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31 Things to do in December

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Hello December! Discover what’s happening with the Hello Woodlands’ new monthly guide called “31 Things To Do” featuring events, activities, locations, and ways to get involved in your community.

Join us this December by trying new activities and attending events in and around The Woodlands, Texas. Be sure to follow us on social media at @HelloWoodlands and subscribe to our email newsletter to stay updated for upcoming events, ticket giveaways, live videos, photos, and so much more!



December 1 – January 6 – The Enchanted Forest – The Enchanted Forest is a multi-sensory light, dance and theatre installation at the Glade Arts Foundation that invites audiences to experience a magical winter forest in and around the Glade Arts Foundation building on Woodlands Parkway. Inspired by the book The Fox and The Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith, it tells a story of timeless friendship and the magic of nature. Audiences will move through the indoor-outdoor installation as they encounter an enchanting, interactive world of lights, acrobatics and dance. The experience is family-friendly and welcomes audiences of all ages. It is wheelchair accessible and offer some sensory-friendly performances. Purchase tickets

The Enchanted Forest at Glade Arts Foundation

December 1 – Special Holiday Event with Santa – Start your tour at the Homefinder Lodge for photos with Santa, hot cocoa, cookies, Letters to Santa and a holiday coloring contest! Then tour 7 NEW Model homes by Darling and Taylor Morrison with holiday activities and treats at each stop. Learn more

December 7 – Holiday Food Drive – Are you looking for a way to give back this holiday season? The Montgomery County Food Bank is excited to announce its Holiday Food Drive in partnership with ABC13’s Share Your Holidays on Friday, December 7th from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Montgomery County Food Bank invites neighborhoods, businesses, families, or organizations in Montgomery County to join efforts to support those who struggle with food insecurity this holiday season. Learn More

December 8 & 9 – Come Let Us Adore Him: The Christmas Musical – Discover the wonder of Christmas through the beautiful music of The Woodlands UMC Chancel Choir and Sanctuary Orchestra. Join us in the Main Sanctuary either night and prepare your heart for Christmas.

Visit the Hello Woodlands Calendar for MORE events, event information, details, directions, and links!


December 1 – January 21 – The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center – The Ice Rink will be open daily from Saturday, November 17, 2018 through Monday, January 21, 2019. The facility, located near the north gate entry of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and the intersection of Lake Robbins Drive and Six Pines Drive, features ice skating in a main room with lighting, a state-of-the-art sound system, tables for parties and concessions. Learn more

The Ice Rink The Woodlands

December 1 – Parade of Lights – The first Saturday of December, the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce hosts a parade down the local streets of Magnolia to inspire the spirit of Christmas. Learn More

December 1 – Christmas in Montgomery County – Help raise funds or Bridgewood Farms, CPS children, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4709 in Conroe at the North Montgomery County Community Center. There will be live music, beer courtesy of Southern Star Brewery, wine courtesy of Blue Epiphany Vineyards, lunch, and so much more. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for Phillip Cash, Precinct 1 Constable, and his crew to use for children they encounter on the job. Learn More

December 1 – Montgomery County Mistletoe Market – Call the girls and mark your calendar for the start of the Christmas Holiday shopping season! Come explore this upscale indoor market, at the Lone Star Convention Center, with funky junque, handmade jewelry, art, antiques, women’s and children’s boutique clothing, home and garden decor, gourmet food and so much more. Learn More

December 1 & 2 – 12th Annual Creekside Campout – Remember when life was simple? Real fun meant catching fireflies with friends and camping out in the yard! Relive that fun with your kids and grandkids. Fee includes dinner, breakfast, snacks and all activities; just bring your own tent and sleeping bags! Tents will be on the field and activities throughout the park in the tepees, amphitheater, trails and open space. Activities include archery, outdoor education sessions, kayaking, night hikes, crafts, games, movie, campfire & s’mores. Register Here




December 1-24 – Kids & Pets Pictures with Santa Claus Santa Claus is coming to town to share the magic and wonder of the season at Market Street in space 1270 next to Ideal Image. Young visitors may have their photos taken and, of course, whisper their wish list to St. Nick. On December 2, bring your furry children for a photo! Fluffy and Fido are welcome to visit from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. for pet photos with Santa. Learn More

December 2 – 8th Annual Grand Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting – Market Street – The Woodlands once again will host a Grand Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting as presented by Chabad of The Woodlands on Sunday, December 2 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Led by Rabbi Mendel Blecher, the lighting of a nine-foot, seven-branched menorah will take place at 4:00 p.m. with traditional Chanukah food and musical entertainment and fun for guests of all ages following the ceremony.

