Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting: What you need to know, including road closures, parking info

HOUSTON – The 32nd Annual Uptown Holiday Lighting event will return after a two-year hiatus on Thanksgiving evening, November 28, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m., kicking off the holiday season on Post Oak Boulevard.

Preparations along Post Oak Boulevard have been going on for the past three and a half weeks.

This free family event draws more than 100,000 people to the Boulevard between Westheimer and San Felipe for live entertainment, a visit from jolly Saint Nick, a fireworks extravaganza and a dazzling new light show, according to a news release about the event.


Three hundred brand new holiday trees will be synced to holiday music. The trees line Post Oak Boulevard from the West Loop to Richmond Avenue.

“Just the sheer number of possibilities for movement and color , up to 16 million different color possibilities are possible. The trees will dance and move and twinkle , it’s really incredible,” said Andy Baker with Urban FX.

Beginning Thursday and throughout the holiday season, you’ll be able to listen to what you’re watching anytime you’re strolling along the boulevard, using a new app called “Uptown radio."

“When we were just talking about how we’re going to handle the new trees, they’re great new trees for a great new millennium…what can we do, what can we do that’s different,” said Delia Mizwa, Director of Marketing and Communications Uptown Houston.

Drivers can expect road closures on sections of Post Oak Boulevard beginning 10 a.m. Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving) through 7 a.m. Friday, November 29.

Performers will include Christina Wells, a semi-finalist on “America’s Got Talent,” Ballet Folklorico Herencia Mexicana de Houston, Houston Concert Band, Houston Show Choir, and A. D. Players.

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will also make an appearance.

Here’s what you need to know about area road closures:

Beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 28, Post Oak Boulevard will be closed from Ambassador Way to Guilford Court.

Beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, November 28, Post Oak Boulevard will be closed from Westheimer to San Felipe.

Post Oak Boulevard will reopen at 10 p.m. Thursday, November 28, except the block between Ambassador Way and Guilford.

Post Oak Boulevard will completely reopen by 7 a.m. Friday, November 29.

What you need to know about event parking:

Free public parking is available at Centre at Post Oak, Dillard’s, Four Oaks Place, Post Oak Plaza and the Galleria.

For more information visit www.uptown-houston.com.

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