Represent Houston Festivals: Christmas Boat Lane Parade, Lights in the Heights & More

German Christmas Festival & Market
201 S. Elm (near Depot Plaza)
Tomball, TX
December 9-11, 2011 Fri 6ˆ10PM/Sat 10AMˆ9PM/Sun 10AMˆ6PM

Tap your feet to the music of Alpenfest, Chris Rybak, Terry Cavanagh, Das Ist Lustig, Tubameisters, Valina, and get into the festive spirit with the sounds of strolling Christmas carolers. It‚s a Texas German celebration at Christmas time on the old downtown streets of Tomball Texas. An estimated 150 unique and interesting street vendors will line Market and S. Walnut Streets, selling German Christmas items, arts and crafts, and much more. Visit the „Weihnachtshaus‰ inside the Community Center at 221 Market Street at the corner of Cherry Street which will be filled with German clothes and souvenirs for sell. Three German tents and music stages will house biergartens decorated with German themes and Christmas lights. Tables and chairs will allow you to relax with your Dunkles Bier (dark beer), or a warm cup of Glühwein. Don?t miss the traditional Dutch Santa, Elf, live Christmas tree, clowns, juggler, strolling entertainers, and Santa Clause himself. These characters welcome free photo request, so bring your camera.The Kinderfest (kid?s area) will provide entertainment and fun for the young visitors. It includes carnival rides, bungee-jumping, rock wall, petting zoo, pony ride, walk on water, and more. Enjoy the free hayride and the Christmas lights tour at the museum district. Food vendors will include traditional German food and drink, Glühwein (mulled wine), beer, Christmas Stollen & Homemade Breads, Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and pastry), Bratwurst, red cabbage, sauerkraut, apple strudel, etc., and will, also, include festival foods like funnel cake, corn dogs, hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle korn, and barbeque. Free Admission Parking & Shuttle Parking for the German Christmas Market will be at the old Klein‚s Grocery Store 1200 W. Main Tomball. The free shuttle will take riders to the Market on Saturday and Sunday and to Christmas on Commerce on Saturday only.

Tube-Off Tournament Holiday Party and Raffle
Aurora Picture Show @ El Dorado Ballroom
2310 Elgin Ave.
Houston, TX
December 15, 2011 7:00PM

Polish off your best holiday sparkles and flashing reindeer antlers to square off against other You-Tubers at our holiday party Tube-off Tournament. The audience picks a theme and two players face-off to find the most bizarre, funny, festive or heartfelt videos and present them to the audience in a series of fast-paced rounds complete with stop-watches and a huge gong. May the best clicker with a keen eye and holiday spirit win! Party includes the annual holiday raffle drawing, light Tacos-A-Go-Go and Whole Foods Market, as well as holiday cocktails from Saint Arnold Brewery, Treaty Oak Rum and Paula’s Texas Spirits. Tickets are $10 each or five for $40 and are available for purchase online.

50th Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade
Kemah Boardwalk
215 Kipp Ave
Kemah, TX 77565
December 10, 2011 6:00PM

Ring in the holidays with this Clear Lake tradition. More than 100,000 people traditionally enjoy this event from land and from hundreds of boats anchored throughout the lake. The parade features more than 100 themed and brightly decorated power and sailboats that will traverse the Clear Lake channel from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon to Galveston Bay. While you are there, don’t forget the fantastic collection of rides, games, shopping, live entertainment and a variety of well-known restaurants all in a magnificent waterfront atmosphere. Check out 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.

Lights in the Heights
Bayland and Woodland Streets
Houston, TX
December 10, 2011 6:00PM

Lights in the Heights began 24 years ago as a small, neighborhood holiday festival of music and open houses along Bayland Avenue and the Norhill Esplanade. The original idea was suggested by a resident‚s visit to New Mexico where they were smitten by beautiful displays of luminaria. Evolving beyond the original visual treat, the event became a way for neighbors to get to know one another and celebrate the holiday season. That first year approximately 1000 luminaria lined Bayland Avenue, from Houston Avenue to Studewood. Residents baked cookies and took them to open houses for friends and visitors to enjoy. Early on, only a dozen or so musicians performed on porches. Today, over seventy entertainment groups volunteer their time and talent for this event. Unique in its venue – neighborhood porches and yards – and it‚s all volunteer organization, Lights in the Heights has become a part of many residents‚ holiday memories and traditions. They are scaling back the event considerably this year. Please note that there will be no food vendors or activities on the esplanade and all posted and non-posted parking restrictions will be enforced. This means that your car WILL be towed if you are illegally parked!

Alamo DraftHouse Rolling Roadshow
Market Square Park
301 Milam
Houston, TX 77002
December 11, 2011 7:00PM

Recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the 100 best American films ever made, Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow brings “It‚s a Wonderful Life” to the big screen. Snuggle up and enjoy this holiday classic. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. Food and beverages (including beer and wine) are sold at Niko Niko‚s (open Mon-Fri from 7 am to 8 pm and Sat-Sun 9 am to 9 pm, extended hours during events). Alcohol is not allowed to be brought into the park; it can only be bought at the café. Metered on-street parking is available Mon-Sat and is free after 6 pm and all day Sun. $5 parking is available daily at Market Square Garage.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
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 15, 2011 6:30PM – IKEA Houston Silver Screen at Discovery Green: “Polar Express”
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. 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

International Winter On The Waterway Festival
Town Green Park along The Woodlands Waterway
Lake Robbins Drive (West of Six Pines)
Woodlands, TX 77380
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.

31st Annual Home for the Holidays
Old Town Spring (Spring Cypress Rd)
Spring, TX
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
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
For many more exciting events on Galveston Island, please visit the website.

December 09, 2011 6AM-5PM – Share Your Holidays Food Drive, Ball High School (43rd and Avenue P)
After 30 successful years partnering with ABC- 13 Share Your Holidays Food Drive to benefit those in need on Galveston Island, the Ball High School Student Council is expanding their efforts to meet the needs of the hungry ˆ not only in Galveston ˆ but throughout Galveston County. Donors are urged to bring non-perishable food items including canned goods, paper products, diapers (no baby foods), or cash donations. Checks for your tax-deductible contribution can be made payable to Gleanings From the Harvest. For more information about this event and how you can help, please contact Lisa Schweitzer at 409-789-4717.