GUIDE: 14 holiday events in Pearland, Friendswood

Santa in the Park
This year will mark the 12th annual Santa in the Park, an opportunity for families to enjoy amusement rides, face painting, live music and entertainment as well as food and craft vendors. (Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)

This year will mark the 12th annual Santa in the Park, an opportunity for families to enjoy amusement rides, face painting, live music and entertainment as well as food and craft vendors. (Haley Morrison/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Celebrate Thanksgiving by going on a run with family members at the second annual Pearland Turkey Trot. (Courtesy Turkey Trot)
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Painting with a Twist will offer two hour-long classes from November to December with topics ranging from an holiday wreath, a set of snowmen, winter gnomes, reindeer and more. (Courtesy Painting with a Twist)
The Pearland and Friendswood area has plenty of events and activities to explore this winter. Here are 14 events in Pearland and Friendswood, as well as some events nearby.

Delores Fenwick Nature Center

Nov. 20-22

Bring the little ones to the Delores Fenwick Nature Center for some free Thanksgiving-themed programming. To celebrate the holiday season, the center will host programs the week before Thanksgiving for Nature Nesters, for children age 4 and below, and Fenwick Fledglings, for children age 5 and up. Programs are titled Mudd Pies, Gobble ‘Til You Wobble, and Fancy Feast. 10-11 a.m. (Nature Nesters), 4-5 p.m. (Fenwick Fledglings). Free.

5750 Magnolia Parkway, Pearland


281-652-1960


www.pearlandtx.gov/departments/parks-recreation/facilities/delores-fenwick-nature-center

Blue Santa Shootout 2019

Nov. 23

Join Friendswood Parks & Recreation for the Blue Santa Shootout Adult Softball Tournament. The event will benefit the Blue Santa Toy Drive, providing toys for families in need. There will be coed and men’s D divisions, as well as a home run derby. First-, second- and third-place winners will be awarded prizes, with first place receiving a $100 gift card. Each participating team must bring one new toy per person, or one bicycle per team. Teams must be registered by Nov. 19. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. $2 (for spectators), $10 (for home-run derby participants), $25 (per team).

2910 W. Parkwood Ave., Friendswood

281-996-3228


www.facebook.com/events/651714288672965/

Heritage Gardens Christmas Home Tour

Nov. 23-24

This year, Heritage Gardeners’ Christmas Home Tour will feature the homes of Mayor Mike Foreman and former Mayor Kim Brizendine. The tours feature homes with notable architecture, fun decor, landscaped outdoor entertainment areas and creative Christmas displays. Tickets can be purchased at the Marie Workman Garden Center on the day of or bought in advance at the Friendswood Chamber of Commerce. The Garden Center will also host a Santa’s Sweet Shoppe bake sale and Holiday Bazaar. 1-5 p.m. $15.

112 W. Spreading Oaks, Friendswood

https://heritagegardener.org/christmas_bazaar

2019 Pearland Turkey Trot

Nov. 28

Celebrate Thanksgiving by going on a run with family members at the second annual Pearland Turkey Trot. Options including a 6-, 4-, and 1-mile course, as well as a Tiny Tots Kids K. Those who finish the two longest courses will receive a medal. There will be a post-race meal for participants sponsored by Pearland businesses as well as a Thanksgiving party. 7:30 a.m. $15-$40 (early registration), $20-$45 (after Nov. 13).

Pearland Stadium, 3775 S. Main St., Pearland

www.pearlandturkeytrot.com

Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Coldwater Creek

Nov. 26

Learn to make the perfect Thanksgiving centerpiece with Coldwater Creek Friendswood with a night of flower arrangements, which will include step-by-step instruction. Attendees can bring their flowers home at the end of the night. 6-9 p.m. $65.

500 Baybrook Mall, Friendswood.

www.facebook.com/events/441943909917921/

Painting with a Twist

Nov. 2

Painting with a Twist will offer two hour-long classes from November to December with topics ranging from an holiday wreath, a set of snowmen, winter gnomes, reindeer and more. Classes are offered for three age levels: 18 and up, where attendees are welcome to bring their own beverages; 13 and up; and 6 and up. Check the Painting with a Twist website and calendar for more details regarding the dates and times of the classes. $27-$37.

607 S. Friendswood Drive, Ste. 18, Friendswood

832-569-2339


www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/friendswood

Pearland Town Center Tree Lighting Ceremony

Nov. 30

Start the Christmas season off right by attending the Pearland Town Center’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The ceremony will be accompanied by a short fireworks display and a party for the whole family. Enjoy the light-up dance floor and other fun, kid-friendly activities. 6-9 p.m. Free.

Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway St., Ste. 2751, Pearland

www.facebook.com/events/pearland-town-center/tree-lighting-ceremony-pearland-town-center/2313951368682522/

Flapjack Fun Run

Dec. 7

The city of Friendswood Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its fifth annual Flapjack Fun Run. The run consists of a 5K where the male and female winners will receive a free year of Whataburger. The race is named after Whataburger breakfasts. There will also be a postrace breakfast served to the 200-400 expected participants. All money raised goes to improving Friendswood parks. 8-11 a.m. $15-$35.

Stevenson Park, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood

http://parks.friendswood.com

Holiday Showcase

Dec. 7

Pearland Market Days in holding its second annual Holiday Showcase at the Pearland Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall. Patrons can enjoy dozens of local vendors. There will also be live music and food trucks at the event. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

4202 W. Walnut St., Pearland

www.facebook.com/events/1953724124697437/

Pearland Hometown Christmas Parade

Dec. 7

Celebrate the season and Pearland’s 38th Hometown Christmas parade, this year with a “Toy-land” theme. Residents are invited to park in shopping center parking lots along the route and watch the decorated parade floats as they go through town. Businesses, nonprofit organizations, families, individuals and civic groups are invited to have a float in the parade. Floats will be approved based on creativity, use of theme and entertainment value. 6 p.m. Free. $25 (entry fee), $50 (refundable deposit).

www.pearlandtx.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/christmas-parade

B.I.G. Love’s Santa Dash

Dec. 7

Join B.I.G Love for its 2019 Santa Dash and Run for a Good Claus. B.I.G. Love is a nonprofit organization that provides basic necessities and personalized care to kids with cancer and their families. Participants are encouraged to wear festive holiday gear such as Santa hats, ugly sweaters and elf hats while they run. There will be a 5K and 10K race as well as three kids course options. All participants will receive a shirt, medal and bib, and the top three male and female finishers of the 10K, 5K, kids mile and kids dash will all be given a trophy. Online registration closes Nov. 30. 7-11 a.m. $20-$40.

Pearland Town Center Pavilion, 11200 Broadway St., Pearland

https://biglovecancercare.org/santa-dash.html

A Christmas Night of Hope

Dec. 14

Project Clothe a Child, an organization dedicated to supporting orphan children and others from low-income families, is hosting its second Christmas Night of Hope gala. The night will include entertainment, dancing and giveaways. The nonprofit hopes to surpass $12,000, or the amount raised last year, for the cause. 6 p.m. $75.

722 Bonaventure Way, Sugar Land

www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NTIwMzE=

Friendswood’s Santa in the Park

Dec. 14th

This year will mark the 12th annual Santa in the Park, an opportunity for families to enjoy amusement rides, face painting, live music and entertainment as well as food and craft vendors. There will also be 40,000 pounds of snow. The event includes the Friendswood Chamber of Commerce parade from 6-7 p.m. and finishes with the lighting of a 20-foot Christmas tree and fireworks display. 3-8 p.m. Free (entry), $10 (ride wristband).

Stevenson Park, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood

281-996-3220


www.facebook.com/events/2193782390731865/

Last Chance Holiday Market

Dec. 19-22

Come by the Pearland Town Center and browse through the Last Chance Christmas Market, the perfect place to buy last-minute holiday gifts. Organized in conjunction with Pearland Markets, the Christmas market will have dozens of vendors and several food trucks available. Times vary day to day. Free.

Pearland Town Center Pavilion, 11200 Broadway St., Pearland

www.facebook.com/events/1225846440948480/



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32nd Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting

Nov. 28

Three hundred 20-foot tall holiday trees will be lit at this free event that features music, holiday concessions, and a chance to meet Santa. The night will end with a fireworks display. The event will happen in between Westheimer Road and San Felipe Street. 4-7 p.m.

713-621-2011


www.uptown-houston.com/news/page/holiday-lighting

Reliant Light Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular

Nov. 30

Kick off the season with a free, family friendly event with live music and a tree lighting. Chloe x Halle will be headlining. 5-8 p.m.

Hermann Square, 900 Bagby St., Houston

832-393-0868


www.houstontx.gov/mayorsholiday

Heights Mercantile Holiday Market

Dec. 14

Shoppers can find the perfect Christmas gift at this kid- and pet-friendly shopping event.

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

714 Yale St., Houston

713-783-4444


www.heightsmercantile.com/events/2019/12/14/heights-mercantile-holiday-market
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By Morgan Slutzky

Morgan is the reporter for the Pearland and Friendswood newspaper. She joined Community Impact in 2019 after graduating from Temple University with a degree in journalism. Her primary area of coverage is education, but she also writes about local events and businesses.


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