1. Mistletoe Square at Market Square Park
The mistletoe you won’t want to miss. Market Square Park is bringing back the state’s biggest mistletoe installation for the holidays, suspended from a gigantic, 15-foot candy cane.
2. Main Street Square
Santa’s main hangout this year is going to be at Main Street Square. Every Friday and Saturday, the big man will be making appearances at Main Street Square’s Santa’s Village and holiday market series.
Downtown Houston’s Discovery Green is reintroducing its outdoor ice rink for the festive season. Starting from 6 pm on Friday, November 10, until Sunday, January 28, the venue will welcome the public to enjoy skating sessions against the backdrop of Houston’s skyline as part of the newly named Frostival.
4. Winter Wanderland at Bagby Street
Find dazzling holiday light installations – including an 80-foot light tunnel – on Bagby Street from Lamar to Preston.
The hotel is transforming its space into a poolside winter wonderland for the Texas Winter Lights event. Guests can enjoy fireside s’mores, illuminated lawn games, dining in a gastrodome, DJ sessions on Saturdays, and Christmas movie nights (on Thursdays). The highlight of Winter Lights is unquestionably a leisurely ride on the lazy river shaped like the state of Texas.
6. Plaza at Avenida
In addition to hosting a variety of live concerts over the course of the season, Plaza at Avenida will also display 30 gorgeously decorated trees in the Grand Holiday Window at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
7. Sugar Plum Plaza at Wortham Theater
This year, the Fish Plaza at the Wortham Theatre will turn into Sugar Plum Plaza, and feature a variety of life-size holiday ornaments.
8. POST HTX
At the heart of Houston’s cultural hub, a lively food market, an alluring rooftop venue, and enthusiastic celebrants are gearing up to kick off the holiday festivities in style. The highly acclaimed “Winter Wonderlawn” is making a comeback for the festive season, and it will be open until Sunday, January 14.
9. Twinkle Town at Trebly Square
Opened this past January, the new Trebly Square will host a variety of yuletide shows for the holiday seasons. Visitors can enjoy Christmas music at the square Friday nights from 7 – 9 pm, and from 2 – 4 pm on Saturdays coinciding with Santa Paws.
10. Jingle Town at Lynn Wyatt Square
In addition to hosting a number of holiday-themed concerts, Lynn Wyatt Square will feature three expansive music boxes titled “Harmonies” by LeMonde Studio, representing a guitar slide, a banjo, and a violin. These self-sustaining installations come to life through the activation of human energy.