Here are 12 events to participate in during the holiday season, including Christmas tree lightings, parades and Thanksgiving events.

Depot Day Fall Fest

To honor National Railroad month, The Tomball Depot Plaza will feature Lionel O-scale, Z-scale and G-scale model railroads as well as fall fair attractions. The festival's attractions include carnival games, a pumpkin patch, festival foods, craft vendors, a kids zone and fall-themed activities.
  • Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Free (admission and parking)
  • Tomball Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball
Tidy Up Tomball event

Tidy Up Tomball, a nonprofit organization founded this year to address the rising waste issue in Tomball, is kicking off with a community cleanup event. Tidy Up Tomball is designed to bring community members together while maintaining a clean environment. Individuals, groups, businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate. Teams will be assigned to different areas around Tomball to pick up trash.Cooking 4 Courage

Texans United For Freedom, is holding its eighth annual barbecue cookoff to raise funds and bring awareness to veterans, active military and first responders. The event will have guest speakers, food and craft vendors, a cornhole tournament, a kids cookoff, and live and silent auctions.Second Saturday at The Depot

The Tomball Depot Plaza hosts Second Saturday with a Christmas movie favorite, “The Grinch”. Children are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy a scavenger hunt and kid-friendly activities while supplies last. Attendees should bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.
  • Nov. 11, 5:30 p.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • Tomball Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball
Fall flavors

Teens can visit the teen space in the library to make caramel apples and sample pumpkin spice treats.
  • Nov. 11, 2-4 p.m
  • Free
  • Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library, 30555 Hwy. 249, Tomball
  • [email protected]
Annual Tomball Holiday Parade

The Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its 58th annual holiday parade presented by the Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. The Santa beach bash themed parade will span 2 miles down West Main Street from The Depot Plaza at 201 S. Elm St. to Klein Funeral Home at 1400 W. Main St., Tomball.VFW comedy night

The Article 15 Comedy Tour brings its all veteran team’s comedy show to the Tomball area. Proceeds will help VFW 2427 with its programs for veterans, service members and their familiesTomball toy fest and collectibles bazaar

Comix Cafe and Texas Time Warp Collectibles are holding a toy festival. The festival includes outdoor and indoor vendors who will be selling comics, toys, trading cards and other collectibles.
  • Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Free (admission)
  • Comix Cafe, 27620 Business 249, Ste. A6, Tomball
Families Feeding Families 2023

Families Feeding Families is holding its 13th annual event to provide a complimentary Thanksgiving meal to those in need. There will also be free haircuts, kids activities, flu shots, vision screenings for children under age 6 and goodie bags for the first 500 people in attendance.Table Thanksgiving Feast

Come to the Table is providing 800 free meals to Magnolia residents who otherwise would not have a Thanksgiving meal. The dinner includes pork loin, gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes, rolls, cobbler and drinks. There will also be live entertainment with Christian music, face painting, balloon arts and crafts, a Bible giveaway and a prayer center. Deck The Depot tree lighting

Deck the Depot Tree Lighting will have a kids zone, train rides, vendors, food and drinks, holiday music, and an appearance from Santa. Children can take a photo and write letters to Santa. After dark, the mayor will light the decorated Christmas tree.
  • Dec. 2, 2-8 p.m.
  • Free (admission and parking)
  • Tomball Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St.,Tomball
The Magic of Christmas Parade of Lights

The Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce is hosting a lighted holiday parade down the streets of Magnolia. The parade lineup will start at the Magnolia Junior High School. Anyone interested in entering a float in the parade can register online. Registration is available through Nov. 10.