Downtown District’s First Holiday Spectacular Kicks off Thanksgiving Day

November 20, 2008

With the help of various downtown organizations including Discovery Green, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, the City of Houston Entertainment and Facilities Department and others, the Downtown District has expanded their holiday activities.


Downtown District’s Holiday Spectacular will kick off with the H-E-B Holiday Parade Thanksgiving Day and continue through December with the Theater District’s medley of shows from the Nutcracker to A Christmas Carol; Downtown Aquarium’s Winter Wonderland and Breakfast with Santa; holiday programming at the newly renovated Central Library; and City Hall’s Holiday Tree.


“Traditionally, Downtown Houston has been the main stage for many major city celebrations, and we promise Downtown District’s Holiday Spectacular will be one of the city’s biggest and brightest,” said Bob Eury, executive director, Houston Downtown Management District.


The five-week event will feature two new holiday components located at Main Street Square, downtown’s pedestrian plaza and retail core featuring Macy’s, The Shops at Houston Center and the new Houston Pavilions; and the new urban park, Discovery Green. New holiday decorations featuring peppermint sticks, snowflakes and 25-foot festive trees with jeweled red, green and white LED lights will illuminate Main Street Square, while Discovery Green will feature a 7,200-sq. ft. outdoor ice skating rink on a portion of Kinder Lake with a variety of family-friendly programming including a Christmas Market.


These destinations and others will be connected by two Holiday Trolleys with stops located close to parking and marked with signs positioned at 9 pick up and drop off stops. The trolley service is free to the public and will operate on Friday evenings from 6:30-11:30 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.) and Sundays 11 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. beginning the day after Thanksgiving and through the end of December.  Trolley supporters include Downtown District, Convention & Entertainment Facilities Dept., Discovery Green, Houston Pavilions, Macy’s, The Shops at Houston Center, Houston Public Library and Bayou Place. 


“We are excited to bring new faces to downtown to experience the existing and new holiday destinations and events,” said Angie Bertinot, director of marketing and communications, Houston Downtown Management District


Downtown District’s Holiday Spectacular Guide & Trolley Map will be available to the public and information on downtown events and happenings throughout the holiday season will be located at



InstantNewsWestu Staff

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