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Celebrate Boxing Day at Rienzi with Christmas Crackers and Live Music

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Photo by Paul Hester, Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

There are few holiday celebrations more European than Boxing Day, a vestige of aristocratic England wherein gifts were given from master to servant. So it makes sense that the best place to celebrate Boxing Day in Texas is Rienzi, a grand Houston home operated by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and dedicated to European decorative arts, paintings, and furniture.

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The Holiday Delights of Downtown’s GreenStreet

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Hotel Alessandra at GreenStreet - Dallas Street

Houston’s city sidewalks are all decked out in holiday style. The scene is complete with laughing children and smiling shoppers, especially in our beautiful, bustling downtown. Treasures abound all over, but the fabulous new mixed-use development, GreenStreet, has some of the best.

Whether you’ve come to dine, stay, or shop, GreenStreet has it all and then some. This holiday season, discover the magic of downtown Houston.

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Indulge in Bountiful Christmas Day Brunches at The Houstonian

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The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

It’s Christmastime in the city. Each Christmas Day, friends and family gather at the incomparable Houstonian for turkey and mistletoe at their bountiful Christmas Day Brunches. Follow your meal with family photos in the Great Room Lobby, and be enchanted by the gorgeous holiday décor throughout the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star property. Without question, Christmas Day at The Houstonian is a favorite holiday tradition.

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Experience CAMH’s Newest Exhibition, “Christopher Knowles: In A Word”

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CAMH, Christopher Knowles: In A Word

Last night, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) debuted their latest exhibition, a comprehensive survey of Brooklyn-based artist Christopher Knowles. The show, Christopher Knowles: In A Word, paints a broad picture of the artist’s work, brushing across text, sound, painting, drawing, sculpture, and recorded performance.

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Celebrate the Season at Historic Bayou Bend

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Bells ring out in harmony, lights dance and shimmer in the twilight, and carols fill the air.

It’s the most magical time of the year again at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. For the third year in a row, Christmas Village at Bayou Bend has transformed Ima Hogg’s celebrated home and grounds into a show-stopping holiday wonderland.

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Explore A West Houston Shopping Wonderland

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CITYCENTRE Houston

To know West Houston is to love it. One of the city’s most affluent parts of town, West Houston is home to some of the most swank real estate, best restaurants, and world-class hotels. It also boasts fantastic shopping.

Meet CITYCENTRE, a premier destination for everything from shopping to dining to accomodations. This season, head west and take care of your holiday shopping at one of Houston’s best stops for all things high-end and fabulous.

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Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker Twirls Into Town

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Artists of Houston Ballet by Amitava Sarkar, Courtesy of Houston Ballet

The best holiday traditions have a way of standing the test of time, even if it means overcoming the odds—that’s the magic of this time of year. For the city of Houston, one of those traditions is a dazzling performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker by Houston Ballet. Even though the company’s Wortham Theater home is closed until mid-2018 after suffering in Hurricane Harvey, visions of sugar plum fairies will dance their way across the stage this season in as splendid fashion as ever thanks to a pair of local venues.

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Spend Your Weekend at Holiday Brews on the Bayou

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So you’re spending the weekend in Houston. What strikes your fancy? Sampling craft beers from top breweries? Catching some jazz from an emerging quartet? Supporting a beloved cultural institution that suffered during Hurricane Harvey? Why not all three?

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Houston Zoo Transformed into Holiday Wonderland

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One of Houston’s best holiday celebrations is right around the corner! This Saturday, November 18th, the sixth annual TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights brings the holiday season to a glittering start.

Hurry over to the Houston Zoo to marvel at fifteen miles of environment-friendly LED lights, strung around the zoo grounds’ ancient oak trees. Sip hot chocolate as you bask in the twinkle of over two millions lights.

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Your Guide to the Texas Renaissance Festival

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Since 1974, visitors from around the world have flocked to the Texas Renaissance Festival, an acclaimed faire held across nine themed weekends (September 30-November 26) in the fall.

Recognized as the largest Renaissance faire in the nation, Texas Ren Fest welcomes over half a million merrymakers per annum to its 55-acre festival ground, “New Market Village,” an authentic recreation of a 16th century English township. There are performances by the more than 350 costumed actors, a dizzying array of international food options, and shoppes offering artisanal, handcrafted, and otherwise one-of-a-kind wares. It’s an experience to say the least.

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