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Say her name, say her name. No, not Beyoncé, but Destiny's (other) Child, Michelle Williams. The former girl-band vocalist comes back to the Bayou City to perform at the 97th annual Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting on Friday, December 2.

Williams joined Houston's own Destiny's Child in 2000, contributing to millennial anthems like "Survivor" and "Bootylicious" before releasing her first solo album "Heart to Yours" in 2002, which garnered her three Grammy nominations, including Best Gospel Album. Now living in Chicago, Williams returns to Houston to perform holiday favorites at the annual event outside of City Hall. 

The celebration also includes performances by SVET, an electro violinist from America's Got Talent, Houston’s own hip-hop dance group SoReal Cru and appearances by costumed characters from the Houston Ballet. And as always, the family favorite event will be filled with caroling, fireworks and the mayor lighting the tree. (Rumor has it that Santa will make an appearance!) 

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday season than with the community coming together and enjoying an evening of music, dancing and special appearances,” says Mayor Sylvester Turner. “As my first official holiday celebration as Mayor of Houston, I am privileged to be a part of such a long-standing tradition."

Dec. 2 from 6–8. Free. City Hall in Hermann Square, 901 Bagby St. houstontx.gov

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