TO-DO LIST: Check out these virtual and in-person November, December Katy-area events

Dec. 13: Ugly sweater ‘pawty’
Dec. 13: Ugly sweater ‘pawty’

Dec. 13: Ugly sweater ‘pawty’

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Nov. 20: Live country music
Nov. 20, Live country music

Country artist Aaron Watson supported by Southern Country Line will play a show at Mo’s Place for age 21 and older only. Watson, a Texan songwriter with a 20-year career and over a dozen self-released albums, was called “one of country music’s biggest DIY success stories” by Forbes. 7:30 p.m. (doors), 10 p.m. (music starts). $20 (advance), $25 (day of show). Mo’s Place, 21940 Kingsland Blvd., Katy. 281-392-3499. https://fb.me/e/5ZxqkiVjZ

Nov. 20-21, Home for the Holidays Gift Market

This 13th annual event will showcase local artists, crafters and small businesses as an indoor and outdoor holiday gift-shopping experience with food trucks and live music. Vendor booths will be spaced out to ensure social distancing. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Nov. 20), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Nov. 21). $5 (admission). The Bowery House and Gardens, 24092 Franz Road, Katy. 281-788-4297. homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com

Dec. 4, Christmas Crew Cruise-Thru


The city of Katy’s annual event features a drive-thru celebration this year to see the Christmas tree and lights. Santa will be handing out goodie bags to each passing vehicle, and children may bring their Christmas list to mail. 6-8 p.m. Free. City Hall, 901 Ave. C, Katy. 281-391-4840.

https://www.cityofkaty.com

Dec. 5, Toys for Tots collection drive

Bring new, unwrapped toys to donate to Typhoon Texas in a festively decorated car and enjoy a plate of barbecue at this annual event. Prizes will be awarded for the five best holiday-themed cars. 9-11 a.m. Free (registration required for car contest). Typhoon Texas, 555 Katy Fort Bend Road, Katy.

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Dec. 4-5, Santa’s Sleigh Gift Drive

Each year, Katy Christian Ministries, a local nonprofit that helps families in financial crisis, asks the community to adopt one or more of the children and seniors it serves who are in need of holiday gifts. Those who would like to adopt a child or senior can fill out a form on the nonprofit’s website. Participants will be given their adoptee’s wishlist and asked to drop off the unwrapped gifts during the collection times. The nonprofit is also accepting direct monetary and gift card donations to help provide gifts. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (Dec. 4), 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Dec. 5). $75-$100 per adoptee. 629 S. Mason Road, Katy. https://ktcm.org/santassleigh/

Dec. 12, Whiskey Cake farmers market

On the second Saturday of each month, farm-to-table restaurant Whiskey Cake Katy—which offers a variety of seasonal menu options—hosts a farmers market with dozens of local vendors offering a variety of handmade products, such as jams and jellies, produce, spices, pet goods, soap and candles. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Whiskey Cake Katy, 23139 Grand Circle Blvd, Katy. 832-430-2253.

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Dec. 13, Ugly Sweater 'Pawty'

Dress up your dog in the ugliest holiday sweater you can find and head to No Label Brewing Co. for an afternoon of fun and pictures with Santa. Prizes will be awarded for the most festively dressed pups, and those who bring an item to donate for rescue dogs in need will receive a free raffle ticket. Noon-4 p.m. Free. 5351 S. First St., Katy. 281-693-7545.

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By Kasey Salisbury
After growing up in the Sugar Land, Texas, area, Kasey Salisbury graduated with a degree in journalism in 2018 from The University of Texas at Austin, where she was the copy chief at the campus newspaper, The Daily Texan. She joined the Community Impact Newspaper team as a copy editor in October 2018.


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