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Events in Houston this December 2020

Events in Houston this December 2020

We’re in the home stretch of 2020! What a year it has been!! While many events in Houston have been canceled or gone virtual due to Covid-19, there are still many holiday events taking place this month in Houston. Grab your mask, keep your distance and enjoy some of these family friendly events in Houston this December.

Events in Houston this December 2020

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas

When: December 7th - 29th, 2020

Where: Virtual Event

A highly inventive, digital adaptation of the Dickens classic, pared down to its essential elements. A resident company of actors assemble online to perform a new production of the heartwarming Christmas story. With everyone performing from home, creating a magical world of holiday make-believe is no easy feat. The socially distanced troupe brings this holiday classic to imaginative new heights. It will be A Christmas Carol like no other.

Deck the Trees

When: Now through January 3rd, 2021

Where: George R Brown Convention Center

1001 Avenida De Las Americas

Houston, TX

Benefiting the Alley's educational and artistic initiatives, Deck the Trees has been a favorite Houston holiday tradition for the past decade, coinciding with the Theatre's holiday production of A Christmas Carol.

The annual event features a variety of festive trees decorated by Houston’s premier designers and sponsored by generous businesses and individuals.

This year’s Deck the Trees will take place at the George R. Brown Convention Center, where the display will appear in the large windowscape facing Avenida de las Americas. The trees will be displayed in the windows from November 21, 2020 through January 3, 2021.

Holiday Décor on Main Street

When: Now through December 31st, 2020

Where: Main Street Downtown

Houston, TX

Stroll along Main St and take in the twinkling lights bringing the holiday spirit to Downtown Houston! From the larger-than-life “NOEL” at Main Street Square to the sparking trees and banners guiding you from one end of the street to the other, there’s no place like Downtown Houston for the holidays.

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market 2020

When: Now through December 11th, 2020

Where: Virtual Event

The Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has pivoted to an online shopping event for the 2020 holiday season in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 Virtual Nutcracker Market will offer Nutcracker Market shoppers a new way to kick off the holiday season, support their favorite merchants, and contribute to Houston Ballet. Online shoppers will be able to shop some 150 merchants from across the country, showcasing unique holiday items, home decor, gourmet food, apparel, jewelry, toys, accessories, candles, and more. The virtual event will take place on a dedicated platform, providing a seamless shopping experience. The 2020 Virtual Nutcracker Market will be open for FREE general access starting November 12 and will run through December 11. The Virtual Market is open 24/7, but booth hours are generally 9:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m. (technical assistance from merchants and staff is available during the posted times).

Memorial City Mall Santa Experience

When: Now through December 24th, 2020

Where: Memorial City Mall in the Dillard’s Court

303 Memorial City Way

Houston, TX

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Memorial City with a twist! With the health and safety of customers and employees being a top priority, Memorial City Mall has completely reimagined their Santa set with new layouts and technologies. The Santa Experience offers on-site and virtual options from Nov. 6th through Dec. 24th, to enable families to continue creating memories this holiday season, including:

-   Stools placed six feet in front of Santa with creative camera angles to capture memorable photos

-   Zoom video calls from the convenience of your home, or the Mall, to offer virtual interaction with Santa

-   Newly designed Santa Set with peppermint scented path and six-foot candy canes, plus other Instagrammable moments

-   Large TV monitor for families to view and experience the magical moments outside of St. Nick’s Park

-   Reservations required to avoid lines and crowding

-   Variety of packages offered including family portraits and opportunity for Santa to personally read a story to your child

-   For hours, packages and pricing visit: MemorialCity.com/Santa Reservations made prior to December 16threceive $3 discount off photo packages; Free pass to Ice Skate Memorial City and Memorial City Carousel with each photo package purchase

Mistletoe on the Go

When: Now through January 1st, 2021

Where: Market Square Park

301 Milam

Houston, TX

Pucker up—Texas’ biggest mistletoe ball is back Downtown this holiday season. A 150-inch ball of kiss-inducing greenery hanging from a 15-foot giant candy cane will be located at Market Square Park Nov 17 through New Year’s Day. Passersby are invited to stand under the massive ball and kiss—just because!  Share your smooches using #XOmistletoe. 

Sugar Land Holiday Lights

When: Now through January 3rd, 2021

Where: Constellation Field

1 Stadium Drive

Sugar Land, TX

Bring the entire family out to Constellation Field for socially-distanced holiday fun - over 3 million lights, great food, holiday vendors, a carnival, and SO much more! Open 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.CLOSED 11/23 & 11/30

The Ice Powered by Green Mountain Energy

When: Now through January 1st, 2021

Where: Discovery Green

1500 McKinney Street

Houston, TX

Glide beneath the glittering lights of downtown Houston and discover the holiday magic on The Ice powered by Green Mountain Energy! We have reinvented the experience to ensure that you can still make memories here with your family and friends.

