Signaling the official start of the holiday season is the arrival of Santa Claus during the annual Thanksgiving Parade in downtown Houston. The lavish parade is nationally televised and features sensational floats and the best marching bands in Houston. 713-654-8808.
Uptown Holiday Lighting
On Thanksgiving evening, thousands of people will gather along Post Oak Boulevard to ring-in the holidays with the lighting of a half-million twinkling lights, accompanied by an incredible electric light parade and holiday stage show with fireworks. 713-621-2504.
11/23/2012 to 12/30/2012
Featuring glorious scenery and costumes by Tony Award-winning designer Desmond Heeley, Ben Stevenson's breathtaking production of The Nutcracker is, in the words of The Houston Chronicle, "the crown jewel of holiday entertainment." 713-523-6300.
8th Annual Holiday Market with Santa Claus
Traders Village – Houston
11/24/2012 to 12/16/2012
Traders Village turns into a holiday wonderland of bargain shopping, family fun and festive foods at their annual Holiday Market. 281-890-5500.
Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour
11/30/2012 to 12/1/2012
Recently described by Southern Living as "one of the most fascinating neighborhoods in the South’s biggest city," the Heights will be the scene of the Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour, featuring seven spectacular homes delightfully decorated for the holidays.