Dickens On The Strand
Galveston, TX 77550
Date: Dec. 6 – 8, 2013
The biggest Victorian holiday celebration in the greater Houston area, Galveston’s Dickens on the Strand has been delighting people for 40 years. Held amongst some of the historic old Victorian homes, this event features performers, shopping and much more. Victorian-clothed vendors will sell crafts, homemade goodies and much more for you to feature at Christmas this year. Don’t forget to check out the traditional carolers.
500 Texas Ave.
Houston, TX 77002
Date: Nov. 29 – Dec. 29, 2013
One of Houston’s most popular events of the year, “The Nutcracker” is a Houston Ballet standby. Live the famous Christmas story through Clara’s eyes as the Christmas tree grows to magical heights and we meet the well-known characters of “The Nutcracker” in the Land of the Sweets. This “glittering spectacle” is sure to delight family members of all ages, though the Ballet asks that children in attendance be at least three years of age.
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002
Date: Dec. 14-15, 2013
The Christmas performance in the Houston Symphony’s Pops season, Very Merry Pops will feature beloved holiday songs from the traditional to popular. The Houston Symphony and Houston Symphony Chorus will delight audiences with their renditions of popular tunes such as “Jingle Bells,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and “Joy to the World.” Also performed this year will be the Houston Symphony’s own 2003 commissioned piece “Glad Tidings,” featuring religious leaders from across the city to read the guest narration. And might we see Santa coming this way? You’ll have to go to the concert to find out.
Moody Gardens Festival Of Lights
1 Hope Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77554
Date: Nov. 16, 2013 – Jan. 4, 2014
This holiday celebration, lasting more than two months, is a celebration of what wonders can be achieved using lights as decorations. With a kickoff from a parachuting Santa, this light display will run nightly at Moody Gardens through the new year. More than one million lights will sparkle to music-enhanced displays, and most evenings will also feature live entertainment for the family. After the lights tire your eyes, make sure to check out the outdoor ice rink (the only one for miles around!) or have your photo taken with Santa.
215 Kipp Ave.
Kemah, Texas 77565
Date: Dec. 14, 2013
Head on down to the Kemah Boardwalk for one of the most unique and entertaining parades you’ll ever see. Hundreds of decorated boats, all dolled up for the holiday season, will delight all viewers as they float by in the 52nd Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade. After the decorated boats finish their floating procession, make sure to check out the rides, vendors and restaurants that the Kemah Boardwalk has to offer. They are host to great entertainment and retail, so you won’t want to miss out on getting some of your Christmas shopping done while having fun.
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