Lighting of The Doves
The Lighting of The Doves
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, 2020 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.
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.
Town Green Park
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.
37th Annual Lighting of the Doves
The Lighting of the Doves Festival will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2019 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM. The festival is FREE to attend. You can access the Festival via The Waterway or the main entrance of Town Green Park.
This year's event, modified for COVID-19, will be limited to Santa's arrival to Town Green Park, the dove lighting ceremony and fireworks. No activities, vendor booths, snow play areas or concessions/beverages will be available at this year's event.
Lighting of the Doves – Schedule of Events*
- 4 to 7 p.m. - Stage Performances
- 7:15 p.m. - Santa's Arrival
- 7:30 p.m. - Lighting of the Doves & Fireworks
- 7:55 p.m. - Closing Remarks
- 8 p.m. - Event Concludes
- *All times and entertainment subject to change
No activities, vendor booths, snow play areas or concessions/beverages will be available at the 2020 event
FREE parking will be available at the orange, yellow, blue and white lots at 2002 Timberloch Place. Other designated parking areas include the Town Center Parking garage and Gold Lot and surface lot at the southeast corner of Lake Robbins and Six Pines Drive. Check out our Town Center Map for guidance on additional parking locations for the Lighting of the Doves!
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