Looking for some holiday cheer this season? The Woodlands and surrounding areas host a variety of holiday events to delight even the biggest scrooge. The best part? You don’t have to travel far from home to enjoy the festivities.
The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center
Open until January 18, 2016, the Ice Rink At The Woodlands Town Center is one of the largest seasonal ice rinks in the southwest. Located in Town Center at the corner of Six Pines Drive and Lake Robbins Drive, skaters will find everything they need to have a great time, including skate rentals. There are two rinks on-site: the main rink, which is approximately 7,600 sq. ft., is for the general public, while a smaller, 256 sq. ft. rink is available for your little ones, ages five and under. Hours are: Monday – Thursday, 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 3:00 to 11:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 7:00 p.m. The rink also has special holiday hours for Christmas and New Year’s.
But, if you’re looking for skating options year-round, look no further than Houston’s four ice rinks located throughout the city:
Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex
8220 Willow Bend Place Drive North
Houston, TX 77070
Houston, TX 77036
Ice Skate USA
Memorial City Mall
Houston, TX 77024
Ice at the Galleria
Houston, TX 77056
Holly Jolly Jingle at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Ranked as the top amphitheater in the world for ticket sales by “Pollstar” magazine, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is the place to be on December 3. Bring the entire family to the Pavilion for “Holly Jolly Jingle.” This annual Christmas event features classic holiday tunes, sung by the Conroe ISD Student Orchestra and the Sam Houston State University Orchestra & Choir. The plazas at the Pavilion will be all decked out for holiday fun, complete with snow!
Guests can also visit with Frosty the Snowman and other popular holiday characters, make arts and crafts, listen to carolers sing and much more. Pre-concert activities begin at 6 p.m.
Market Street Christmas Tree
Once again this season, Market Street’s 70-foot Christmas tree has been transformed into a three-minute display of dazzling lights synchronized to signature holiday tunes. Visit Market Street nightly from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. during the holidays to see the dazzling array of lights.
Winter Wonderland at The Woodlands Town Center
Enjoy a walk in The Woodlands’ Winter Wonderland and be delighted in the magnificent display of magical Christmas lights, toy soldiers, elves, the doves of peace, musical angels and snowmen. The wonderland is open every day from dusk until 11 p.m. until January 18, 2016. Admission is free!
Photos with Santa at Market Street
Looking to create a new holiday tradition this year? Look no further than Market Street where Santa will be on-hand for you to create a picture-perfect memory. Children can find Santa and his helpers at Kringle’s Korner (between J. Crew and Cos Bar) Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 7:00 p.m. in December. Other special hours include: Monday, December 14 through Thursday, December 17: 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Monday, December 21 through Wednesday, December 23: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Although Santa will be available on Christmas Eve, he can only stay until 6:00 p.m. for those last-minute requests, as he needs to get back to the North Pole. Please note that Santa and his elves take a break to feed the reindeer from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. daily.
St. Nick’s Pet Pics…Woof!
Santa loves our four-footed friends just as much as we do and is making a special appearance to take photos with them at The Woodlands Mall. To sniff out Santa, pet owners should visit the mall on December 7, 14, and 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. Please enter the mall at the southeast entrance by Dillard’s and Urban Outfitters. Cats and dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier.
2015 Tomball German Christmas Market
Enjoy the old-word traditions of Christmas at the annual Tomball German Christmas Market from December 11 to 13 at 201 S. Elm Street in Old Town Tomball. The free holiday market will feature about 175 open-air street vendors selling arts and crafts and antique items that will make perfect gifts for everyone on your list. In true German tradition, there will also be carolers, German folk dancers and cloggers, a yodeling contest, and of course, schnitzel paired with beer. www.tomballgermanfest.org
Fifth Annual Christmas on Commerce
Get into the Christmas spirit at the Fifth Annual Christmas on Commerce festival on December 12. The outdoor festival will feature live entertainment, Christmas crafts and activities for children and food and craft vendors for adults. The festival runs from noon until 5 p.m. at the intersection of North Cherry and Commerce streets in Tomball.
Old Town Spring
Old Town Spring’s 35th Annual Home for the Holidays Celebration
Admire Old Town Spring’s 20 ft. Christmas tree at 403 Main Street every weekend through December 20 from noon to 4 p.m. while you shop in this historic area for everyone on your list. There will be live entertainment from local school and church choirs along with carolers, bell performers, dancers and cloggers. Before you leave, make sure to stop by Santa’s Workshop on Main Street with your children to take a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus.