CHRISTMAS CALENDAR 2017
SUGAR PLUM TEA
As a kickoff to the annual holiday production of “The Nutcracker Ballet,” Kingwood Dance Theatre (KDT) will host its 14th annual Sugar Plum Tea for parents and children Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2:30 p.m., at The Nathaniel Center, 804 Russell Palmer Rd., Kingwood. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Oct. 14, at 9 a.m., at Rowland School of Ballet, 1320 Kingwood Dr., and are $30 (lap children under 2 are free). Reserved tables of eight may be purchased for $325 and reserved tables of 10 may be purchased for $380. Seating is limited. For information, call 281-358-4616.
WINTER WONDERLAND KIDS FESTIVAL
The winter festival will take place Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at Kingwood Town Center, 8 Main St., Kingwood
with snow slides, full-size ice skating rink, carnival rides, vendor market, food trucks, live and more. For information, visit www.winterwonderlandkidsfest.com.
Kick off the holiday season with fun for the entire family during Precinct 4’s Holiday Wonderland Saturday, Nov. 25, 4-8 p.m., at Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Rd., Tomball. Enjoy snow, crafts, a petting zoo, holiday movies, a visit from Santa, and more. Santa will be available from 4-6:45 p.m. Crafts will be available to children ages 12 and under while supplies last. For information, visit www.hcp4.net or call Harris County Precinct 4’s Special Events Division at 281-893-3726.
The Overlook, 20114 Pinehurst Dr., Atascocita, is the place to find the perfect gifts this season at the debut of Holiday Extravaganza, a “SHOPPER’S PARADISE,” Tuesday, Nov. 28, 3-8 p.m. Clothing, accessories, home goods and more are available for purchase. Entrance fee is $5. (No entry fee will be charged for Humble ISD employees with their badge.) Proceeds will benefit the Humble ISD Education Foundation.
SANTA AT THE KINGWOOD LIBRARY
Santa Claus is coming to town!! Santa will be at the Kingwood Pop-Up Library Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 10 a.m.-noon. Come visit with Santa, tell him your Christmas wishes and get your picture taken! Free. The Kingwood Pop-up Library is located at the Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Dr., Kingwood. Library will be open from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
HOLLY JOLLY JINGLE
This festive event will take place Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. at The Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, and includes a musical celebration of the season by student performers and fun winter activities for all ages. Attendees can create holiday arts and crafts, visit with Santa and enjoy holiday music. Tickets are not required for this free event. Gates will open at 6 p.m.
AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS
Lakewood UMC Fine Arts Department will present the beloved Christmas one-act opera, “Amahl and The Night Visitors” Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m., at Asbury Hall at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 11330 Louetta Rd., Houston. Tickets are $10 Adult, $6 Student, Children under 6 are free. To purchase, call Lakewood UMC at 281-370-2273 or online at www.lumc.yapsody.com or www.lakewoodumc.org. The program is appropriate for the entire family.
Join Atascocita High School PTA and Student Council Friday, Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m. at the AHS Back Parking Lot for a Christmas Extravaganza! Bring the kids for pictures with Santa, kids' crafts, vendors, food trucks and more. There will also be a special performance by the AHS Chamber Orchestra and Forte Choir followed by a movie night, featuring "The Grinch," starring Jim Carrey. Admission is free. Please bring a toy to benefit HAAM's Empty Stocking Toy Drive.
Kingwood High School FFA and Kingwood Park High School FFA are hosting Santa's Farm Friday, Dec. 1, from 6-9 p.m. Come out and see Santa Claus, learn about their animals, enjoy hot chocolate, candy canes and cookies, a live nativity scene and hay rides for everyone. Please bring gently used clothing and/or a new toy to donate to families. Park at Kingwood United Methodist Church,1799 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood.
DANCING HOLIDAY MAGIC
Define Dance & Arts Studio presents “Dancing Holiday Magic” Friday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m., at Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, 611 Higgins St., Humble. Tickets are $12.50 and available online at www.humblepac.com. For information, call 281-446-4140.
KINGWOOD NATIVITY EXHIBIT AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
The 20th annual Nativity Exhibit and Music Festival will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2, from 1-9 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4021 Deerbrook Dr., Kingwood, marking two decades this event has been part of Kingwood’s holiday tradition of nativity displays, twinkling lights, trees and poinsettias. All activities are free and children are welcome. For information, visit http://tinyurl.com/kwnativityandmusic.
Kingwood Pops Orchestra will present its annual Christmas concert, “Christmas Cheer” Friday-Saturday, Dec. 1-2, 7:30 p.m., at The Nathaniel Center, 804 Russell Palmer Rd., Kingwood. General admission is $10; tickets may be purchased online at www.kingwoodpops.org; by phone at 281-319-7677; or pick up at Local Print Solution, 2714 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Kingwood.
KINGWOOD NATIVITY EXHIBIT AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
The 20th annual Nativity Exhibit and Music Festival will be Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2, 1-9 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4021 Deerbrook Dr., Kingwood, and marks two decades free event has been part of Kingwood’s holiday tradition of nativity displays, twinkling lights, trees and poinsettias. All activities are free and children are welcome. For information, visit http://tinyurl.com/kwnativityandmusic.
THE POLAR EXPRESS BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Come experience the magic of taking your child's picture with Santa with breakfast included for all ages Saturday, Dec. 2, 8-11 a.m. Humble First United Methodist Church, 800 E. Main St., Humble, is hosting the event and proceeds will benefit HUMC Children's Weekday Ministry and help support its ministry to the community year-round. Child's Tickets (up to 12 years) is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Adult Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Picture CDs may be purchased for $10 per family.
CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS
Liberty Opry presents Vince King, a multi-award-winning “Elvis Tribute Artist,” in concert Saturday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. King’s voice, along with the famous Elvis moves, mannerisms and charisma bring a magical connection with the audience. Also appearing will be the Liberty Opry Band and comedian Booger Lee. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 2 p.m. For information, call 936-336-5830 or visit www.libertyopry.com.
THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, 611 Higgins St., Humble, will present a beautiful ballet performance of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” Saturday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.humblepac.com. For information, call 281-446-4140.
FUN WITH FILLIES
MINI MAKERS MARKET
Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the Creativity Shell will host the first annual Mini Maker’s Market at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy., Humble. This public event will consist of 100+ students from all over Houston converging to sell their own handmade goods. The students will have the unique chance to gain business, social, and entrepreneurial skills as they interact with customers. The Mini Maker’s Market is also a wonderful opportunity for the local kids of Houston to shine as the next generation of makers amid the challenges following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Admission is free.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
In addition to favorite Christmas songs, audience sing-alongs and Santa Claus, the Houston Choral Society is featuring Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest, a collection of beautiful and well-loved Spanish carols set for chorus, soloists, harp, guitar, and marimba Saturday, Dec. 2, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at The Foundry United Methodist Church, 8350 Jones Rd., Houston. For information, visit www.houstonchoral.org.
AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS
Experience the holiday season as celebrated by 19th century Texas Settlers Saturday, Dec. 2, from 4-7 p.m. Visit the Redbud Hill Homestead at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick Dr., Humble, to see re-enactors dressed in their holiday finest demonstrate scenes from the past. Entertainment will include Kingwood High School Madrigals and Paragon Brass Ensemble. Children can enjoy a holiday craft and photos with Santa in a covered wagon. Dinner will be available ($4 hotdog combo; $9 roast pork dinner). Reservations are required beginning Wednesday, Nov. 18 for Harris County residents and Monday, Nov. 23 for non-county residents; call 281-446-8588.
CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK
Come to Town Center Park, Kingwood, Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. for the 16th annual free community Christmas in the Park Festival and Tree Lighting. Enjoy shops, entertainment, vendors, eateries, artists, Santa Claus, live nativity and more. Treasures from around the world will highlight the event and bring the spirit of the holidays. Local children will be dancing; photos with Santa and a pet will be available. Lighting of the Christmas tree will start at 6 p.m. For information, call Mike Ibanez at 713-419-4574.
8TH ANNUAL SNOWBALL RUN (5K/1K/Kid’s 100-yard Dash)
TAVOLA’S REINDEER RUN
Saturday, Dec. 2, is the date of the Reindeer Run, a 5K/1K Family Fun Run starting at 8 a.m. for the 5K and 9 a.m. for the 1-mile Family Run/Walk. A post-race celebration ends at noon. Santa will be onsite until noon. Post-race Santa party will include photos with Santa; hot drinks, sweet treats, face painting and more. Fees are $30 for Running 5K and $20 for Kids 1K Fun Run. Register at tavolareindeerrun.com.
BREAKFAST WITH ST. NICHOLAS
Come enjoy a pancake breakfast, Christmas crafts and a visit from St. Nicholas Saturday, Dec. 2, from 8-10 a.m. in the FLC, St. Martha Catholic Church, 3702 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood. Bring a camera to take a picture of your child with Old St. Nick himself. $5 per person, $25 per family. Tickets are available in the Faith Formation office.
ADVENT ANGEL WALK AND MISSION FAIR
Atascocita Presbyterian Church, 19426 Atasca Oaks, Atascocita, invites the community to its annual Angel Walk and Mission Fair Angel Walk, Saturday, Dec. 2, 5-7 p.m.; Mission Fair, Sunday, Dec. 3. Mission Market Place doors open at 4:30 p.m. for shopping. Angel Walk begins at 5:30 pm. All ages can stroll through the outdoor gate area and hear the beloved Christmas story from the angels’ point of view. A photo opportunity will allow you to see what you would look like with angel wings. Bring a camera. Inside, there will be music, hot chocolate, and more shopping to benefit various missions. For information, call 281-852-8990 or visit apchumble.org.
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THE NUTCRACKER BALLET
Kingwood Dance Theatre will present “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Atascocita High School Performing Arts Theater, 13300 Will Clayton Pkwy., Humble. Performances are Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 2-3. Saturday and Sunday matinees, 1:30 p.m.; evening performances – Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 6:30 p.m. Reserved tickets are $20. For information, visit kingwooddancetheatre.com.
Children and adults, plan now to shop for family and friends at Santa's Mini Mall in the Humble First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, Sunday Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. It is a great place for kids to shop with many items priced below $5. Proceeds support the church’s Saturday's Kid's Program, a ministry that provides basic food items to select families to ensure kids eat on the weekends. HFUMC is located at 800 E. Main St., Humble. For information, visit www.fumc-humble.org.
KONTOUR'S HOLIDAY MARKET
Enjoy a holiday market Saturday Dec. 3 from noon-6 p.m. at Kingwood's Town Center. This event is to benefit the people who are in need in the community, surrounding areas and the small business community. Inspired by philanthropic spirit, it was created to help build connections between Houston-area consumers and the companies, consultants, artists, artisans and crafters who serve them. There is no fee for admission, and entertainment will be provided throughout the course of the event.
The community is invited to Deerbrook Baptist Church 400 Main Street, Humble, Sunday-Tuesday, Dec. 3-5, to view the church’s Nativity Walk held in the Fellowship Hall. For information, visit deerbrookbaptistchurch.org or call 281-446-2790.
WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS TEA
26TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE OF LIGHTS
The City of Humble will hold its 26th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights on historic Main Street Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m. The theme this year is “A Star Spangled Christmas.” After the parade, Santa Clause will visit Uptown Park to hear Christmas wishes for all ages. This year’s Grand Marshal is Mr. Tom Morgan, the oldest commissioned Peace Office in Texas. In addition to the parade, the committee hosts a decorating and lighting contest for homes and businesses located on Higgins, Granberry and Main Street. For information, visit www.cityofhumble.org.
CHRISTMAS IN THE FOREST
The Kingwood Garden Club is having its December meeting and Christmas luncheon Tuesday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at The Overlook, 20114 Pinehurst Dr., Atascocita, opening with cookies and coffee social; special floral designs from Wallace Bennett, proprietor of Va Bloom, Kingwood Town Center; and music by “Double Infinity,” a men’s a Capella quartet. A catered lunch will be served at noon; tickets are $28 per person. For reservations and payment, call Elaine Janiga at 832-693-4453. Drop off or mail payment to 5727 Woodland Creek Dr., Kingwood, 77345.
