Represent Houston Festivals: Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting & More

3rd Annual Gumbo Cook-Off – Benefitting Toys For Tots
12361 Barker Cypress Dr.
Cypress, TX (NW Houston)
281-758-3560
http://www.winestyles.net/cypress
December 04, 2011 12-5:00PM *Volunteers needed!)

Enjoy free live music by The Zydeco Dots while awaiting the judging by U.S. Marines for this annual holiday event. Admission is one new unwrapped toy or $20 minimum donation which Includes one wine/beer/soft drink and sampling of ALL the gumbos!

Christmas in the Park
Kingwood Town Center Park
4403 Town Center Place
Kingwood, TX 77339
281-360-5111
http://www.towncenterevents.com/
December 03, 2011 10:00AM-7:00PM

This popular event will offer local residents and those in surrounding areas the merriment of shops, entertainment, vendors, fanciful eateries, artists, Santa Claus, and more. Joining in this year for entertainment, you will have the pleasure of watching our local children dance, photos taken with Santa and your pet and more. They will whisk you away to the fairytale land of Christmas when you browse the many vendors and local shops. To conclude this festive event they will be lighting the Christmas tree at 6:00 PM. Admission is free.

Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting
Hermann Square @ City Hall
901 Bagby
Houston TX, 77002
832-393-0868
http://www.houstontx.gov/mayorsholiday/index.html
December 02, 2011 5-8:00PM

Join Mayor Annise Parker and the city of Houston, the nation’s 4th largest city, for the annual official tree lighting ceremony at City Hall, featuring a free evening of diverse musical entertainment with top musical artists, fireworks and holiday cheer. Entertainment featuring two-time Grammy Award Winner “Diane Schuur” and American Idol Winner “Ruben Studdard” along with teen pop group “Savvy” and Houston’s own “Ernest Walker”. Bring a new, unwrapped gift and get a free photo with Santa. The event is free and open to the public.

Holiday Celebrations
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Ste. B200
Katy, TX 77494
281-395-5533
http://www.lacenterra.com/
December 03, 2011 1:00-6:00PM

Santa visits Heritage Square Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5PM through December 24. Parents, don’t forget your cameras! At 5PM, enjoy a Christmas celebration presented by the talented music students at Mace Entertainment; At 6PM, a theatre company holiday performance presented by the talented young thespians from Mayde Creek Junior High School and at 7PM grab your blanket for a family movie night featuring a holiday classic. Complimentary popcorn will be served while supplies last. All events are free and open to the public.

International Winter On The Waterway Festival
Town Green Park along The Woodlands Waterway
Lake Robbins Drive (West of Six Pines)
Woodlands, TX 77380
281-363-2447
http://www.thewoodlandscvb.com/holidayinthewoodlands/
Through January 16, 2011

iWOW adds an international flavor to The Woodlands holiday celebrations and attendees can learn about countries from all over the world and their unique holiday traditions. From foods, arts & crafts, to music and entertainment. At Winter Wonderland, (A two-acre area of lighted storybook displays that surround the Ice Rink), you can enjoy a walk along the fantasyland of magical, lighted toy soldiers, elves, doves, musical angels and snowmen. The Ice Rink will be open through January 16, 2012. For more information, please visit the website.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
Admission is always free. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages. For more exciting events scheduled at Discovery Green Park, please visit the website.

December 03, 2011 2-400PM – Public Poetry in the Park
Public Poetry combines gorgeous language presented by award winning poets plus surprise guest appearances and short student readings, in a series of uniquely innovative, fun, fast paced, family friendly events at Saberioon Plaza. Featured poets: John Gorman, Carol Louise Munn, Evangelina Virgil Pin and Kevin Prufer. Presented in partnership with Houston Public Library.

December 08, 2011 6:30PM – IKEA Houston Silver Screen at Discovery Green: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (Rated PG 97 Mins)
Whether you’re ice skating or bundled up on the lawn, get into the holiday spirit! Enjoy some of your favorite holiday movies outdoors on the big screen. In “Christmas Vacation”, Third in the “National Lampoon” series about the Griswold family. In this sequel, the Griswolds must deal with a holiday with their in-laws. View for free, skating fees apply.

Through January 22, 2012 – The Ice at Discovery Green
Ice skating returns to Downtown Houston this holiday season and will be better than ever! Lace up your skates and get ready for a memorable winter experience with the skyline as your backdrop! Activities are scheduled each week for daily events such as Jazz on Ice, Skating Stars on Ice, and Skating with Santa, just to name a few. Skating time limited to 1-1/2 hours on school holidays and weekend. Clean, comfortable rental skates will be offered, in sizes from tiny youth-9 up to adult-14. Double-runner lace-up skates will be available for the youngest skaters, even those as young as 3-years old: If you can walk, you can skate! A separate ice-play area for toddlers will be located next to the main rink. Ticket prices: $10 plus tax and includes skate rental. Holiday refreshments and cold weather attire will be sold on site. For more information, please visit http://www.theiceatdiscoverygreen.com/

31st Annual Home for the Holidays
Old Town Spring (Spring Cypress Rd)
Spring, TX
281-353-9310
http://www.oldtownspring.com/home_for_holidays.htm
Through December 24, 2011

Old Town Spring will be draped with thousands of twinkling white lights and colorful decorations. The street lamps will be decorated from top to bottom to give you that old town Holiday feeling. Spend the day shopping, listening to strolling musicians and barbershop quartets, taking pictures with Mr & Mrs Santa, touring the museum, taking a train ride, watching the bands on stage and last but not least, enjoy complimentary horse & carriage rides. Look for special sales and mini attractions each weekend. They will be sponsoring a Toy Drive for the Be An Angel Fund, and Supporting our U.S. Troops through the Marine Moms, and Wreaths Across America. Check the website for details. Admission is always free!

