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Make a Joyous Noise at Buffalo Bayou Park's Unsilent Night

The annual holiday cacophony, celebrated worldwide since 1992, comes to Houston.

By Katharine Shilcutt November 23, 2016

If you ever wanted to join a flash mob or walk the streets caroling at the holidays, but couldn't find anyone to join in on either occasion, good news: Unsilent Night is heading to Houston once again.

The very first Unsilent Night was celebrated in Greenwich Village in 1992, when artist Phil Kline wrote a four-track holiday composition meant to be played in public, by a processional of people carrying boomboxes, each playing one of the four tracks, all blending together into one, big joyous noise. That New York City Unsilent Night drew a few dozen of Kline's friends; today, the event has become an annual tradition celebrated in over 100 cities across four continents.

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Dress in your flashiest, most festive gear for Unsilent Night.

Unsilent Night the composition may not sound like any Christmas carol you've ever heard (unless you got your hands on that unreleased Philip Glass holiday album), but Unsilent Night the event is unfailingly festive, with participants dressed in silly Santa hats and cacophonous Christmas sweaters. The Houston Unsilent Night amps up the energy, literally, encouraging revelers to wear the brightest and most lit-up holiday gear, with a costume contest rewarding the flashiest outfits.

As with last year's event, the Houston Unsilent Night will kick off its walking route at The Water Works, just off the Sabine St. bridge in Buffalo Bayou Park. The reception begins at 6 p.m. with free refreshments from Saint Arnold and Katz Coffee; the walk begins at 7 p.m. and will follow a route along the bayou for the length of the 43-minute composition.

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The promenade follows Buffalo Bayou for the duration of the 43-minute composition.

Although the event itself is free, participants are asked to RSVP. After registering, you'll be sent an MP3 file of one of the four Unsilent Night tracks to play on your phone, Bluetooth speakers, or, heck, maybe you still have a boombox.

Unsilent Night, Thursday, December 8, Buffalo Bayou Park, free. 

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