Houston\'s Discovery Green Unveils Winter Schedule

HOUSTON, TX — Houston's Discovery Green, has unveiled its Winter 2017–2018 programming schedule, filled with events and activities that offer Houstonians an array of exciting holiday traditions to share.

The Winter season runs from Nov. 18, to Feb. 25, 2018, features The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy, film screenings, family-friendly programs and much more.

Most activities at Discovery Green are free thanks to contributions from park users, foundations and sponsors.

"Discovery Green has an exciting winter season in store, with daily skating events at the ice rink, weekly film screenings, an interactive art installation made just for the park and much more," said Barry Mandel, president of the Discovery Green Conservancy. "We hope these programs will bring moments of magic to visitors throughout the holidays and into the new year."

The season kicks off on Nov. 18 with Frostival, Discovery Green's annual park-wide celebration featuring ice carving, live music and interactive activities for the whole family.

Park visitors are invited to get into the spirit of the season with special events on The ICE, a holiday film series at Screen on the Green presented by Bank of America and a special edition of Winter Flea by Night presented by Green Mountain Energy, open weekly on Saturdays leading up to Christmas.

Discovery Green's first original art commission, Hello, Trees! A Walking Serenade by Daily tous les jours, will open on November 18, 2017.

In this interactive installation, visitors are invited to speak into input stations located at each end of the sculpture; their voices are translated into light patterns and musical melodies that travel along a series of arches under the live oak canopy, the park feature that inspired this one-of-a-kind piece.

Hello, Trees! will remain on view through Feb. 25, 2018.

The public is invited to an artist talk on Friday, November 17, 2017, at 6 p.m. on the Hess Deck. Additional programming is planned throughout the run of the installation.

For a complete list of programs and special events, please visit www.discoverygreen.com. A digital press kit with high-res images is available at bit.ly/DGWinter2017-18.


Events are free unless otherwise noted. For weather and schedule updates, please visit www.discoverygreen.com.

The ICE powered by Green Mountain Energy®

Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017–Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018

The ICE is the largest outdoor ice skating surface in the Southwest. Discovery Green uses water from Kinder Lake to freeze the ice, and all equipment runs on renewable energy.

Hours of Operation

Monday–Thursday, 5–10 p.m.

Friday, 5–11 p.m.

Saturday & School Holidays, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

Christmas & New Year's Day, 1 p.m.–7 p.m.

Christmas & New Year's Eve, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Martin Luther King Day, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

*School holidays include: Nov. 20–24, Dec. 25–29, Jan. 1–5 and Jan. 15

**The ICE will be closed to the public after 4 p.m. on Dec. 10 and Jan. 21


- $14 regular admission (available onsite only)

- $17 online tickets (not available on Cheap Skate Nights)

- $8 Cheap Skate (valid Mondays Nov. 27–Dec. 18 and Jan. 8)

Tickets include tax and skate rental. Sales support the Discovery Green Conservancy. See website for details on available discounts.

Skating Events

Cheap Skate Nights

Mondays, Nov. 27–Dec. 18 and Jan. 8, 5–10 p.m.

On select Mondays this winter, glide around The ICE at Discovery Green for just $8 per person (includes tax and skate rental).

Time Warp Tuesdays

Tuesdays, Nov. 21–Jan. 16, 7–9 p.m.

Skate to the tunes of decades past at Time Warp Tuesdays. Costumes are encouraged; check the Discovery Green website for themes.

Break The ICE Date Nights

Wednesdays, Nov. 22­­–Jan. 17, 7–9 p.m.

Bring your date and skate to live jazz by Jawad under special snow effects.

Funfetti Fridays

Fridays, Nov. 24–Jan. 19, 7–9 p.m.

A live DJ, colored lights, other elements make for fun Friday nights.

Skate with Santa and Storybook Stars

Saturdays, Nov. 25–Jan. 20, 5–6 p.m.

Children of all ages are invited to skate with Santa Claus (through Dec. 23) and storybook characters (after the holiday).

Houston Skating Stars

Sundays, Nov. 26–Dec. 3, Dec. 24–Jan. 14, 6:30–6:45 p.m.

On Sundays this winter, Houston's top figure skaters perform demonstrations on The ICE.

Special Events

Hello, Trees! A Walking Serenade by Daily tous les jours

Nov. 18, 2017–Feb. 25, 2018, 6 a.m.–11 p.m. daily

Hello, Trees! A Waking Serenade — the park's first original commission — is an interactive installation that uses public participation to create an immersive light and sound experience that is unique to each visitor. Montreal-based design studio Daily tous les jours drew inspiration from the majestic oak trees that form Discovery Green's Brown Foundation Promenade.


Saturday, Nov. 18, 6–10 p.m.

Discovery Green kicks off its winter season with Frostival, an annual park-wide celebration featuring ice carving by Reverend Butter and DLG Ice Factory, live music by The Peterson Brothers and more.

Rainbow on ICE

Friday, Dec. 8, 7–10 p.m.

The annual LGBTQ celebration at Discovery Green returns to The ICE with music by DJ Joe Ross.

Winter Flea by Night presented by Green Mountain Energy®

Saturdays, Nov. 18 and 25, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 6–10 p.m.

For the first time, Discovery Green's popular flea market expands to a weekly event during the holiday season. Flea by Night features works by local artisans, artful kitsch, vintage, antiques and other treasures, plus live music, food trucks and more.

Winter Programs

Screen on the Green presented by Bank of America

Enjoy family-friendly movies with a view of the downtown Houston skyline. Skate and watch or just enjoy the movie on the hill. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and arrive early for fun contests and activities.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Thursday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m.

PG, 1989, 97 min.

The Griswold family's plans for a big Christmas predictably turn into a hilarious disaster.

Home Alone

Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m.

PG, 1990, 103 min.

An eight-year-old troublemaker protects his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

It's A Wonderful Life

Thursday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m.

PG, 1946, 130 min.

In this Christmas classic, an angel is sent from heaven to help a frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he never existed.

A Madea Christmas

Thursday, Dec. 21, 7 p.m.

PG-13, 2013, 100 min.

Madea dispenses her unique form of holiday spirit when she's coaxed into helping a friend visit her daughter in a rural town for Christmas.


Thursday, Dec. 28, 7 p.m.

PG, 2003, 97 min.

After wreaking havoc on the elf community, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.


Thursday, Jan. 4, 7 p.m.

PG, 2016, 85 min.

An orphaned girl dreams of becoming a ballerina, fleeing her rural town for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.


Thursday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m.

PG-13, 2005, 135 min.

Bohemians in the East Village neighborhood of New York City struggle with life, love and AIDS in this film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical.


Thursday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.

PG, 2004, 135 min.

In this true story, a player-turned coach leads the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

Young Writers Workshop

Saturdays, Nov. 18–Feb. 6, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Writers in the Schools, Discovery Green and Houston Public Library Express offer Houston's only free writing workshop for students in 2nd through 8th grade. Space is limited.

Youth Poetry Performance Session

Fridays, Dec. 1, Jan. 5 and Feb. 2, 6:30–8 p.m.

Writers in the Schools offers free writing and slam poetry workshops for budding poets ages 13 to 19. Space is limited.

Recycling Saturdays

Saturdays, Nov. 18­–Feb. 24, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Bring sorted glass, paper, plastic and aluminum to recycling stations provided by the City of Houston and I Recycle Glass.

Image: The CKP Group

Source : https://patch.com/texas/houston/houston-s-discovery-green-unveils-winter-schedule

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