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The Woodlands Holiday Newsletter


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The Woodlands Holiday Newsletter

  1. 1. Holiday Event calendar and festival schedule inside curre current Holiday 2012 Volume 5 / Issue 4 A PUBLICATION OF WHAT’S NEW AND HAPPENING FOR VISITORS IN THE WOODLANDS Holiday Traditions Made Here! There is plenty to see and enjoy as the holiday season Live music, sparkling lights,in The Woodlands kicks off in style with the 30th Annual traditional holiday events and 30TH ANNUALLighting of the Doves, 6th Annual iWOW, and the opening family fun make The Woodlandsof The Ice Rink presented by your Houston Area Chevy shine this holiday season.Dealers and Donoho’s Jewellers Winter Wonderland. 6th Annual International WinterImmerse yourself in a world of sparkling lights, live holiday On The Waterway (iWOW)music and the excitement of a Santa sighting. Beyond the children’s activites and lights in Town The November 17 winter holiday season opener, Green Park there is a world of international food,scheduled from 3-9 p.m., is a production of The Woodlands music, arts and crafts, and performers to exploreConvention & Visitors Bureau designed to entertain and along The Woodlands Waterway at iWOW. Discoveramuse the entire family. The evening will be capped off Saturday, November 17, 2012 holiday traditions from around the world as they are 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.with the drama of a dazzling fireworks display. Town Green Park (2099 Lake Robbins Dr.) presented in displays along The Waterway. 30th Annual Lighting of the Doves and along The Woodlands Waterway The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Admission: FREE The combination of Lighting of the Doves and iWOW Town Center presented by yourmake a full evening of family entertainment. The kids will Houston Area Chevy Dealersbe amused by balloon artists, ice sculptors, face painters,inflatables, interactive booths and games, and a What would the winter holidays in Texaschilly visit to the snow play area. Live music and be without ice skating? The Ice Rink at The presented by yourperformers will entertain on stages throughout Woodlands Town Center, presented by yourthe festival site. Houston Area Chevy Dealers and produced Talisman Energy is proud to present one by The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Sat., Nov. 17, 2012 – Mon., Jan. 21, 2013of the season’s most popular visitors – Santa! Bureau, will be open daily November 17, Northeast corner of Lake Robbins and Six Pines Dr. Ice Rink special preview openingMake sure to have your camera ready to 2012 through January 21, 2013. A skating Sat. & Sun., November 10 & 11, 2012capture his unique arrival on The Woodlands session at The Ice Rink is a great way to Admission: VariesWaterway® at Town Green Park. burn off a little of that holiday pie. Donoho’s Jewellers W • E • L • C • O • M • E Winter Wonderland Another must-see in The Woodlands, Donoho’s There’s no better place than The Woodlands Sat., Nov. 17, 2012 – Mon., Jan. 21, 2013 Jewellers Winter Wonderland is a nightly display of to enjoy the favorite holiday season Northeast corner of Lake Robbins and Six Pines Dr. fabulous illuminated holiday and storybook scenes Admission: FREE traditions we have to offer. Events such as surrounding The Ice Rink. Meander along the path- the spectacular Lighting of the Doves and ways of Donoho’s Jewellers Winter Wonderland and the diverse International Winter On The be dazzled by thousands of colorful lights illustrating Waterway (iWOW) are sure to create special a fantasyland of toy soldiers, elves, doves, musical family memories. And with The Ice Rink Prod angels and snowmen from dusk until 11 p.m. uced at The Woodlands Town Center, Donoho’s by Spend the evening of November 17 in a world of Jewellers Winter Wonderland, and a calendar full of entertaining music, entertainment and kid friendly activities. The things to do, you’ll have plenty of reasons to visit The Woodlands holiday season in The Woodlands has just begun… throughout the holiday season. Luxury shopping, scrumptious dining, warm accommodations, and festive activities beckon visitors to experience the happiest of holiday getaways, right here in inside The Woodlands. So grab your friends and family and join the fun! 2 Run Thru the Woods 3 Continued The Goose’s Acre Grows Nelda Luce Blair CVB Wins Awards Grimaldi’s Adds On Chairman of The Woodlands Convention 10th Annual Junior League Holiday Market Hummingbird Tea Room & Bakery & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors Kayak The Woodlands Chocolate Punch is a knock out “Best of the South” for The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center 4 Holiday in The Woodlands Event Sponsorship Opportunities Holiday Event Sponsors Shine w w 3 New At Market Street 17th Annual Children’s Festival The Woodlands Mall Openings Waterway Cruisers for Holiday Fun The Woodlands CVB Directors and Staff
