When you say the word “winter,” many people think about cold, dreary weather and staying in. However, winter in Katy is one of the most pleasant times of year. Gone is the 100-degree weather and hiding out inside. Be prepared to get out and about, and make the most of your town.

With the holidays approaching, you won’t run out of fun pastimes. Winter in Katy provides something for everyone, no matter your preferences or family size. Check out our top picks below.

What to Do This Winter in Katy

Take photos with Santa at Katy Mills Mall.

Through Dec. 24, bring the kids to get their yearly pictures with Santa. And don’t forget about your fur babies — pet photos are Dec. 10 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Watch a Christmas movie at Central Green.

La Centerra is hosting Christmas outdoor movie nights during the month of December. You can see A Christmas Carol on Dec. 9 and How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Dec. 23.

Enjoy festive activities at Maud Marks Library.

The library is hosting a Holiday Cards and Gift Tags Workshop on Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. In addition, you can take in movies with their Family Christmas Films. See a different one each day from Dec. 18-22 at 1 p.m.

Snuggle up with your kids for the Polar Express Pajama Party at Katy Budget Books.

The event is so popular that the store added an extra date this year. Check it out Dec. 15 or 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

View beautifully decorated homes with the Taylor High School Holiday Home Tour.

On Dec. 7-8, support the graduating class of 2018 — as well as Harvey victims — and get an up-close look at the following themed houses:

  • Eclectic Elegance
  • Magical Memories
  • Seasonal Sparkle
  • Santa’s House
  • A Griswold Family Christmas

Have breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Fill up on an extravagant breakfast and chat with your favorite Christmas couple. Local legend and charity Brookwood Community is offering multiple times for your convenience on Dec. 9 and 10.

Make the trek to Pecan Grove for their famous holiday hayride.

When it comes to Christmas lights, this Richmond neighborhood goes all out. Through Dec. 23, you can enjoy a memorable hayride around their winter wonderland without having to stop for traffic.

Search for the perfect Christmas tree at Dewberry Farm.

Through Dec. 10, take a wagon ride out to the Christmas Forest, where you’ll get to saw down your own tree. Choose among several varieties, and spend the day exploring the farm. Admission is free with a tree purchase.

Take a short trip for an unforgettable ice skating experience.

Katy has no rink of its own, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make some memories on the ice. Check out nearby Sugar Land Ice, Discovery Green, or Memorial City Ice Rink to check this off your holiday bucket list.

Charm abounds in this city no matter the season, but there’s something magical about winter in Katy.

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