The week ahead: holiday fun for all is on tap; Rayford closure starts Friday
As the holiday season chugs ahead full bore, that means there are tons of activities for area residents to be on the look out for. Here is a quick rundown of some cool events and an important road closure notice this week.
Classic Christmas carols, Old English style
Christmas in the Woods Lessons and Carols will musically whisk audiences into English cathedrals and college chapels for traditional lessons with classical Christmas carols from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, at HopePointe Anglican Church, 3333 S. Panther Creek Drive.
The songs are paired with live tableaus lighted and behind a scrim, along with classical art representations of five traditional Christmas lessons leading to the birth of Christ. This event is free and open to the public.
Weekend road closure to affect Rayford Road
The Rayford Road closure at the intersection of Geneva Drive originally scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 7-10 was postponed due to heavy rains predicted in the Greater Houston region on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8.
The new closure will now be from 10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14 and continue until 5 a.m., Monday, Dec. 17. The massive storm system that hit the region on Friday created rainy conditions that were not conducive to the construction work needed to be done, officials reported.
According to a press release from Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack, the closure of Rayford Road will begin at 10 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14 and end at about 5 a.m., Monday, Dec. 17. The construction project will completely shutter Rayford Road at Geneva Drive, forcing both traversing drivers as well as residents of the neighborhood to seek alternative routes depending on where they are driving. Extremely lengthy and heavy traffic are predicted for the area during the weekend closure, the press release noted.
A friday full of Christmas merry
Thom and Nancy Binford, children’s authors and Illustrators, will read a soul-warming holiday book they created together, “The Last Christmas Tree,” at The Woodlands Children’s Museum on Friday, Dec. 14. The pair will begin reading at 11 a.m. and stay until 12:30 p.m. for a meet-and-greet, where they will sign and sell copies of their paperback book ($12.99).
And if books aren’t enough to satisfy your little ones Christmas itch, then head over to the Grace Church, which will host its annual “Polar Express” Movie Night beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14. Hot cocoa and cookies, an indoor snowball fight, pictures with Santa, train rides, carousel rides, and giant playscape will add to the fun. The church is located at 24400 Interstate-45 North Freeway, The Woodlands.
A weekend full of holiday tunes
Two exciting concerts are on tap for the weekend of Dec. 15 and 16, with both the The Woodlands Boys Choir and The Woodlands Chorale and The Woodlands Symphony hosting holiday performances.
Local residents celebrating Christmas can raise their holiday spirits with The Woodlands Boys Choir and The Woodlands Chorale, as the two musical groups team up to bring the best in classic and traditional holiday tunes from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church, 4881 W Panther Creek Drive. This concert is open to the public.
On Sunday, Dec. 16, both classical and modern songs are on tap as The Woodlands Symphony presents a ‘Super-Size’ Christmas. Not only is the orchestra the largest it’s ever been, but the concert will include a dozen or more selections that in past years. The Woodlands Symphony is under the direction of Darryl Bayer, who noted that preparation for the Christmas performance takes six months. Rehearsals begin at the Lone Star College and then the orchestra rehearses at the location, The Woodlands First Baptist Church, a few days before the show.
The concert will include classical pieces from Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Christmas Eve Suite,” Sergei Prokofiev’s “Lieutenant Kije” and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.”
“We’re opening the concert with Russian classical composers that have written music that is associated with Christmas time. So, of course, we have selections from Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcraker,’” Bayer said. “And then we have an unknown opera by Rimsky-Korsakov’s called the “Christmas Eve Suite.’”