Holiday events 2019: 11 ways to enjoy the holidays around Bellaire, Meyerland and West University

Galleria Houston Christmas tree
Santa visits are available at the Galleria, Rice Village and other events around the area. (Courtesy Simon)

Santa visits are available at the Galleria, Rice Village and other events around the area. (Courtesy Simon)

Check out these holiday events around the Bellaire, Meyerland and West University area.

Holiday in the Park

Dec. 5: Bellaire transforms its town square into a winter festival with music performances by local schools, a tree lighting ceremony, a petting zoo, snow slides and photos with Santa. 6-8:30 p.m. Free. 7008 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire. 713-662-8280. www.bellairetx.gov

Handcrafted Holiday Market

Dec. 6 & 8: The Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston hosts dozens of vendors offering handmade goods.10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Sun.) Free. 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston. 713-729-3200. www.erjcchouston.org


Levy Park Holiday Festival

Dec. 7 & 8: The Levy Park Conservancy will host two days of music, pop-up shops, dog-friendly activities, crafts, and food and drink by chef Tim Love’s Woodshed Smokehouse and Love Shack restaurants. Noon-5 p.m. Free. 3801 Eastside St., Houston. 713-522-7275. www.levyparkhouston.com

Rice Village Silent Santa

Dec. 8 & 15: The Rice Village District introduces a new way to meet the man in the red suit with a sensory-friendly experience for children with autism and other sensitivities away from the lines, noise and crowds. Parents can reserve a 15-minute time slot from the event's Facebook page. Times vary. 2542 Amherst St., Houston. www.facebook.com/RiceVillageDistrict

3rd Annual Sing Off Competition

Dec. 13: Houston-based band The Suffers will serve as hosts and judges for a holiday-themed a cappella competition at Rice Village. Four groups will compete, including the Rice University Philharmonics, Grandmas’ Boyfriends, Rice Apollos and Space City Sound. 6-8 p.m. Free; online registration encouraged. Located at University Boulevard and Morningside Drive, Houston. https://3rdannualricevillagesingoff.splashthat.com

The Art of Holiday

Dec. 14: The UP Art Studio, known for its mini-mural projects throughout Houston, is partnering with Rice Village to host a live mural painting competition and local art market. 6-9:30 p.m. Free. Located at Amherst Street and Kelvin Street, Houston. www.facebook.com/UpArtStudio

Deck the Halls Parade

Dec. 14: Organized by Westbury residents in 1998, the event mixes holiday traditions and New Orleans-inspired neighborhood parades with music and costumes as well as a toy drive. 5 p.m. Free. Parking is available at the Home Depot at 11500 Chimney Rock. 713-367-3787. www.deckthehallsparade.com

West University Christmas Concert

Dec. 15: The City of West University Place hosts an afternoon of holiday music from the Houston Concert Band, conducted by Chuck Thockmorton, at its Community Building. 2 p.m. Free. 6104 Auden St., West University. 713-668-4441. www.westutx.gov

Bellaire Chanukah Festival

Dec. 22: The Shul of Bellaire hosts the annual festival, featuring snow activities, a giant menorah and more at Bellaire Town Center. 4-6:30 p.m. Free. 7008 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire. 713-839-8887. www.jewishbellaire.com

Santa at the Galleria

Through Dec. 24: Parents can bring their children to meet and take photos with Santa at the Galleria on Level 1 of the Nordstrom wing. A session for children with special needs, in partnership with Autism Speaks, will be held 8:30-10:30 a.m. Dec. 8. Parents can register in advance for their Santa session online. Free. 5085 Westheimer Road, Houston. www.simonsanta.com

Zoo Lights

Through Jan. 12: The Houston Zoo decks out for the holidays with Zoo Lights, featuring large-scale light installations, including a 100-foot-long tunnel. 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. $12.75-$29.95. 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston. 713-533-6550. www.houstonzoo.org
By Matt Dulin

Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


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