This is a guest post by Darla Bell, manager of Strategic Analysis in Communications & Marketing.
Let’s welcome the festive month of December with a weekend that overflows with holiday events. I’ve got a variety of suggestions for you, and these are just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Two events are free, two are major shopping opportunities, and the list includes a family-oriented holiday symphony concert. Don’t you love this time of year? My only complaint is that there are too many events in a small window of time for me to be able to enjoy them all. Maybe we can start a campaign to spread out the holiday season to encompass a few more months.
No matter how many places you want to go, METRO has a way to get you there. Buses and trains run early and late, and telling your starting location and destination to the Trip Planner will result in information on the routes you need to use. Take advantage of all the entertainment resources that Houston has to offer, especially during this season of joy. We can also celebrate that hurricane season is officially over – and that alone is worth a party.
Event: 98th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration. Come downtown to City Hall for the lighting of the city Christmas tree and help Mayor Sylvester Turner kick off the 2017 holiday season. It’s a spectacular event including music, fireworks, family fun and, of course, Santa Claus. The event is free, but bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Reliant booth if you can to help make the holidays brighter for a child in need. In exchange for your donation, Reliant will give you a light-up Santa hat!
When: Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: City Hall, 901 Bagby St.
Bus – 30 Clinton/Ella, 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 44 Acres Homes, 85 Antoine/Washington, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 219 W. Little York P&R, 229 Addicks/Kingsland/Grand Parkway P&R, 269 Hillcroft/Westwood/W. Bellfort P&R
METRORail – Green Line and Purple Line (exit Theater District Station)
Event: Theta Design Weekend. Formerly the Theta Charity Antiques Show, this event has grown into a weekend of luncheons and brunches, speakers and panels, and designer walks lead by experts who will teach you about the items for sale. In this new incarnation, in addition to antiques, the show will highlight art, architecture, landscaping, décor, lighting and textiles. Funds raised by the event will go to support 10 local charities. Tickets are available online.
When: Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas
Bus – 40 Telephone/Heights, 41 Kirby/Polk, 413 Greenlink Orange
METRORail – Green Line and Purple Line (exit Convention District Station)
Event: 8th Annual DesignCraft Holiday Market. Organized by American Institute of Graphic Arts Houston and sponsored by the Downtown District, this free outdoor fair brings us the work of local artists, artisans, crafters and creatives, just in time for the holidays. You’ll find a gift-wrapping station, food trucks, demonstrations, music and more. Market Square Park is also home to the biggest mistletoe ball in Texas, so bring your camera and pucker up.
When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Market Square Park, 301 Milam St.
Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 48 Market, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 413 Greenlink Orange
METRORail – Red Line (exit Preston Station)
Event: “A Grinch Christmas.” The Houston Symphony and local high school singers bring us the classic story of the grouchy, green Grinch. You’ll also enjoy a holiday song-along and “Believe” from the movie The Polar Express. It will be a fun, family-oriented concert. Tickets can be purchased online.
When: Saturday at 10 and 11:30 a.m.
Where: Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St.
Bus – 20 Canal/Memorial, 30 Clinton/Ella, 32 Renwick/San Felipe, 40 Telephone/Heights, 44 Acres Homes, 82 Westheimer, 85 Antoine/Washington, 102 Bush IAH Express, 137 Northshore Express, 160 Memorial City Express, 161 Wilcrest Express, 162 Memorial Express, 413 Greenlink Orange
METRORail – Red Line (exit Central Station Main), Green Line and Purple Line (exit Theater District Station)
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