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01-31 | Merry Mansions Gingerbread Display  (Midtown)








From the organizer:

Merry Mansions Gingerbread Display 

November 24 to December 25
Great Room Lobby
Open to the Public 

Step into the beautifully decorated Houstonian this season, with twinkling trees, splendid décor, and a “Merry Mansions” gingerbread house display above the Great Room Lobby’s 30-foot fireplace. Enjoy a menu of delectable holiday cocktails.

The Houstonian Hotel brings history to life with “Merry Mansions”, a gigantic gingerbread house display celebrating Houston’s famous Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, and the estates found along North Post Oak Lane, all decorated in splendid holiday fashion. Open to the public with hundreds of pounds of gingerbread, gumdrops and candies, the authentic display features intricately decorated masterpieces rising up to six feet above the Great Room Lobby’s stone fireplace.

The exhibit pays tribute to noted architect John Staub, who designed the elegant Bayou Bend mansion for oil heiress Ima Hogg in 1927, and many estate homes for Houston’s elite neighborhoods of River Oaks and Broadacres in the 1920s to 1960s. He designed a handful of country houses in the area where The Houstonian is located today on North Post Oak Lane, including the property’s own Manor House estate, built in 1941 for oilman Thomas Lawrence. The home of Ernest Bel Fay, now the Fay School, is also featured.

Mistletoe Moments

November 24 – December 24
Open to the Public

Steal a kiss under the huge mistletoe ball at the “most kissable place in the city”. Hung in grand style above the iconic Great Room Lobby staircase, the inspiring installation is the perfect place for couples looking for a special memory, or an Instagram-worthy photo op with kissing hashtag #houstoniankisses2023. The hotel is giving away an evening at The Houstonian for the post with the most likes on Instagram. Participants must tag @houstonianhotel and use the hashtag to enter.  


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