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Bay Area to sparkle with holiday events

November 13, 2018

Holiday parties, special events and charitable drives this month will afford opportunities for residents and visitors to celebrate the season with the Bay Area’s unique coastal attitude. Here are some things scheduled in coming weeks.

Christmas Boat Lane Parade

One of the most anticipated local celebrations of the year is the 57th annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade On Clear Lake, which takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 and will feature a competition involving more than 100 lighted and decorated powerboats and sailboats of all sizes.

The procession will go from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon to Galveston Bay.

Competition categories include: best overall, best overall family boat, most whimsical, most artistic, most beautiful and most original.

On its website at https://bit.ly/2Djcii7, the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce lists locations where you can watch the parade — The Kemah Boardwalk, both sides of Kemah/Seabrook Channel, Nassau Bay Lagoon, South Shore Harbour Marina and Clear Lake Shores. Also, many bars and restaurants along the lake offer places to view the parade.

For more information including details on entering a boat in the compettino, visit the chamber website, call 281-488-7676 or send an email message to chamber@clearlakearea.com

‘Share Your Christmas’ drive

For over 26 years, “Share Your Christmas; the City Employee Giving Program” at the city of Seabrook has provided funds, food clothing and toys to families in need. Typically, the drive helps 30-35 families and 75 or more children each year, according to the city’s website. This year, the food and toy drive begins Nov. 19 and will go through Dec. 14.

Seabrook City Hall, 1700 First St., has a Christmas tree in the lobby where volunteers can drop off donations or pick up information on how to purchase a gift for a needy child. The tree will be decorated with stars containing each child’s age, gender, and a suggested or requested item.

All donations are tax-deductible, and a receipt for tax purposes will be provided. Donations in the form of cash and checks are accepted. For more information, go to the city’s website at https://bit.ly/2Djcii7 or call 281-291-5600.

Breakfast with Santa in Seabrook

Breakfast with Santa, a yearly hit in Seabrook, will return Saturday, Dec. 1. The event will be from 9-11 a.m. to the Seabrook Community House, 1200 Anders Ave. for a pancake breakfast with parents and kids who are eager to tell Santa what they’d like to see under the Christmas tree. The free event is co-sponsored by the city and the Seabrook Rotary Club.

Parking at no cost will be available in the parking lots for City Hall and Bay Area Elementary School.

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2qLC8nq.

Seabrook Main Street Tree Lighting

The Main Street Tree Lighting in Seabrook will take place from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Seabrook Community House, 1210 Anders Ave.

The free celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with the tree lighting scheduled for 6:10 p.m. Area choirs and the Seabrook Intermediate Band will perform, and Santa Claus will arrive with an escort from the Seabrook Volunteer Fire Department.

Festivities will take place on Main Street and will include hot chocolate, cookies an vendors, according to the city’s website.

First Street between Anders and Cook and Cook between Main and First Street will be closed from 4:30-9 p.m Thursday, Dec. 6 for the ceremony.

Breakfast with Santa in League City

Breakfast with Santa is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at Hometown Heroes Park, 1001 E. League City Parkway.

League City residents pay a $10 fee; others pay $15.

For more information, contact Ashley.Creller@leaguecitytx.gov.

League City’s holiday open house, tree lighting

League City’s free Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at Helen Hall Library, 300 W. Walker St., with Santa arriving at 5 p.m. The tree lighting will follow in front of the library.

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