Support local restaurants, enjoy outdoor trivia: 7 things to do in the Lake Houston area this November, December

Mercer Botanic Gardens hosts a women’s restorative hike for beginners Nov. 24 and Dec. 8. (Courtesy Harris County Precinct 4)
Mercer Botanic Gardens hosts a women’s restorative hike for beginners Nov. 24 and Dec. 8. (Courtesy Harris County Precinct 4)

Mercer Botanic Gardens hosts a women’s restorative hike for beginners Nov. 24 and Dec. 8. (Courtesy Harris County Precinct 4)

From attending Thanksgiving- and Christmas-themed events to going on a restorative hike, there is no shortage of events and activities happening in the Lake Houston area from mid-November to late December.

Celebrate Thanksgiving on Nov. 20

Kingwood salon Sweet and Sassy is hosting a Thanksgiving event with Cinderella. In addition to Thanksgiving-themed crafts, there will be makeovers for children participating including hair, makeup and nails. Reservations are required. 5 p.m. $35.95. Sweet & Sassy Kingwood, 534 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood. 281-973-8035. www.sweetandsassy.com/kingwood

Support local restaurants on Nov. 21

The third annual Taste of Kingwood brings together the many restaurants and businesses of the Kingwood area to allow residents and guests to sample various dishes and support local businesses. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Kingwood Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood. 214-734-1917. www.koutourevent.com


Go on a hike on Nov. 24, Dec. 8

Mercer Botanic Gardens hosts a women’s restorative hike for beginners. The hourlong hike is open to any woman 18 years of age or older, but registration is required. 8-9 a.m. Free. Mercer Botanic Gardens, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. 713-274-4160. www.hcp4.net/community/parks/mercer

Connect with local businesses on Dec. 3

Partnership Lake Houston, a merger of the local chamber and economic development partnership, hosts Kingwood BizCom. The event features business, community and school leaders discussing local topics. The virtual event is open to members and nonmembers. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. 281-446-2128. www.lakehouston.org

Get ready for Christmas on Dec. 5-6

Celebrate Christmas by attending the second annual Christmas market. It has food vendors and local businesses selling decorations, as well as an appearance from Santa. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.). Free (entry). Sutton’s Community Garden & Farmers Market, 701 Hamblen Road, Kingwood. www.facebook.com/customcreationsbyjay

Enjoy outdoor trivia on Dec. 17

The Kings Harbor development hosts a trivia night with topics ranging from history to sports and music. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets and wear face masks. 7-9 p.m. Free. Kings Harbor, 1660 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood. 713-629-5200. www.kings-harbor.com

Listen to live music all month long

Back Pew Brewing

26452 Sorters McClellan Road, Porter

281-608-7526

www.backpewbrewing.com

Dec. 5 | BadBod Band | 2 p.m.

Megaton Brewery

808 Russell Palmer Road, Kingwood

281-973-9043

www.megatonbeer.com

Dec. 19 | Mojo Faction | 6:30 p.m.

Shamrocks Pub & Grill

228 First St. E., Humble

281-446-0407

www.shamrockshumble.com

Dec. 4 | Poison I. V | 9 p.m.

Dec. 18 | Shotgun Sally | 9 p.m.

Stetsons Nightlife

19304 Hwy. 59 N., Humble

281-540-3999

www.stetsonsnl.com

Nov. 25 | Wayne Toups and the Zydecajun Band | 9 p.m.
By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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