The Lighting of the Doves Festival is a long-standing tradition in The Woodlands that signifies the start of the holiday season in the community. Symbolizing peace during the holidays, the ceremonial illumination of the giant doves has attracted thousands of visitors each year.
The Festival includes traditional and international performances, showcasing the cultural diversity of The Woodlands and holiday traditions celebrated around the world. Featuring snow play areas, vendor booths, children’s activities and strolling entertainment, Lighting of the Doves culminates with a special appearance by Santa Claus arriving by sleigh down The Woodlands Waterway and a dazzling fireworks display.
Concessions will be available for purchase onsite. Vendors may accept either cash or credit.
Snow Play Areas*
Live Entertainment on 2 Stages
KidZone - Free Crafts Activities with The Woodlands Children's Museum (while supplies last)
Live Reindeer Photo Area
Face Painting - Free
Balloon Art - Free
*Inflatables, Snow Play Areas and Snow Slides require a wristband. Wristbands are $10 each and provide unlimited access to the activities for the duration of the event.
Schedule of Events*
3:00 p.m. - Creekside Forest Elementary Choir
3:30 p.m. - The Woodlands High School German Club
3:55 p.m. - The Woodlands High School Japanese Club
4:35 p.m. - Texas Twirlers
5:00 p.m. - Boni's Dance & Performing Arts Studio
5:25 p.m. - Cass-Barrington Academy of Irish Dance
6:00 p.m. - Live Music by Uptown Drive
7:00 p.m. - Holiday Greetings, Santa's Arrival, Lighting of the Doves & Fireworks
8:00 p.m. - Live Music by Uptown Drive
9:00 p.m. - Event Concludes
3:00 p.m. - Sideline Spirit Cheer Company
3:10 p.m. - Class Act Productions Stars on Tour
3:45 p.m. - Center for Indian Classical Music of Houston
4:00 p.m. - STAGE RIGHT of Texas
4:20 p.m. - Moriah Davis School of Performing Arts
4:45 p.m. - Cass-Barrington Academy of Irish Dance
5:05 p.m. - Texas Twirlers
5:25 p.m. - Texas Academy of Dance Arts (TADA)
6:00 p.m. - Ice Carvers
7:00 p.m. - Stage Dark for Santa Festivities at Main Stage
*All times and entertainment subject to change.
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