Friday, November 20, 2015

Why I Love Houston....Houston Holiday Festivities

Welcome to my Why I Love Houston Series, where I share my favorite Houston experiences and excursions. My goal is to make my hometown of Houston more accessible to the ever-changing mix of folks adopting our amazing city as their home base and reminding natives of the hidden gems throughout H-town.

Why I Love Houston....Houston Holiday Festivities!

Via Colori 2014 

Among the many things I am thankful for this time year of year, I'm especially grateful for the time I get to spend with my family enjoying many of Houston's holiday festivities.

We'll be starting the family fun this weekend with Via Colori, the 10th annual street painting festival held ​downtown Saturday and Sunday (11/21 & 11/22). Over 200 artists participate in painting the streets surrounding Hermann Square at City Hall with their unique and temporary chalk creations. Plus it's all for a good cause​ because ​the festival benefits The Center for Hearing and Speech, which helps children with hearing impairments. Even though it's free to attend the event, please consider ​mak​ing​ a $10 donation and your kids can participate in Via Bambini ​where they create their own masterpiece to be viewed by the masses.

Frostival!, the opening celebration for ICE at Discovery Green, is Tuesday, November 24th. The many free activities include a snow zone, ice sculptures, live music and guest appearances by Houston Rockets' Corey Brewer and local roller-blading phenom, Juan Carlos aka The Montrose Rollerblader. You can also purchase tickets for your first go at ice skating this season! 

We hope to enjoy the artistic floats, high-flying balloons, and marching bands of the Thanksgiving Day Parade​ when it hits the streets of​ downtown Houston. Jean Luc, my son, loves all the hustle and bustle of a parade!

And our family favorite, Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo, returns on ​Friday, November 20th​ and runs through January 9, 2016​. This magical winterscape​ made up of 15+ miles of tree lightings and festive scenes is always a hit ​with ​our household ​and great for visiting relatives and house guests​.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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