The Downtown District is repackaging the Downtown holiday experience with a new campaign called Unwrap Downtown, in partnership with the City of Houston and Houston First.  The holiday season kicks off with a series of special events over Thanksgiving weekend featuring the 70th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade and Reliant Mayor’s 100th Holiday Spectacular, along with Thing-A-Ma-Jingle on Main Street, a new signature holiday event hosted by the Downtown District.

Not only does Unwrap Downtown highlight these signature events kicking off the season, it also encourages Houstonians and visitors to return throughout the holidays to discover and enjoy an abundance of winter-time cultural events and happenings, from ice skating to theater and more!

70th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade
Thursday, November 28, 9 am

Jump start the holidays in Downtown Houston with the 70th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade. Legendary floats, marching bands and holiday spirit will continue to reign at the annual Downtown tradition.

The Voice contestant Simone Gundy will light up this year’s parade with a performance from “The Greatest Show” in collaboration with local talent from the Houston Contemporary Second Company and Aldine Carver Dance Company. Additional performances throughout the parade will feature an excerpt from Theatre Under the Stars’ (TUTS) “Elf—The Musical,” marching bands from across the state and many more. Parade Starts at Smith and Lamar.

The Parade is FREE for all. For those who would like to purchase general seating, there is an opportunity to do so in November.

Thing-A-Ma-Jingle on Main Street
Friday, November 29, 7 pm to midnight

The first annual Thing-A-Ma-Jingle takes place along Main Street, which will be closed to vehicular traffic, between Commerce and Rusk in Downtown Houston’s Historic District. 

Recommended for ages 21 and up, the giant block party will feature a Black Friday Gift Market, Christmas karaoke, photo opps with Hipster Santa, lighting projections and much more. Eventgoers can enjoy food and drink specials and live music at area bars and restaurants.

For updates and specials, follow this event on Facebook

100th Annual Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular
Saturday, November 30, 5 to 8 pm

Celebrating 100 years at City Hall, Mayor Turner and Reliant invite Houstonians to Hermann Square for a FREE event perfect for the entire family. The annual spectacular features live music and the lighting of the 65-foot holiday tree.

Headlining the event this year is Grammy-nominated sister duo Chloe x Halle with a special performance from American Idol contestant Uché. Additional performances include Theater Under the Stars’ “Elf—The Musical,” The Best Little Kelzmer Band in Texas, Kingwood High School Madrigals, Houston Children Chorus among others.

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