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There’s still time for shopping and Santa

December 23, 2018

While most of the area will be enjoying a long weekend thanks to Christmas being on Tuesday, there is still plenty to do this week in the greater Katy area.

First, the closures:

City of Katy offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25, for Christmas, and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for the New Year holiday. Emergency services will be staffed.

Friday was the last day of school for Katy ISD students. Students are scheduled to return on Tuesday, Jan. 8, with teachers heading back to campuses on Monday, Jan. 7.

With the city and schools closed, that does not mean there is not plenty to do for everyone else.

Shopping and Santa

Katy Mills Mall is scheduled to be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, for any last-minute shoppers. Many other area stores are expecting to remain open for shortened hours on Monday. Santa also will be at Katy Mills Mall through Dec. 24. His hours are scheduled to be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Monday.

Santa Claus will be at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., in Heritage Square through Dec. 24. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. today. On Christmas Eve, Santa’s hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Christmas Carols

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will have two Christmas Carol concerts on Monday, Dec. 24. The half-hour concerts will be held at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. followed by Christmas Eve services. For more information, go to www.stpaulskaty.org.

Holiday Lights

Sugar Land Holiday Lights will continue at Constellation Field through Jan. 1. Hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The fifth annual event is presented by Imperial Sugar and will feature more than 2.5 million lights, eight themed areas, holiday shopping, Santa Claus, holiday movie nights and food. Call 281-240-4487 or visit www.sugarlandholidaylights.com for information.

Libraries reopen

All branches of Fort Bend County libraries will resume regular hours on Wednesday, Dec. 26. The libraries will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, and will remain closed through Tuesday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s holiday. Regular library hours will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 2. The online library is always open at www.fortbend.lib.tx.us for searching the catalog, renewing books or placing holds, downloading e-books or music, streaming movies, or using the research databases. For information, call 281-633-4734.

Historical Bash

The George Ranch Historical Park will host a New Year’s Eve Historical Bash on Saturday, Dec. 29. At noon, a countdown will begin at the 1830s Jones Stock Farm. A New Year’s Eve meal will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the yard of the 1930’s George Home. Visit https://tinyurl.com/yb7dwg5d for information and required lunch reservations. The park is located at 10215 FM 762 Road in Richmond.

Moein Live

The Iranian Cultural Foundation-Houston will present prominent Iranian singer Nasrollah Moein Najafabadi, more commonly known as Moein, in concert at 8 p.m. Dec. 29, at The Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road. Visit staffordcentre.com for details.

Moscow Ballet

The Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” will be presented Dec. 29 at Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. in Sugar Land. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 29. Visit smartfinancialcentre.net for information.

rkent@hcnonline.com

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