Oil Ranch hosts an outdoor festival with live music, barbecue dishes, a petting zoo and children’s activities to benefit the Houston-based Lone Survivor Foundation. Active military personnel receive free admission, and veterans receive $5 off admission with military identification.
11 a.m.-6 p.m., $15 (plus tax for children age 12 and younger), $20 (plus tax for adults), additional costs for select activities
23501 Macedonia Road
Hockley • 281-859-1616
A Day in the Forest
Friends of Texas Wildlife hosts the seventh annual educational event featuring live animals, hayrides through the forest, live music, food and a classic car show. All proceeds benefit injured, displaced or orphaned Texas wildlife.
Noon-4 p.m., free (admission and parking)
Friends of Texas Wildlife
1328 FM 1488
Conroe • 281-259-0039
Nov. 21 through Dec. 20
Home for the Holidays
Old Town Spring hosts its 35th annual Home for the Holidays event. The monthlong festivities include live music, a Nov. 21 Christmas tree lighting, visits with Santa Claus beginning Dec. 7 and a children’s train. Most shops are closed on Mondays.
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Mon.-Sat.), noon-6 p.m. (Sun.)., free,
Old Town Spring
403 Main St.
Spring • 281-353-9310
Nov. 21 through Jan. 18
Donoho’s Winter Wonderland
The attraction offers ice skating, holiday light displays, daily promotions, activities and entertainment for all ages at The Woodlands outdoor ice rink.
Open daily, free
Northeast corner of Six Pines and Lake Robbins drives
Lighting of the Doves and iWow
The ninth annual International Winter on the Waterway and 33rd annual Lighting of the Doves features live music, international food, entertainment, vendor booths, snow play areas, appearances by Santa Claus and a fireworks display.
3-9 p.m., free
Town Green Park (along The Woodlands Waterway)
2099 Lake Robbins Drive
The Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce kicks off the holiday season with its 50th annual parade along Main Street in Old Town Tomball. The parade host is Tom Abrahams, weekend anchor with Houston’s ABC affiliate, KTRK-TV. The event features holiday floats, decorated vehicles and a visit from Santa Claus.
10 a.m.-noon, free
Main Street from Business 249 to Hufsmith-Kohrville Road
Tomball • 281-351-7222
2016 Miss Tomball Pageant
The 50th annual event is hosted by the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce and features contestants competing for a college scholarship. Young women from Tomball compete in the categories of beauty, personality and poise. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early.
7-10 p.m., $20
22601 Lutheran Church Road
Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting
The 30th annual city event begins on Thanksgiving night and features 500,000 lights on 80 trees in the uptown Houston area. The holiday festival features live music, food and a fireworks show to close the lighting ceremony.
4-7 p.m., free
Post Oak Boulevard, Houston
Dec. 11 through 12
Magnolia Hometown Christmas
The annual holiday event features a tree lighting in Unity Park on Dec. 11 and a Christmas parade Dec. 12 followed by the Hometown Christmas market and festival. The festival includes vendors, cookie decorating, games and a visit from Santa Claus. Events are hosted by the city of Magnolia, the Greater Magnolia Chamber of Commerce and the Magnolia Historical Society.
6:30 p.m. (tree lighting on Friday), 10 a.m. (parade on Saturday), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (holiday market and festival on Saturday).
19450 Unity Park Drive, Magnolia
Dec. 11 through 13
Tomball German Christmas Market
The Tomball Sister City Organization hosts the annual festival celebrating Tomball’s German heritage. The event includes live music and German food and drinks as well as 175 street merchants selling arts and crafts, gifts and souvenirs.
6-10 p.m. (Dec. 11), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Dec. 12), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Dec. 13), free (admission and parking)
Old Town Tomball (near the Historic Depot Plaza)
201 Elm St., Tomball
Christmas on Commerce
The city of Tomball hosts the annual holiday event along Commerce Street in Old Town Tomball. The event includes live entertainment, food, vendors, crafts and activities and a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.
Noon-5 p.m., free (admission and parking)
Old Town Tomball
Miss Magnolia Pageant
Magnolia Community Foundation hosts the annual event to crown the next Miss Magnolia. Sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Magnolia ISD area are eligible to compete in the competition. The student named Miss Magnolia 2016 receives a $2,000 scholarship, and the top five finalists receive tablet computers.
7-10 p.m., $5 (students), $10 (adults)
Magnolia West High School
42202 FM 1774, Magnolia
This is not a comprehensive list of area events. For more listings, please contact [email protected]