Holidays at Avenida Houston
This holiday season there is no shortage of things to see and do in the Bayou City. And Avenida Houston, downtown’s newest entertainment district, is no exception. From festivals to concerts and even ice skating, downtown’s Avenida is chock full of fun sure to get even the Grinch-iest of people in the holiday spirit.
PERFORMING ARTS & FESTIVITIES
Every Friday until Dec. 29 from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Check out H-Town’s very own Cirque la Vie to watch acrobats, contortion and more!
The House Without a Christmas Tree
Nov. 30 - Dec. 17
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston Grand Opera continues its series of holiday operas with the world premiere of “The House Without a Christmas Tree” at the HGO Resilience Theater at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Based on the uplifting story by Gail Rock, the opera tells the story of a daughter who struggles to understand her father’s resentment of the holidays and longs to “make her house look happy.”
Blues & More at the Brown
Mondays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Avenida Houston Plaza
Featuring students from Houston's internationally renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Hilton Americas for the Holidays
Nov. 30 - Dec. 28
The Hilton Americas-Houston pastry team has created a monumental chocolate display in its lobby. The hotel also hosts a Breakfast with Santa in the lobby level 1600 Bar+Grille restaurant, Saturday and Sunday mornings starting the weekend after Thanksgiving. Children and adults alike will be able to enjoy breakfast with the jolly old elf himself! Visit Hilton America-Houston's Facebook event page for more information.
DOWNTOWN HOUSTON'S HOLIDAY LIGHTS ROUNDUP
Downtown and the surrounding areas offer over 1,500 light strands, amounting to over 7 miles of Christmas lights and several places for additional holiday light seeing excursions. While you're here, be sure to visit:
Mayor's Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting
Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.
City Hall Farmer’s Market
Enjoy this holiday tradition, now in its 98th year, in Hermann Square at City Hall. The Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting is a spectacular celebration including music, fireworks, a visit from Santa and more.
8th Annual Holiday Lights Tours
Dec. 22 to Dec. 24
Market Square Park
Houston Wave will take guests on a Holiday Lights Tour to check out all that dazzles and sparkles this holiday season.
Hello, Trees! A Walking Serenade
Nov. 18 to Jan. 25, 2018
Inspired by the century-old oaks at the heart of Discovery Green and the nonverbal cues trees use to communicate, this installation by Montreal art collective Daily tous le jours, is made up of a series of arches under the park’s live oak canopy.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Avenida Houston and Discovery Green feature many tasty restaurants. Visitors will find a wide arrange of restaurants open daily. You can find more about where to eat along The Avenida here.
PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
Guests coming to experience holidays in The Avenida and Discovery Green can find garage parking in the Avenida North, South and Central parking garages, located at each end of the George R. Brown Convention Center and center of Discovery Green and The Avenida. More information on parking and transportation can be found here.
- Winter Flea By Night
- Discovery Green
- 6 PM-10 PM; Every Sat. until Dec. 16
- Breakfast with Santa
- Hilton Americas-Houston
- 9 AM-1 PM; Every Sat./Sun. until Dec. 17
- Dec. 1 - Mayors Tree Lighting
- Dec. 1 - The Avenida Tree Lighting