German Christmas Market, model railway opens: 10 events to attend in Tomball, Magnolia this weekend, Dec. 8-10

Tomball celebrates its German heritage Dec. 8-10.

Tomball celebrates its German heritage Dec. 8-10.

As the holidays near, there is no shortage of events in Tomball and Magnolia to attend this weekend, Dec. 8-10.

Friday, Dec. 8
1. See the T&W Model Railway on display
The O-scale model railway, about 60 percent complete, features models of former Tomball landmarks. The railway opens during the Christmas Market for guests to preview. 6 p.m. Free. Tomball Historic Depot, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball.

Friday, Dec. 8
2. Visit a Winter Wonderland
The Sherwood Academy hosts its annual holiday carnival featuring a visit from Santa Claus, carnival games, crafts, food, a silent auction and inflatables. 6-9 p.m. Free (admission). 32810 Tamina Road, Magnolia. 281-356-4970.

Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9
3. Take a candlelight tour
The Tomball Museum Center offers its annual candlelight tours through historical buildings. Guests can enjoy choir music and a holiday experience resembling that of 100 years ago. 6-9 p.m. Free (donations accepted). Tomball Museum Center, 510 N. Pine St., Tomball. 281-255-2148

Friday-Sunday, Dec. 8-10
4. Tomball celebrates its German heritage
The Tomball German Christmas Market features ethnic food, vendors, live music, a carnival 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 and shuttle service). Downtown Tomball. 281-379-6844.

Saturday, Dec. 9
5. Attend a holiday market
The Mistletoe Market, hosted by the parent teacher organization, features photos and breakfast with Santa Claus, vendors, a silent auction, food trucks and a Candy Land-themed kids' zone. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (admission). Cedric C. Smith Elementary, 28747 Hardin Store Road, Magnolia.

Saturday, Dec. 9
Support local businesses
The Learning Experience in Magnolia hosts a holiday market with vendors and more than 20 local businesses. Attendees can shop for holiday gifts or services. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (admission). The Learning Experience, 33043 Egypt Lane, Magnolia.

Saturday, Dec. 9
6. Help Magnolia Recycle
The city of Magnolia, Montgomery County Precinct 2, Keep Magnolia Beautiful and WCA Waste host an informational event about recycling. The event includes games, crafts, live music and free shredding services by Shredding on the Go for personal documents. 1-4 p.m. Free. Unity Park, 19450 Unity Park Drive, Magnolia. 

Saturday, Dec. 9
7. Attend a pancake breakfast
Abandoned Animal Rescue hosts a pancake breakfast featuring food, facility tours, dog training exhibitions and an appearance by Santa Claus. Attendees will receive a preview of the nonprofit organization's new shelter in Magnolia. Funds from the event benefit AAR. 9 a.m.-noon. $5 (pancakes, sausage and juice). RSVP to AAR, 32632 Wright Road, Magnolia.

Saturday, Dec. 9
8. Who will be Miss Magnolia?
The Magnolia Community Foundation presents its fifth annual scholarship pageant with 21 contestants from the Magnolia area competing for Miss Magnolia, Miss Congeniality and the People's Choice awards. 7 p.m. $5-$10. Magnolia West High School, 42202 FM 1774, Magnolia. 

Saturday, Dec. 9
9. Santa comes to Tomball
The city of Tomball hosts Christmas on Commerce with an appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, games, a kids' zone, vendors and food. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission and parking). Commerce Street, Tomball. 281-351-5484.

By Anna Lotz

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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