December is a really nice time to live in The Heights, the weather is perfect for walks along the oak shaded streets, the cottages and bungalows come alive with lights, and the entire neighborhood is ripe with holiday themed activities! I want to share the happenings in our neighborhood with all you readers, if you live in the Houston area, or planning to visit, take advantage of them:
Friday November 30th starting at 5:00pm all of the shops on the Heights' most historic street will open their doors for a retro Holiday celebration. Channel your inner "Mad Men" at the annual Holiday on 19th - "Paint The Street Red", and enjoy sophisticated cocktails and music along with your shopping. Guests are encouraged to wear retro red fashions. Visit the Shops on 19th street for more information.
Friday November 30th and December 1st The Houston Heights Association presents "Carols by Candlelight, Holiday Home Tour". Six neighbors will open their homes and welcome visitors with the sound of carolers. November 30th hours are 6:00pm-9:30pm, and December 1st hours are 3:00pm -9:00pm. For tickets and route information visit The Houston Heights Association
Sunday December 2nd at 7:30pm, First Presbyterian Church will perform their 32nd annual Messiah Sing Along. This is not a Heights event (it's actually down the street in Montrose), but it's a Christmas tradition for me. When I lived in Lincoln Park, I used to go every year to the Chicago Lyric Opera's "Do it yourself Messiah", 3000 voices singing (mostly in tune) the famous chorus! My first Christmas in Houston I discovered First Presbyterian's Sing Along, and though 3000 voices it is not, the beautiful Georgian Architecture of this church is the perfect setting for Handel's oratorio which, though today is performed in grand concert halls, was composed and performed in 1741 Dublin for a smaller and humbler audience. Visit First Presbyterian for more information.
Saturday December 8th starting at 6:00pm the Woodland Heights will light up the neighborhood with their 25th annual "Lights in The Heights", a festival of color, music, and light. Visit the Woodlands Heights Association for route and parking information, and if you want a sneak peek of the event, visit my post from last year's festival: Let's light it up!
I hope the Holiday Season is off to a good start for all of you!