Nov 18, 2022 - News

Where to go for the holidays in downtown Houston

A handful of holiday trees are displayed inside a white building

Last year's Deck the Trees at Plaza de Avenidas was over the top. We can't wait to see what's in store this year. Submitted photo: Public content

Downtown is transforming into a winter wonderland of sorts with free and cheap experiences sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Driving the news: Coordinated by Houston First and Central Houston, several downtown destinations will host holiday spectaculars fit for family outings, date nights or even solo trips.

  • The weekslong list of events kicks off at 5:30pm tonight with a ceremonial lighting.

What's happening: The events run from today through Jan. 3.

  • Check out Deck the Trees and a series of concerts at Plaza de Avenidas. Avenida Houston's website has the list of concerts.
  • Float in a heated Texas-shaped lazy river underneath holiday lights at the Marriott Marquis' Texas Winter Lights. Tickets are $25.
  • Skate under open air at the Discovery Green Holiday Ice Village.
  • Invigorate your sweet tooth at the Hilton Americas' Land of Sweets, including a hand-sculpted Minion-themed masterpiece made with one ton of chocolate.
  • Visit the Wortham Theater's Sugar Plum Plaza located outside the theater's main entrance to see larger-than-life ornaments and hear classic holiday tunes.
  • Give a kiss underneath a massive mistletoe at Market Square Park, where you can also watch holiday movies on select dates.
  • Snap a photo with Santa at Santa's Village along the Main Street Square at 6pm every Friday and Saturday, along with holiday markets from local vendors.
  • Enjoy a nightly Winter Wanderland light show along Bagby Street near City Hall.

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