From holiday festivals and light displays to fundraisers, here are a few events to check out locally in December.

Dec. 4: Sip wine and listen to health experts

GenuWine Tasting Room, Quality of Life Chiropractic and others team up for a “sip and symposium,” where attendees can learn about health and wellness from three mind and health experts, all while drinking wine and eating appetizers. Door prizes will also be available. 6-8 p.m. Free. GenuWine Tasting Room, 6503 FM 1488, Ste. 401, Magnolia. 832-934-2675.

Dec. 5-14: Visit the Oil Ranch

Santa’s Ranch Express features train rides, hay rides, pony rides and a campfire with refreshments. Photos with Santa Claus will also be offered during the event. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Thu.-Fri.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.). $15.95-$19.95. Oil Ranch, 23501 Macedonia Road, Hockley. 281-859-1616.

Dec. 6-21: See Christmas lights

Tomball United Methodist Church opens its Trail of Lights on Dec. 6. The trail will run the first three weekends of December. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served, and Santa Claus will also make an appearance. 7-9:30 p.m. (daily). Free. Tomball UMC, 1603 Baker Drive, Tomball. 281-351-1249.

Dec. 7: Shop for Christmas gifts

Decorate cookies, take family photos, eat food and peruse fair-trade products at Mercy House Global’s holiday market. Each customer will receive a free gift with purchase. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (entry). Mercy House Global, 5814 FM 1488, Magnolia. 832-652-3762.

Dec. 7: Enjoy the inaugural Deck the Depot event

School choirs and orchestras, activities, crafts, vendors, food and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled for the city of Tomball’s Christmas event. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free (admission, parking). Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484.

Dec. 7: Fundraise, enjoy a winter carnival

The Sherwood Academy’s 10th annual Winter Wonderland event features a carnival theme with games, crafts, a raffle, silent auction, face painting, outdoor inflatables and other activities. 2-6 p.m. Free (entry); additional costs for some games and activities. The Sherwood Academy, 32810 Tamina Road, Magnolia. 281-356-4970.

Dec. 7: Watch a parade

The Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce hosts “The Magic of Christmas” Parade of Lights through the city of Magnolia. The parade begins at Magnolia Junior High School and continues down Nichols Sawmill Road, Commerce Street, Sixth Street and Unity Park Drive. The city of Magnolia’s Christmas tree lighting will follow in Unity Park. 5:30 p.m. Free. Magnolia city streets. 281-356-1488.

Dec. 7: Find handmade crafts and treats

Shop more than 25 booths featuring handmade jewelry, hairbows, tablecloths, cheese trays and other local finds, at Handmade Winter, a holiday artisan market. A barista will also be on-site. Desserts will be available. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (entry). Indigo Lake Estates, 20603 Sapphire Circle, Magnolia.

Dec. 8: Celebrate Christmas

Inspiration Ranch hosts Christmas in the Woods with shopping vendors, photos with Santa, hayrides, crafts, games and a showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” 2-8 p.m. Free admission (tickets available for purchase for activity stations). Inspiration Ranch, 33029 Wright Road, Magnolia. 281-719-9322.

Dec. 9-10: Attend a Tomball ISD board of trustees meeting

The Tomball ISD board of trustees will hold its monthly workshop meeting and regular meeting Dec. 9-10, during which time the board is anticipated to consider approving new elementary and junior high boundaries. 5:30 p.m. Free. John P. Neubauer Administration Building, 310 S. Cherry St., Tomball. 281-357-3100.

Dec. 11: Visit the library

A performance by the Merry Minstrels kicks off the holiday open house event and will be followed by a story time breakfast and a visit from Santa. 9:30 a.m. -noon. Free. Malcolm Purvis Library, 510 Melton St., Magnolia. 936-442-7704.

Dec. 13: Enjoy cocoa at Burroughs Park

Celebrate the holidays with carolers, hot cocoa, crafts and holiday lights at Burroughs Park in Tomball, hosted by Harris County Precinct 4. 6-9 p.m. Free. 9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. 713-274-4050.

Dec. 13 and 14: Enjoy historic candlelight tours in Tomball

The Tomball Museum Center hosts a holiday open house event with candlelight tours of the historic buildings, adult and children’s choirs, wassail and cookies, live music and visits with Santa Claus. 6-9 p.m. (daily). Free (donations accepted). 510 N. Pine St., Tomball. 281-255-2148.

Dec. 13-15: Visit Tomball

The annual German Christmas Market includes live music stages, street vendors, ethnic food, beer and wine, a petting zoo and street performers. Times vary. Free. 201 S. Elm St., Tomball.

Dec. 14: Browse Christmas books

Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library hosts A Literary Christmas, featuring books with Christmas spirit, crafts, activities and a visit from Santa.

11 a.m. Free. LSC-Tomball Community Library, 30555 Hwy. 249, Tomball. 832-559-4200.

Dec. 18: Watch ‘The Polar Express’

Guests of all ages are welcome to dress in pajamas for a screening of “The Polar Express” at the Magnolia library. Popcorn, hot chocolate and other festive treats will be available. 10 a.m. Free. Malcolm Purvis Library, 510 Melton St., Magnolia. 936-442-7704.

Dec. 23: Last day of school

Tomball and Magnolia ISDs both begin holiday break Dec. 23. Students in Tomball ISD resume classes Jan. 8, while Magnolia ISD students resume classes

Jan. 7.

Dec. 31: Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Kick off 2020 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2427’s annual New Year’s Eve dance. A live music performance from Buck Yeager, drinks, food and dancing are featured at this event. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. $35-$200. VFW Post 2427, 14408 Alice Road, Tomball. 281-351-2427.

Live music

Main Street Crossing

111 W. Main St., Tomball


All events begin at 8 p.m.

Dec. 6: Gary Morris

Dec. 7: John Denver tribute

Dec. 13: Trout Fishing in America

Dec. 14: Already Gone, an Eagles tribute band

Dec. 20: Johnny Rodriguez

Dec. 23: Vince King Christmas special

Dec. 27: Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band

Dec. 28: Bonnie Bishop

Jan. 2: The Heartbreakers, a Tom Petty tribute band

Jan. 4: Derek Spence