For those staying in town this Thanksgiving or welcoming friends and family to the area, the calendar is full of things to do. Here are some events in the Sugar Land, Missouri City, Pearland and Katy areas.

Thursday, Nov. 24

Sugar Land Turkey Trot

The 31st annual event is the original Turkey Trot race in the Greater Houston area and includes a costume contest. Attendees can also donate canned goods, warm clothing and running shoes for East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry. 7:30 a.m. (Sean Scroggins Memorial Kids Mile, participants ages 12 and younger only), 8 a.m. (race bib, tag timed 5-mile), 8:30 a.m. (2.8-mile walk and jog). $25 (kids mile), $35 (2.8-mile), $40 (5-mile). Finish Line Sports, 13895 Hwy. 59, Sugar Land. 281-242-7700.

Pearland Turkey Trot

The inaugural event includes a 4-mile run, 6-mile run/walk or 1-mile family run. Children younger than 12 years old can run the Tot Trot Kids K, as well. Finishers of the 4- and 6-mile races receive a Pearland Turkey Trot finisher’s medal, and all participants receive a long-sleeve shirt, post-race food and beverages, and a “Thanksgiving” post-race party. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Forever Parks Foundation of Pearland. 7:30 a.m. (6-mile), 7:50 a.m. (4-mile), 8:30 a.m. (1-mile), 9 a.m. (Kids K). $15 (Kids K), $25 (1-mile), $35 (4-mile), $45 (6-mile), prices increase Nov. 21. Pearland Stadium, “The Rig,” 3775 S. Main St., Pearland. 832-491-0659.

Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 26-27

“The Nutcracker”

The youth of the Missouri City Ballet, under the artistic direction of Houston Ballet first soloist Sharon Teague, present Tchaikovsky’s classic, “The Nutcracker.” 2 p.m. (Sat. and Sun.), 7 p.m. (Sat.). $24 (general). Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford. 832-387-6221.

Santa Visits LaCenterra

Santa Claus waits for visitors to meet his fans, takes requests and poses for holiday photos at LaCenterra in the Courtyard each weekend. Attendees can bring personal cameras. 1-5 p.m. (Sat. and Sun.). Free. Heritage Square, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy. 281-395-5533.