Houston Happenings: Thanksgiving Day

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HOUSTON — There are plenty of things happening in Houston on this Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy the day with your family and friends.


The Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley’s.  Since then, the Thanksgiving Day parade has gone through a few changes but today, it remains a 66 year-old holiday tradition showcasing the Houston community and entertaining more than 200,000 parade-goers lining the streets on Thanksgiving morning. Join us again this year as we embrace the holiday spirit on Thursday, November 26, 2015 with the 66th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade.   The Thanksgiving Day parade is a stunning showcase of sensational floats, high-flying balloons, marching bands, artistic entries and live entertainment. The parade will begin at 9:00 am on Smith at Lamar, north to Walker, east to Milam, south to Pease, west to Louisiana, north to Clay, west to Smith, and north to end at Smith and Dallas.

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Make plans to join Uptown Houston and thousands of Houstonians for a night of brilliance at the 30th Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting!

Every year on Thanksgiving evening, November 26, thousands of Houstonians and out-of-town guests gather along Post Oak Boulevard for the annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting with Fireworks Presented by Carnan Properties. This FREE family event features festive music by local groups; holiday characters including larger than life Santa’s reindeer; a special appearance from Santa; lighting of more than a half million twinkling lighting on 80 trees and an incredible fireworks extravaganza.

But it does not end there. The holiday ambiance created by 80 brilliantly-lit holiday trees standing guard over Post Oak Boulevard, as well as numerous decorations and lighting throughout the area continues into the holiday season.

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See the Houston Zoo is a whole new light! Zoo Lights returns to the Houston Zoo beginning November 20 through January 6, with two million lights illuminating throughout the area.

Zoo Lights is separate admission from the Houston Zoo. During Zoo Lights, the zoo closes at 5 pm and re-opens at 6 pm for the magical light display.

The exhibit returns with new pricing and hours: Prime Nights (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at $19.95 and Value Nights (Monday – Thursday except Christmas week) at $14.95. Houston Zoo members pay $9.95 and $14.95 depending on the night.

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The ICE at Discovery Green® presented by Houston First uses recycled water from Kinder Lake to create a 7,716 square-foot ice skating surface, making it the largest outdoor skating rink in the Southwest. The ICE at Discovery Green® presented by Houston First hosts a variety of Winter programming during the winter season, November through early February.

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