10th Annual Holiday Market with Santa Claus
Traders Village Houston
7979 N. Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
281-890-5500
http://www.tradersvillage.com
Through December 18, 2011

Santa arrives at Traders Village on November 27th to meet and greet. Kids of all ages can have their photo taken with Santa. Get into the spirit of Christmas with thousands of dealers who are selling holiday gifts and more for all tastes and budgets. Admission is free to the public and parking is just $3.

On Galveston Island 
Locations listed below
Galveston, TX
http://www.galveston.com/
For many more exciting events on Galveston Island, please visit the website.

December 3-4, 2011 – 38th Annual Dickens on The Strand Festival (Just off Harborside Drive)
Dickens on The Strand will take you and your family on an enchanted journey through history as a bustling 19th Century cityscape comes to life. For an entire weekend, hundreds of costumed vendors and performers will provide a look at the pomp and pageantry of the British Empire, (where bobbies, Beefeaters and the Queen herself will be on hand to recreate the Victorian London of Charles Dickens) at a time when commercial and cultural ties provided a strong connection between London and Texas largest and richest city. Activities such as several themed parades and free, non-stop entertainment on the festival’s six stages, a constume contest, plus strolling carolers and roving street musicians, bagpipers and entertainers. Additionally, a vast array of year-round restaurants and shops are joined by over 150 costumed vendors peddling their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with tasty culinary delights and Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items. The 2011 Dickens on The Strand also features kid friendly options such as Picadilly Circus, a children’s playground with elephant and camel rides and a petting zoo; Artful Dodger Lane, where art students create a chalk London on Galveston’s streets; and a true island rarity, snow on Strand, in the snowyard. Visithttp://www.galveston.com/dickensonthestrand/www.dickensonthestrand.org or call 409-765-7424.

Through January 01, 2012 – Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens (One Hope Blvd) will commemorate the festival’s tenth anniversary with more than 100 sound-enhanced, animated light scenes along the trail as well as live entertainment, holiday films and the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink. Guests can also take pictures with Santa and choose from a selection of holiday films in the MG 3D Theater. In the spirit of tradition, “Polar Express 4D” will return to the 4D Special FX Theater for families to enjoy special effects like snow flurries and the delightful smell of hot chocolate. On Food Drive Fridays, visitors will receive two admissions for the price of one when they bring a non-perishable food item, which will benefit the Galveston Food Bank. Every Saturday, guests will experience a winter wonderland with snow – a true phenomenon for Gulf Coast natives! Admission to the Festival of Lights is $5.95. With the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket, ice skate rentals and tickets to the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, holiday MG 3D film, holiday Ridefilm, Discovery Museum and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat can be purchased for only $6 each.

Recommended Local Art/Band Shows November 30-December 4, 2011

When: Wednesday November 30th
Where: Mangos; located at 403 Westheimer
Who: Busy Kids Cd Release with The Wrong Ones, The Tron Sacks, Chelsea Hotel 
Cost: 9:00 p.m.

When: Wednesday November 30th
Where: Big Star Bar; located at 1005 West 19th St
Who: Movember featuring: Dolly Rockers, Focusyn, Gorealah Soul
Cost: 21+/ 6-10 p.m./ $5 cover/Benefit

When: Thursday December 1st
Where: Check Other Outfitters; located at 2507 Bagby
Who: Educated Minds, Young G Da Beast, Wayword, Twank Star
Cost: 7:00 p.m.

When: Thursday December 1st
Where: Mangos; located at 403 Westheimer
Who: Free Pre Montrose Winter Social Party
Cost: 9:00 p.m./ 21+/ $5

When: Friday December 2nd
Where: Fitzgeralds; located at 2706 White Oak
Who: Crooked Fingers W/ Strand Of Oaks and Gatlin Elms
Cost: 8:00 p.m.

When: Friday December 2nd
Where: Heights Live; located at 240 W 18th St.
Who: Kevin Carroll
Cost: 7:30 doors open/ 8:00 music starts/ $12 cover

When: Friday December 2nd
Where: Fitzgeralds; located at 2706 White Oak
Who: The Devil Makes Three w/ Brown Bird
Cost: All ages/ 8:00 p.m.

When: Saturday December 3rd
Where: Various Venues along Montrose (see flyer below for complete listings)
Who: 30 + bands across 4 venues (see flyer for complete line-up)
Cost: noon-2:00 a.m.

When: Saturday December 3rd
Where: The Caroline Collective; located at 4820 Caroline St
Who: The Caroline Sessions w/ Nick Gaitan and Westbound
Cost: Free event/ 2-5 p.m.

When: Saturday December 3rd
Where: Deans; located at 316 Main
Who: Silk Knives, The Ruxpins, Frants
Cost: $5 cover/ 8:00 p.m.

When: Sunday December 4th
Where: Mangos; located at 403 Westheimer
Who: Koffins Kats, The Returners, Radio Blackout, The Driods
Cost: All ages/ $10/ 8:00 p.m.

Upcoming Event Flyers


Tix That Rock Houston: Holiday Gift Guide, Cirque du Soleil & More

From the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to White Christmas, Radiohead to Roger Waters, football to championship boxing, everything is covered in this edition of our Holiday Guide.

Tickets make a fantastic holiday gift, and with the holiday season upon us there are tons of holiday performances, concert tours, festivals, theatre, and sporting events to choose from below. If you are trying to find the very best seats to a concert, theatre or sporting event, or looking for tickets to an event that is already sold out at the box office, the MyCityRocks Ticket Exchange nearly always has tickets available, so that you and the people you care about never suffer the disappointment of not getting great seats to an event that you want to see.

Upcoming within the next week in HOUSTON is:
Demi Lovato (Fri Nov 25 – Verizon Wireless Theater),
The Big Stars of Comedy: Arnez, Lavell Crawford, Sheryl Underwood (Sat Nov 26 – Reliant Arena),
My Fair Lady (Nov 25-Nov 27 – Hobby Center), and
Cirque Du Soleil – Dralion (Nov 25-Nov 27 – Ford Arena), and
Joe Bonamassa (Thu Dec 1 – Verizon Wireless Theater),
Yo Gabba Gabba (Fri Dec 2 – Verizon Wireless Theater),
Babes In Toyland (Fri Dec 2 – Julie Rogers Theatre),
Cirque Du Soleil – Dralion (Nov 30-Dec 4 – Toyota Center),
Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker (Nov 25-Dec 27 – Wortham Center), and
A Christmas Carol (Nov 25-Dec 27 – Alley Theatre).

