Less than 2 weeks until Christmas! Time is flying! There are plenty of holiday markets this weekend to get some Christmas shopping knocked off your list. If you need time to shop without the kids in tow- or maybe you just need a break and some “me” time or a date night- we can help with that! Drop your kids off here this Friday for our Friday Night Fun Winter Pajama Party! Or you could get a sitter on Saturday Night and join our Poinsettias Acrylic painting workshop.  Karbach is having their Christmas Story Art Market this Sunday- you can Christmas shop, take in a movie, and take Santa pictures (with your family and pets!) all in one place! Enjoy your week!

Wednesday, December 12th

City Hall Farmers Market | 11AM-1:30PM
City Hall/Hermann Square | 901 Bagby, Houston
“It’s a food-lovers delight at Urban Harvest’s City Hall Farmers Market. The public can enjoy a variety of locally prepared, ready-to-eat or packaged to-go foods, pick up farm-fresh weekly groceries and at the same time support sustainable food, all amid Houston’s dramatic Downtown urban setting. The farmers market features more than 30 vendors including fresh produce grown by local farmers, cheeses, breads, roasted coffees, and a variety of prepared meals, as well as food trucks.”
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Lego Mania | 3PM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
“Bring the little ones out to Houston Public Library- Central Location for playtime with Legos!”
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Storytime | 10:30AM-1:30PM
Manvel Public Library | 20514 Highway 6, Manvel, Texas 77578
Stories, Songs, & Crafts for Preschoolers
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Kidtastic on the Square: Puppet Show & Workshop | 10-11:30AM
The Square at Memorial City | 602 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX 77024
“Stop by The Square every Wednesday for Memorial City’s interactive children’s-focused event series!
This week your kids will be thrilled by our puppet show. They’ll also learn how to create their own puppets and make them come to life!”
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Gymboree at Evelyn’s Park | 11AM-12PM
Evelyn’s Park Conservancy | 4400 Bellaire Blvd
“There will be bubbles, dancing sing-a-longs, and Gymboree exclusive parachute time. So come and explore a Gymboree day! THIS IS A FREE EVENT AND OPEN THE PUBLIC!”
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Holiday Market on the Lawn | 10-11:30AM
The Lawn at Memorial City | 971 Bunker Hill
“Looking for a really unique gift? Come to the Holiday Market on The Lawn on Wednesday, December 12. We’ll have nearly two dozen local artists and vendors, a hot chocolate bar, gift wrapping and holiday music!”
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Moonlight Movies: It’s a Wonderful Life | 7PM
CityCentre | 800 Town and Country Blvd, Houston, TX 77024
“CITYCENTRE presents a holiday edition of Moonlight Movies on December 12 at 7 PM. Meet in the plaza to watch the holiday favorite, It’s a Wonderful Life, in the moonlight on a massive screen. Blankets are welcome.”
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Mistletoe On the Go | Daily through Dec. 30th
Market Square Park | 301 Milam, Houston
“Pucker up—Texas’ biggest mistletoe ball is back this holiday season. Mistletoe on the Go!, a 150-inch ball of kiss-inducing greenery hanging from a 15-foot giant candy cane, is located at Market Square Park through New Year’s Day. Passersby are invited to stand under the massive ball and kiss—just because!   Share your smooches using #XOmistletoe.”
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Unsilent Night | 6-9PM
University of Houston-Downtown | 1 Main St, Houston, Texas 77002
“Join BBP and University of Houston Downtown on December 12 for Unsilent Night! Experience this festive and interactive holiday event in the great outdoors. Unsilent Night is a sound sculpture created when many individuals simultaneously play one of four music tracks by composer Phil Kline. The procession will be leaving from UHD down to the trails along Buffalo Bayou around 6:30pm and Yelp Houston will be handing out mittens!
Prior to the procession, enjoy hot chocolate and Bayou Blend coffee from Katz Coffee, local brew from Saint Arnold Brewing Company and holiday cookies. Invite family and friends for kids crafts and BodyJam led by YMCA OF GREATER HOUSTON, music and more! This event is free but please RSVP.
Following the procession, join us for an after party on the rooftop of the Sunset Coffee Building to continue the holiday spirit with music, brew, and treats. Sparkling clothes, hats and all manner of twinkling are encouraged. Prizes will be given for the most illuminating costume!
More details: https://buffalobayou.org/event/unsilent-night-3/”
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Thursday, December 13th

