The holidays are finally here again! At the end of a very long year, we can all look forward to the shining lights and warm spirit of goodwill to all. City Lights at Avenida Houston is pulling out all the stops to transform the downtown plaza into the perfect winter wonderland - complete with ice for skating, lights for gazing, and activities to make your family’s season bright. Stare in wonder at an array of gaily decorated trees courtesy of the Alley Theater. Bring the ones you love, stay nearby and make a weekend of it, become immersed in a community of joy and holiday cheer.



The Ice at Discovery Green

Discovery Green Ice Rink
November 12, 2021 – January 31, 2022
The Ice at Discovery Green clocks in as the largest outdoor skating rink in the Southwest. Made from water recycled from the park’s Kinder Lake, the rink is the de facto headquarters for outdoor winter fun in Houston, presenting a wide variety of seasonal programming for skaters and spectators alike. Discovery Green has reinvented the experience to ensure that you can still make memories here with your family and friends.

Discovery Green Art Installation
Photo by Frankie Ortega

This year's winter art installation is the Mosaic of Light by Hybycozo running through February 27, 2022. The installation will feature illuminated artworks, and special programs for children and adults. Safety protocols include increased sanitation and contactless ticket buying. Learn More »

Special Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green events: 

Frostival featuring Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green®
Friday, Nov. 12.
Enjoy the crisp winter air on the ice opening night! The first 50 skaters in line skate for free. (Don’t purchase tickets ahead of time.) Forever Green Members skip the line and skate for free 5 – 7 pm. (Maximum 5 family members.) Reverend Butter will craft an ice sculpture with his trusty chainsaw beginning at 6:30 pm. A live band will perform from 8 – 9 pm. 5 – 10 pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Cheap Skate Night 
Mondays, Nov 15 & 29; Dec 6 & 13; Jan 3, 10 & 24
On select Mondays this winter, glide around Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green for just $8 + tax per person (includes skate rental.) 5-10 pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. 

Skating with the Stars
Tuesdays, Nov 16, 23 & 30; Dec 7, 14, 21 & 28; Jan 4, 11, 18 & 25 
Houston’s top figure skaters perform demonstrations on Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green®. 7—7:15 pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. 

Clutch City Wednesdays
Wednesdays, Through Jan 26
Skate to music by Houston artists and wear any Houston sports team gear to receive $2 off admission. Discounted tickets must be purchased in-person. If the desired time is fully-booked, there may be a wait.  5—10 pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. 

Santa at Green Mountain Energy Ice! 
Thursdays, Nov 18; Dec 2, 9, 16, 23

Children of all ages are invited to visit with Santa Claus! 7-8pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Storybook Stars at Green Mountain Energy Ice!
Thursdays, Dec 30; Jan 6, 13, 20 & 27
Children of all ages are invited to visit with their favorite storybook characters. 7-8 pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Flashback Fridays
Fridays, (Except Dec. 24 & Dec. 31)
Whether you remember exactly where you were when you heard your favorite song or you are experiencing it all for the first time, DJ Mohawk Steve will connect you to the power of some of the greatest hits through time. 7-9 pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Dance/Skate Party Saturdays 
Saturdays (Except Nov. 20, Dec. 25 & Jan. 1)
Listen to the coolest pop hits by DJ Boris while skating on the ice. 7-9 pm (Dec 11, 8:30-10:30pm). Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. 

Skating with the Stars  
Sundays, Nov 14, 21 & 28; Dec 5, 12, 19 & 26; Jan 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Houston’s top figure skaters perform demonstrations on Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green®. 7—7:15 pm. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney.

Avenida Bites and Lights

Avenida Bites & Lights
November 18, 2021 - January 2, 2022
This holiday season downtown will be brighter than ever as Houston’s largest convention and entertainment campus will transform into a festive destination for both residents and visitors to make special memories that will last a lifetime. Take a stroll through amazing lighting displays, enjoy live weekend entertainment, and savor tasty bites at a special discount at Grotto Downtown, Xochi, Biggio’s, The Rustic, and Saltgrass Steak House.