December 2 – Christmas Extravaganza – Santa will be at Deacon Baldy’s from noon – 4:00 p.m. along with the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. We’ll have crafts for the kids, a custom Deacon Baldy’s Christmas Shirt made on site thanks to EVT Apparel and Hebrew Coffee Company. Come get in the Christmas spirit at Deacon Baldy’s!




December 3, 10, 17 – Knitting Class at Canopy Cancer Survivorship Center – All levels are invited to relax weekly from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in a comfortable living room setting. Supplies are provided, or you may bring your own. Learn More

December 5 – FAITH Fighting Cancer in Montgomery County’s 5th Annual Tea – This year, the Tea will have a Japanese theme. This event will help fulfill the wishes of pediatric cancer patients and their families. The fundraiser will be Wednesday, December 5, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Waterpoint Lakeside Venue at 15264 Highway 105 West in Montgomery. Each tree on display represents a family who will benefit from the Tea and receive holiday gifts. Learn More

December 7-9 – Tomball German Festival Christmas Market – There will be over 200 vendors, live music, entertainment, food and drinks for the family. The Market will also have a petting zoo, carnival and pony rides. Admission, parking and shuttle are free. Learn More

December 8 – Santa Social with a Peppermint Twist – Mingle the morning away while meeting Santa for a photo and enjoying a light breakfast, experiencing an imaginary journey to the North Pole, delighting in discoveries during a scavenger hunt with Santa’s elves, and decorating Gingerbread Houses with Mrs. Claus. Be amazed by LeTheatre de Marionette’s performance of Peppermint Twist. Create holiday art projects and more. Reservations required. Recommended for ages 7 and under. Register Here
December 8 – Jingle Boats – Sign up for this exciting kid-friendly program at Riva Row and so you don’t miss out on your chance to paddle for presents out on Lake Woodlands. Register Here
December 8 – 8th Annual Human Rights Walk & Festival – Stationed along the walk there will be posters, essays, and artwork depicting the 30 Basic Human Rights as laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations, so that each step will help raise awareness about your own human rights. There will also be information tables along the route so that if you wish to find out about various different Human Rights organizations that are working to protect human rights in their own unique ways, you will have an opportunity to stop at any of these that interest you along the walk. The marked walk route is suitable for all ages. All are free to walk at their own pace. After the Walk there will be entertainers and speakers for you to enjoy. Bring a blanket and settle in. All you have to do is relax your feet, listen, and have fun! Register Here
December 8 – Pancake Breakfast Benefitting Bridgewood Farms – Enjoy a stack of hot fluffy pancakes and sausage to support Bridgewood Farms. Pacific Yard House is hosting the First Annual Pancake Breakfast from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Get Tickets
December 8 & 9 – Wilderness First Aid Class – This 16-hour Wilderness First Aid Course is an educational resource for those involved in activities that take them beyond the boundaries of traditional urban emergency medical services. Hikers, backpackers, kayakers, canoeists, fisherman, adventure racers, farm and utility workers, forest rangers, law enforcement, and victims of natural disaster often find themselves in situations where definitive care is delayed in excess of 30 minutes. This course is approved by the American Camping Association and Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts of America. Two year certification issued upon successful completion of class. This class is offered at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park for ages 14 and up. Register Here
December 13 – Suicide: The Ripple Effect – Join us from 6:30 to 9 p.m. to watch Suicide: The Ripple Effect, a documentary about Kevin Hines who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived, in the Harvest Hospitality Room at The United Methodist Church. He shares the ripple effects of his actions and the hope he now offers others. The movie gives us the tools to recognize those who need help. There will also be a question and answer session after the movie. Learn more
December 14, 15, 20, 22 – Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt – Come out to the park for some hot cocoa, cookies and a flashlight candy cane hunt! Be sure to bring a flashlight and your camera for a photo with Santa! Ages 5 and up. Register Here
December 14 – Let it Snow Bingo Night – Unplug and tune in to old-fashioned family fun! Enjoy a fun-filled holiday evening with your family and friends playing BINGO at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Snacks and water provided. Register Here

