Celebrate an Old-fashioned Christmas at Jones Park

With the Houston area weather often remaining rather warm into the winter months, it is sometimes difficult to get into the spirit of the Christmas holiday season. What better way to kick things off than an Old-fashioned Christmas celebration Saturday, December 1 from 4 to 7 p.m.? This family-oriented event affords participants the opportunity to experience the Christmas traditions of earlier times as well as our international heritage.

The celebration begins on Jones Park’s outdoor stage with the traditional Hispanic music of Mariachi Continental, followed by the Aldine ISD Honor Choir singing a variety of Christmas favorites. Then Die Rathcarnp Deutsche Volkstanzgruppe und Singers, a German dance group, gives participants a festive interpretation of traditional German folk dances, celebrating the area’s German heritage.

To add to the holiday atmosphere, a pot-luck style feast is served during this festive holiday event. Each family brings an old-fashioned dish to add to the feast.

The festivities don’t stop there. Following the feast, everyone walks to Jones Park’s Redbud Hill Homestead for a multi-faceted Christmas celebration in the style of the early Texas settlers. Events take place at the log cabin, barn and open homestead area. Details are being held in strictest confidence and even a few surprises are possible, so this is sure to be an event to remember. Reservations are required for this event.

For those parents who need to do some holiday shopping “child-free,” Jones Park affords you an opportunity Sunday, December 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. during Drop-n-Shop. Children ages five and older are welcome to join park staff for this fun afternoon filled with holiday crafts, videos and snacks while you shop. Reservations are required.
Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, a Harris County Precinct 4 facility, is located at 20634 Kenswick Drive in Humble. All programs are free of charge and open to the public. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, national origin or disability. For more information on the park or any of its programs, call 281-446-8588.