Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, and in Houston, there is an abundance of activities to enjoy for families.

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Check out some of the signature events returning this year as well as some new ones.

Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017
68th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade
Starts at Lamar and Smith Street
Parade begins at 9 a.m.

The parade is located in downtown Houston and is free for all. The Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley’s. Since then, the Thanksgiving Day parade has gone through a few changes and is a 68-year-old holiday tradition showcasing the Houston community and entertaining parade-goers lining the streets. Click here for more information.

Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017
39th Annual Thanksgiving Big Super Feast
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas

More than 25,000 people are expected to attend the Thanksgiving Day Feast hosted by City Wide Club of America. Anyone in the community who is unable to be with family on Thanksgiving is invited for a free meal. Volunteers are needed for the annual Thanksgiving big super feast at George R. Brown Convention Center. The first shift is from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The second shift is from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for more.

Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017
Gallery Furniture Thanksgiving Day Dinner and Celebration
Gallery Furniture
6006 North Fwy, Houston, 77076
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Gallery Furniture is opening its doors and offering a FREE holiday meal to the entire community. It will include 5,000 pounds of turkey and ham as well as 625 pounds of sweet potatoes and 900 pies will greet guests when they arrive at the store. “This is a chance for the entire community to come together and give thanks for all the blessings we have,” Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale said. For more information about Gallery Furniture visit,

Through Dec. 23
37th Annual Home for the Holidays
Old Town Spring

Old Town Spring hosts its 37th annual Home for the Holidays through Dec. 23. The event features festive lights, family-friendly activities, pics with Santa at his workshop, wagons rides each weekend, live entertainment and more. Marsha’s Petting Zoo will be onsite Nov. 25. Click here for more information.

Friday, Nov. 24, 2017
Galveston Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration
Hotel Galvez
2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
6 p.m.

Hotel Galvez invites the community to celebrate the start of the holidays with the Official City of Galveston Holiday Lighting Celebration. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and include a special appearance by Santa Claus, live holiday entertainment, including the Galveston Ballet, and the lighting of the hotel's 35-foot Christmas Tree on the front lawn. Click here for more information.

Nov. 21 to Nov. 26, 2017
Clydesdale Horses — Anheuser-Busch Brewery
775 Gellhorn, Houston, 77029

The famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be visiting the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Nov. 21 to Nov. 26. Stable viewing is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 21, 22, 24, 25 and 26. The first Clydesdale Camera Day is from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 22. Click here for more information.

Nov. 24 to Dec. 28, 2017
Houston Ballet - The Nutcracker
Smart Financial Centre - Dec. 10 to Dec. 23
Hobby Center - Dec. 30 to Jan. 6

The holiday season reignites with Stanton Welch’s spectacular new production of The Nutcracker. Enjoy all the splendor of this timeless classic. The music, costumes and hundreds of delightful characters will bring out the child in everyone. Click here for more information.

Friday, Nov. 24 to Dec. 30
A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas
Alley Theatre
615 Texas Avenue, Houston

Houston's seasonal favorite, A Christmas Carol - A Ghost of Christmas, returns this year to Alley Theatre with a retelling of Charles Dickens' classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge's journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017
98th Annual Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting
Hermann Square at Houston City Hall
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ring in the season with the 98th Annual Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in the heart of downtown Houston.

The spectacular event is a holiday tradition of music, Santa, fireworks and family fun. A towering holiday tree will light up the streets of downtown Houston this holiday season. The event takes place in Hermann Square at City Hall and is free to the public. Click here for more information.

Through Jan. 14, 2018
Houston Zoo Lights
Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston

Enjoy the Houston Zoo in a whole new light with Zoo Lights. The zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland every night through Jan. 14, 2018, with animal-themed light displays and 15 miles of tree lighting. Zoo Lights is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night and until 11 p.m. on weekends. Click here for more information.

Through January 7, 2018
Festival of Lights
Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX

Head to Galveston for Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens featuring 1 million lights, 100 animated light displays, live entertainment, plus extra options for ice slide, holiday films, train ride, Ice Land ice sculptures, pics with Santa, and more. Festival of Lights tickets are $15.95/$10.95 for Value Days Thursday – Sunday through December 14. Click here for more information.

Thursday, November 23, 2017
Interfaith Ministries - Meals on Wheels
Volunteers needed!

Help provide 11,000 holiday meals for seniors this holiday season.

Over 4,200 seniors in the Houston/Galveston area rely on the Meals on Wheels program every day. This year, most of these seniors are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey and need help now more than ever. They need you to bring them a little extra holiday cheer along with their traditional Thanksgiving meal! Volunteers are needed for the holiday season. Click here for more information.