New HOUSTON events featured in the exchange this week include:
Las Lavanderas Show (11/23/11 at Houston Arena Theatre),
Old 97’s (1/17/12 at House Of Blues),
Mason Jennings (1/22/12 at House Of Blues),
Mat Kearney (2/1/12 at House Of Blues),
Jeanne Robertson (2/12/12 at Cullen Theater),
Fela! (6/5-6/10 at Jones Hall), and
Legacy Fighting Championship (12/16/11 at Houston Arena Theatre).

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Represent Houston Festivals: Winter On The Waterway Fest, HEB Thanksgiving Parade & More

 

62nd Annual H-E-B Holiday Parade
Downtown Houston
Houston, TX
http://www.hebparade.com/
November 24, 2011 9:00AM

The Houston’s Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley’s. The Parade is free to the public anywhere along the parade route outside of the TV Zone. A limited number of reserved bleacher seats in the TV Zone are available for purchase. Proceeds from reserved seating ticket sales benefit the Houston Festival Foundation, Inc. education programs reaching more than 1,450 public schools each year and the Houston Chronicle Readers are Leaders literacy program. Please visit the website for parade routes.

Uptown Holiday Lighting
Post Oak Blvd (West of the Galleria mall between San Felipe and Westheimer)
Houston, TX
713-621-2504
http://www.uptown-houston.com/news/page/holiday-lighting
November 24, 2011 Opens at 4PM with lighting ceremony at 7:00PM

On Thanksgiving evening, thousands of Houstonians and out-of-town guests will gather along Post Oak Boulevard for the Uptown Holiday Lighting. This fun-filled family event will ring-in the holidays with more than a half-million twinkling lights; festive music; holiday characters including clowns, larger than life Santa’s reindeer and 12-foot tall snowmen; a special appearance from Santa and a fireworks extravaganza. But it does not end there. The holiday ambiance created by 80 brilliantly-lit holiday trees standing guard over Post Oak Boulevard as well as numerous decorations and lighting throughout the area will continue into the holiday season. Holiday Music and Concessions – Families can arrive early to enjoy the sounds of their favorite holiday tunes. They also can savor the flavors of the holidays as funnel cakes, cotton candy, kettle corn and holiday beverages are just a few of the scrumptious treats that will be sold at area concession stands. Parking is FREE at the following locations: Centre @ Post Oak, Dillard’s Garage, Four Oaks Place, The Galleria, Post Oak Central, Post Oak Plaza and the Williams Tower.

Nutcracker Ballet Vignette
Kemah Boardwalk
215 Kipp Ave
Kemah, TX 77565
281-334-9880
http://www.kemahboardwalk.com
November 26, 2011

A holiday tradition performed by the Bay Area Houston Ballet Theatre. (Two 30 minute shows). Visit the Boardwalk and enjoy a fantastic collection of rides, games, shopping, live entertainment and a variety of well-known restaurants all in a magnificent waterfront atmosphere. Don’t forget to check out the Boardwalk Beast Boat ride or the new exhibits such as the Stingray Reef, where you can touch and feed live stingrays! Other exhibits include piranhas, snakes, scorpians, tarantulas, turtles and more. Admission is free. Check the website for pricing information on rides and activity schedules.

10th Annual Holiday Market with Santa Claus
Traders Village Houston
7979 N. Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
281-890-5500
http://www.tradersvillage.com
November 26, 2011 through December 18, 2011

Santa arrives at Traders Village on November 27th to meet and greet. Kids of all ages can have their photo taken with Santa. Get into the spirit of Christmas with thousands of dealers who are selling holiday gifts and more for all tastes and budgets. Admission is free to the public and parking is just $3.

The Annual Texas Renaissance Festival
On FM 1774, (between Magnolia and Plantersville)
Plantersville, TX
800-458-3435
http://www.texrenfest.com/
Through November 27, 2011 9:00AM to Dusk

The Texas Renaissance Festival is the Nation’s largest, most acclaimed Renaissance theme park and this is its final weekend. The enchanted 55-acre village comes to life as all of Europe comes to pay homage to the King and Queen. Hundreds of costumed performers are showcased in over 200 daily performances. Magicians, jugglers, minstrels, troubadours and comedians perform on six stages. Visitors meander along shaded cobblestone walkways visiting over 340 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts of offering delicious foods and beverages. All ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Revel in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and beauty of this authentically recreated 16th Century British village with lush landscaped grounds and vines. A perfect day ends as behold the burst of Royal Fireworks held above the Festival’s lake. Ticket prices vary, please visit the website for more information.

International Winter On The Waterway Festival
Town Green Park along The Woodlands Waterway
Lake Robbins Drive (West of Six Pines)
Woodlands, TX 77380
281-363-2447
http://www.thewoodlandscvb.com/holidayinthewoodlands/
Through January 16, 2011

iWOW adds an international flavor to The Woodlands holiday celebrations and attendees can learn about countries from all over the world and their unique holiday traditions. From foods, arts & crafts, to music and entertainment. At Winter Wonderland, (A two-acre area of lighted storybook displays that surround the Ice Rink), you can enjoy a walk along the fantasyland of magical, lighted toy soldiers, elves, doves, musical angels and snowmen. The Ice Rink will be open through January 16, 2012. For more information, please visit the website.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
Admission is always free. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages. For more exciting events scheduled at Discovery Green Park, please visit the website.

