Tomball German Christmas Market, Menorah lighting: 11 ways to get into the holiday spirit in the Greater Houston area this weekend, Dec. 7-9

The Tomball German Christmas Market includes more than 200 vendors, live music and street performers.

The Tomball German Christmas Market includes more than 200 vendors, live music and street performers.

Here are a few ways to get into the holiday spirit in the Greater Houston area this weekend, Dec. 7-9.


North Houston








1. Tomball German Christmas Market
Dec. 7-9
The Tomball German Christmas Market includes more than 200 vendors, live music and street performers. 6-10 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.). Free (admission, parking, shuttle). Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm Street, Tomball. www.tomballgermanfest.org





2. Conroe Christmas Celebration
Dec. 8

The community is invited to attend the Conroe Christmas Celebration carnival featuring photos with Santa and a Christmas parade at 1 p.m. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Heritage Place, 500 Metcalf Street, Conroe. 936-522-3911. www.cityofconroe.org





3. Christmas in historic downtown Montgomery
Dec. 8

Enjoy breakfast with Santa, a holiday marketplace, a Christmas parade, the 28th annual Cookie Walk and the Candlelight Home Tour featuring elaborately decorated historical homes and period costumes. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. $5 (children), $15 (adults). Historic District of Montgomery. 936-597-7300. www.montgomeryareachamber.com





4. ‘Santa’s Little Helper’
Dec. 8

“Santa’s Little Helper” is an original musical featuring original songs as well as Christmas classics to sing along to. 11 a.m. Free. Mangum-Howell Community Center in Doss Park, 2500 Frick Road, Houston. 281-440-4850. www.cypresscreekface.org





5. Santa Social with a Peppermint Twist
Dec. 8

At this event, children enjoy breakfast, go on a scavenger hunt and decorate gingerbread houses. 8-11 a.m. $15-$30. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org





6. Menorah lighting at Jersey Village City Hall
Dec. 9

Chabad of Cypress & Northwest Houston hosts a Hanukkah celebration featuring menorah lighting, comedy and fire juggling show, live music and refreshments. 5:30 p.m. Free. Jersey Village City Hall, 16327 Lakeview Drive, Jersey Village. www.chabadcypress.com/chanukah





South Houston








7. Christmas Boat Lane Parade
Dec. 8
The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and several Bay area communities will host this 57th annual event. The boats—which will feature light displays, music and designs—will sail into Galveston Bay and return. 6-10 p.m. Free (to watch), $95 (to register before Dec. 8), $125 (to register Dec. 8). 2551 S. Shore Blvd., League City. 281-488-7676. www.clearlakearea.com





8. Candy Cane Market
Dec. 8

Cane Island hosts the Real Craftwives of Katy’s Candy Cane Market with more than 60 local vendors selling unique holiday gifts. Food trucks will be onsite. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 2100 Cane Island Parkway, Katy. 281-725-6555. www.caneisland.com





9. Friendswood Christmas Parade
Dec. 8

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, which features amusement rides, music, a holiday arts and crafts market and 40,000 pounds of snow. 6 p.m. (parade), 7:30 (Santa in the park). Free. Stevenson Park, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. 281-996-3320. www.ci.friendswood.tx.us





10. Holiday Movie Under the Moon
Dec. 8

First Colony Church of Christ hosts this event featuring “Elf” at Sugar Land Town Square. Free. 7-9 p.m. Sugar Land Town Square, 2700 Town Center Blvd., Sugar Land. 281-242-2000. www.sugarlandtownsquare.com





11. Snow Fest
Dec. 8

Jordan Ranch will host a family-friendly winter celebration. Attractions include a three-lane slide, DJ, ice carvers and a trackless train. Noon-3 p.m. Free. 2422 Sandhill Crest Lane, Fulshear. 281-392-0416. www.jordanranchtexas.com


By 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 reporter for The Woodlands edition in May 2016. In January 2019, she was promoted to serve as the editor of the Spring/Klein edition where she covers Spring ISD and Harris County Commissioners Court, in addition to business, development and transportation news.

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