If you are entertaining family or friends in Houston for Thanksgiving this week, then check out these Thanksgiving week ideas for lots of local fun:

WEDNESDAY, November 27

1. Houston Ballet Tree Lighting — The 26th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony is at 11 am, November 27, at the Wortham Theater Center. Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker will flip the switch at noon for the big event in the Wortham Grand Foyer. Enjoy costumed characters from The Nutcracker, local musical groups, and refreshments. Wortham Theater Center is located at 501 Texas at Smith Street.

2. City Hall Farmers Market — Get healthy and buy local produce for your Thanksgiving Day feast from the City Hall Farmers Market, Wednesday, 11 am – 1:30 pm. You’ll also find locally prepared foods ready to eat for lunch. Located at 901 Bagby.

THURSDAY, November 28

Thanksgiving Parade

3. Thanksgiving Day Parade — Don’t miss Houston’s new Thanksgiving Day Parade, Houston on Parade, presented by H-E-B. The fun kicks off in downtown Houston Thanksgiving Day, 9 am. Grand marshal is Houston’s own Tommy Tune — performer, choreographer, and director. The 64th annual parade will showcase Houston’s finest in fashion, food, heroes, culture, sports and talent. Viewing is free along the parade route. New this year: No bleacher or VIP seats will be available. The parade begins on Lamar at Smith and ends on Dallas at Smith. Or stay warm and catch the live telecast on Channel 11, KHOU.

4. Uptown Holiday Lighting — Catch the Uptown Holiday Lighting Thanksgiving Day night for the spectacular 28th annual launch of the holiday season. Holiday music and treats from your favorite food trucks and concessions begin at 4 pm with live music on stage at 5 pm. At 7 pm, Santa lights Post Oak Boulevard’s 80 trees with half-a-million twinkling lights. Fireworks will top the night. Uptown Houston is on Post Oak Boulevard between San Felipe and Westheimer. This is a wonderful free family event with music, holiday characters, and Santa! photo: flickr/heytiffany

FRIDAY, November 29

Pop Shop Houston

5. Pop Shop Houston — Skip Black Friday crazies and head to Pop Shop Houston November 29-30, noon – 8 pm at Silver Street Studios. The 2-day event features an indie craft, art and music fest with lots of independent handcrafted goods and activities and crafts for the kids. Silver Street Studios is located at 1501 Silver Street.

6. Friday Night Flicks at The ICE – Catch a free holiday movie at Friday Night Flicks at The ICE Friday, November 29, 6:30 pm at Discovery Green. It’s a Wonderful Life is the feature this week. Movies will be oriented towards the rink but you are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs and watch from the White Promenade or The Lake House deck. Free movies are held each Friday during the skating season. Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney.

7. Holiday Evening Open House — The Holiday Evening Open House is a tradition for many families the Friday after Thanksgiving. Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens opens its first floor for a Yuletide exhibition and learn how the holidays and celebrations were enjoyed in America’s early days. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 10-17, and free for kids 9 and under. Bayou Bend is located at 6003 Memorial.

SATURDAY, November 30

8. Shopping and Food Trucks — It’s a brand-new event at Houston’s new food park! Enjoy Savory Shopping and Saturday Block Party from noon to 8 pm. The day features 10 gourmet food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, live music, and door prizes. The My Food Truck Park HTX is located at 800 Hwy. 6 South.


9. Zoo Lights — Enjoy the Houston Zoo in a whole new light with TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo. The zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland every night through January 4 with more than 50 animal-themed light displays and 15 miles of tree lighting, 6 pm – 10 pm each night. Sip hot chocolate or listen to carolers amidst the thousands of LED lights — including an extra million lights this year. Tickets are $12 each or save $2 when purchasing online. During Houston Zoo Lights, the zoo will close at 5 pm and reopen at 6 pm.

10. Landry’s Weekend Adventure — Explore three Houston-area venues for the price of one! Landry’s is offering the Landry’s Weekend Adventure Pass with unlimited three-day admission and rides to Downtown Aquarium, Kemah Boardwalk and Galveston’s Pleasure Pier for $39.99. This coupon is valid Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

11. The ICE at Discovery Green — If you love the idea of skating outdoors, then head to The ICE at Discovery Green, which is open now through February 2, 2014 . $12 covers the skating fee for kids and adults. Enjoy Cheap Skate Nights presented by Houston on the Cheap each Monday for $5 skating. Discovery Green is located downtown at 1500 McKinney. photo: Discovery Green

12. Festival of Lights – Head to Galveston for Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens with 1 million lights, live entertainment, outdoor skating and 3D/4D movie options and more. Get 2-for-1 admission on Fridays when you donate a non-perishable food item. Food benefits Galveston County Food Bank. Tickets are $6.95.

Source: HoustonOnTheCheap

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