- Dates: November 28, 2020 - December 19, 2020
- Recurrence: Recurring daily
- Location: The Houstonian
- Address: 111 North Post Oak Lane
- Price: Open to the Public
- Admission: Open to the Public
- Area of Town: Memorial/Energy Corridor
Step into the beautifully decorated Houstonian this season, with twinkling trees, splendid décor, and a "Merry Mansions" gingerbread house display above the Great Room Lobby's 30-foot fireplace. Enjoy holiday entertainment, roasted chestnut inspired chocolate truffles by the fire, and a menu of delectable holiday cocktails.
Merry Mansions Gingerbread DisplayGreat Room Lobby
The Houstonian Hotel brings history to life with "Merry Mansions", a gigantic gingerbread house display celebrating Houston's famous Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and the estates found along North Post Oak Lane, all decorated in splendid holiday fashion. Opening on November 28 with hundreds of pounds of gingerbread, gumdrops and candies, the authentic display features intricately decorated masterpieces rising up to six feet above the Great Room Lobby's stone fireplace.
The exhibit pays tribute to noted architect John Staub, who designed the elegant Bayou Bend mansion for oil heiress Ima Hogg in 1927, and many estate homes for Houston's elite neighborhoods of River Oaks and Broadacres in the 1920s to 1960s. He designed a handful of country houses in the area where The Houstonian is located today on North Post Oak Lane, including the property's own Manor House estate, built in 1941 for oilman Thomas Lawrence. The home of Ernest Bel Fay, now the Fay School, is also featured.
Entertainment in the Great Room Lobby
November 28 - December 19
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 6 - 7 p.m.
Joyous sounds of the Yuletide season are presented by local pianists, hand bells, and soloists by the 30-foot stone fireplace in the hotel's Great Room Lobby. As a special treat, The Houstonian will serve complimentary First Lady Barbara Bush's famous chocolate chip cookies for the kids, and our pastry chef's roasted chestnut truffles for adults! Guests are greeted by a full-size Santa with a sleigh full of toys and goodies display, and can enjoy a special “Merry Mansions” lobby menu featuring light bites and holiday inspired cocktails for $13 such as Rudolph's Wake-up Call, Under the Mistletoe, Claus Family Punch or Mint Chocolate Kisses.
Hotel Lobby Holiday Libations and Light BitesNovember 28 - December 19
Gingerbread House Holiday WorkshopSelect December Dates
Space limited due to distancing requirements
Join our Pastry Chef for a memorable time together decorating premium, whimsical gingerbread houses. Each price includes one house & all the house trimmings individually wrapped for one parent and one child. Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate and seasonal baked goods will be available.
Virtual Santa Experience
December 5 & 12
PERSONAL APPOINTMENTS WITH SANTA BY RESERVATION
"Distanced" experience for parents and children.
Open to the Public
Virtual Santa is here! Your child can safely visit jolly old Saint Nick live!
Through a personal online video experience, your child can talk to Santa through a split-screen video chat while sitting in mom or dad's lap in our ballroom!
Reservations are limited and required. Please call 713-685-6710 or email Concierge@Houstonian.com with your reservation request.
Virtual Tree Lighting CeremonySunday, November 29
Holiday Brunches at The Houstonian
Thanksgiving Day, November 26
Christmas Day, December 25
BY RESERVATION ONLY
Year after year, families gather together for Holiday Brunches at The Houstonian. TRIBUTE restaurant offers a seated three-course prix fixe menu featuring holiday fare and “Tex-Lex” inspired favorites. Seatings from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 – 9 p.m. Family photos in the hotel's Great Room Lobby and inviting holiday décor throughout the property make dining at TRIBUTE and experiencing "A Grand Houstonian Holiday" an annual tradition. DOWNLOADABLE MENU AVAILABLE HERE.
TRIBUTE Prix Fixe Menu Price: $78++ Public, $68++ Members, $34++ for Children (10 and under)
For reservations call 713-685-6713.
Order our "Meal To-Go" and enjoy holiday favorites in the comfort of home. Each meal feeds a party of 4, and will be available for pick up on the day of, at The Manor House from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pick up times are first come, first served, so call now to secure your desired time. Full menu available HERE.
Meal To-Go Price: Public $139++, Member $129++
For orders call 713-812-6932.
Perks & Presents Hotel Package
Step into a magical wonderland this season, with twinkling trees, splendid décor, and a “Merry Mansions” gingerbread house display above the Great Room Lobby's 30-foot fireplace. Enjoy holiday entertainment, chocolate roasted chestnut inspired truffles by the fire, and a menu of delectable holiday cocktails. You'll be nestled all snug in your bed with visions of the holidays dancing in your head! For holiday shopping, The Houstonian provides a complimentary shuttle to and from the famous Galleria and the new River Oaks Shopping District. Package provides a special hotel rate, and includes two complimentary cocktails, self-parking and a commemorative Houstonian ornament.
Open to the Public
Steal a kiss under the huge mistletoe ball at the “most kissable place in the city”. Hung in grand style above the iconic Great Room Lobby staircase, the inspiring installation is the perfect place for couples looking for a special memory, or an Instagram-worthy photo op with kissing-hashtag #houstoniankisses2020. The hotel is giving away a New Year's Eve couples package for the post with the most likes on Instagram. Participants must tag @houstonianhotel and use the hashtag to enter.
12 Days of Holiday Market
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Houstonian Club Lobby
Open to the Public
Holiday Shopping is a snap with boutique clothing, jewelry, unique gifts and specialty food pop-up shops! Join us in the lobby of the Houstonian Club each day, December 1-12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On December 3, the pop-ups will support local charities and 100% of donations and proceeds go to the represented organizations.