Winter’s chill can’t keep Texans from seeking adventure and creating memories to last for years to come. With such an incredible lineup this year, you’ll want to round up the whole family to explore all there is to do during the cold-weather months. Whether you decide to retreat to the cozy indoors, or spend your time in the great outdoors this Texas winter, there’s always going to be something fun to enjoy. If you’re racking your brain to think of kid-friendly cold-weather activities to join in on, we’ve gathered a few of our favorites we think you should check out.
1. Go Ice Skating at the Galleria in Houston
Where else can you skate with a huge Christmas tree in the middle of the rink? Tons of fun is to be had here for kids, new ice skaters, or just regular folks who like the idea of jamming out with a few rounds around the rink.
2. 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.
4. 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 by the time every dazzling light display has been seen, have a family dinner at one of the many restaurants that line the river walk.
5. 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. It’s the perfect time to stock up on presents, or maybe switch things up and have the kids pick out their gifts this year.
6. Check out the Trail of Lights at Austin’s Zilker Park
The Trail of Lights has been an Austin staple for over 50 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.
7. Have a Movie Marathon
Dim the lights, grab some popcorn, build a pillow fort, and hit play on your favorite holiday flicks for a cozy day (or night) well spent. But the fun doesn’t have to stop there — add to the magic by dressing in your most festive pyjamas, or try out a matching family set. Pro tip: for a little extra pizazz, use a projector and a white bed sheet to transform your living room or basement into the ultimate theater.
8. Host an Epic Family Game Night
Nothing says indoor fun like a good old-fashioned family 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.
9. Create a DIY Hot Chocolate Bar
Grab your favorite hot chocolate mix and have the little ones pick out their assortment of toppings for a cozy winter treat with a DIY twist. You can even make a day trip out of it by going on a family shopping trip to gather the ingredients. They’ll love being involved in this fun and festive activity, no matter their age.
If you’re still scrambling to find that perfect Christmas gift, why not check out our gift giving guide?
Images courtesy of; AFAR Magazine (Ice Skating at the Houston Galleria); Moody Gardens (Moody Gardens’ Holiday in the Gardens); Houston Zoo (Houston Zoo); Austin Trail of Lights (Trail of Lights at Austin Zilker Park).