Get Lit in Uptown!

Or…at least get your holiday’s lit that is.  One of Houston’s most iconic signs of the the impending holiday season is seeing the trees getting lined up along Post Oak Boulevard. It always screamed to me…’WooHoo!! Christmas Vacation!’, but the Uptown Lighting is quite quintessentially the official beginning of the Holiday season here in Houston (sorry Mayor Parker, nice tree though!)

The annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting with Fireworks presented by Carnan Properties kicks off this Thanksgiving afternoon at 4pm. It’s FREE for the whole family there’s holiday music, Christmas characters (hey, I met Mrs. Claus and Rudolf last year), Santa is taking 5 from the NP and will push the big light-em-up button; lighting more than a half million twinkling lighting on 80 trees and an incredible fireworks extravaganza (it really is cool…check out my pics from last year in the Gallery) and Hilton Hotel guests deck out their room’s balconies in the holiday spirit.

Event Highlights

4 P.M.

Holiday Music and Concessions – Families can arrive early to enjoy the sounds of their favorite holiday tunes. Also savor the flavors of the holidays as funnel cakes, cotton candy, kettle corn and holiday beverages are just a few of the scrumptious treats that will be sold at area concession stands.

A percentage of concession sales will benefit Be An Angel and the Houston Area Urban League.

5 P.M.

Free to the public, Uptown Holiday Lighting will feature a Merry Holiday Stage Show with festive live performances from local Houston entertainment groups, including the Houston Concert Band, Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir, Houston Choral Showcase, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico and A.D. Players.

Balcony Decorating Contest presented by Capital One – The Hilton Houston Post Oak adds to the holiday cheer with the annual Balcony Decorating Contest presented by Capital One. 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.

7 P.M.

Santa Lights the Boulevard – With the help of the audience, Santa and his reindeer will light up more than a half-million twinkling lights on 80 Christmas trees along the boulevard and building rooftops to herald the arrival of the holiday season.

Dazzling Fireworks Extravaganza presented by Carnan Properties – A dazzling holiday fireworks extravaganza will light up the Houston sky choreographer to favorite holiday music, setting the stage for a spectacular holiday season.


Parking is available at the following locations:

Centre @ Post Oak

Dillard’s Parking Garage

William’s Tower

Four Oaks Place

The Galleria

Post Oak Plaza

Post Oak Central

*Please be aware of the road closures in the area beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, November 27, Post Oak Boulevard will be closed from Westheimer to San Felipe.*

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