While Christmas shopping officially kicked off with Black Friday last week, the holiday celebrations in Alvin and Manvel will start in full force this weekend.
One of the biggest celebrations of the year will get started Friday when the city of Alvin hosts Home for the Holidays, a two-day celebration of Christmas, snow and family.
The celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with a kids craft and follows quickly with a screening of The Santa Clause at Wellborne Cinema at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, festivities begin at 10 a.m. at National Oak Park with a variety of fun events planned. One event Alvin families look forward to all year is Snow Hill, where guests can sled down a hill of snow, no matter what the temperature outdoors is.
Other events planned Saturday include pictures with Santa, a Christmas market and the world’s tallest snowman. A light parade will conclude the festivities at 6 p.m.
At around the same time Saturday, Manvel will kick off its annual Parade of Lights and Christmas Tree Lighting.
The Manvel community is invited to Manvel High School for a celebration of the holiday season.
The parade will get things started at 7 p.m. and the city will light its Christmas tree when the parade ends.
Donation boxes for Toys for Tots will be available at the event for those who wish to help children in need during the Christmas season.
Also on Dec. 7, Alvin ISD and Alvin Community College will host Breakfast with Santa. Families from Alvin ISD who have received invitations will be welcomed for a free breakfast with the jolly old elf at 8:30 a.m. After breakfast, those families will receive boxes of food and bags of gifts to help with the Christmas season.