HO, HO, HO-DOWN AND GOLF TOURNAMENT
Enjoy a holiday gala Wednesday, Dec. 6, 5-9 p.m. and raise money for the Lake Houston Area Relief Fund at The Overlook, 20114 Pinehurst Dr., Atascocita. Dinner, dancing, cash bar and silent auction. “Texas Holiday Attire.” $50 per person; $75 per couple (for dinner event only). The next day, play golf at the HO, HO HOLE-IN-ONE Golf Tournament Thursday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. Shotgun start, the Atascocita Golf Club, 20114 Pinehurst Trail Dr., Humble. Four-man Team Scramble, pop-up shops with holiday gift wrapping on site, BBQ dinner, and raffle. Enjoy screwdrivers and Bloody Mary’s at two holes. Tickets are $500 for foursome* and $125 individual player* (each golfer receives two tickets for Ho, Ho, Ho-Down gala). Proceeds benefit the Lake Houston Area Relief Fund. To register online, visit www.eventbrite.com (search “The Overlook”).
JOY OF BACKYARD BIRD FEEDING - CARDINALS
During the holiday season, greeting cards, ornaments, and decorations are often adorned with beautiful pictures of northern cardinals. Have you ever wondered why cardinals are so often associated with the Christmas Season? In Kingwood, northern cardinals are one of the most common feeder birds and one of the most common birds seen on bird walks. They are so common that many of us take them for granted. In regions where cardinals are less common, catching a glimpse of this colorful bird brings excitement. The bright colors and cheerful notes of these year-round residents add beauty and song to our backyards. Often you can find a pair nesting in your tree or even on your porch. A free presentation will be Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Homewood Suites in Kingwood from 7-8 p.m. and will provide information for attracting cardinals to your backyard, discuss their favorite bird foods, and show why cardinals are one of the easiest song birds to feed while discouraging unwanted guests such as squirrels, white-winged doves, and black birds. Also discussed will be various fun facts about cardinals, including why they have been chosen to be a representative of the holiday season. Refreshments will be served and those who attend will have a chance to win a door prize.
The combined choirs of Kingwood Park High School will present their annual Winter Concert Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., in the KPHS Performing Arts Center, 4015 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood. Admission is free and the public is invited.
Enjoy beautiful holiday music from the AHS choir Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 p.m., at Atascocita High School, 13300 Will Clayton Pkwy., Humble.
“THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS” CONCERT
HUFFMAN TREE LIGHTING
Take a picture with Santa and the Stagecoach Friday, Dec. 8, from 6- p.m., at Wells Fargo Bank, 25100 FM 2100 Rd., Huffman. Listen to music by the Crosby HS Choir and Christmas tunes by DJ Frank McCoy, drink hot chocolate and eat cookies. Bring along some non-perishable foods to donate to the Huffman Food Bank
Lone Star College-Kingwood, Student Conference Center Café, is the venue for “Christmas Cabaret” Friday-Saturday, Dec. 8-9, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and include dessert and beverages. Reservations are highly recommended. Pre-purchase tickets at lonestar.edu/seasons.
KINGWOOD PHOTO CLUB
The Kingwood Photo Club will provide FREE photos with Santa Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Kingwood Community Club, 4102 Rustic Woods Dr., Kingwood. Family Christmas pictures and Santa pictures will be professional quality. The event is free and open to the public.
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Crosby Fairgrounds, 14920 FM 2100, Crosby, will hold its Children’s Christmas Festival Saturday, Dec. 9, 1-5 p.m.
For information, call Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce at 281-328-6984.
RUSTIC COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
Come enjoy watching Santa arrive with the Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department and the Precinct 4 Constables at Christ the King Episcopal Church, 19330 Pinehurst Trail Dr., Atascocita, Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m.-noon. Get a free family photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus and free breakfast provided by Chick-Fil-A and Panera Bread. Music, games, face painting and more. The event is free to the public.
HOMESTEAD HOLIDAY (Second Saturday Settlers)
Join park staff and volunteers for homemade cookies and wassail Saturday, Dec. 9, from 1-3 p.m., as the Redbud Hill Homestead at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick Dr., Humble, comes to life with old-fashioned Christmas traditions, including jolly old Saint Nicholas.
