Our office believes the best way to spread holiday cheer is by celebrating around Houston through the remainder of the year! Each of us are excited that December is finally here, and we have the candy canes and holiday coffee flavors to prove it! Everyone has been abuzz about the festive events in the city that are coming up, and in the true spirit of the season, we would like to share some local holiday happenings that we are most looking forward to.
Both Allie and Edmund are working for the weekend as they count down the days until the 25th annual Lights in the Heights®, which is this Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Between the holiday street party, parade, light displays and live music, thousands of people congregate to the event every year. Though admission is free, if you donate $10 to the organizer of the event, the Woodland Heights Civic Association, you will receive a coupon that’s good for 10 percent off at 10 local Heights restaurants for 10 days, December 3rd through the 13th.
Jenny, Adrienne and Laura are all planning to take a walk on the wild side at Zoo Lights, the Houston Zoo’s new holiday light spectacular. The Zoo’s been transformed into a winter wonderland that’s filled with bright lights, carolers, live performances and much more! As social media mavens, we love that the Zoo has a free app that features a guided tour of Zoo Lights. Not to mention, the Zoo is offering a special menu for the event that includes funnel cakes, fresh cinnamon rolls, gingerbread men, hot chocolate and s’mores. Zoo Lights is open from now until January 5th every night from 6 to 10 p.m.
If you’re looking for a traditional holiday activity, follow after Jessie, who plans to spend some time on the Ice, Discovery Green’s outdoor holiday skating rink. Open until January 27th, the skating rink is set up on Kinder Lake in the heart of downtown and provides irresistible festive fun that not even Santa Claus can resist! He makes an appearance Saturday afternoons to work off some of his cookie weight and skate with admirers of all ages!
On December 21st, Laura will be at the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Lost Christmas Eve” concert at the Toyota Center. This isn’t your average orchestra; the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a progressive rock band that puts on a show that’s packed with classic. Christmas music, heavy metal, laser and pyrotechnic displays and other surprises. Also that evening, thelastplaceyoulook is hosting their third annual Holiday Bash at Warehouse Live, where you can find Adrienne. Another Run, Recovery Room and Satellite Brigade will perform as well. Tickets are only $5 and include a free ep of 4 new songs from the band. If you’re interested in a rockin’ Christmas celebration, then look no further because these two events will have you playing the air guitar for days!
Like many others’ holiday schedules, Mary’s is full of tacky Christmas sweater and Secret Santa parties. One of which being IntegratePR’s Secret Santa gift exchange and potluck lunch later this month! In addition to our gift exchange lunch, we’re having our annual holiday party this Friday. The agenda for the evening is being kept a secret, but with Allie Danziger planning the entire thing, we know it’s going to be a blast!
It may just be the elf in us, but we’re firm of believers that you can never have too many seasonal celebrations, and we encourage you to be merry and take advantage of everything Houston’s offering this month. So tell us, what are your holiday plans and which events are you most excited for? Let us know on our Facebook page!