Here's your 2021 guide to holiday events in the Lake Houston area

Participants are encouraged to dress in their holiday best to participate in either a 5K race or a 1K family fun run/walk as part of the annual Tavola Reindeer Run, which will be emceed by KPRC Channel 2’s Lauren Kelly. (Courtesy Tavola Community)
Participants are encouraged to dress in their holiday best to participate in either a 5K race or a 1K family fun run/walk as part of the annual Tavola Reindeer Run, which will be emceed by KPRC Channel 2’s Lauren Kelly. (Courtesy Tavola Community)

Participants are encouraged to dress in their holiday best to participate in either a 5K race or a 1K family fun run/walk as part of the annual Tavola Reindeer Run, which will be emceed by KPRC Channel 2’s Lauren Kelly. (Courtesy Tavola Community)

Here are a few ways to celebrate the holidays throughout November and December in the Lake Houston area

Nov. 27: Kingwood Harvest Market

Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend by perusing the Kingwood Harvest Market, where attendees can go shopping to support local business owners and enjoy karaoke, games, a moonwalk and food. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Kingwood Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood. 832-915-1373. www.kdamarkets.com

Dec. 2 & 16: Children’s crafts

Visit the Atascocita Branch Library for a holiday-themed craft kit geared for children ages 12 and younger. The craft on Dec. 2 will be penguin themed, while the craft on Dec. 16 will be snowman themed. 10 a.m. Free. Atascocita Branch Library, 19520 Pinehurst Trail Drive, Atascocita. 832-927-5560. www.hcpl.net


Dec. 4: Tavola Reindeer Run

Participants are encouraged to dress in their holiday best to participate in either a 5K race or a 1K family fun run/walk as part of the annual Tavola Reindeer Run, which will be emceed by KPRC Channel 2’s Lauren Kelly. The event will include a postrace celebration, and proceeds will benefit Tavola Elementary School. Parking will be available at Tavola Elementary, and the course will begin at the Tavola community’s recreation center. 8 a.m.-noon. $20-$40. Tavola Elementary School, 18885 Winding Summit Drive, New Caney. 281-703-8800. www.tavolacommunity.com

Dec. 4: Christmas in the Park Festival & Tree Lighting

Attend the annual Christmas festival and tree-lighting ceremony at Kingwood Town Center Park, where attendees can enjoy shopping, food, crafts, face painting and live entertainment. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Kingwood Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood. 346-600-2366. www.towncenterevents.com

Dec. 6: Historic Humble Christmas Lights & Decoration Contest

Residents and business owners within the city of Humble are encouraged to decorate their businesses, homes or yards with festive lights and holiday decor to participate in the city’s annual Christmas Lights & Decoration Contest. The deadline to enter the contest is Nov. 26, and awards will be presented to the top three winners in each category at Humble City Council. 7 p.m. Free. Humble. 281-446-3061. www.cityofhumbletx.gov

Dec. 7: City of Humble Christmas Parade of Lights

The city of Humble will host its 30th annual Christmas Parade of Lights, during which numerous lighted floats and costumed people will make their way down Main Street in Humble. This year’s theme is “A Rock and Roll Christmas.” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Main Street, Humble. •281-446-3061. www.cityofhumbletx.gov

Dec. 10: Messiah singalong

Sing along with a professional recording of George Frederic Handel’s classic oratoria “Messiah” in preparation for the Christmas season. The event is open to community members of all levels of singing experience, and scores will be provided to the first 200 participants. Face masks are optional. 6 p.m. Free. Lake Houston Church of The Nazarene, 5616 FM 1960 E., Ste. 185, Humble. 281-852-6273. www.lakehoustonchurch.org

Dec. 10- Jan. 2: A Holiday to Remember

Valley Ranch Town Center is transformed into an icy wonderland during the East Montgomery County Improvement District’s A Holiday to Remember, featuring ice skating, bumper cars, snow slides, a holiday market, train rides and visits from Santa Claus. Hours and prices vary. Valley Ranch Town Center, 22296 Market Place Drive, New Caney. 281-354-4419. www.emctx.com

Dec. 11: An Old-Fashioned Christmas

Experience the traditions of earlier times as Jones Park comes to life with 19th century holiday customs. Attendees will enjoy music, a holiday craft, wassail, cookies and a visit from Santa Claus. 3-6 p.m. Free. Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick Drive, Humble. 281-446-8588. www.hcp4.net

Dec. 11: Kingwood Christmas Market

Koutour Event hosts a Kingwood Christmas Market featuring shopping, a free trackless train, dance performances and a giant Christmas tree. Attendees can enjoy holiday food and beverages while perusing a selection of handmade ornaments, wood carving and crafts. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Kingwood Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood. 214-734-1917. www.koutourevent.com

Dec. 11: Vicki Yohe & Orchestra Holiday Concert

Vicki Yohe, a gospel singer, songwriter and worship leader, will perform a holiday concert backed by a live orchestra and choir. 7 p.m. $20. Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, 611 Higgins St., Humble. 281-446-4140. www.humblepac.com

Dec. 17: ‘FA-LA-LA-LA-Facts: A Brief History of Christmas’

Geared for the entire family, this prerecorded program will be available on the Atascocita Branch Library’s social media pages and teach viewers about the history of the Christmas holiday. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 832-927-5560. www.hcpl.net

Dec. 19: Children’s Christmas Program

Lamb of God Lutheran Church and Preschool presents its annual children’s Christmas program in between Sunday services titled “To us a Child is Born.” 9:15-10:15 a.m. Free. Lamb of God Lutheran Church and Preschool, 1400 FM 1960 Bypass Road E., Humble. 281-446-8427 (church), 281-446-5262 (preschool). www.lambofgod.net
By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.



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