Family holiday and Christmas events in Houston 2017
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The entire family will enjoy the festive holiday events in Houston, Texas during the Christmas season in 2017. Plan to enjoy the family-friendly holiday decorations, light shows, ice skating, and celebrations in Houston this year.

Zoo Lights at Houston Zoo
Nov. 18-Jan. 14 @ 6 p.m.
Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr., Houston, TX 77030

The Houston Zoo is a festive winter wonderland during the holiday season. The Zoo Lights holiday celebration is a family-friendly event presented by TXU Energy.  Children and adults will have fun looking at the lights and displays, including the magical Holiday Train Village, beautiful Enchanted Forest, and more. Admission will be $11.95-$19.95. See the Zoo Lights website for information on tickets and discounts.

Christmas Village at Bayou Bend
Dec. 15-23, Dec. 26-30, & Dec. 31-Jan. 6
Bayou Bend Collections & Gardens, 6003 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77005

The winter wonderland features a dazzling bridge and thousands of lights on the 14-acre estate. Enjoy the tours of Ima Hogg’s historic mansion, with live actors, theatrical effects, and beautiful Christmas decorations. Admission is $10-$15, add $5 for a tour of the mansion.

40th Annual Nite of Lites
Dec. 9-Dec. 31
Prestonwood Forest, Houston, TX 77070

The residents of Prestonwood decorate their houses in grand style or the holidays. Visit the website for the Nite of Lites Visitor’s map and take a trip to the neighborhood to enjoy the decorations and lights with your family.

Frostival! Winter Celebration
Nov. 18- Jan. 18 @ Various Times
Discovery Green Conservancy, 1500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77010

Ice skating is a popular season event during the holiday season, so take the family to have fun on the ice at Discovery Green, powered by Green Mountain Energy Company. Enjoy seeing the winter art installation, titled “Hello Trees: A Walking Serenade.” Admission to the skating rink is $14, which includes skate rental. Check the website for the available for employees and customers of Green Mountain Energy, Cheap Skate, and more.

Festival of Lights
Nov. 16 @ 6 p.m.
Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, TX 77554

Festival of Lights is a family-friendly holiday celebration that has become a tradition for many people in the region.  More than one million sparkling lights and lighted animated displays offer a stunning spectacle to delight the eyes. The outdoor ice skating rink will offer festive fun for the family.  Admission is $15.95. Check the website for information about pricing and discounts.

Magical Winter Lights
Nov. 10-Jan. 2
Gulf Greyhound Park, La Marque, TX 77568

Magical Winter Lights is a celebration of light and lanterns that children and adults will enjoy, Santa’s Christmas Village, a winter wonderland, features kid-friendly activities. The festival features seven themed sections, including Santa’s Christmas Village, Mystical Forest, Magical Wonderland, Dinosaur Land, Landmarks of the World, The Lone Star State, and Mystery of the East. Entertainment includes nightly acrobatic performances, arts and crafts made by skilled Chinese artisans, dinosaur rides, amusement rides and games, and more. Tickets are $21/Adults (13-64), $13/Children (4-12) and Seniors (65+-), and free for children under four.

Sugarland Holiday Lights
Nov. 24-Jan. 1 @ 6 p.m.
Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Dr., Sugar Land, TX

Sugarland Holiday Lights showcases more than 2.5 million lights and over 100 walk-through displays. Added attractions include carnival ride, theme nights, children’s activities, and more. Santa Claus will be there through Dec. 23. Tickets are $14.