On Thanksgiving night, November 27, Post Oak Boulevard will be the site of the 29th Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting celebration. Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with holiday music and concessions. The free event attracts an audience of more than 200,000 people that fill Post Oak Boulevard between Westheimer and San Felipe Roads.
Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting is the official kick off for the holiday season and is free of charge. Beginning at 5 p.m. emcees Dave Morales, Susan O’Donnell and KSBJ’s Coppelia will welcome the crowd and introduce a Merry Holiday Stage Show. The show features live performances by the Houston Concert Band, Houston Choral Showcase, Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico and A.D. Players, among others. While awaiting the arrival of Santa, attendees can enjoy holiday beverages and treats available from concession stands and food trucks. As the excitement grows, a traditional countdown is Santa’s signal to illuminate half a million twinkling lights on 80 trees along Post Oak Boulevard and surrounding Uptown area building tops. The spectacular fireworks extravaganza begins at 7 p.m.
The Hilton Houston Post Oak adds to the holiday cheer with the annual Balcony Decorating Contest. Each year families participate in this competition by decorating their balconies with creative holiday decorations including lights and holiday garlands. A team of local celebrity judges will select the top three balconies and announce the winners before the night’s end.
Free parking is available throughout Uptown at the following locations: Centre at Post Oak, Dillard’s Garage, Williams Tower, Four Oaks Place, The Galleria, Post Oak Plaza and Post Oak Central.
A percentage of concession sales will benefit Be An Angel, a non-profit organization helping children with multiple disabilities or profound deafness, and the Houston Area Urban League, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping African Americans and other minorities secure economic self-reliance, power and civil rights.
This FREE family event is made possible by Uptown Houston’s generous partners: Uptown Houston, KSBJ, NGEN Radio, Backstage OL, 93 Q Country, 97.1 Country Legends, 106.9 / 107.5 The Eagle, Hilton Houston Post Oak, Cousins, Stella Artois / Silver Eagle Distributors, Randalls and Maggiano’s Little Italy.
For more information visit www.uptown-houston.com, call the information hotline at 713-621-2504 and follow Uptown Houston on Twitter (@UptownHouston) and like us on Facebook. Photo of 2013 Uptown Lighting obtained from Uptown Houston’s Facebook page.