There are many fun, family craft shows and festivals around Houston during the winter just in time for the holidays. They are the perfect family outing when your children are home for Christmas vacation from school. Each one has a little something for everyone of all ages to enjoy, and with all the decorations and lights they are winter wonderlands right here in Texas. Below are some of our favorite festivals around Houston, Texas in the winter. When you and your family visits one you will get to enjoy good food, fun holiday activities, and purchase wonderful craft items that would be perfect for Christmas gifts.
Dickens on The Strand
This year is the 37th annual “Dickens On The Strand” celebration in Galveston, it is sponsored by the Galveston Historical Foundation. The festival is December 4th and 5th, 2010. The island of Galveston is only a hour or so drive south of Houston it is a perfect day trip for your family. You will get the chance to step back in time to all the sights and sounds of 19th century England. Galveston’s historic district is magically transformed you will find hundreds of participants in full costume.
Some of the festival treats you can enjoy are: parades, carolers, musicians, bagpipers and vendors selling food and Victorian-inspired crafts, holiday decorations and gifts. Here you can see details of the many activities, the parade times, costume contest and fun for children. New this year they are featuring a steam punk square where you can shop for unique Christmas steam punk gifts. Following the steam punk theme they are even having a steam punk ball and circus. On Sunday be sure not to miss the Victorian bed races one of their most popular events. Here you will find ticket and direction information. It is $9.00 or $12.00 per adult depending on if you purchase your ticket in advance. Children $4.00 or $6.00, they have the special discounts also for large groups. Your children will also get a chance to visit with Santa and see some snow, of course in Texas it doesn’t last very long. This holiday festival is the perfect way to spend an exciting day and get in the Christmas spirit.
Old Time Spring – Home For The Holidays
Beginning November 6th and running all the way through December 25th, 2010, you will find a holiday wonderland just north of Houston in Spring, Texas. The kick off the 30 annual “Home For The Holidays” celebration is at their Christmas tree lighting at dusk on Saturday November the 6th and a visit from Santa. It starts a more than month full of family holiday activities leading up to Christmas. When you visit you feel like you are transported back to a simpler time. The street lamps are decked out and the town is draped in thousands of white lights and holiday decorations.
There is no admission to stroll and take in all the holiday wonder. Your family will enjoy a leisurely day shopping for Christmas presents while being entertained by strolling musicians and barbershop quartets. There are so many fun holiday family activities like: riding a train, taking a photo with Santa, tasting delicious food, touring their museum and horse and carriage rides. Only about 20 minutes north of downtown Houston this is one Christmas festival that is definitely worth the drive. Be sure to get out and enjoy both of these winter festivals that are filled with food, crafts and holiday fun for the whole family.