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5 things you should know about the Galleria's annual tree lighting event

HOUSTON – Kick-off the holiday season at the 31st annual tree lighting event at The Galleria.

Here are five things you should know before heading out to the holiday celebration happening at 6 p.m. on Nov. 9:

1. How long is the show?

The show lasts 45 minutes and culminates with the Christmas tree lighting, followed by a fireworks display.

2. How tall is the Christmas tree?

The 55-foot Christmas tree will be lit up by Skating Santa. The tree features 450,000 twinkling lights and 5,000 ornaments in a variety of shapes and colors.

3. Who is performing this year?

 The show will feature a performance by Gyth Rigdon, runner-up from Season 16 of NBC's "The Voice."

4. Who are the skaters?

The group of professional skaters are:

  • Karina Sinding Johnson, four-time Danish Senior National Champion and three-time World Championships competitor
  • Erin Reed, United States National Junior Ladies Medalist and Senior National competitor
  • Joe Gorecki, two-time gold medalist in moves and freestyle 
  • Cheyne Coppage and Katie Uhlig, former National and International Pair Skating medalists

5. How much does it cost?

The event is free and open to the public.