Gulf Coast Holidays
Escape to League City for a hometown holiday season full of magic
The holiday season is the perfect time to plan a little getaway, and it's even better when that vacay includes enchanting events for everyone in the family.
League City offers up a season of magic and memories with events kicking off in November and running through the end of the year. From the sweetest sleepover weekend with The Nutcracker ballet’s Sugar Plum Fairy to scrumptious breakfasts with Santa, merry markets, big parades, and the Hallmark-worthy event of the year, Holiday In the Park, there are countless ways to celebrate.
Check out all the delightful ways to fill your calendar this season in League City:
The North Pole comes to South Shore Harbour Resort
The wonderment starts with the six-foot-tall gingerbread house in the lobby (through December 24) and continues with breakfast with Santa on Saturdays for the first three weekends in December. Join jolly Old St. Nick for a themed breakfast buffet and snap a photo with the Big Guy himself.
For the adults, South Shore is hosting holiday themed Sunday brunches featuring live music and $3 mimosas (sorry, no Santa at this one). For reservations to either brunch, call 281-334-3078.
Another sweet meal is the popular Breakfast and Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy, from Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre's production of The Nutcracker. It's the most magical day for ages 2 to 92, happening November 18 from 2-4 pm (the breakfast is already sold out, with limited seats remaining for the tea).
Shop at the Nutcracker Boutique, see a preview of The Nutcracker ballet, and have your photo taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The night before, November 17, don your prettiest nightgown and have dinner with Clara and her friends from the ballet. To make your hotel and dinner reservations, call 281-334-1000, and mention "Sugar Plum" to get a special rate on your stay.
The Nutcracker ballet itself runs December 1-3, 8-10, and 15-17 at Bayou Theatre at University of Houston-Clear Lake. Head here for tickets.
Fresh air festivities
Attend the ultimate Shop Small Saturday experience at Nutcracker in the Park, held at League Park on November 25 from 8 am-7 pm.
Enjoy a full day of shopping from local vendors, family-friendly activities, ballet lessons with real Nutcracker ballerinas, and more, all in the heart of League City's gorgeous Historic District.
After a day of shopping at Nutcracker in the Park, enjoy hot chocolate, live music, and get a free League City commemorative ornament to usher in the start of the holiday season at the city's official Christmas tree lighting from 5-7 pm.
From December 1-3, celebrate the 26th year of Holiday in the Park with Magic on Main Street, a weekend of festive family fun in beautiful League Park.
Enjoy a children’s parade, the Grand Night Parade (the largest holiday parade in Galveston County), live music, shopping, food vendors, entertainment, and more during this annual League City tradition.
The next weekend, December 9-10, immerse yourself in the historic charm of the Old League City Christmas and celebrate the holidays with traditional activities like WALKabouts, Porch Parties, Airing of the Quilts, District Strolls with Vintage Vehicles, and historic demonstrations at the League City Historical Society Museum. It happens 10 am-3 pm both days.
A beloved tradition for more than 60 years, the lighted Christmas Boat Parade travels from Clear Lake to Galveston Bay. Boaters go all out to compete for prizes, so you can expect an extravagant show on December 9 beginning at 6 pm. Read more about how this tradition came to be here.
Enjoy a yummy breakfast with Santa, fun activities, crafts, and picture opps at Hometown Heroes Park on December 10 from 8:30-10:30 am. Register everyone attending here, with kids 2 and under free.
Fa la la in the library
Celebrate the season with stories and photos with Santa, festive children’s crafts, cookies and wassail, and more at the Helen Hall Library's open house on November 30 from 5-7:30 pm.
On December 16 from 2-4 pm, enter the world of Harry Potter at the library's Yule Ball, where you can dance among a winter wonderland, join a Potterworld costume contest, and enjoy candy, snacks, drinks, and butterbeer from the famous Honeydukes. Of course, there will also be crafts, trivia, house-sorting, and wands.This event is held at the Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center.
Ring in 2024
Welcome the New Year at South Shore Harbour Resort's NYE celebration, A Night in Paris. It all comes with live music and entertainment, a delicious four-course dinner, door prizes, dancing, a balloon drop, Champagne toast, and more. Discounted room rates are available fro December 31. To reserve a table, call 281-532-7120 or email email@example.com.