Festive Holiday Celebrations Abound for Bay Area Houston Locals and Visitors
BAY AREA HOUSTON, Texas – Ringing in the holidays is always a joyous occasion in Bay Area Houston, where a variety of long-held traditions, shows and events help the community celebrate the season.
“The many regional festivals and activities are sure to put residents and tourists in a cheerful holiday spirit,” said Pam Summers, President of Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. “And, with so many great hotel specials available, out-of-town guests can enjoy a comfortable, affordable visit.”
One of the area’s capstone holiday events is the annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade hosted by the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce. Held on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 6:00pm, onlookers can join more than 100,000 people for this beautiful display, now in its 49th year. Traditionally enjoyed from various waterfront locations and from hundreds of boats anchored throughout Clear Lake, the parade features more than 100 brightly decorated power and sailboats that traverse the channel from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon through Seabrook, Kemah and out to Galveston Bay.
For those wishing to fend off holiday weight gain, join Rudy Reindeer, Santa and his helpers for the 20th Annual Reindeer Run on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 8:00am. The run starts and ends at the CHRISTUS St. John Hospital Professional building on Space Park Drive in Nassau Bay. Or, runners can jog on over to the inaugural La Porte By the Bay Half Marathon on December 5, 2010. This race begins at Sylvan Beach, travels through many great locations within La Porte and crosses the Fred Hartman Bridge over the Houston Ship Channel.
To satisfy the sweet tooth, head on over to South Shore Harbour in League City for Sundays with Santa from 11:00am – 2:00pm. Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be there, and admission is free. In addition to the gingerbread house and the elaborate Winter Wonderland in the lobby area, Santa will pose for pictures with the young ones whose parents bring cameras. All are invited to partake in cookies and punch.
Take in a quality performance of The Nutcracker by the Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theater. Held at the University of Houston-Clear Lake's Bayou Theater, shows are ongoing each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 3-12. Other events include League City’s Holiday in the Park Parade and Festival on December 3-5, Galveston’s Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens through January 1, 2011 and the month-long Yuletide Texas - Battleship TEXAS Tour in La Porte.
“As an added holiday bonus, most all of the area hotels are offering discounted room rates,” added Summers. “Our website at www.visitbayareahouston.com has a listing of many of the specials, or simply give our visitors center staff a jingle at (281) 474-9700 and we can help book accommodations on our happy coast.”
About the Bay Area Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Bay Area Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau (BAHCVB) is the destination marketing management organization for the region surrounding Clear Lake and Galveston Bay. Launched in 2001, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization seeks to actively increase awareness of the region as a premier tourism destination for leisure, meetings and business. For more information on leisure destinations and/or meeting accommodations in Bay Area Houston, call (281) 474-9700 or visit www.visitbayareahouston.com.