For anyone who’s never been to Houston before, it might come as a surprise that the city is full of amazing cultural events, incredible food, and a million things to do. Outsiders often assume it’s all horses, rodeos, and bull riding, but Houston is a modern metropolis that caters to virtually anyone from families raising kids to couples who enjoy the urban lifestyle.
If you’re lucky enough to live at Scotland Yard Apartments of Southwest Houston this holiday season, you’re close to a huge number of terrific celebrations happening in Houston. Here are a few fun events you may want to consider attending this year.
Home for the Holidays in Old Town Spring
When is it? November 8 to December 21
Where is it? Spring, Texas (24 miles north of Houston)
In 2015, Spring will celebrate the 35th annual Home for the Holidays event where the area between I-45 and Hardy Road is decorated in tons of holiday lights and the community hosts family-friendly activities.
According to the official website:
“The local shops and businesses came alive with the Spirit of the Season. Visitors encountered strolling performers and festive exhibits. The shops and boutiques offered a variety of local unique holiday gift ideas and perfect treasures for everyone on your shopping list. Patrons strolled the decorated winding paths and enjoyed a hot chocolate or other holiday delights at one of our local restaurants.”
Festival of Lights in Galveston
When is it? November 15 to January 3
Where is it? Galveston’s Moody Gardens at One Hope Boulevard
Moody Gardens is a popular attraction throughout the year, but if you’ve never been during the holiday season, you’ll definitely want to visit during the Festival of Lights. Admission is less than $11 and includes admission for ice skating!
According to the official website:
“[The] Festival of Lights has become a holiday tradition for families and groups alike. Enjoy more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment. You can also skate around on the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink (bring your own skates or rentals available for $7), try out our new Arctic Ice Slide or take pictures with Santa.”
Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo
When is it? November 19 to January 4
Where is it? 6200 Hermann Park Drive in Houston
Each holiday season, the Houston Zoo is decorated with more than two million holiday lights, and they’re turned on in the evening for you and your family to enjoy. Seeing the zoo lit with twinkle lights is definitely a unique way to enjoy the park.
Tip: If you become a member of the zoo, you’ll get a discount on admission to Zoo Lights!
See the Holiday Events at Discovery Green
When is it? November 22 to November 26
Where is it? Discovery Green Conservancy at 1500 McKinney
Discovery Green holds special events all year, and they have several scheduled for the holiday season. The park is lit each evening with their Field of Light Display, and visitors can also take part in Ice Skating that begins in late November.
Discovery Green’s official website shares:
“Discovery Green is proud to host Field of Light, a dazzling art installation by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. The vivid, temporary, site-specific installation will be on display along the Brown Promenade.”
See the Nutcracker from the Houston Ballet
When is it? November 27 to December 27
Where is it? 510 Texas Street at the Wortham Theater Center
The Houston Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker brings visitors from around the region, and it’s one of the most beloved performances of the ballet in the entire country. If you’ve never seen this particular Nutcracker performance before, this year is the year you want to attend, because the ballet company is retiring the current production in 2015. A newly choreographed Nutcracker will arrive in 2016.
“Houston Ballet bids farewell to Ben Stevenson’s beloved production of The Nutcracker. Created by Artistic Director Emeritus Ben Stevenson, with designs by acclaimed designer Desmond Heeley, Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker has been Houston’s premiere holiday tradition since 1987.”
Tomball German Christmas Market
When is it? December 12 to December 14
Where is it? Old Town Tomball near the Train Depot Plaza
Texas has a vibrant history with significant German immigration in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and the result is that there are several German-themed festivals around the state.
About Tomball’s celebration, the official website shares:
“Come and enjoy the family-friendly ambience – Gemütlichkeit – of this unique music/street festival with three stages of live music and an open-air market along with antique shops in the old town area.”
If you’re looking for some amazing and affordable apartments in Houston Medical Center and would like to find a home close to all that Houston has to offer this holiday season, get in touch with the leasing staff at Scotland Yard for a tour.