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Holidays include Santa tour of Friendswood

November 26, 2018

Holiday activities are coming soon in Friendswood that you may not want to miss. Santa will appear at several events in the city, including a festival, parade and a street-by-street tour with firefighters to greet children.

The free Santa in the Park festival will be from 3-8 p.m. Dec. 8 in Stevenson Park. The event will feature a 6 p.m. parade and a 7:30 p.m. tree-lighting, followed by fireworks.

A wristband, $10 the day of the event, must be purchased for some amusements in the park. Half-price tickets for the additional activities are available by taking an unwrapped toy to the Parks and Recreation Department at Friendswood City Hall, 910 S. Friendswood Drive, before and Dec. 7 to donate to the Blue Santa program sponsored by the Friendswood Police Department and Police Officers Association.

About 50 entries are expected in the parade, which will travel Friendswood Drive from Heritage Park to Stevenson Park, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive.

The deadline to sign up for the parade is Dec. 6. Call 281-996-3220 or visit www.ci.friendswood.tx.us for an application.

Santa will be making his annual visit to the city on a Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department truck from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.

He will visit all of the residential streets except gated communities and short cul-de-sacs, according to a city of Friendswood press release. At those locations, Santa and his firefighter helpers will stop at the end of the street to greet children.

If you miss Santa on your street Saturday, visit him between 1-3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Kenneth Camp Fire Station No. 1 at 1610 Whitaker Drive.

Some other holiday activities around the area include the following.

Dec. 12

Ensemble blends folklore, cultures in holiday performance

Apollo Chamber Players bring holiday music from England, Germany, France, Turkey, Nigeria, Korea, Mexico and Jewish faith traditions to the Parker Williams Branch Library.

Where: 10851 Scarsdale Blvd.

When: 7 p.m.

Details: The group released its third album, “Ancestral Voices,” last year. The event is part of the library’s 25th anniversary celebration.

Cost: Free.

Info: 832-927-7870.

Dec. 13

NASA Aglow readies for season

NASA Aglow Lighthouse invites the community to hear testimonies and enjoy holiday refreshments during its December meeting at Praise Chapel.

Where: 18516 Texas 3.

When: 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Details: New, unwrapped socks will be collected for men and women at Vista Continuing Care nursing home. Bring a mug to participate in the Christian mug gift exchange.

Price: Free.

Info: Debbie, 281-798-8194.

Dec. 23

‘Longest Night’ service provides holiday refuge

St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church invites those who experience the Christmas season as a time of loneliness or loss to a special service of music and prayer.

Where: 18300 Upper Bay Road.

When: 4 p.m.

Details: “Many people’s lives are marked by broken hearts and shattered spirits” rather than holiday joy, said the Rev. Mike Stone, rector of St. Thomas. “We invite anyone who is lonely, hurting or suffering from loss of any kind to join us, to come together and know that in the midst of struggle, they are not alone.”

Price: Free.

Info: Susan Manville, 281-333-2384.

Jan. 5

Dancers celebrate 2019 with black-and-white theme

Let’s Dance rings in the new year with its “Puttin’ on the Ritz” ballroom event at Hometown Heroes Park.

Where: 1001 E. League City Parkway.

When: 7-9:45 p.m.

Details: Teens, seniors, couples and singles are welcome, and dress is “as you like.”

Price: $8.

Info: Bill and Neva Schroder, 417-838-2204.

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