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November 26, 2014

Houston Celebrates Holidays Around the World

Each year the Mayor's Office of Trade and International Affairs works with the Consular Corps of Houston and multicultural organizations to present Holidays Around the World with miniature trees. The elaborate displays promote the unique culture, heritage and holiday traditions of their countries using ornaments and national symbols. The trees are on view in City Hall, 901 Bagby, inside the Visitors Center until Thursday, December 4, 2014 and also available for viewing online.

The holiday trees are available for purchase through an online auction benefiting the Houston Food Bank, the nation's largest food bank and the source of food for 500 hunger relief agencies in 18 southeast Texas counties. The Houston Food Bank is responsible for 50 million nutritious meals yearly. To learn more about the Houston Food Bank visit

Below, please find photos of two trees for Holidays Around the World.  Please click here to visit the auction website. For more information, contact the Houston Office of Protocol and International Affairs at

Tree 1 (below) was submitted by the Consulate General of Colombia. Colombia has one of the world's most diverse populations of butterflies.

Tree 2 (below) was submitted by the Consulate General of Japan. Japan is the birthplace of Hello Kitty.

Holiday Photo 1

Holiday Photo 2

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