Holiday Magic

By Ashley Donde

Breakfast with the Sugarplum Fairy …and other holiday traditions

We are heading into the “most wonderful time of the year,” and League City is filled with tons of holiday cheer!

Holiday magic with the Bay Area Houston Ballet

My family has lived in League City for a few years now. One of my favorite things about living here is that there are so many ways to create our own family traditions, and build memories together.

This year we added a new memory, and something I hope becomes a tradition: The Bay Area Houston Ballet’s (BAHB) annual “Breakfast with the Sugarplum Fairy,” where the beloved ballet becomes an unforgettable, interactive event.

ballet dancers on stage

This was the 28th annual Sugarplum Fairy breakfast held at South Shore Harbor. My kids—Emelia, 9 and Noah, 8—were both super excited to attend. The breakfast is put on by the BAHB as a fundraiser, and they do an outstanding job. I was beyond impressed. If you’ve ever been to a character breakfast at Disneyland, it was similar…but better.

slippers with names

Every detail is meticulously planned out—from a Christmas tree made of ballet slippers, to Nutcracker characters wandering around the foyer ready for photos with eager kids, to carolers, and more. My kiddos wanted a picture with pretty much every ballerina/character they saw. Make sure your camera roll has plenty of space available if you attend next year…you will take a lot of pictures.

There’s also an area where kids can have a professional photo taken with a Nutcracker ballerina in a decorated sleigh. The setup is really stunning, and I imagine many League City families have this very photo hanging in their homes right now.

girl posing with ballet dancer

The breakfast itself is held in the ballroom. I don’t want to give away too many details (because you really need to see it all for yourself next year) but they go all out to create a fun, festive atmosphere. While we ate our breakfast, my daughter Emelia said, “I feel so royal,” which describes the experience perfectly.  

Guests are also treated to a long vignette scene of the BAHB’s production of “The Nutcracker,” and the kids are allowed to sit right in front of the stage, so they all get a perfect view.

I spoke to several families who attend the Sugarplum Fairy breakfast every year, some remarking that it’s one of their favorite holiday traditions. One thing I love about the experience is that while families create lasting memories, they’re also supporting our local ballet company.


 Don’t forget the gingerbread…

family of four in front of a gingerbread houseAfter breakfast, we wandered around the hotel lobby to check out all the decorations, and my kids were delighted to discover a life-sized gingerbread house. Every year, the executive chef at South Shore Harbor and a team of volunteers work together to build an enormous gingerbread masterpiece. This year’s house took 320 hours to construct, using 380 pounds of gingerbread, 186 pounds of powdered sugar, and 52 pounds of egg white.

It really is a sight to behold, and every kid in your family (even the not-so-little ones) will enjoy seeing this magnificent Christmas classic up close. It makes for a Christmas-card-worthy family photo, so if you go, keep that in mind. I love how ours turned out! (You don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to stop by and see it.)

Until the next adventure, cheers to a memory-making, happy holiday season!

Ashley and the Donde (pronounced “dawn-dee”) family

If you were unable to attend the Sugarplum Fairy breakfast, don’t worry! League City has much more in store for the holidays. There are so many memories just waiting to be made…

Holiday in the Park This Weekend

This coming weekend is the 21st annual Holiday in the Park, a three-day event along Main Street in the historic district of League City.

Nov. 30 | Movie Night 
Bring your family out for a holiday movie in the park. Entertainment starts at 5 p.m.

Dec. 1 | Festival and Grand Night Parade 
Festivities (including food trucks and vendors) begin at 9 a.m., the Children’s Parade is at 10 a.m., and the Grand Night Parade down Main Street starts at 6 p.m.

Dec. 2 | Family Day and Pet Parade 
Food trucks and vendors open at noon, and the doggy costume contest and Pet Parade begin at 1 p.m.

More League City Holiday Festivities

Dec. 8 | Breakfast with Santa 
8:30 a.m. ­­–11:30 a.m. at Hometown Heroes Park

Dec. 8 | League City Rotary Club Polar Bear Plunge 
9 a.m. at South Shore Harbor Resort

Dec. 8 | 57th Annual Bay Area Christmas Boat Lane Parade 
6 p.m. at South Shore Harbor Marina