IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK—AND FEEL—A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS this week in Houston. After you find your heavy winter coat and check your shopping list twice, bring the whole family to the enchanting Christmas Village at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens this week for spirited activities for the young and young at heart.

This year, sing along with the caroling MistleTones and take photos with Santa inside the beautiful stained-glass Spiegeltent, where tots are sure to be entertained by the handcrafted model train that circles the sparkling tree. Inside the property's mansion (and former home of "First Lady of Texas" Ima Hogg) take the holiday-themed tour, staged by Alley Theatre company artist Todd Waite, that's complete with live actors and plenty of Christmas decor. Before you leave, toss around some faux snowballs in the Snowball Zone and say hello to Jingles, a live reindeer, before he returns to the North Pole for his yearly shift.

Premium nights Dec 19–23, 30; thru Jan 1; closed Dec 24, 25 and 31. 5:30–10 pm. From $8–18. 6003 Memorial Dr. 713-639-7300.

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