POLAR EXPRESS Live Performance
Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, 611 Higgins St., Humble, will present a live performance of “Polar Express” by young performers, guest artists, dancer and singers from FAME School for Artists, Saturday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be ordered online at www.humblepac.com. For information, call 281-446-4140. A portion of ticket sales will help in rebuilding music/theatre arts rooms for local schools in serious need.
Santa and snow are taking over Balmoral on Saturday, Dec. 9, and it’s going to be brrrr-illiant! Santa himself will be on hand from 10 a.m.-noon with 30,000 pounds of snow, an ice sculpting team, hot cocoa and more. Bundle up the family and come to 11930 Talman Run Dr. for some snow action and holiday event with all the trimmings. Little ones can drop off letters in Santa’s mailbox and everyone is invited to take a selfie with Santa as he roams the event. All five professionally decorated model homes will be open with holiday activities for everyone. The event is free, but those attending are asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. For information, visit www.balmoralhouston.com.
LIBERTY OPRY CHRISTMAS
The annual Liberty Opry Christmas Show will be presented Saturday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m., and will feature Matthew Butler, Kimberly Williams, the Liberty Opry Band and comedian Booger Lee. Program will blend religious, traditional and country Christmas songs at this beautiful time of year, celebrating the birth of Jesus. Tickets are $15; doors open at 2 p.m. For information, call 936-336-5830 or visit www.libertyopry.com.
“GLORY IN THE HIGHEST”
The Lone Star Symphonic Band will perform a Christmas concert, “Glory in the Highest” Sunday, Dec. 10, 4 p.m., at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, 22111 Morton Road, Katy. For information and tickets, visit www.lssband.org. Tickets can be purchased online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=lssb.
“CELEBRATION OF JESUS”
Kingwood Church of Christ, 2901 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood, will present its children’s Christmas program, “Celebration of Jesus” Sunday, Dec. 10, 6-7 p.m. Dessert Fellowship will follow in the Family Life Center. For information, call 281-358-3865 or visit kwcoc.org.
“DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?”
Atascocita United Methodist Church, 19325 Pinehurst Trail Dr., Atascocita, presents a Christmas musical program Sunday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m.
A NIGHT OF HOPE
The community is invited to 'A Night of Hope" Dec. 10 at 6:30 pm to celebrate this Christmas season with a Christmas concert featuring Nathan and Christy Nockels at Woodridge Baptist Church, 5707 Kingwood Dr. Reserve seats as they are limited. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 VIP; $30 floor; $20 stadium. A pre-show Christmas celebration is available to VIP level ticket holders. This celebration includes premium seating, a Christmas dessert reception, a time to meet Christy, and a professional photo opportunity with a twist! Order your tickets today at www.woodridge.org/concert/.
NATURAL HOLIDAY WREATHS
Create a natural holiday wreath with naturalist Kris Linberk Monday, Dec. 11, noon, at Big Stone Lodge, Dennis Johnston Park, 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring. This hands-on workshop with demonstrate how to make festive decorative pieces out of elements found in the park. To register and receive a supply list, call 281-350-1029.
Octavia Fields Branch Library, 1503 South Houston, Humble, is hosting a special Christmas Storytime Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 10:15 a.m., for children of all ages; reading themed stories, singing songs, sharing some delicious holiday treats, and making some special Christmas crafts. For information, call 832-927-5500 or visit www.hcpl.net.
STUFFED STOCKING EXCHANGE
Celebrate the holiday season at Big Stone Lodge, Dennis Johnston Park, 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring, by joining friends for a stuffed stocking exchange Tuesday, Dec. 12, noon. To participate, fill a pair of glitzy new socks and treats and trinkets (not to exceed $10), tie the socks together and bring them to the lodge for a white elephant exchange. Call 281-350-1029 to register.
Enjoy an evening of magic, fun and wonder as the Rhodes School for the Performing Arts presents, "The Grinch: Christmas Musical Extravaganza" Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy., Humble. Tickets are $15. For information, call 281-458-4334 or visit www.rspagrinch.eventbrite.com.
Children ages 5 and up are invited create their own wreaths for the holidays at the Octavia Fields Branch Library, 1503 South Houston, Humble, Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. Materials will be provided by the Friends of Octavia Fields Library while supplies last. For information, call 832-927-5500.
