The city of Kemah will have its annual Christmas open house at 6 p.m. today at the Visitor’s Center, Sixth and Bradford streets.

There will be food, Santa and reindeer, entertainment, goody bags for children, and more.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in festive holiday attire.

Admission is free.






The Market in Santa Fe will have its Christmas in Santa Fe event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 12517 state Highway 6.

Admission will be nonperishable food items or toiletries to help stock the holiday pantry for His Ministries.

Door prizes will be awarded.

The Santa Fe High School Band also will be performing.

For information, call Ingrid Lea, 713-818-6896.





Custom Specialists will have its 20th annual Toy Run benefiting Shriners Burn Hospital in Galveston starting with registration at noon and pullout at 2 p.m. (rain or shine) Saturday from 1010 Yupon St.

Portable radio (with batteries), crayons, coloring books, stuffed animals, children’s movies, electronic games and puzzles are on the wish list. No weapons will be accepted.

Toys can be dropped off in advance at the same location.

There will be a party afterward featuring Bert Wills at Murphy’s on Main, 104 FM 519.

For information, call 409-935-9873.






Galveston Independent School District will have a Family Fun Festival for middle school students and their families in the district from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the cafeteria of Ball High School, 4115 Ave. O.

There will be hands on activities, door prizes, refreshments, a poster contest, blood pressure screenings, and more.

Students must be accompanied by an adult.

For information, call 409-766-5100.






The public is welcome to a Christmas Celebration worship program at 3 p.m. Saturday at Jesus is Lord, 2200 Martin Luther King Ave.

Admission is free.

There will be singing, dancing and more.

Angie Hayes will be the speaker.

For information, call Eva Brown, 409-945-5060.






The Road Church will have its Christmas open house and Family Night Out event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 1701 Sixth St. N.

Cookies, hot chocolate and wassail, Christmas stories, hayrides, handmade crafts, and a visit from Santa Claus, will be available.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For information, visit





The Hospice Care Team will have its tree lighting ceremony from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Carnes Funeral Home, 3100 Gulf Freeway.

Carnes also will have an open house.

The public is welcome.






The city of La Marque will have its “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” Christmas parade at 6 p.m. Wednesday starting from La Marque High School on Vauthier Street and then will turn left on Cedar Drive, then turn left again at Bayou Road and proceed to Walter Fiegel Park.

If you would like to enter, applications are due by today to the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce, 9702 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway.

Prizes will be awarded.

For information, call 409-935-1408.






The city of Texas City will have its “Songs and Sounds” Christmas parade at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The parade will begin at the corner of Palmer Highway and Phoenix Lane (Nessler Park Complex), travel east down Palmer Highway to Sixth Street, turn right on Sixth Street, and end on Fifth Ave. N.

Participants will lineup from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Awards will be presented afterward in front of the Showboat Pavilion.

For information, call 409-643-5990.






The Dickinson Rotary Club will have its annual Christmas parade at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The route begins at Shrine of the True Cross Church, 300 FM 517 E., turns south onto state Highway 3, and ends at the Dickinson City Hall Complex.

Participants will line up at 6 p.m.

“Rock Around the Christmas Tree,” is the theme. Registration forms are available at the Dickinson Independent School District Administration Building, 2218 FM 517 E. To receive packets by email, email

For information, call Delores McWhorter, 281-650-1461, or Rhonda Palmer, 713-705-1623.






Krewe du Lac will have its annual Christmas Toy Drive and Pub-crawl at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at T-Bone Tom’s, 707 state Highway 146.

Holiday or pirate attire is encouraged. Prizes will be awarded for tackiest holiday sweater or vest.

Monetary donations also will be accepted.






Temple Baptist Church will have its Christmas Choir Cantata at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at 1200 22nd St. N.

Admission is free.

Harold Tipping is the music minister.

For information, call 409-945-5915.






The second annual Christian Renewal Center Christmas Market and Breakfast will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at 1515 Hughes Road.

Hotcakes with St. Nicholas will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (tickets are $2, children 3 and younger are free) and the Christmas Market will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free.

There also will be live entertainment from local schools and groups as well as a hayride.

Attendees are asked to donate a gently used coat, blanket, food pantry item or unwrapped toy.

Visit or call 281-337-1312.






Seaside Church will have its Bethlehem Street Market from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at 16534 San Luis Pass Road.

There will be crafts for sale, hayrides, live goats, caroling, storytelling, music, food and more.

For information, contact Rita Boyer, or 409-739-2777.





The League City Historical Society will have its annual Historic Homes Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at various locations.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 the day of.

Tickets can be purchased at the West Bay Common School Children’s Museum, 210 N. Kansas St.

For information, call 281-554-2994 or visit






The fifth annual Holiday Express Model Train Show and Winter Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Historic Railroad Center, 218 FM 517 W.

Santa Claus, model trains, train rides, music, food and more, will be available.

