Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting: Parking, road closures, event information

By Nakia Cooper - Senior Web Editor, Robert Arnold - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - On Thanksgiving night, Post Oak Boulevard will be the site of the 29th Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting with Fireworks presented by Carnan Properties celebration.

Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with holiday music and concessions. The free event attracts an audience of more than 200,000 people that fill Post Oak Boulevard between Westheimer and San Felipe Roads.

Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting is the official kick off for the holiday season and is free of charge. Beginning at 5 p.m., emcees Dave Morales, Susan O'Donnell and KSBJ's Coppelia will welcome the crowd and introduce a Merry Holiday Stage Show. The show features live performances by the Houston Concert Band, Houston Choral Showcase, Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico and A.D. Players, among others. While awaiting the arrival of Santa, attendees can enjoy holiday beverages and treats available from concession stands and food trucks. As the excitement grows, a traditional countdown is Santa's signal to illuminate half a million twinkling lights on 80 trees along Post Oak Boulevard and surrounding Uptown area building tops. The spectacular fireworks extravaganza begins at 7 p.m.

The Hilton Houston Post Oak adds to the holiday cheer with the annual Balcony Decorating Contest presented by Capital One. Each year families participate in this competition by decorating their balconies with creative holiday decorations including lights and holiday garlands. A team of local celebrity judges will select the top three balconies and announce the winners before the night's end.

Free parking is available throughout Uptown at the following locations: Centre at Post Oak, Dillard's Garage, Williams Tower, Four Oaks Place, The Galleria, Post Oak Plaza and Post Oak Central.

A percentage of concession sales will benefit Be An Angel, a non-profit organization helping children with multiple disabilities or profound deafness, and the Houston Area Urban League, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping African Americans and other minorities secure economic self-reliance, power and civil rights.


Parking is available at the following locations:

  • Centre @ Post Oak
  • Dillard's Parking Garage
  • William's Tower
  • Four Oaks Place
  • The Galleria
  • Post Oak Plaza
  • Post Oak Central

Road Closure Information:

  • Beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, November 27, Post Oak Boulevard will be closed fromĀ  Ambassador Way to Guilford.
  • Beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, November 27, Post Oak Boulevard will be closed from Westheimer to San Felipe.
  • Post Oak Boulevard will reopen at 10 p.m. Thursday, November 27, except the block between Ambassador Way and Guilford.
  • Post Oak Boulevard will completely reopen by 7 a.m. Friday, November 28.

For event information visit www.uptown-houston.com or call (713) 621-2504.

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