The Pearland and Friendswood area offer the chance to welcome the holiday season this weekend with seasonal events. Residents can enjoy a Christmas Parade, get active with a 5k and more.
FLAPJACK FUN RUN
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 https://www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/flapjack-5k-fun-run-walk
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 https://www.facebook.com/events/1953724124697437/
PEARLAND HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS PARADE
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.
6 p.m. Free. https://www.pearlandtx.gov/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/christmas-parade
B.I.G. LOVE’S SANTA DASH
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.
7-11 a.m. $20-$40. Pearland Town Center Pavilion, 11200 Broadway St., Pearland. https://biglovecancercare.org/santa-dash.html
CHILDREN'S BOOK SIGNING
Author and illustrator Jan Brett will be at the Friendwood Public Library for a talk and book signing for her new book, The Tale of the Tiger Slippers. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
5 p.m. Free. 416 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood. 281-482-7135. www.friendswood.lib.tx.us