8 Family Activities for the Holiday Break

Written By McKenna Dowdle

December 17, 2019

School is out for the next few weeks and if you are anything like my mom, you might be in need of some ideas to help entertain the little ones with lots of energy. Between the arts and crafts and the playdates, try out our favorite “Hub City” holiday activities that are fun for the whole family.  Whether you are looking for adventure, finding the sweetest treat to share or tapping into your creative side, we’ve got you covered.


Elf Movie Party
If you’ve never been to a movie party at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, you’re in for a treat! What’s better than experiencing your favorite holiday movie where you’re free to sing along with Buddy the Elf and yell out your favorite movie quotes? Tag along as our favorite elf makes his way to the big city and saves Christmas. Don’t forget your spaghetti noodles and maple syrup!

New Years Eve Celebration at the Cactus Theater
Ring in the New Year in style at the Cactus Theater. Start your night at Triple J Chophouse and try their Choppy Bob Nachos – you won’t be disappointed. Then, make your way over to the theater to enjoy the Caldwell Band as well as other local talents! Finish the night with a toast to 2020 and let the New Year commence! 


Adventure Park
Lubbock’s most adventurous attraction, Adventure Park, is decked out for the holidays. This Christmas break, take the whole family and get in the holiday spirit as you race go-karts, rock climb and make your way through Christmas at the Park. Explore this holiday attraction as you make your way down a path illuminated by 50,000 dazzling lights. Christmas crafts, campfires and s’mores, oh my! Nothing sounds better than a campfire with s’mores and a steamy cup of hot chocolate to warm up a West Texas December night. Other events this season at Adventure Park include dinner with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 21 and BOGO mini-golf every Monday.

Altitude Trampoline Park
What family night activity would be complete without soaring through the air at Altitude Trampoline Park? Fly into a pit of foam, show off your skills with the best backflip and make a slam dunk! With over 1,000 square feet of wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits, extreme trampoline sports and a ninja course, this family night staple guarantees endless smiles. Check out this blog to learn more.

Bonus Tip: If you have a house full of teenagers, take them to Bad Axe Raider. Located in the Depot Entertainment District, Bad Axe Raider, Lubbock’s only axe throwing range, incorporates Lubbock’s culture of the arts into an up-and-coming sport. 


First Friday Art Trail
This Lubbock classic is a monthly event where the Cultural District takes on a life of its own. On the first Friday of every month, you can explore art exhibits, meet local artists, listen to live music, try out a variety of food trucks and much more. Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA), Charles Adams Studio Project (CASP) and Tornado Gallery are just a few of the must-see venues on the self-guided trail.

Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater
Every parent’s dream is to find a way to make learning fun. At the Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater, they do just that. Take the little ones to learn of the vast wonders of the universe while making crafts and exploring exhibits. Check out the movies available at the theater and the Model Railroad display.

Sweet Treats

J’s Creamery
Home to arguably the city’s richest and creamiest hot chocolate, J’s Creamery is the ideal stop to kick off a night of fun or is the cherry on top of an evening you’ll never forget. From concretes, shakes and sundaes, your sweet tooth will thank you with every bite. Try our favorite holiday flavors on their seasonal list including the Candy Cane Pothole Concrete and a Pecan Pie Sundae.  

Crave Dessert Bar
It’s no secret that this time of year is full of sweets and candy. Crave Dessert Bar is no exception. Take your family to experience this local favorite filled with the best treats from across the country. From macaroons and cheesecake to crepes and pudding, Crave Dessert Bar has something everyone in the family can enjoy. Whether you are a cake or pie person (or both), each sugary dessert will have you craving more. 

Bonus Tip: Take a drive to Ransom Canyon to check out the Christmas lights. From the beautiful views as far as the eye can see to the magical houses lighting the night, this will become a family tradition. Don’t forget the hot chocolate and cookies!

This Christmas break will be one they’ll never forget. For more ideas, be sure to check visitlubbock.org/events to stay up-to-date on the latest “Hub City” happenings. Share your favorite family memory this season with us by using #LiveLoveLubbock!


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