From Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day there is no need to be bored this holiday season in Houston, especially with all these fun filled opportunities and activities at Houston’s 5th Annual Holiday Spectacular events this week and this weekend.
Macy’s Mistletoe on the Go
November 26 – December 2
City Hall, 900 Bagby Street
Pucker up under Macy’s Mistletoe on the Go! — Texas’ biggest traveling mistletoe ball. For every kiss-mas photo posted on Facebook, $1 will be donated to Make A Wish Foundation. www.downtownhouston.org or Facebook/visitdowntownhouston.
Mayor’s holiday celebration and tree lighting presented by Reliant
Hermann Square at City Hall, 901 Bagby
This annual event will include music, a fireworks extravaganza and of course the lighting of the City’s holiday tree. This popular event is free and open to the public.
Ongoing Shopping and Entertainment
Children’s Gingerbread House Workshop
December 1, 8, 15, 22
Four Seasons, 1300 Lamar, 2-4 pm
A festive twist on traditional tea time– parents can relax with an elegant afternoon tea as the Four Seasons team leads a gingerbread building workshop for children. $42 for children under 12, $42 Afternoon Tea available for adults.
Breakfast with Santa at Downtown Aquarium
December 1-2, 8-9 & 15-24
Buffalo Bayou Christmas Cruises
December 1, 8 & 15 from 5-8 p.m.
Join Buffalo Bayou Partnership in celebrating the holiday season with 30-minute pontoon boat rides along Buffalo Bayou, served up with plenty of decorations, music and cheer! Capacity is 21 per ride. Cost is $7 adults and $5 children (4-12). Cash only. For information call 713.752.0314 ext. 4.
MACY’S Letters to Santa
1110 Main Street
This holiday, bring your stamped letter to Macy’s, addressed to Santa at the North Pole, and drop it into their special Santa letterbox. For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish, up to $1,000,000. Believe!
The Ice at Discovery Green Presented by Houston Chronicle
From Nov. 26 until January 27, Discovery Green will transform into a Winter Wonderland with the Ice at Discovery Green. Ice at Discovery Green is a 7,200-sq ft. outdoor ice skating rink constructed on a portion Kinder Lake. You will skate through the holidays with concerts, movies and more. Admission for the event is $12 (includes skate rental and tax). www.discoverygreen.com
Theater and Performing Arts
Friday, November 16 – December 30
Nov. 16 – Dec. 24 A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas at Alley Theatre
Nov. 23 – Dec. 30 The Nutcracker at the Houston Ballet.
Nov. 24 – Dec. 30 The Santaland Diaries at Alley Theatre.
Getting Around Downtown
Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. catch GREENLINK to get to your holiday shopping destinations! Check out Facebook.com/visitdowntownhouston for specials and coupons!
Theater District Garages are located underground below Jones Plaza, Tranquility Park and Bayou Place. Event parking is $7. There are also garages connected to Hobby Center for the Performing Arts and Alley Theatre.
Houston Pavilions Garage is located at 1301 Main. The entrance is on Clay between Main and Fannin. From the garage, you can take the skybridge from level 3 directly to the Pavilions. $2 per ½ hour, $12 maximum. $5.00 maximum after 6 p.m.
Macy’s Garage is situated on the block west of Macy’s. $3/hour, $12 maximum.
Convention Center Garage is located below Discovery Green with the entrance on Avenida de las Americas. Event parking $12.
There is metered on-street parking throughout downtown. The price varies per location; most meters except coins, cash and credit cards. On-street parking is free after 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday. And parking just got a whole lot easier with Parkmobile, the City’s pay-by-phone program. Drivers can sign up at www.parkmobile.com.