Senator to speak Dec. 4. State Sen. Larry Taylor will discuss “What’s Happening in the Texas Legislature?” Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 in the Bayou Building Garden Room as part of the “Visions in Our Midst” Speaker Series.
The Nutcracker Dec. 5-7 and 12-14. Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre will present the popular holiday classic, The Nutcracker, the weekends of Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-14 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at the UH-Clear Lake Bayou Theatre. Tickets, which are $25 to $35, are available by calling 281-480-1617.
Toyland Fantasy Dec. 6. The Bay Area Museum Guild invites the wee set and their parents to its annual Toyland Fantasy Breakfast Buffet, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 6, at Bay Oaks Country Club. The Jill Rauscher School of Dance will perform The Wizard of Oz. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bay Oaks Holiday Market Dec. 8. The Bay Oaks Women’s Association will host its annual Holiday Market for club members and their guests, starting at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at Bay Oaks Country Club.
Assistance League Open House Dec. 9. Members of the Assistance League of the Bay Area will gather at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, for their annual Holiday Open House at the home of Pat Bertelli.
BayTran Yule Luncheon Dec. 10. The Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership will gather at Cullen’s Grille on Space Center Boulevard for a Holiday Luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 10, honoring area legislators. For reservations, contact Diane Thornton, 281-474-4124, ext. 121 or email email@example.com
Panhellenic brunch Dec. 11. Clear Lake Area Panhellenic will hold its annual Holiday Brunch at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the home at the home of Diane Schuman.
E-Waste Collection Dec. 13. The City of Houston will hold its monthly collection of electronic waste for Clear Lake City residents from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at Ellington Field. Items accepted include computers, servers, keyboards, mice, laptops, game consoles, monitors, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, car batteries, telephones, cell phones, cords cables, cameras, etc.
Chamber open house Dec. 18. The Clear Lake Area Chamber will host its annual Holiday Open House for members from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec.18, at its offices on NASA Parkway.
The Nutcracker Dec. 19-21. Kennedy Dance School plans an exciting holiday treat, The Nutcracker, at the UH-Clear Lake Bayou Theatre, 2700 Bay Area Blvd. Friday-Sunday, Dec. 19-21. Curtains are at 7 p.m. Friday, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, which are $18 in advance and $20 at the door with group rates available, call the studio, 281-480-8441 or visit www.kennedydance.com KDC also will host Clara’s Closet Christmas Bazaar with vendors from all over Houston.
Festival of Lights Dec. 1-31. The 17th annual Dickinson Festival of Lights is from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly Dec. 1-31 in Paul Hopkins Park with parking and shuttle buses free. Last shuttle bus runs at 8:30 p.m.
Christmas Belles opens Dec. 4. Christmas Belles brings holiday drama to the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 Highway 3, Dec. 4-21 with curtains at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 23. Tickets are $17 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $6 for children 12 and under. For tickets, call 381-337-7469.
Model Train Show Dec. 13-14. Dickinson Historical Society will host the 7th Annual Holiday Express Model Train Show Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Dec 14, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Dickinson Historic Railroad Center, 218 FM 517 West, featuring model trains from Dr. Mike Magliolo’s collection and the Galveston County Model Railroad Club. For more information call 281-534-4367 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Chamber events on tap. The Friendswood Chamber will host its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Green Event Center, 2000 W. Parkwood, Ste. 200. Cost is $20 for members and $25 for non members. And, the Chamber will host its annual Trim a Tree Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec.11, at the Chamber, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive. For reservations, call 281-482-3329 or email email@example.com
Dickens on The Strand Dec. 5-7. Galveston’s world famous Victorian holiday street festival, Dickens on The Strand returns to the Island Friday-Sunday, Dec. 5-7, featuring parades, non-stop entertainment on five stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers. Attendees in Victorian costume are admitted for half price. For more information, visit galvestonhistory.org or call 409-765-7424.