Get into the holiday spirit at the 2017 Octavia Fields Library Christmas Party Thursday, Dec. 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Santa will be stopping by to hear Christmas wish lists and to take pictures at this Holiday Special Event. Enjoy sweet treats and holiday cheer. Invite the whole family and bring a camera. For information, call 832-927-5500.
LIVE NATIVITY WITH OPEN HOUSE
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 2929 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood, will present a live nativity and open house Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 14-16, 6:30-8 p.m. For information, 281-358-3154 or visit GoodShepherdKingwood.org.
CAROLS OF CHRISTMAS
Enjoy the beautiful traditional carols of the holiday season Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. with a Christmas concert by the Atascocita High School Choir, at Atascocita Presbyterian Church, 19426 Atasca Oaks Dr., Humble.
CHRISTMAS WITH KBC AND FRIENDS
The evening will feature a musical adaptation of Dickens’ classic "A Christmas Carol," entitled The Corruption and Redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge, Friday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m., at Kingwood Bible Church, 3510 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Kingwood. Don’t miss this delightful and inspirational evening, and especially don’t forget to invite your friends, neighbors, and family of all ages. It will be a real holiday treat! Free to the public.
LESSONS AND CAROLS
HANUKKAH CELEBRATION SHABBAT
Celebrate with Cantor Tunitsky and the Religious School students Friday, Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m., at Temple Beth Torah, 320 Shallow Dr., Humble, for a special Hanukkah Celebration Shabatt. Bring Hanukkah Menorahs to light the night with candles and song.
MISTLETOE MAGIC LUNCHEON
Big Stone Lodge, Dennis Johnston Park, 709 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring, invites the community to experience the enchantment of the season Friday, Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m. Bring your loved ones to enjoy a delightful holiday meal and soulful songs from Kevin Michael Weishaar. Ben’s Chuck Wagon will provide smoked pork loin, glazed carrots, scalloped potatoes, rolls, dessert, and unlimited coffee and iced tea. An $8 per person suggested donation is requested and payable in advance during registration at the Center Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., for tickets no later than Wednesday, Dec. 13.
CHRISTMASTIME IN TEXAS WITH THE THREE TEXAN TENORS
Opera Leggera presents a knee-slapping and toe-tapping Christmastime joy ride in song with The Three Texan Tenors Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m., at The Nathaniel Center, 804 Russell Palmer Rd., Kingwood. For tickets and information, visit operaleggera.com or call 713-992-1696.
HOLIDAYS FROM THE HEART
Kingwood resident and vocalist Kristen Hertzenberg and concert pianist Philip Hertzenberg will perform a special Christmas concert Saturday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall, Music Building, LSC-Kingwood, and will include music from their album and other holiday songs, both familiar and never before heard. The 7:30 p.m. performance is sold out, but tickets are still available for the 3 p.m. show and can be purchased through Hertzenberg’s website at kristenhertzenberg.com. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Lake Houston Area Relief Fund. For information about Kristen and Philip, visit their websites at www.kristenhertzenberg.com and www.philipfortenberry.com.
Have you thought of decorating a tree outside just for the critters? Visit Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center, 20634 Kenswick Dr., Humble, Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m., and learn how to make decorative edible treats for the birds and other wildlife that visit your yard this time of year.
HOLIDAY AT THE HARBOR
Kick off the holiday season at Kingwood Harbor on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 2-6 p.m., with a fun-filled afternoon of music, photos with Santa, face painting, reindeer food, a gift card drive and more presented by L3 Foundation. Bring a blanket and stick around for the sun to set and enjoy a Christmas movie under the stars, featuring “Elf” at 6 p.m.
FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT
The City of Humble will present Houston Choral Showcase “Holiday Concert” Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m., with musical selections in pop, rock, disco, jazz, show tunes and patriotic music at Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, 611 Higgins St., Humble. Admission is FREE to the public, compliments of The City of Humble.
