This is our first Christmas season in Houston and we had a list of recommended Christmas activities to do before flying home to Colorado to spend Christmas with our family. Unfortunately, some stomach bugs and colds have kept us in more than we would have liked this month, but we were still able to knock out some of the awesome holiday activities on our list!
Christmas Lights in River Oaks: The Christmas Lights in the River Oaks are so beautiful. Plus, one of the houses has a Santa that sits out front in the evenings for kids to come meet and sit on his lap. Theo was a champ and didn’t cry, or smile, he was mesmerized by all of the lights and people. Santa comes out at 7 p.m. and sometimes the line is wrapped around the street, so get there early! The Santa House is on Del Monte Drive.
Visit the Galleria: The holiday decor in the Galleria Mall is above and beyond anything I have seen in other malls. They have a giant tree in the middle of the ice skating rink (yes, there is an ice rink in this giant mall!). You can also stop by Macy’s or Nordstrom to write Santa a letter.
The Nutcracker: The Houston Ballet performs the Nutcracker every year and they do an outstanding job! The dancing, costumes, and sets will blow your mind. This was my first time seeing the Houston Ballet perform, and I was amazed at how many talented dancers they employ from all over the world! So much fun, the Wortham Center is beautiful as well and is decorated beautifully for Christmas. We went to Tiny Boxwood’s for dinner before, they have the best chocolate chip cookies ever! It’s like a giant hug. We ate them on the way home.
Zoo Lights: The Houston Zoo does a fantastic job with Zoo Lights. We went on a Monday night and since it was drizzling, there weren’t a lot of people there, so we easily made it through without fighting a large crowd. My favorite part was the main area by the fountains. There was a light show with Christmas music playing. I couldn’t believe how much detail went into all of the light displays!
Journey To Bethlehem: This was hands down the best live nativity that I have ever been to. It’s held out in Katy which was a bit of a drive, but it was so worth it. We purchased the express tickets so we could get through faster with Theo. We started out in Nazareth, a large room decorated to look like a market during Biblical times. Then we journeyed outside to walk to Bethlehem to pay our tax and we were met along the way by Roman soldiers, the three kings, shepherds, and angels. The whole thing was amazing, I highly recommend it!
There’s so much to do in Houston during the holidays! Hopefully we are healthier next year and can do more.