Christmas crafts, dog pageant: 6 things to do Dec. 17-19 in The Woodlands area

Dog owners can bring their pets to an event at Bear Branch Park. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)
Dog owners can bring their pets to an event at Bear Branch Park. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

Dog owners can bring their pets to an event at Bear Branch Park. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

Dec. 17

Watch a Christmas parade


Oak Ridge North hosts the city’s annual parade and party in the park. Families are invited to enjoy hayrides, hot cocoa, pictures with Santa and snow. The hayride will leave from Marilyn Edgar Park and tour the city’s Christmas lights. Admission to the ride is two nonperishable items that will be donated to Nourishment for the Needy. 5 p.m. Free (donation required). Marilyn Edgar Park, 26531 S. Hillside Drive, Oak Ridge North. 281-292-4648. www.oakridgenorth.com

Dec. 17

See a movie and play golf


Families can take part in Par-Tee-On with nine-hole mini-golf, including a themed activity and an evening moonlight movie. Participants are asked to preregister and bring blankets, chairs and snacks. 6 p.m. $5 (adults), $10 (children). The Recreation Center at Bear Branch Park, 5310 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Dec. 18

Craft with Mrs. Claus


Children can spend the day at The Woodlands Children’s Museum with Mrs. Claus building a gingerbread house with graham crackers and candy. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5 (in addition to $7 admission). The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org

Dec. 18

Make a gingerbread house with Santa


Families can join Santa in building and decorating a gingerbread house. Registration is required. 10-11 a.m., 1-2 p.m. $15 (resident), $20 (nonresident), $5 sibling discount. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Dec. 19

Eat breakfast with Frosty and Santa


Families are invited to enjoy breakfast treats with Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus. Families can create a holiday wreath at the event and take photos with Santa and Frosty. 9:30-11 a.m. $20 (resident), $25 (nonresident). The Recreation Center at Bear Branch Park, 5310 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

Dec. 19

Watch a holiday pooch pageant


Dog owners can bring their canine companions for a treat hunt and pageant. 11 a.m.-noon. $10 (per dog). Bear Branch Dog Park, 5200 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.