Holiday to-do list: 15 events in Pearland and Friendswood for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations

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Your guide for events and things to plan for in Pearland and Friendswood from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

Nov. 16–Jan. 6: Visit Magical Winter Lights

This festival offers lighting displays, a holiday market and performances. 5-10 p.m. Extended hours on Thanksgiving and from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day. $13-$22. 1000 FM 2004, La Marque. www.magicalwinterlights.com

Nov. 17-18: Admire holiday home decor

The 52nd annual Heritage Gardeners of Friendswood Home Tour showcases local homes decorated for the holiday season. The event also includes a tea room lunch, bazaar and bake sale. $15. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; home tours start at 1 p.m. 112 W. Spreading Oaks Drive. 281-992-4438. www.heritagegardener.org

Nov. 22: Run off all those Thanksgiving calories

The third annual Pearland Turkey Trot benefits the Forever Parks Foundation. Courses range from one to 8 miles, with a “Kids K” for children. $20-$50; discounts for teams. Pearland Stadium, 3775 S. Main St., Pearland. 832-491- 0659. www.pearlandturkeytrot.com

Nov. 30: Watch the Pearland Christmas tree lighting

With help from Santa, Pearland Mayor Tom Reid will light the city’s tree at 7 p.m. followed by live music, a snow park, and horse and carriage rides. 7-10 p.m. Free. Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway St., Pearland. www.pearlandtx.gov

Dec.1: Run for a good cause…

Runners are welcome to don costumes in the Santa Dash fundraiser for BIG Love, which supports children with cancer. Races are open to children and adults, with half-K, 5K and 10K options. $20-$50. 6:30 a.m.-noon. Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway St., Pearland. www.biglovecancercare.org

Dec. 1: … then shop for another

New Hope Church’s sixth annual Christmas Market features more than 100 vendors. The market raises funds for the church’s “Night to Shine” prom for people with special needs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 108 W. Edgewood Drive, Friendswood. 281-604-4000. www.newhopechurch.tv/events

Dec. 1: Watch Pearland’s Christmas parade

The theme for Pearland’s 37th annual parade is “Pearland 125: Past, Present and Future.” Participating businesses, groups and organizations will travel east on Broadway Street, beginning at Old Alvin Road and ending at Pearland Parkway. 6 p.m. Free. www.pearlandtx.gov

Dec. 2: Shop local art and crafts

Pearland Market Days is hosting a holiday craft fair featuring 50 vendors offering jewelry, candles, soaps and other handmade gifts at the Pearland VFW. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 4202 W. Walnut St., Pearland. www.facebook.com/pearlandmarketdays

Dec. 7: Bring your wishlist to Santa’s Workshop

Children can bring their Christmas wishes directly to Santa, play games and do holiday crafts at Santa’s Workshop at Vic Coppinger Family YMCA. Free. 2700 YMCA Drive, Pearland. 281-485-6805 www.ymcahouston.org/vic-coppinger

Dec. 7: Donate to a food drive

Donate nonperishable boxed, canned or bottled foods at Pearland Neighborhood Center for the annual Channel 13 Share Your Holiday Food Drive. There will be a choir, Santa Claus and food for volunteers. 6 a.m.-6 p.m. 2335 N. Texas Ave., Pearland. 281-485-1987. www.pnctexas.com

Dec. 8: Catch Friendswood’s Christmas parade

The city’s 32nd annual Christmas parade begins at East Heritage Drive and ends at Stevenson Park, where Santa will join up with the “Santa in the Park” event. Parade spots are available, and registration is free. 6 p.m. 281-996-3220. www.ci.friendswood.tx.us

Dec. 8: Visit Santa in the park

This event features pictures with Santa Claus, train and amusement rides, music, a holiday arts and crafts market, and 40,000 pounds of snow. 3-8 p.m. The tree lighting and fireworks begin at 7:30 p.m. Free. Stevenson Park, Friendswood. 281-996-3220. www.ci.friendswood.tx.us

Dec. 14-16: Watch ‘A Christmas Carol’

Kids’ Backporch Productions is performing “A Christmas Carol” for its December show. 7 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.). $9-$15. Shadycrest Baptist Church Family Center, 3412 Hamm Road, Pearland. 281-412-5350. www.kidsbackporchproductions.org

Dec. 16: Shop at Stevenson Park

The Sugar Plum Village Market will feature dozens of vendors, Santa photos, food trucks and a candy cane hunt for children. The event is organized by Pop Up Houston. Free. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stevenson Park, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. 713-256-1332. www.facebook.com/PopUpHoustonEvents

Dec. 31: Take the family to see the fireworks in Kemah

The Kemah Boardwalk’s New Year’s Eve Family Celebration includes a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Standard ticket prices for rides apply. 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m. 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah. 877-285-3624. www.kemahboardwalk.com

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Matt Dulin
Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018. A graduate of the University of Houston, Matt was most recently the director of community outreach and engagement at the Columbia Missourian and a professor at the Missouri School of Journalism.
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