Marriott Marquis Pool Night

Marriott Marquis Presents, Texas Winter Lights
November 11, 2021 - January 3, 2022

The Marriott Marquis Houston brings about a new poolside tradition with their Inaugural Texas Winter Lights Event, an interactive walk-through or float under light experience available on the 60,000 square-foot Parkview Terrace.

Every night, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. the hotel’s iconic Texas-shaped lazy river will be surrounded by one-mile's worth of sparkling lights, providing an interactive light experience 110-feet above street level, complete with stunning views of downtown Houston skyline, overlooking Discovery Green Park.

Back for its second year, enjoy bigger light displays, more walk-through experiences, and endless selfie stations for an even bolder poolside encounter. With over 20 new Instagram-worthy elements, guests will enjoy photo-ops as they walk under the shade of lights, through our Grove of Trees, among the Archway of Lanterns and more. Float through the lazy river, heated all winter long to 80°, as lights glimmer from above. Cozy up with a nostalgic holiday-themed movie every Thursday. Nightly snowfall and a winter-themed dining menu filled with signature cocktails, dinner and dessert round out the perfect Insta-worthy evening. Follow along on Instagram as we provide sneak peeks on all the new elements coming to Texas Winter Lights this year.  

Light displays include Light Up Sports lawn, Glow Garden, Hanging Icicles and various Instagram-worthy setups. Event guests can purchase s’mores kits to enjoy at the fire pits, rent a cabana for the evening, and enjoy a variety of dining and beverage options.

On Thursday nights the hotel will play holiday movies poolside. Friday and Saturday nights provide an elevated event experience with a dedicated Beer Garden, tap takeover from select beverage partners, giveaways and lively music. All attendees will receive a complimentary souvenir. Tickets must be purchased for guests ages 2 and up. Our weekend experience is reserved for hotel guests. Access to Texas Winter Lights is included when you book your stay.  General admission tickets available Monday through Thursday, starting at $20 per person.  Learn More »



Deck The Trees

Alley Theater’s Deck the Trees at Houston’s Grand Holiday Window
November 16, 2021 – January 3, 2022
Deck the Trees has been a favorite Houston holiday tradition for more than a decade.  Traditionally the event ushered in the Alley's Theatre’s holiday production of A Christmas Carol. 
This year 28 magical trees will relocate to the “Houston’s Grand Holiday Window” of the GRB Houston on the Plaza at Avenida Houston.  Each tree is decorated by Houston’s leading designers and sponsored by generous businesses and individuals. Learn More »

A Christmas Carol - @ the Alley Theatre.  A new adaptation live on stage
November 19-December 29, 2021

Hilton Americas-Houston Thanksgiving Brunch with Santa
Thursday, November 25 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Hilton Americas-Houston Breakfast with Santa at 1600 Bar + Grill 
December Weekends

Hilton-Americas-Houston Pre-fixe Dinner
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day


Xochi Restaurant Marriott Marquis


Nothing sets the mood for a joyful holiday season like a feast. Enjoy some of the city’s finest cuisine from renowned chefs and true epicurean artisans, all just a stone’s throw from City Light at Avenida Houston. Check out an overview of restaurants in the area.


The Landing Hilton Americas


Wondering where to find the best gifts this holiday season? Check out the carefully curated selection at the Hilton Americas-Houston gift store. In addition to souvenirs, shoppers will find a variety of unique products including apparel, handmade jewelry, purses, soaps and much, much more.


Make it a Staycation!

Enjoy the twinkling lights and holiday spirit with your family and then make a holiday staycation out of it. Book your hotel today!

Parking at Avenida Houston

Avenida Houston is located in the heart of Downtown Houston and offers many ways to explore the rest of the city. Whether you’re looking to walk, bus, bike or drive, we have you covered. 

Parking at Avenida Houston

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