CENTERPOINT ENERGY RETURNS AS SPONSOR OF THE WORLD OF HOLIDAY TREES AT iWOW

World of Holiday Trees

The World of Holiday Trees, a collection of trees adorned with ornaments to depict holiday traditions from around the world, once again enhanced the experience of International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW) thanks to the generous support from CenterPoint Energy.

The ten holiday trees were created by the students of Cunae International School, an accredited International Baccalaureate World School which presents a curriculum in step with the ever-changing world and today’s global society.

“We’re proud to support the cultural diversity of The Woodlands through this unique collection of holiday trees,” says Chris Oliver of CenterPoint Energy. “The students did a great job capturing the spirit of the holidays from around the world.”

For more information on holiday events in The Woodlands, go to www.HolidayInTheWoodlands.com or call 281-363-2447. Also, “like” The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VisitTheWoodlands, “follow” them on Twitter www.Twitter.com/TheWoodlandsCVB and “view” them on YouTube www.YouTube.com/TheWoodlandsCVB.

TALISMAN ENERGY TO COLLECT UNWRAPPED TOYS FOR INTERFAITH OF THE WOODLANDS BEGINNING AT LIGHTING OF THE DOVES, iWOW FESTIVAL

2013 Talisman - Santa Toy Drive Promo-7411Families once again can brighten the holidays for those less fortunate by bringing an unwrapped toy to the 31st Annual Lighting of the Doves and the 7th Annual International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW) on Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Thanks to Talisman Energy, those who donate a $10 unwrapped toy while entering the Town Center Parking Garage for Lighting of the Doves and iWOW will receive free parking. Unwrapped toys also can be dropped off at the Talisman/Interfaith booth in Town Green Park during both festivals.

Starting November 25 through December 24, donated toys can be dropped off at the Central Fire Station of The Woodlands, 9591 Grogan’s Mill Road, daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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AUTHENTIC ELVIS TRIBUTE STAR AND SPANISH TUNES OF YELBA, HIGHLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AT LIGHTING OF THE DOVES, iWOW

Lighting of the Doves Crowd at Celebration Stage - November 2010The region’s most authentic Elvis Presley tribute artist, the Spanish ballads of Yelba and the jazz sounds of Spellbound highlight the entertainment at the 31st Annual Lighting of the Doves and the 7th Annual International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW) to be held in The Woodlands on Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Spellbound, with its jazz, pop and Latin sounds presented by Jaime Casco, will perform on the Celebration Stage within Lighting of the Doves in Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  After Santa’s Arrival and Fireworks, Vince King will take the stage from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. to present the best of Elvis Presley, from his authentic costumes, voice and dance moves. With Vince’s strikingly similar face, you’ll think Elvis was alive and well.

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Nearby on the iWOW International Stage, sponsored by Service King Collision Repair Center, local favorite Yelba will present her unique brand of Spanish ballads and jazz from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Yelba also is known to break out in a steamy Salsa or fun Disco tune perfect for dancing and fun.

Other entertainment at the Festivals include The Woodlands High School Japanese Club, Paddington British School, The Woodlands Show Chorus, Cass Academy of Irish Dance, The Woodlands Dance Company, Texas Twirlers, North Oaks Baptist Church Choir, and the Yellow Rose Clogging Team.

In addition to the great live music sounds, Lighting of the Doves and the iWOW Festivals will be filled with plenty of fun and games, interactive booths, arts and crafts and more.

YelbaIn Town Green Park, kids can win fun prizes, enjoy a snow slide and snow play area sponsored by CB&I, inflatables, bubble runners, an ice carving competition, arts and crafts, balloon artists, strolling entertainers and more. Along The Woodlands Waterway, families can walk from booth to booth to experience international holiday traditions, international foods, and arts and crafts from around the world. Plus, check out the iWOW World of Holiday Trees, presented by CenterPoint Energy. There are still vendor opportunities available for the Festivals. Visit www.HolidayInTheWoodlands.com for more information.

Both Lighting of the Doves and the iWOW Festival are free and open to the public.   Both events lead up to the arrival of Santa, sponsored by Talisman Energy, aboard a decorated sleigh on The Woodlands Waterway®.

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