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36 Fun Things to Do In Katy This Holiday Season


KATY MAGAZINE NEWS

December 14, 2023

By Natalie Cook Clark


'Tis the season for holiday fun in Katy, Texas. School gets out this week and it's time to think about all the fun you can have over the break. Katy families and their out of town guests don't have to go far for fun. From seasonal finds to Katy favorites we have you covered!


Photo credit: LaCenterra

 

It's Winter Break and Katy is full of fun! Plan some family fun in Katy. No need to travel far to experience the spirit of the season. Some places are free but always check websites for pricing updates, events details, etc.


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1. Free Holiday Entertainment


Katy families can find live music, movies, fitness and so much year-round at Central Green Park. The popular family destination is full of holiday cheer.


Follow their Facebook page for information on upcoming events.



Katy families can experience a new light experience at Katy Mills. There's more than lights as families can enjoy fun interactive experiences. Learn more and buy tickets at their website.


3. Santa on the Farm

Cuddle with goats and meet Santa at Rose Therapeutic Farm this holiday season. Learn more at their website.


4. A Berry Merry Christmas

Experience a Texas-sized Christmas fun with 2 dazzling Light Shows, a Christmas Tree Farm where you can cut your own fresh tree, and over 40 rides & attractions for the kiddos. Learn more and get tickets online.


5. Shop and Stroll Around a Christmas Tree

Still need to shop? Stroll among the shops at Katy’s LaCenterra. Take pictures by their picturesque Christmas tree.


6. Tour Katy Area Holiday Lights

Katy area neighborhoods go all out for the holidays. Some of the festively favorites are Pin Oak (map it) and Pecan Grove (map it.)



7. Typhoon Texas- The Light Park

While known for their water slides, Typhoon Texas becomes a drive thru holiday light spectacular this time of year!


Enjoy a game at the 18-hole putting course, eat from the grill and bar, and enjoy all the fun.


Visit the most iconic landmark in Katy! The MKT railroad museum is an historic landmark with life-sized exhibits. Make sure to take your photo with the famous red caboose car. Still looking for a spot to take holiday pictures? This is one of the most popular picture spots in Katy!


Retreat to Mary Jo Peckham Park to connect with nature. The property surrounds a beautiful, stocked fishing pond with walking trails. Plus kids love the expansive playground with free putt putt golf. They also have various fitness classes with first priority given to City of Katy and Harris County residents.


Spend a fun afternoon with good beers and friends at No Label Brewing Co. Kids can play in the playground and pets are welcome too! The rustic Katy brewery produces handcrafted ales and lagers. They also host community events so check their calendar for what’s up next.


At Inflatable Katy, you can book and indoor party with their inflatable attractions. Outside party packages can be customized to include mini golf, batting cages and Go Karts. Plus, they have a ferris wheel! Visit their website to find the best option and see the add-ons to make the day extra special.



Exploration Park


Downtown Katy is home to several eclectic antique shops! You can spend hours browsing their impressive and unique collections. Visit KT Antiques where they welcome shoppers with their nostalgic soda fountain and free cookies then head to Limited Edition Arts and Antiques known for their art-deco prints and extensive movie memorabilia.Historians will love Southern Historical Antique Shop for its unique variety of Historical items both Military and Civilian.


This exciting venue in Katy promotes themselves as a "Restaurant by day...show-stopping live entertainment at night." Check their website for fun events like comedy shows, live music, Bingo, karaoke and more.


Take a photo in front of the "You'll Love Katy" mural! While your there, explore the history of Katy's heritage at the Wright House, Stockdick House, and visit the Tradition Bank Bandstand.



Enjoy last minute shopping at the recently-refurbished Katy Mills Mall. The 165+ stores feature many high-fashion outlets like Saks Fifth Avenue, Kate Spade, Nike and more. The mall welcomes families to enjoy the contemporary dining pavilion, Disney Jr. Play Zone and AMC Movie Theatres. Plus don't miss your chance to meet Santa!




