Houston Christmas Tree Goes Green

Hermann Square in front of city hall is in the process of being transformed into a winter wonderland. The Mayor’s annual Holiday Celebration is on Friday. And this year the party is doing the fashionable thing by going green. Laurie Johnson has more.

In the chill of the morning, half a dozen ballet dancers are smiling and shivering in their tights and tutus. They’re standing in Hermann Square, along with a giant gingerbread man and Santa and Mrs. Claus to promote the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration.

Towering behind Houston Mayor Bill White is a colossal Christmas tree.

“We thank Reliant Energy, a sponsor for this Christmas tree that we’ll turn the lights on in due time, has energy efficient Christmas bulbs. So it’s a ‘sign of the times’ that we do have something new and fresh to refresh and old and wonderful tradition.”

The tree will be lit with LED light bulbs. They are brighter, last longer and use one-tenth the energy consumed by traditional Christmas lights.

White says Friday’s party will also serve as a tribute to first responders.

“I want to especially ask Houstonians to take this as a beginning of an opportunity during the holiday season to thank all the heroes and heroines who helped us recover so well from Hurricane Ike.”

The Mayor’s Holiday Celebration is Friday at 6pm and includes the tree lighting, music and fireworks.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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