Lights in the Heights has gotten a little Mardi-Gras-esque in recent years.  Expect this year’s celebration, held on December 14th, 2013 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm to be a little more sedate.

There should still be enough bands on porches, impromptu performances of dance, theater, and the like to keep you more than entertained.  But the goal of the neighborhood association is to tone down some of the inebriated revelry and large crowds to keep it family friendly as was originally intended.

Still we can’t help but hope the giant ice shot block returns to one front yard….a yard that we kind of forget the location of…but we remember being there for awhile.

Lights in the Heights began 26 years ago as a neighborhood holiday festival of music and open houses. Born from one residents trip to New Mexico and their experience with the wonderful displays of luminaria. In the following years the event became a way for neighbors who were often too busy to meet to get acquainted over a glass of eggnog.

It’s common to see cookies handed out in front yards. And musicians on porches are a staple. The police department was a large presence and the volunteers do a great job organizing this event.  Many say it is the premier Christmas event in Houston.

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The celebration will be on Bayland and Woodland streets this year