North Houston’s dynamic lifestyle hub, City Place, is ringing in the holidays with a calendar of festive, mostly complimentary holiday programming. As part of its fifth anniversary celebration, on December 5 from 5:30-7:30 pm, the AAA Four Diamond Houston City Place Marriott will join in the festivities with A Christmas Tail, a gingerbread doghouse contest and silent auctionbenefiting nonprofit rescue group Operation Pets Alive. Join in the fun as a panel of VIP judges (including PetTalk Editor Michelle Mantor) dole out an award for most creative, while guests cast their bids and vote for a people’s choice winner. Additional highlights of the evening will include a $5 raffle, plus a specially priced $5 menu of beer, wine and cocktails. The pack of participants creating edible showpieces include Lucky Dog Mobile Groomers, The Audrey, Vernele’s Bakery, plus City Place’s Common Bond & Bistro, Oiler Studio and Star Cinema Grill. For more information about A Christmas Tail and City Place holiday programming, visit