Best Cheap and Free Holiday Events in Houston

Get out your calendar and schedule these cheap and free holiday events in Houston. This year’s list features tons of cheap and free holiday events! Enjoy the season and create memories with family and friends. Check out the big list of the best things to do in Houston for Christmas!

 

DECEMBER 7

Deck the Depot returns to Tomball December 7, 10 am– 3 pm. Enjoy Christmas crafts, live entertainment, activities, and a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Located on at the Historic Tomball Railroad Depot in downtown Tomball.

Dickens on the Strand is back again for a weekend of Victorian fun! Highlights include Dickens Victorian Bed Races, Victorian Costume Contest, daily parades through Galveston’s historic Strand District, walking tours, handbell concerts, nonstop entertainment on four stages, jugglers, and so much more.

Holidays in the Plaza at Sugar Land Town Square features the Houston Show Choir. Sing along and chase away your scrooge- blues. The show is free and open to the public, making it one of the better free Christmas things to do in Houston. The music lasts from 5- 7 pm.

Levy Park Holiday Festival is a free, two day festival in Levy Park begins on Saturday 12 to 5 pm and ends on Sunday evening. There will be local vendors, pop up workshops, a free photo booth, food and drink vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Don’t miss Home for the Holidays in Old Town Spring, the 39th annual weekend event through Christmas! The hometown holiday festival features a spectacular display of twinkling holiday lights, entertainment, family-friendly activities and photos with Santa every weekend! Event located at 403 Main Street in Spring.

Celebrate holiday creativity at the 9th Annual Gingerbread Build Off, December 7, 10 am – 5 pm. This annual event at City Hall features more than 30 teams competing for the Grand Prix de Show award. The day features gingerbread construction, kids’ zone, Santa, live entertainment and more.

 

DECEMBER 8

Dickens on the Strand is back again for a weekend of Victorian fun! Highlights include Dickens Victorian Bed Races, Victorian Costume Contest, daily parades through Galveston’s historic Strand District, walking tours, handbell concerts, nonstop entertainment on four stages, jugglers, and so much more.

Levy Park Holiday Festival is a free, two day festival in Levy Park also takes place Sunday from 12 to 5 pm. There will be local vendors, pop up workshops, a free photo booth, food and drink vendors, live entertainment, and more.

Visit Dewberry Farm for holiday fun on the farm with wagon rides through the woods to see 1 million+ holiday lights, Santa photo ops, and more.

The 18th Annual Advent Missions Market is back at First Presbyterian Church of Houston. The market showcases unique items from around the world. It’s perfect for Christmas shopping! The market will be open 8 am to 1 pm located at 5300 Main St. The event repeats December 15.

Santa Cares at La Centerra is a program for families with special needs children. Get your Santa photos in a private session especially tailored to special families. Tickets are complimentary but you need to register. Session lasts from 10-11:30 am.

 

DECEMBER 9

The Ice at Discovery Green is jam-packed full of holiday events and Christmas activities for Houstonians to enjoy. The entrance fee is $11 and skate rentals are $4, or you can watch for free!

Spend an evening on the island at Galveston’s Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens. It’s one of the best light displays in the nation with two million lights, 100 animated sound-enhanced light displays, a four-story digital Christmas tree, and a great collection of new scenes and old favorites.

 

DECEMBER 10

Magical Winter Lights is one of the area’s most impressive holiday light displays, and right now you can get tickets for 20% off!

Visit Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop through December 24. Kids can make crafts, get a free photo with Santa and enjoy free games and activities. You must obtain a free Bass Pass in store. These are limited and go quickly each day. View schedule here. Located at Bass Pro Shop in Katy and Pearland.

 

DECEMBER 11

Space lovers won’t want to miss Galaxy Lights at Space Center Houston this holiday season! Get the lowest pricing for this awesome light show through Groupon.

See the classic story Miracle on 34th Street with A.D. Players at The George Theater. It’s a great production the whole family can enjoy.

 

DECEMBER 12

Head down to Discovery Green for a free screening of It’s a Wonderful Life at 7 pm.

Magical Winter Lights is one of the area’s most impressive holiday light displays, and right now you can get tickets for 20% off!

 

DECEMBER 13

Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells at Shadycrest Baptist Church in Pearland is a fun production the whole family can enjoy. Tickets are just $7.50 right now.

Get ready for a Texas German celebration on the downtown streets of Tomball. Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival is a 3-day weekend event featuring live music on 4 stages, open-air market, strolling Christmas carolers, kids activity area, free hayrides, Christmas lights tour, petting zoo, 175 street vendors and more. It’s a great bargain with free admission and free parking! This event is December 13- 15.