November 24, 2011 6:30PM – IKEA Houston Silver Screen at Discovery Green: “Are We There Yet?” Rated PG 
Whether you’re ice skating or bundled up on the lawn, get into the holiday spirit! Enjoy some of your favorite holiday movies outdoors on the big screen. In “Are We There Yet?” (PG 2005), 95 min.Nick, a smooth operator, is trying to land a date with a young, attractive divorcee, Suzanne. Problem is Suzanne is stuck working in Vancouver and miserable because she misses her kids. Seizing the opportunity, Nick gallantly offers to make her wish come true–and his own in the process–by bringing seven-year-old Kevin and eleven-year old Lindsey up from Portland, Oregon to be reunited with their mom. What Nick doesn’t know is that Suzanne’s children think that no man is good enough for their mom and will do everything they can to make the trip a nightmare for him. View for free, skating fees apply.

Through January 22, 2012 – The Ice at Discovery Green
Ice skating returns to Downtown Houston this holiday season and will be better than ever! Lace up your skates and get ready for a memorable winter experience with the skyline as your backdrop! Activities are scheduled each week for daily events such as Jazz on Ice, Skating Stars on Ice, and Skating with Santa, just to name a few. Skating time limited to 1-1/2 hours on school holidays and weekend. Clean, comfortable rental skates will be offered, in sizes from tiny youth-9 up to adult-14. Double-runner lace-up skates will be available for the youngest skaters, even those as young as 3-years old: If you can walk, you can skate! A separate ice-play area for toddlers will be located next to the main rink. Ticket prices: $10 plus tax and includes skate rental. Holiday refreshments and cold weather attire will be sold on site. For more information, please visit http://www.theiceatdiscoverygreen.com/

December 01, 2011 6:30PM – IKEA Houston Silver Screen at Discovery Green: “White Christmas” Rated PG 
Whether you’re ice skating or bundled up on the lawn, get into the holiday spirit! Enjoy some of your favorite holiday movies outdoors on the big screen. In “White Christmas” (PG 1954), join Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and Danny Kaye in this special holiday favorite where a successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. View for free, skating fees apply.

31st Annual Home for the Holidays
Old Town Spring (Spring Cypress Rd)
Spring, TX
281-353-9310
http://www.oldtownspring.com/home_for_holidays.htm
Through December 24, 2011

Old Town Spring will be draped with thousands of twinkling white lights and colorful decorations. The street lamps will be decorated from top to bottom to give you that old town Holiday feeling. Spend the day shopping, listening to strolling musicians and barbershop quartets, taking pictures with Mr & Mrs Santa, touring the museum, taking a train ride, watching the bands on stage and last but not least, enjoy complimentary horse & carriage rides. Look for special sales and mini attractions each weekend. They will be sponsoring a Toy Drive for the Be An Angel Fund, and Supporting our U.S. Troops through the Marine Moms, and Wreaths Across America. Check the website for details. Admission is always free!

World AIDS Day Houston Candlelight Observance
Tranquility Park
400 Rusk St.
Houston TX, 77002
281-363-2447
http://www.worldaidsdayhouston.org/
December 1, 2011 5:00-7:00PM

Since it’s inception in 1988, World AIDS Day has been observed each year on December 1. The day was established as a way to raise hope, solidarity and understanding about HIV/AIDS in every country around the world. Here in Houston, the day will be observed with a special candlelight ceremony downtown with city leaders, local AIDS activists and performances. KHOU Reporter Alex Sanz will preside over the event as master of ceremonies. There will be performances from the Bayou City Women’s Chorus, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Houston and Urban Souls Dance Company. There are many more activities around Houston surrounding this event. For more information, please visit the website.

On Galveston Island 
Locations listed below
Galveston, TX
http://www.galveston.com/
For many more exciting events on Galveston Island, please visit the website.

November 25, 2011 6-8:00PM – Hotel Galvez Annual Holiday Lighting Celebration
The Holiday Lighting Celebration will kick off with the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas tree on the front lawn of the Hotel Galvez at 2024 Seawall Blvd. The event will feature a special visit from Santa Claus, gifts and holiday entertainment provided by the Galveston Ballet, Houston Children’s Choir, bagpipers and more. Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski and Dickens on The Strand’s Queen Victoria are also scheduled to make an appearance. Inside the hotel, Executive Chef Antonio Rodriguez and his staff invite guests to see the hotel’s holiday gingerbread display. As the holiday season continues, Santa Claus will make special appearances at Hotel Galvez’s Sunday Brunch with Santa on Dec. 4, 11 and 18, where guests are invited to dine and take pictures with Santa. During the month of December, the hotel’s live entertainment will take on a holiday theme every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. and on Sundays from 11AM to 2PM. Admission is free.

Through January 01, 2012 – Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens (One Hope Blvd) will commemorate the festival’s tenth anniversary with more than 100 sound-enhanced, animated light scenes along the trail as well as live entertainment, holiday films and the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink. Guests can also take pictures with Santa and choose from a selection of holiday films in the MG 3D Theater. In the spirit of tradition, “Polar Express 4D” will return to the 4D Special FX Theater for families to enjoy special effects like snow flurries and the delightful smell of hot chocolate. On Food Drive Fridays, visitors will receive two admissions for the price of one when they bring a non-perishable food item, which will benefit the Galveston Food Bank. Every Saturday, guests will experience a winter wonderland with snow – a true phenomenon for Gulf Coast natives! Admission to the Festival of Lights is $5.95. With the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket, ice skate rentals and tickets to the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, holiday MG 3D film, holiday Ridefilm, Discovery Museum and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat can be purchased for only $6 each. The Festival of Lights will be open to visitors from 6-10PM Thursdays through Saturdays between Nov. 24 and Dec. 17 and daily from Dec. 18 through Jan. 1. For more information, please call 800-582-4673.

Ice Rink Locations
Visit the websites listed for more information

Galleria Mall – http://www.galleriahouston.com 713-966-3500
Discovery Green – http://www.discoverygreen.com 713-400-7336
Woodlands Town Center – http://www.thewoodlandscvb.com/woodlandsicerink/ 281-419 -5630
Moody Gardens – http://www.moodygardens.org/ 800-582-4673

Recommended Local Art/Band Shows November 23-26, 2011

When: Wednesday November 23rd
Where: The Concert Pub North; located at 2470 FM 1960 West
Who: Toys for Tots Fundraiser featuring Patiently Waiting, Series Six, Karsh Karma, Warrior Spirit
Cost: 7:30 p.m.

