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Market Street announces holiday events lineup and business hours

November 20, 2018

Despite the ongoing construction in Market Street, holiday festivities at one of The Woodlands’ best-known shopping and dining attractions are in full swing.

Central Park Christmas Tree and lighting of the Menorah

Market Street management erected the 70-foot Christmas tree in Central Park last week, quietly kicking of the holiday season.

Construction around the park didn’t allow for the usual tree lighting celebration, Marketing Director Noemi Gonzalez said, but management is actively working to clear part of the fencing surrounding the park to provide closer access after Thanksgiving.

“People are definitely concerned,” she said. “But the tree is up and visitors will still be able to enjoy Christmas at Market Street.”

Although there was not an official lighting, the tree will still be the spot of a light show every half hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Chabad of The Woodlands’ Rabbi Mendel Blecher will preside over the eighth annual Lighting of the Menorah to kick off Hanukkah on Dec. 2.

Blecher will light the first candle on the 9-foot-tall menorah from 4 to 6 p.m.

Twelve Days of Christmas and Santa Claus

In the spirit of the popular Christmas carol, Market Street is hosting 12 themed events in December to celebrate Christmas, starting on Dec. 1.

The activities include pear-flavored treats on the first day of Christmas, French hens from My Urban Coop, a goose egg hunt and performances from artists affiliated with Space City Sound, Boni’s Dance Studio and The Woodlands Dance Center.

Although management will not be distributing golden rings, the verse will be celebrated with a jewelry try-on session at Thomas Markle Jewelers.

“Every day we’re going to have some sort of entertainment so families can come and enjoy,” Gonzalez said.

In between living out the 12 Days of Christmas, visitors can visit Santa Claus to get pictures or give him their wish lists until Christmas Eve.

A team of artists built the themed Santa set from scratch — this year’s theme is the North Pole.

Holiday hours

Black Friday fever will hit Market Street on Nov. 23 when business hours extend from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for its more than 70 stores.

The businesses will maintain regular shopping hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

As last minute shoppers make their final gift trips, Market Street will resume its holiday hours on Dec. 21 and 22.

Extended holiday hours resume Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Christmas Eve hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

mrincon@chron.com

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