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The Lighting of The Doves

The Woodlands Christmas Lighting Ceremony

Start your holiday season at the 31st Annual Lighting of the Doves Festival featuring fireworks, ice carvers, kid's activities, live music, snow, and so much more! Don't miss the magic when Santa arrives! Whether you know him as Kris Kringle, Father Christmas or Saint Nick, no celebration of the season would be complete without a visit from Santa Claus. Accompanied by Mrs. Claus and other visitors from the North Pole, Santa will be on hand at the Lighting of the Doves Festival so little ones can whisper their Christmas wish list. Santa's been known to arrive by parachute, sleigh and will once again make his grand entrance in a dazzling, decorated boat from along The Woodlands Waterway at the Celebration Stage between 7:00 and 7:45, so keep your eyes peeled!

 

The Lighting of the Doves Festival is in conjunction with the annual International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW), an international flavored holiday celebration in Town Green Park and along The Waterway. Celebrate the cultural diversity represented in The Woodlands at the annual International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW). The Festival, held at the same time as the Annual Lighting of the Doves, provides attendees an opportunity to learn about the unique holiday traditions from a plethora of countries around the world.

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The Lighting of the Doves Festival and iWOW are both on Saturday, November 23 from 3:00 - 9:00 PM. Both festivals are FREE to attend; visitors should be aware that food, beverages, and children's activities vendors sell their wares utilizing tickets, which are available at the Festival. You can access both Festivals via The Waterway or the main entrance of Town Green Park.

7th Annual International Winter on the Waterway (iWoW)
31st Annual Lighting of the Doves

Schedule • November 23, 2013

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, International Stage and the Festival Stage, run simultaneous entertainment schedules to ensure there's never a dull moment!

Town Green Park – Celebration Stage
3:15 PM The Woodlands High School Japanese Club
3:30 PM Paddington British School
4:10 PM The Woodlands Show Chorus
4:50 PM Cass Academy of Irish Dance
5:20 PM Boni's Dance & Performance Arts presents The Woodlands Dance Company
6:00 PM Spellbound
7:00 PM Special Remarks, Fireworks and Santa Arrives!
8:00 PM Vince King
   
Town Green Park – Festival Stage
3:00 PM The Woodlands High School Japanese Club
3:15 PM Ritmos y Vibraciones de Panama
4:10 PM Boni’s Dance & Performing Arts Presents The Woodlands Dance Company
4:50 PM Texas Twirlers
5:15 PM North Oaks Baptist Church Choir
6:00 PM Ice Carvers
   
Pavilion South Plaza – International Stage (along The Woodlands Waterway)
4:00 PM Yellow Rose Clogging Team
4:50 PM The Woodlands High School Japanese Club
5:15 PM Cass Academy of Irish Dance
6:00 PM Yelba

And of course remember that in addition to all of the scheduled entertainment, there is the Snow Patch ($), Ice Carvers, Face Painting ($), Balloon artists, Frosty the Snowman, and much, much more! Note: Entertainment schedule is subject to change without notice, and is not in the control of TheWoodlandsEvents.com.

 

FREE parking is available at the Green, Yellow and Orange lots on Timberloch Place.

Families once again can brighten the holidays for those less fortunate by bringing an unwrapped toy to the 31st Annual Lighting of the Doves and the 7th Annual International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW). Those who donate a $10 unwrapped toy while entering the Town Center Parking Garage for Lighting of the Doves and iWOW will receive free parking. Unwrapped toys also can be dropped off at the Talisman/Interfaith booth in Town Green Park during both festivals. From November 25 through December 24, donated toys can be dropped off at the Central Fire Station of The Woodlands (9591 Grogan's Mill Road, The Woodlands 77380) daily from 8:00 - 5:00 PM.

Attendees will find additional paid parking at the Town Center Parking Garage and the surface lot at Lake Robbins and Six Pines Drive (next to the ice rink). PAID parking will be available 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. Check out our Town Center Map for guidance on where to park for iWoW and the Lighting of the Doves!

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