From seasonal markets and visiting Santa to enjoying holiday light decorations and ringing in the new year with friends, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holidays in Katy. The information for each event is accurate as of press time and is subject to change.

Nov. 24: Run the Turkey Dash

Get ready for Thanksgiving with the Katy YMCA 20th annual Turkey Dash. Race in the 1-mile family walk/run, the 1-mile kids race for ages 3-12, the 5K timed walk/run or the 10K timed run. Medals will be awarded to finishers of the 10K, 5K and 1-mile kids race. 7:40 a.m. $20+. Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, 22807 Westheimer Parkway, Katy. 281-392-5055.

Kid friendly

Nov. 26: Enjoy a tree lighting

Join MKT Distillery for its fifth annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Enjoy live music, cocktails and spirits within Katy’s historic rice dryers while continuing the historic tradition of putting a Christmas tree on the rice dryers. The tree will be lit around 6:45 p.m. 4-8 p.m. Free. MKT Distillery, 5373 First St., Katy. 833-658-1870.

Free, Kid friendly, Food and drink available

Dec. 2: Enjoy art

Attend Blue Prolific Studio’s Prolific Expo and enjoy an evening of art, networking with professionals, shopping, music, food and live performances from poets. The studio collaborates with local businesses and artists to highlight locals through creative ventures. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. Sharespace, 1120 Naylor St., Houston. 937-718-7286.

Dec. 3: Shop a curated market

Join Heart to Market for its Very Merry Holiday Market. Shop 40 local vendors at a curated pop-up market, which includes kids activities. Santa will also visit the market. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Stableside at Falcon Landing, 9806 Gaston Road, Katy. 281-477-4300.

Dec. 3: Shop local

Join Katy Market Day for its 12th annual Katy Old Fashioned Christmas event. Attendees can enjoy 200 vendors, food trucks, entertainment, a beer garden, inflatables for children and a visit with Santa. Proceeds will go to the nonprofit Katy Christian Ministries. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Historic Downtown Katy, 5717 Second St., Katy. 281-391-1993.

Dec. 3: Celebrate in the park

Community members can celebrate Christmas in the Park hosted by the Katy Heritage Society. A ticket includes a cup of hot cocoa, a letter to Santa, a Christmas craft, and a tour of the society’s historic homes and the decorated Christmas trees. Christmas carols and a raffle will also take place. Food, hayrides and popcorn drinks will be available for purchase. All attendees age 1 and older must have a ticket. 5-9 p.m. $7. Katy Heritage Park, 5990 George Bush Drive, Katy. 281-377-5710.

Kid friendly, Food and drink available

Dec. 3: Light the tree

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will kick off the holiday season at the annual Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular. Take a drive into downtown Houston to enjoy the holiday tradition with music, Santa, fireworks and the tree lighting. 6-8 p.m. Free. Hermann Square, 900 Bagby St., Houston. 832-393-0868.

Free, Kid friendly, Food and drink available

Dec. 15: Browse for gifts

Finish your holiday shopping at the Willow Fork Christmas Gift Market. This indoor and outdoor market will feature 25 unique exhibitors selling boutique clothing, accessories, shoes, home decor, furniture, gourmet food, art and holiday items. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Willow Fork Country Club, 21055 Westheimer Pkwy., Katy. 936-900-1900.

Dec. 15: Shop a Brazilian market

Shop the Brazilian Christmas Market hosted by the Brazilian Women Foundation. The market will include the work of culinary, art and music entrepreneurs. The event will also accept new-toy donations for the 7th Toy Drive Campaign in partnership with Katy’s Light House Foundation. Live Brazilian bands, Brazilian food vendors, face painting and a free photo with Santa Claus will also be available. 1-5 p.m. $5. The Wildcatter Saloon, 26913 Katy Freeway, Katy. 281-392 2337.

Kid friendly, Food and drink available