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Nov 22
Thanksgiving Weekend Fun with METRO - Nov. 23-26


This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing. 

It's Thanksgiving weekend! The kids are on vacation and most of us have at least one extra day to relax.  If you have four days – we have four events to suggest.  How's that for planning? We have the Thanksgiving Day Parade through downtown on Thursday morning, the "Zoo Lights" display all four evenings of the weekend, Bayou Bend's celebration of reopening after Harvey, and the Alley Theatre's traditional-but-always-new production of "A Christmas Carol." There's truly something for everyone if you can pull the family away from the turkey and all those leftovers.

Transportation won't be your problem this weekend. If you're feeling full and lethargic, METRO will provide comfy seats on buses and trains, and you won't have to tax your brain to find parking. Go online to the Trip Planner and travel information will magically appear with a few clicks. You're going to have some great weekends this holiday season, and this is just the beginning.

Event: "68th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade." Before you feast on Thanksgiving, bring the family downtown for Houston's annual free Thanksgiving Day Parade.  It's a wonderful event for the whole family. The Grand Marshal will be Chandra Wilson, star of "Grey's Anatomy," and the parade celebrates with the theme of "Houston is Thankful; Houston is Strong; Houston is Tradition and Houston is Family." You'll enjoy high-flying balloons, sensational floats, marching bands, and live entertainment. Food trucks will be stationed along the route. 

When: Thursday at 9 a.m.

Where: Parade route begins at Smith & Lamar St.

Getting there*:
Bus – All these buses are on detour for the parade, so walking several blocks will be required – 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 82 Westheimer, 102 Bush IAH Express

METRORail – Red Line (exit Main Street Square Station), Green Line and Purple Line (exit Theater District Station)

Event: "Zoo Lights." Use one of your evenings in this long weekend to visit the Houston Zoo for the annual "Zoo Lights" display. It's nothing short of spectacular. Although the animals will be asleep in the evenings, there will be many animal-themed light displays and lots of refreshments. Did you find any non-working string lights when you decorated your home? You can bring these to the zoo for recycling. Admission to "Zoo Lights" is separate from regular daily admission – in fact, the zoo closes at 5 p.m. and opens again at 6 p.m. during this period. The display goes on through Jan. 14, and prices vary according to date – so check out the website for details.  

When: Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. (last entry 9 p.m.); Friday-Sunday from 6 to 11 p.m. (last entry 9:30 p.m.)

Where: Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr.

Getting there*:

Bus – 28 OST-Wayside, 56 Airline/Montrose

METRORail – Red Line (exit Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station)

Event: Thanksgiving Weekend at Bayou Bend. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is so thankful that beautiful Bayou Bend has reopened after Harvey's flooding, it is offering extended hours and discounted admission this Thanksgiving weekend. Take advantage of our warm weather and wander the 14 acres of gardens and view the home's outstanding collection of antiques.

When: Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last admission 6 p.m.); Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.)

Where: Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Dr.

Getting there*:

Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial

Event: "A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas."  Lucky us - the Alley Theatre presents another year of this Houston holiday tradition.  It's always a joy, and a wonderful way to enter the spirit of the holiday season. "Spirit" is right – ghosts, fog, and poor Ebenezer Scrooge, once again getting no sleep on Christmas Eve. Every year the production is different, so you don't want to miss it, even if you've seen it before.  Tickets can be purchased online.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.

Getting there*:

Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 44 Acres Homes, 48 Market, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express

METRORail – Green Line and Purple Line (exit Theater District Station)

*Suggested connections as provided by our Customer Care Center; more convenient routes may vary per individual needs.










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