Holiday Happenings in The Woodlands

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With the arrival of December, comes a flurry of exciting holiday events and activities in The Woodlands. 

Menorah Lighting
Where: Market Street
When: Sunday, December 1st at 4:00 PM
What: For the third year, Chabad of The Woodlands will host a Grand Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting at Market Street.

Breakfast with Santa
Where: The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center
When: Saturday, December 7th & Saturday, December 14th at 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
What: You and your children will enjoy this wonderful holiday event.  Visit with Santa and the Ice Princess and then enjoy a lavish buffet that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.  Don't forget the camera to catch the moment! For more information or for reservations please call 281-364-6292.

Elf Academy
Where: The Woodlands Mall
When: Saturday, December 7th at 11:00 AM
What: Become a certified elf at The Woodlands Mall Elf Academy. Kids can earn their certification by completing various holiday tasks at different workstations.

Holly Jolly Symphony Spectacular
Where: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
When: Thursday, December 12th @ 7:30 PM
What: Ring in the holidays with the Houston Symphony as they perform holiday classics and popular carols.

The Ice Rink
Where:  The Woodlands Town Center
When: November 23 – January 20 (daily)
What: Open from mid-November through mid-January, the coolest place to be in the Winter is The Ice Rink At The Woodlands at Market Street Town Center, the largest seasonal ice rink in the southwest.

Caroling on the Square
Where: Waterway Square
When: Saturday, December 7, 14 and 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
What: Holiday carolers from local artists and choirs will get you in the holiday spirit at the 3rd Annual Caroling on the Square series at Waterway Square.

Winter Wonderland
Where: Woodlands Town Center
When: November 23 – January 20 (from ducks until 11:00 PM)
What: Enjoy a walk along the Winter Wonderland pathway and be delighted in the fantasy land of magical Christmas lights, toy soldiers, elves, the doves of peace, musical angels and snowmen. Admission is Free!

Woodlands Resort Romance Package Giveaway Winners Announced

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Congratulations to Nickole Herrmann of Beaumont, Texas and Alex Ingram of College Station, Texas  – the winners of our Woodlands Resort Romance in the Woods giveaway. Nickole and Alex, we look forward to hosting you and your special someone as you get away to the serenity of nature with our Enchanted Romance Package. The package includes:

• One night Deluxe Accommodations for 2 at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center
• Full breakfast for 2 in room
• Turndown Service
• Champagne and Chocolate Dipped Strawberries at turndown
• Unlimited access to Sauna, Steam Room, Whirlpool
• Unlimited Access to Fitness Center and Forest Oasis Waterscape

Thank you to all that entered!!

The Woodlands Selected for Texas Association of Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 2015 Conference

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The eyes of Texas travel professionals soon will be on The Woodlands.

For the first time, The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau (The Woodlands CVB) will host more than 400 representatives from Convention & Visitor Bureaus across Texas at the Annual Conference for the Texas Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus in 2015.

“The Woodlands CVB is very pleased that our peers from Texas selected The Woodlands. We have worked very hard over the past few years to develop The Woodlands as a destination for conventions and leisure travelers. We appreciate the opportunity to host this conference,” said Nelda Blair, Chairman of The Woodlands CVB.

The largest association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus in the nation, the Texas Association of CVB’s 2015 conference will bring travel professionals to The Woodlands for education, promotional idea inspiration and other important travel and convention related topics. The three-day conference also will serve as a showcase to present The Woodlands as a premier Texas destination for groups and vacationing families.

“To host travel professionals from across the state, many of whom have never been to The Woodlands, is an incredible opportunity,” says Nick Wolda, president of The Woodlands CVB. “It is a real honor to be selected.”

The Woodlands was selected at the August 2013 TACVB conference in El Paso, Texas where representatives from The Woodlands CVB, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center and The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center presented the attributes of The Woodlands to TACVB delegates who voted for the 2015 conference location.

Labor Day Festivities

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You worked for it. You earned it. And it’s finally here, Labor Day weekend!! If you’re looking to celebrate this day of rest in The Woodlands, be sure to check out the celebrations at Waterway Square.

With live music, fireworks and activities for everyone, The Woodlands is the place to be on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, August 31, The Marlin Bando Band will perform from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. featuring a variety of hit tunes. The Elroys take the stage at 7:45 p.m. until 9 p.m. with alternative style music to keep the festivities going. Fireworks will conclude the evening at 8:55 p.m. – a sure fire form of entertainment for adults and kids alike.

Sunday evening, September 1, Soulshine turns up the heat with their take on classic rock hits followed by Coldshot at 7:45 p.m. The fireworks will sound again at 8:55 p.m. to close out the celebratory weekend of events. That leaves plenty of time to rest and relax on Monday before getting back to business!

What is your family planning for the long holiday weekend? If you’re looking to change things up, come stay with us – Labor Day weekend rates are stating at just $199!

French Fries Abound at The Woodlands Mall

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Would you like some French fries or French fries with that? Yes, that’s right – the choice is a fries-only decision at the new French Fry Heaven opening tomorrow in The Woodlands Mall.

The Florida-based chain is opening its first Houston-area post here in The Woodlands and it’s guaranteed to be sweet and salty – sweet potatoes, that is.

According to CultureMap, prices start at $3 for potato fries and sweet potato fries and more elaborately topped fry offerings start at $4. Toppings include barbecue sauce, mayo and – you guessed it – ketchup.

There are other single food concept restaurants around, take for instance Jus’ Mac in Houston’s Heights neighborhood serving its customers brilliant varieties of the childhood favorite dish Macaroni and Cheese.

If you could create a restaurant around one food item, what would it be?

Dining Out Locales We Love!

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In Texas, there's no shortage of delicious dining, and when it comes to scouting out the best in the area, don’t fear, we’ve done the oh-so-tough work for you. Here are the top three places we’re talking about this month.

Mi Cocina
Dallas’ popular Tex-Mex restaurant made a move south to The Woodlands where the upscale restaurant is focused on high quality ingredients and an emphasis on service. Located at The Woodlands Mall, Mi Cocina is known for its Mambo Taxi®, a classic frozen margarita featuring Sauza Blanco tequila with Mi Cocina house-made Sangria. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, the restaurant also features a gourmet take on traditional fajitas, enchiladas, tacos and other Tex-Mex staples. Mi Cocina is located at 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive.

Blue Mug Café
With an inviting, casual and comfortable setting, Blue Mug Café is set right at the intersection of Woodlands Parkway and FM 2978 and features a full menu of moderately priced food influenced by international tastes combined with time-honored recipes from around the world. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and dessert!), Blue Mug is more than just a restaurant but a nice hang out as well. Try the Caponi sandwich stacked with Cajun turkey, honey ham, hard salami, provolone, red onions, tomatoes, lettuce, chipotle Caesar dressing on a rustic sourdough bun. Or perhaps Jefe’s Pot Roast Grilled Cheese – Angus beef pot roast, apricot BBQ sauce and sharp cheddar cheese grilled to perfection on a sourdough bun. We could go on, and on and on…

Luca & Leonardo
Located right on The Woodlands Waterway, Luca & Leonardo’s is a romantic Italian restaurant with a birdseye view of the fountains at Waterway Square. As a guest, you become part of the Luca & Leonardo familia while dining there with warm, friendly service from the moment you step in their doors. Signatures include Rotoli – prosciutto  rolls stuffed with foie grass and figs – and Ossobucco alla Griglia. They also now feature live jazz during brunch on Sundays. All around a great spot for date night or catching up with friends.

What dining spots have you talking this month? Share your favorites with us!

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