After ten years of producing two separate festivals, International Winter On The Waterway (iWoW) was fully combined with the Lighting of the Doves festival beginning in 2017. 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.
From "Joyeux Noël" to "Feliz Navidad," arts & crafts, foods, and music and entertainment can be enjoyed by all at iWoW. Although the words may be foreign to your ears, the festive feeling is familiar as carolers sing the original, German version of "Silent Night," "Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht" around a decorated Tannenbaum, while visitors celebrate south of the border-style with a tasty Buñuelo de Navidad or nibble a Buche de Noel, which adds a touch of French flair. An evening filled with fine fare from area restaurants, holiday music, interactive booths and games, balloon artists, face painters, inflatables, ice carvers, and a snow hill all wrapped up with a beautiful bow of a fireworks display and the Lighting of The Doves ceremony, which will be displayed over the Lake Robbins Bridge and throughout The Woodlands through the end of the holiday season.
Every year brings new and exciting acts to the stages along The Waterway, as well as old favorites that return season after season. From Irish and Spanish dancers to Scottish bagpipes, a whole spectrum of entertainment is available for enjoyment and interaction Three stages - the Celebration Stage and the Festival Stage, run simultaneous entertainment schedules to ensure there's never a dull moment!
Admission to the event is free. Wristband are required ($10) for unlimited use of inflatables, snow play areas and snow slides. The Woodlands Children's Museum craft zones are free. The family photo area featuring a live reindeer is free. Balloon art and face painters are free. Concessions will be available for purchase - prices vary. Note: Entertainment schedule and posted pricing is subject to change without notice, and is not in the control of WoodlandsEvents.com.
Families once again can brighten the holidays for those less fortunate by bringing an unwrapped toy to the 35th Annual Lighting of the Doves festival. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the America's ER/Interfaith booth in Town Green Park during the festival.
FREE parking is available at the Yellow and Orange lots on Timberloch Place.
Attendees will find additional paid parking at the Town Center Parking Garage on Six Pines Drive, the surface lot at the corner of Lake Robbins Drive and Six Pines Drive (next to the ice rink), 24 Waterway Square Parking Garage, Waterway Square Parking Garage and the surface lot at the corner of Timberloch Place and Waterway Avenue. Handicap parking is available in the South Regional Library lot, just west of Town Green Park on Lake Robbins and the Gold lot (flat lot beside the Town Center Parking Garage). Check out our Town Center Map for guidance on where to park for iWoW and the Lighting of the Doves!