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The sweet aroma of hot cocoa and freshly baked sugar cookies, Christmas trees covered in cheerful ornaments, and the first taste of a winter’s chill. As the legendary Bing Crosby once sang, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” Located just north of Houston, holidays in The Woodlands are celebrated with a full stocking’s worth of events, festivals, and fun things you can do with your entire family.

Kid-Friendly Fun at the Annual Children’s Festival

Although it’s not a holiday-themed event, The Woodlands’ Annual Children’s Festival (November 12–13) will put you and your family in a festive mood. Featuring a cast of characters that includes The Octonauts, PJ Masks, and more, the two-day event is a fantastic way to spend the weekend with your kids. From creating art and exploring science to rock climbing and a petting zoo, the festival is loaded with endless fun hands-on experiences to educate and inspire.

Whether you’re here for just one day or the entire weekend, you’ll leave having created lasting memories with your family. Get your tickets now.

There’s Nowhere Better to Do Your Christmas Shopping

The Woodlands is the ultimate holiday shopping destination, with more than 11 million square feet of brand-name and specialty stores. Bring your list and check it twice before venturing to the town’s two main retail areas, Market Street and The Woodlands Mall. Stroll along the wide sidewalks and soak in all the Christmas charm as you browse high-end stores like Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton before getting a bite to eat at one of the many fantastic restaurants in the area.

The Brookwood Store is a Christmas Crown Jewel

If you’ve ever struggled to find the right gift for the person on your list who has just about everything, The Brookwood Store in The Woodlands (open late October through January) is where you need to be. Located at Hughes Landing, this holiday pop-up shop offers a large selection of gorgeous handmade gifts that anyone would be delighted to find under the tree, from food to housewares to classic poinsettias. All of this is made possible by the residents of the Brookwood Community, and all sales go to fund their organization’s mission of supporting adults with disabilities.

Glide Across The Woodlands Ice Rink

Fall and winter in The Woodlands aren’t frigid, but that doesn’t mean you can’t hit the ice. From mid-November to mid-January, The Woodlands Ice Rink welcomes ice skaters, young and old. The rink provides a large skating area with plenty of room to maneuver while the top-of-the-line sound system cranks out festive tunes. Two-hour skate rentals are less than $13, making this a fun and affordable memory-maker for you and your family.

Celebrate the Many Cultures of Christmas at Lighting of the Doves

The ceremonial lighting of the doves is meant to symbolize peace during the holiday season, and it has been a tradition here in The Woodlands for nearly 40 years. Today, it’s that and more: the Lighting of the Doves (November 19) festival marks the beginning of the holidays and celebrates the many cultures of those who call The Woodlands home. Watch traditional and international performances and let your kids enjoy the snow play areas. Of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without Santa, who makes his appearance on a special sleigh floating along The Woodlands Waterway.

Shine On This Holiday Season in The Woodlands

It doesn’t quite feel like Christmas until you see the warm glow of holiday lights, and in The Woodlands, illuminating the night is a city-wide, season-long affair. From the musical water and light show at Waterway Square to The Woodlands Winter Wonderland, the Christmas Tree and Holiday Lights display provides the perfect reason to grab a friend and get some merry mood inspiration. Don’t forget: you can always tour the lights and trees by way of The Woodlands Town Center Trolley!

Deck the Halls at Holly Jolly Jingle

Part of the magic of the Christmas season is singing along to your favorite carols, and The Holly Jolly Jingle (December 1) brings all the yuletide magic in a free performance you won’t want to miss. Find a spot on the grassy lawn and enjoy popular holiday medleys played by student musicians. Beyond the music, the event has kid-friendly arts and crafts activities and visits with Santa Claus.

Regardless of how you love celebrating the holidays, you’ll find something that puts you in a festive mood in The Woodlands. Plan your next getaway here.

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