Junior League ball Dec. 13. Join the Junior League of Galveston County for a Parisian Holiday as they rendezvous at the Moulin Rouge honoring two past presidents Saturday, Dec.13, from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Christmas in Kemah. The City of Kemah will host its Christmas Open House Friday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. at City Hall with Santa and his Reindeer helping welcome the crowd and invite them to the Christmas Parade at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6. Santa also will be present weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kemah Visitor’s Center, Sixth and Bradford and there will be strolling carolers in the Kemah Lighthouse District at various times on weekends in December.
Festival of Trees Dec. 4. Interfaith Caring Ministries will host its annual Festival of the Trees Fashion Show and Gala, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at South Shore Harbour Resort. Tickets are $100 for general seating and $125 for runway seating. For reservations, call Samantha at 281-332-3881, ext. 1103, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday in the Park Dec. 6-8. The 16th annual Holiday in the Park Festival is set for Dec. 6-8 at League Park. The three-day festival includes shopping, food and lots of entertainment, plus real snow in the park. A festival highlight is the Grand Night Parade on Main Street Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. Other events include a holiday movie under the oaks, the children’s costume parade, pet parade and the holiday market.
Christmas Boat Parade Dec. 14. The League City 53nd Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade, featuring more than a hundred brightly decorated power and sailboats, will traverse the Clear Creek channel from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon, past the Kemah Boardwalk to Galveston Bay. For information, call the Clear Lake Area Chamber, 281-488-7676 or go to clearlakearea.com
Santa’s Wonderland Dec. 20. Butler Longhorn Museum is inviting the community to come meet Santa and his friends from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Santa’s Wonderland at the museum, 1220 Coryell, on Saturday, Dec. 20. After the Christmas Story in the Ole Theatre, a coloring contest and an opportunity to meet Chick-fil-A Cow and a coloring contest, Santa will arrive in the Wells Fargo Stage Coach and be present until 3. Snacks will be served. For information, call 281-332-1393 or visit www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com
Yule classic opens Dec. 5. The perennial Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street, will add to our holiday joy Dec. 5-21 at the Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, with curtains at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 281-335-5228.
Pops concert Dec. 5 & 6. The Clear Lake Symphony will present its annual Christmas Pops Gala Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Auditorium. Tickets, which are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $7 for students, are available at Eye Trends, 515 Bay Area Blvd., Suite 300, and at the church.
BATP Holiday Market Dec. 6
Bay Area Turning Point will host its annual Holiday Market Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nassau Bay Hilton on NASA Parkway with live music and live and silent auctions. For ticket information, email Erin Carroll at ECarroll@BayAreaTurningPoint.com or call 281-286-2525.
Reindeer Run Dec. 6. The 24rd annual Houston Methodist St. John Reindeer Run will take off at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the St. John Professional Building. For ticket and registration information, visit the website, houstonmethodiststjohn.org
Chamber luncheon Dec. 4. The Pasadena Chamber will host its Awards Luncheon Thursday, Dec. 4, at 11:30 a.m. to honor outstanding members at Silver Sycamore, 5111 Pine Ave. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non members For more information, call Kimberly Tolleson, 281-487-7871 or visit the chamber website.
Yule comedy starts Dec. 5. Pasadena Little Theatre, 4318 Allen-Genoa Road, will celebrate the season by presenting The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Dec. 5-21, with curtains at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays – and a specially priced Admit Two-for-One show at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, as the theatre celebrates its 60th season. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 713-941-1758 or reserve online at www.pasadenalittletheatre.org/
Chamber Open House Dec. 11. The Pearland Chamber staff will host a Christmas Open House for members from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11.
Kickoff reception Dec. 6. The Second Street Gallery, 1509 Second St. will host a kickoff reception and art show from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, to celebrate its new and improved gallery, featuring original artwork, refreshments and live music. For information, call 281-907-3140.
Museum open house Dec. 7. The Bay Area Museum Guild will host its annual Holiday Open House at the museum in Clear Lake Park at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.
Webster Business Alliance Dec. 2. Former astronaut Chris Ferguson, who commanded the last space shuttle flight and is now Boeing’s director of crew and mission operations, will be the keynote speaker at the Webster Business Alliance luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Webster Civic Center, 311 Pennsylvania Ave. Call Karen Coglianese at 281-316-4135 for reservations.