The Light Park Holiday Drive-Thru at Hurricane Harbor Splashtown

When: Now through December 31st, 2020

Where: Hurricane Harbor Splashdown

1219 Spring Cypress Rd

Spring, TX

The Light Park Troupe proudly presents an animated Christmas light show with millions of animated lights!

Once in the park, tune your radio to our special channel for some entertaining banter and a mix of holiday music.

Cityplace Gingerbread Village

When: Now through January 9th, 2021

Where: 1250 Lake Plaza Drive

Spring, TX

New for this season are two, one-of-a-kind attractions on display at CityPlace at Springwoods Village. Bringing additional shimmer to CityPlace’s waterfront Plaza, a 35-foot Christmas tree will rise from the main pond, creating a dazzling beacon for the community. And as an equally dynamic complement to the floating centerpiece, local creative entrepreneur Steve Kopelman and his team of partner artisans at New Orleans-based Professional Scenic Services have been commissioned to fabricate the inaugural “gingerbread” village display on the lake system’s eastern banks, adjacent to the Houston CityPlace Marriott at Springwoods Village.

A super-sized, fantasy version of the holiday classic, the installation is anticipated to expand each year. From the Plaza, guests will wind around a path dotted with oversized candy canes, popsicles and gumdrops and cross under an entrance guarded by two gingerbread men before arriving at a raised clearing featuring cookie trees, a 16-foot high house and 12-foot windmill. This is a first of its kind endeavor for Kopelman, a pioneering and globally recognized haunted house producer, COO of the country’s largest escape room company, and co-founder of soon-to-open immersive experiential museum Seismique.

Both the tree and gingerbread village will be on display through January 9 with free hot chocolate served on the Plaza every Thursday and Sunday from 4 until 7 p.m.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of us at Preston Wood & Associates. We hope you are able to gather with friends and family - in person or virtually - this year. 

 

Single-Family Housing Continues Growth

Single-Family Housing Continues Growth

In this recent article from the National Association of Home Builders, Single-family starts continue their strong growth.

Single-Family Housing Continues Growth

(NAHB) Single-family starts showed continued growth in August but overall housing production fell 5.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.42 million units due to a double-digit percentage decline in multifamily production, according to a report from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Commerce Department. The pace of single-family starts in August was the highest production rate since February.

The August reading of 1.42 million starts is the number of housing units builders would begin if they kept this pace for the next 12 months. Within this overall number, single-family starts increased 4.1 percent to a 1.02 million seasonally adjusted annual rate. The multifamily sector, which includes apartment buildings and condos, decreased 22.7 percent to a 395,000 pace.

“Consistent with surging builder confidence, single-family starts rose in August to meet rising buyer traffic,” said Chuck Fowke, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a custom home builder from Tampa, Fla. “Builders continue to face concerns in terms of rising lumber prices and supply chain shortages of other building materials.”

“Total housing starts were down in August on a decline for multifamily construction, with multifamily 5+ unit permits now down 8.3 percent on a year-to-date basis,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz. “But low interest rates and solid demand are spurring single-family construction growth, which makes up the bulk of the housing market. Single-family permits continue to rise as well, and are now up almost 7 percent on a year-to-date basis.”

On a regional and year-to-date basis (January through August of 2020 compared to that same time frame a year ago), combined single-family and multifamily starts are 13.6 percent higher in the Midwest, 5.4 percent higher in the South, 3.8 percent higher in the West and 4.5 percent lower in the Northeast.

Overall permits decreased 0.9 percent to a 1.47 million unit annualized rate in August. Single-family permits increased 6.0 percent to a 1.04 million unit rate. Multifamily permits decreased 14.2 percent to a 434,000 pace.

Looking at regional permit data on a year-to-date basis, permits are 2.6 percent higher in the Midwest, 4.8 percent higher in the South, 8.2 percent lower in the Northeast and 1.3 percent lower in the West.

Townhouse Plan D7094 E

Townhouse Plan D7094 E

This three bedroom townhouse floor plan - D7094 E - has all the amenities you need in townhouse living. With 2333 of square feet, this townhouse provides a lovely space for entertaining, raising a family or celebrating an empty nest.

Townhouse Plan D7094 E

The main level of this townhouse floor plan features a bedroom with private bath, walk-in closet, shop space and 2 car garage. 

Up the staircase to the second story where the main living space is located. The kitchen is well-designed and located centrally to the dining and living space in and open floor plan design. The kitchen offers plenty of storage and organization while the dining room is bathed in light from ample windows. The living space is open with easy access to the second floor balcony.

The third floor of this lovely townhouse floor plan is where you'll find the master suite, master bath and second bedroom. The master suite is spacious with expansive windows that flood the room with light. The master bath features a soaking tub, walk-in shower, dual vanity, linen closet and private toilet. The master closet is large with ample storage and organization opportunity.

The second floor bedroom has a private bath and large walk-in closet. The laundry area is located at the top of the stairs between the bedrooms for easy access and no carrying large baskets up and down the stairs.

Up in the stair tower you'll find the roof deck - a space perfect for star gazing, viewing the city lights and just getting away from it all. A/C deck is located on the stair tower.

