Though our weather forecast may not be in agreement, the holiday season is finally upon Houston. We already gave you the ultimate holiday rundown to check all of the most necessary holiday hallmarks to check off your list and prepare you for the season. Now that the season’s arrived, we have even more holiday celebrations and events to get you frolicking all fun and festive before we ring in the new year.
Bayou Bend, the former home of Houston philanthropist Ima Hogg (yes, that was her real name, and yes, we will defend her legacy until we run out of breath), now houses the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's early American decorative arts and painting collection. On any other day, the idyllic Bayou Bend grounds are the closest thing to the setting a romantic Jane Austen novel in all of Houston, but dressed to the nines for the holidays? Forget it! (Mr. Darcy who?) Running through December 30th, the 14-acre estate creates an immersive Christmas experience with a dazzling bridge bringing you into a winter wonderland featuring thousands of lights and activities for all ages. Fun, holiday-themed tours of the historic mansion feature live actors, theatrical effects, Christmas decorations — and even sledding down a faux-snow slide.
We’re not called "Space City" for nothing. Running through January 5th, Space Center Houston is hosting Galaxy Lights, a new Space City tradition this holiday season presented by Reliant. Yes, Space Center Houston is a real place. Yes, there are actually real space shuttles and rockets all over the place. Yes, it’s amazing. Galaxy Lights features a choreographed, high-tech kinetic light show, the film "Holidays in Space" that includes real footage of astronauts celebrating the holidays as well as interviews with retired astronauts about what it was like celebrating in space, massive shuttles covered in twinkling LED lights, and a NASA Tram Tour to stargaze at an indoor meteor shower before traveling to NASA Johnson Space Center through an LED light tunnel of more than 250,000 lights synchronized to festive holiday music.
Running through December 29th is Nite of Lites in Prestonwood Forest. Prestonwood Forest has been recognized for over 40 years in the Greater Houston area - and nationally - for welcoming thousands of visitors to share their community’s holiday spirit of well-decorated homes. Homeowners engage in a bit of friendly competition in holiday decorations and are awarded by a panel of guest judges. Take a drive through the neighborhood while staying warm in the car, sip on some cocoa, and contribute to the fun by registering votes for your favorite home’s decoration online.
A newer but widely beloved Houston holiday tradition is Discovery Green’s The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy. The seasonal ice rink runs through February 2nd, but they’re taking things up a notch on December 18th, January 8th, and January 15th, with the festive Skate Then Sip event. Take advantage of happy hour pricing on mulled wine at The Lake House — a velvety California red wine simmered with cloves, cinnamon, and Star Anise.