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Want to escape to a Winter Wonderland, without the really long sleigh ride? Check out The Woodlands. When it comes to festive fun and exceptional shopping, it’s, well, close to perfect. Just a 20-minute ride from Houston, The Woodlands is a holiday experience with all the trimmings—seasonal decorations, exceptional dining and great gift ideas around every corner.

Come experience the winter magic of The Woodlands. Where’s there’s something festive for the whole family. Take a seasonal stroll along the Winter Wonderland pathway; a fantasyland of dancing Christmas lights, toy soldiers, elves, the doves of peace, musical angels and snowmen. Admission is Free!  Meander through the Christmas Merriment of the Winter Wonderland—a two-acre attraction at the Woodlands Town Center. It’s a magical experience featuring lighted snowflakes, elves, snowmen, and all kinds of seasonal sparkle. There’s even more holiday merriment in Town Center. Strap on your skates and take a few turns around  the ice rink at the new 21,000 square-foot facility, located right in the heart of The Woodlands. The Ice Rink is open now through Monday, January 16, 2017, featuring ice skating in a main room with state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, plus tables for parties and concessions. While on Market Street, don’t forget to meet the “Big Guy”. The Woodlands continues its much-loved holiday tradition, “Smile with Santa”. Bring your little elf to have his or her picture taken with jolly Ol’ St. Nick beginning at 11:00 a.m. through Saturday, December 24, 2016.

Oh, one more thing…the holiday shopping! Bring your gift list (especially if its long) and explore over 70 designer-inspired fashion retailers, including Trina Turk, Kate Spade and Kendra Scott. You’ll also discover the most popular retail brands, like Tumi, Tiffany & Company, Vineyard Vines, Alex & Ani, and Tommy Bahama Café & Emporium, to name a few. Add in wonderful dining and entertainment options and there’s something to bring everyone some holiday joy. Just down the street at The Woodlands Mall, there are close to 200 stores, filled with top name brands and other holiday treasures. Looking for that hard-to-buy-for someone? Check out Texas’ largest Forever 21 store, Aeropostale, Hot Topic, Coach, Urban Outfitters, Banana Republic and more. Enjoy a ride on one of the vintage-style trolley cars, which provide free transportation throughout The Woodlands Town Center with stops at Market Street and The Woodlands Mall.

Holidays in The Woodlands. It’s a family holiday getaway that’s second to none. And so close to home. To plan your Winter Wonderland escape, click here.

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