Festive Fun Close To Home

As the cold breeze moves in, most people are more inclined to snuggle up by the fireplace than go out, but what many people forget is that the most fun is to be had outdoors. The best part is that there’s no need to travel far when all the fun and festive events are happening close to home. Here are a few local holiday festivals you should check out over the next few weeks:

1. Jingle On The Boardwalk 

Kemah Boardwalk

215 Kipp Ave., Kemah 77565

December 1 – 17, 2023

It’s not every day that you get to enjoy the scenery of the boardwalk along with the magic of a winter festival. Jingle On The Boardwalk has everything you could ever want, including a snow patch to play in, live holiday music, a parade, pictures with Santa and so much more. Whether you’re out with friends, family, or the kids, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

2. Moody Gardens Festival Of Lights

They say everything is bigger in Texas, which is certainly true when it comes to the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens in Galveston.

One Hope Blvd., Galveston 77554

Now through January 6, 2024

Spend an evening taking a stroll down a mile-long trail featuring some of Galveston’s most festive light displays. Warm yourself up with some hot chocolate as you take in the sea of lights, set to the tune of your favorite holiday jingles. 

3. Gingerbread House at South Shore Harbour 

South Shore Harbor Resort & Conference Center

2500 South Shore Blvd., League City 77573

December 2, 9, and 16, 2023

Make sure to stop by the South Shore Harbour for a spectacular sight you wont want to miss. Gather all of your friends and family together to take the most festive photos by this perfectly crafted gingerbread house. Made with over 400 pounds of real gingerbread, there’s no questioning that this house will amaze and that you’ll score a picture-perfect moment for your holiday cards this year.

4. Clear Lake Christmas Boat Parade

Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade

Clear Lake

December 9, 2023

For over 60 years, local boaters have gathered in Clear Lake around the holiday season to put on a show for the community. Decked out in the most extravagant decorations, patrons can witness over 60 festive boats as they float along from Clear Lake to Galveston Bay.

This holiday season, why not ditch the big-box stores and shop small? Grab your Christmas list and discover some of the local businesses near you.

Images courtesy of: Design Begins with L (South Shore Harbor); Expedia (Kemah Boardwalk); Silver Skate Festival (Ice Land at Moody Gardens); Chron (Boat Parade)