What's Happening in Houston During Texas Bowl 2010?
- Check out Houston's downtown park, Discovery Green. Take a meandering walk around the lake, view one-of-a-kind sculptures or just hang out on the lawn or in one of the many gardens. Grab a bite at one of two signature restaurants, The Lake House and The Grove. Get into the holiday season by ice skating on The Ice at Kinder Lake. Through January.
- Be sure to do some post-holiday shopping at the fourth-largest mall in the nation. The Galleria offers 375 shops such as Christian Dior, Fendi, Gucci, Armani Exchange and Versace. The sprawling complex also features an ice rink, numerous dining options and two Westin hotels.
- Sports enthusiasts rejoice! When the Bowl is over, watch the Houston Rockets face off against the Toronto Raptors, December 31.
- The Alley Theatre brings holiday cheer to adult audiences with The Santaland Diaries. Crumpet the Elf tells his story (based on the bestselling book by David Sedaris) as a worker in Macy's SantaLand display during the peak holiday crunch. Through December 31.
- Each year, the home of legendary Texas philanthropist Ima Hogg sets the scene for Yuletide: Holiday Time at Bayou Bend. Bringing historic American celebrations to life, this longtime holiday tradition features festive lights, decorations and Candlelight Tours. Through January 2.
- Take a walk on the wild side New Year's Day at the Houston Zoo. See the Zoo's newest attractions and exhibits, including the stunning new 6-acre African Forest complex.
- Galveston Island lights up the holidays with more than a million lights and over 100 displays at the annual Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens . One of the largest holiday celebrations on the Gulf Coast, the Festival of Lights is a must-see for all ages. Through January 2.
Looking for the right spot to ring in the New Year?
- Just a few minutes west of downtown is Washington Avenue. From chic dance clubs to cozy pubs, the 3-mile strip guarantees an evening of fun for everyone.
- Glowarama 2011 is sure to illuminate your New Year! There will be live music, a fantastic light show and a seriously fun H-E-B Art Car Glow 'n Roll parade.
- Celebrate the new year with a two-hour pontoon boat ride down Buffalo Bayou for a New Year's Cruise that will feature champagne and gorgeous views of downtown.
- New Year's Noon at the Children's Museum is the city's longest-running New Year's Eve celebration just for kids!
For the Kids
- Go on an undersea adventure at the Downtown Aquarium. Check out the Kemah Boardwalk and amusement park on Galveston Bay.
- Learn about the history of space exploration and life in the cosmos at Space Center Houston .
- Zuma Fun Centers offer a great place for family entertainment with go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages, state-of-the-art arcades and much more.
Houston Places and Events of Interest