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MAYOR'S TREE LIGHTING:

- 97th Annual Celebration; holiday tradition of music, Santa, fireworks and family fun

- The public is invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Reliant booth to help make the holidays brighter for a child this season.

- Friday, 6pm – 8pm

- Hermann Square at City Hall

- Free to Attend

SUGAR LAND TREE LIGHTING:

- 40 ft. tree; santa claus pictures; holiday games & activities; food vendors

- Today, 5pm – 8pm

- Sugar Land Town Square

- Free to Attend

DESIGNCRAFT:

- outdoor fair feat. work of local artists, artisans, etc; well-designed and crafted goods

- Saturday, 10am – 5pm

- Market Square Park

- Free to Attend

TAMALE FESTIVAL:

- variety of tamales from varied Latino cultures; Texas BBQ, Food Trucks, Fairgrounds foods; live music

- Saturday, 12pm – 9pm

- Navigation Esplanade

- $10 presale; $20 day-of

CHEF MING TSAI HOLIDAY POP-UP KITCHEN:

- entertaining cooking demonstration; master chef shares stories, Culinary secrets and techniques; plenty of food and drinks to enjoy

- Monday, Dec. 5, 6pm – 8pm

- Macy's at The Galleria,

- First Come, First Seated

CHRISTMAS CRUISES AT BUFFALO BAYOU:

- Cruise down the bayou on 30-minute pontoon boat ride; festive decorations, music and lights

- * weather permitting *

- Saturday, 5pm – 8pm

- Allen's Landing

- $7 Adults; $5 Children 4 - 12

DICKENS ON THE STRAND:

- street festival based on 19th-century Victorian London; parades, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers; holiday food and drink; crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations

- Friday, 5pm – 9pm; Saturday, 10am – 9pm; Sunday, 12pm – 6pm

- Galveston Island

- Tickets available Online