Explore the Department of Wonder's family-friendly experience at Sugar Land Town Square like Santa and his elf!

The holiday season is upon us and what better way to spend it than with family in the “Sweetest City in Texas”? Check out our ultimate guide for a family-friendly Christmas in Sugar Land! 


Sugar Land Holiday Lights 

Sugar Land Christmas Holiday Lights

Walk through millions of themed lights at Sugar land Holiday Lights. Photo by @lipstickandbrunch  

Experience the magic of the season with the biggest holiday lights show in the city.  With over 3 million lights, 8 themed areas, a carnival hosting more than 12 rides, and countless food and shopping options, the Sugar Land Holiday Lights is an exclusive event especially put together during the holiday season at Constellation Field. The attractions can be enjoyed by people of all ages and the dreamy décor will give you endless photo-ops for your ‘gram’s holiday aesthetic. Plan a holiday weekend in Sugar Land!

Dates: Nov 17, 2023 to Jan 1, 2024

Time: 6:00 p.m.



12 Days of Sweetness Giveaways

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Our favorite time of year is here! During 12 consecutive days, we aim to highlight our local businesses and the amazing things to do in the sweetest city in Texas with our 12 Days of Sweetness Giveaways. From December 4-December, enter for a chance to win prizes like a hotel stay at the Houston Marriott Sugar Land, a $100 gift card to Indo-Chinese local favorite Aling's Restaurant, a pottery class at Smashed Clay and more! Check out all the prizes!


Photos with Santa at First Colony Mall

Perusing the mall for gifts and stocking stuffers? Well, make sure to make time to meet jolly old Saint Nick at First Colony Mall through Christmas. Bring your family, friends or your pup and capture the holiday magic with a photo. Reservations are strongly encouraged and include a free phone call from Santa! More details!

Dates: Through December 24


Jingle All The Way To Sugar Land Town Square

Christmas Tree Lighting

The perfect photo spot is next to Santa. 

What makes Sugar Land so sweet is its diverse and strong-knit community. This holiday season, stop by Sugar Land Town Square to check out a fantastic lineup of free musical events and performances that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit.


Photos with Santa Before He Returns to the North Pole!

If you're celebrating the holidays at Sugar Land Town Square with a family dinner at B.B. Italia, free live music or shopping, you can also stop and say hi to Santa to take a photo with him! No reservations are required but make sure to stop before 5 p.m. so Santa can make it back to the North Pole on time! 

Date: December 17

Time: 1 - 5 p.m.


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The holidays are magical at Sugar Land Town Square.


Holiday Shows at the Smart Financial Centre


Visit our state of the art performance venue and witness the holiday magic on stage.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Experience the magic of the holidays with CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE, a dazzling family spectacular featuring an original musical score, twists on holiday classics sung live, and stunning new sets, scenery, and storylines. Prepare to be transported to a world of wonder and enchantment, where anything is possible.


Date: Friday, Dec 2

Time: 4:00 p.m.


Elf in Concert

Buddy, an elf raised at the North Pole, travels to New York City in search of his real father, determined to find his place in the world. Experience the heartwarming holiday classic ELF in Concert this holiday season, with John Debney's wonderful score played live to picture.


Date: Friday, Dec 15

Time: 7:30 p.m.


Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, America's favorite holiday tradition for over 35 years, returns to Smart on December 28th! Experience the magic of Chip Davis's distinctive sound and dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. Join us for an unforgettable night of Christmas music that will fill your heart with holiday cheer!


Date: Thursday, Dec 28

Time: 8:00 p.m.


Magical Christmas Ballet

The Nutcracker  Magical Christmas Ballett

Witness the magical and classical story on stage at the Smart Financial Centre.

Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet returns to Sugar Land on December 29! Gather your loved ones for this beloved family tradition, featuring an extraordinary international cast and Ukrainian Principal Artists performing at the peak of classical European ballet. Experience the magic of jaw-dropping acrobatics, larger-than-life puppets, and stunning hand-crafted sets and costumes.

Don't miss this chance to experience the wonder of Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet.


Date: Friday, Dec 29

Time: 7:00 p.m.



More Holiday Fun

More Holiday Fun

Plan your holiday visit to the sweetest city in Texas!

Campfire Christmas at George Ranch Historical Park

Campfire Christmas is a one-of-a-kind, Texas-style Christmas celebration organized by the George Ranch Historical Park.

Enjoy a ranch hand feast with Texas Style Pulled Pork, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Chuckwagon Cornbread and Iced Tea followed by a traditional American hayrack ride to the 1890s campsite for fireside songs and goodies, and top off your evening with the sights and sounds of a 1940s USO party! 

This is a truly unique Christmas experience with a Texas-twist that will take you back in time this holiday season!

Date: Saturday, Dec 16

Location: George Ranch Historical Park


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For more information, contact us at (281) 275-2045 or tourism@sugarlandtx.gov