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Houston’s Most Fabulously Decorated Christmas Trees Turn the George R. Brown Convention Center Into a Holiday Spectacle

Windows Into the Season

BY // 12.02.20

Oh what fun it was for a handful of Alley Theatre patrons and designers when Mayor Sylvester Turner clicked the switch to light the signature tree in the theater’s annual Deck the Trees lighting ceremony, this year on display in the George R. Brown Convention Center. The relocation from the Alley lobby was due to the need for social distancing in the era of COVID-19.

Visitors can view the 30 fabulously decorated trees through windows in the convention center a la the glorious holiday windows of Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. Among the designers were teams from Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, The Events Company, For All Occasions, Always in Season, Pamela Hope Designs, Barry Doss Design and Holli Day Décor in Spring.  They will be on display through January 3.

The fundraising effort brought in $250,000 for the theater‘s education, community engagement and artistic programming with monies raised through tree sponsorships ranging from $2,500 to $50,000.

The mayor took this occasion to note that the Alley would provide an opportunity for all Houstonians to view a virtual production of A Christmas Carol for free from December 4 to 27.

Taylor DeMartino of DeMartino Design Group and HTX Floral Co. created the Signature Tree, a glamorous, sparkly 20-foot tree inspired by FrozenH-E-B was the sponsor of the dazzling wonder which will be on display in a dramatic windowscape along Avenida de las Americas in front of the convention center.

Houston First donated the space for the tree display and hosted the cocktail/tree lighting reception.

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