When: Wednesday November 23rd
Where: Fitzgeralds; located at 2706 White Oak
Who: Robert Ellis
Cost: All ages/ 9:00 p.m.

When: Thursday November 24th
Where: Fitzgeralds; located at 2706 White Oak
Who: Thanksgiving Night with Sideshow Tramps, Caddywhompus
Cost: 21+ free/ under 21 $10/ 8:00 p.m.

When: Friday November 25th
Where: Warehouse Live; located at 813 St Emanuel
Who: Floorbound Single release w/ Another Run, Hindsight, and more 
Cost: Doors open 7:30/ music starts 8:00 p.m./ Pre-sale tickets $10/ DOE $12

When: Saturday November 26th
Where: Old MHMRA parking lot; located at 2850 Fannin
Who: Houston Re-Market
Cost: 11:00-4:00 p.m.

When: Saturday November 26th
Where: Scout Bar; located at 18307 Egret Bay Blvd
Who: PARABELLE w/ Saturate, Inaltum, and TBA 
Cost: 18+ welcome/ $10 cover/ doors open 8:00 p.m./ Music starts 9:00 p.m.

When: Saturday November 26th
Where: Grand Prize; located at 1010 Banks
Who: Ceeplus Bad Knives, Ali Rapp
Cost: 21+ welcome/ no cover/ 9:00 p.m.

When: Saturday November 26th
Where: Continental Club; located at 3700 Main
Who: The Tyburn Jig, Jealous Creatures, and A Sundae Drive
Cost: 8:00 p.m.

When: Saturday November 26th
Where: Mangos; located at 403 Westheimer
Who: ESE, Reno Divorce, Irene and the Sellouts
Cost: 9:00 p.m./ $5

When: Saturday November 26th
Where: Bohemeos; located at 708 Telephone
Who: Stacis Edge plus more
Cost: 8:00 p.m.

Upcoming Event Flyers

Tix That Rock Houston: Rammstein, Sting, Buzzfestivus, Styx, South Pacific & More

Upcoming within the next week in HOUSTON is:
El torito (Fri Nov 18 – Houston Arena Theatre),
Vince Neil (Fri Nov 18 – House Of Blues),
Back To Bass Tour: Sting (Nov 17-Nov 18 – Verizon Wireless Theater),
South Pacific (Sat Nov 19 – Grand 1894 Opera House),
Korn (Sat Nov 19 – Verizon Wireless Theater),
The Jayhawks (Sat Nov 19 – House Of Blues),
World Championship Boxing (Sat Nov 19 – Reliant Arena),
Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles (Nov 18-Nov 19 – Hobby Center),
97.9 The Box Los Magnificos Car Show & Concert (Sun Nov 20 – Reliant Center),
GWAR (Sun Nov 20 – House Of Blues),
Houston Symphony Orchestra: Emanuel Ax (Nov 19-Nov 20 – Jones Hall),
Black Veil Brides (Mon Nov 21 – House Of Blues),
Demi Lovato (Fri Nov 25 – Verizon Wireless Theater),
Enrique Bunbury (Fri Nov 25 – House Of Blues),
My Fair Lady (Nov 18-Nov 27 – Hobby Center), and
Cirque Du Soleil – Dralion (Nov 23-Nov 27 – Ford Arena).

New HOUSTON events featured in the exchange this week include:
97.9 The Box Los Magnificos Car Show & Concert (11/20/11 at Reliant Center),
Toology (12/2/11 at House Of Blues),
Buzzfestivus: Chevelle (12/6/11 at Verizon Wireless Theater),
Carry The Storm (12/17/11 at House Of Blues),
Lyle Lovett (12/21/11 at Verizon Wireless Theater),
The Molly Ringwalds (1/7/12 at House Of Blues),
Aaron Lewis (1/12/12 at Verizon Wireless Theater),
Glen Campbell (1/13/12 at Houston Arena Theatre),
Marvin Sapp (1/20/12 at Houston Arena Theatre),
G. Love & Special Sauce (2/2/12 at House Of Blues),
Allstar Weekend (2/5/12 at House Of Blues),
The Dial-Up Tour: Live Lava Live (2/10/12 at House Of Blues),
Machine Head (2/11/12 at House Of Blues),
Dropkick Murphys (2/28/12 at House Of Blues),
Salim-Sulaiman (3/9/12 at Verizon Wireless Theater),
The Naked And Famous (3/24/12 at House Of Blues),
Celtic Woman (4/16/12 at Jones Hall),
Rammstein (5/25/12 at Toyota Center), and
Styx & Gin Blossoms (5/27/12 at Houston Arena Theatre).

Represent Houston Festivals: Championship Chili Cook Off, Via Colori, Lighting of the Doves & More

Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival
1100 Bagby
Houston, TX
713-523-3633
http://www.houstonviacolori.com/
November 19-20, 2011 Sat 10:00AM-6:00PM/ Sun 10AM-5PM
Volunteer opportunities are available!

The Center for Hearing and Speech presents an exclusive event within The Houston Via Colori Street Painting Festival. The Via Colori Street Scene will allow attendees to sample beer and wine, hear live music, enjoy light bites provided by Carrabba’s and other vendors, and join in a festival-wide scavenger hunt to win great prizes. This unconventional art experience will give an up close and personal view of the eye-popping chalk art murals created by over 200 talented artists! Don’t miss this amazing art and music explosion at Houston Via Colori, our City’s most unique and grassroots art festival! Imagine colossal works of art, completely created in pastels, all directly on the streets of downtown. This FREE, two-day street painting festival in Sam Houston Park, and the surrounding streets of Allen Parkway and Bagby, provides entertainment for spectators of every age. Don’t miss the live music on 2 stages, festival foods, bunches of children’s activities, numerous radio stations, bungee jumping and so much more. No pets allowed. All proceeds from Houston Via Colori benefit CHS mission to teach deaf or hard of hearing children to listen, speak and read.

