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Things to Do During Winter Break

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It’s not too late to enjoy these Christmas festivities, even though the big day has past!

● Ice skating at The Woodlands Town Center is open through January 15. Now in its brand new home on Lake Robbins Drive, the 21,000 square foot rink is one of the largest seasonal rinks in the region.

● Magical Winter Lights, the massive lights display and carnival in La Marque, is here until January 2. With seven different themed sections, including Santa’s Christmas Village, Dinosaur Land and the new Lone Star State section, this is one of the biggest and best places to visit during the holiday season. Nightly acrobat performances, a holiday market, amusement rides and a dinosaur exhibit complete the venue’s list of fun things to do.

● You’ve got two days left to ride the Polar Express Train Ride in Palestine, as the exhibit is open until December 27. Riders will enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and cookies while they zoom up the railroad to the North Pole and catch a glimpse of Santa’s workshop. Rides last about one hour and everyone is encouraged to wear their pajamas. Each rider will get a keepsake golden ticket and silver bell, too!

● The holiday festivities continue at Moody Gardens through January 7. With so many options, including over a mile of walk-through lights displays, an arctic slide, ice skating, and of course the chilling, thrilling ice exhibit, the drive down to Galveston is well worth it.

● Christmas Village at Bayou Bend runs through January 6. This 14-acre winter wonderland, complete with thousands of lights, is the perfect place to play. Enjoy a faux-snow play area, holiday games, a huge tree with model train set, and outdoor movie screen showing holiday favorites. You can also tour the historic Hogg mansion and marvel at the holiday decorations, actors and carolers.

● The Houston Museum of Natural Science in downtown Houston is displaying its White Christmas exhibit in the Butterfly Center. Each year, special white butterflies, including the rice paper butterfly and the white morpho butterfly, flood the venue turning it into a winter wonderland. White flowers and other holiday decorations bring the spirit of the season to the permanent display at the museum.