Get in the holiday spirit with these 9 events in Tomball, Magnolia

The city of Tomball holds a Christmas tree lighting on Nov. 16.

The city of Tomball holds a Christmas tree lighting on Nov. 16.

Here are a few events and things to plan for in Tomball and Magnolia around the holiday season this November and December.


Nov. 16
Watch a Christmas tree lighting in Tomball

Kick off the holiday celebrations with a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a visit from Santa Claus, a sing-along with Cool Freddie and the Crew, hot chocolate and cookies. 7-9 p.m. Free. 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484. www.tomballtx.gov





Nov. 17
Catch a holiday parade

The Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 53rd annual Tomball Holiday Parade with the theme of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” The parade starts at West Main and Elm streets, moving west past Buvinghausen Road. 10 a.m. Free. Main Street, Tomball. 281-351-7222.
www.tomballchamber.org





Nov. 24
Meet Santa at the park

Harris County Precinct 4 hosts a Holiday Wonderland in Burroughs Park, featuring food trucks, crafts, a petting zoo, holiday movies, snow and a visit from Santa Claus. Craft activities have limited supplies and are open to children ages 12 and younger. 4-8 p.m. Free. Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. 281-353-8424. www.hcp4.net





Dec. 1
Attend a holiday open house in Tomball

Enjoy music from Curtis Poullard and the Creole Zydeco Band and food catered by Every-Bellies at a Christmas open house, hosted by The Arbor Gate, a garden center in Tomball. 2-6 p.m. Free. The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball. 281-351-8851.
www.arborgate.com





Dec. 1
Get in the holiday spirit

The Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce partners with the city of Magnolia for “The Magic of Christmas” Parade of Lights and tree lighting. Parade participants must register by Nov. 14. 5:30 p.m. Free. Unity Park, 19459 Unity Park Drive, Magnolia.
281-356-1488.
www.greatermagnoliaparkwaycc.org





Dec. 1
Eat pancakes for charity

Abandoned Animal Rescue hosts its second annual holiday pancake breakfast fundraiser. The event includes pancakes, holiday music, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as a walkthrough of the shelter. 10 a.m.-noon. Donations welcome. 32632 Wright Road, Magnolia. 281-789-4142. www.aartexas.org





Dec. 7-8
See 'The Nutcracker' ballet

Houston Repertoire Ballet hosts performances of The Nutcracker in partnership with Cypress Philharmonic. Full-length and abbreviated performances available. The abbreviated version, The Nutcracker: Arts & Education, features educational content for young children. 7 p.m. (Fri., abbreviated performance), 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Sat., full length), 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Sun., full length). $12-$23. Tomball High School Theatre, 30330 Quinn Road, Tomball. 281-940-4721. www.hrbdance.org





Dec. 7-9
Browse a holiday market

The annual Tomball German Christmas Market features more than 200 street vendors selling German food, drinks, clothes and souvenirs. The event also includes four music stages, a petting zoo and street performers. Times vary. Free (admission, parking and shuttle). Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. www.tomballgermanfest.org





Dec. 8
Fundraise for the holidays

Rosehill Fire Department hosts a fundraiser at Market Days Rosehill Junction with live and silent auctions, a visit from Santa Claus, a children’s train, live music and vendors. All proceeds benefit the department. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 22019 Decker Prairie-Rosehill Road, Tomball. 832-948-2244.
www.marketdaysrosehill.com


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By 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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