2011 Houston Championship Chili Cook Off
Traders Village Houston
7979 N. Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
281-890-5500
http://www.tradersvillage.com
November 19, 2011 10:00AM-Sundown

Presented by the Houston General Go Texan Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Champion chili cook teams from across southeast Texas will compete for the title, Houston’s Best Chili Cook. Tons of award winning cook teams from throughout Houston will be cooking up some of the best chili and beans in Southeast Texas. There will be a live auction and taster’s cups available for a donation to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Tasters Cups will be sold to the public for tasting chili. The cups will be approximately 6 oz. and will be sold in groups of 6 for $5. A ticket will be provided with each purchase as a vote for the Peoples Choice awards. Awards will be given in Open Chili, Open Beans, People’s Choice and Showmanship categories. Admission is free to the public and parking is just $3.

The Annual Texas Renaissance Festival
On FM 1774, (between Magnolia and Plantersville)
Plantersville, TX
800-458-3435
http://www.texrenfest.com/
Through November 27, 2011 9:00AM to Dusk

The Texas Renaissance Festival is the Nation’s largest, most acclaimed Renaissance theme park. Open to the public every Saturday, Sunday, and Thanksgiving Friday, October 8th through November 27th, and to students for School Days. The enchanted 55 acre village comes to life as all of Europe comes to pay homage to the King and Queen with Eight Themed Weekends. Hundreds of costumed performers are showcased in over 200 daily performances. Magicians, jugglers, minstrels, troubadours and comedians perform on six stages. Visitors meander along shaded cobblestone walkways visiting over 340 shoppes overflowing with unique arts and crafts of offering delicious foods and beverages. All ages will be amused by the games of skill and human-powered rides. Revel in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and beauty of this authentically recreated 16th Century British village with lush landscaped grounds and vines. A perfect day ends as behold the burst of Royal Fireworks held above the Festival’s lake. Ticket prices vary, please visit the website for more information.

29th Annual Lighting of the Doves
International Winter On The Waterway Festival
Town Green Park along The Woodlands Waterway
Lake Robbins Drive (West of Six Pines)
Woodlands, TX 77380
281-363-2447
http://www.thewoodlandscvb.com/holidayinthewoodlands/
November 19, 2011 3-9:00PM

The 29th Annual Lighting of the Doves is in conjunction with the annual International Winter On The Waterway Festival. Enjoy live music and entertainment on 3 stages, ice carvers, snow play area, fireworks, kid’s activities and much more. Don’t miss the magic when Santa arrives at 7:00PM. iWOW adds an international flavor to The Woodlands holiday celebrations and attendees can learn about countries from all over the world and their unique holiday traditions. From foods, arts & crafts, to music and entertainment. At Winter Wonderland, (A two-acre area of lighted storybook displays that surround the Ice Rink), you can enjoy a walk along the fantasyland of magical, lighted toy soldiers, elves, doves, musical angels and snowmen. The Ice Rink opens on the 19th as well and will be open through January 16, 2012. For more information, please visit the website.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
713-400-7336
http://www.discoverygreen.com
Admission is always free. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages. For more exciting events scheduled at Discovery Green Park, please visit the website.

November 19, 2011 10:00AM-2:00PM – Recycling Saturdays: Electronic Recycling
Preserving the environment is everyone’s responsibility. Bring your glass, paper, plastic and aluminum to a recycling station at the Andrea and Bill White Promenade on Saturdays through November. Recycle electronics in November. A $10 HAZMAT fee will be assessed on each TV/CRT/LCD monitor. Also accepted are used cell phones, used/scrap computers, RAM, Motherboards, cell boards, pagers, lithium batteries, etc. Anything with a cord or battery including but not limited to: *Pagers *Pager Parts *Cell Phones *Cell Phone Parts *Cell Phone Batteries, chargers *Cell Phone Accessories *Computer Products, RAM boards, CPU’s etc.

November 24, 2011 4:00PM – The Ice at Discovery Green
Ice skating returns to Downtown Houston this holiday season and will run until January 22, 2012. Lace up your skates and get ready for a memorable winter experience! Skating time limited to 1-1/2 hours on school holidays and weekend. Clean, comfortable rental skates will be offered, in sizes from tiny youth-9 up to adult-14. Double-runner lace-up skates will be available for the youngest skaters, even those as young as 3-years old: If you can walk, you can skate! A separate ice-play area for toddlers will be located next to the main rink. Ticket prices: $10 plus tax and includes skate rental.

Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, TX 77510
409-925-1401
http://www.haakwine.com

November 18, 2011 7-9:00PM – Free Friday Concert with “The Jig is Up Band”!
Houston’s newest Irish band combines flute, fiddle, accordion, vocals and guitar for a vibrant rendition of the energetic traditional dance music and song of Ireland.

November 20, 2011 6-8:30PM – Free Sunday Concert with Pookie Marceaux!
Pookie provides a variety of music such as Louisiana Swamp Pop, Mo Town/Soul, Rhythm and Blues/ Classic Rock and Roll.

Bring your own wine glass (if you prefer glass over plastic) and a lawn chair or blanket to make sure you have a comfortable seat. Chair seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. They have a wonderful deli with meats, cheeses, spreads and breads but will also be serving food from their full service kitchen. (The menu will vary each week.) No outside food or drink allowed. Tours end 1 hour prior to concerts and dinners. Dress appropriately for the weather.

8th Annual Home for the Holidays Festival and Tree Lighting
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Ste. B200
Katy, TX 77494
281-395-5533
http://www.lacenterra.com/
November 19, 2011 3:00-6:00PM

LaCenterra and the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce present the Home for the Holidays Festival and Tree Lighting. Fun for the entire family, this Katy tradition features free children’s activities including cookie decorating, Holiday Express train rides and the return of the Jingle Bounce along with the lighting of LaCenterra’s sparkling Christmas tree and a visit from the Big Guy himself! The 2011 Home for the Holidays celebration also includes Bears & Blankets, a drive benefiting the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Program. Guests are encouraged to bring new teddy bears and stuffed animals, along with new blankets and cold-weather wear. Items collected during the event will be donated and distributed to area children and seniors. All events are free and open to the public.

