Join the holiday cheer at this family-friendly music and street festival, held at the intersection of 200 Market and Walnut in Old Town Tomball (near the Train Depot Plaza). The event will feature the lighting of the City Christmas tree, an ice skating rink, an open air market, entertainment, and traditional German food and drink -- including Glühwein (mulled wine) and German beer, Christmas stollen & homemade breads, kaffee und kuchen (coffee and pastry), bratwurst, red cabbage, sauerkraut, and apple strudel alongside festival foods like funnel cake, corn dogs, hot dogs, hamburgers, kettle korn, and barbeque.
Chili Cook-off @ The Petrol Station Saturday, 1 p.m. 985 Wakefield
Houston's chillest craft beer bar is hosting a chili cook off this Saturday. Sign up at Petrol if you want to be a contestant, then show up with the chili made. The winner will be decided by a public vote, with the prize being an entire case of Prairie Christmas Bomb!.
Lights in the Heights @ The Heights Saturday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Highland and Omar Though the annual event will be scaled back a bit this year, the festive block party is still sure to be a good one. Join the streetfest along Highland and Omar streets in the Woodland Heights starting at 6 p.m.; then continue revelry at Heights area bars throughout the night.
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SantaCon Crawl @ Montrose Saturday, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Meanwhile in Montrose, all kinds of buzzed Santas will be taking over the streets for SantaCon. The crawl starts at Poison Girl and Pistolero's at 9 p.m. before moving on to Boondocks, Stone's Throw, and more. Proceeds go to Elves and More -- a Houston based charity that gives bicycles to kids from kindergarten to third grade.
Texas Taco Music Fest Teaser @ Acadia Bar & Grill Sunday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. 3939 Cypress Creek
This Sunday, get a taste of what's to come at this year's Texas Taco Music Fest in April. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., 14 chefs and taco enthusiasts will be throwing down their best bites in a taco cook-off. The music showdown starts at 7 p.m. as live bands vie for a spot on stage in April. Cover is $8 for 21 and up; $15 under 21; or free admission with the donation of a new toy.