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Things to Do in The Woodlands Area This Weekend, Nov. 17-19

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Discover things to do in The Woodlands area this weekend, November 17-19, including the Junior League Holiday Market, Lighting of the Doves Festival, Big Top Shopping Festival, Woodlands Art League Fall Show, Art in the Woods Fine Arts Market, Monster Truck Wars, Tomball Holiday Parade, the Ice Rink opening, and more!

Hello Woodlands Guide Things to Do This Weekend in The Woodlands Area 2023 Winter




Friday, November 17, 2023

Alodia Basketball Thanksgiving & Holiday Hoops Camps (Now – Dec. 23)

Register today for Alodia Basketball Thanksgiving & Holiday Hoops Camps! Grades Kindergarten – 8 (grouped according to age and skill level); Boys and Girls; Half Day and Full Day Options; Skills & Competition Camps; Certified Alodia Coaches. TWO Locations: Woodlands/Creekside location and Tomball location. Practice skills, increase player confidence, and make new friends! WHY go anywhere else?  For more information and to register, visit

Junior League Holiday Market (Nov. 17-19)

The 21st Annual Junior League Holiday Market is a shopping extravaganza event that features a variety of items from over 100 boutiques that include jewelry, personalized gifts, clothing, holiday decor, delicious treats, and more. You can begin your holiday shopping early and even have time left over to buy yourself something special. Learn More

Picture Perfect Holiday Contest (Nov & Dec)

Come celebrate the holiday season at Grand Central Park! Capture your family memories, selfies or pup portraits with the dazzling holiday lights and a breathtaking tree canopy backdrop at The Lake House. While visiting the community, stop by for a tour and visit 9 beautiful model homes! Enter your photos at for a chance to win a $500 gift card. Learn more at

Glow in the Park!

Take a family or date night to new heights at Texas TreeVentures with a three-hour experience as lights illuminate the course from below, offering a totally new perspective! Adult Supervisor climber required for ages 6 – 12. Ages 6+. Texas TreeVentures is located at 6464 Creekside Forest Dr, The Woodlands, TX 77389. Learn More

Pictures with Santa at Market Street (Nov. 17 – Dec. 24)

Santa Claus himself will be at Market Street greeting children of all ages for the much-loved holiday tradition of photos with Santa! Children may have their photo taken and give jolly ol’ St. Nick their wish list Friday, November 17 through Christmas Eve on Sunday, December 24, 2023. Pet photo dates are available also. Reservations required. Learn More

Chris Stapleton

[RESCHEDULED from October] The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presents Chris Stapleton with Nikki Lane and Allen Stone live onstage at 7:00 p.m. Learn More

The Woodlands Art League Fall Art Show (Nov. 17-18)

Come support local artists at the annual Fall Art Show presented by the Woodlands Art League in partnership with the Spring Creek Nature Center! Art Gallery will be open Friday, Nov 17th, 12pm-4pm & Saturday, Nov 18th, 11am-1pm. Learn More

Gaelic Storm

Dosey Doe – The Big Barn presents Gaelic Storm live onstage at 8:30pm. Ticket price includes three course meal. Learn More

Live on the Lawn at Market Street

Enjoy live music on the lawn at Central Park in Market Street with Sarah Kelly Music School from 6:30–8:00pm on Friday nights. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. Learn More




Saturday, November 18, 2023

Big Top Shopping Festival (Nov. 18-19)

Admission is FREE to the Big Top Shopping Festival, where you can enjoy shopping, food trucks, live music, family fun, and more! The two-day event will be held at Heritage Place Park (Downtown Conroe), 500 Metcalf Street, Conroe TX 77301. Free Admission and strollers and wagons are welcome. The market is 100% outdoors. Free garage parking is located at 333 Simonton Street, Conroe, TX 77301. Learn More

Art in The Woods Outdoor Fine Arts Market

Join Ardest Gallery for its monthly outdoor fine arts market, showcasing works by top Texas artists, from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Ardest Gallery is a local fine arts gallery curated by Gallery Director Julie Verville, representing nearly 40 top Texas 2D and 3D visual artists. Ardest Gallery is located at at 25200 Grogan’s Park Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380.

