Watch 'The Nutcracker'; celebrate Christmas tree lighting: 7 events in Tomball, Magnolia on Dec. 3-5

After being closed to the public for the 2020 season, the Houston Repertoire Ballet returns to Tomball for its 22nd annual performance of "The Nutcracker," the nonprofit organization announced in an Oct. 25 release. (Courtesy Houston Repertoire Ballet)
After being closed to the public for the 2020 season, the Houston Repertoire Ballet returns to Tomball for its 22nd annual performance of "The Nutcracker," the nonprofit organization announced in an Oct. 25 release. (Courtesy Houston Repertoire Ballet)

After being closed to the public for the 2020 season, the Houston Repertoire Ballet returns to Tomball for its 22nd annual performance of "The Nutcracker," the nonprofit organization announced in an Oct. 25 release. (Courtesy Houston Repertoire Ballet)

Dec. 3-5: See 'The Nutcracker' in Tomball

After being closed to the public for the 2020 season, the Houston Repertoire Ballet is returning to Tomball for its 22nd annual performance of “The Nutcracker”. The performance includes a cast of more than 100 dancers and children from the area as well as professional guest artists Leah Slavens Haggard, Matthew Rusk and Joseph Modlin. 7 p.m. (Dec. 3-4); 2 p.m. (Dec. 4); 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. (Dec. 5). $18 (students and seniors), $23 (adults). Tomball High School, 3033 Quinn Road, Tomball. 281-940-4721. www.hrbdance.org

Dec. 3: Watch Magnolia light its Christmas tree

The Magnolia Events Committee will light the city’s Christmas tree, which will remain lit throughout December. Choirs from some of Magnolia ISD's schools will perform Christmas music for those attending, led by MISD Director of Fine Arts Foy Campbell. 5:30 p.m. Free. Magnolia City Hall, 18111 Buddy Riley Blvd., Magnolia. www.cityofmagnolia.com

Dec. 4: Celebrate the holidays in Tomball


The city of Tomball presents its annual Deck the Depot celebration for the family. Guests can enjoy photos with Santa, live entertainment and a kids zone with activities. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free (admission). Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484. www.tomballtx.gov

Dec. 4: Spend a family day in Magnolia

Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley will host his annual family fun day in Magnolia. The event includes camel rides, face painting, pictures with Santa, inflatables for youth and other activities as well as snacks available for purchase. Families are invited to bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets. 1-4 p.m. Free. Unity Park, 19450 Unity Park Drive, Magnolia. www.facebook.com/commissionerriley

Dec. 4: Watch Tomball High School football’s next playoff game

Tomball High School football will play Bridgeland High School in the Class 6A Division II Region II final. The Cougars defeated Rockwall-Heath High School in the semifinal Nov. 27 with a score of 35-21. 2 p.m. $6 (students), $8 (adults). Tomball ISD Stadium, 20235 Cypress Rosehill Road, Tomball. www.tomballisd.net/apps/pages/administrative-services/athletics/tickets

Dec. 4: Visit a holiday wonderland

Harris County Precinct 4 hosts a holiday wonderland at Burroughs Park, which will include snow activities, crafts, a petting zoo, holiday lights, photo opportunities and other activities for the family. 4-8 p.m. Free. 9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball. www.hcp4.net

Dec. 4: Catch a parade in Magnolia

Community members can enjoy the annual parade of lights presented by the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce. The parade begins and ends at Magnolia Junior High School and runs along Nichols Sawmill Road, Commerce Street, Sixth Street and Unity Park Drive. 5:30 p.m. Free. Unity Park and Nichols Sawmill Road, Magnolia. 281-356-1488. www.greatermagnoliaparkwaycc.org
By Chandler France

Reporter, Tomball/Magnolia

Chandler joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, where he was the executive editor of Annenberg Media. He previously interned with the company in Gilbert, AZ and with the Beacon Project, an investigative reporting team in Los Angeles. Chandler is originally from Laguna Hills, CA.