Bellaire - Meyerland - West University | November 2023



• Free (general admission), premium seats start at $28.25 • Begins at intersection of Smith and Lamar streets • City of Bellaire Holiday in the Park Families can celebrate the holiday season with live music from local choirs, snow slides, food and other amenities at the Holiday in the Park celebration, hosted by the city of Bellaire in Bellaire Town Square. • Nov. 30, 6-8:30 p.m. • Free • 7008 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire •


DO IT ANYWHERE ANY T I ME City of Houston Thanksgiving Day parade This annual event usually draws hundreds of thousands of Houstonians to the heart of Downtown. Elaborate floats, marching bands and holiday decor and balloons will traverse 20 city blocks as crowds cheer. The parade is one of the oldest in the country, according to the City of Houston website. • Nov. 23, 9 a.m. Great Houston Pie Run Houston Running Co. will host its seventh Houston Holiday Series race with a family-friendly 10K, 5K and Kids K to celebrate Thanksgiving. The races start at downtown Houston’s Fish Plaza. At the finish line, participants will enjoy pies, beer and music. All participants receive a Great Houston Pie Run finisher medal and unisex T-shirt. • Nov. 19, 7:30 a.m. (5K/10K), 9:30 a.m. (Kids K) • $50 (10K), $40 (5K), $20 (Kids K) • 501 Texas Ave., Houston • html Nutcracker Market Guests will be welcomed by giant nutcracker statues and a red carpet at the annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. The event will feature apparel, accessories, jewelry, food, home and holiday decor, toys and gifts from local vendors. • Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • $55+, free admission for ages 2 and younger • NRG Stadium, 1 NRG Park, Houston • Bella Gaia and William Close & The Earth Harp Collective To close out the 100th season of Miller Outdoor Theatre performances, artist William Close and the Earth Harp Collective will collaborate with Bella Gaia, a visual performance utilizing aerial acrobatics to tell the cosmic story of earth and all its interconnectedness. • Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m. • Free • 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston •


wine glass to take home. Attendees must be 21 or older. • Dec. 15, 5:30-7 p.m. • $50 (members), $55 (nonmembers) • 4501 Woodway Drive, Houston • holiday-sip-stroll-2 Sights and Sounds Meditation: Winter Solstice The meditative experience celebrates the winter solstice and will take place alongside the sounds of singing bowls and wind chimes played by Saumil Manek. Guests can enjoy a special winter light installation by Houston artist and engineer Kelly O’Brien. • Dec. 21, 6-6:45 p.m. • $25 • 105 Sabine St., Ste. B, Houston • Zoo Lights The Houston Zoo staff invites friends and family to sip hot chocolate and walk through the grounds this holiday season. Past iterations of this tradition featured 15 miles of LED lighting to illuminate the zoo’s oak trees, pictures with Santa, animal- themed lanterns and a 33-foot-tall holiday tree. • Daily through Jan. 7, 5:30-10 p.m. • Starts at $17.95, free admission for ages 2 and younger • 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston •

Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular Join Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in the outdoor pavilion of City Hall for a tree lighting powered by Reliant Energy and fireworks to kick off the holiday season. In the past, the event has included dances, photo ops with Santa and holiday-themed vendors.

• Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m. • Free admission • 901 Bagby St., Houston •

Mini Candlelight Tours The Heritage Society of Sam Houston Park will decorate historic homes with holiday decor, candles and actors reenacting 19th century Houston for the organization’s annual candlelight tour. Performances by string ensemble HeartStrings Houston, carols by The Houston Boy Choir and a festive gift shop are just a few ways The Heritage Society will spread cheer this year. • Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. • $20 (adults), $10 (children ages 5-18 ), free (children 5 and under) • 1000 Bagby St., Houston • Holiday Sip N Stroll Sip a delicious beverage and stroll along lightly decorated trails at the Houston Arboretum. Soak in the festive cheer at special holiday-themed sip stops. The evening walk includes three glasses of wine or Saint Arnold beer, light bites and a limited-edition etched

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