  2. 2. Thanksgiving Charity Event is a Holiday Tradition GE Run Thru the Woods, sponsored by GE and directed Awards to the overall top three finishers, male and by the South Montgomery County YMCA, is a Thanksgiving female, in the 5-mile run include cash prizes, a unique Day holiday tradition in The Woodlands Town Center. The trophy and a special prize. Awards also will go to the first, run marks its 23rd year as one of Texas’ premier running second and third place finishers, male and female, in each and walking family events. This year’s event is expected age group category, including 5-mile, Clydesdale, Athena to attract more than 5,400 competitive racers, weekend and Masters division, and 3-mile Teen race. In the 1-mile warriors, recreational runners, kids and walkers. Children’s race, first through fourth place awards will be GE Run Thru the Woods is on Nov. 22, 2012 at the distributed to the top four finishers in each age group. All Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands Town youth completing the 1-mile race will receive a Finisher Center. This year a 3-mile run is open to all ages! Categories Medal at the finish line. The Egg and I will provide a and start times include a competitive 1-mile children’s race, complimentary pancake breakfast for all race participants a certified 5-mile run, a 3-mile race and a 3-mile family walk. on race day morning. The 5-mile event also features a Masters, Clydesdale and Proceeds benefit youth charities in Montgomery Athena division. To ensure fast and accurate finish results, County. For more information, please call 281-367-9622 or the event will use B-tag timing technology to track runners visit as they cross the finish line. The Woodlands CVB wins 10th ANNUAL JUNIOR LEAGUE Pinnacle Awards from International Festivals & Events HOLIDAY SHOPPING EVENT Association (IFEA) With the holiday gift-giving season approaching, the Junior League of North Harris and South Montgomery Counties, Inc. is proud to present its 10th Annual Junior League Holiday Market Nov. 15-18, 2012 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. The Market will feature more than 100 unique merchants from across the country selling specialty holiday items, home accessories, clothing, gourmet foods, jewelry and much more. Tickets cost $12 per day. Holiday Market hours are Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For additional information about the Holiday Market or for special event reservations, call 1-888-746-7455 or visit O. Ingram, The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau BusinessDevelopment Specialist; Andrew Vandepopulier, Haas & Wilkerson The International Festivals & Events Association The Woodlands Resort & Conference (IFEA) paid tribute to the special Center has been named a 2012 “Best of the events produced by The Woodlands South” meeting facility by readers of Meetings Convention & Visitors Bureau, Focus South Magazine. The Resort is the onlyincluding the Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks Houston property recognized among six TexasExtravaganza, Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day hotels named on the Best of the South list.Weekend Events, during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle group Tory Enriquez, The WoodlandsAwards Ceremony held September 21-23, 2012. The IFEA’s57th Annual Convention & Expo in Denver, Colorado draws outings Resort & Conference Center’s Director of Sales and Special packages include useentries from among the world’s top festivals and events. Marketing, proudly accepts of the Riva Row Boat House the “Best of the South” awardThe Woodlands CVB was presented with three prestigious facility, kayaks and staffing. from Meetings Focus SouthIFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards: KAYAK PACKAGES Magazine. The Resort earned GOLD AWARD: BEST EVENT/ORGANIZATION NEWSLETTER • Relay races this recognition for providing • Scavenger hunts quality meeting facilities and SILVER AWARD: BEST SPONSOR FOLLOW-UP REPORT outstanding guest service. • Formal kayak training (Memorial Day and Labor Day Celebrations) • Guided tours SILVER AWARD: BEST SPONSOR FOLLOW-UP REPORT Packages start at $200. 