Holiday markets, tree lighting and other events south of Houston this weekend, Nov. 18-20

Pflugerville's Christmas Parade and Pfestival of Lights has been cancelled.

Pflugerville's Christmas Parade and Pfestival of Lights has been cancelled.

People are not waiting until after Thanksgiving to celebrate Christmas or get their holiday shopping done. Here are some events happening around Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond, Pearland, Friendswood and Katy this weekend.

Friday Nov. 18-Sunday Nov. 20 

Home for the Holidays Gift Market
Handcrafts UnlimitedEach year, the Katy gift market includes over 200 unique vendors and is one of the largest gift markets in Texas. The market aims to support small and local businesses. Noon-8 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.), 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (Sun.). Katy Merrell Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane. 281-788-4297.

Saturday, Nov. 19

City of Pearland Bike Rodeo
Encouraging bicycle safety, the bike rodeo is for children and teens ages 5 to 15, and includes bicycle safety officers to help with educational activities on safety. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Pearland Recreation Center, 4141 Bailey Road, Pearland. 281-652-1625.

Missouri City fall craft fair
Hosted by the city of Missouri City, the event features a variety of vendors selling items such as jewelry, holiday decor, novelties and home goods. Shoppers are advised to bring cash. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (admission). Community Center auditorium, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City. 281-403-8637.

New Hope Lutheran Church Arts & Crafts Bazaar
The 28th annual event in Missouri City includes 60 arts and crafts booths, a raffle, tea room, bakery, silent auction, themed gift baskets, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and concessions. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). New Hope Lutheran Church, Missouri City. 1424 FM 1092. 281-499-7611.

1830s ‘Before Thanksgiving was Thanksgiving’ Lunchturkey
Hosted by the George Ranch Historical Park in Richmond, participants share in a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the 1830s Jones Stock Farm that includes a whole roasted hog. 12:30 p.m. $4 (attendees age 4 and younger), $12 (ages 5-12), $15(attendees age 13 and older). George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762, Richmond. 281-343-0218.

LaCenterra tree lighting
The eighth annual tree lighting ceremony includes family-friendly activities. Santa Claus is available, and cameras are encouraged. 4-6 p.m. Free (admission). LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy. 281-395-5533.

Saturday, Nov. 19-Sunday Nov. 20

50th Annual Christmas Home Tour
Hosted by the Heritage Gardeners of Friendwood, the event features beautifully decorated area homes. This year’s theme is, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” with six to seven area homes, the Marie Workman Garden Center and Briscoe Gardens on the tour. 1-5 p.m. (home tours), noon-5 p.m. (tea room), 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat. bake sale and bazaar), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun. bake sale and bazaar). $12 (advance), $15 (general admission). Heritage Gardeners of Friendswood, 112 W. Spreading Oaks Ave., Friendswood. 281-992-4438.

Sunday, Nov. 20

Bagley Pecan Harvest Festival
The city of Richmond and West Fort Bend Management District are reinstating the historical Pecan Harvest Festival to celebrate the harvesting season of the pecan. The event includes vendors and activities, and the Texas A&M University AgriLife Education program is providing educational workshops about pecans, locally and regionally, at Decker Park. There are also a variety of live music performances, food trucks and a beer garden. 1-6 p.m. Free. Wessendorff Park, 550 Preston St., Richmond. 281-342-5456.


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