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Winter’s chill can’t keep Texans from seeking adventure and creating memories to last for years to come. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite family-friendly seasonal activities below.

Outdoor Activities in Houston

Go Ice Skating at the Galleria in Houston

Where else can you skate with a huge Christmas tree in the middle of the rink? Kiddos, new ice skaters, or just regular folks that love to jam out with a few rounds around the rink.

Experience Moody Gardens’ Holiday in the Gardens

The largest holiday destination in the Southwest is decorated and open for the holidays, delighting families with activities and attractions including the annual Festival of Lights, dazzling ice sculptures, 3D holiday films, live performances, and photos with Santa.

Wander Around the Magical Houston Zoo

Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through the beautiful Houston Zoo grounds and take in the sights and sounds of the season. Interact with Candy the Zoo Lights Zebra, or get a selfie on the giant ice throne.

Outdoor Activities in Austin & San Antonio

Explore the Holiday Lights on San Antonio’s River Walk

Witness a gorgeous display of dangling holiday lights from the towering treetops — best viewed at night of course. And if you’ve worked up an appetite after seeing those dazzling light displays, grab dinner at one of the many restaurants that line the river walk afterward.

Score Last-Minute Gifts at the Junior League of Austin

Make your list and check it twice! Now in its 45th year, the five day holiday gift market kicks off the giving season each year and hosts more than 230 regional and national retail merchants.

Check out the Trail of Lights at Austin’s Zilker Park

The Trail of Lights has been an Austin staple for 52 years. With over two million lights, more than 40 displays, a carousel, a Ferris wheel and a variety of local food vendors and entertainment, this is definitely one of the biggest community events of the winter.

Indoor Activities

Snuggle Up to a Movie Marathon

Dim the lights, grab some popcorn and hit play on your favorite holiday flicks for a cozy day well spent. Pro tip: for a little extra movie magic, use a projector and white bed sheet to transform your living room or basement into the ultimate theatre.

Host an Epic Game Night

Nothing says indoor fun like a good old-fashioned game night. Divide yourselves into teams and prepare for a little friendly competition with a combination of card games, board games and cult classics like charades. For the little ones looking to join in on the game night fun, set up an indoor scavenger hunt complete with winter-themed clues.

Set Up a DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

Grab your favorite hot chocolate mix along with a few traditional and not-so-traditional toppings for a winter treat with a DIY twist. Whether it’s a quick set up for the family to enjoy on a cold winter’s night or a way to incorporate the idea at your next holiday gathering, this sweet and simple activity is guaranteed fun for all ages.

Try Your Hand at Embroidery

If you’re looking for an easy and relaxing activity while enjoying the warmth of the indoors, embroidery could be it. With a number of online resources to get started, you’ll be an embroidery expert in no time. Bonus: your creations can be the perfect handmade holiday gift.

Make Pasta from Scratch

You may not be able to travel to Italy this year, but you can bring a taste of la bella Italia to your kitchen. It may seem a little intimidating at first, but making homemade pasta is a lot easier (and tastier) than you think. You’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment when you see what a delicious dish you can create with a few simple ingredients.

Plan a Cookie Swap

Spread a little holiday cheer by organizing an intimate cookie swap. You’ll get to test and exchange your best recipes and go home with a wealth of yummy treats to enjoy. Take note of what each guest is bringing to avoid duplicates and set up a little packing station to ensure the swap is a sweet success.

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