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Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Winter Fest at Urban Harvest, Lights on White Oak

Kids can decorate their own cookies at Urban Harvest.
Kids can decorate their own cookies at Urban Harvest. Photo by Shannon Waiter
Here's a look at this weekend's best events:

Winter Festival at Urban Harvest
Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon

One of Houston's longest running farmers markets is hosting a holiday-themed festival this Saturday with plenty of free things for the family, including gingerbread cookies. Cookie decorating kits with icing and candy can be purchased for the kids to channel their inner pastry chef. There will also be chef demonstrations, live music and education on fruit trees. Santa Clause will also be making an appearance at the market.

Besides the family-friendly activities, there will be a number of vendors who can provide all the healthy ingredients needed for a locally-sourced meal. There will also be shopping opportunities for the perfect foodie gift. Every good Texan loves pecans and Rio Grand Organics will have them in different sizes at the market. Another favorite holiday treat is tamales and Momma's Tamales has them in chicken, pork and spinach and cheese. The tamales may also be ordered online for pick up at the market. There will be cookies from The Everyday Bakeshop (brown butter chocolate chip!), wreaths from Animal Farm and chocolate from Xocolla, an artisan chocolatier based in Sugar Land. There will also be Farm Spice Blends from the Blackwood Educational Land Institute and many more culinary goodies.

Sleigh All Day Drag at Social Beer Garden
Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
3101 San Jacinto
click to enlarge Join the Christmas Queens at Social Beer Garden for holiday cheer. - PHOTO BY @MALIBUVONSCHWEETZ
Join the Christmas Queens at Social Beer Garden for holiday cheer.
Photo by @malibuvonschweetz
This Saturday will be the second showing of Sleigh All Day, a holiday-themed drag brunch with local performers. We were told that the queens performing are rotated each week but no matter who's got the stage, there will be plenty of laughs and maybe a bit of naughtiness. The show begins at 2:30 p.m.

There will also be $20 bottomless mimosas. Guests however, should keep their bottoms on. Homies H-Town Street Food will be on hand selling chicken sandwiches, chicken strips, chicken tacos and chicken pasta. Lots o' chicken.

Sleigh All Day will also run December 18 at 2 :30 p.m.

Lights on White Oak at Bobcat Teddy's
Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
2803 White Oak
click to enlarge Bobcat Teddy's has decked the ice house with holiday cheer. - PHOTO BY SIGI CABELO PHOTOGRAPHY
Bobcat Teddy's has decked the ice house with holiday cheer.
Photo by Sigi Cabelo Photography

Bobcat Teddy's will host its annual Lights on White Oak Celebration December 11 which will coincide with the nearby neighborhood Lights in the Heights event. It will run from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and guests are welcome to drop by before checking out the lights or afterward for some grown-up fun. There will be hot cocoa and holiday drinks such as the Hot Teddy, Hot Irish Man, Irish coffee and mulled wine. There will also be live music and a Christmas market. Vendors include Eye Candy with Mandy, Spice City Sweets. Pink Moon Mexicana, Costakini and Nicole Compte Photography among others.

Later in the evening there will be performances from JB Barnet and the Radio Frequency Band. Witchcraft Pub will be selling burgers and Bagzz of Buggz will have crawfish boudin, smoked brisket and Frito pies. The jolly old elf, Santa, will be dropping by from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and then make a late night visit from midnight to 2 a.m. for the naughty lingerers.

Breakfast with Santa at The Woodlands Resort
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2301 N. Millbend

This family-friendly resort is hosting Breakfast with Santa and the buffet is quite a spread that will please little elves as well as grown up ones. There are pastries like muffins and croissants, seasonal fruit, fresh juice, Greek yogurt parfaits, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage. There is also an omelet station, a carving station and kid-friendly options like pancakes and waffles.

And of course, there will be Santa Clause waiting to hear everyone's wish list.

The cost is $39 for adults and $20 for children 6 to 12 years. For children 5 and under, the buffet is free.
For reservations, call 281-364-6250.

Winter Wonderland at Penny Whistle Pub
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all day
1625 Richmond
click to enlarge Try to score a seat by the fireplace. - PHOTO BY PENNY WHISTLE PUB
Try to score a seat by the fireplace.
Photo by Penny Whistle Pub
Cooler temperatures make us long for a cozy fire and a welcoming pub and Penny Whistle is the answer to those yearnings. The Irish pub has decorated its walls with Christmas lights and everyone will be vying for the comfy chairs by its stocking-hung fireplace. Sure, there's a Guinness fer ya, if dats what yer wanting, but there's a slew of seasonal cocktails to warm your cockles, too. Penny Whistle has rolled out toasty temptations like Pumpkin-Spiced Irish Coffee, Jasmine Tea Toddy and Hot Ginger Toddy.  What is That, Velvet? is a warm cocktail made with Abuelita hot chocolate, Sacred Bond 100 proof brandy(!) and sweet vermouth, topped with roasted marshmallows, cinnamon and chocolate syrup. It's a fitting tribute to one of Eddie Murphy's characters in Coming to America
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Lorretta Ruggiero is a Houston Press freelance writer based in Cypress, Texas. She loves entertaining her family and friends with her food and sparkling wit. She is married to Classic Rock Bob and they have two exceptionally smart-aleck children.