Holidays in the Plaza at Sugar Land Town Square takes place every week with a different act. This week, check out the Fort Bend Christmas Academy choirs and band playing Christmas favorites. The free show is from 6:30- 8:30 pm.

Enjoy a free screening of Scrooged at Market Square Park Friday night at 7 pm.

 

DECEMBER 14

A Seussified Christmas Carol puts a fun and inventive twist on the Dickens’ classic story with a zany production that’s fun for all. Get tickets for just $5.

Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells at Shadycrest Baptist Church in Pearland is a fun production the whole family can enjoy. Tickets are just $7.50 right now.

Lights in the Heights is one of the best and favorite Christmas events in Houston. Stroll through four streets of Houston’s Historic Heights. It’s one night only from 5- 9 pm.

Enjoy a free screening of Happy Feet at The Lawn at Baybrook Mall Saturday afternoon at 1 pm.

The City of League City 58th Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade on the Clear Lake channel is viewed by more than 100,000 people a year. The parade features more than 100 brightly decorated power and sailboats. The parade begins at 6 pm at South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon to Galveston Bay.

Catch a showing of The Grinch at Sugar Land Town Square starting as soon as the sun goes down. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets for a free family movie.

See the Christmas Boat Parade at the Kemah Boardwalk. Entrance to the boardwalk is always free! Get there early for the best views. The parade begins at 6:30.

Santa and snow will take over Balmoral at the Winter Wonderland at Balmoral for a “brrrr-illiant” mix of wintery fun 10 am to noon Saturday, December 14. It family fun games, train rides, Christmas Bounce House and a cool 9-D Virtual Reality Adventure Ride!. This is located at 15808 Crystal Terrace Drive, Humble, Texas 77346.

 

DECEMBER 15

Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells at Shadycrest Baptist Church in Pearland is a fun production the whole family can enjoy. Tickets are just $7.50 right now.

Get ready for a Texas German celebration on the downtown streets of Tomball. Tomball German Christmas Market & Festival is a 3-day weekend event featuring live music on 4 stages, open-air market, strolling Christmas carolers, kids activity area, free hayrides, Christmas lights tour, petting zoo, 175 street vendors and more. It’s a great bargain with free admission and free parking! This event is December 13- 15.

Visit Lakewood UMC Music Ministries for their annual Messiah Sing-a-Long at 7:30 pm. Located at 11330 Louetta Rd.

Free admission and complimentary hot cocoa? Count us in! A South Main Bethlehem by South Main Baptist Church in Pasadena. There will be shop owners and craftsmen putting on demonstrations like basket weaving, metalwork, bread baking, live music, and much more. The event is December 13- 15 from 5- 9 pm.

Celebrate the return of the island’s wintering Sandhill Cranes at Holiday with the Cranes in Galveston, Dec. 14-15. It’s the ultimate birding experience during the winter. For more information call 409-789-8125.

The 18th Annual Advent Missions Market is back at First Presbyterian Church of Houston. The market showcases unique items from around the world. It’s perfect for Christmas shopping! The market will be open 8 am to 1 pm located at 5300 Main St. The event repeats December 15.

 

DECEMBER 16

Looking for a multicultural Christmas in Houston? Or just want to know what inspired The Nutcracker? Take a journey to the Russian Cultural Center’s Holiday Bazaar. You can get great Christmas presents, decorations, and more. The event is free and open to the public until January 9 from 9 am 5 pm most days.

Space lovers won’t want to miss Galaxy Lights at Space Center Houston this holiday season! Get the lowest pricing for this awesome light show through Groupon.

Cheap Skate Night at the Ice on Discovery Green is every Monday from 5- 10 pm. Admission is just $8 (a $3 savings!) and $15 for couples.

 

DECEMBER 17

Magical Winter Lights is one of the area’s most impressive holiday light displays, and right now you can get tickets for 20% off!

Drive through Prestonwood Forest subdivision in NW Houston for the 41st annual Nite of Lites event, a holiday tradition and competition since the 1980s. Visitors can drive through the community weekdays till 10 pm and weekends till 11 pm. Folks are encouraged to vote online for their favorite home as the People’s Choice Award. Dates are December 13-29.

Visit Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop through December 24. Kids can make crafts, get a free photo with Santa, and enjoy free games and Christmas activities. You must obtain a free Bass Pass in store, they are limited and go quickly each day. View schedule here. Located at Katy and Pearland.