General admission is $1 per person.

For information, call 281-534-4367 or email






The 11th annual Festival of Lights will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through Dec. 8 before opening nightly from Dec. 13 through Jan. 5, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd.

Admission is $6.95 per person.

There also will be snow tubing available on a 100-foot ice slide, as well as, the area’s only outdoor ice rink, which is included with a Festival of Lights ticket.

The slide is open from noon to 10 p.m. and cost $12 for admission.

For information, call 800-582-4673 or visit





The Friendswood Chamber of Commerce will have its 26th annual Christmas Lighted Parade at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 starting on Heritage Drive and ending at Stevenson Park, 1100 South Friendswood Drive.

There will be snow and a concert afterward.

The deadline to enter is Dec. 6.

If you would like to participate, call 281-482-3329, or email





The Junior League of Galveston County will have its annual holiday charity ball, Escape to Casablanca, from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Davidson Ballroom of The Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic St.

The Mambo Jazz Kings will provide the music.

For tickets and information, visit






The Galveston College Community Chorale will have its Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St.

Sacred, as well as secular Christmas music, will be performed.

Dr. Joanna Whitsett, organist at Moody Methodist, will be the featured guest performing on the harp.

Admission is free.

For information, call Mike Gilbert, 409-771-9029.






The Music Department of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church will have its annual Christmas Rhapsody program at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at 312 Rose St.

“Celebration of Jesus,” is the theme.

For information, call 409-935-8121.


The community is invited to help the Be a Santa to a Senior program by attending a gift wrapping party from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at The Meridian, 2228 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston, or from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Hospice Care Team office, 1708 N. Amburn Road, in Texas City.

Civic groups, churches, youth groups and businesses are encouraged to help.

For information about the program or how you can help, visit or call 409-762-0444.






The Santa’s Kingdom Christmas parade will start at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 leaving Runge Park, 4605 Peck St., and will end at Santa Fe High School, 16000 state Highway 6.

Those wanting to participate should visit Applications also can be picked up at the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce.

The group also is accepting toys and food as a part of its annual toy and food drive.

For information and where items can be donated, call Kevin Salter, 409-443-6070.






The Bay Area Art Walk will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at Nassau Bay Town Square, Saturn Lane and Space Park Blvd.

Admission is free.

There will be local artists, food, live music, children art projects, bounce houses and vendors.

Visit or call 713-805-1695.






The Butler Longhorn Museum will present its Children’s Cowboy Santa free event from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at 1220 Coryell St.

The museum also will have its Adult Texas Hoedown Holiday Dance from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 15 at the same location.

Tickets are $25 per person.

Attendees must RSVP by Dec. 12 for the dance.

For information, call 713-489-4824.






The Bolivar Peninsula Lighthouse Krewe will have its annual Christmas toy drive and dance at 8 p.m. Dec. 15 at Sharky’s II, 1021 state Highway 87.

To gain admission, patrons are asked to take unwrapped toys for children ages 0-18 or make a cash donation.

“3 Way Switch,” will provide the live music.

For information, call Anne Willis, 409-684-3345.






Central High School will have its annual Christmas party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Ave. M.

For tickets and information, call 409-457-1795 or 409-763-5641.






The Noon Optimist Club of Galveston will be selling Christmas trees from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 16 at the tree lot at 21st and Broadway streets.

Noble, Nordmam and Plantation Douglas firs, and Scotch pine trees, will be available. Prices vary.

Wreaths, poinsettias and stands also will be sold.






Ball High School classes of 1969-79 will have its annual Holiday Gala from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 22 at the Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Ave. M.

Tickets are $25 per person.

The deadline to purchase tickets is Dec. 15.

Attendees should BYOB.

Call Jay Netherly, 713-858-8234; Lillian McGrew, 409-771-2018; Janet Washington, 409-762-1935; or Shelia Smith, 409-526-4978.






Living Word Church will have its Christmas worship service at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 23 at 2900 E. NASA Parkway.

The church also will present the Big Story of Christmas from Genesis to Jesus! worship service at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 24.

Milk and cookies will be served.

For information, visit or call 281-532-9000.






The Galveston Council of Greeks will have its annual holiday dance fundraiser “Holiday Sparkles” from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dec. 29 at Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Ave. M.

Tickets are $30 per person or $300 for a table of ten.

Proceeds will go toward community outreach activities and scholarships for Galveston County high school seniors.

For tickets and information, call Cherlyn Crear, 409-771-3388, or Winifred Gilmore, 281-459-1684.





The Lasers, Lights and Magic in the Park holiday event will be at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 31 (excluding Dec. 1-2) at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand.

Attendees can visit with Santa Claus, see lights synchronized to music and a themed laser light show.

Admission is free.

The event, part of Galveston’s Passport to Holiday Magic, is sponsored by Mitchell Historic Properties and the Galveston Park Board of Trustees.

For information, call 409-762-0062.

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