281-210-3965 (Red, Hot & Blue Festival) THE WOODLANDS CVB 2013 SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Sponsorships are now available for The Woodlands “Residents in the area are loyal to those companies also are available for the Trick or Treat Trail, Lighting of theConvention & Visitors Bureau’s 2013 events, including which make these community events in The Woodlands Doves, International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW),the popular Red, Hot & Blue Festival and Fireworks a reality,” Wolda said. “We’ve had great feedback from Donoho’s Jewellers Winter Wonderland, The Ice Rink at TheExtravaganza, Lighting of the Doves, The Ice Rink at The our sponsors over the years and certainly expect strong Woodlands Town Center and Caroling on the Square.Woodlands Town Center and more. interest in sponsorships for 2013.” For more information about sponsorship opportunities Sponsorships of these and other events allow In addition to the 16th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival with The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, visitbusinesses to promote a brand, provide unique client and Fireworks Extravaganza, sponsorships are available for or contact Theentertainment, on-site activities, and launch new products, several events at Waterway Square: Live at Night (Spring/ Woodlands CVB Business Development Specialist, KellyNick Wolda, president of The Woodlands Convention & Fall Series), Memorial Day Weekend Celebration, Labor Day Ingram, at or 281-Visitors Bureau said. Weekend Celebration and Waterway Nights. Sponsorships 363-2447.2 www.Visit The
  3. 3. RU C TION EN T • NEW CONST S • ENTERTAINM O PENINGS • NEW Goose’s Acre Adds New Patio & Upper Deck NORDSTROM TO OPEN FULL-LINE The Goose’s Acre STORE AT THE WOODLANDS MALL has started construction Nordstrom will open a full-line store at The on a new patio and Woodlands Mall in Fall 2014. The two-level, 138,000 upper deck, which is square-foot store will be the company’s fourth store expected to be complete serving the Greater Houston area. around late November. The upper deck will allow for “We’re grateful for the response and support another 18 tables (72 seats) for guests. In addition, both we’ve received from our Houston customers since we floors will be equipped with new ceiling fans, lowered SHOPPERS SELECT TWO MARKET first opened at the Galleria in 2003,” Erik Nordstrom, heaters and five large-screen TVs. The Goose’s Acre offers STREET BOUTIQUES AS BEST president of stores for Nordstrom, Inc. said. “We feel great views and spectacular food and service along The SHOPPING SPOTS IN TEXAS very fortunate that this space became available at a Woodlands Waterway.  Market Street – The Woodlands and two of its terrific location like The Woodlands Mall, and our hopefashion boutiques, Maggies and SOHO, were awarded is that adding a store here will make it easier and more Grimaldi’s Expansion“Best Store” status by the readers at, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria has expanded convenient for more customers to shop with us.”an online resource for the savvy Texas travelers. its Woodlands location. Famously known’s “Best Store” list was for their award-winning hand-tossed,determined through a six-week online survey in which coal-fired brick oven pizzas and calzones,readers voted for their favorite retail spots across 48 fresh salads and delicious desserts, thecities in the Lone Star State. More than one million newly expanded Grimaldi’s Pizzeria nowannual visitors log on for the website’s “Best Stores provides seating for an additional 100in Town” list that features one-of-a-kind shopping guests and a second coal brick oven,recommendations and great retail finds. serving even more loyal patrons in The  Maggies, the home furnishing, clothing and gift Woodlands area. Soft Surroundings, Truestore, is a destination for shoppers who relish the idea In the world of pizza, Grimaldi’s is an Religion and Sperry Headed toof knowing they will find something they love each institution that has garnered more awards The Woodlands Malltime they visit. At SOHO, women browse for