Since ancient times, white doves have been symbols of love, peace & purity of heart. The tradition of the Lighting of the Doves in The Woodlands started in 1982 when Mr. Ed Lee, then president of The Woodlands Corporation – forerunner to The Woodlands Operating Company – found a very interesting idea in Hong Kong. Mr. Lee saw giant street displays of white lights and various animals. The one he liked best was a large bird that appeared to be soaring toward the sky. When he returned to The Woodlands, he made arrangements for three huge Doves of Peace to illuminate his beloved community during the holidays. The Doves have been a tradition in The Woodlands every year since. Mr. Lee died of cancer in 1986, but his legacy of the Doves has remained with the community.

The event has traveled all over the community and came to The Woodlands Town Center in 1995. The event, which attracts thousands of visitors, involves the efforts of hundreds of community participants including bands, restaurants, performers, and more. The primary beneficiary is Interfaith of The Woodlands Holiday Toy Drive, generating more than 400 brand new toys each year.

In 2007, The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau introduced a new event called—International Winter On The Waterway (iWOW)—in conjunction with the annual Lighting of the Doves Festival. There are over 100 countries represented in The Woodlands and iWOW showcases holiday traditions from a myriad of countries through exhibits, performers, food, and arts & crafts. 

About Festival

Lighting of the Doves and iWOW kick off the 2013 holiday season in The Woodlands on November 22 in Town Green Park and along The Woodlands Waterway. The festival includes the arrival of Santa Claus on The Woodlands Waterway, interactive booths and games, snow play area, balloon artists, face painters, inflatables, ice carvers, fireworks and more! The event is free and open to the public from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.



Saturday, November 22, 2014
Town Green Park along The Woodlands Waterway®

Saturday, November 22, 2014
The Woodlands Waterway® adjacent to Town Green Park

Preview: November 15 & 16, 2014
Daily: November 22, 2014 –
January 19, 2015

Northeast Corner of Lake Robbins
and Six Pines Drive

November 22, 2014 – January 19, 2015
Northeast corner of Lake Robbins
and Six Pines Drive




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