20 ways to kick-off this holiday season in The Woodlands area

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There are several events in November and December in The Woodlands area to help families ring in the holiday season.

This is not a comprehensive guide of events in the area.

Luxury in Lights
Nov. 16

This annual Christmas tree lighting in Market Street includes a light show synchronized to holiday songs, musical entertainment, snow machines, elves and carriage rides. One nominated child or family will be selected to flip the switch and light Market Street’s 70-foot-tall Christmas tree to kick   off the event with the Lighting Luminary. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Market Street
9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands
281-419-4774
www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com

Market Street Carriage Rides
Nov. 16-26

Enjoy the sights of Market Street by way of a horse-drawn carriage or a pony-drawn sleigh, provided by Platinum Carriage Co. Participants can choose a short ride, round trip ride or a 30-minute light tour. Reservations are required. Nov. 17-19, Nov. 24 and Nov. 26. Times vary. $5-$150.

Market Street
9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands
936-499-4760
www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com

The Woodlands Holiday Kick-Off Guide

Junior League of The Woodlands Holiday Market (via )

Junior League of The Woodlands Holiday Market
Nov. 17-19

The Junior League of The Woodlands Holiday Market is a shopping event featuring a variety of items ranging from flower arrangements and personalized gifts to holiday ornaments. Photos with Santa Claus are also offered at the event. Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun.10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15.

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
1-888-746-7455
www.jlthewoodlands.org/holiday-market

Lighting of the Doves festival
Nov. 18

This 35th annual event features live performances, local vendors, snow play areas, children’s activities, a fireworks display, the lighting of the doves ceremony and an appearance by Santa Claus. Concessions and activity wristbands are available for purchase at the event. 3-9 p.m. Free (admission).

Town Green Park
2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
281-210-3950
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

The Woodlands Holiday Kick-Off Guide

The Ice Rink (via )

The Ice Rink
Nov. 18-Jan. 15

The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center opens Nov. 18 for the 2017 season in its new 21,000-square-foot facility, adjacent to The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Mon.-Thu. 3-9 p.m., Fri. 3-11 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. noon-7 p.m. Contact venue for pricing.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
281-364-3010 • www.woodlandscenter.org

Grand Illumination
Nov. 24

The Woodlands Resort hosts this annual family-friendly event with carolers singing traditional Christmas songs, a visit from Santa Claus and the lighting of the resort’s professionally-decorated, 20-foot Christmas tree. 6-8 p.m. Free.

The Woodlands Resort
2301 N. Millbend Road, The Woodlands
281-367-1100 • www.woodlandsresort.com

Lighting of the Angels
Nov. 28

This 20th annual event launches the beginning of the holiday season in Shenandoah with animal rides, music performances, an ice slide and the lighting of the city’s iconic angels. 6-8 p.m. Free.

Shenandoah Municipal Complex
29955 I-45 N., Shenandoah
281-298-5522 • www.shenandoahtx.us

Holly Jolly Jingle 2017
Nov. 30

This annual free event features caroling, performances by local students and other holiday activities at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. 6 p.m. (gates open), 7:30 p.m. (event begins). Free.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
281-364-3010 • www.woodlandscenter.org

Kids Night Out: Elves Workshop
Dec. 8

Children ages 5-10 can make and wrap gifts for the holidays while also playing games, doing arts and crafts projects and enjoying dinner. 6-10 p.m. $30-$35 ($5 sibling discount).

The Recreation Center at Bear Branch
5310 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands
281-210-3950
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Jingle Boats
Dec. 9

Participants can tandem kayak in Lake Woodlands while searching for holiday presents along the shore. 2 p.m. $35 (per tandem kayak).

Riva Row Boat House
2101 Riva Row, The Woodlands
281-210-3965
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

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Pancakes with Santa
Dec. 10

This catered event features live entertainment with Tom’s Fun Band, a personal visit and photo with Santa Claus, face painting, snow play and a marionette puppet show. Guests also have the opportunity to embellish a special frame for complimentary photos with Santa and read “The Night Before Christmas.” Advanced reservations are required for this event. 8-11 a.m. $15 (adult admission), $30 (children age 12 and younger).

The Woodlands Children’s Museum
4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands
281-465-0955
www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org

Hometown Christmas
Dec. 15

This Oak Ridge North event features park activities, pictures with Santa and a hay ride through the city. 5 p.m. Free.

Marilyn Edgar Park 
26531 S. Hillside Drive, Oak Ridge North
832-381-3215 • www.oakridgenorth.com

Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt
Dec. 15 and 17

This event is hosted by The Woodlands Township and features hot cocoa, cookies and a flashlight candy cane hunt. Participants should bring a flashlight and a camera for a picture with Santa Claus. The event is for children ages 5 and older. 6 p.m. $10-$15.

Terramont Park
8500 Terramont Drive, The Woodlands
281-210-3950
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 16 and 22

Families enjoy breakfast and holiday music while making special crafts and taking photos with Santa Claus. Discounts are available for families of two or three, and each additional family member costs an additional $8. 10-11:30 a.m. $40 (resident family of four), $45 (nonresident family
of four).

The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park
6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands
281-210-3950
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Gingerbread house making with Santa
Dec. 16

Participants decorate gingerbread houses with gum drops, peppermints, frosting and other sweet treats alongside Santa Claus. Siblings receive a $5 discount on admission.

The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park
6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands
281-210-3950
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Movie in the Park
Dec. 16

Attendees can enjoy an outdoor screening of “Elf” at the Rob Fleming Park Recreation Center Amphitheater. The event also features a create-your-own popcorn activity and opportunities for photos with Santa Claus. 7 p.m. $30 (family of four), $8 (per additional family member).

The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park Amphitheater
6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands
281-210-3950
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Feliz Navi-Dog
Dec. 17

At this pet-friendly event, dogs and their owners can participate in a treat hunt, a holiday costume contest and decorate pet holiday stockings.10 a.m. $5 per dog.

Bear Branch Dog Park
5200 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands
281-210-3950
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Brunch with Santa
Dec. 17

This event features brunch, holiday crafts, music and photographs with Santa Claus. 11 a.m. $40 (resident family of four), $45 (nonresident family of four), $8 (per additional family member).

The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park
6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands
281-210-3950 www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Santa’s Workshop
Dec. 17

Participants can build small toys and crafts with Santa’s elves while enjoying cookies, hot cocoa and holiday music. Photo opportunities with Santa Claus are available, and the event is geared for children ages 5-12. Siblings receive a $5 discount on admission. 3 p.m. $20 (residents), $25 (nonresidents).

The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park
6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands
281-210-3950
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Shenandoah Luminaries
Dec. 24

As tradition follows, the city of Shenandoah lights luminaries every Christmas Eve.
6 p.m. Free.

Shenandoah Municipal Complex
29955 I-45 N., Shenandoah
281-298-5522 • www.shenandoahtx.us

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Hannah Zedaker

Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a full-time reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. She covers business, transportation, health care and other local news, specializing in Shenandoah City Council and Montgomery County nonprofit organizations.

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