This townhome plan has 2333 square ft. of living space. This townhouse plan design has a width of 25-10" and a depth of 37'-3".

  • LEVEL ONE: 442
  • LEVEL TWO: 906
  • LEVEL THREE: 934
  • LEVEL FOUR: 51
  • TOTAL LIVING: 2333

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Events in Houston this November

Events in Houston this November

While we're still living in a new normal, some old normal things still exist in the age of Covid. There may not be a lot of events taking place in Houston, but there are plenty of online things to do. 

Events in Houston this November

Daylight Savings Time Begins

When: November 1st

Don't forget to fall back this autumn and set your clocks back one hour on November 1st. 

Social Distance Virtual Run

When: Now through December 26th, 2020

You can still get your run on during Covid, lace up your shoes and choose from these virtual runs that take you through a variety of settings while social distancing.

Election Day

When: November 3rd, 2020

If you haven't already voted by mail you can vote in person. Click here to find your polling place.

Virtual Learning at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays | 1pm

Join HCCC from home to explore craft artists, exhibitions, hands-on activities, and more! Discover how you can stay connected with HCCC virtually, through a variety of content for all ages.

New content is posted on Facebook and Instagram every week. Join us for fun art-making projects you can do at home, exclusive exhibition content, or studio tours with local artists, resident artist features, and more.

We are excited to bring HCCC into your homes! Check out the archive of our virtual content below, and share your creations with #craftwithhccc or tag us at @crafthouston. Please share your thoughts and feedback with us at education@crafthouston.org.

**MAKE** your own craft projects at home, through short videos created by our education team. Simple making projects, such as homemade playdough, marbled paper, and weaving bookmarks, are fun and easy for the whole family to do.

Front Porch Concert Series at Century Square

When: Now through November 27th, 2020

Where: 170 Century Square Dr

Houston, TX

Join us every weekend in the Fall for an evening of live music on The Front Porch at Century Square. We’re recreating the scene, rocking chairs and all, with a weekend full of music underneath the twinkling lights on The Green.

Thursdays: Open Mic

Fridays: Song Swap style performance

Saturdays: Solo Performance

Artists line-up will include solos + duos made up of students and locals alike who are making their name in our city. With dinner and drinks within arm’s reach, we welcome you to grab your favorite people, take a seat, take a sip, and enjoy a Friday Fall night in the heart of College Station.

The Market at Sawyer Yards at Night

When: Now through December 12th, 2020

Where: The Market at Sawyer Yards

1502 Sawyer Street

Houston, TX

The Market at Sawyer Yards takes place on 2nd Saturdays, in conjunction with Sawyer Yards Open Studios. This curated market hosts a mix of artist mediums with a focus on folk art, the maker is the seller & artisan crafts including packaged specialty foods.

Surrounded by the highest concentration of working artists in all of Texas, the market coincides with 2nd Saturday Open Studios, when artists from The Silos at Sawyer Yards, Winter, Spring, Summer and Silver Street Studios, open their studios to the public.

 

Celebrating Halloween During the Pandemic

Celebrating Halloween During the Pandemic

Like all things in the year 2020, Halloween is going to be a little different. According to the CDC, trick or treating is not recommended this year. 

Many of the traditional Halloween activities have been deemed high-risk by the CDC and they are suggesting alternative ways to celebrate this spooky holiday. 

Activities such as carving a pumpkin, and decorating the house and yard are still great ways to celebrate and when done with family who reside in the same home perfectly safe. So go all out this year and do up your home like never before. Not only will it provide some normalcy, it will make the neighborhood festive.

Trick or treating in the door-to-door fashion is not recommended unless you follow some guidelines. Of course if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 you should refrain from touch or handing out candy and should stay away from everyone until you feel better. Considered a high-risk activity trick or treating can be done safer if treats are placed in a goody bag and handed out in a one way line. Be sure to wash your hands for 20 seconds prior to filling goody bags. 

While traditional trick or treating is not recommended there are still many things you can do in your neighborhood to celebrate Halloween:

Low Risk Activities:

  • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
  • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
  • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
  • Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
  • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
  • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
  • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house

Moderate Risk Activities:

  • Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard)
    • If you are preparing goodie bags, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 second before and after preparing the bags.
  • Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where people are distanced more than 6 feet apart
  • Attending a costume party held outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
    • A costume mask (such as for Halloween) is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
    • Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
  • Going to an open-air, one-way, walk-through haunted forest where appropriate mask use is enforced, and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
    • If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.
  • Visiting pumpkin patches or orchards where people use hand sanitizer before touching pumpkins or picking apples, wearing masks is encouraged or enforced, and people are able to maintain social distancing
  • Having an outdoor Halloween movie night with local family friends with people spaced at least 6 feet apart
    • If screaming will likely occur, greater distancing is advised. The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.
    • Lower your risk by following CDC’s recommendations on hosting gatherings or cook-outs.

Avoid these High Risk Activities:

  • Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door
  • Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
  • Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
  • Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
  • Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors
  • Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19