This weekend we’ll be celebrating the season by checking out all of the holiday festivities around Houston! From Zoo Lights to gingerbread house competitions, there are lots of festive activities for the whole family. We are sharing 8 local festivities that are on our radar — a couple are happening this weekend so be sure to read details below!

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Houston Zoo Lights

Every holiday season the Houston Zoo transforms into a spectacular holiday light display and it’s a must-visit for both kids and adults! Kids will love the larger-than-life decorations, giant Christmas tree and holiday train. The holiday display and festivities run until January 13th.

photo courtesy of the Houston Ballet

The Houston Ballet Nutcracker

Seeing the Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker performance at the Wortham Theater is always a magical night out. This year it’s showing through December 29th. This classic Christmas tale is a crowd pleaser for the kiddos, and also makes a fun date night.

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Light Viewing Around River Oaks

Some of the most spectacularly decorated homes in the city can be found in the beautiful, historic River Oaks neighborhood around the holidays. Load up the entire family into the car with hot chocolates in tow and spend an evening singing carols while looking at some of the most impressive holiday light displays the city has to offer.

photo courtesy of Houstonia

Ice Skating at Discovery Green + Winter Screening at the Green

Discovery Green is the ultimate source of endless holiday activities this season! The park will be screening a range of classic holiday films until January 24th. In addition to a number of other kid-friendly holiday activities and contests, Discovery Green also boasts the largest ice rink in the Southwest, available to the public through January 27, 2019.

photo courtesy of University of Houston

A Christmas Carol at the Alley Theatre

The classic Christmas story A Christmas Carol is coming to the Alley Theatre this holiday season! A perfect show for the whole family, this timeless tale tells the story of a Christmas curmudgeon who learns to love the holiday season and the people around him. Performances run from through December 30th. Don’t miss it!

photo courtesy of Memorial City Mall

Snowfall at the Square

Every Houstonian knows that Memorial City Mall comes to life around the holidays. This year, the shopping center is providing the ultimate holiday experience with daily snowfall in The Square from noon to 1pm Sunday-Friday and from 4pm to 5pm on Saturday. Regardless of the unseasonably high temps, take the kiddos to this local winter wonderland so they can at least pretend like it’s snowing outside!

Gingerbread Build-Off

The 10thannual gingerbread build-off at Hermann Square on Saturday, December 8th is sure to get everyone in theholiday spirit! If cookie house building isn’t your thing, the festival willfeature a number of other festive activities like pictures with Santa and aholiday-themed kids zone.

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Holiday Movies at CityCentre

CityCentre is offering a holiday edition of their popular moonlight movies event. On December 12th at 7pm, It’s a Wonderful Life will be screening on a large screen on the lawn. Bring your little ones and cozy blanket, and enjoy this holiday classic outdoors!

What are your favorite holiday traditions around Houston? Share them with us in the comments below!