The Gaylord Texan truly outdoes itself for Lone Star Christmas with 2 million pounds of life-size ice sculptures, five-story ice slides, and endless cool (literally) photo ops. This year, ICE! tells the story of the classic Christmas special Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, and the experience ends with a full iced-out nativity scene. Tickets range in price depending on the date and age, and we highly suggest spending a bit more for the snow-tubing pass.
The Intown Chabad hosts its seventh annual (giant) menorah lighting on December 28th. Celebrate the Festival of Lights while munching on latkes and jelly donuts. It all takes place between Mi Cocina and the Magnolia Theatre at West Village.
Travel through the 12 Days of Christmas at the Arboretum
A plus of not living in a city with subzero holiday temperatures? Outdoor activities are still a go. Spend the day wandering around the Arboretum looking at a seriously impressive and intricate display of the 12 Days of Christmas. Since there's mulled wine for you, it's safe to take the whole family.