Dickens on the Strand, Tamale Festival: 10 things to do in the Greater Houston Area this weekend, Dec. 1-3

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Between the 44th annual Dickens on the Strand in Galveston and the 98th annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting, there are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit in the Greater Houston area this weekend, Dec. 1-3.

  1. WORTH THE TRIP: Dickens on the Strand
    Dec. 1-3

The Galveston Historical Foundation presents this 44th annual festival, celebrating 19th Century Victorian London. The weekend features parades, strolling carolers, musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, Victorian-inspired gift items for sale and holiday food and drinks. 5-9 p.m. (Dec. 1), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Dec. 2), Noon-6 p.m. (Dec. 3). $7-$15. The Strand at Galveston Island, 2228 Mechanic Street, Galveston. 409-765-7834. www.galvestonhistory.org

2. Theta Design Weekend
Dec. 1-3

This event kicks off with a preview party Nov. 30 and features three days of home décor, antiques, art and jewelry shopping, interior design shows, lectures, luncheons, design panels and a Young Collector’s Party. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 1-2), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Dec. 3). $20-$250. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston. www.thetadesignweekend.com

3. Mayor’s Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting
Dec. 1

This 98th annual event kick-starts the holiday season in Houston with the debut of City Hall’s holiday tree, live music, fireworks and an appearance by Santa Claus. 6-8 p.m. Free. Hermann Square Park, 900 Smith Street, Houston. 832-939-0868. www.houstontx.gov

4. Cheers and Beers Holiday Market
Dec. 1

Saint Arnold Brewing Company hosts this annual, family-friendly event featuring shopping from local vendors, root beer floats, live music, ugly sweaters and a gift-wrapping section. 5-10 p.m. Free. Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Avenue, Houston. 713-686-9494. www.saintarnold.com

5. Trafigura Run for the House
Dec. 2

This 8th annual event benefits Ronald McDonald House Houston and includes 5K and 10K race options, as well as a 5K family walk for children and pets. Following the race will be an awards ceremony and after-party featuring food trucks, inflatables, games and an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Group rates are available for teams of four or more. 8 a.m. (race begins), 6:30 p.m. (registration opens). $35 (per participant). Sam Houston Park, 1000 Bagby Street, Houston. 713-795-3500. www.rmhrunforthehouse.com

6. Katy Old-Fashioned Christmas Festival
Dec. 2

This 8th annual event features produce, crafts, antiques, clothing, jewelry, and gift items from local vendors, as well as carolers, food, entertainment, a beer garden and 50,000 lbs. of snow. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Downtown Katy, 5615 1st Street, Katy. 281-391-1993. www.katymarketday.com

7. Tamale Festival Houston
Dec. 2

This 7th annual even kicks-off tamale season a tamale eating contest, live music, Doomsday Wrestling, an artist village, Ballet Folklorico, live art demonstrations and holiday shopping. Noon-10 p.m. $10-$85. Navigation Esplanade, 2600 Navigation Boulevard, Houston. www.tamalefestivalhouston.com

8. Jingle Bells Bark & Brew
Dec. 2

This 7th annual fundraising and adoption event benefits the Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue and will include a silent auction, raffle and pet photos with Santa Claus. 1-4 p.m. Free. Kirby Ice House, 3333 Eastside Street, Houston. 713-524-2752. www.facebook.com/kirbyicehouse

9. Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl
Dec. 2

Participants wear their ugliest sweaters while visiting a variety of bars throughout Midtown, featuring drinks specials for ticket-holders. 3-7 p.m. $12.02. Dogwood Houston, 2403 Bagby Street, Houston. www.pubcrawls.com

10. The Brews and Blues White Oak Street Festival
Dec. 2

Live blues bands will be performing throughout the evening at Onion Creek, Little Woodrow’s, Christian’s Tailgate and Fitzgerald’s. 4 p.m. $10. White Oak Drive, Houston. www.fitzlivemusic.com

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Hannah Zedaker

Born and raised in Cypress, Texas, Hannah Zedaker graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a minor in political science. She began as an intern with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 and was hired upon graduation as a full-time reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. She covers business, transportation, health care and other local news, specializing in Shenandoah City Council and Montgomery County nonprofit organizations.

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