Santa Claus shares a hug with Garyn and Camryn Hall at Saturday's annual Christmas tree lighting.

Anyone with a sweet tooth or who enjoys holiday food will want to be in Houston this weekend for the Taste of Christmas.

The annual event features goodies ranging from candy and pies to chili and fudge at businesses across the city. Participants will have the opportunity to submit their favorite recipes or simply be part of the taste testing.

Foods should be entered at the corresponding business between 9-10 a.m. Saturday. Judging begins at 10. Transportation will be provided from the Orscheln Farm & Home parking lot. Winners will be selected at 2 p.m., unless the business closes earlier.

Here is a list of foods and their locations:

– Pies and cobblers, Countertops LLC.

– Cheesecake, Dollar General.

– Cinnamon rolls, Enchanted Cottage.

– Candy, Houston Herald.

– Homemade dog treats, The Animal Shelter of Texas County at the Lone Star Plaza.

– Roll ups, Hardee’s.

– Yeast bread/rolls, Sassafras Market & Salon.

– Decorated cookies/cupcakes, Crowley’s HomeWorks.

– Salsa, D&L Florist.

– Chili, RJ’s KnifeWorks.

– Appetizers, First National Bank.

– Fudge, Forbes’ Pharmacy.

– Quick bread, H&K Flea Market.

– Drop no-bake cookies, Quik Cash.

– Brownies, Moose Coffee.

– Jerky and summer sausage, Houston Dollar Shoppe.

– Soup, Texas County Veterinary Clinic.

– Cookies, Neal’s Sporting Goods.

– Jams and jellies, Orscheln Farm & Home.

– Muffins/cornbread, Raspberry Leopard Salon & Gallery.

– Cakes, Houston Florist.

– Trail mix, JAZ Trophies.

– Dips, Romines Motor Co.

– Cheese balls, VIP Properties.

-Peanut brittle, Keller’s Rental.

Shari McCallister and Sharon Sillyman of D&L Florist are chairwomen of the event.

Houston’s annual tree lighting was moved backwards one weekend to coincide with the Taste of Christmas. It begins at 3 p.m. with music by the Houston High School jazz band. Boy Scout Troop #62 will present the colors at 3:30, followed by the reading of military names by Kim Scroggins, chamber executive director, and Scott Roberts, president.

The HHS choir and Miss Texas County pageant winners will sing leading up to the lighting of the tree by Santa Claus at 5 p.m.

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