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12 Christmas Must Do's for Katy Families


KATY MAGAZINE I DECEMBER 2018

by Ariana Pezeshki

Christmas events, light trails to light shows are sparking up all over Katy and the Houston area for the holiday season! Katy families can travel near and far to view some of the greatest light displays and holiday events Texas has to offer!

1. Katy Old Fashioned Christmas Festival

5717 2nd St, Katy, Texas 77493

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 10 AM – 5 PM The ninth annual Katy Old Fashioned Christmas festival is beloved by many in the Katy community. The free Christmas event is located in Historic Downtown Katy and features food, arts and crafts, antiques, clothing, accessories, jewelry, gifts, handmade goodies, holiday carolers, delicious food trucks, entertainment, a a beer garden! For the kids and the young at heart, 50,000 pounds of snow for winter wonderland fun.

2. Dewberry Farm

FM 362 & Morrison Rd Brookshire, TX 77423

November 23 - December 30

The fun at Dewberry Farm isn't over after the pumpkin picking season. Christmas in the Country begins November 23 through December 30! Take the family out to cut-your-own Christmas tree, enjoy thee whimsical Christmas Village decorated with twinkling lights, garlands, ribbons and tinsel. The Trail of Lights displays with over one million lights to music creating the perfect holiday backdrop on a wagon ride with friends and family. There's also a country store, for holiday shops, meet Santa and a photo-op moment inside the Giant Snow Globe!

3.Santa's Wonderland

18898 Hwy 6, College Station, TX 77845

November 9 - December 30

Texas Christmas experience with hayride tours viewing over three million twinkling lights, Photo ops to meet with Santa, petting zoo, pony rides, live music, a winery for mom and dad, 25,000 sq ft of shopping, Texas sized meals, and it wouldn't be a Texas sized Christmas without a mechanical bull! This year Santa's Wonderland is introducing real snow this year for the first time with tubing on "Frostbites mountain" and the "Snow Playground" for kids of all ages to frolic in the snow making snow angels, and snowmen. Everything is bigger in Texas and Santa's Wonderland truly lives up to expectations.

4.Houston Zoo Lights

6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

November 17 - January 13

In its seventh year, Houston's zoo lights has become some families' tradition. With displays made up of more than two million lights covering the grounds of the Houston Zoo, it has become a well loved holiday attraction each year. Hot chocolate and a stroll around the zoo with family and friends while taking in the sounds of Christmas music, the "Enchanted Forest", interactive talking zebra, and giant Holiday Tree, the zoo is transformed and you won't want to miss it. Admission is $11.95-$19.95.

5.The Nutcracker

601 Preston St, Houston, TX 77002

November 23 - December. 29

Sugar plum fairies dancing around in your head? Houston Ballet presents the beloved Nutcracker ballet each year driving out fans in droves to see Clara, the Mouse King, and of course the Nutcracker! Clara in holiday revelry journeys from her home on Christmas Eve, through a magical Christmas tree, and into the whimsical Kingdom of Sweets, accompanied by her Nutcracker Prince. A family Christmas event you'll cherish for years to come. Tickets range between $30-$140.

6. PECAN GROVE LIGHTS

3000 Plantation Dr, Richmond, TX 77406

November 25 - December 17

The local Fort Bend neighborhood near Richmond is known for going all out on their homes and Christmas light displays! Pecan Grove delves into a magical wonderland that people travel to see from near and far. They also have an annual Christmas Lighting Contest 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, “Best Use of Lights Theme” And “Best in the Eyes of a Child Theme”. With most homes' lights set to holiday music, and even Santa and Mrs. Clause make an appearance on occasion, the neighborhood does a wonderful job putting on a display for the community to jump on a hay ride hosted by Austin ProGrad 2019, $8.00 per person including cocoa, or drive around the neighborhood to experience all the holiday spirit has to offer.

7.Ice skating discovery green

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX ‎77010

November 18 - January 21

ICE at Discovery Green attracts families, couples, and kids to enjoy the holiday season under the stars. Skating is $14 per person. Strap on those ice skates, grab the kiddos and head out onto the largest outdoor ice skating rink South Houston. The rink is also wheelchair accessible for all guests to enjoy the winter festivities!

8. Lights in the heights

Woodland Heights Houston, TX 77009

December 8 - 6pm to 9pm One of Houston's biggest and brightest holiday light traditions, the festivities include everything from and amazing display of lights to music, to musicians playing on various neighborhood porches. Beginning 25 years ago with residents opening their homes to friends and visitors has grown into one of Houston's biggest December traditions, looked forward to by many families across the Houston area. Over the years tradition changed to neighbors holding private parties, but the street is open to families to stroll and view the whimsical lights, with road closures throughout the neighborhood for safety.

9.Handel's Messiah

20775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, TX 77450

December 2, 2018 7:00 pm The Chancel Choir of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Katy presents their singalong event of the holiday season, Heldel's Messiah. Soloists and a full orchestra bring in the sounds of the holiday free of charge with reception to follow.

10.Christmas Village at Bayou Bend
6003 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX
December 14 –January 5

The Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens transforms into a dazzling display of thousands of holiday lights , holiday-themed tours of Ima Hogg’s historic mansion with live actors, theatrical effects, and Christmas decorations. Family photos with Santa and live music from carolers, and the beautifully decorated 12-foot Christmas tree will bring the entire family Christmas joy this season ticket prices range $18 adult, ages 13 and up, $12 youth, ages 5–12.

11. Christmas UNDER THE BIG TOP SECOND BAPTIST

Second Baptist Woodway Campus Worship Center

December 14 - December 16

Robichaux Circus with high-flying circus feats, dancing and beloved Christmas music performed by a live choir and orchestra. Live performances, with hundreds of performers, live music, acrobats spinning on hoops, flying over the crowd on ribbons and flipping off tiny balance beams. This family event is spectacular to celebrate the joy of Christmas. Tickets are between $10-$30.

12. Magical Winter Lights Gulf Greyhound Park

1000 FM 2004, La Marque, TX 77568

November 16 - January 6

Magical Winter Lights is a 20-acre, 52-day, lantern festival with a multicultural take on traditional holiday light shows in Houston. Located about an hour away from Katy in La Marque Texas. The Light Festival features Chinese lantern-making techniques, some of which are 60-feet high. As Houston’s largest holiday celebration and the nation’s largest lantern festival it really is a wonder to behold. Entering its fourth festival season in 2018, multiple tickets options are available starting from $13 for kids $22 for adults and $76 for a family 4-pack package.

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