The first Christmas tree of the not-yet holiday season put everybody at Houston City Hall into the yuletide spirit. Mayor Annise Parker announced the annual holiday celebration and tree lighting ceremony will take place Friday, December 6, 6 p.m. at Hermann Square outside City Hall.
"This is the 94th year that the city of Houston has had an official start of the holiday season. We have gathered together here at city hall for music, for fun, for fireworks, and to recognize that many faith traditions have celebrations around this time of year."
Angie Bertinot with the Houston Downtown Management District says there will be plenty of things to do to keep everyone in the holiday spirit.
"Nothing is more festive than the holidays at the Theater District. There are hilarious shows this year with TUT's Elf the Musical, and then of course there's always Santa Land Diaries with Alley Theater starring the amazing Todd Wait. And then of course, holiday traditions such as the Houston Ballet's The Nutcracker, Houston Symphony's Handel's Messiah, and a variety of other shows over the next 50 days."
Those events will begin after the annual Thanksgiving Day parade. In the meantime, a 61 foot white fir tree is now heading to Houston from Oregon and will arrive November 16.