Things to do Thanksgiving Week in Houston - Events & Activities 2022

Things to do in Houston Thanksgiving Week 2022

Thanksgiving week is almost here. The kids are out of school and if you’re looking for things to do thanksgiving week in Houston, check out these ideas for free and cheap things to do in Houston during Thanksgiving week.

Remember to check out our holiday-related posts including Lake Jackson Festival of Lights, Christmas Tree Lighting Events in Houston, and Houston Zoo Lights 2022! 


Editor’s Note: Our staff works hard to bring you the latest information. However, all information presented below is subject to change. Please confirm before you head out. 


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Things to do in Houston Thanksgiving Week 2022 – Monday, November 21

Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green

Green Mountain Ice Banner Ad Discovery Green is bringing back ice skating on the green for the whole winter. Enjoy open-air skating with updated safety protocols, including online ticket sales and plenty of seating to change into skates. This event makes our list of the top things to do this week in Houston. 
When: Monday – Friday: 5-10 pm (Fridays open until 11 pm), Saturday & HISD School Holidays*: 11 am-11 pm, Sunday: 11 am – 8 pm
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: $15 ($8 on select Mondays)


Cheap Skate Mondays at Discovery Green

Things to do Thanksgiving Week in Houston - Cheap Skate Mondays at Discovery Green

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On select Mondays this winter, glide around Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green for just $8 + tax per person (includes skate rental.
When: Mondays, November 14, and 28 | December 5, 12, and 19 | January 9, and 23
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: $17 admission (plus tax), skate rental included | Cheap Skate Mondays: $8 (plus tax), skate rental included


Things to do in Houston Thanksgiving Week 2022 – Monday, November 22

Deal Alert – Get the lowest admission price at Space Center Houston

Things to do in Houston Thanksgiving Week: Events & Activities 2022

The award-winning Space Center Houston is one of Houston’s most popular family attractions and takes visitors behind-the-scenes of the NASA Johnson Space Center. Filled with interactive exhibitions, multi-media displays, cutting-edge technology, and fascinating space artifacts, there’s something to amaze and entertain all ages. Full-day entrance ticket to the Space Center Houston includes the Nasa Tram, Mission Briefing Center, and Starship Gallery Choice of entrance times throughout the day

Get more information and book your day of fun at the Space Center Houston!!!


Skating with the Stars at Discovery Green

Things to do Thanksgiving Week in Houston - Skating with the Stars at Discovery Green

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Houston’s top figure skaters perform demonstrations on Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green.
When: Sundays, November 13, and 27 | December 4, and 11 | January 8, 22, and 29.
               Tuesdays, November 15, 22, and 29 | December 6, 13, 20, and 27 | January 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 7:00 am                   – 7:15 pm
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: $17


Turkey Pardon at Children’s Museum of Houston

Things to do Thanksgiving Week in Houston - Turkey Pardon at Children’s Museum of Houston

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Gather your flock. You’re cordially invited to join Kids’ Committee Co-Presidents at the Museum’s fourth-annual Presidential Turkey Pardon on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
When: Tuesday, November 22, 2022, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Where: Children’s Museum Houston, 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004


Things to do in Houston Thanksgiving Week 2022 – Thursday, November 24

Howdy Houston EADO Food Tour – 5 Delicious Venues – Just $89.99 for 2 adults!

Things to do in Houston Thanksgiving Week: Events & Activities 2022

PUBLIC TOURS AVAILABLE OCTOBER – APRIL

Taste some of the many flavors Houston has to offer as your guide takes you to five delicious venues. Through food, art and history you will see how EADO has evolved from Houston’s original Chinatown into one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the country. Sample delicious food from a bakery, a taco stand, a BBQ restaurant, a unique supermarket and a Vietnamese restaurant as you learn about the graffiti art, architecture, public art, and green spaces that have helped shape EADO.

Get more information and book your Howdy Houston EADO Food Tour TODAY!!!


BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot

They are so excited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot! Join them and continue your Thanksgiving tradition or start a new one with your friends and family at their 30th anniversary! Let’s get up, get out, give back, and give thanks on a day devoted to family and togetherness. Participants of all skill levels have made the Trot a Thanksgiving tradition, raising money and awareness to improve the lives of their neighbors by getting active.  
When: Thursday, November 24, 2022
Where:
4925 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056
How Much:
$15 


H-E-B Houston Thanksgiving Parade 2022

Things to do in Houston Thanksgiving Week: Events & Activities 2022

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The 73rd Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place on Thursday, November 24. Located in the heart of downtown Houston, this event is one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country.  Each year, several hundred thousand Houstonians line the streets to cheer on participants. The parade will traverse over 20 city blocks and will feature elaborate floats, colorful marching bands, high-flying balloons, and other uniquely Houston entries.
When: Thursday, November 24, 2022, at 9 am.
Where: 
heart of downtown Houston
How Much:
$25 for seating area admission


Thanksgiving Buffet at the Downtown Aquarium

Things to do thanksgiving week in Houston - Thanksgiving Buffet at Downtown Aquarium

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Bring your family for an under-the-sea feast, featuring traditional favorites & delicious seafood selections.
When: Thursday, November 24th, from 10 am – 8 pm
Where:
410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much:
$49 Adults | $39 Seniors (65+) | $20 Kids (10 & under)


Things to do in Houston Thanksgiving Week 2022 – Friday, November 25

Deal Alert – Enjoy the lowest price on Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston

Food tour of Downtown Houston

Foodies wanted! Come enjoy diverse plates in the heart of Downtown Houston at some of city’s most famous restaurants. This tour will begin at the Historic Market Square Park (outside Niko Niko’s) where you will learn about Houston’s rich history, beautiful architecture, & diversity of cultures. Guests will enjoy first-hand views of the tallest building in Texas & the Downtown Tunnel System (1/3 of tour spent in tunnels) in the USA.

The tour consists of 3 stops where you will try 6-7 delicious food samplings including authentic Mexico City cuisine, traditional Asian novelties, Houston’s unique take on Italian-American, & dessert. These meals are pre-ordered & will be coming out nice & fresh for your whole group. 

Get more information and book your Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston TODAY!!!


Christmas Train in Alvin

Christmas Train in Alvin Texas

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The Christmas Train is a unique holiday experience, unlike anything else in Houston! Your whole family can enjoy an old-fashioned train ride on our open-air coaches while experiencing hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights and displays.
When:  November 25 – 26, December 1 – 3, December 8 – 10, and December 15 – 23 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Extended hours until 10:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays and December 21 – 23
Where: 1407 Victory Lane, Alvin, Texas 77511
How Much: Online Peak Tickets $12 | Online Regular $10 | Kids 2 and under always ride Free


Texas Renaissance Festival

Things to do thanksgiving week in Houston - Texas Renaissance Festival

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Come celebrate Celtic Christmas. Father Christmas, MotherChristmas, and all the Christmas elves welcome children of all ages to their final three-day celebration of the coming Yule-tide season. The Kingdom is transformed into a Christmas wonderland and holiday music fills the lanes. Find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list in our over 400 shops.
When:  November 25 (Friday) 26 (Saturday) and 27 (Sunday) from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Where: 21778 Farm to Market 1774, Todd Mission, TX 77363
How Much: Varies


Shop till you drop weekend

Jingle and mingle your way through an epic weekend of retail therapy at the finest boutique, dining, and wellness destinations in Houston! They’ll have spectacular deals, promotions, and happenings at participating locations throughout Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Sunday Funday at M-K-T!
When: Friday, November 25, 11:00 am – Nov 27, 6:00 pm
Where:  M-K-T, Participating Locations, 600 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007
How much: General Admission is Free


Things to do in Houston Thanksgiving Week 2022 – Saturday, November 26

Deal Alert – Air-conditioned Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston

Things to do in Houston Thanksgiving Week: Events & Activities 2022

Did you know that Houston has the most extensive downtown tunnel system in the US? Join us on our Underground Tunnel tour (air-conditioned) without outdoor views for an in-depth look at the incredible metropolis below ground-floor in Texas’ largest business district including the most award-winning downtown skyscrapers which host many of Texas’ most noteworthy Fortune 500 corporate headquarters & historical venues.

As part of this day tour, we will visit multiple historical and artistic sections of Downtown Houston’s tunnels as well as the corporate buildings that lie on top of them. Make sure to bring your smile and camera as we will provide you with unique photo-op opportunities and inside secrets that most native Houstonians don’t even know about!

Book your Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston TODAY! 

