Wrap up the holiday season with these 12 holiday events

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As Christmas Day nears and the holiday season comes to a close, there is plenty to do in the Greater Houston area for final holiday plans.

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Maud Smith Marks Branch Library in Katy this weekend. (via Courtesy Traders Village)

Friday, Dec. 21

Enter a winter wonderland

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, take photos in a life-size snow globe, make holiday crafts, enjoy live music and decorate cookies at Maud Smith Marks Branch Library’s annual holiday open house. Refreshments provided. 2-4 p.m. Free. 1815 Westgreen Blvd., Katy. 832-927-7860. www.hcpl.net

Friday, Dec. 21

Meet Santa Claus

Visitors can enjoy unlimited play, cookies, hot chocolate, meeting Santa Claus, making Christmas crafts, mini-golf and laser tag at Palava Family Entertainment Center, Party Venue and Restaurant. 5-10 p.m., Santa makes his appearance from 6-9 p.m. Cafe will be open for dinner.  $15.99-$24.99. 3240 Spring Cypress Road, Spring. 832-764-8250. www.palavallc.com

Friday, Dec. 21

Take a Christmas hayride

Join the April Sound Country Club for a hayride around April Sound to see Christmas decorations. Dinner buffet and Christmas cookie-decorating included. 5:30-8:30 p.m., adults only after 7 p.m. $8.95 (children), $12.95 (adults). 1000 April Sound Blvd., Montgomery. 936-588-1101. www.facebook.com/events/1947448202042714

Friday, Dec. 21

Enjoy Christmas festivities

Jumpalooza Hangout, an indoor playground, hosts a “Polar Express night” with hot chocolate, Christmas crafts, singalong songs and bounce houses. Pajamas encouraged. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free (adults), $8 (children). 5366 FM 1960, Humble. 832-644-5473. www.jumpalooza.com

Listen to Christmas carolers in Sugar Land. (via Courtesy Market Street)

Friday, Dec. 21

Listen to Christmas carols

Sugar Land Town Square invites Houston residents to the Christmas carol singalong. The Living Christmas Card Carolers will give a holiday performance by the Christmas tree. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. 2711 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land. 281-242-2000. www.sugarlandtownsquare.com

Friday, Dec. 21-Saturday, Dec. 22

Make gingerbread houses

Meet Mrs. Claus and attend her gingerbread house workshop at The Woodlands Children’s Museum. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5. 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org 

Go Christmas shopping at the pop-up market in League City. (via Courtesy Fotolia)

Friday, Dec. 21-Monday, Dec. 24

Go Christmas shopping at a pop-up market

Located in Historic Downtown League City on Park Avenue, the pop-up Christmas market hosts a collection of candles, wreaths, handcrafted art and other items. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 240 Park Ave., League City. www.facebook.com/events

See the annual Sugar Land Holiday Lights through January. (via Courtesy Fotolia)

Friday, Dec. 21- Tuesday, Jan. 1

Enjoy Christmas lights in Sugar Land

Celebrate the holiday season at the fifth annual Sugar Land Holiday Lights. The lights collection features more than 2.5 million lights and numerous themed displays at Constellation Field. 6-10 p.m. Free (children age 3 and under), $14 (general admission). 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land. 281-240-4487. www.sugarlandholidaylights.com

Friday, Dec. 21- Sunday, Jan. 6

Attend a holiday performance

The Enchanted Forest, a multi-sensory light, dance and theater installation, began in late November and continues into early January. Put on by the Glade Arts Foundation, the family-friendly performance will also have sensory-friendly performances for those who need special accommodations. All proceeds go toward the Glade Arts Foundation’s educational and public programs. Showtimes vary between 5:10 and 10 p.m. $35. 2000 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands. 832-557-8781. www.gladeartsfoundation.org

Head to Wicked Boxer Brewing for their cheer and beer event this weekend. (via Courtesy Fotolia)

Saturday, Dec. 22

Grab a holiday drink

Head over to Wicked Boxer Brewing for its Christmas cheer and beer event, featuring ornament-decorating for children and “Elf” playing on the big screen. Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins, Wicked Boxer Brewing’s peppermint porter, will make a reappearance for the holidays. 16326 Mueschke Road, Ste. E10, Cypress. 832-653-2580. www.wickedboxer.com

Saturday, Dec. 22

Celebrate winter with B-52 Brewing Co.

Enjoy beer from B-52 Brewing Co.—including special beer releases—food from Bright Relish, treats from Pop’n Treats and special guest appearances from Sacred Leaf Conroe and Arbonne by Leah. Free holiday family and dog photography provided by Soul and Cynergy. Noon-10 p.m. Free. 12470 Milroy Lane, Conroe. 936-447-4677. www.b52brewing.com

Get your rollerblades on and go skating with Santa this weekend. (via Courtesy Fotolia)

Saturday, Dec. 22

Go skating with Santa Claus

Pearwood Skate Center invites Houstonians to its Skate with Santa event, featuring a photo booth for free photos with Santa Claus. Noon-2 p.m. $8. 1230 Broadway St., Pearland. 281-482-4060. www.pearwoodskate.com

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Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the Tomball/Magnolia reporter in September 2018. Prior to CI, Kara served as the editor-in-chief of The Wichitan—Midwestern State University's student-run campus newspaper—and interned with both the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and VeepWorks.
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