12 things to do in The Woodlands area in December

Kids Camp features post-Christmas activities

Kids Camp features post-Christmas activities

Your ultimate local guide for events, business openings, meetings and more in the month of December

Dec. 12

1. Kendra Scott hosts charity event for local nonprofit
Kendra Scott hosts this event for the Magnolia Education Foundation. Attendees can enjoy treats and 20 percent of sales go to the foundation. 6-8 p.m. Free. Kendra Scott, 9595 Six Pines Drive, Ste. 690, The Woodlands. www.kendrascott.com

Dec. 15

2. Oak Ridge North presents Christmas celebration
The annual Oak Ridge North Christmas event features park activities, a hot chocolate stand, pictures with Santa Claus and a hay ride. 5 p.m. Free. Marilyn Edgar Park, 26531 S. Hillside Drive, Oak Ridge North. 832-381-3215.  www.oakridgenorth.com

Dec. 15-17

3. Class Act Productions presents ‘A Christmas Carol, The Musical‘
Class Act Productions performs a musical inspired by the popular Charles Dickens classic Christmas story. 7:30 p.m. (Dec. 15,16), 2:30 p.m. (Dec. 16,17). $15-$32. Nancy Bock Center, 3800 S. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands. www.classactproductions.org

Dec. 16

4. Make a  gingerbread house at township event
Participants decorate a gingerbread house with gum drops and other sweet treats alongside Santa Claus. 1 p.m. $20 (resident), $25 (nonresident). The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950.

Dec. 15-17

5. Go caroling and visit Santa  Claus at the mall
The Woodlands Mall hosts a caroling night where mall customers hear holiday songs while having the opportunity to take a photo with Santa Claus. 6-8 p.m. Free. The Woodlands Mall, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 281-363-3409. www.thewoodlandsmall.com

Dec. 17

6. Santa’s Workshop event features crafts, cookies
Participants can build small toys and crafts while enjoying treats and holiday music. 3 p.m. $20 (residents), $25 (nonresidents). The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950.

Dec. 18

7. Oak Ridge North holds special meeting
The city of Oak Ridge North only has one City Council meeting in December: It will hold a special called meeting Dec. 18. 7 p.m. Oak Ridge North City Hall, 27424 Robinson Road, Oak Ridge North. 281-292-4648. www.oakridgenorth.com

Dec. 19

8. Adult Crafternoon offers ornament creation
The Montgomery County South Regional Library hosts this event where ornaments are created from books. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Montgomery County South Regional Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. 936-442-7727. www.countylibrary.org/south.htm

Dec. 23

9. Science Madness features Christmas smells

The Woodlands Children’s Museum hosts an event that allows guests to explore Christmas smells. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org

Dec. 24

10. Attend Shenandoah’s luminary ceremony
As tradition follows, the city of Shenandoah lights luminaries to celebrate the holidays every Christmas Eve. 6 p.m. Free. Shenandoah Municipal Complex, 29955 I-45 N., Shenandoah. 281-298- 5522. www.shenandoahtx.us

Dec. 25

11. Enjoy a Christmas brunch
The Woodlands Resort hosts a Christmas brunch at Robard’s Steakhouse and The Woodlands Dining Room. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $75-$105 (for adults), $35-$50 (for children age 12 and younger).The Woodlands Resort, 2301 N. Millbend Drive, The Woodlands.

Dec. 27-29

12. Kids Camp features post-Christmas activities
Children can draw holiday pictures and decorate sweets at this event. 8 a.m.-noon (ages 5-7,) 2 p.m.-6 p.m. (ages 7-13). $150. Over the Top Cake Supplies, 453 Sawdust Road, Ste. 102, Spring. 832-458-0995. www.overthetopcakesupplies.com


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The new location will be the second for the franchise in the area, with the first being in Spring since 2005. (Courtesy Bruster's Real Ice Cream)
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At a Sept. 11 practice, Houston Girls Hockey Association teams took the ice to prepare for their first games the weekend of Sept. 17. (Courtesy Houston Girls Hockey Association)
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(Courtesy El Mariachi Mexican Bar and Grill)
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Cpl. Lonnie Bruce Harrison, (right) Gov. Greg Abbott and members of the Montgomery County Constable Precinct 5 Office gather at the Star of Texas Awards where Harrison was a recipient. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley's office)
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The Texas Department of Transportation is planning to install medians along 5.8 miles of FM 1092 from Hwy. 59 to Hwy. 6 in Missouri City. (Courtesy Fotolia)
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At the Sept. 14 Harris County Commissioners Court meeting, County Administrator David Berry, top left, presents proposed tax rates to commissioners Jack Cagle and Tom Ramsey, Judge Lina Hidalgo, and commissioners Adrian Garcia and Rodney Ellis. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Harris County Precinct 4 and Montgomery County Precinct 3 are coordinating for a Gosling Road project. (Courtesy Montgomery County Precinct 3)
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Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough tours the COVID-19 antibody infusion center that opened Aug. 16.
(Courtesy Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough on Facebook)
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