Yes, it's a gas station, but a quick trip to the Buc-ee's in Katy proves that everything IS bigger in Texas. Even the car wash is BIG and the Guinness Book of World Records declared it to be the longest in the world! Grab some signature Buc-ee's gear, Beaver Nuggets, and an extra-large drink. It's tradition.


The 32-acre park is located at the northwest corner of SH 99/Grand Parkway and Cinco Ranch Blvd., north of Cinco Ranch High School. Take a leisurely walk through Willow Fork Park to watch for butterflies visiting their special garden. The park is also equipped with boardwalks, a pedestrian bridge, playground, disc golf, bio swales, a pavilion facility with restrooms, picnic tables and grills.



Take a nice family bike ride on the trails through George Bush Park.


A Katy institution of fun since 1988, kids are still drawn to the fun of a classic roller rink. With great deals like All-You-Can-Eat-Pizza Night on Saturdays, Cheap Skate Wednesdays, birthday party packages, and more!


Embrace the next level of indoor entertainment excitement inspired by the racing legend himself. Test your skills in winding kart tracks, state-of-the-art arcades, virtual reality, laser tag, putt mini golf, and more. The perfect setting for the kid of any age young and young at heart.



Challenge yourself to learn a new skill at one of the largest indoor climbing facilities in the Unites States. Momentum Indoor Climbing features rope climbing, bouldering, kids' climbing, cross training, yoga, and workspaces for professional use.


23. ​​Exploration Park 

Explore a sensory garden rooted in children's play and dedicated to environmental education with a musical bridge, fun swing varieties, large play area, picnic tables, and a water cycle wall.


24. The John Paul Landing Environmental Education Center Located at 9950 Katy Hockley Road, near where Katy ISD is building their next junior high and high school, Katy families can learn about nature. Fish, play, and walk the 865 acres that showcases the best of Katy nature. Learn more about activities and events at their website.


25. Main Event Bring the family to Main Event for fun and games under one roof! Test your skills on the gravity ropes, at the arcade games, bowling, and laser tag or at the billiard tables. Main Event also offers a full menu and bar





26. Alternate Reality Escape Room Can you and your friends escape a Nuclear Fall-Out or Zombie Apocalypse in less than 60 minutes? Test your survival skills in one of the themed escape rooms at Alternate Reality. Not recommended for young children.


27. Katy Play Station FREE This railroad-inspired play area was created to serve children with special needs. The Katy Play Station features easy-access ramps, and activities for hearing- and vision-impaired children.


28. Altitude Trampoline Park Katy kids love to bounce on the wall-to-wall trampolines and dive into the giant foam pit. Altitude Trampoline Park also features a kid's basketball court, a climbing wall, and fitness classes for adults.


Feel the adrenaline rush of skydiving, without the altitude. Certified instructors are close by to guide you to an unforgettable aerial experience.



30. Pinot's Palette  Pinot's Palette hosts fun painting parties for families, groups, ladies’ night out, kids parties, birthday and events. Bring your own drink and appetizers - everything else is provided!  


Check out what’s happening on the 4-acres of Wildcatter Saloon and Pavilion, Katy’s premiere concert venue for indoor and outdoor performances, festivals, contests, and more.


Trek through Katy's well-preserved prairie lands and learn about wildlife and conservation.


A newer Katy entertainment center for baseball lovers is the Home Run Dugout. Enjoy batting simulators, a full restaurant and more!


Inside Katy Mills Mall, you’ll find the Tilt Studio. Take the whole family to play mini golf, laser tag, arcade games and even ride the Tilt-a-Whirl.


35. World of Beer (21+)

A night out with the friends can happen any night at World of Beer. Enjoy exclusive tap offerings, great menu, plenty of big screens to watch the games, or team up for themed trivia events and live music.


36. The Rustic Brush Explore your decorating spirit with a DIY wood sign workshop. Plan a Girls' Night Out and create your next masterpiece.





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