Look dad, it’s snowing! These are not words I’m accustomed to hearing. Living on the Gulf Coast, a cold day is one that doesn’t require continuous air conditioning and a thick layer of sunscreen. But these are precisely the words I heard from my girls when we visited MainStreet America for its annual Christmas on MainStreet celebration.
Christmas on MainStreet is all about the holiday spirit. Brought to you by MainStreet America, a business the specializes in custom home building and remodeling, Christmas on MainStreet is a family event combining such holiday traditions as photos with Santa, holiday light displays, warm cocoa, and other activities meant to transport you and your family to a winter wonderland right here in the Houston, Texas suburbs.
Visiting Christmas on MainStreet for the first time, the first thing I noticed was the light displays. Most of the model homes are decorated with lights, some of which are synced to music for added entertainment. The light displays are impressive and my kids liked them too, but they were most impressed with the snowfall. My girls have often pressured my wife and I to take them someplace where the white, fluffy flakes fall so they can make snowballs, build snowmen, and otherwise enjoy the type of play that comes with a snowy landscape. At Christmas on MainStreet, the kiddos got to feel what it’s like to stand underneath snow and feel the cold specks hit their faces.
Christmas on MainStreet features activities, food and drink, and entertainment. My girls took part in a few of the activities and the one they liked most was making their own s’mores. They have the sticks, marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate, and fire ready for use and my girls loved creating and snacking on their own s’mores, made with their own hands.
Cast Your Vote
MainStreet America has lots of lights and the displays are great for photo opportunities, but they are also part of MainStreet’s Lights of Hope, a competition among nine area charities. Each of the nine participants was given one of the model homes to decorate with lights and you, the visitors to Christmas on MainStreet, are asked to vote on which display you like best. The winner of the best light display contest will receive $10,000 so every vote counts.
Fun for the Family
Christmas is one of the most popular times of the year. It’s a time for celebrating, giving, and family togetherness. Children often love the Christmas season most of all and they look forward to spending time with parents and siblings as they play games, attend holiday themed events, visit relatives, and count down to Christmas morning.
Christmas in Houston doesn’t involve the cold, wintry days common in other parts of the country, but you can experience some Christmas cheer and feel the snow against your skin at Christmas on MainStreet. It’s a fun family event and with an emphasis on charity and it belongs on everyone’s list this Christmas season.
There’s still time to pick up your tickets and enjoy all these things:
The Main Street Express
Visit Santa, sip on hot cocoa, and roast marshmallows, make s’mores
Vote for the best decorated house. The winner among the 9 participating charities will receive $10,000.