Winter Cardinals- Acrylic Painting Workshop | 7-9PM
Creative Edge Art Studio | 2975 Kingsley Dr. #137, Pearland
What says winter more than these bright red cardinals on a snow-covered fence? Join us Thursday, December 13th to paint these colorful cardinals on an 11×14 canvas.
Take a break and come to explore your creative side at our acrylic painting workshop for all levels. Over the course of 2 hours, you’ll play with color, composition, light, and texture to create your own, one-of-a-kind piece of art. This workshop is designed to support creative growth for artists of all levels (really – no experience necessary!) Whether you have painted for years, or if this your first time picking up a paintbrush, you’ll receive personalized guidance to help you through the artistic process.
All materials for painting are provided. Just bring yourself and any snacks or drinks (and yes, that includes alcohol for those 21+) to enjoy (we’ll supply the utensils!)
Workshop $40- Must pre-register.
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Mini Musicians | 10:30-11AM
Manvel Public Library | 20514 Highway 6, Manvel, Texas 77578
Music and movement with stories for toddlers.
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Circus Night featuring Cirque La Vie| 7-8:30PM
The Square at Memorial City | 602 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX 77024
“Be amazed and delighted by Houston’s premier circus group, Cirque La Vie, with their high-flying, spectacular family-friendly performance.”
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Sip & Shop on the Strand | 5-8PM
Strand Historic District | 2100 The Strand, Galveston, Texas 77550
“Come stroll Downtown Galveston’s Historic Strand and find unique and wonderful gifts for everyone on your list, including yourself. While shopping, relax and enjoy a sip of wine. Join us!
A few more details:
The Sip n Shop is brought to you by The Downtown Partnership in our continuing efforts to bring visitors to the wonderful and diverse experiences available in our incredible historic setting.
Shops will be offering refreshments, specials and some gift wrapping.”
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Screen on the Green: The Nightmare Before Christmas | 7PM
Discovery Green| 1500 McKinney, Houston
“Catch a free screening of the holiday hit movie, The Night Before Christmas under the beautiful Downtown skyline. Arrive early for contests and activities.”
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Friday, December 14th