 

DECEMBER 18

Spend an evening on the island at Galveston’s Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens. It’s one of the best light displays in the nation with two million lights, 100 animated sound-enhanced light displays, a four-story digital Christmas tree, and a great collection of new scenes and old favorites.

See the classic story Miracle on 34th Street with A.D. Players at The George Theater. It’s a great production the whole family can enjoy.

Don’t miss the Sugar Land Holiday Lights at Constellation Field where you can witness over 3 million individual lights and numerous beautiful displays across themed areas.

 

DECEMBER 19

Enjoy a free movie with a screening of A Christmas Story at Discovery Green starting at 7 pm.

Victorian Holiday Tours at Moody Mansion let you tour this 1895-home while it’s all decked out for Christmas. Christmas trees are present in its 20-plus rooms. The mansion is open for tours daily with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

 

DECEMBER 20

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is a unique production that brings the classic film to life as a 1946 radio broadcast with vintage commercials and more. Tickets are 50% off right now.

This week’s Holidays in the Plaza features the Cornerstone Community Bible Church musicians. They’re helping you get in the Christmas Spirit with a selection of your holiday favorites. The show is from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Surfside Beach Island of Lights is lit up every weekend in December from 6- 11 pm. Just drive on through- and stop somewhere for dinner!

Check out a free screening of The Grinch at The Square at Memorial City at 7 pm.

 

DECEMBER 21

A Seussified Christmas Carol puts a fun and inventive twist on the Dickens’ classic story with a zany production that’s fun for all. Get tickets for just $5.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is a unique production that brings the classic film to life as a 1946 radio broadcast with vintage commercials and more. Tickets are 50% off right now.

Matilda, The Musical takes the Roald Dahl story to the stage with exciting dance numbers, catchy songs, and excellent performances from a great cast at Playhouse 1960. Tickets are 50% off and around $10.

Take in a Christmas concert at The Historic Grand 1894 Opera House with The 5 BrownsTickets start at $34.20, and the show is at 8 pm.

There is lots of free fun planned at Jingle on the Boardwalk Saturdays and Sundays on the Kemah Boardwalk. December 21 features Santa’s Workshop, balloon artists, a snow patch, and more. Pics with Santa available from 2 to 7 pm. Located at 215 Kipp Ave.

Trader’s Village is hosting a Holiday Market with Santa every Saturday and Sunday. Entrance is always free and parking is just $4. The event starts each weekend at noon.

Enjoy a free screening of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at The Lawn at Baybrook Mall Saturday afternoon at 1 pm.

You can also watch a free screening of Frozen at Redemption Square starting at 7 pm.

 

DECEMBER 22

Magical Winter Lights is one of the area’s most impressive holiday light displays, and right now you can get tickets for 20% off!

The Ice Rink at Woodlands Town Center is open daily now through the end of December. Admission plus two hours of skate rentals start at just $6 for little kids and $12.50 for everyone else. Or, you can watch for free! Go during the week and save a few bucks.

Whether you’re Jewish or just interested in different cultures, check out the Giant Menorah Lighting Celebration at Sugar Land Town Square. There will be dignitaries, arts and crafts, Israeli food, performances, live music, and more. The celebration is from 4-6:30 pm.

Don’t miss Home for the Holidays in Old Town Spring, the 39th annual weekend event through Christmas! The hometown holiday festival features a spectacular display of twinkling holiday lights, entertainment, family-friendly activities and photos with Santa every weekend! Event located at 403 Main Street in Spring.

There is lots of free fun planned at Jingle on the Boardwalk Saturdays and Sundays on the Kemah Boardwalk. December 21 features Santa’s Workshop, balloon artists, a snow patch, and more. Pics with Santa available from 2 to 7 pm. Located at 215 Kipp Ave.

 

DECEMBER 23

Space lovers won’t want to miss Galaxy Lights at Space Center Houston this holiday season! Get the lowest pricing for this awesome light show through Groupon.

Victorian Holiday Tours at Moody Mansion let you tour this 1895-home while it’s all decked out for Christmas. Christmas trees are present in its 20-plus rooms. The mansion is open for tours daily with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

 

DECEMBER 24

Visit Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop for the last day it will be open this holiday season. Kids can make crafts, get a free photo with Santa, and enjoy free games and Christmas activities. You must obtain a free Bass Pass in store, they are limited and go quickly each day. View schedule here. Located at Katy and Pearland.

 

What free and cheap holiday events in Houston are you looking forward to this season? Let us know your favorite Christmas things to do in Houston and the surrounding areas by commenting below: