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BIRDWATCHING – BEST PLACES NEAR HOUSTON

Houston Audubon

Enjoy over 3,410 acres of land at Houston Audubon. This nonprofit conservation is homed to 300 bird species and over 9,450 plants to find and observe. This sanctuary holds bird watching events and bird surveys for the whole family to enjoy. Visit houstonaudubon.org/

Houston Arboretum

Explore the wonders that Houston Arboretum provides! This park has plenty of scenery to take in and different trails to get lost in. The Arboretum is perfect to bird watch and you can even enjoy your morning coffee out on the trails. Visit houstonarboretum.org/

Hogg Bird Sanctuary

Tucked away near Buffalo Bayou, this sanctuary is home to many local birds. This is also the home of many migratory birds, so there are birds year round at the park. Visit houstonparksboard.org/about/hogg-bird-sanctuary

Cullinan Park

This park is impeccable for bird watching! With over 700 acres to wander through, it is easy to get lost in nature here. It also has an observation tower to get an overview of the land. Visit cullinanparkconservancy.org/

Baytown Nature Center

Take a stroll at Baytown Nature Center and you’ll find that it is surrounded by three other bays. Along with, species of birds that are more coastal! This center is great for children to explore and and frolic on all the playgrounds. Visit  baytown.org/city-hall/departments/parks-recreation/baytown-nature-center.

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HOUSTON ART TO EXPLORE OUTDOORS

1701 Commonwealth Mural

At 1701 Commonwealth there is a hidden house that was converted into the neighborhood hangout spot called The Flat. But before you go in, check out the mural that is painted on the outside of the building by Houston artist Daniel Anguilu.

Warby Parker Mural

At 645 Heights Blvd you will find a mural created for Warby Parker by two local artists, Andy Rementer and Creighton Tynes. They created this to showcase the fun and vibrant styles of glasses that Warby Parker provides.

Greetings from Houston

Located at 3602 White Oak Drive is an Italian gelato shop with a mural painted on the left side of the building that greets anyone passing by. This mural was created by Daniel Angulu, who captured all things Houston!

Montrose Paint Wall

Biscuit Paint Wall is located on the side of Biscuit Home which is located at 1435 Westheimer Road. The wall was created by artist Sebastien who had the creative task to bring Biscuit’s Home personality to reflect on the outside.

Let’s Preserve the Creation

Check out one of Houston’s largest murals that is located in Midtown! This mural was designed for the Arts “Open Door” project. It took a month to finish and over 500 cans of spray paint to create it. Located at 2800 San Jacinto Street.

Houston is Inspired

This mural has become a landmark to Bayou City. This mural was developed for an advertising campaign back in 2013 to promote the culinary and art scene in Houston. Artist Mario Figueroa created this movement for the past and still retains for the future. Located at 420 Travis Street

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ENJOY THESE HOLIDAY DISHES WHILE SUPPORTING LOCAL VENDORS

Sliver Stone

Looking for Gourmet Meals on the go? Look no further. Elizabeth Stone has perfected her company Sliver Stone to deliver exquisite meals for all your lunches, dinners, and small parties for your conveniences and indulgences. Visit www.silverstone-foodshop.com

Culinaire

Packed full of high end services and high end food, Culinaire will give you a high end experience. The Culinaire team has over 20 years of experience in luxury event catering. Chef Barbara Mcknight knows how to make every dish a holiday festivity. Visit culinairecatering.com

Junior League-The Pantry

The Pantry offers all kinds of goodies to take home and enjoy as a part of your holiday meals. Some of our favorites are the casseroles and bakery items such as the famous orange rolls. Gourmet Texas Pecans are now available in The Pantry, so pick up one for a hostess gift, and keep one for yourself. Gift certificates are a great holiday gift and a way to donate to JLH for that special someone that has everything. Visit www.jlh.org/thepantry/

Fab Fete Souffle

Elizabeth Swift has been perfecting her hobby in the kitchen. Her famous Souffle has filled the homes of her family and friends and now available for deliveries right to your doorstep! Fab Fete is a great way to send a gift to someone nationwide. Visit thefabfete.com and make this the life of the party.

Tony’s

One of the most beautiful restaurants in Houston, Tony’s is eye catching from the front door to the food. Not only do they give you a five star experience inside the restaurant but they will also cater you the same experience to enjoy at any party. Try the pastries for dessert. They guarantee not to disappoint! tonyshouston.com

Ragin’ Cajun

If you haven’t experienced a Cajun Style Turkey from Ragin’ Cajun, get ready to convert. Our Cajun Style Turkeys are injected with Cajun/Creole seasonings and deep-fried to perfection so your holiday turkey will be golden-brown on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. Ragin’ Cajun also offers Turduckens. This main course is more than just a meal; it is an experience. Turduckens are created using a deboned turkey, duck and chicken stuffed with two different types of stuffing – dirty rice or jalapeño cornbread. Visit ragin-cajun.com

Houstonian

Holiday Brunches to take home dinners, The Houstonian is going all out for the holidays with great food and the friendliest service in Texas. Creating authentic and delicious food inspired by our neighbors in Texas, Louisiana and Mexico is how they pay respect to Southeast Texas cooking called Tex-Lex. Visit houstonian.com

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‘TIS THE SEASON FOR (NEW) HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

The Houston Symphony

This is the best way to start getting in the true holiday spirit. Join the Houston Symphony in accordance with the safety guidelines for the following upcoming events:

American Strings: From Folk to Film – November 20-22
A Baroque Christmas – December 4 – 6
Very Merry POPS – December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market 2020

A free virtual market going on now through December 11. Jump on this website to shop and support the Houston Ballet during this challenging time. It’s not just shopping. It’s an experience! Houstonballet.org

The Light Park In Spring Texas

A 30-minute drive north in Spring, Texas, The Light Park has decked its proverbial halls all over the Hurricane Harbor Splashtown parking lot with a mile-long display of holiday spirit, complete with a 700-foot LED tunnel (the largest in the world, organizers say). www.springhappenings.com

Houston Zoo Lights

From November 14, 2020 – January 10, 2021, reconnect with the animals while enjoying the grounds full of lights and experiences. Interact with Candy the Zoo Lights Zebra, get a selfie on a giant ice throne, and take a socially distanced photo with Santa in his workshop! Stroll through a 125-foot-long, Infinity Tunnel of Light, see dragons come to life in the 4-D Enchanted Forest, and experience “snow” in Texas! Buy tickets online only at houstonzoo.org

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OPENING OF MEMORIAL PARK’S EASTERN GLADES

Reclaiming 100 acres of previously inaccessible parkland and inspired by the original 1930s Master Plan for Memorial Park by landscape architects Hare & Hare, the Eastern Glades provides something for everyone – from runners on the Seymour Lieberman Trail, picnicking families, students of ecology and those interested in Houston’s and the nation’s cultural history. Eastern Glades is home to over 150 native species which add biodiversity and wildlife habitat to the Park.

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BEST FARMERS MARKETS IN HOUSTON

The Houston Farmers Market
2520 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009
Small and packed little market full of everything you could think of. Great prices on many different herbs and produce, as well as culture items.

Memorial Villages Farmers Market
10840 Beinhorn Rd, Houston, TX 77024
Farm vendors with a variety of produce and several other fun vendors. Some favorites vendors include hummus, coffee, kombucha, and homemade pasta. Unique items not found anywhere! Continue Reading

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ENHANCED OUTDOOR DINING

Here’s a list of some of Houston’s best restaurant patios, including shaded hideaways, discreet terraces and sprawling biergartens.

A’BOUZY
2300 Westheimer,713-722-6899
Perch at this Westheimer-facing patio and order exotic Champagnes or other wines. Pair these wines with an eclectic menu of French dishes that incorporate southern flair. Some of those selections include Boudin Stuffed Quail and Seafood Bouillabaisse Pasta. a’Bouzy is very popular, particularly during weekend brunch, and reservations are highly recommended. Continue Reading

These Houston Holiday Events are sure to be a delight!
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EVENTS TO CHECK OUT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Its the Holidays in Houston and our wonderful city has so much to offer!!  Check out just a few of our favorite Houston Holiday Events; we are sure you will find something for everyone!

Discovery Green Ice Rink

It’s time to hit the ice at the Discovery Green Ice Rink, open November 15 to February 2, 2020. Don’t leave without exploring the park’s new art installation, here exclusively for the winter. If you’re interested pick up tickets for $11 and rent your skates for $4.

Alley Theatre – A Christmas Carol

The Alley Theatre welcomes back the family-friendly retelling of the Charles Dickens story, A Christmas Carol—A Ghost Story of Christmas, on stage from November 15 to December 29.

Houston Zoo Lights

Grab a hot chocolate and take a stroll through the 15 miles (and more than two million lights) covering the zoo’s paths at Zoo Lights, November 23 to January 12, 2020. New this year is a 100-foot-long, Infinity Tunnel of Light, the 4-D Enchanted Forest, and a gigantic Ice Dragon that comes to life!

Magical Winter Lights

Magical Winter Lights in La Marque gives a fresh, multicultural take on the traditional holiday light shows. From November 15 to January 5, 2020 you can visit the 20-acre lantern festival to see 100 individual lantern sets, acrobatic performances, carnival rides, games, an interactive dino area and more!

Houston Ballet – The Nutcracker

Put on your favorite holiday outfit to see the Houston Ballet’s The Nutcracker at the Wortham Theater. Catch the show from November 29 to December 29.

Children’s Museum – Real Snow Days

One not to miss with the kids, head to the Children’s Museum of Houston for any (or all) of their holiday happenings, like Real Snow Days.

Moody Gardens – Festival of Lights

For those willing to take a short drive, the Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens in Galveston goes all out, with outdoor ice skating, a giant arctic slide, a 4D experience, and holiday-themed light displays. Enjoy through January 12, 2020. 

Houston Symphony – Holiday Performances

Envision sugar plums, flying reindeer and a sleigh filled with toys with the sign along ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by the Houston Symphony.  Enjoy some of your favorites like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Also there will be a craft station and other musical activities, like an Instrument Petting Zoo, in the Jones Hall lobby!. Tickets are available for the December 14 show.

The Square at Memorial City

The Square at Memorial City knows how to celebrate holidays! Mark your calendars for some of their crowd favorite concerts, movie nights and ice skating. 

Bayou Bend – Christmas Village

The Christmas Village at Bayou Bend is sure to turn any frown upside down. Th is special event includes carolers, Santa, a faux-snowball area, faux-snow slide and stunning light displays.   Kids and adults alike will remember this for years to come. Tickets are available from December 12 to December 30, 2020.

Dickens on the Strand

If bowlers and petticoats are more your style, Dickens on the Strand (December 6 to December 8) in Galveston, is sure to peak your interest.  The historical reenactment takes you back to 19th Century Victorian London for a holiday celebration for the whole family. Enjoy parades with countless entertainers, costumed street vendors, Tiny Tim’s Playland, holiday food and drink, plus much more!.

City Centre – Noon Year’s Eve

In conjunction with Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, City Centre hosts a Noon Year’s Eve for those who can’t/don’t want to make it to midnight. On December 31, dance to a live DJ and countdown to lots of bubbles at noon. There will also be face painting, balloon art, and even a magic mirror photo booth!

If we’ve missed one of your favorite Houston Holiday Events, we would love to hear about it!  Either comment below or follow us on social to share what makes this season special to you.

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‘Tis The Season – The Gift of Giving

The holidays bring about what can be a whirlwind of emotion and excitement! 

You might be thrilled at the thought of spending time with your family, enjoying festive activities. Or filled with joy in seeing the magic of the season. You may even be feeling pressure and stress to find the time to do all of these activities and affording the season.

Regardless of whether you’re donating for a family in need or volunteering at a local charity, giving back during the holiday season is incredibly impactful.  When people refer to this time as “the most wonderful time of the year”, it can easily be forgotten that for so many people, it is not.

Everyone can make an incredible impact for those who may not be so fortunate.  The true spirit of the holidays comes from giving back, giving thanks and helping those in need. 

In Need In Houston

Recently, the Houston Food Bank had a malfunction in their refrigeration system which caused over 62 truckloads of produce, dairy, and other perishable goods.  It will cost an estimated $3 million for disposal, clean-up and replacement. This year we feel it incredibly important to show support to this fantastic organization that does so much for our wonderful city!  

Find out more about the Houston Food Bank by going to their website or show support on your favorite social media platform.  Here are the links below:

Houston Food Bank Website
Houston Food Bank Facebook
Houston Food Bank Twitter
Houston Food Bank Instagram
Other Ways to Spread the Holiday Spirit

Here is a list of some other easy ways to give back and spread joy this holiday season:

  • Help an elderly neighbor put up their Christmas lights
  • Write a letter or send a card to a child in the hospital
  • Organize a food drive at the office
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  • Donate Clothes to a local shelter
  • “Adopt a child” to buy gifts for Toys for Tots
  • Visit a nursing home and go caroling with some friends
  • Hand out bags of snacks and essentials to the homeless

How do you plan to give back this year?