Represent Houston Festivals: Home for the Holidays & More


31st Annual Home for the Holidays
Old Town Spring (Spring Cypress Rd)
Spring, TX
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
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
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 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