H-E-B Holiday Parade
Downtown Houston
Houston, TX 77002
http://www.hebparade.com/
November 24, 2011 9:00AM

The holiday spirit hits Houston every Thanksgiving morning when this parade begins winding through downtown. This lavish parade is nationally televised and features sensational floats, uniformed marching bands and the season’s first glimpse of Santa Claus.The parade is telecast live locally on KHOU-TV, Channel 11 and is syndicated in many other major markets throughout Texas and beyond. Parade is free to the public anywhere along the parade route outside of the TV Zone. A limited number of reserved bleacher seats in the TV Zone are available for purchase. Proceeds from reserved seating ticket sales benefit the Houston Festival Foundation, Inc. education programs reaching more than 1,450 public schools each year and the Houston Chronicle Readers are Leaders literacy program.

26th Annual Uptown Holiday Lighting
Post Oak Blvd (West of the Galleria mall between San Felipe and Westheimer)
Houston, TX
713-621-2504
http://www.uptown-houston.com/
November 24, 2011 4:00PM

On Thanksgiving evening, join thousands of Houstonians and out-of-town guests for the Uptown Holiday Lighting, an event now in its 26th year. This fun-filled family event, benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services, will ring-in the holidays with more than a half-million twinkling lights; festive music; holiday characters including clowns, larger than life Santa’s reindeer and 12-foot tall snowmen; a special appearance from Santa and a fireworks extravaganza. The holiday ambiance created by 80 brilliantly-lit holiday trees standing guard over Post Oak Boulevard as well as numerous decorations and lighting throughout the area will continue into the holiday season.

Ice Rink Locations
Visit the websites listed for more information

Galleria Mall – http://www.galleriahouston.com 713-966-3500
Discovery Green – http://www.discoverygreen.com 713-400-7336
Woodlands Town Center – http://www.thewoodlandscvb.com/woodlandsicerink/ 281-419 -5630
Moody Gardens – http://www.moodygardens.org/ 800-582-4673

 

On Galveston Island 
Locations listed below
Galveston, TX
http://www.galveston.com/
For many more exciting events on Galveston Island, please visit the website.

November 18-19, 2011 12-6PM/9-4PM – Seaside Treasure Festival at Moody Methodist
Seaside features over 100 arts and crafts vendors, a fabulous lunch from the Seaside Cafe, a wonderful silent auction, and much more. Join the fun at Moody Methodist Church, 53rd and Avenue U, just two blocks off the seawall. Festival proceeds support mission and outreach work in the Galveston area. Admission is free.

November 18, 2011 – Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens (One Hope Blvd) will commemorate the festival’s tenth anniversary with more than 100 sound-enhanced, animated light scenes along the trail as well as live entertainment, holiday films and the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink. Guests can also take pictures with Santa and choose from a selection of holiday films in the MG 3D Theater. In the spirit of tradition, “Polar Express 4D” will return to the 4D Special FX Theater for families to enjoy special effects like snow flurries and the delightful smell of hot chocolate. On Food Drive Fridays, visitors will receive two admissions for the price of one when they bring a non-perishable food item, which will benefit the Galveston Food Bank. Every Saturday, guests will experience a winter wonderland with snow – a true phenomenon for Gulf Coast natives! Admission to the Festival of Lights is $5.95. With the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket, ice skate rentals and tickets to the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, holiday MG 3D film, holiday Ridefilm, Discovery Museum and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat can be purchased for only $6 each.

Recommended Local Art/Band Shows Nov 16-20, 2011

When: Wednesday November 16th
Where: Mangos; located at 403 Westheimer
Who: Eagger, Bending Villa
Cost: Door open 9:00 p.m./ Music starts 9:30 p.m./ $2 cover

When: Wednesday November 16th

Where: Hard Rock Café; located at 503 Texas Ave

Who: Dimitri’s Rail, Mantis
Cost: 8:00 p.m.

When: Thursday November 17th
Where: Rudyards; located at 2010 Waugh
Who: Generation: Landslide!, Chelsea Hotel, Dead Roses
Cost: 9:30 p.m.

When: Thursday November 17th
Where: Fitzgeralds; located at 2706 White Oak
Who: Melt Banana, Giant Battle Monster, dj mr. castillo 
Cost: All ages/ Free for 21+

When: Friday November 18th
Where: Heights Live; located at 240 W. 18th
Who: Danny Schmidt, Carrie Elkin, and Sam Baker 
Cost: Doors open 7:30 p.m./ Music starts 8:00 p.m./ $18 cover

When: Friday November 18th
Where: Scout Bar; located at 18307 Egret Bay Blvd
Who: Alyson Chayns, Guns 4 Roses
Cost: 18+ show/ $10 cover/ doors open 9:00 p.m./ music starts at 10:00p.m.

When: Friday November 18th
Where: Fitzgeralds; located at 2706 White Oak
Who: Holy Ghost, Eli Escobar, Jessica 6
Cost: All ages welcome/ 8:00 p.m.

When: Saturday November 19th
Where: Jack’s for Cocktails; located at 11720 Wilcrest
Who: Texas TNT
Cost: 9:00 p.m.

When: Saturday November 19th
Where: The Mink; located at 3718 Main
Who: Mobley, A Sundae Drive
Cost: 9:00 p.m./ $7 21+/ under 21 $10

When: Sunday November 20th
Where: 900 Winbern
Who: 6th Annual Katz Coffee Porter Party
Cost: Free event/ 21+/ 2-9 p.m/ Must RSVP to get wrist bands-limit 2 wrist bands per person

When: Sunday November 20th
Where: Bar Munich; located at 2616 Louisiana
Who: Houston Dynamo Official MLS viewing party 
Cost: 8:00 p.m.

