CONROE, Texas -- The holiday time is rich with traditions, and in addition to the religious celebrations, Christmas tree lightings, and parades, every community creates some of their own holiday rituals. Conroe has some of the most unique, probably because it has the distinction of having a lake.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Conroe Christmas Boat Parade of Lights was launched. The event was free to anyone who had something that floated, and it appeared everyone did. Although Conroe has a tree lighting ceremony, some residents don t feel the holiday season has truly begun until the community lights up the lake.

South of the lake Fire and Ice Hall located at 15600 FM 2854 west of Conroe, made a list and checked it twice for activities to be included in the 2012 Ice Cutter s Christmas. The event features amazing ice sculptures, hayrides, snowball battles, reindeer games, and storytelling. There s also no shortage of treats either, among them hot chocolate and roasting S mores on a bonfire.

Standing amidst the ice sculptures, Lake Conroe resident, Lang Chapman, said This is a pretty cool place. No doubt, tongue in cheek.

The event is ongoing during the holiday season beginning on November 30, and will continue through Dec. 29, from 6-9 p.m. Reasonably priced at $8 per person; kids 6 and under get a break and are admitted free.

In the downtown sector, both theaters have decked their halls with their traditional holiday programs. The Owen Theater is presenting a holiday classic...Irving Berlin s White Christmas The Musical. Based on the 1954 film of the same name, this -wonderful story of two song-and-dance men who try to salvage a nearly-bankrupt lodge, is wonderfully performed by the Crighton Players under the direction of Carol Lamont. There are still plenty of opportunities to dine and view the performance which will conclude on Dec. 22. Contact the theater for tickets via their website at

Just around the corner the historic Crighton Theatre ended its holiday performance of My Three Angels Dec. 16, but is featuring the legendary Ray Price on Tuesday, Dec. 18, with his A Christmas Gift For You. The show, which starts at 8 p.m., is one night only, so don t delay in getting your tickets through the website at The following night will feature An Evening with Lucinda Williams, another great evening of music as this versatile, Grammy Award-winning singer takes the stage.

The most widespread tradition is the reverent observance of the true meaning of Christmas as evident by the list of church services in the Conroe Today Calendar of Events section beginning Dec. 22 thru Christmas Day.

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