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The Best Holiday Events in Houston

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Ho, ho, holy moly! Can you believe December is officially here? With a cold chill in the air and holiday lights filling the streets, we can’t wait to get out and explore all the festive, holiday events happening around the city!

From light displays to holiday traditions, we’ve made our list and checked it twice! Here are a few of the best holiday events in Houston that are too good to resist. 

Don’t drink & sleigh this holiday season.. unless you’re at Santa’s Tavern! HTX’s first holiday themed pop up bar is lighting up the city while bringing out the joyful spirit in  everyone who walks through the doors. 

From the creative cocktail menu, to the elaborate wall to wall decorations and the many instagramable photo opportunities, this place is guaranteed to be the littest bar in season! 

On select days, there’s a surprise visit from Santa, a live DJ, and gingerbread decorating stations!

Santa’s Tavern is also a family friendly bar for teens and kids until 6PM DAILY!! After 6pm they are only open to adults 21+

Event Details
🗓 NOW – Dec 31st | Times Vary
📍 Porch Swing Pub

Ring in the holidays with this special Clear Lake tradition. Over 100,000 people traditionally attend this event from land and from hundreds of boats anchored throughout the Lake.

The parade features more than ​60 brightly decked out boats that will cruise through the Clear Lake channel from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon to Galveston Bay!

Event Details
🗓 Dec. 14 | 6PM–8:30PM
📍 Kemah Boardwalk

A little Elf told us we’re not the only ones who love Whiskey, Santa does too! Head out to Little Woodrow’s in Midtown, Christmas week to sample over 60 Bourbons and Whiskeys. There’s nothing better than sipping for a great cause. All proceeds will benefit Toys for Tots and each donation gets you a $2 Karbach beer! Wait, it gets better! Bring your furry best friend for some doggie pictures with Santa Paws from 3:30-6:30PM. 

Event Details
🗓 Dec. 21 | 2PM–6PM
📍 Little Woodrow’s Midtown

Light Displays

Bring out your family and friends for a magical Christmas experience at the beautiful Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. An incredible bridge will bring you into a winter wonderland featuring thousands of lights and activities (for all ages) throughout the 14-acre estate!

This fun holiday-themed event will also have a faux-snow slide, live music, a scavenger hunt, photo ops, and so much more!

Event Details
🗓 DEC 12-23 & 26-30 | 5:30PM–9PM
📍 Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

This holiday season build a new tradition with your family and friends at the most incredible light show in Texas. The Magical Winter Lights is a spectacular, larger-than-life attraction with a fresh, multicultural take on the traditional holiday light show. This 52-day festival is the largest lighting event in Houston, and the largest lantern festival of its kind in the U.S.!

Magical Winter Lights will also feature carnival rides, games, aromatic performances, photo ops with Santa Claus, and so much more.

Event Details
🗓 NOV 15 – JAN 5 | Times Vary
📍 Magical Winter Lights

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This winter explore the most interactive and technologically advanced light display in Texas. For the first year ever, Space Center Houston is giving your family an adventure of a life time.

Galaxy Lights will feature several high-tech light shows, an LED light tunnel of more than 250,000 lights synchronized to festive holiday music, hot cocoa, a s’more pit, and so much more! 

Event Details
🗓 NOW – Jan. 5 | 6PM–10PM
📍 Space Center Houston

Holiday Markets

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Spend the weekend before Christmas, shopping and sipping in our favorite beer garden at Saint Arnold Brewery. Beers & Cheers is a two-day market filled with local artist & vendors bringing out some unique & awesome gift ideas. Come enjoy a nice cold Saint Arnold brew, grab a bite, listen to some great music while wrapping up your holiday shopping list. 

Be sure to come dressed in your best fit for pictures with the man himself, Santa!

Event Details
🗓 Dec. 21 & 22 | 11AM–4PM
📍 Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Enjoy the the gift of joyful shopping at the weekly Winter Flea by Night presented by Green Mountain Energy®. Shop under the stars at this one-of-a-kind market nestled in the southeast end of the downtown park for everyone on your holiday list. It’s a treasure hunt of the very best kind featuring artful kitsch, vintage items, mid-century modern furniture, recycled and repurposed items and collectibles, and crafts by local artisans and designers.

Event Details
🗓 Dec. 14 & 21 | 6PM–10PM
📍 Discovery Green

Your Options are Endless this Holiday Season!

Search #HolidayEvents2019 on the UNATION app or website to find even more amazing events. We’ll continue updating all the best holiday events as we find them to make your life that much easier!


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Kelci Wallace

Kelci Wallace

Kelci is the City Manager for UNATION and author of the  Stuff to Do in Houston blog. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Houston area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinHouston on Instagram and Facebook..

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