40th Annual Lighting of the Doves Festival - ADJUSTED SCHEDULE

By: The Woodlands Township
| Published 11/18/2022


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Throughout this week, Township Staff has been closely monitoring the weather forecast for tomorrow's 40th Annual Lighting of the Doves from a variety of sources and in consultation with local weather experts. Based on the information available at this time, the chances of precipitation are continuing to increase during the timeframe in which final event preparations are being made, throughout the day when the event will be taking place and until the early evening hours. Given these projections, with the best interest of volunteers, vendors and performers in mind and in order to refocus efforts to the primary purpose of the event, activities have been cancelled with the exception of Santa's arrival, Lighting of the Doves and fireworks which are set to begin at 7 p.m.

Please be advised there will be no stage performances, snow play areas or slides, KidZone and other event activities. A limited number of vendors will be onsite prepared to open to the public at 6 p.m., but participants should plan accordingly as minimal concessions will be available. At this time, Santa festivities will begin as originally planned from the Celebration Stage at 7 p.m. Santa is anticipated to arrive to Town Green Park at approximately 7:20 p.m. The countdown to the Lighting of the Doves and fireworks will begin shortly after at approximately 7:40 p.m.

In the event conditions worsen and remaining activities are impacted, updates will be posted to the Township Parks and Recreation Facebook Page and website.

The Lighting of the Doves Festival is a long-standing tradition in The Woodlands that signifies the start of the holiday season in the community. Symbolizing peace during the holidays, the ceremonial illumination of the giant doves has attracted thousands of visitors each year.

The Festival includes traditional and international performances, showcasing the cultural diversity of The Woodlands and holiday traditions celebrated around the world. Featuring snow play areas, vendor booths, children’s activities and strolling entertainment, Lighting of the Doves culminates with a special appearance by Santa Claus arriving by sleigh down The Woodlands Waterway and a dazzling fireworks display.

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