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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Heights Living: Let's light it up!

Lights in The Heights.  Image by Bhavin Misra, Userofreality Photography.

Every December The Heights neighborhood of Houston comes alive in a festival of color, music, and light.  The event that began 24 years ago as a small Holiday celebration in which the neighbors decorated their houses with lights and visited each other with offerings of cookies, has turned into a wildly popular attraction for all of Houston.  "Lights in the Heights" attracts thousands of Houstonians on the second Saturday of every December to stroll under the illuminated branches of the oak trees, listen to the 70 or so bands, choirs, and dance troupes that perform on the open porches, and relish in the merry company of friends.

Lights in The Heights.  Image by Bhavin Misra, Userofreality Photography.

My first taste of the vibrancy and diversity of The Heights was when our friends Bianca and Eric invited us to their house (pictured above) during "Lights in Heights".  After walking in the festival we sat on Bianca and Eric's porch and watched the city go by.  Shortly after this night my husband and I decided to move to the Heights.  We have been Heights residents for several years now, and have thrown ourselves wholeheartedly into this luminous celebration.  This year we began the night with a gathering at our house, joining in the many parties happening that evening; one friend brought the hot cider, another friend made the gluhwein, another friend made the most wonderful pumpkin cheesecake, and hot beverages in tow, we walked into the bright night.

Our company was composed of a most diverse, international, and creative group of people; among our wonderful guests was the talented Bhavin Misra, photographer, graphic artist, and musician.  Bhavin documented the night in photos, and has graciously allowed me to share his vision of the event with you:

Dancing for the Guadalupana.  Lights in The Heights.  Image by Bhavin Misra, Userofreality Photography.

Lights in The Heights.  Image by Bhavin Misra, Userofreality Photography.

Christmas in Texas.  Image by Bhavin Misra, Userofreality Photography.
Porch orchestra.  Image by Bhavin Misra, Userofreality Photography.
Festival of lights.  Image by Bhavin Misra, Userofreality Photography.
Lights in the Heights.  Image by Bhavin Misra, Userofreality Photography.

Lights in the Heights.  Image by Bhavin Misra, Userofreality Photography.

Lights in The Heights.  Image by Bhavin Misra, Userofreality Photography.

Christmas in The Heights.  Image by Bhavin Misra, Userofreality Photography.

All images presented in this post are the intellectual property of Userofreality Photography and are reproduced with permission from the author.


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6 comments :

Linda in AZ * said...

*** WHAT FABULOUS PICTURES!!! They remind me sooo much of my youth... in "THOSE" days, outdoor Christmas lighting was a big deal, and as a child, who WOULDN'T love it all?!?!?! I certainly did (!), and I THANK YOU SO MUCH for "taking me back" to mannny, manny years ago when life really WAS SIMPLER!!!!!

Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

Nadia Palacios Lauterbach said...

Thank you Linda!

Bhavin said...

Thanks so much Nadia!

And Linda in AZ.... yes....lights were a bigger deal back in the day.... not anymore...but this Heights Festival makes up for it and then some!

Tomás Soria (Tomypeck) said...

Beautiful photos, and fun celebration.
Happy holidays

Brinn said...

So many great things to do in Houston around Christmas time! I spent that evening with my family at the Heritage Society's Candlelight tour, so I was unable to join you guys. Looks like it was wonderful - I'll try to fit it all in next year :)

Houston Real Estate Guy said...

Incredible pictures and light shows. I might have to head over that way next year!

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