SANTA AND COOKIES
Enjoy a festive day, Saturday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Warren's Southern Gardens, 1675 Northpark Dr., Kingwood, selecting a fresh-cut Christmas tree and poinsettias while enjoying some family fun. Children 12 and under will have a magical time at the reindeer food station preparing a special treat for Rudolph and his buddies. Plus, the fun continues with a free take-home craft. Complimentary cookies, drinks, and popcorn. And who could forget Santa? Get three digital images taken by a professional photographer for $10 OR you can bring 10 nonperishable food items/an unwrapped new toy. Warren’s will donate items from the event to a local charity to help those in need during the holidays. For more information, call 281-354-6111.
The community is invited to a free family-friendly Christmas event Saturday, Dec. 16, 6-8 p.m., to encourage attendance at Christmas Eve Services with Humble First United Methodist Church, 800 E. Main St., Humble, and will include hay rides, camel rides, live nativity, roasting s'mores over a camp fire, crafts, a puppet show and more. For information, visit www.fumc-humble.org.
DON’T LET HARVEY STEAL CHRISTMAS
A toy drive is being held through Dec. 17 at Humble Family Skate Center, 320 N. Houston Ave., Humble. Bring in an unwrapped toy $15 or less and get a FREE PASS to use at another skate session. For information, call 281-446-9232 or visit www.humbleskate.com
CAROLS AND COOKIES
Sing Christmas carols, enjoy cookies and other delectable Christmas goodies Sunday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m., at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 2929 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood. For information, 281-358-3154 or visit GoodShepherdKingwood.org.
Kingwood Church of Christ, 2901 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood, will be caroling in the community Sunday, Dec. 17. Crafts will be made to distribute to people being sung to and a short rehearsal will be held at 4:30 p.m. Caroling will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. Hot chocolate and desserts will be served at 7 p.m. For information, call 281-358-3865 or visit kwcoc.org.
The community is invited to enjoy a Christmas Cantata musical program in the Sanctuary Sunday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-noon. For information, visit deerbrookbaptistchurch.org or call 281-446-2790.
Atascocita Presbyterian Church, 19426 Atasca Oaks Dr., Humble, will present its annual Christmas Cantata Sunday, Dec. 17, at 9 a.m. For information, call 281-852-8990 or visit apchumble.org
THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!
Arbor Terrace at Kingwood Town Center, 2807 Kings Crossing Dr., Houston, invites the public to celebrate the holiday season with staff and fellow residents with a three-night spectacular event with fun for the whole family, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. - crafts and photos; 6 p.m. - movie begins). Each night, make a holiday-themed gift for loved ones while enjoying hot chocolate, cookies, and popcorn. Bring a blanket and lawn chair and enjoy the movie. PJs are welcomed!
-Monday, Dec 18. “The Santa Clause.” Santa and Mrs. Clause will be on hand for pictures and cookie decorating.
-Tuesday, Dec. 19. “Elf.” Have fun making a toy with an elf.
-Wednesday, Dec. 20. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Take a picture and make an ornament with the Grinch.
TEEN TUESDAY-CHRISTMAS EDITION
Teens 11-18 are invited to Octavia Fields Branch Library, 1503 South Houston, Humble, to decorate gingerbread people and sugar cookies Tuesday, Dec. 19, 4:30 p.m. Materials will be provided by the Friends of Octavia Fields Library while supplies last.
Children ages 5 and up are invited to create their own no-bake cinnamon ornaments Wednesday, Dec. 20, 4 p.m., at Octavia Fields Branch Library, 1503 South Houston, Humble. Materials will be provided by the Friends of Octavia Fields Library while supplies last. For information, call Megan Young at 832-927-5500.
HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOP
Crafters of all skill levels are invited to spend an afternoon making holiday crafts Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m., at Big Stone Lodge, Dennis Johnston Park, 709 Riley Fuzzel Road, Spring. Participants will be able to create several projects just in time for the holidays. Call 281-350-1029 to register and receive a supply list.
TEEN SNOWBALL FIGHT IV: SNOWPOCALYPSE
Can you survive the Snowpocalypse? Come to the Atascocita Branch Library, 19520 Pinehurst Trail Dr., Humble, and join in the annual Teen snowball fight Thursday, Dec. 21, 3 p.m., followed by hot cocoa, cookies, and a holiday movie. Permission slips are required for the snowball fight and will be available Dec. 1.
