An Eventful Winter Break


Hannah Dollar

There are two types of people during the holidays, those who are always on the go and those who take this time to relax with no definite plans. However, this winter break does not have to be uneventful. The Woodlands and its surrounding areas offer many exciting activities this holiday season. Whether a day trip or a quick outing, these holiday adventures will ensure a memorable holiday break. 


Jones State Forest

W G. Jones State Forest Trail, Conroe, TX 77384

Enjoy a refreshing walk with the family through the nation’s largest working urban forest. The perfect outing to bring the dogs along as they will enjoy the various trails and vast outdoor areas. This is an excellent excuse to get out of the house on a beautiful day.

The Woodlands Farmer’s Market

7 Switchbud, Pl, The Woodlands, TX 77380

Choose a Saturday this winter break to support the Woodlands Farmer’s Market at Grogan’s Mill. Offering many unique vendors, the market is a great way to start the weekend, with the early hours of 8-12 pm. The market is open Saturdays, excluding Dec. 28th.

Texas Treeventures

Texas TreeVentures, 6464 Creekside Forest Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77389

Start a new holiday tradition and challenge yourself to an aerial adventure course. This is the perfect adventure for family and friends looking for something new and interesting. Located on the campus of the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming, the three-level course looks over a nature preserve providing a fun and interactive environment. General admission ranges from $35-40, but group packages are available. 


Speedsportz Racing Park

23050 Speed St, New Caney, TX 77357

Compete with the family in a fun and lively go-kart racing experience. Speedsportz Racing Park is north of Houston, accessible from the Grand Parkway. Standard pricing starts at $25 per race, going up to $60 for three races. Try a new experience and add some thrill to your winter break.

Old Town Spring- Home for the Holidays

Old Town Spring, 403 Main St, Spring, TX 77373

The 39th Annual Old Town Spring Home for the Holidays continues every weekend until Christmas. Displays of Christmas lights, family activities, photos with Santa and local entertainment along with Old Town Spring’s spirited shops and boutiques make for a fun and festive holiday outing. 

Santas Wonderland

Santa’s Wonderland, 18898 Hwy 6, College Station, TX 77845

Seven days a week through Dec. 30th, enjoy hayrides, live entertainment, Texas-style snow activities, a petting zoo, campfires, and shopping all in a holiday wonderland. This true Texas Christmas experience will provide holiday fun for the whole family. A day trip to College Station is just the trick to get into the holiday spirit. 

Zoo Lights

Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

The Houston Zoo puts on a holiday spectacle with TXU Energy’s marvelous display of LED holiday lights. Be the Houston Zoo’s guest and take a stroll through the twinkling extravaganza from 5-11 p.m. This event goes on through Jan. 13th with prices ranging from $12-22 upon entry. This adventure is definitely one worth making. 


Winter Screen on the Green

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010

Grab some friends, blankets, and popcorn and experience a free movie from the hill at Discovery Green in Houston, every Thurs. through Jan. 30th. Check out their online calendar to see what movies are playing next. 

Showboat Drive-In

Showboat Drive-in, 22422 Farm to Market 2920, Hockley, TX 77447

Enjoy more than a movie with this drive-in experience. Whether a date night or gathering the family for an entertaining movie night, Showboat puts on an unforgettable show. Located on FM 2920, west of Tomball, it is not too far of a treck for an unforgettable night. Check out their showing times online and plan your movie under the stars. 

Jingle On the Boardwalk

Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave, Kemah, TX 77565

Fun Holiday activities, rides and amusements, live entertainment and shopping on the Kemah boardwalk means fun for the entire family. Take a day trip to the Kemah Boardwalk through Sun. Dec. 22 for a holiday getaway. 



Texas Legends Paintball, 11099 Ponderosa Timbers Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77385

 Plan an eventful day at Texas Legends Paintball with a group of friends. With reasonable prices starting at $35 for an individual full rental package or $35 per person for groups of 10-15. Open Fri-Sat, this is a sure way to make the weekend a blast.