Friday Night Fun | 6-10PM
Creative Edge Art Studio | 2975 Kingsley Dr. #137, Pearland
Bring the kids in their cozy winter PJ’s and slippers as we celebrate all things winter during this Friday Night Fun!
Drop your kid(s) for a night of creative fun with us. They will enjoy arts and crafts, inventive games, pizza and story time and more! It’s a night away for you and the kids!
$35- Must pre-register.
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Friday Family Movie Night – The Santa Clause | 7-9PM
The Square at Memorial City | 602 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX 77024
“Divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream after all — and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.
On Friday, December 14th, grab a blanket or lawn chair to watch The Santa Clause on our 24’ X 14’ hi-definition screen with surround sound!
Stop by one of Memorial City’s great restaurants or food court beforehand, or enjoy the movie from the patio of either Maggiano’s or The Cheesecake Factory for the ultimate dinner-and-movie night!”
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The Grinch at Three Acres | 5-9PM
Three Acres Food Truck Park | 10648 FM 1764, Santa Fe, Texas 77510
“He’s Baccckkkkkk!! The Grinch will make not one but TWO appearances at Three Acres this Christmas Season- December 14th and December 20th.
Fun for the whole fam! There will be music, food trucks, beer, wine and plenty of opportunities to catch a photo with the Grinch! He will ride in on his lit up grinchy sleigh and stay for a while to hang out and terrify small children, I mean, spread Christmas Cheer!”
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A Charlie Brown Christmas | 7-8:30PM
Bay Area Arts Conservatory | 400 Hobbs Rd. #202, League City, Texas 77573
“Join Bay Area Arts Conservatory in our annual production of the holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas!
Charlie Brown knows that the Christmas holiday season should be one of joy, but it isn’t for him. His little sister asks Santa for money and his dog enters a house-decorating contest to win money. Overwhelmed with the commercialism he sees, Charlie sinks further into despair, until his friends ask him to be the director of their Christmas play. Can Charlie Brown put on a successful production and find the true meaning of Christmas, or will he continue to be, as Lucy puts it, a “blockhead” and ruin everything?”
Tickets $10
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Lights in the Heights Bike Ride | 7-11PM
Eureka Heights Brew Co | 941 W 18th St, Houston, Texas 77008
“Our Lights in the Heights bike ride is this Friday night! Dress warm, the weather man says it will be a bit brisk.
Come drink in the Christmas spirit (and beer) with us. We’ll be riding through the Lights in the Heights neighborhoods to check out the lights that make us feel bad about how little effort we put into decorating.
More info:
This months ride is approximately 10 miles long.
Rally at Eureka Heights at 6:30pm.
Roll out from the brewery is at 7pm.
1st Stop – Onion Creek Cafe
Ride through the lights
2nd Stop – Good Dog Houston – Heights
End at Eureka Heights Brewery!
This ride will have a much slower pace than usual so you have plenty of time to soak in the holiday spirit. This is a social ride, not a race. We will do our best to keep everyone together – that way everyone can have a great time.
Bike helmets and bike lights are REQUIRED for this event as your safety is a priority for us. Bring cash to help lines move faster at our two stops.
Don’t have a bike? Houston BCycle has you covered. They will be onsite the day of the event checking out a limited number of BCycles to those that need two wheels.
The tap room will be open late for the returning riders. All riders participating will get a discount on beers after the ride.”
Click here for more info.

