CITY LIGHTS AT AVENIDA HOUSTON
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 only thing that could make your holiday celebration better is making the feeling last. This year, take some time to immerse yourself in the festivities by planning a staycation for a special weekend getaway. Hilton Americas-Houston, Marriott Marquis Houston, Embassy Suites by Hilton Houston Downtown, Hampton Inn Houston Downtown, Homewood Suites by Hilton Downtown and Westin Houston Downtown are all within walking distance of Avenida Houston. Or you can check out other downtown hotels here.
ROUNDUP OF EVENTS
Discovery Green Ice Rink
November 13 – January 31, 2021
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. Safety protocols include increased sanitation and contactless ticket buying. A reduced number of tickets will be sold to maintain social distancing. Learn More »
Alley Theater’s Deck the Trees at Houston’s Grand Holiday Window
November 26 – January 3, 2021
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.
Even a pandemic cannot stop this annual tradition. 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 »
Marriott Marquis Presents, Texas Winter Lights
November 20 - January 3, 2021
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 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.
Light displays include Light Up Sports lawn, Glow Garden, Hanging Icicles and various Instagram-worthy set ups. 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. Texas Winter Lights at Marriott Marquis Houston is available to all registered guests staying November 20 through January 3rd. Learn More »
GRAB A BITE
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 here.
WHERE TO PARK
Convenient, on-site parking provides easy access to all of the festivities without the hassle of long walks and searching for an open space. Here are your options.
Avenida North Garage
This garage is connected to the north end of the George R. Brown Convention Center, as part of Partnership Tower at 701 Avenida de las Americas. Entrances for the garage can be found on both Capitol St. (going north) and Rusk St. (going south).
Avenida Central Garage
Located at 1002 Avenida de las Americas, along Discovery Green, Avenida Central is an underground garage with easy access to Avenida Plaza and Discovery Green.
Avenida South Garage
Connected to the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel and convention center, Avenida South is a 1,425-car garage located at 1710 Polk St.
On the southside of Avenida Houston is the Tundra Garage. It connects its parking options to the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets and various concerts and events. Just a short walk from the plaza, it is located at 1515 Jackson St.
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.
As an official Houston Clean Event, we pledge to maintain the highest standards of public safety and health, both for our community and all of our visiting guests. We have implemented the most medically effective sanitation and social distancing measures available for the health of our attendees. Click here to learn more about Houston Clean.