A 93-year tradition

Holiday lights: Houston's 63-foot Christmas tree to be energy efficient — and Motown blessed

Holiday lights: Houston's 63-foot Christmas tree to be energy efficient — and Motown blessed

Mayor's 2012 Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting, Presented by Reliant
The annual Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony will include live music, fireworks, family activities and more.  Courtesy of Photo by Richard Carson
Dennis Edwards_The Temptations Review_band
Dennis Edwards and The Temptations Review have been secured as the special performance for the event.  Courtesy of Paradise Artists
Mayor's 2012 Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting, Presented by Reliant
Dennis Edwards_The Temptations Review_band

Mayor Annise Parker revealed the noted Motown headliner that will regale the crowd at Houston's annual Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony downtown on Nov. 30.

Former member of The Temptations and seven-time Grammy Award winner Dennis Edwards has been selected to perform with his group, The Temptations Review, to play favorites like "My Girl," "Papa was a Rolling Stone" and "Just My Imagination." 

Other musical performances include the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the Biohazard Brass Band and the MacArthur Jammin' Generals Drumline, plus a fireworks presentation (courtesy of Southwest Airlines) timed to the Hallelujah Chorus from "Handel's Messiah," featuring The Ernest Walker Band and singers from the Abundant Life Cathedral, the Gospel Music Heritage choirs and more. 

 Former member of The Temptations and seven-time Grammy Award winner Dennis Edwards has been selected to perform with his group, The Temptations Review.

 The 63-foot white fir holiday tree, presented by Reliant Energy, will be illuminated by Sugar Plum Fairies from the Houston Ballet, and will glow throughout the holiday season with energy efficient LED lights.

"I invite my fellow Houstonians to join me at City Hall to continue this 93-year tradition of beginning the holiday season with friends and family and ignite our famous skyline with music, lights and fireworks," Parker said in a statement. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to be gifted to a child in need through the Salvation Army Greater Houston Area, and to wear their most festive attire for Santa photo ops. 

The event will take place at Houston's City Hall at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30. 

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