Saturday, December 15th

Poinsettias – Acrylic Painting Workshop | 7:30-9:30PM
Creative Edge Art Studio | 2975 Kingsley Dr. #137, Pearland
These beautiful Poinsettias will last throughout the years! Join us in learning acrylic painting techniques to create these beautiful holiday poinsettias on an 11×14 canvas.Take a break and come to explore your creative side at our acrylic painting workshop for all levels. Over the course of 2 hours, you’ll play with color, composition, light, and texture to create your own, one-of-a-kind piece of art. This workshop is designed to support creative growth for artists of all levels (really – no experience necessary!) Whether you have painted for years, or if this your first time picking up a paintbrush, you’ll receive personalized guidance to help you through the artistic process.
All materials for painting are provided. Just bring yourself and any snacks or drinks (and yes, that includes alcohol for those 21+) to enjoy (we’ll supply the utensils!)
Workshop $40- Must pre-register.
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Holiday Gingerbread Decorating Class | 10AM
Phoenicia Specialty Foods | 1001 Austin, Houston
“A festive event where kids can decorate gingerbread houses, enjoy holiday activities and a tasty seasonal brunch menu. There will be plenty of hot cocoa, holiday music and fun International holiday stories for all! Space is limited and registration is required. Ages 2-11.”
$55
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Little White Oak NIGHT Market | 4-8PM
Sideout Volleybar | 2623 Keene St, Houston, Texas 77009
“This is where Houstonians can find a common culture among its community. Our city, being a collection of neighborhoods separated by major freeways, needs a centralized location to find the best of what we Houstonians can offer. We bring together local farmers, craft merchandisers, and artists from paint to performance.”
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Young Writers Workshop | 10:30-11:30AM
Discovery Green| 1500 McKinney, Houston
Kids learn to express their thoughts and develop language skills, thanks to Writers in the Schools (WITS), HPL Express and Discovery Green in Houston’s only free and open writing workshop for kids. Limited to 25 students, first come first serve.
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Winter Flea by Night | 6-10PM
Discovery Green| 1500 McKinney, Houston
“Discovery Green’s eco-conscious Flea is irresistible to the avid shopper. Enjoy live local music, food trucks and shopping under the stars and twinkling lights.”
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Jingle & Mingle featuring Jawad | 6-9PM
The Square at Memorial City | 602 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX 77024
“Join us in The Square for live music from some of Houston’s best musicians. Pop, rock, jazz, swing … there’s a little something for everyone!
This week, enjoy the “Rainbow Colored Sounds” of Jawad. He’s a singer, guitarist, songwriter, poet and oral interpreter.  Jawad’s original songs are refreshing, clean and mellow!
There will also be a special appearance by the Memorial City Reindeer and snow fall!”
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Donuts with Santa | 9AM-12PM
Evelyn’s Park Conservancy | 4400 Bellaire Blvd
“We will have Santa {of course!} with a very special photo opp, donuts, crafts, games, and more! It’s an event you don’t want to miss, plus you get to skip the mall lines and grab that keepsake shot with the jolly man himself! We can’t wait to see you and your family.
Please arrive at the time of your purchased ticket, either 9 or 10:30 am. The event will last for approximately 1.5 hours from the start of that time. There is overflow parking located at Faith Lutheran Church (4600 Bellaire Boulevard).”
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A Charlie Brown Christmas | 7-8:30PM
Bay Area Arts Conservatory | 400 Hobbs Rd. #202, League City, Texas 77573
“Join Bay Area Arts Conservatory in our annual production of the holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas!
Charlie Brown knows that the Christmas holiday season should be one of joy, but it isn’t for him. His little sister asks Santa for money and his dog enters a house-decorating contest to win money. Overwhelmed with the commercialism he sees, Charlie sinks further into despair, until his friends ask him to be the director of their Christmas play. Can Charlie Brown put on a successful production and find the true meaning of Christmas, or will he continue to be, as Lucy puts it, a “blockhead” and ruin everything?”
Tickets $10
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Heights Mercantile Holiday Market | 4-8PM
Heights Mercantile | 711 Heights Blvd, Houston Heights, Texas 77007
“We are excited to announce the Heights Mercantile Holiday Market! Saturday December 15th, 2018 – 11am to 6pm pop ups on the promenade.”
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Santa Arrives by Train at the Railroad Museum | 11AM-2PM
Galveston Railroad Museum | 2602 Santa Fe Pl, Galveston, Texas 77550
“Watch Santa Claus and his helpers arrive at the Galveston Railroad Museum aboard the Harborside Express!
Santa will sit in the 1932 Depot lobby and visit with children. There will be train rides, activities for children, and our own elf “Elfie” will be there to pose for photos. Bring your camera and take a photo of your children with Santa! Don’t forget to bring your wish list and tell Santa what you want for Christmas!
The Gift Shop will have train themed Christmas gifts and ornaments. The museum’s cafe, Jungle Express, will have snacks, meals, and hot chocolate available for guests!
Admission for the event:
Adults 13 & up: $12*
Children 12 & under: Free
*This is a special event. No senior, military, veteran discounts, coupons or passes*
Train rides are an additional $5 / per person, ages 3 & up
(Limited to 1,000 train tickets)
*no free passes or coupons for the event*
The “Harborside Express” is an open air caboose that travels 1 mile up Harborside Dr., then returns to the Galveston Railroad Museum. The train rides are approximately 15 minutes long. The train is a standing ride without seats. Due to the caboose being open air, the rides will sometimes be closed during inclement weather.”
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Children’s Christmas Party | 12-2PM
Pearland VFW Post 7109 | 4202 W Walnut, Pearland, Texas
“ALL PEARLAND CHILDREN INVITED!! Veterans of Foreign Wars Christmas party for children. We will be making Christmas ornaments for our deployed service members. Games, Pizza, snacks and fun!”
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Christmas in the Park | 5:30-10PM
Texas Avenue Park | 17000 N Texas Ave, Webster, Texas 77598
“Join us for Christmas in the Park on December 15 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Texas Avenue Park.
Space City Big Band will start out the evening with a concert in the park! Following the holiday concert, there will be a showing of The Polar Express.
This is a free event! Texas Avenue Park is located at 17100 Texas Avenue. See you there!”
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15th Annual Celebration of Dance | 8-10PM
Discovery Green| 1500 McKinney, Houston
“Presenting Houston’s cosmopolitan dance community in one fantastic evening! Experience the excitement of time-honored traditions and brilliant innovations brought to you by the dancers who shine center-stage in the most diverse cultural epicenter in the USA. FREE!”
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Sunday, December 16th

