Deck the Depot, Magnolia Christmas parade and more: 9 things to do in Tomball, Magnolia this weekend, Dec. 6-8

Shop local at this artisan market in Indigo Lake Estates in Magnolia this weekend. (Courtesy Handmade Winter)
Shop local at this artisan market in Indigo Lake Estates in Magnolia this weekend. (Courtesy Handmade Winter)

Shop local at this artisan market in Indigo Lake Estates in Magnolia this weekend. (Courtesy Handmade Winter)

Take a look at some of the holiday activities going on in the Tomball and Magnolia areas this weekend, Dec. 6-8, including Deck the Depot and the Magnolia Christmas parade.

Dec. 7: Eat a pancake breakfast, donate to an animal shelter

Enjoy pancakes, sausage, coffee and orange juice at Abandoned Animal Rescue’s third annual pancake breakfast event. Santa, his elves and Mrs. Claus will be present for photos, and guests can also tour the facility. Adoption opportunities begin following the pancake breakfast. 10 a.m.-noon (event), noon-3 p.m. (adoptions). Free, but donations are welcome. AAR, 32632 Wright Road, Magnolia. 281-789-4142. www.aartexas.org

Dec. 7: Support Magnolia ISD choir

The Magnolia High School choir hosts a dinner show scholarship fundraiser, called the Christmas Cabaret, this Saturday. Those interested in attending can purchase tickets online here. 6:30 p.m. $25. Magnolia High School, 14350 FM 1488, Magnolia. 281-660-0955. www.magnoliaisd.org


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. https://mercyhouseglobal.org

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. www.tomballtx.gov

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. www.thesherwoodacademy.com

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. www.greatermagnoliaparkwaycc.org

Dec. 7: Find handmade crafts and treats

Shop more than 25 booths featuring handmade jewelry, hair bows, 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. www.facebook.com/handmadewinter2018

Dec. 7: Kick off the holiday season at Amira

Tour a model home, make holiday crafts, decorate cookies and enjoy hot cocoa at Amira's Very Merry Home Tour event. A winter princess will be in attendance for photos, and children can drop off letters to Santa. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Amira Model Home Park, 20315 Desert Foal Drive, Tomball. www.amiratexas.com

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. www.inspirationranch.org/christmas
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By Kara McIntyre

Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the Tomball/Magnolia reporter in September 2018. Prior to CI, Kara served as the editor-in-chief of The Wichitan—Midwestern State University's student-run campus newspaper—and interned with both the Wichita Adult Literacy Council and VeepWorks.


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