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13 Ways To Celebrate Thanksgiving In Houston
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13 Ways To Celebrate Thanksgiving In Houston

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Updated: 4 November 2016
As the air gets cool and with the affinity of ‘pumpkin spiced’ beverage options becoming available, it can only mean one thing; fall is in the air. As we make our way through October and round the corner on the holiday season, here are 13 of our favorite ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in Houston.
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Texas Renaissance Festival

We mentioned it in our ‘Top 5 Trips North Of Houston’ and we’ll say it again: head out to Magnolia, TX, and catch The 42nd Annual Texas Renaissance Festival, the nation’s largest renaissance festival. Taking place over eight consecutive weekends, October 8 through November 27, 2016, the Texas Renaissance Festival is the ultimate 16th century party. Whether you’re looking for a fun family trip or to enjoy jousting and oversized turkey legs, check out the festival and see what all the hype is about.

Texas Renaissance Festival, 21778 Farm-To-Market Rd 1774, Todd Mission, TX, USA +1 281 356 2178

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Houston Cinema Arts Festival

Save the date: during the week of November 10 through November 17, 2016, the Houston Cinema Arts Society will sponsor the Houston Cinema Arts Festival. For the eighth annual film festival, potential Oscar-contending films will make their Houston debut, including Lion, starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Screenings will be held across various venues. Check with the Houston Cinema Arts Society for more information.

Houston Cinema Arts Society, 4409 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX, USA +1 713 429 0420

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Texas Championship Native American Pow Wow

Taking place the second weekend of November, the 27th Annual Native American Championship Pow Wow will be held at Trader’s Village, one of the largest flea markets in Texas. This two-day festival, November 12 and 13, will wow with colorful tribal art, dance contests, craft shows, and honoring ceremonies. Hundreds of Native Americans from tribes across the United States will take part in this celebration of heritage and culture. Don’t forget that this land belongs to us all. Spend this Thanksgiving season paying tribute to the original settlers.

Trader’s Village, 7979 N Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX, USA +1 281 890 5500

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Festival of Lights

One of the great things about the holiday season is the assortment of light show attractions. Taking place at the infamous Moody Gardens in Galveston, Festival of Lights is an annual attraction that has become a family tradition. With more than one million lights in 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays, this is sure to be a sight you don’t want to miss. Catch the event from November 12, 2016, through January 8, 2017. On Fridays, the event hosts a food drive. Bring non-perishable items to help those in need this season, and get a discount on festival admission.

Festival of Lights, One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, TX, USA +1 800 582 4673

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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

On November 17, 2016, from 7PM to 8:30PM, don’t miss the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Rothko Chapel. This nondenominational service brings together members and leaders of more than nine faiths to read sacred texts on thankfulness while offering Thanksgiving prayers. Rothko Chapel offers a safe and calm environment to practice grace and gratitude. Everyone is welcome to attend – and don’t miss the reception following the ceremony.

Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St, Houston, TX, USA +1 713 524 9839

A Christmas Carol

There is no one quite like Dickens to remind us the importance of family and noble deeds, especially during the holiday season. From November 19 through December 29, 2016, The Alley Theater will host its production of A Christmas Carol. This epic tale of past, present, and future has been described as ‘spectacular’ and returns to instill the gift of the holiday spirit and redemption. This is a production you don’t want to miss, lest you be haunted by ghosts of Christmas past.

Alley Theater, 615 Texas Ave, Houston, TX, USA +1 713 220 5700

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Zoo Lights

A delightful event that boasts one of the top holiday attractions, The Houston Zoo‘s Zoo Lights is the perfect family event. Taking place November 18, 2016, through January 15, 2017, Houston’s Zoo Lights adapts a fanciful take on the animals. Watch an LED-lit monkey make its way across the electrified trees. With more than two million lights, this event continues to grow every year. Bring comfortable shoes; making your way through the entire attraction can take up to two hours.

Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX, USA +1 713 533 6500

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Enchanted Promenade by TILT

Designed by French lighting studio TILT, Enchanted Promenade takes over Discovery Green from November 22, 2016, through February 19, 2017, offering Houstonians a dazzling installation. Featuring ten colorful, giant peony bouquets which grow brighter as night draws in, scattering warm light throughout. Take a seat and lounge and enjoy the view.

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX, USA +1 713 400 7336

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The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker should be on the itinerary for every holiday season. The Wortham Theater is a beautiful addition to downtown’s theater and arts district and spans two venues. In conjunction with the Houston ballet, The Nutcracker Market, sponsored by the Houston Ballet Guild, will kick off the performance and holiday season by offering holiday must-haves. Buy your tickets and don’t miss the elegant portrayals of toy soldiers and Russian dancers running November 25 through December 27, 2016.

Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX, USA +1 832 487 7000

City of Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade

While nothing compares to New York City’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, Houston still holds its own. This November 24, take the family downtown for the 67th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade. This long-standing tradition showcases the Houston community by embracing the holiday spirit and dazzling the crowd with a stunning parade, high-flying floats, and live entertainment. The parade starts at 9AM on Smith Street; be sure to get there early to reserve a front-row spot.

TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot

If you’re looking for a more philanthropic or physical event this Thanksgiving, register for the TXU Energy Houston Turkey Trot. Races take place November 24, 2016, and participants can register for a kids’ run, a 5K, or a 10K. Begin your Thanksgiving morning by getting a run in while helping the more than 160,000 seniors and children that the neighborhood centers assist every year. Be at the Dillard’s by the Galleria Thanksgiving morning if you’re participating in a race.

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City Hall Farmer’s Market

Another Thanksgiving Day event, on November 23, 2016, head over to the Urban Harvest farmer’s market and grab any last minute ingredients for a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner. From 11AM to 1:30PM, enjoy more than 40 vendors with a variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables. Have your own farm-to-table experience this Thanksgiving and support the local farms that make it happen. Definitely something to be thankful for this season.

City Hall Farmers Market, 901 Bagby St, Houston, TX, USA +1 713 880 5540

Uptown Holiday Lighting

If you’re ambitious like us and plan on attending all of these events, you’ll have no trouble winding down your Thanksgiving with us as we celebrate the annual Uptown Holiday Lighting on November 24, 2016. This free event will begin at 4 p.m. and will host a variety of entertainment. With a larger than life rendition of one of Santa’s reindeer to an appearance from Santa himself accompanied by fireworks, there is something for everyone at this Houston tradition.