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Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting

30th Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting

Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting fireworks

Holiday Lighting funMake 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.

Click here to view our flier.

The Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting is rich in history and tradition. The expertise of the team that creates and produces the event totals more than 500 years of experience. Read more about members of our team:

Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting History

Uptown President John Breeding

"Boulevard Bob"



Event Highlights

4 P.M.

Holiday Music and Concessions - Families can arrive early to enjoy the sounds of their favorite holiday tunes. Also savor the flavors of the holidays as funnel cakes, cotton candy, kettle corn and holiday beverages are just a few of the scrumptious treats that will be sold at area concession stands.

A percentage of concession sales will benefit Be An Angel and the Houston Area Urban League.

5 P.M.

Free to the public, Uptown Holiday Lighting will feature a Merry Holiday Stage Show with festive live performances from local Houston entertainment groups, including the Houston Concert Band, Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir, Houston Choral Showcase, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico, Ballet Folklorico Azteca de Houston, Theater Under the Stars and A.D. Players and more!

Balcony Decorating Contest presented by Capital One - The Hilton Houston Post Oak adds to the holiday cheer with the annual Balcony Decorating Contest presented by Capital One.  Each year families participate in this competition by decorating their balconies with creative holiday decorations including lights and holiday garlands.  A team of local celebrity judges will select the top three balconies and announce the winners before the night’s end.

7 P.M.

Santa Lights the Boulevard - With the help of the audience, Santa and his reindeer will light up more than a half-million twinkling lights on 80 Christmas trees along the boulevard and building rooftops to herald the arrival of the holiday season.

 Dazzling Fireworks Extravaganza presented by Carnan Properties - A dazzling holiday fireworks extravaganza will light up the Houston sky choreographer to favorite holiday music, setting the stage for a spectacular holiday season.



Parking is available at the following locations:

Centre @ Post Oak

Dillard's Parking Garage

William's Tower

Four Oaks Place

Post Oak Plaza

Post Oak Central



Road Closures

  • Beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, November 26, Post Oak Boulevard will be closed from Ambassador Way to Guilford Court.
  • Beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, November 26, Post Oak Boulevard will be closed from Westheimer to San Felipe.
  • Post Oak Boulevard will reopen at 10 p.m. Thursday, November 26, except the block between Ambassador Way and Guilford Court.
  • Post Oak Boulevard will completely reopen by 7 a.m. Friday, November 27.


Benefiting Charities:

Be An Angel is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with multiple disabilities and profound deafness  by providing needed adaptive equipment and select services. Information about Be An Angel and how you can help is available at http://www.beanangel.org.


The Houston Area Urban League, founded in 1968, is a United Way agency affiliated with the National Urban League. Its mission is to help African Americans and other minorities to secure economic self-reliance, parity and civil rights. Information about the Houston Area Urban League is available at http://www.haul.org.




2015TXU Energy Turkey Trot Benefiting Sheltering Arms Senior Services

Move your feet before you eat!  Register TODAY for the 23rd Annual TXU Energy Turkey Trot benefiting Neighborhood Centers and Sheltering Arms Senior Services. 

Runners, walkers, families, and kids are all invited to join. Early registration is happening now.  Make the Turkey Trot your family’s healthy and fun Thanksgiving tradition!

To participate, volunteer, donate and sponsor, visit http://HoustonTurkeyTrot.org, like them on Facebook  and follow them on Twitter.