 

Upcoming Event Flyers

 

Tix That Rock Houston: Radiohead, Roger Waters, Sting, Houston Rodeo Tickets & More

Upcoming within the next week in HOUSTON is:
Buddy Valastro – The Cake Boss (Fri Nov 11),
Yellowcard (Sat Nov 12),
Musical Alchemy (Sat Nov 12),
Tesla (Sun Nov 13),
Willie Nelson (Sun Nov 13),
Disney On Ice: Mickey & Minnies Magical Journey (Nov 11-Nov 13),
The Wizard Of Oz (Nov 12-Nov 13),
Children’s Festival (Nov 12-Nov 13),
Anthony Hamilton (Mon Nov 14),
Ray Manzarek & Robby Krieger Of The Doors (Tue Nov 15),
The Game (Wed Nov 16),
Between The Buried And Me (Thu Nov 17),
Corey Taylor (Thu Nov 17),
Aretha Franklin (Thu Nov 17),
El torito (Fri Nov 18),
Vince Neil (Fri Nov 18), and
Back To Bass Tour: Sting (Nov 17-Nov 18).

New HOUSTON events featured in the exchange this week include:
Radiohead,
Il Divo,
Houston Rodeo: Alabama,
Houston Rodeo: Big Time Rush,
Houston Rodeo: Zac Brown Band,
Houston Rodeo: Brad Paisley,
The Royal Comedy Tour,
Brian Mcknight,
Flo Rida,
Wu Tang Clan,
Tesla,
Rebelution,
Martin Sexton,
Trombone Shorty And Orleans Avenue,
Iced Earth & Symphony X,
Big Head Todd And The Monsters, and
John Leguizamo.

MyCityRocks was lucky enough to catch Roger Waters‘ phantasmagorical “The Wall” concert the last time it came to Houston, and are thrilled to see him taking the show back out on the road again next year, with his first stop at the Toyota Center on May 1. Get some good seats while you can! Buy These Tickets


Roger Waters at Toyota Center

 

Represent Houston Festivals: Home for the Holidays & More

 

31st Annual Home for the Holidays
Old Town Spring (Spring Cypress Rd)
Spring, TX
281-353-9310
http://www.oldtownspring.com/home_for_holidays.htm
November 12, 2011 through Christmas

Old Town Spring will be draped with thousands of twinkling white lights and colorful decorations. The street lamps will be decorated from top to bottom to give you that old town Holiday feeling. The official kick-off ceremony for the 31st annual Old-Tyme Christmas celebration begins at dusk on the 12th. Spend the day shopping, listening to strolling musicians and barbershop quartets, taking pictures with Mr & Mrs Santa, touring the museum, enjoying a train ride, Watching the bands on stage and last but not least enjoy horse & carriage rides. Look for special sales and mini attractions each weekend. They will be sponsoring a Toy Drive for the Be An Angel Fund, and Supporting our U.S. Troops through the Marine Moms, and Wreaths Across America. Check the website for details. Admission is always free!


On Galveston Island 
Locations listed below
Galveston, TX
http://www.galveston.com/
For many more exciting events on Galveston Island, please visit the website.

November 12, 2011 6-10PM – Festival of Lights Opening Ceremony at Moody Gardens

Holiday sights, sounds, smells and snow will fill the air at Moody Gardens (One Hope Blvd – 800-582-4673) beginning with Santa Claus will parachuting in for the grand lighting of the mile-long, million-light trail. Commemorating the tenth anniversary with more than 100 sound-enhanced, animated light scenes along the trail as well as live entertainment, holiday films and the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink. In the spirit of tradition, “Polar Express 4D” will return to the 4D Special FX Theater for families to enjoy special effects like snow flurries and the delightful smell of hot chocolate. On Food Drive Fridays, visitors will receive two admissions for the price of one when they bring a non-perishable food item, which will benefit the Galveston Food Bank. Every Saturday, guests will experience a winter wonderland with snow – a true phenomenon for Gulf Coast natives! Admission to the Festival of Lights is $5.95. With the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket, ice skate rentals and tickets to the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, holiday MG 3D film, holiday Ridefilm, Discovery Museum and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat can be purchased for only $6 each. The Festival of Lights will be open from 6-10PM. Thursdays through Saturdays between Nov. 24 and Dec. 17 and daily from Dec. 18 through Jan. 1.

The 31st Annual Nutcracker Market
Reliant Center
One Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054
713-535-3231
http://www.houstonballet.org/Nutcracker_Market/
November 10-13, 2011 *Volunteer oppportunities available

 

Featured at this year’s Market are over 323 national and international merchants carefully chosen for their unique offerings including many new merchants selling gifts for the entire family home decor, gourmet food, garden, clothing, sporting gifts, novelties, accessories and more. All proceeds from the Market benefit Houston Ballet Foundation, Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy and its scholarship funds. This year’s Market theme, conceived by Market chairman Sharon Erskine, is “Toy Town Texas.” Houston-area Randalls stores will sell $11 tickets beginning October 17. Admission at the door is $12. Half-price admission is available daily 3 hours prior to closing, and children under 5 are free. Free shuttles run throughout the parking areas, and pedi-cabs will carry shoppers to their cars.

*The Nutcracker Market Needs You!

The Nutcracker Market is a continued success thanks in part to hundreds of gracious volunteers. You can get involved one of two ways, as an individual or as a Houston Ballet Guild member. The Nutcracker Market is seeking volunteers, ages 18 or older, to help with this year’s event (see more details below). The Market will be open from 10AM-9PM Thursday and Friday, and from 10AM-6PM Saturday and Sunday. Volunteer benefits include free parking on the day(s) of your shift(s), free admission for shipping on the day(s) of your shift(s), and access to a volunteer lounge with snacks and refreshments. To volunteer, visit www.shiftboard.com/nutcrackermarket. Click “New Registration.” Look for your welcome email, where you can click “Calendar” to schedule your shifts. Invite your family and friends! If you have any questions, please contact Lori Lang at 713-535-3270 or llang@houstonballet.org.