Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Clause right into downtown Houston. But he isn’t the only one to make an appearance this holiday season, there are many other fun filled activities for the whole family, and couples too. Start here with the Houston Family Examiner favorites and then use the Downtown Holiday Mobile Guide on your smartphone to do the rest of the work for places to work, shop and play this holiday.
Mayor’s Holiday Celebration And Tree Lighting Sponsored By Reliant
Hermann Square at City Hall, 901 Bagby
Mayor Parker is host to the official Holiday Celebration at City Hall’s Hermann Square . This annual event will include a fireworks extravaganza , music, and the lighting of the City’s holiday tree. This popular event is free and open to the public.
Breakfast with Santa At Downtown Aquarium
December 3-4, 10-11 & 17-24
Bring the whole family out for a very merry breakfast with Sharkey and Santa Clause! Visit the Downtown Aquarium website for tickets and pricing information.
Heritage Society’s 49TH Annual Candelight Tours
Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby
Tour eight of Houston ’s oldest historic homes, trimmed to perfection in traditional 19th century holiday décor. Children may also visit with Santa, play in the snow, enjoy a holiday story reading and make crafts at Santa’s Workshop.
3rd Annual Gingerbread House Build-Off
Market Square Park, 301 Milam
Sponsored by Architecture Center Houston (ArCH) and Downtown District, teams of artistically and architecturally talented individuals will be supplied with gingerbread, icing, gumdrops, candy canes and other holiday treats to create the most innovate and interesting gingerbread houses!
The 2011 Chevron Jingle Bell Run And Walk
Downtown YMCA, 808 Pease
The Downtown Houston YMCA’s 2011 Chevron Jingle Bell Run and Walk gives Houstonians the perfect opportunity to shed those extra holiday calories while raising funds and awareness for a valuable Houston program.
New Year’s Eve Live
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney and George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas
New Year’s Eve Live is Houston ’s newest signature event. This fun and funky community celebration is full of family-friendly activities including kids’ zone, ice-skating, an illuminated art car parade, spectacular 3-D light show and fireworks display.
Wondering how to get around or where to park? Let Macy’s Downtown Holiday Trolleys, open
November 25 – January 1 help you with your travel needs. Park for free at Macy’s garage and then ride the free holiday trolleys to and from all the downtown holiday destinations. Two trolleys take patrons between all of the festive happenings with 12 pick-up and drop-off stops, including The Theater District, Main Street Square, Discovery Green and Phoenicia Specialty Foods. Trolleys run Friday eveningsand all day Saturday and Sunday from Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s weekend.