HOUSTON - Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the entertainment lineup for the city's holiday events Thursday.
You will be able to watch the 67th Annual HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade on KHOU Channel 11, as well as the Annual Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting.
Olympic Gold Medalists and Houstonians Simone Biles and Simone Manuel will grand marshal the Thanksgiving parade. The City of Houston says that "this year’s parade celebrates Houston as a spirited global, American city, with a focus on family."
Turner said he wanted to make sure that Houston keeps all of its holiday traditions and he's also starting a new one - the Mayor's Holiday Sing-a-long. That will take place before the Thanksgiving parade at 8:45 a.m. on November 24.
The Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 9 a.m., is free and open to the public. A limited amount of seats are available at the parade’s starting line, and can be purchased through the official website for $28 each including service fee. Curbside space along the route for lawn chairs and blankets will be plentiful. Arrive early to partake in the food truck offerings stationed throughout the route.
Easy access parking is available along the route, and Metro buses will be running on a holiday schedule. For route and schedule information, please visit Metro or call 713-635-4000.
On December 2, Reliant presents the 97th Annual Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting. Former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams will headline the celebration.
The festivities will commence at City Hall in Hermann Square from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. This free event is a holiday tradition of music, fireworks and family fun. A massive 64’ holiday tree shimmering with energy-efficient LED lights, glistening ornaments and a magnificent star topper will light up the streets of downtown Houston this holiday season.
Turner says the holiday events will be even bigger and better thanks to some new partnerships and sponsors, including the Super Bowl Host Committee.
The public also is invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Salvation Army booth at the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration to help make the holidays brighter for a child this season. Each person 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.