Holiday To-Do List: Kick off your holiday season in The Woodlands area

With the holidays quickly approaching, here are events to get residents into the holiday spirit.

With the holidays quickly approaching, here are events to get residents into the holiday spirit.

Your guide for events and things to plan for in The Woodlands and South Montgomery County around the holiday season.

5 places to see Christmas lights


1. Christmas Village at Bayou Bend
This event runs Dec. 14-Jan. 5 and features sledding and snowball fights. 5:30-9 p.m. (Wed.-Thu., Sun.), 5:30-10 p.m. (Fri.-Sat). $8-$18.
6003 Memorial Drive, Houston.
713-639-7300.
www.mfah.org


2. Home for the Holidays
This 38th annual event runs Nov. 10-
Dec. 22 and features strolling performers, exhibits and shopping.10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.), noon-5 p.m. (Sun.). Free.
Old Town Spring, 403 Main St., Spring.
281-353-9310.
www.oldtownspring.com


3. Houston Zoo Lights
The Houston Zoo transforms into a winter wonderland from Nov. 17-Jan. 13 and includes a holiday train village and an enchanted forest. 5-10 p.m. (value nights), 5-11 p.m. (prime nights). $6.95-$22.95.
Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston.
713-533-6500.
www.houstonzoo.org/zoolights


4. Nite of Lites
Each block in Prestonwood Forest boasts a different holiday decor theme in this 41st annual event which runs Dec. 8-31. Dusk. Free.
Prestonwood Forest, 13702 Prestonwood Forest Drive, Houston.

www.prestonwoodforestonline.com 


5. Santa’s Wonderland
This Texas tradition runs Nov. 9-Dec. 30 and features hayrides, carriage rides, a snow playground and the West Pole Express. Hours vary by day. $19.95-$34.95.
18898 Hwy. 6,
College Station.
979-690-7212.
www.santas-wonderland.com



5 Shops for last-minute gift ideas


1. Cupcakes & Bubbles
This bar and bakery specializes in organic cupcakes, champagne and sparkling wine, available in gift boxes. Retail items are also available.
26400 Kuykendahl Road, Tomball.
832-559-7511.
www.cupcakesandbubbles.com


2. Duette Gifts and Paper
This gift shop specializes in one-of-a-kind merchandise and personalized products for all ages in addition to customizable paper products.
1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. 2196, The Woodlands.
281-419-0773.
www.duettegiftsandpaper.com


3. Schakolad Chocolate Factory
Gift-givers can create their own gift box of signature truffles at this European-style retail chocolate boutique. 1500 Research Forest Drive, Shenandoah.
281-292-9900.
www.schakolad.com


4. Tumbleweeds & Notions
This boutique offers a wide selection of locally sourced home decor items, gifts, women’s clothing and accessories.
8021 Research Forest Drive, Ste. C-1, The Woodlands.
832-510-3585.
www.facebook.com/tumbleweedsandnotions


5. vomFASS The Woodlands
This German-based locally owned franchise boasts a wide selection of cold-pressed oils, flavored vinegars, spices, spirits and infused liquors, available in gift baskets.
1950 Hughes Landing Blvd., Ste. 1800, The Woodlands.
281-296-7102.
https://thewoodlands.vomfassusa.com




The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center


Nov. 17-Jan. 21


This seasonal ice rink features ice skating and concessions. 3-11 p.m. $5-$12.50. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands.
281-419-5630.
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov







36th annual Lighting of the Doves Festival


Nov. 17


This 36th annual event includes the illumination of The Woodlands’ iconic doves, snow play areas, vendors booths, Santa Claus and fireworks. 3-9 p.m. Free. Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands.
281-210-3800.
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov







Christmas tree lighting


Nov. 25


Residents can watch as Oak Ridge North lights up its iconic 35-foot Christmas tree and the “Merry Christmas from the City of Oak Ridge North” sign. Parking will be available in the AT&T parking lot. 5:30 p.m. Free.
Intersection of Robinson Road and I-45, Oak Ridge North.
281-292-4648.
www.oakridgenorth.com







Holly Jolly Jingle


Nov. 29


This annual event features caroling, performances by local students and other holiday activities at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. 7 p.m. Free.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands.
281-365-3010.
www.woodlandscenter.org







The Enchanted Forest


Nov. 29-Jan. 6


This interactive theatrical performance will transform Glade Cultural Center into a winter forest through a multisensory light, dance and theater installation. Times TBA. $35.
Glade Cultural Center, 2000 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands.
832-557-8781.
www.gladeartsfoundation.org







Mayor, City Council Christmas reception


Dec. 6


The Oak Ridge North mayor and City Council visit with residents and business owners during this Christmas party, which will feature food and music. 6 p.m. Free.
Oak Ridge North City Hall, 27424 Robinson Road, Oak Ridge North.
281-292-4648.
www.oakridgenorth.com







Santa Social with a Peppermint Twist


Dec. 8


At this event, children enjoy breakfast, go on a scavenger hunt and decorate gingerbread houses. 8-11 a.m. $15-$30. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands.
281-465-0955.
www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org







Oak Ridge North’s hayride and Santa in the park


Dec. 14


This annual event includes a hayride through Oak Ridge North, photos with Santa Claus, hot chocolate, snowball fights and a Christmas movie screening. 5 p.m. Free.
Marilyn Edgar Park, 26531 S. Hillside Drive, Oak Ridge North.
281-292-4648.
www.oakridgenorth.com







Breakfast with Santa


Dec. 15, 22


 Families enjoy a continental-style breakfast, holiday crafts, music and photographs with Santa Claus.10 a.m.-
11:30 a.m. $40-$45.
The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands.
281-516-7348.
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov







Elf tryouts


Dec. 15-16


Potential elves compete against each other during this event featuring holiday games and activities, followed by cookies and cocoa. 3-5 p.m. $20-$25.
The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands.
281-516-7348.
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov








Gingerbread House Making with Santa


Dec. 15


Children ages 5-12 can build and decorate gingerbread houses. 1-2 p.m. $20-$25.
The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands.
281-516-7348.
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov







Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt


Dec. 15, 20, 22


Participants can search for candy canes by flashlight in this scavenger hunt, followed by hot cocoa, cookies and photos with Santa Claus. 5:30-6:30 p.m. $10-$15.
Locations vary by date.
281-516-7348.
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov







North Pole Bakery


Dec. 16


Pastry chefs ages 3-12 can decorate a holiday apron, cookies and other sweet treats, and take a photo with Santa Claus. 1-2:30 p.m. $20-$25.
The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands.
281-516-7348.
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov







Feliz Navi Dog


Dec. 16


Dogs can compete in this holiday pooch pageant for the titles of best behaved, best trick, smallest, largest and best costume, while owners can enjoy hot cocoa. 3-4 p.m. $5 per dog.
Bear Branch Dog Park, 5200 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands.
281-210-3800.
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov







Santa Social


Dec. 21


At this pajama party, families can enjoy a holiday movie while crafting, playing games, taking photos with Santa Claus and enjoying a pizza dinner. 7-9 p.m. $40-$45.
The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands.
281-516-7348.
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 







Milk and Cookies with Santa 


Dec. 22


Participants can listen to a Christmas story while decorating cookies and making a holiday plate. 1-2 p.m. $15-$20.
The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands.
281-516-7348.
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov







Elves and Arrows 


Dec. 22 


This introductory archery class includes instruction for beginners followed by holiday games, hot cocoa and snacks. 2:30-4:30 p.m. $30-$40.
The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands.
281-516-7348.
www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov




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By 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 reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.


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