The holiday season in Houston is an exciting time of the year. From parades and events to fun-filled activities, this guide will kick-off your holiday season and help you figure out things to do. Be sure to celebrate with family and friends because it’s time to get into the holiday spirit!

Houston Holiday Parade Sneak Peek & Character Meet
Houston Festival Fountain Warehouse
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Get the holiday season started off right. Go behind the scenes, where the magic happens and enjoy a breakfast with your favorite childhood and parade characters. Visit the Parade warehouse and see where the Parade elves bring the floats to life, meet and get your picture taken with parade characters that will be entertaining the crowds on Thanksgiving morning, helps us decorate a float and tell Santa what you want for Christmas. Music, food, crafts and fun for the kid in everyone. For tickets visit

Houston Holiday Parade
Downtown Houston

The 63rd annual presented by H-E-B returns to the streets of downtown Houston on Thanksgiving morning to kick-off the beginning of the holiday season. In addition, nearly 2 million people view the parade via live broadcast on KHOU-TV (CBS affiliate) in Houston and syndication in Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and several other cities in the region. For tickets visit

Nutcracker Market
Reliant Center
11/08/2012 to 11/11/2012

Houston Ballet Guild’s annual shopping extravaganza features more than 300 national and international merchants offering holiday decorations, home décor, gourmet food, clothing, sporting gifts, jewelry and even furniture. For tickets call 713-535-3231.

The Nutcracker
Wortham Theater Center
11/23/2012 to 12/30/2012

Join Houston Ballet as it celebrates the 25th anniversary of Ben Stevenson’s beloved staging of The Nutcracker. For tickets call 713-227-2787 or 1-800-828-2787.

A Christmas Carol
Alley Theatre
11/16/2012 to 12/24/2012

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas returns this year with a re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story that follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghosts that visit him on Christmas Eve. A Christmas Carol instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season. For tickets call 713-220-5700.

The Santa Land Diaries
Alley Theatre
11/24/2012 to 12/30/2012

Company Artist Todd Waite reprises his role as “Crumpet the Elf” in the outlandish, and true, chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as a worker in Macy’s SantaLand display. This compact, one-character comedy is a hilarious cult classic, featuring comic encounters during the height of the holiday crunch.For tickets call 713-220-5700.

The Ice At Discovery Green
Discovery Green Park
11/17/2012 to 01/27/2013

With more than 350,000 visitors enjoying the experience of outdoor ice skating in Downtown Houston the past three years, The Ice at Discovery Green will open on Saturday, November 17. In addition to ice skating, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy concerts, movies, and special events. For tickets call 713-434-7465 (Rink).

Gingerbread Man
Express Children’s Theatre
11/19/2011 to 12/22/2011

This hilarious new holiday musical is about a Gingerbread Man who suddenly comes to life, jumps out of the oven and runs out of the house yelling “Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me, I’m the Gingerbread Man.” He leads everyone on a merry chase, but when the sly fox comes along the holiday magic begins. For tickets call 713-682-5044.


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