Holiday In The Plaza – CityCentre

Santa with Kids At City Centre Houston

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Come visit Santa and 2 of his reindeer at CITYCENTRE from 12 to 5 pm on  November 26, during Holiday in the Plaza presented by Sewell Cadillac. Santa will kick off the festivities when he arrives in his Sewell Cadillac at 12 PM to spread holiday cheer and pose for pictures. Santa’s reindeer will be in attendance as well – please remember to be gentle as they have a big day coming up! Dance along to holiday classics with the Houston Show Choir at 1:30, 3:00, and 5 pm.
When:
Saturday, November 26, 12 pm – 5 pm
Where: 800 Town and Country Blvd. Houston, TX, 77024 
How much: Free


Things to do in Houston Thanksgiving Week 2022 – Sunday, November 27

Holiday Lighting – City Place Plaza

Floating Christmas Tree At City Palace

Take part in a countdown to the illumination of the shimmering – and floating – 35-foot Christmas landmark rising from City Place Park’s main pond.

The festivities also serve as the annual unveiling of the Giant Gingerbread Village with its gumdrop, lollipop, and candy-cane-lined path – guarded by two giant gingerbread men – leading to a raised clearing featuring cookie trees, a 16-foot-high gingerbread house, and 12-foot windmill.
When:
Sunday, November 27, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where:
1250 Lake Plaza Dr., Spring, TX 77389
How Much: Free


Things to do during Thanksgiving Week & Beyond – Everyday Fun

Lightscape at Houston Botanic Garden

Things to do thanksgiving week in Houston - Lightscape at Houston Botanic Garden

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Head over to the Houston Botanic Garden for the visual treat of an internationally acclaimed holiday light show. The light show is created by local artists and will feature previous Lightscape favorites along with new illuminations. For more details on what to expect, click here
When: November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023, 5:30 pm – 9 pm
Where:
East of I-45 South on Park Place Blvd., at One Botanic Lane, Houston, TX 77017
How Much
: Adults $26-$28 | Member Adults $24-$26 | Children (3-15) $16-$18 | Member Children $14-$16 | Infants (0-2) Free


The Light Park – Katy, TX 

Things to do thanksgiving week in Houston - The Light Park

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The Most EXCITING, and ELECTRIFYING Light Show South of the North Pole! North pole? Nah. The Light Park Katy has the best, most exciting drive-through light show. Eat, drink, and watch as they electrify the night with millions of Christmas lights and festive music.
When: Thanksgiving Week Hours (Nov 21st – 25th): 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: Typhoon Texas (Parking Lot), 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd, Katy, TX 77494
How Much: Starting at $29


Moody Gardens Festival of Lights & More

Things to do thanksgiving week in Houston - Moody Gardens Festival of Lights

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Now through January 7, you can get a load of eight special holiday attractions at Moody Gardens, including the Festival of Lights, Ice Skating, Train Rides, photos with Santa, and much more. It’s a great place to see Christmas lights!
When: November 19, 2022 – January 7, 2023
Where: One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554
How much:  Festival of Lights (Starting at $25 for adults and $21 for kids/seniors)


Santa’s Wonderland in College Station

Things to do thanksgiving week in Houston - Santa's Wonderland

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It’s a bit of a drive, but it’s totally worth it to visit Santa’s Home Town! Stroll through a variety of attractions and amazing light displays. Prices vary.
When: November 11, 2022 – December 30, 2023 | Monday – Thursday: 6 PM – 11 PM, Fridays: 6 PM – Midnight, Saturdays: 3 PM – Midnight, Sundays: 3 PM – 11 PM
Where: 18898 Hwy 6, College Station, TX 77845
How much: General admission: $49.95 Adult | $44.95 Child


Things to do this Thanksgiving Week in Houston – NO UPDATES YET

Visit the Children’s Museum Houston for a chance to meet the big man himself and get a nice picture as a keepsake. Don’t forget to tell him how good you’ve been all year!

Tribute to The Woodlands Music Festival (NO UPDATE YET)

On Thanksgiving Eve, celebrate in the Woodlands with a day-long festival featuring food trucks, a kids’ zone, artists and vendors, and live music courtesy of the group Already Gone playing a tribute to The Eagles. The festival will also include six other tribute bands performing as favorites like Selena, David Bowie, Pearl Jam, The Doors, Foreigner, and Guns N Roses.


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