The holiday season is underway in The Woodlands area, and a number of events are planned the weekend of Dec. 1-3, including ongoing ice skating and photo opportunities. Other community events, such as classes and a speaker, are also on the schedule.

Photos with Santa

Santa Claus will be available for photos with children at Market Street throughout the holiday season. Reservations must be made online in advance.The Ice Rink

The 21,000-square-foot ice rink at The Woodlands Town Center will be available for the holiday season and is offering party rink rentals and ice skating lessons.
  • Through Jan. 15, skating and lesson times vary
  • $15 (per person ages 6 and up), $7 (children ages 5 and under)
  • The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
Annual Signatures Author Series

The John Cooper School Fine Arts Council holds a luncheon with visiting authors offering book signings. The keynote speaker of the event this year is New York Times bestselling novelist Alka Joshi. Each year, a portion of the proceeds from the Signatures Author Series is given to a local literary organization, and funds help support literacy in the community.
  • Dec. 1, 10 a.m.
  • $150 (individual ticket)
  • The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands
Backyard composting class

The Woodlands Township Parks, Recreation and Environmental Services is holding a composting class to learn about gardening in a cost-effective way from Montgomery County Master Gardeners. No registration is required.Glow and Go 5K

The Woodlands Township Parks & Recreation Department and USA Track and Field are holding a holiday 5K run with a scenic route. The 5K run is open to runners of all experience levels and is recommended for ages 10 and up. Runners are encouraged to dress in glowing costumes to get in the spirit of the holidays. Registration is required, and there is a capacity of 550 participants.Artfeel

A public art celebration is held at Hughes Landing on the walkway between Del Frisco's and Fogo de Chao overlooking Lake Woodlands. The event celebrates "Shoal," a public artwork, which contains 750 choreographic orbs inspired by the movement patterns of fish. A variety of performers will also be present, including a collective led by Artfeel's artist-in-residence Gideon Bustamante. The event is produced by The Woodlands Arts Council and sponsored by Howard Hughes.