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 2929 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood
A Live Nativity has been a part of Advent for many years at Good Shepherd. Enjoy this beautiful event Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 21-23, evenings. See the crèche, hear the nativity story, watch the children dressed splendidly as a king or humbly as a shepherd. For information, call 281-358-3154 or visit goodshepherdkingwood.org.
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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
Atascocita United Methodist Church, 19325 Pinehurst Trail Dr., Atascocita
Sunday, Dec. 24
10 a.m. Family Friendly Christmas Eve Service
7 p.m. Traditional Candlelight service with Serving of Communion
11 p.m. Traditional Christmas Eve Service
For information, call 281-852-1000 or visit aumc.org.
Atascocita Presbyterian Church, 19426 Atasca Oaks Dr., Humble
Sunday, Dec. 24
5 p.m. Family-friendly Christmas Eve Service
7 p.m. Traditional Christmas Eve Service
For information, call 281-852-8990 or visit apchumble.org.
Kingwood First Baptist Church, 3500 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood
Sunday, Dec. 24
10:45 a.m. Candlelight Worship Service
5 p.m. Candlelight Service
For information, call 281-358-4266 or visit kingwoodfirst.org.
Woodridge Baptist Church, 5707 Kingwood Dr., Kingwood
Sunday, Dec. 24
4:30 p.m. Family Service
6 p.m. Traditional Service
For information, call 281-361-6800 or visit woodridge.org.
Kingwood Bible Church, 3610 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Kingwood
Sunday, Dec. 24
11 a.m. Combined Worship Service
5 p.m. Candlelight Service
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 2929 Woodland Hills Dr., Kingwood
Sunday, Dec. 24
4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 10 p.m. Christmas Eve Holy Communion Services
Monday, Dec. 25
10:15 a.m. Christmas Day Holy Communion Service
For information, 281-358-3154 or visit GoodShepherdKingwood.org.
Woodlands Church Atascocita, 18111 W. Lake Houston Pkwy., Humble
Friday, Dec. 22 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 24 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.
For information, call 281-404-7700 or visit wc.org/christmas.
SPECIAL SENIOR ACTIVITIES
I CAN “BEARLY” WAIT FOR CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
Senior adults are invited to a luncheon Friday, Dec. 1, at 11:30 a.m., with live musical entertainment at Big Stone Lodge, Dennis Johnston Park, 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd., Spring. Donations of stuffed bears will be accepted and distributed to local charity organizations. A $10 per-person suggested donation is requested and payable in advance during registration at the Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 pm., until Wednesday, Nov. 29.
DICKENS ON THE STRAND IN GALVESTON
With a nod to the ghost of Dickens past and an eye toward the future, Galveston’s world famous Victorian holiday festival returns to the Island Saturday, Dec. 2, at 10 a. m. This annual holiday street festival, based on 19th century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on six stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items. Check the weather for appropriate attire and wear comfortable shoes. Cost is $15 per person at the gate. 2016 tickets will be accepted. Lunch is available at the festival.
MAGICAL WINTER LIGHTS HOUSTON
Magical Winter Lights is a spectacular, larger-than-life festival that presents a fresh multicultural take on traditional holiday light shows at Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004, LaMarque. Senior adults will experience this year’s festival Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m., which will feature six fascinating themed sections including Magical Wonderland, Mystical Forest, Lone Star State, Santa’s Christmas Village, Mystery of the East, and Landmarks of the World. Cost is $13 and dinner is available at the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant. For information, call 281-893-3726.
HOUSTON ZOO LIGHTS
Senior adults will enjoy a favorite Houston holiday tradition Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. Houston Zoo Lights features over two million twinkling lights, lighted animal sculptures, and holiday projections at the Houston Zoo. Holiday lights would not be complete without the sounds of the season! Enjoy strolling carolers and performances by local school and church choirs. A $14 prepaid, non-refundable fee covers the cost of this trip. Dinner is available for purchase at the Spaghetti Western. Transportation will be provided from Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy., Humble.
The Goodtimers (over-50 senior group), will host a Christmas luncheon Thursday, Dec. 14, at Atascocita Methodist Church, 19325 Pinehurst Trail, Humble. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m., entertainment by the children will start at 11 a.m., followed by the Christmas luncheon. A $2 donation is suggested. For information, call 281-706-0375.