Houston Bucket List - 100 Things To Do in Houston Before You Die: Christmas in July

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The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we only chose items unique to Houston -- or items to which Houston provides a unique twist -- and everything on the list must be in or occur within 30 miles of downtown Houston (so, nothing from Galveston, for example). We welcome your suggestions in the comment section.

In installment two of our bucket list series, it is time to inject a bit of holiday cheer into our lives. Sure, it's the middle of July and hot as hell outside, but what better time to dream of cooler weather and imagine sugar plums dancing in our heads? There are plenty of wonderful things to do in Houston around the holidays and quite a few will make our 100, but there is one that nearly trumps them all.

Go People Watching at the Galleria During the Christmas Holidays.

It's a mall. It's chaos. The parking is more confusing than the labyrinth Daedalus used to imprison the Minotaur. But, there are few places in Houston more festive during the holidays than the Galleria. From the massive Christmas tree on the ice skating rink to the line out the door of the Apple Store, it is crazy and sparkly and filled with joy...until someone tries to steal your parking space.

If you panic in a crowd, this might be your living hell, but if you can stand it, soak in the Yule Tide joy and fa la la la la your happy self from Macy's to Nordstrom and back. Do what we do: use one of the lesser-known parking lots -- we can't tell you which or we'd have to kill you -- and grab a window seat at the Daily Grill. Have a holiday cocktail, listen to some jazz music and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Christmas rush in style.

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I can't wait to attend a gala and get a pic op with Lynn!  -said no one ever.  I think I can make a better list.  Yours was good but I have other suggestions.  Which I'll keep to myself in case they end up sucking.  ;)

Greg Barker
Greg Barker

Lynn Wyatt?! The Galleria at Christmas? Tailgating? K. I guess I don't need to pay attention to the rest of these.

Adam Roberts
Adam Roberts

I hate the term "bucket list". Its a stupid concept that life is simply a bunch of check offs and besides that, Bucket List was a terrible movie.

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