December 15 – Hope for the Holidays – Hope for the Holidays presents its first musical holiday stage show, benefiting the Cassidy Joined For Hope Foundation. The show features local performers and combines singing, dancing, and humor with traditional scenes. The star performers are local professional singer-songwriters, as well as students and dancers representing high schools in Montgomery County. Show times are 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Cassidy Joined For Hope Foundation, a local 501(c)3 non-profit foundation focused on teen suicide awareness and prevention throughout the schools and community. Get Tickets




December 15 – Gingerbread House Making with Santa – Build and decorate a gingerbread house with gum drops, peppermints, frosting and more! Designed for ages 5-12; parent participation required. This activity is held at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Register Here
December 15 – Holly Jolly Christmas Food Truck Festival – The 2nd Annual Holly Jolly Christmas Food Truck Festival will be held at Town Green Park December 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. There will be pictures with Santa, live Music, nutcracker market vendors, food trucks, and more! Get Tickets
December 15 & 16 – Elf Tryouts – Think you have what it takes to be one of Santa’s helpers? Race around treehouses and tepees, competing against other potential elves in holiday games and activities. There will be a North Pole celebration with cookies and cocoa to welcome our newest elves onto Santa’s team. Get Tickets
December 15 & 22 – Breakfast with Santa – Breakfast with Santa includes continental style breakfast, a special craft, holiday music and photographs with Santa at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park from 10:00 a.m. – noon. All ages welcome. Register Here
December 16 – Feliz Navi Dog – Bring your fur baby out to Bear Branch Dog Park from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. for a treat hunt and holiday pooch pageant! Enjoy hot cocoa while your pets socialize. Choose two out of the six categories: best behaved, best trick, smallest, largest, and best costume. The fee is $5 per dog and pre-registration is required. Register Here
December 16 – North Pole Bakery – Decorate cookies and other treats at the North Pole! Pastry chefs ages 3-12 get to decorate a holiday apron and take pictures with Santa. Register Here
December 20 – Glade Chamber Concert Series – Glade Arts Foundation is honored to announce a multi-disciplinary and collaborative chamber concert series delivered by The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra under the artistic direction of Darryl Bayer. The chamber series will consist of four concerts held on the third Thursday of each month. The 2018 Chamber Series concludes December 20th with the festive sounds of The Woodlands Symphony Brass in a casual atmosphere to celebrate the season with a Christmas party. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cash bar available. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp. Get Tickets
December 21 – Santa Social – Get your pajamas on and get the family together for some holiday fun for all ages! Enjoy a holiday movie while you do crafts, make garlands, and play games. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Don’t forget to bring a camera for a photo with Santa! Register Here
December 22 – Breakfast with Santa – Breakfast with Santa includes continental style breakfast, a special craft, holiday music and photographs with Santa. Discounts are available for families of two or three. All ages welcome. Register Here
December 22 – Milk & Cookies with Santa – Have milk and cookies with Santa, hear a Christmas story, decorate cookies and make a holiday plate. Don’t forget your camera for a picture with Santa! Register Here
December 22 – Elves & Arrows – Get an introduction to archery with a holiday twist! The first hour will be instruction for beginner archers and the second hour will be archery and holiday games. Hot cocoa and snacks provided. Ages: 9 and up. Register Here
December 31 – High Noon Countdown – The Woodlands Children’s Museum presents a New Year’s Eve party designed for the little ones! “Pop” in the New Year to celebrate. Children can make New Year’s hats and creative art projects. Tom’s Fun Band & Claude Sims will be there. Pre-purchase of admission is advised. Learn More

Plan ahead for January! Visit our online calendar, subscribe to our Email Newsletter, follow us on social media at @HelloWoodlands, and check back for a list of 31 things to do in January 2019!

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