 for children from 5 to 12; free for children 4 and under. 6pm nightly.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, 2015

  • Holiday Train at Hermann Park – Hop on the Hermann Park train – decorated in garland and lights – for a ride around the park. $3.25. 10am to 3pm.
  • Cookies with Santa at the Children’s Museum of Houston – Decorate cookies and hang out with Santa at the Children’s Museum before he takes off on his journey around the world. Included with museum admission. 11am.
  • Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens – See the impressive 1 million light display at Moody Gardens complete with animation and sound-enhancement during the annual Festival of Lights. While you’re there, take a spin on the ice at the outdoor skating rink. $10.95. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Holiday Lights Tour with The Wave – Hop on The Wave and gaze at holiday lights as the bus takes you to see the tree at City Hall, Field of Light at Discovery Green and decorated homes in River Oaks and Woodland Heights. $30. 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
  • Feast of the Seven Fishes at Pass & Provisions – Enjoy seven courses of seafood prepared by the Pass & Provisions team with help from chefs Logan Ely and Steve Lamborn. $125. 7pm nightly.

Christmas Day, Friday, December 25, 2015

Things to do on Saturday, December 26 and Sunday, December 27, 2015.

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