Houston Weather in December

Averages By Month

December Overview

High temperature: 63°F (17°C)
Low temperature: 48°F (9°C)
Hours daylight/sun: 5 hours
Water temperature: 60°F (16°C)

December in Houston with its mild weather is still a great time to visit. Temperatures range between 48°F (9°C) and 63°F (17°C). The sun shines for 5 hours each day on average and there is an average of 7 rainy days in Houston during December. The Gulf of Mexico water temperature measures a cool 60°F (16°C).

You certainly won’t be sweating but there will be pleasant weather to explore Houston in December. Many of the sights change to be very Christmassy over the holidays. Check out the Zoo Lights for example. From Ice Skating to Gingerbread House building, there are loads of events to get you into a festive mood. And there is also quite a party waiting for you on NYE.

High and Low Temperature in December °F

Water Temperature in December °F

Current Weather Houston

57°F scattered clouds
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages Houston

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

60° 64° 70° 76° 83° 88° 91° 91° 86° 79° 70° 63°

Low °F

45° 48° 55° 61° 68° 74° 76° 76° 71° 63° 54° 48°


5 6 6 7 8 9 10 9 8 7 6 5

Rain days

7 5 5 4 6 6 7 7 7 5 6 6

Water °F

57° 57° 63° 71° 77° 84° 86° 87° 84° 78° 69° 60°

Houston Weather by Month

Best Time to Visit Houston

In terms of the weather, spring and fall are definitely the most pleasant times to visit Houston. But its coastal location ensures warm weather almost all year round. Summer is the best time to visit if you are after some real heat and in case you would also like to combine a city trip with a beach vacation. Luckily many locals head off for the summer so there is usually plenty of accommodation available for reasonable prices. Winters are mild in Houston with only very rare snowfall. Temperatures can however drop to lows of 45°F (7°C), especially as the sun sets. Watch out for the hurricane season from June until November.

Things to know about Houston

Things to do in Houston

Houston has endless and very unique sights to offer. As such, you have to be quite picky in terms of what you choose to see and do if you aren’t visiting for a huge amount of time. But if you choose wisely, there is something for everyone such as culture lovers, nature enthusiasts or families. Of course the main attraction is the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. Since 1961, NASA has been controlling its space program from here.

The Space Center: You can’t visit Houston without seeing the Space Center. As the official visitor center of NASA, the Space Center is the main tourist attraction in Houston. The center also hosts the Smithsonian Museum where you can see different exhibitions including one about NASA, space shuttles, astronauts and more.

Within Houston’s museum district you can also choose between 18 Museums! With the CityPass you get a discount for most of them. Here are some top picks:

Further cultural institutions and attractions in Houston:

The Texan metropolis of Houston also has a lot to offer for animal and nature lovers:

If you need a place to relax after too much sightseeing there are over 30 beautiful parks to choose from in Houston:

Houston also has a lot to offer for young visitors. Besides the zoo, aquarium and the theme park at the Kemah Boardwalk, highly recommend is the Children’s Museum.

More things to do in Houston:

Even though Houston has so much to offer on its own, here are a few day trips that are highly recommended:

Galveston Island: Just 60 miles from Houston you can relax at this famous beach vacation destination. With over 30 miles of beautiful sandy beaches, there is enough space for everyone. With a bit of luck you will also be able to spot some dolphins while taking a boat trip on the Gulf of Mexico.

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