20 holiday-themed things to do in and around Cy-Fair this season

The Houston Repertoire Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" starting Dec. 6. (Courtesy Scott Nilsson Photographer)
The Houston Repertoire Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" starting Dec. 6. (Courtesy Scott Nilsson Photographer)

The Houston Repertoire Ballet performs "The Nutcracker" starting Dec. 6. (Courtesy Scott Nilsson Photographer)

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Messiah Lutheran Church hosts "A Night in Bethlehem" starting Dec. 7. (Courtesy Messiah Lutheran Church)
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H-E-B will host the Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Houston. (Courtesy city of Houston)
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The city of Jersey Village's holiday event is set for Dec. 1. (Courtesy city of Jersey Village)
Shop the CyFair Nutcracker Market

Nov. 23: More than 150 vendors offer women’s and children’s boutique clothing; jewelry; home, holiday and garden decor; gourmet food items; and other merchandise. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (admission). Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. www.facebook.com/cyfairholidayextravaganza

Worth the trip: Attend the 70th annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade

Nov. 28: Featuring 12 high-flying balloons and 13 floats, including the famous Tom Turkey and Santa Claus, the annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade takes over downtown Houston. 9 a.m. Free (general admission), $28 (premium seats). Herman Square, 900 Smith St., Houston. www.houstontx.gov

See Santa at the Traders Village holiday market


Nov. 23-Dec. 22: Santa Claus makes an appearance every weekend from Nov. 23-Dec. 22 at Traders Village. Photo opportunities are available. Noon-4 p.m. Free (admission). Traders Village, 7979 N. Eldridge Parkway, Houston. 281-890-5500. www.tradersvillage.com

See snow in Jersey Village

Dec. 1: The Holiday in the Village event brings Santa Claus, shopping vendors and freshly blown snow to Jersey Village. Noon-3 p.m. Free (admission). Jersey Village Civic Center, 16327 Lakeview Drive, Jersey Village. www.jerseyvillagetx.com

Houston Repertoire Ballet performs ‘The Nutcracker’

Dec. 6-8: More than 100 Houston Repertoire Ballet dancers and local children present the 21st annual performance alongside the Cypress Philharmonic orchestra. 7 p.m. (Dec. 6, abbreviated performance), 2 and 7 p.m. (Dec. 7), 1 and 4 p.m. (Dec. 8). $15 (Dec. 6), $20 (students and seniors), $25 (adults). Tomball High School Theatre, 30330 Quinn Road, Tomball. 281-940-4721. www.hrbdance.org

Shop a Christmas art sale

Dec. 7: Shoppers can find holiday gifts by perusing fine art, jewelry and pottery made by local artists. Light snacks are provided. Noon-6 p.m. Free (admission). Purple Elephant Art Community, 12802 McSwain Road, Cypress. 281-352-0861. www.facebook.com/purpleelephantartcommunity

Travel back in time to Bethlehem

Dec. 7-8: A storyteller walks attendees through the birth of Jesus as they stroll through an outdoor interactive scene made to look like historic Bethlehem. Participants can visit the spice merchant and produce market; sample treats at the bakery; make candles, pots and coin bags; and play dress-up. 5-8 p.m. Free. Messiah Lutheran Church, 11522 Telge Road, Cypress. 281-890-3013. www.messiahlc.org

Catch Phil Wickham and Shane & Shane’s Christmas tour

Dec. 8: The Cypress campus of Houston’s First Baptist Church hosts Christian musicians Phil Wickham and Shane & Shane in concert. Their annual family-friendly Christmas tour includes holiday songs and original worship music. 6 p.m. $20. Houston’s First Baptist Church-Cypress, 11011 Mason Road, Cypress. 281-970-6255. www.houstonsfirst.org/cypress

Bring the kids to a Crazy Christmas Show

Dec. 12-14: Second Baptist Church’s Cypress campus hosts the annual Kids’ Crazy Christmas Show, featuring music, singing, dancing and puppets. 6 and 7 p.m. (Dec. 12-13), 10 and 11 a.m. (Dec. 14). Free. Second Baptist Church Cypress, 29900 Hwy. 290, Cypress. 713-365-6011. www.second.org

Stop by the Tomball German Christmas Market

Dec. 13-15: The annual event features four music stages, street vendors, food, wine, beer, a petting zoo, street performers, arts, crafts and antiques. 6-10 p.m. (Dec. 13), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Dec. 14), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 15). Free (admission). Old Town Tomball, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. www.tomballgermanfest.org

Houston Choral Society presents ‘A Glorious Christmas!’

Dec. 14: The Houston Choral Society partners with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra and the Clements High School Concert Chorale to present a selection of Christmastime favorites, including Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria!”. Santa and Mrs. Claus make an appearance. 7 p.m. (preconcert lecture), 7:30 p.m. (concert begins). $15-$25. Foundry Church, 8350 Jones Road, Houston. www.houstonchoral.org

Houston Choral Society presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Dec. 20: The local group performs “Part I” and the “Hallelujah” from George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah,” featuring the Houston Choral Society Chamber Choir with a chamber orchestra. 8 p.m. $15-$30. Tallowood Baptist Church Chapel, 555 Tallowood Road, Houston. www.houstonchoral.org

Where to make custom gifts

Acute Workshop: Create wood signs, trays, boxes and blanket ladders. 20510 West Road, Cypress. 281-386-0396. www.acuteworkshop.com

Art Class & Wine Glass: Make wood signs, glasses and pottery. 122 Vintage Park Blvd., Bldg. E, Ste. C, Houston. 832-474-2585. www.artclasswineglass.com

Color Me Mine: Paint plates, bowls, coffee mugs and seasonal decor. 24140 Hwy. 290, Ste. 300, Cypress. 281-758-4139. www.cypress.colormemine.com

Foxfire Candle Works: Craft custom candles, diffusers, scrubs and soaps. 126 Vintage Park Blvd., Houston. 832-458-5392. www.foxfirecandleworks.com

Where to take out-of-town visitors

Boardwalk at Towne Lake: Shop, stroll, see boats and get a bite to eat at the outdoor retail and dining venue. 9945 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress. 281-256-2772. www.boardwalktl.com

Brew:30 Taphouse: Grab a local or national craft beer, stop by The Rock food truck and catch live music on select nights. 5914 Telge Road, Cypress. 281-516-9315. www.brew30taphouse.com

Franck Christmas Light Show: The annual Christmas light show runs about 45 minutes on Sun.-Thu. from 5:30-10 p.m. and on Fri.-Sat. from 5:30-10:30 p.m. 15923 Viney Creek Drive, Houston. www.facebook.com/franckchristmaslightshow

Santa’s Wonderland: Take a carriage ride, meet Santa, see the Gingerbread Village and stop by the petting zoo. 18898 Hwy. 6, College Station. 979-690-7212. www.santas-wonderland.com
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