25 things to do this weekend around Bryan-College Station

The weekend is full of fun holiday activities far and near – including College Station’s Christmas in the Park, Caldwell’s Old Fashioned Christmas on the Square and Navasota’s Home for the Holidays. For more events, check out the online events calendar.

• The Downtown Lighted Christmas Parade in Downtown Bryan is Friday at 6:30 p.m. It is the only lighted Christmas parade in town. The parade will begin at 24th and Bryan streets, heading south to 28th Street and back up Main Street. Downtown streets will close at 5:30 p.m. and reopen at the conclusion of the parade. Floats, vehicles, fire engines and more will be in the lineup. There will also be a visit from Santa. For more information, visit downtownbryan.com.

• St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 217 W. 26th St., presents the fifth annual Carols & Cocoa at 7 p.m. Friday, following the Downtown Bryan Christmas parade. All are welcome to sing carols in the church, and then enjoy cocoa and cookies in the parish hall, along with music by the St. Andrew’s Bell Choir. For more information, visit www.standrewsbcs.org,  

• Downtown Caldwell presents Old Fashioned Christmas on the Square on Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The free event features the Lighting of the Square, dancers, singers, bands and the lighted parade. For more information, visit http://www.burlesoncountytx.com/events/details/christmas-on-the-square-6.

• Ballet Brazos presents the eighth annual production of The Nutcracker on Friday and Saturday at Rudder Theatre. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range from $15 to $30. The performances feature dancers from the New York City Ballet in the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and her cavalier. The primary cast consists of dancers from the Brazos Valley and Central Texas. For more information, visit boxoffice.tamu.edu.

• The city of College Station’s Christmas in the Park will be at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy old-fashioned hayrides, cookies and hot cocoa, live entertainment, a petting zoo, inflatables, real snow slides, photos with Santa and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit cstx.gov/Christmas.

• The Theatre Company presents Frozen Jr. Friday through Sunday. Tickets are available for the performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit theatrecompany.com.

• The Unity Theatre in Brenham presents A Christmas Story Friday through Sunday. Times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Prices range from $19 to $27. For more information, visit unitybrenham.org.

• Navasota Theatre Alliance will perform A Charlie Brown Christmas this weekend. The times are at 7 p.m. Friday through Saturday with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $7 to $14. For more information, visit navasotatheatre.org.

• The Queen Theatre presents Queen Movie: Christmas Vacation on Friday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $3. For more information, visit queenbryantx.com.

• Bethel Lutheran Church, 4221 Boonville Road, presents a live Nativity from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. There will be photo ops, a petting zoo, refreshments, and music. The church invites guests to donate to the canned food drive for Brazos Church Pantry. For more information, visit www.blcbcs.org.

• The Neal Recreation Center is hosting Breakfast with Santa on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. The free event will have activities and pictures with Santa. For more information, visit bryantx.gov.

• Wreaths Across America will be honoring local, fallen veterans by hosting a wreath-laying ceremony in the Aggie Field of Honor, College Station, Bryan City, and Oakwood cemeteries on Saturday at 11 a.m. The wreaths are made from balsam fir and recognizes all uniformed services: Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, POW/MIA, first responders, and their families. For more details, visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org or call 757-478-4747.

• The Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center present Breakfast with Santa on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Guests can enjoy breakfast, cookie decorating and face painting with Santa and his elves. Admission is $24.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 4 to 11 and free for children 3 and younger. The event will also be on Dec. 21. Reservations are required. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/aggiehotelholidays.

• The city of Navasota presents Home for the Holidays in Downtown Navasota on Saturday. The family-friendly event is from noon to 4 p.m., followed by a Christmas parade at 6 p.m. and a Christmas tree lighting beginning immediately following the parade. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/navasotatx.

• The Anderson Holiday Fest on Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m. at the Grimes County Courthouse features a music lineup including Johnny Lee, Rick Trevino, Jason Cassidy, Bri Bagwell, The Common Ground, and Trey Brandt. For more information, visit  http://andersonfest.com/?fbclid=IwAR2ZqdLCMRUhuCyu6Dcemu0IwfYkQwXJzC8Tvkiv0BiAszM0JOLOZtWKHMk.

• The Queen Theatre presents Queen Movie: Elf at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $3. For more information, visit queenbryantx.com.

• A Kyle House Christmas on Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. features a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, make snow globes, do crafts and enjoy food and drinks. Admission is free. The Kyle House is at 800 S. Bryan Ave., Bryan. For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-kyle-house-christmas-tickets-84555288143?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing.

• Messina Hof is offering Christmas Cellar Tours on Saturdays until Dec. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy a tour of the estate while learning of the history of the winery and sipping on warm mulled wine. Tickets are $28. For more information, visit messinahof.com

• Larry J. Ringer Library is hosting a holiday event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Enjoy treats, listen to holiday music by DJ David, bring gifts to wrap, make holiday cards and create simple crafts using our supplies. For more information, visit bcslibrary.org/events.

• The city of College Station presents Age of Elegance: Black & White Gala at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Recreation Center. Ages 55 and older are invited to enjoy fashion and fellowship while enjoying music, entertainment, light refreshments and door prizes. Admission is free. For more information, visit Cstx.gov/seniors.

• The St. Nick Fun Run 2019 offers a flat 5K, 10K or family-friendly Merry Mile on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. There is no timing and proceeds benefit need-based scholarships for attendance at St. Thomas Early Learning Center. For more information, visit https://raceroster.com/events/2019/26096/2019-st-nick-fun-run-5k-and-10k-and-merry-mile.

• Spirit Ice Arena presents Elf on Ice: Seeking the Spirit of Christmas on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. All ticket holders are invited to skate with Santa and cast after the show. Tickets to both shows are available for purchase in the Pro Shop at Spirit Ice Arena, 400 Holleman Drive East.

• The St. Cecilia Consort presents St. Cecilia’s Christmas Cantare Celebrating Christmas in Words and Music on Sunday at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The St. Cecilia Consort is an ensemble of local musicians who are interested in music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. The Christmas performance uses both voices and instruments to perform songs like Ave Maria.

• The Bryan High Choir Christmas Concert at Wellborn Baptist Church is on Sunday at 9:45 a.m. Members of the Bryan High Choir will be performing Christmas carols and songs. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, visit https://z-m-www.facebook.com/events/3032884570060007/.

• Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 1001 Woodcreek Drive, College Station, presents Children’s Christmas program at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. It will be followed by a potluck luncheon and silent auction to support its youth ministry.

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