Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, you deserve a getaway in The Woodlands this holiday season! Full of sparkling lights and annual traditions, The Woodlands offers plenty of holiday magic for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Annual Traditions

Take in the sights, sounds and traditions as our annual holiday events spread the joy of the season! Kick off the holidays in the most magical way, at the Lighting of the Doves on November 17 where you can enjoy a snow play area, vendor booths, strolling entertainment, fireworks and more. Claim your complimentary ticket to see the Grand Illumination at The Woodlands Resort on November 23, complete with performances by local children’s choirs, photobooth, cookie decorating and Santa!

Really Big Christmas Trees and a Texas-sized Menorah

Market Street Beginning on Friday, November 16, a 70-foot Christmas tree will perform a synchronized light show every hour on the half hour from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The twinkling light and holiday music show will continue throughout the holiday season. Beginning December 1, the 12 Days of Christmas will kick off with carolers, a live partridge and a pear cider pop up. Each day will bring a unique holiday event, live musical or dance performances from local school or community groups. A nine-foot tall menorah will be also be lit at the Grand Chanukah Celebration in Market Street on December 2.

Waterway Square Check out the 43 foot tall Christmas tree in the heart of Waterway Square. From November 17, 2018 until a week after the New Year, visitors can get up-close to this towering tree, which is perfect for snapping a quick family photo in front of!


While your visiting, check off all the names on your Christmas list! The Woodlands is home to dozens of boutique shops at the walkable outdoor area known as Market Street and over 170 stores inside The Woodlands Mall. From high-end fashions to boutique style shopping, this shoppers paradise is just a moment away from our local hotels.

Home Away from Home

Staying away from home for the holidays doesn’t mean you are missing out on the comforts of home! Make your stay unforgettable at a Woodlands hotel; all fourteen of the hotel properties in The Woodlands want you to feel special while you make holiday memories.

Guests are invited to walk along the tree-lined Woodlands Waterway as the lights shimmer off of the water, this year-round feature gives off an especially festive feel during the holiday months. This is a great way to have a leisurely stroll after dining at one of our many restaurants. Walk along The Waterway with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa in hand. It’s the perfect ending to a quiet evening!

Don’t forget about our favorite thing to do in The Woodlands each holiday season, skating at The Woodlands Ice Rink! Be sure to follow us on social media (especially our Instagram) @visitthewoodlands. Throughout the season we will be gifting our followers with tickets. See you on the ice!