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Hermann Park offers holiday fun and gift ideas

Dec 09, 2013

Whether you are looking for a great gift for a good cause, quality time with your family, or entertainment options for visitors – Hermann Park is the place to be.

The holidays are a special time of year and the perfect time to visit Hermann Park. Take a ride on the Hermann Park Holiday Train, bring your family to the Holiday Party, or put out a blanket and enjoy a picnic.

If you are looking for a great gift, we have unique options that feel as good to give as they do to receive. We have fun items for train-lovers, tree-huggers, Houston historians, and kids of all ages. And the best thing about these gifts is that they also help the Park. More info can be found on our website at

Holiday Events
Holiday Train

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays: Nov. 27 - Dec. 19
Daily: Dec. 20 – Jan. 5
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tickets: $3.25; free for ages 1 and younger. Take a ride on the Hermann Park Railroad decorated for the season. The festive train takes a two-mile, 20-minute journey around Hermann Park and through the decorated train tunnel. While the train is decked in garland all day, come between 5 and 6 for a special experience after it gets dark. Stop in to Pinewood Cafe before you board for a hot apple cider or cocoa. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Holiday Party
Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Bring the whole family out to Hermann Park for a free afternoon of family fun. Make holiday arts and crafts such as chocolate donut reindeer and ornaments at Kinder Station and take a ride on Hermann Park Railroad. Free and open to the public. Train tickets $3.25; free for HPC Members and kids under 1 years old.

Gift Ideas
Gift Pack of Hermann Park Railroad Tickets

$35 for a 10-pack
Pick up a specially-packaged 10-pack of train tickets for the child or train-lover in your life. Available in the Hermann Park Gift Shop or online at

Hermann Park: A Century of Community
By Barrie M. Scardino Bradley
This richly-illustrated book commissioned by the Conservancy in honor of the Park's centennial in 2014 makes a great gift for native Houstonians and newcomers alike. Author Bradley places the Park in both a local and national context and covers the Park's renaissance over the last 20 years. Available in hard cover in Hermann Park Gift Shop starting in December. For info, visit

Conservancy Gift Membership
Starting at $50
Do you know someone who loves Hermann Park as much as you do but doesn't have a membership? Order them a gift membership. Members receive free unlimited train rides on select Saturdays, discounts in the Gift Shop and Cafe, and free Centennial-themed merchandise at the $100-level and above. Memberships are available for purchase in the Hermann Park Conservancy Gift Shop and online. To view membership levels and to purchase a gift membership online, visit

Hermann Park Centennial Apparel
Newly-created Centennial apparel merchandise is available for purchase in the Hermann Park Conservancy Gift Shop. Each item features Hermann Park’s Centennial logo printed in a light-navy. Prices: T-shirt (white or gray): $14.99; Canvas tote bag with bottom gusset: $12.99; Embroidered 100 percent cotton twill hat $9.99.

Engineer-for-a-Day Experience
(HPC Members receive discounted rate) Want to give someone special a behind-the-scenes experience they won't forget? Give them the gift of Engineer-for-a-Day. They can blow the whistle, sit up front with the engineer, ring the bell, greet guests, see where the train sleeps, and more. All participants will receive an engineer's cap, bandana, train whistle, name badge, and certificate. Click here to learn more, email, or call 713-528-0827.

Plant a tree
Honor a friend or loved one by making a donation in their name to the Plant a Tree Program. With your donation you will help the Conservancy preserve the spectacular native tree canopy. Your gift recipient will be sent an attractive Hermann Park note card with notification of your gift. To Plant a Tree, visit, email development@hermannpark. org, or call 713-524-5876.