Things to do Thanksgiving Week in Houston

If you’re looking for something fun to do this holiday break, check out these ideas for free and cheap things to do in Houston during Thanksgiving week

Top Pick –  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 11pm), 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)

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Things to do this Thanksgiving Week in Houston – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22

Cheap Skate Mondays at Discovery Green

Things to do Thanksgiving Week in Houston: Events & Activities 2021

courtesy Discovery Green

On Cheap Skate Mondays, Discovery Green offers skate rentals and rink time for the low price of $8, down from the usual price of $15. Enjoy open-air skating with updated safety protocols, including online ticket sales and plenty of seating to change into skates.
When: Monday, November 29thMonday, January 30th
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: $8 on select Mondays

Things to do this Thanksgiving Week in Houston – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23

Skating with the Stars at Discovery Green

Skating With Stars at Green Mountain IceIf you’re in the mood for open-air skating at Discovery Green, there’s an extra treat for skaters who go on Tuesdays. You’ll get to see Houston’s top figure skaters perform demonstrations on the ice.
When: Tuesday, November 23rd, from 7 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, Houston, TX 77010
How Much: $15 to skate

Turkey Pardon at Children’s Museum of Houston

Image of a Turkey

Turkey farm in Dorchester England

Watch a live turkey get pardoned, just like at the White House! 
When: Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 10 am-2pm
Where: Children’s Museum Houston, 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
How much: $12 (only children under 1 are exempt of charges) 

Things to do this Thanksgiving Week in Houston – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24

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!
When: Wednesday, November 24th, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Children’s Museum Houston, 1500 Binz St, Houston, TX 77004
How Much:
$12 (general admission)

Tribute to The Woodlands Music Festival

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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.
When: Wednesday, November 24th, from noon to 10 p.m.
Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77380
How Much:
$10 (general admission)

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Things to do this Thanksgiving Week in Houston – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25

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BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot

The Turkey Trot is in person and back this year again to bring people together in the spirit of giving back to the community. Register today for the run–choose between a 5k or 10k, timed or untimed, and get ready to run bright and early to raise money and awareness. There’s a special run just for kids, as well. If you’re not comfortable getting together in a big group or you just can’t make it on Thanksgiving Day, no worries–you can still sign up for a virtual run and participate between Thanksgiving and December 9th!
When: Thursday, November 25th, starting at 7:25 a.m.
Near 4925 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056
How Much:
$15 for kids, $35-45 for adults

72nd Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade

Things to do Thanksgiving Week in Houston: Events & Activities 2021


Don’t miss the 72nd annual Thanksgiving Day Parade! One of the oldest in the country, this parade will cover more than 20 city blocks and include floats, marching bands, balloons, and more. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Cirque du Soleil Alegria, TSU Ocean of Soul, and Bun B are all among the participants. If you plan to be seated during the parade, you can purchase tickets for the seating area. Seating will begin at 7 a.m. Entertainment will begin at 8 a.m.
When: Thursday, November 25th, at 9 a.m.
Starts at the corner of Smith and Lamar
How Much:
$28.25 for seating area admission

Thanksgiving Buffet at the Downtown Aquarium

If you’d like to avoid washing dishes and have a chance to see some aquatic exhibits this Thanksgiving, check out the Thanksgiving buffet at the Downtown Aquarium. Starting at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving day, you can enjoy holiday favorites or branch out to seafood, pasta, or freshly carved meat. There will also be a kids’ buffet. When you’re done, you can always take a walk through the aquarium to see the sharks.
When: Thursday, November 25th, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
How Much:
Reservations Required. Check out ways to save on admission at Houston Aquarium

Things to do this Thanksgiving Week in Houston – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Christmas Train in Alvin

Christmas Train in Alvin Texas

The holiday season is here again, and a great way to celebrate with the entire family is to enjoy an old-fashioned train ride while experiencing hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights and displays.The ride includes a modern retelling of the traditional Christmas story and Nativity. In addition to the main attraction, there’s a lighted walking trail with tons of fun photo opportunities,  Guests can also enjoy the Great Elf Show, an hourly interactive performance, as well as special events such as food drives.
When: Select nights starting from November 26th to December 23
1407 Victory Lane, Alvin, Texas 77511
How Much: Train tickets are $10 for weekdays and $12 on weekends and peak nights leading up to Christmas. Discount tickets are available on December 9th and 16th for rides after 8 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended to avoid lengthy wait times. Click here to buy your tickets today! 

Texas Renaissance Festival

Celtic Christmas at Renaissance Festival

Come celebrate Celtic Christmas.  Father Christmas, Mother Christmas, and all the Christmas elves welcome children of all ages to our final three-day celebration of the coming Yule-tide season.
When: November 26, 27, 28 
Where: 21778 Farm to Market 1774 in Todd Mission, Texas
How Much: Varies

Black Friday Holiday Flea 

A curated marketplace where 75 vendors will display the best of their hand-crafted art, jewellery, clothing, beer, wine, clothing and much more.
When: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: M-K-T Building 1, 600 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007, USA
How much: General Admission Free. RSVP here. 


