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How to Still Enjoy a Scaled Down Lights in The Heights

Your Guide to the Events that Make Up for a Shortened Route

BY // 12.07.17

Lights In The Heights turns 30 this year and the storied annual event is sure to have the busiest sidewalks dressed in holiday style. The neighborhood tradition invites all Houstonians to wander around the serious wattage on Bayland Avenue and Woodland Street this Saturday, December 9. Attendees can bring their coolers and their pups to the free event.

In recent years, the decades-old holiday festival’s official route has been scaled back due to crowd issues, but the entertainment around the event is growing. There’s tons to see strolling down the streets, but organized events worth attending are popping up everywhere.

Here is PaperCity’s guide to public parties and festive functions around the area. Be sure to bundle up. With temps in the fifties, baby, it’s cold outside. For Houston.

Good Dog Lights In The Heights Anniversary Party

Every dog has its day — and Good Dog’s chosen this Saturday. The hotdog restaurant at 903 Studewood celebrates its fourth birthday this December with a little help from friends at Saint Arnold Brewing Company and Fat Cat Creamery.

Saint Arnold adds a special Christmas ale cut with Bread Pudding and Bishop’s Barrel 19 to the mix. Dessert meets draught again with Fat Cat Creamery’s original boozy Bread Pudding and Saint Arnold Christmas ice cream. Dipped cones, a new dessert truck on the Houston scene, will serve up its soft serve as well.

The party wouldn’t be complete without some tunes. Good Dog’s got you covered from 6 to 10 pm. Instrumental pedal steel and guitar group Will Van Horn Trio will bring a mix of genres, covering pop songs, country, and more. Saint Arnold’s own chef Ryan Savoie’s set to  DJ.

Holiday Gifting

  • Cotton Club
  • Cotton Club
  • Bond No 9 - Candle
  • Wayne Smith
  • Asher Gallery
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Elaine Turner - GiGi Flats
  • Cle Du Peau - Nail Polish
  • Elaine Turner - Felicia Stole in Magenta
  • Loeffler Randall - Shoes
  • Cle Du Peau - Lip Gloss
  • Loeffler Randall - Clutch
  • Oscar De La Renta - Clutch
  • Bond No 9 - Perfume
  • Wayne Smith
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  • Oscar De La Renta - Earrings

Like last year, Good Dog’s making a winter wonderland with two snow machines. The weather outside’s looking more delightful than frightful. 

Eureka Heights Lights In The Heights Bike Ride

The brewery on 18th is getting the party started early with its monthly social bike ride this Friday. Cyclists will pedal through the Lights In The Heights neighborhoods to scope out decorations a day early. The roughly 10-mile route starts at Eureka Heights and takes riders from Onion Creek, through the lights, to Good Dog and finally back to home base.

6:30 to 10 pm will make for the perfect lighting. Check it out. It’s the closest you’ll get to a sleigh ride in H-town.

The Duderinos

If you want a break from the Christmas carols — understandable, since they’ve been taking up the airwaves for a straight month — stop by 903 Bayland for some live jams, courtesy of The Duderinos. The “hardest-working band in Houston” will perform outside the private residence for the third year in a row from 6:30 to 9 pm.

The local musicians’ set list runs the gamut. Country to classic rock, the best of the ’80s to the best of their originals.  

Swing Dancing At Lights In The Heights

The holidays are in full swing, and no one celebrates like the Houston Swing Dance Society. The nonprofit’s taking its 1930s and 1940s dance stylings to the main drag, in front of 3016 Norhill. Put on your dancing shoes and do the Lindy Hop from 6 to 9 pm.

Why rock around the Christmas tree when the whole neighborhood’s decked out?

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