Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of December 22 Include Santa's Jolly Visit, Saturday Morning Cartoons, & More!

Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of December 22 Include Santa’s Jolly Visit, Saturday Morning Cartoons, & More!

Our picks for things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of December 22 include Santa’s Jolly VisitSaturday Morning CartoonsHouston Symphony: Holly Holly Holiday, & more!


Editor’s Note: Our staff works hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. However, all information presented is subject to change. Please confirm with the organizers/businesses before planning to head out! 

Also, remember to check out our other Houston posts: Christmas Tree Farms Houston 2023, Houston Restaurants Open Christmas Eve 2023, Dickinson Festival of Lights 2023, and Santa’s Wonderland in Texas!  


Top pick! 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 Eve – 11 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 22, 2023 – Friday

Alley Theatre: A Christmas Carol

Celebrate the Christmas spirit with Alley’s new adaptation of the classic “A Christmas Carol.” Enjoy colorful Victorian costumes, lively dancing, special effects, stunning sets, and just the right blend of Christmas carols. Please take note that the show is best for kids aged 6 and above. 

When: Friday, December 22 – 30, 2023, 7 pm 
Where: Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $35 | Ticket prices vary by date


Merry Memories with Santa

Merry Memories with Santa

Image credit: Memorial City

Make more Christmas memories with big old jolly Santa in a winter wonderland at Memorial City Hall! Take pictures with him and tell him what’s on your wishlist. Vaccinated pets are also welcome on Mondays. 

When: Friday, December 22 – 24, 2023, 11 am – 8 pm
Where: Memorial City Mall, 303 Memorial City Way, Houston, TX 77024
How Much: Photo packages start at $39.99


Houston Symphony: Holly Holly Holiday

Make special memories with the family this weekend with the Symphony’s annual holiday concert for kids. The concert will include “Hamilton” star Mandy Gonzalez performing festive favorites like “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” There will also be a Christmas Carol sing-along, free hot chocolate, and a chance to visit with Santa. 

When: Friday, December 22, 2023, 10 am and 11:30 am 
Where: Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $39


Things to do in Houston on Saturday with Kids – December 22, 2023

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

Things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of December 15 | 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 23, 2023, 1:30 pm or 7:30 pm
Where: MATCH – Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Starts at $30.50


Santa’s Jolly Visit

Things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of December 22 | Santa's Jolly Visit

Image credit: Children’s Discovery

Catch Santa and his little helpers before he begins his epic quest to deliver gifts all around the world! Make sure to bring your wishlist and prove to Santa that you deserve a spot on the nice list. 

When: Saturday, December 23, 2023, 10 am – 12 pm
Where: Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, 198 Kempner St, Sugar Land, TX 77498
How Much: $15


Saturday Morning Cartoons

Enjoy cartoons this Saturday morning with the kids over at the Houston Toy Museum. They will be screening a mix of classic holiday episodes of favorites like “Smurfs,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Flintstones,” and more. There will also be milk and a cereal buffet.

When: Saturday, December 23, 2023, 10 am 
Where: Houston Toy Museum, 321 W 19th St Suite C, Houston, TX 77008
How Much: Included in admission


The Grinch Movie Screening

Get into the holiday spirit with a holiday movie at Redemption Square. This weekend, they’ll be screening “The Grinch.” Make sure to bring your lawn blankets, chairs, and favorite snacks.

When: Saturday, December 23, 2023, 6 pm – 8 pm 
Where: Redemption Square, Assay St, Houston, TX 77044
How Much: Free


Cultural Holiday Extravaganza

Things to do in Houston this week of December 18 | Cultural Holiday Extravaganza

Image credit: Downtown Houston

Journey through Santa’s workshop at the multicultural Christmas event taking place every Saturday from November to December in Market Square Park. Get to celebrate diverse holiday traditions and cultures that make-up Houston’s vibrant community. 

Enjoy fun activities like face painting, a holiday mini market, and gift wrapping stations.

When: Saturday, December 23, 2023, 7 pm – 10 pm 
Where: Market Square Park, 301 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Free


Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of December 22, 2023 – Sunday

Christmas Eve Brunch

Christmas Eve Brunch

Image credit: The Historic Hill House and Farm

Enjoy a charming holiday experience set in an antique 1840s barn the day before Christmas with friends or family at The Historic Hill House and Farm. The menu will be filled with both festive classics and modern holiday delights. Mimosas, bloody marys, and mocktails will be available for purchase. You can also take pictures with Santa.

When: Sunday, December 24, 2023, 11 am
Where: Historic Hill House + Farm, 3603 FM1725, Willis, TX 77378
How Much: $65 for adults | $35 for kids | Free for kids under 3


Houston Texans vs Cleveland Browns

Things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of December 22 | Houston Texans vs Cleveland Browns

Image credit: Houston Texans

Cheer for your favorite teams this weekend at the NRG stadium as the Houston Texans face off against the Cleveland Browns. It’s sure to be one exciting match!

When: Sunday, December 24, 2023, 12 pm
Where: NRG Park, NRG Center, 1 NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054
How Much: Starts at $60

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 compiled 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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