great finds than any other pizzeria in the country with Soft Surroundings, one of retailing’s hottest newin their selection of dresses, tops, shoes and jewelry. more celebrity sightings than most five-star concepts, is opening its first Houston store at The restaurants. Using only the freshest ingredients,Elaine Turner, Flip Flop Shops® Woodlands Mall this fall. The new Soft Surroundings a “secret recipe” pizza sauce and handmade To Join Upscale Tenant Mix at will feature collections for women, including clothing, mozzarella cheese and dough, Grimaldi’s serves traditionalMarket Street – The Woodlands sleepwear, outerwear, swimwear, shoes, jewelry and pizza (as it began in Naples, Italy) in an upscale yet casual, Elaine Turner and Flip Flop Shops® will open at more. Home Decor collections will include items for family-oriented pizzeria. www.GrimaldisPizzeria.comMarket Street – The Woodlands this November. bed and bath, plus furniture, rugs, window coverings, Houston native Elaine Turner’s designer handbags, lighting and accents. The retailer will also offer women’s Tea Anyone?shoes and accessories for women will be available beauty and fragrance products from a variety of national An English-style tea roomin her newest boutique located across from Michael brands. has opened at 30420 FM 2978Kors. Known for her use of color and bold prints, her Another fashion favorite True Religion is targeting and Woodlands Parkway.collections have been featured on The Today Show and early 2013 to open at The Woodlands Mall. An Hummingbird Tea Room &in InStyle, People, Lucky, Self, and O The Oprah Magazine. international lifestyle brand, the retailer is famous for its Bakery offers superior food Flip Flop Shops®, located between Touché and American-made denim for men, women and children. using local ingredients. TheHemline, will open its second Houston-area True Religion collections also feature knit and woven baked foods are producedlocation offering flip flops and sandals for the sportswear, accessories and fragrance. fresh by their own staff with care and dedication. Open forentire family from big names such as REEF, Also, Sperry’s Top-Siders, the leading nautical breakfast and lunch, guests can enjoy Cream Tea and lightHavaianas, O’NEILL, Roxy and Sanuk. performance and lifestyle brand famous for buttery scones served with homemade clotted inventing the world’s first boat shoe in 1935, has opened at The Woodlands Mall. Chocolate Punch Now Open in College Park Chocolate Punch is a European-style chocolaterie with everything created from scratch on site from the best and freshest ingredients. They are the only store in The Woodlands area to make and sell Fortunato Number 4 chocolate – the rarest chocolate in the world, made from cocoa beans that were thought to be extinct but recently rediscovered in Peru. They are currently featuring Serendipity The Woodlands CVB Board of Directors Frozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity restaurant in New York City and “Paris café style” hot chocolate. The restaurant is located at 3335 877-963-2447 fax 281-210-3499 College Park Drive. The Woodlands CVB Staff Nick Wolda, CFEE, President Casey Snyder, CFEE, General Manager Kelly Ingram, CFEE, Business Development Specialist TheWoodlandsCVB Megan Lichenstein, Event Specialist 3 Sharon Swaim, Administrative Assistant II www.Visit The
  4. 4. PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE PAID G3 DIRECT 2801 Technology Forest Blvd. The Woodlands, Texas 77381 The Ice Rink presented by your HOUSTON AREA CHEVY DEALERS Fountains at Waterway Square™ Dancing Fountains at Waterway Square, Town Green Park Dazzling Lights in Town Green Park and The Ice Rink Get Families in the Holiday Spirit 2012-2013 Holiday Sponsors Support Local Food and Toy Drives and Special Promotions for Holiday Revelers in The Woodlands Presenting Talisman Energy Toy Drive Donoho’s Jewellers Winter Wonderland Music Kids and Santa Letter Stop Food Drive Love! At the 17th Annual Children’s Festival children can find fun around every corner as The Pavilion is transformed into a giant playground for the young and young at heart, and enjoy award-winning children’s k ater Card performers who educate and entertain thousands of kids during two days Houston Area Chevy dealers Frequent S Discover a unique proud presenter of the Ice Rink Produc ed by of non-stop fun and excitement. Check out activities in the Activity Tent, Discover a travel