Things to do this Thanksgiving Week in Houston – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27

BRICKLIVE Houston – Animal Statues, Photo-friendly backdrops and lots of fun!

BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise
BRICKLIVE is a once-in-a-generation experience where guests can explore wildlife through highly detailed and rendered life-size brick models. Our exhibit offers a one-of-a-kind safari experience guaranteed to be an excellent time for families, kids, and brick model lovers alike. Click here for more details on what to expect at BRICKLIVE. Among our top picks for things to do this weekend in Houston! 
When: Saturday, Sunday 1 pm – 9 pm
Where:8200 Washington Ave #300 Houston, TX 77007
How Much: Adult Explorer (Ages 13+) $12, Child Explorer (Ages 4 – 12) $7, Children (Ages 4 and under) Free when accompanied by an adultTickets are on sale now at EVENTBRITE, and group packages will also be available at a discounted rate!!!

Holiday In The Plaza – City Center 

Santa with Kids At City Centre HoustonKick off Christmas festivities early–meet Santa at the City Center from 12 to 5 PM on Saturday, 27 November 2021. 
27 Nov 2021, 12-5 pm.
Where: 800 Town and Country Blvd. Houston, TX, 77024 
How much: Free


Things to do this Thanksgiving Week in Houston – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Holiday Lighting – City Place Plaza 

Floating Christmas Tree At City Palace

Revel in the beauty of a floating Christmas Tree unveiled at City Place Park’s pond system. 
Sunday, 28 Nov 2021, 4:00pm to 7:30pm
City Place, 1250 Lake Plaza Dr., Spring, TX 77389
How Much: Free

Things to do during Thanksgiving Week & Beyond – Everyday Fun

Houston Museum of Natural Science


Courtesy of The Houston Museum of Natural Science

Reopening at a reduced capacity, The Houston Museum of Natural Science has a great deal with tickets for only $11.10 (regularly $25!)The exhibits are fantastic, and the museum has taken steps to keep guests safe and socially distanced during these challenging times.
When: Any date through Dec 31, 2021.
Where: Houston Museum of Natural Science 
How much: Check here for discounts!

Lightscape at Houston Botanic Garden

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 19, 2021 – January 2, 2022, 5:45 – 11 p.m.
East of I-45 South on Park Place Blvd., at One Botanic Lane, Houston, TX 77017
How Much
Adults: $23-$25 ($21-$23 for members)
Children (3-12): $16-$18  ($14-$16 for members)
Infants (0-2): Free
Note: Not operating Nov. 22-23, 29-30 ; Dec. 6-7, 13-14, 24-25

Have a Family Movie Night with Disney+

Disney+ is quickly becoming one of the most popular streaming services around. The service offers some of the top film franchises from Disney Princesses to Marvel Superheroes to Pixar’s best flicks and plenty of other fun things in between. So, have a family movie night this weekend by trying Disney+!

Zoo Lights

TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights returns to the Houston Zoo now through January 9, 2022, with two million Christmas lights illuminating throughout the area. The Houston Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland each night from 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm.
When: 15 Nov 2021 – 9 Jan 2022, 5:30-10:30 p.m., last entry at 9:30 p.m.
The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030 
How Much: Between $17- $22, prices may vary according to the day and offer, it is recommended to check their website and make bookings before your visit. 

The Light Park – Katy, TX 

the light park

A family-friendly drive-thru Light Show that will open to spectators every night until 2 January 2022 and show a dazzling symphony of lights and music.
When:  3Nov 2021 – 2 Jan 2022
Where: Typhoon Texas (Parking Lot), 555 Katy Fort Bend Rd, Katy, TX 77494
How Much: $40 – $80. Check detailed prices here

Moody Gardens Festival of Lights & More

Moody Gardens Light Show Courtesy of Facebook:Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens Light Show Courtesy of Facebook/Moody Gardens

Now through January 2, you can get a load of eight special holiday attractions at Moody Gardens, including Festival of Lights, Ice Skating, Train Rides, photos with Santa, and much more. It’s a great place to see Christmas lights!
When: 20 Nov 2021 – 2 Jan 2022, 10 am – 5pm
Where: One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554
How much: 22 $ for the Festival of Lights ($18 on value days) & $39 for the Holiday Pass ($29 on value days).

Santa’s Wonderland in College Station

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: 12 Nov 2021 – 30 Dec 2021
Where: 18898 Hwy 6, College Station, TX 77845
How much: General admission: $49.95. 

What are you up to Thanksgiving Week? Let us know if we missed something!