The holiday season is all about three things: family, food and fun. When you are not baking in the kitchen or running to the store to get those last-minute, take some time out to make lasting memories at these holly jolly events around the city. 

Zoo Lights
Each year the Houston Zoo turns into a whimsical wonderland with their Zoo Lights extravaganza. This year there are new attractions, including a 100-foot-long Infinity Tunnel of Light, a 4-D Enchanted Forest, a giant Ice Dragon and a Winter Wonderland. You children will be in awe of all the colorful LED lights. 


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See a Show 
You have your choice of enjoying two beloved Christmas shows this year. The Alley Theatre is bringing Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol -  A Ghost Story, to life this year that will please any Scrooge. Or enjoy the Houston Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker with showings until December 29.

Ice Skating
Lace up your skates and go ice skating at Discovery Green. Skate underneath the Houston skyline, or if it is too chilly outside, there is always the ice rink in The Galleria


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Holiday on 19th Street
Venture over to the Heights for a little last-minute Christmas shopping. On December 6, the block with be decked out in holiday spirit with carolers, cocktails, live music, and something we rarely see in Houston, real snow!

ICE LAND at Moody Gardens
Travel around the world without the hassle of the airport. Moody Gardens’ ICE LAND features two million pounds of ice carved into some of the most recognizable places around the globe. There is even an ice slide (brrr) for the kids. 


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11th Annual Gingerbread Build-Off
Put your architecture skills to the test at the 11th annual Gingerbread Build-Off on December 7. Compete to create the tastiest creation at this family-friendly event hosted at City Hall’s Hermann Square.