Best of Houston at Christmas: A Festive Guide to Holiday Magic

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and I am beyond excited to share the festive magic of Christmas in Houston with you! Hey, everyone, welcome back to Making Everyday Magic. I’m Shanna, and if you’re new here, we’re a homeschooling family of four, immersed in our seventh year of homeschooling. As the holiday season unfolds, I can’t wait to share the incredible experiences we’ve had exploring the best Christmas festivities in and around Houston. So, let’s dive into the holiday spirit together!

Best of Houston At Christmas


I do have a video linked down below with visuals for all of these outings as well as shared reels over on Instagram @makingeverydaymagic

Galaxy Lights at Space Center Houston

Our Christmas adventure began with the mesmerizing Galaxy Lights at Space Center Houston. As proud members, we enjoyed an exclusive member preview, complete with free s’mores and hot chocolate. Picture this – a space-themed wonderland with light-up astronauts, a dazzling display under the space shuttle, and even an International Space Station made of Christmas lights. It was a unique and science-infused start to our holiday festivities.

Houston Zoo Lights

Next on our list was the enchanting Houston Zoo Lights. Although the animals take a break during the night, the zoo transforms into a winter wonderland with breathtaking light displays, lanterns, and festive music. As members, we relished the member preview night, sipping on hot chocolate in a souvenir cup and immersing ourselves in the magical ambiance.


Houston Botanic Gardens – Lightscape

While we couldn’t make it this year, the Houston Botanic Gardens is showcasing a stunning Lightscape, featuring captivating light art and lantern displays. It’s on our post-Christmas to-do list, and I can’t wait to share the experience with you.

Best of Houston At Christmas

Thanksgiving Day Parade and Downtown Houston Lights

Embracing the holiday hustle and bustle, we attended the Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Houston. Staying at a hotel on the parade route, we indulged in the festive atmosphere, explored the city’s newly adorned light displays, and even stumbled upon a charming new park with a musical art installation. It’s become a cherished family tradition that kicks off our Christmas celebrations.


Theater Delights – Cinderella, A Christmas Carol, and The Nutcracker

Adding a touch of theatrical magic to our season, we attended Cinderella at Hobby Center and A Christmas Carol at the Alley Theater. The elegance, the tree lighting ceremony, and the holiday spirit were simply heartwarming. Later this month, the girls and I are set for a delightful afternoon with The Nutcracker – a ballet that never fails to fill our hearts with joy.


Polar Express Adventures – Rusk and Galveston

Last year’s Polar Express adventure to Rusk, Texas, left us with lasting memories. This year, we opted for a different experience at the Galveston Railroad Museum. While it was unique, I must admit the charm didn’t quite match our previous adventure. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable family outing.


Moody Gardens Extravaganza

Moody Gardens in Galveston stole the show last year with a mile-long light display, Rudolph 4D theater, snow slides, and even a gingerbread sea turtle in the hotel lobby. It’s an annual delight we never miss – the perfect blend of holiday magic and coastal beauty. Check my reels for this year’s Ice Land, Light Trail, and Gingerbread Lobby Train!


Light Park Drive-Thru

Though not on our agenda this year, the Light Park drive-thru light display is worth mentioning. Ideal for families with young kids, it offers a convenient and festive experience, especially when you snag a coupon for added savings. It’s an easy way to take the whole family, even the furry friends.


Dallas Arboretum’s Christmas Spectacle

Last year, we ventured to Dallas for the Arboretum’s Christmas extravaganza. From a Fall pumpkin village to the mesmerizing 12 Days of Christmas display, it was a visual feast. If you’re in the area during the holidays, the Dallas Arboretum is a must-visit.

Houston Museum of Natural Science Miniature Train Display

Wrapping up our holiday explorations, we visited the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Included with regular admission, the miniature train display with holiday themes added a touch of charm to our museum visit. Watching the little trains zip around the different regions of Texas is a real treat!

Best of Houston At Christmas


Phew! That was quite a whirlwind of holiday adventures in and around Houston. Whether you’re a fan of space-themed lights, zoo extravaganzas, or theatrical wonders, Houston offers a diverse range of festive experiences. I hope this guide inspires you to create your own magical traditions and explore the holiday spirit in your city.

So, as we wrap up this festive journey, I want to wish you the happiest of holidays. May your days be filled with joy, laughter, and the warmth of loved ones. From our family to yours, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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