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Winter Holiday Events The Woodlands Texas

The Woodlands will kick off a bright and beautiful holiday season with the Annual Lighting of the Doves at Town Green Park in mid November, 2019 typically lasting from early afternoon to early evening.
The event signifies the start of as well as peace throughout the holiday season. Attendees come together as a sign of unity for the ceremonial illumination of the giant doves, which have attracted thousands of visitors over the years.
In addition, Lighting of the Doves celebrates and honors cultural diversity within The Woodlands with a variety of traditional and international performers such as dancers and more.

The Lighting of The Doves

Start your holiday season at the 36th Annual Lighting of the Doves Festival featuring fireworks, ice carvers, kid's activities, live music, snow, and so much more! Don't miss the magic when Santa arrives! Whether you know him as Kris Kringle, Father Christmas or Saint Nick, no celebration of the season would be complete without a visit from Santa Claus. Accompanied by Mrs. Claus and other visitors from the North Pole, Santa will be on hand at the Lighting of the Doves Festival so little ones can whisper their Christmas wish list. Santa's been known to arrive by parachute, sleigh and will once again make his grand entrance in a dazzling, decorated boat from along The Woodlands Waterway at the Celebration Stage between 7:00 and 7:45, so keep your eyes peeled!
Have you ever wondered how many doves are lit and where the doves are throughout The Woodlands? In addition to the illumination of eight doves (the Lighting of The Doves ceremony), which will be displayed over the Lake Robbins Bridge through the end of the holiday season, there are also three doves at Harper's Landing on Trade Center Boulevard; three doves in the Research Forest on Green Bridge; three doves in Creekside Forest at the roundabout; three doves at Woodlands Parkway and Kuykendahl as well as three doves at Woodlands Parkway and Terramont; three doves at Kuykendahl and Creekside Green; and of course 12 doves in Town Green Park, for a total of 38 doves throughout The Woodlands.

The Woodlands Township Christmas Tree

Town Green Park

Tom Green Park Winter Holiday Festival

The Lighting of the Doves Festival was merged with the annual International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW), an international flavored holiday celebration in Town Green Park in 2017. Celebrate the cultural diversity represented in The Woodlands at the annual International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW). The Festival, held at the same time as the Annual Lighting of the Doves, provides attendees an opportunity to learn about the unique holiday traditions from a plethora of countries around the world.

36th Annual Lighting of the Doves

The Lighting of the Doves Festival will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 3:00 - 9:00 PM. The festival is FREE to attend; visitors should be aware that food, beverages, and children's activities vendors sell their wares utilizing tickets, which are available at the Festival. You can access the Festival via The Waterway or the main entrance of Town Green Park.

Two Stages of Entertainment

Every year brings new and exciting acts to the stages along The Waterway, as well as old favorites that return season after season. From Irish and Spanish dancers to Scottish bagpipes, a whole spectrum of entertainment is available for enjoyment and interaction Three stages - the Celebration Stage, International Stage and the Festival Stage, run simultaneous entertainment schedules to ensure there's never a dull moment!

Lighting of The Doves Festival Schedule

Town Green Park – Festival Stage

  • 3 to 7 p.m. - Live Stage Entertainment (TBD)
  • 7:00 p.m. - Stage Dark for Santa Festivities at Celebration Stage

Town Green Park – Celebration Stage

  • 3:00pm - 7:00pm Live Stage Entertainment (TBD)
  • 7:00pm - Holiday Greetings, Santa's Arrival, Lighting of the Doves & Fireworks
  • 8:00pm Live Music by The Fantastics
  • 9:00pm Event Concludes

Entertaiment Activities

Snow Play Areas*
Snow Slides*
Live Entertainment on 2 Stages
Live Reindeer Photo Area

KidZone – Woodlands Children’s Museum Activities(while supplies last)
Face Painting – Free
Balloon Art – Free
Strolling Entertainment

Admission to the event is free. Wristband are required ($10) for unlimited use of inflatables, snow play areas and snow slides. The Woodlands Children's Museum craft zones are free. The family photo area featuring a live reindeer is free. Balloon art and face painters are free. Concessions will be available for purchase - prices vary. Note: Entertainment schedule and posted pricing is subject to change without notice, and is not in the control of
Families once again can brighten the holidays for those less fortunate by bringing an unwrapped toy to the 35th Annual Lighting of the Doves. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the America's ER/Interfaith booth in Town Green Park during the festival.

FREE parking is available at the Yellow and Orange lots on Timberloch Place. Attendees will find additional paid parking at the Town Center Parking Garage on Six Pines Drive, the surface lot at the corner of Lake Robbins Drive and Six Pines Drive (next to the ice rink), 24 Waterway Square Parking Garage, Waterway Square Parking Garage and the surface lot at the corner of Timberloch Place and Waterway Avenue. Handicap parking is available in the South Regional Library lot, just west of Town Green Park on Lake Robbins and the Gold lot (flat lot beside the Town Center Parking Garage). Check out our Town Center Map for guidance on where to park for the Lighting of the Doves!
Concessions will be available for purchase onsite. Vendors may accept either cash or credit.

Want to showcase your business at the Lighting of the Doves? Apply to be a vendor. Interested in performing at the event? Please contact Amber Barnes, Special Events Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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