TO-DO LIST: 8 Bay Area events worth attending in December

Christmas Boat Lane Parade (Courtesy Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce)
Christmas Boat Lane Parade (Courtesy Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce)

Christmas Boat Lane Parade (Courtesy Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce)

DEC. 01: In-Person Story Time for Children at Helen Hall Library

Children ages 0-5 can enjoy this in-person story time at Helen Hall Library’s Susan Mathews Theater. Families will be seated in marked locations; all participants age 10 and older must wear masks; and 6 feet of social distancing will be maintained. 10:15-10:45 a.m., 11:15-11:45 a.m. Free (registration required). Helen Hall Library, 100 W. Walker St., League City. 281-554-1112. www.leaguecity.com/3146/helen-hall-library

DEC. 4-6, 11-13: Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker’

Take part in a holiday tradition with the Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre’s production of Tchaikovsky’s classic Christmas ballet, “The Nutcracker,” at the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Bayou Theater. The venue will be operating at 25% capacity due to COVID-19 precautions. Ticket prices and showtimes vary. Bayou Theater, University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. 281-480-1617. www.bahbt.org/thenutcracker

DEC. 4-20: Jingle on the Boardwalk


Attendees can ring in the holidays at this Kemah Boardwalk event with holiday music, movies, a toy drive, appearances from Santa Claus and the Grinch, stiltwalking, balloon artists and more. Free (entry); prices and times vary. Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah. 281-535-8100. www.facebook.com/kemahboardwalk

DEC. 05: Galaxy Lights Overnight Family Campout at Space Center Houston

At this overnight camping event, families can take part in a variety of hands-on STEM activities for guests age 5 and up, including building a bottle rocket, touring a gallery of spacecraft and more, all before camping out underneath real rockets and planes. The campout also features Galaxy Lights, an interactive light display. 6 p.m.-9 a.m. $69.95 per person (includes breakfast and second-day visit to the Space Center). 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston. 281-244-2100. www.spacecenter.org/education-programs/overnight-experiences/family-camp-out

DEC. 12: Battle on the Boardwalk Fishing Tournament

At this Elite Redfish Series fishing event at the Kemah Boardwalk, up to 100 teams will compete in a one-day shootout for the chance to win the $60,000 first prize. Nonparticipants can enjoy the boardwalk, and featured vendors will be present. 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (boardwalk entry), $600 (team entry fee). Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah. 281-535-8100. www.facebook.com/events/831330431031070

DEC. 12: Christmas Boat Lane Parade

The 59th annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade, hosted by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, will feature 60-plus decorated boats, which can be viewed from land or from the lake. The parade will run from the South Shore Harbor Marina out to Galveston Bay. Viewers can gather at the Kemah Boardwalk, The Point at Seabrook or one of many other locations to watch the parade. 6-9 p.m. Free. Various locations. 281-488-7676. www.clearlakearea.com/events/annual-events/christmas-boat-parade

DEC. 12: Winter paddling event

The Brazoria Paddlers Club is holding its first of several paddling events on a Brazoria County waterway. Participants can bring their own boats or borrow one from the club. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Location will be announced at a later date. Call Mike Mullenweg at 979-864-1152 for reservations and more information. www.brazoriacountytx.gov/departments/parks-department/special-events

DEC. 19: Ballet Lessons and Sword Building with ‘Nutcracker’ Characters

Practice your ballet or build a sword at the “Nutcracker in the Park” event, held in partnership with Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre. Cast members from “The Nutcracker” will be in costume, and photo opportunities will be available. Guests must sign up in advance. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $10 (League City residents), $12 (nonresidents). League Park, 512 Second St., League City. 281-554-1000. www.leaguecity.com

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