Ardest Gallery Art in the Woods November 2023

Lighting of the Doves Festival

The Lighting of the Doves Festival is a long-standing tradition in The Woodlands that signifies the start of the holiday season in the community. The Festival includes traditional and international performances, showcasing the cultural diversity of The Woodlands and holiday traditions celebrated around the world. Featuring snow play areas, vendor booths, children’s activities and strolling entertainment, Lighting of the Doves culminates with a special appearance by Santa Claus arriving by sleigh down The Woodlands Waterway and a dazzling fireworks display. The Festival will be held from 3:00 – 8:00pm at Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380. Learn More

The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center (Nov. 18 – Jan. 15)

The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center opens November 18 for the holiday season! The ice rink, 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. The facility is open daily, times vary by date. Learn More

Conroe Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run

The City of Conroe is hosting its Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run chip timed race at Carl Barton Jr. Park, 2500 South Loop 336 East, Conroe, TX beginning at 9:00am. You can run, jog, walk, push your toddler in a stroller, bring your dog on a leash (must pick up after your dog). Conroe Residents receive a 25% discount. Learn More

Tomball Holiday Parade

The 58th Annual Tomball Holiday Parade, “Santa’s Beach Bash” parade route starts on Main St. from the railroad tracks going west to Tomball Parkway. The event will be held from 10am to noon. Learn More

Moonlight Paddle

Join boat house staff for this unique opportunity to see Lake Woodlands by moonlight – on a kayak! Kayaks will be decorated with lights to help illuminate the way. Paddle out to Lake Woodlands from Riva Row Boat House from 5:30 – 7:00pm and watch the moon rise over the water (weather permitting). Pre-registration is required. Learn More

Monster Truck Wars

America’s wildest monster truck show is coming to The Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe! Enjoy all the fun and high energy excitement of this perfect family-friendly event. The show will feature giant national TV monster trucks including world famous OUTLAW, legendary EQUALIZER, the brand-new SHARK ATTACK, and from Tombstone, AZ, SHERIFF! See these superstars as they compete in earth-shaking, ground-pounding, high-flying excitement, plus more exciting activities and events. Learn More

Texas Renaissance Festival (Oct. 7-Nov. 26)

Since 1974, there has been a magical kingdom about an hour north of the Houston area, where guests can step through the gates and enter an enchanted world filled with kings and queens, knights and nobles, fairies and elves, pirates and peasants, and other fanciful delights. The Texas Renaissance Festival spans 8 weekends from October 7 to November 26, plus Thanksgiving Friday, from 9:00am–8:00pm. Learn More




Sunday, November 19, 2023

United in Purple 5K

The Houston Chapter of the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation invites you to the annual United in Purple 5K, set amidst the picturesque surroundings of Rob Fleming Park. Walk together to raise awareness, pay tribute to survivors, and commemorate those who have lost their battle with pancreatic cancer. Learn More

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Shop Local Christmas Markets (Nov. – Dec.)

Get your Christmas shopping done and support small businesses at one of these local markets:

Christmas Markets in The Woodlands Area

YMCA Run Thru the Woods (Nov. 23)

Join us for the 34th Annual YMCA Run Thru the Woods Presented by Huntsman on Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, November 23, 2023! First Race starts at 7:30 a.m. Start/Finish Line located in front of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion at 2005 Lake Robbins, The Woodlands, TX 77380. To Register:

YMCA Run Thru The Woods The Woodlands

Cookies & Cocoa Holiday Bazaar (Nov. 25)

Nannies of The Woodlands (NOW) will serve as a sponsor for the Ethel Hedgemon Lyle Foundation of Texas’s Cookies & Cocoa Holiday Bazaar at Dekaney High School. The Holiday Bazaar will be a spectacular indoor holiday market event where friends and family can have fun while making the most of the holiday season. All are invited to this exciting event to kick off the holiday shopping season with vendor displays throughout the 10,000 sq. ft. atrium. Cookies & Cocoa Holiday Bazaar will include vendors, music, food, a petting zoo and an opportunity to take pictures with Santa!! NOW is honored to showcase our commitment to EHL’s mission of improving our North Houston community through educational scholarship awards to high school graduates from Aldine, CyFair, Humble, Klein and Spring Independent School Districts, and through community – empowerment initiatives. Learn More

Holly Jolly Jingle (Nov. 30)

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with Holly Jolly Jingle Thursday, November 30! It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the Main Stage showcases performances of familiar holiday medleys by hundreds of Conroe ISD student musicians. Concertgoers will be walking in a winter wonderland of activities when the gates open with a holiday art project, photos with Santa Claus and other holiday characters and pre-concert performances by local high school orchestras and choirs. All aboard for a ride on the Candy Cane Express for a merry good time starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Gold Lot. Tickets are not required for this free event which is generously sponsored by KPMG, LLC. Gates open at 6:00pm for the 7:00pm show. Learn More




Check back on Hello Woodlands’ Calendar Page and the monthly 31 Things to Do list for more events as they come up!

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