Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of December 1 Toy Museum Holiday Market, 2023 Holiday Festival, & More!

Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of December 1 Toy Museum Holiday Market, 2023 Holiday Festival, & More!

Our picks for things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of December 1 include the Toy Museum Holiday Market2023 Holiday Festival, Sugar Land Christmas Tree LightingWinter Wonderlawn, & more!


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Remember to check out our other Houston posts: Winter Wonders at Discovery Green, Mexican Restaurants in Conroe, Date Night Ideas Houston, and Midtown Houston Restaurants


TOP PICK – Frostival and Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green!

Enjoy Winter Wonders with Frostival and Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green!

Enjoy Winter Wonders with Frostival and Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green!

As Houston’s favorite holiday destination, Discovery Green, along with the Green Mountain Energy Ice, invites everyone to make the most of this winter season. Whether you’re gliding on the ice, marveling at public art, or simply enjoying the festive atmosphere, there’s a touch of magic waiting for everyone at Discovery Green!

Excited to have fun and slide and glide through the coolest ice rink in Houston? Then take note of the hours of operation so you can plan your visit soon!

  • Monday – Thursday 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. 
  • Friday, Saturday & HISD School Holidays* 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 
  • Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Day 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. 
  • Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve11 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • Christmas Day & New Year’s Day – 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 15) 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

*HISD School Holidays are (Nov. 20 – 24; Dec. 25 – 29; Jan. 1 – 5, 8 & 15) 

Green Mountain Energy Ice closes to the public at 5 p.m. on Nov. 19, Dec. 17, and Jan. 21 and at 4 p.m. on Dec 10 & 12.

Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: Regular admission for the ice rink is $17 plus tax, including skate rentals

For more information and the latest updates on events and schedules, visit Discovery Green’s website and sign up for the newsletter at discoverygreen.com/newsletter.


Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of December 1, 2023 – Friday

Sugar Land Christmas Tree Lighting

Sugar Land Christmas Tree Lighting

Image credit: The City of Sugar Land, Texas – City Government

Make delightfully sweet holiday memories at the City of Sugar Land’s 2023 Christmas Tree Lighting! Here, they’re really going all out on holiday attractions. 

The Christmas tree lighting is not the only exciting event of the evening though. There will also be live performances, photos with Santa, and sweet treats. You and the family can also enjoy the Snow Slide and Chill Zone where you’ll find LED swings, vendors, and complimentary airbrush tattoos and balloons.

When: Friday, December 1, 2023, 5 pm – 8 pm
Where: Sugar Land Town Square, 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479
How Much: Free


Winter Wonderlawn

POST has transformed its Skylawn into a 5-acre winter wonderland this holiday season. Enjoy the sights of hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, a 25-ft Christmas tree, and multiple themed activities with an amazing view of Houston’s skyline in the background. 

When: Friday, December 1, 2023, 5 pm – 11 pm
Where: POST Houston, 401 Franklin St, Houston, TX 77201
How Much: $15 | Free for kids under 5


Home Alone Movie Screening

The “Home Alone” films have never failed to put a smile on anyone and bring true Christmas joy to whoever watches them. Watch one of the films with your family and experience that very same joy this weekend at Jefferson Theatre!

When: Friday, December 1, 2023, 7 pm
Where: Jefferson Theatre, 345 Fannin St, Beaumont, TX 77701
How Much: $6 | $4 for kids under 12


Things to do in Houston on Saturday with Kids – December 2, 2023

Flea by Night

Things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of December 1 | Flea by Night

Image credit: Discovery Green

Enjoy merry shopping and the open air at Discovery Green’s Flea by Night. The market features local artisans and small business owners selling handmade, vintage, recycled, and repurposed local goods. 

While you’re there, you can also enjoy the “A Happy Houston Holiday” musical performance over at Avenida Plaza. There will also be a roster of food trucks to get snacks from.

When: Saturday, December 2, 2023, 6 pm – 10 pm 
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: Free


Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular

Officially kick off the Houston holiday season with the Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular! This year’s holiday tree is a 52 ft. white fir from Grant’s Pass OR. It will feature 99, 680 LED lights and over 4,000 ornaments so it’s surely something to look forward to. 

When: Saturday, December 2, 2023, 6 pm – 8 pm 
Where: Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Free


2023 Holiday Festival

Things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of December 1 | 2023 Holiday Festival

Image credit: Levy Park Houston

Bring the whole family to the park for the sixth annual Levy Park Holiday Festival! The festival features two days of holiday activities including a holiday market, live music performances, a craft station, a special performance by River Oaks Dance, a photo booth with Santa, and food and drinks.

When: Saturday, December 2, 2023, 12 pm – 5 pm 
Where: Levy Park, 3801 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098
How Much: Free


Main Street Theater for Youth: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of November 24 | Main Street Theater for Youth: Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Image credit: Main Street Theater – Houston

Watch the dazzling classic fairytale of Beauty and the Beast come to life this weekend at the Main Street Theater for Youth. Enjoy dazzling sets, costumes, and songs that will get stuck in your mind for days. 

When: Saturday, December 2 – December 23, 2023, 10 am or 1:30 pm
Where: MATCH – Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $30.50


Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of December 1, 2023 – Sunday

Toy Museum Holiday Market

Things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of December 1 | Toy Museum Holiday Market

Image credit: Houston Toy Museum

The Houston Toy Museum will be hosting its first-ever Holiday Market this weekend! Browse through pop culture and nostalgia-inspired goods from about 15 local vendors and take advantage of the museum’s discounted admission. 

Kids can also chat with Santa from 1 pm to 4 pm or participate in holiday art projects with Kidcreate Studios from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. 

If you have old toys lying around at home, you can also bring them along for a toy drive benefitting local foster children.

When: Sunday, December 3, 2023, 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Houston Toy Museum, 321 W 19th St Suite C, Houston, TX 77008
How Much: $10


Super Happy Christmas Toy Show and Art Market

The annual toy show is back at Saint Arnold Brewery this year for more merry fun and adventures! Get to browse beloved toys and artwork and enjoy a wonderful holiday party. 

There will also be tons of delicious food and, of course, Santa will be making a jolly appearance for free pictures. 

When: Sunday, December 3, 2023, 11 am – 6 pm
Where: Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX 77020
How Much: $10


Hollydays Market

Grab your friends or family and come enjoy the fun while shopping and supporting some of the cutest shops over at the Hollydays Market! There will be over 130 vendors there and you’ll be able to find one-of-a-kind gifts for all your loved ones.

When: Sunday, December 3, 2023, 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, 4310 TX-36 S, Rosenberg, TX 77471
How Much: $6

Do you know of any more Things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of September 22? Share them with us in the comments!


Are you looking for things to do with your kids this weekend in Houston? H-town is a great city to raise kids. In fact, Houston is consistently regarded as one of the most family-friendly in the country.

Apart from a number of great schools, there are always so many different events that kids and families can participate in. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is an excellent destination during the weekends. There is also the Children’s Museum of Houston which always has a lot of great events. These are just two among many such event venues.

But, with so many things to do with kids in Houston, how can you know which ones are genuinely worthwhile? We’ve put together a list of the best weekend activities and events to entertain the whole family. There are cheap events for kids and free things to do with kids this weekend! Hope you enjoyed our list!


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