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 Nov. 30 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 dhmcwhorter@hotmail.com.

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. Friday 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.

Visit www.krewedulac.org.


Temple Baptist Church will have its Christmas Choir Cantata at 7 p.m. Friday 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 www.retreatcentercrc.org 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, ritacarolyn@hotmail.com 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 www.leaguecityhistory.org.


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 aforbes@ci.dickinson.tx.us.


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.

There also will be Thursday night concerts featuring the Maverick Side Kicks and Pasadena Intermediate School (Dec. 13); Bay Area Bluegrass (Dec. 17); Thomson Intermediate School and Bay Area Bluegrass (Dec. 18); Bay Area Bluegrass (Dec. 19); and Falcon Pass Elementary, Pearland High School Show Choir and Clear Lake High School Choir (Dec. 20).

For information, call 800-582-4673 or visit www.moodygardens.org.


The Bolivar Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Crystaland Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 beginning at the Galveston County Courthouse Annex Building, heading toward the beach.

Afterward, Santa Claus will greet children with a gift.

Parents also will get to take photos with Santa at the Joe Faggard Community Center, 1750 state Highway 87.

If you would like to participate, call 409-684-5940.


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 Thursday.

If you would like to participate, call 281-482-3329, or email info@friendswoodchamber.com.


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 www.jlgalveston.org.


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 www.beasantatoasenior.com 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 www.santaskingdom.tripod.com. 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 www.bayareaartwalk.com 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.

Visit www.optimistclubofgalveston.com.



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 www.ChristmasEveService.org or call 281-532-9000.

To have your nonprofit event listed here, email Angela Taylor, angela.taylor@galvnews.com.

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