The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa is Houston’s favorite holiday tradition with its dazzling décor, lobby entertainment, a majestic lighted oak tree and bountiful brunches. It all begins on November 25, when holiday elves create a magical backdrop for families and guest to enjoy throughout the season.

Gingerbread Wonderland Lobby 
On November 25 in the Great Room Lobby of the Houstonian Hotel, Pastry Chef Catherine Rodriguez and her team of elves decorate and display gingerbread houses that stand over 6 feet tall and take more than 6 months to complete. Over 600 gumdrops, 95 pounds of gingerbread along with 200 pounds of royal icing and more are used to create these fanciful structures. This Gingerbread Village, a real choo choo train, hidden Elf on the Shelf and dozens of trees with glittering ornaments bring guests from near and far to celebrate at The Houstonian.

Grand Holiday Tree Lighting 
On November 27, the spirit of the season comes alive when the property’s huge, majestic live oak tree is lit with more than 100,000 lights for the season. The evening’s event with real snow, food and entertainment is open to hotel guests and Houstonian Club members only.

"Gingerbread Nights” in the Hotel Lobby 
Holiday Entertainment, Lobby Libations, Light Bites & the First Lady's Cookies 
Mondays-Saturdays, November 28-December 17, 6:00-7:00 p.m. 
Joyous sounds of the Yuletide season are presented by local choirs, hand bells, violin ensembles, and soloists by the 30-foot stone fireplace in the hotel’s Great Room Lobby. Guests are greeted by a full-size Santa with a sleigh full of toys and goodies and can enjoy a special "Gingerbread Nights” lobby menu featuring light bites and holiday inspired cocktails. As a special treat, The Houstonian will serve complimentary First Lady Barbara Bush’s famous chocolate chip cookies!

Special Hotel Holiday Rates 
Valid November 22-27 and December 16-January 1 
Friends and family will delight in the warm holiday ambiance of The Houstonian Hotel with deluxe accommodations for only $199+ per night, or for $239+ to the key-accessed Concierge Floor offering continental breakfast, evening hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and after-dinner sweets in a private, cozy sitting room. A floor concierge will take care of every whim, from theater tickets to dinner reservations. For holiday shopping, The Houstonian provides a complimentary shuttle to and from the famous Galleria and the new River Oaks Shopping District. For hotel reservations, call 713-685-6810. Limited availability. Not available to groups. Advanced reservations required.

Christmas Brunches at The Houstonian 
Sunday, December 25 
Year after year, families gather for a turkey and some mistletoe at bountiful Christmas Day Brunches at The Houstonian. The Grande Ballroom presents an over-the-top buffet with seatings from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Olivette restaurant offers a seated à la carte menu with seasonal Christmas items, and the historic Manor House estate restaurant serves an elegant Christmas prix fixe menu. Family photos in the hotel’s Great Room Lobby and inviting holiday décor throughout the property make Christmas Day at The Houstonian a favorite holiday tradition.

The Houstonian Grande Ballroom: Buffet that includes seasonal mimosas. 
Adults $79++, Children $35++ (Ages 5-12) 
Seatings from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Reservations: 713-812-6932

Olivette: Seated, à la carte Menu with Seasonal Christmas items. 
Reservations: 713-685-6713

The Manor House: Seated, Christmas Prix Fixe Menu. 
Adults $58++, Children $25++ (12 and under) 
Reservations: 713-685-6840

His & Her Holiday Gift Certificates from The Houstonian 
Nothing says happy holidays more lavishly than a gift from The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. This season, turn an ordinary gift into a memorable experience, with a gift certificate for her of a cozy, romantic "Just for Us” weekend for $229 or a gift certificate for him for a "Rib Eye Dinner for Two" that includes a 16-ounce bottle of "Smokin Since ’79” Chef-prepared BBQ rub in a gift bag to-go for $140. Gift Certificates may be picked up at The Houstonian Hotel Front Desk at 111 North Post Oak Boulevard in Houston, Texas or purchased by calling 713-680-2626.

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Located in the heart of Houston, The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa is a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star, ultimate Texan retreat located minutes from the Galleria and Memorial Park. Guests can relax and rejuvenate on an 18-acre oasis, with floor-to-ceiling wooded views in its guest rooms, four on-site dining restaurants and elegant hotel bar. The 125,000 square-foot Houstonian Club offers state-of-the-art equipment, over 180 weekly fitness classes, aquatic programs, an indoor tennis facility, three resort pools and more. Trellis Spa is a Mediterranean style, 17,000-square-foot facility with 20 treatment rooms, hair and nail salons, and luxurious locker rooms with Jacuzzi and steam rooms, an indoor Float Pool, a Relaxation Lounge with fireplace and a Tranquility Room. One of Houston’s historic gems, the property is known for its grace, comfort and unparalleled guest experience.

Former President Bush at The Houstonian 
From 1981-1992, Former President George H. W. Bush and Former First Lady Barbara Bush established their first official residence at The Houstonian, living first at The Manor House (an original estate home on the property that is now a restaurant), then relocating to room 271 and adjoining space within that wing of the hotel. This room is referenced in Jon Meacham's new book "Destiny and Power".