Skating, Programs, Films Coming to Discovery Green

Discovery Green, the 12-acre park in downtown Houston, has announced its winter programming schedule.

The winter season runs from Nov. 18 to next Feb. 25 and features film screenings and family-friendly programs. Most activities are free.

The season kicks off on Nov. 18 with Frostival, Discovery Green’s annual park-wide celebration featuring ice carving, live music and interactive activities.

Park visitors are invited to get into the spirit of the season with special events on “The ICE” skating rink, a holiday film series at Screen on the Green presented by Bank of America and a special edition of Winter Flea by Night, open weekly on Saturdays leading up to Christmas.

Discovery Green’s first original art commission, “Hello, Trees! A Walking Serenade,” will open Nov. 18. In this interactive installation, visitors are invited to speak into input stations located at each end of the sculpture; their voices are translated into light patterns and musical melodies that travel along a series of arches under the live oak canopy, the park feature that inspired this one-of-a-kind piece. “Hello, Trees!” will remain on view through Feb. 25.

Here’s the calendar:

--The ICE is open Nov. 18-Jan. 21. It’s the largest outdoor ice skating surface in the Southwest.

--Frostival is Nov. 18 from 6-10 p.m. Discovery Green kicks off its winter season with Frostival, an annual park-wide celebration featuring ice carving by Reverend Butter and DLG Ice Factory, live music by The Peterson Brothers and more.

--Rainbow on ICE is Dec. 8, 7-10 p.m. The annual LGBTQ celebration at Discovery Green returns to The ICE with music by DJ Joe Ross.

--Winter Flea by Night is Saturdays, Nov. 18 and 25, Dec. 2, 9 and 16 from  6-10 p.m. For the first time, Discovery Green’s flea market expands to a weekly event during the holiday season. Flea by Night features works by local artisans, artful kitsch, vintage, antiques and other treasures, plus live music and food trucks.

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