It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
I love this time of year; it’s filled with love, joy, laughter, and of course food…! Yes, I put my Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving and play Christmas music before it’s socially acceptable…I’m that person. Don’t worry, I’m just as annoyed with myself as you are. If you’re someone who has several Christmas traditions or someone looking to start new traditions with your loved ones, stay tuned! I have a list of great activities to do at home or out & about town that you’re not gonna want to miss. In no particular order here are the things you need to add to your Christmas (bucket) List this year!
Christmas Village at Bayou Bend:
A great “Family Fun” activity to do in Houston’s Museum District. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens has put together a complete winter wonderland featuring thousands of Christmas lights throughout the grounds, carolers, a faux-snow slide for sledding, a cotton-snowball play area, a handcrafted model train circling a 15-foot tree, games for all ages, and more! P.S. you can also take photos with Santa through December 23! For tickets click here: https://www.mfah.org/admissions/christmas-village-bayou-bend/
Miracle Holiday Cocktail Pop-Up Bar:
Miracle is a Pop-Up Bar currently taking over Julep Bar for the Christmas season. It’s only through Dec. 31st so don’t miss out! Located off Washington St. this bar is decked out in Christmas spirit with a Christmas themed cocktail menu to match. My husband ordered the Snowball Old Fashioned made with gingerbread bourbon and I ordered the Jingle Balls Nog served in an adorable little holiday mug. I was REALLY impressed with their food menu as well. I ordered the Cheese Bao-ger Sliders and my husband ordered the Viet-Cajun Crispy Shrim; bothe were ahhhmazing!
P.S. You can purchase the mugs, coupes, highballs and rocks glasses, custom-made for Miracle by Cocktail Kingdom, with proceeds going to Action Against Hunger.
Roof Top Movie:
I know I’ve mentioned it before but this place is such a fun date night, I can’t help but bring it up again. Go see a Christmas Classic on the roof in Houston Uptown Post-Oak area! Showing everyone’s favorite films like Elf, Die Hard, It’s a Wonderful Life, etc.! Tickets are going fast so click this link to snag yours: https://rooftopcinemaclub.com/houston/
Cookie Decorating Competition:
Ya’ll… this is by far my F A V O R I T E Christmas tradition. Every year my family has a highly competitive Christmas Cookie Decorating competition. With prizes, pride, and all! We divide the contest into age groups so the competition is fair and we have even divided it by themes before too. We all get really into it and end up having the most creative cookies I’ve ever seen. It’s a full day of baking sugar cookies, ginger bread men, and decorating with icing. 10/10 recommend for some fun friendly competition.
Hot Cocoa & a Holiday Movie:
This may be obvious…but do not underestimate the cozy vibes of putting together a cup of Hot Cocoa with your loved ones before snuggling up to watch a Christmas classic like Die Hard or The Grinch! Yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie, don’t @ me. I recently made my family Hot Cocoa in these adorable Christmas themed mugs @ Target for just $5 each!!!
River Oaks Christmas Lights Viewing:
Just a simple stroll through the River Oaks neighborhood looking at lights can make the best memories. You don’t have to spend money or go all-out to have a wonderful Christmas time. River Oaks is known for having gorgeous decorated trees and houses around this time of year! If you don’t feel like braving the cold, stay in your car and take a drive around while listening to Michael Buble.
Ice Skating @ Discovery Green:
Outdoor Ice Skating is the bees knees!!! Discovery Green in Downtown Houston offers Ice Skating every year and every year I keep coming back. Hours vary throughout the week. But evenings and weekends are usually more crowded.
Ticket sales are as follows:
General admission: $11 admission. $4 skate rental. (Tax Included)
Members: $11 (Free skate rental)
Group Rate: $13 includes tax and skate rental (Parties and groups request)
Cheap Skate Night: $15 for 2 or $8 for 1. Not available during school holidays.
You can purchase tickets online or at the Park.
Unsilent night w/ UHD:
Buffalo Bayou Park and University of Houston Downtown has put together a free event called Unsilent Night! Event is happening on Dec. 12th along the trails of Buffalo Bayou around 6:30pm. Unsilent Night is a sound sculpture created when many individuals simultaneously play one of four music tracks by composer Phil Kline. The procession will be leaving from UHD down to Buffalo Bayou Park and Yelp Houston will be handing out mittens! There will be hot cocoa, local brew from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, holiday cookies, crafts for the kiddos and more. This event is free but please RSVP ! Link for more info and RSVP: http://houston.unsilentnight.com/
Heights Mercantile Holiday Market:
Get your loved ones something locally made and unique this Christmas at the 1st Annual Heights Mercantile Market! There are some great finds for gifts or stocking-stuffer ideas! If you’re anything like me you may even get yourself a thing or two…The Market is Saturday, December 15th at 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM in the Greater Heights area. For more info click here: https://www.heightsmercantile.com/events/
Beachbum Berry’s Sippin’ Santa Pop-Up Bar:
Oh haaaay! Another bar in case one Christmas themed pop-up bar wasn’t enough for you. Lei Low is a tiki bar at 6412 North Main taking on the Sipping Santa theme this Holiday season. Similar to Miracle, The Sippin’ Santa menu includes Christmas themed cocktails with a tropical twist. Menu favorites to try like the Kris Kringle Colada, the Hawaiian Milk Punch and the Mele Kalikimaka!
You can also purchase special Sippin’ Santa collectible mugs and glassware with 10% of the proceeds going to Action Against Hunger.
Last but certainly not least… nothing fills the heart like giving to others. A tradition I plan to start this year is going through my closet and donating any warm clothes I can spare to someone in need. Another great thing to do is donate a toy to a child who’s family may not be able to afford gifts for Christmas. There are also many people who can benefit from our volunteer service like Soup Kitchens, Hospitals, and Shelters. This website has some great suggestions for any person in any area! Check it out: https://www.coyotecommunications.com/stuff/holidays.shtml
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!!! I hope you get to spend it with the ones you love!
💋 XOXO MrsFitz