The 98th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Hermann Square at Houston City Hall.

The event is free and open to the public.

Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan will emcee this holiday tradition filled with local musicians and choral groups, dancers, Santa Claus, fireworks, and family fun.

Get in the holiday spirit with performances by gospel sensation Cheryl Fortune, the inspiring Kechi and your host, KHOU’s Deborah Duncan.

Each year, thousands of Houstonians pack into the front lawn of Houston City Hall for this beautiful downtown holiday celebration. Mayor Sylvester Turner will cap off the night by lighting up the streets of downtown Houston with a towering holiday tree, glowing with energy efficient LED lights, shimmering ornaments and star topper at the end of the performances.

The public is invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Reliant booth at the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration to help make the holidays brighter for a child this season. Everyone who brings a toy will receive a light-up Santa hat from Reliant. The annual toy drive benefits the Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command.

KHOU 11 will tape the tree lighting event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1 and the show will air from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, on KHOU 11.

Street closures for the event begin from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

  • Smith between Rusk & Lamar
  • Walker between Louisiana & Bagby
  • McKinney between Louisiana & Bagby

The Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting is presented by Reliant, an NRG Company, and is produced by the Mayor's Office of Special Events, Susan Christian, Director.

Happy Holidays from the KHOU 11 News family!

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We hope the following links to individual performances will bring you Holiday cheer. Enjoy these performances from the 97th Annual Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting!

“Christmas Eve Sarajevo” & “Medley” – Svet / EWB / Rick Marcel / Met Dancers

“Arbolito de Navidad” – HSPVA Mariachis

“Holiday Medley” – Michelle Williams

“O Holy Night” – Michelle Williams

“Say Yes” – Michelle Williams

“Love Triangle” & “Santa Baby” – RaeLynn

“Oh Hanukkah” & “Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov” – Schlenker School

“Perm” & “24k Magic” – SoReal Dancers

“Holiday Mix 1” – SoReal Dancers

“Medley” - Svet