through way to unique Sponso red by Healthy KidZone, Adventure Zone, Fun Zone and at the top of the hill. The Children’s Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10 and noon way toThe Woodlands! travel through ys id 7 da . al. Val & rent 21, 2013 m ission r ex pi res Ja n. udes ad t the 5t .O ffer incl pu rcha ses. O h FR EE on pr ior n C ente r. ffe to 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 11. Tickets for the weekend are $8 per person in ad- or ions ge y ot her offer ds Tow 5 ate Sess andsIceR The Woodlands! an oodlan Buy 4 Sk ot va lid w ith k™ at The W eWoodl vance and $10 per person at the door. Children under 2 are admitted free 4 k. N R in .Th a wee ly at Th e Ice 5630 • www 3 Val id on 281.419. 1 2 of charge. The daily admission includes every show and activity, ensuring parents don’t spend the day dealing with tickets, tokens or endless lines. Bring your frequent skater card to Hubbell & Hudson for a free Hot Chocolate or Cookie. HUBBELL&HU Receive aDSF COLORS: COLORS: PMS 5777 Green PMS 281 Dark Blue PMS 301 Medium Blue PMS 5777 Green PMS 167 Orange PMS 546 Dark Green ON Fun and excitement are around every corner at The Cynthia Woods REE PMS 306 Turquoise Blue COLORS: COLORS: Hot Chocola Mitchell Pavilion’s 17th Annual Children’s Festival Nov. 10-11, 2012. 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RK ET & BIS TROHO OL & MA RK ET & BIS SC HO OL & MA RK ET & BIS & KIT CH EN & TRO & TRO CAT ERI NG & CO KIT CH EN & CAT ERI NG & KIT CH EN OK ING SC HO OL & CO & MA RK ET & OK ING BIS TRO Cruise around The Woodlands Town Center year round Cruise around The Woodlands NEW Friday thru Sunday.round PM Town Center year PLUS NEW SCHEDULE! SCHEDULE! WaterwayTrolleyRouteNew2.pdf 1 10/10/11 2:54 special events Sunday. PLUS Friday thru and holidays. PM Effective 1/1/12 WaterwayTrolleyRouteNew2.pdf 1 10/10/11 2:54 A special events and holidays. Effective 1/1/12 public day pass with unlimited rides on the pass with Cruisers is $5. A public day Waterway unlimited rides on the Waterway Cruisers is $5. Friday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit Youth, seniors and the disabled pay half fare. Tickets can be Saturday:11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Youth, seniors and the disabled purchased upon boarding. Saturday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Waterway Cruiser can be Trolley Route pay half fare. Tickets and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. purchased upon boarding. ROUTE MAP Landry’s Seafood offers private ROUTE MAP catering, perfect for holiday office parties, special family dinners, holiday parties & more! View the holiday lights as you and your guests enjoy a dinner cruise. Call 281.363.9750 for more details. Trolley Stop w Landry’s Restaurant Trolley will stop at Anadarko Tower u Koi Garden 1! South Montgomery The Woodlands Ice Rink Nov. 17, 2012-Jan. 21, County Library 2013 i The Woodlands Waterway Cruiser Stop e Waterway Marriot Hotel 1@ Community Center Trolley Stop Woodloch Forest Drive Landry’s Restaurant Koi Garden Center South Montgomery Cruise through The Woodlands Town Center year-round. r w u & Convention 1! Public Parking at Waterway Bridge 1# West Lake Robbins County Library Waterway Cruiser Stop e t Anadarko Tower Waterway Square Woodloch Forest Drive i o The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Hotel 1$ Waterway Marriot 1@ Market Street- Community Center WATERWAY CRUISER HOURS r & Convention Center Central Park Public Parking Mall y Waterway Avenue at Waterway Bridge 1) Town Green Park 1# West Lake Robbins A public day pass with unlimited rides on the Waterway Cruisers is $5. q The Woodlands t o Waterway Square Cynthia Woods 1% HEB Central Market Mitchell Pavilion 1$ Market Street- Central Park Friday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. q The Woodlands Mall y Waterway Avenue 1) Town Green Park 1% HEB Central Market Youth, seniors and the disabled pay half fare. Tickets can be purchased Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. WATERWAY CRUISERS ARE AVAILABLE TO 4 upon boarding. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. BOARD AT EACH STOP EVERY 45-60 MINUTES. WATERWAY CRUISERS ARE AVAILABLE TO Last Round Trip leaves the The www.Visit EVERY 45-60 MINUTES. BOARD AT EACH STOPmall one hour before closing. Last Round Trip leaves the mall one hour before closing. For a complete list of special weekday operations visit