Have yourself a Southwestern holiday this fall and winter, when temps are mild and festivals are aplenty in the Lone Star State.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Visit The Square at Memorial City for daily, 30-minute snowfalls, until December 24. The Square is located on Memorial City Mall’s west side; nestled between The Cheesecake Factory and Maggiano’s Little Italy.
This Houston tradition pays tribute to the millennia-old Chinese lantern festival. Visitors can walk through more than 100 scenes, like the Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal in its Landmarks of the World section, to the Holiday Market Square, where kids can take a picture with Santa or find a gift. Now-Jan. 8.
Stay up late with a magnificent night light at Houston Zoo Lights. In the two-month event, the 55-acre park is transformed into a twinkling wonderland, with giant glowing animals and glimmering oak trees. Now-Jan. 14.
One of the biggest open-air holiday markets in the country, the famous Texas Christkindl Market showcases traditional handmade German products like nutcrackers and cuckoo clocks, along with St. Nick’s Santa Haus. Now-Dec. 21.
Step out The Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio’s doors and you’re in the heart of the city’s nationally ranked free New Year’s Eve bash, with three stages of live music and all the festival food you could dream of. Dec. 31.
Baby it’s cold outside, so stick to The Westin Galleria Dallas and lace up your ice skates. While you do laps, admire The Galleria’s impeccable holiday décor, including a massive tree in the middle of the rink. Ongoing.