Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of November 24 Holiday Tree Lighting at City Place, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, & More!

Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of November 24 Holiday Tree Lighting at City Place, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, & More!

Our picks for things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of November 24 include the Holiday Tree Lighting at City PlaceDisney’s Beauty and the Beast, Texas Renaissance FestivalSanta’s First Stop, & 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 November 24, 2023 – Friday

Texas Renaissance Festival

Texas Renaissance Festival

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Celebrate Celtic Christmas. Father Christmas, Mother Christmas, and all the Christmas elves as the Texas Renaissance Festival welcomes children of all ages to their final three-day celebration of the coming Yuletide season.

The Kingdom will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland and holiday music will fill the lanes. You can also find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list in our over 400 shops.

When:  Friday – Sunday, November 24 – 26, 2023, 9 am – 8 pm
Where: 21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, Texas 77363
How Much: Varies


Fall Festival

Fall Festival

Image credit: George Ranch Historical Park

Enjoy a jolly good fun fall festival with the whole family this Thanksgiving weekend at George Ranch Historical Park!

In addition to the regular tours, you’ll get to enjoy tons of fall activities. This includes making a traditional pumpkin pie in an 1860s cast iron stove, talking turkey while crafting at the Ranch House, and branding boards at the cowboy campfire. 

When:  Friday, November 24, 2023, 9 am – 5 pm
Where: George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Rd, Richmond, TX 77469
How Much: Included in general admission


The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Screening

Enjoy Disney’s Halloween/ Christmas classic mashup “The Nightmare Before Christmas” this weekend with the whole family under the stars! Don’t forget to bring your favorite snacks and drinks to complete your weekend movie night. 

When:  Friday, November 24, 2023, 7 pm
Where: Levy Park, 3801 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098
How Much: Free


Things to do in Houston on Saturday with Kids – November 25, 2023

Cultural Holiday Extravaganza

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, November 25, 2023, 7 pm – 10 pm 
Where: Market Square Park, 301 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much: Free


Flea by Night

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, November 25, 2023, 6 pm – 10 pm 
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010
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, November 25 – 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


Mushroom Garden: Family Paint Class

Mushroom Garden: Family Paint Class

Image credit: The Art Cellar of Houston

Bring out your inner artist with the kids this weekend at Art Cellar’s family paint class. The class will feature step-by-step instructions to help you create a fun acrylic painting on a 4×4 wooden canvas. Materials will be provided in the venue but you can also bring your own. 

When: Saturday, November 25, 2023, 9 am – 11 am
Where: The Art Cellar of Houston, 1809 Eldridge Pkwy #210, Houston, TX 77077
How Much: $30


Santa’s First Stop

Meet Santa and snap some pictures with him with the kiddos at the Beaumont Children’s Museum. You can also have fun with the holiday crafts and activities prepared for the event.

When: Saturday, November 25, 2023, 9 am – 4 pm (Santa’s hours are 11 am – 2 pm)
Where: Beaumont Children’s Museum, 701 Main St, Beaumont, TX 77701
How Much: Included in admission


Frozen II Movie Screening

Lay your picnic blankets at the Redemption Square Lawn this weekend for Holiday Movie Nights. This weekend, the featured film will be “Frozen II.” Bring all your favorite snacks with you and enjoy the holiday cheer.

When: Saturday, November 25, 2023, 6 pm 
Where: Redemption Square, Assay St, Houston, TX 77044
How Much: Free


Things to do in Houston with Kids this Weekend of November 24, 2023 – Sunday

Holiday Tree Lighting at City Place

Things to do in Houston with kids this weekend of November 24 | Holiday Tree Lighting at City Place

Image credit; City Place

Complete your Thanksgiving 2023 weekend with City Place’s annual lighting of their 35-foot Christmas tree! Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be attending the festivities. 

The event will also serve as the debut of City Place’s larger-than-life Gingerbread Village! Its lollipop and candy-cane-lined path is guarded by two giant gingerbread men. This leads to the clearing filled with cookie trees, a 16-foot high gingerbread house, and a 12-foot windmill. It’s surely something you won’t want to miss. 

When: Sunday, November 26, 2023, 4 pm – 8 pm
Where: City Place, 1700 City Plaza Dr, Spring, TX 77389
How Much: Free


Rhyme and Reason: A Celebration of Black History

Explore Black History from ancient Africa and learn new things with the kids at the Children’s Museum this weekend. Their Rhyme and Reason event will feature music, dance, and poetry presenting Black History.

When: Sunday, November 26, 2023, 1 pm – 4:30 pm
Where: Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
How Much: Included in general admission

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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