From visits with Santa to breathtaking lights, the holidays are more enjoyable when Veranda is your home base. Veranda is in Richmond — the heart of Fort Bend County — so your family can get in on holiday adventures from Sugar Land to Katy and all points in between!
Check out our favorite holiday activities:
Christmas in the Park
George Ranch Historical Park
10215 FM 762 Rd.
Richmond, TX 77469
Through Dec. 23
$10 adults, $9 seniors 62+, $5 kids ages 5-15, kids ages 4 and under are free
Explore Richmond’s vintage Christmas past at George Ranch Historical Park. The eagerly anticipated event features holiday activities and workshops sure to get you in the spirit as you learn to decorate with simple greenery, observe 19th century decorating trends, visit Santa for story time and bake and decorate sugar cookies.
Sugar Land Holiday Lights
1 Stadium Dr.
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Through Jan. 1
$14 adults, $12 kids ages 4-13, $12 seniors and military, $10 groups (10+), Free for kids 3 and under
The fourth annual Sugar Land Holiday Lights returns with more than 100 walkthrough displays and 2.5 million lights throughout the ballpark. This year will also feature a number of exciting additions including a carnival outside the ballpark, new theme nights and more. Santa Claus will also be available each night through Dec. 23, along with a variety of food trucks and children’s activities.
Holidays in the Plaza
Sugar Land Town Center
15958 City Walk
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Events throughout December
From the City of Sugar Land Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 7, to free photos with Santa, Sugar Land Town Center is the place to be for the holidays. Some highlights include a Giant Menorah Lighting Celebration on Dec. 13, Music and Mistletoe with First Colony Church of Christ happening Dec. 16 and live music from RamCorps, the brass and percussion troupe from the University of Mobile on Dec. 16.
Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center
198 Kempner St.
Sugar Land, TX 77498
Dec. 17 and Dec. 23
The Discovery Center has put wonder at the top of their holiday gift-giving list. Take the kids out every week for a variety of activities including Starry Night, Dec. 8-14; Seasons of Sharing, Dec. 15-21; Shimmering Shine, Dec. 22-28 and Rockin’ New Year, Dec. 29-Jan.4. Awesome events this month include a Frozen-themed event on Dec. 16 and Cookies with Santa Dec. 23.
First Colony Mall - JC Penney Court
16535 Southwest Freeway
Sugar Land, TX 77479
Now through Sun., Dec. 24
Free to visit; fee for photo packages
Santa will hold court at First Colony Mall and you can reserve time with him! Book a photo op so you can skip the line and have the elf to yourself. Make a reservation by Dec. 9 and save $5 off your photo package.
Bass Pro Shop
5000 Katy Mills Circle
Katy, TX 77494
Kids can make crafts, get a free photo with Santa, and enjoy free games and activities. You must obtain a free Bass Pass in store, they are limited and go quickly each day. View schedule here.
Christmas in Katy
No Label Brewing, Co.
5351 1st St.
Katy, TX 77493
4-8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 16
Celebrate Christmas and support two essential ministries: Katy Christian Ministries (KCM) and Hope Impacts. The event includes live music, food trucks, unique gift items, free giftwrapping, and holiday fun!