Free Photos with Santa | 1-5PM
Sugar Land Town Square | 15958 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479
“Enjoy a free holiday photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Photos will take place in the lobby of 16190 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479.  Since it is the season of giving, we will be collecting new and unwrapped stuffed animals for the Fort Bend Rainbow Room’s Christmas Project. All donations will go to children & adults referred by caseworkers from TX Dept of Family & Protective services. Also, drop your letter to Santa in his mailbox and get a return letter in the mail for a donation of $5.
In order to allow Santa to get back to the North Pole on time, the last photo will be taken at 5 pm. Please arrive before then to secure your spot in line. Thank you for understanding during his busiest time of year.”
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East End Market Day | 10AM-2PM
East End Farmers Market | 2800 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77003
“The East End Farmers Market happens every Sunday from 10am until 2pm. Visit to find some of Houston’s freshest produce, artisan vendors, and good community fun.
Located in the heart of the Second Ward on the award-winning Navigation Esplanade (2800 Navigation)”
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Memorial City Firefighter’s Day at The Lawn | 11AM-3PM
The Lawn at Memorial City | 971 Bunker Hill
“Join us at The Lawn as we celebrate Houston’s Firefighters and help them gather toys for Operation Stocking Stuffer! Kids will get to tour real fire trucks and engines and try on genuine firefighter gear, too!”
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A Charlie Brown Christmas | 2-3:30PM
Bay Area Arts Conservatory | 400 Hobbs Rd. #202, League City, Texas 77573
“Join Bay Area Arts Conservatory in our annual production of the holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas!
Charlie Brown knows that the Christmas holiday season should be one of joy, but it isn’t for him. His little sister asks Santa for money and his dog enters a house-decorating contest to win money. Overwhelmed with the commercialism he sees, Charlie sinks further into despair, until his friends ask him to be the director of their Christmas play. Can Charlie Brown put on a successful production and find the true meaning of Christmas, or will he continue to be, as Lucy puts it, a “blockhead” and ruin everything?”
Tickets $10
Click here for more info.

A Christmas Story Art Market: Karbach Brewing Co | 12-6PM
Karbach Brewing Co. | 2032 Karbach St, Houston, Texas 77092
“Please join Shop Local Market for a Funky Christmas Story Art Market at the awesome Karbach Brewing Co.
ALWAYS FREE TO ATTEND!
We will be setting up our holiday market in the amazing beirgarten!
So come out enjoy a nice cold Karbach while shopping with some talented local artist & vendors!
After the market enjoy a screening of everyone’s favorite holiday film at sundown!
A Christmas Story!! Bring your own chair.
UGLY X-MAS SWEATERS WILL BE ON HAND!!
A gift wrapping station will be set up!
$10 PUPPY PORTRAITS
WILL BE SET UP COURTESY OF OUR SPECIAL GUEST:
Rock-A-Bully and Friends Rescue
DRESS THOSE FUR BABIES UP IN THEIR HOLIDAY DUDS FOR A FESTIVE FAMILY PORTRAIT!!”
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Monday, December 17th

Baby Storytime | 10:30AM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
Ages 6-18 Months
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Toddler Storytime | 11:30AM
Central Library | 500 McKinney, Houston
Ages 18-36 Months
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Storytime at the Square | 10-11:30AM
The Square at Memorial City | 602 Memorial City Mall, Houston, TX 77024
“Join Ms. Jana Banana as she reads and acts out some of her favorite stories.  This fun and interactive event is aimed to spark the love of reading for listeners both young and old!”
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