Harbor Lights Festival kicks off
The 37th annual Harbor Lights Festival is a uniquely Corpus Christi celebration that kicks off — and lights up — this seaside city’s holiday season. The festival begins in the afternoon on Saturday, Dec. 1 and continues into the night with the Illuminated Boat Parade as the grand finale.
The boat parade is a crowd favorite as all types of watercraft participate, including sail boats and shrimp boats. Even kayakers and windsurfers join the fun!
“It’s a fun, free family event to kick off the holiday season,” said Elaine Motl, a member of the Harbor Lights Committee. “It’s about bringing the community together.”
In addition to fun events and activities for children and adults alike, food trucks, vendors and exhibitors will be available for holiday shopping and snacking.
“The whole day builds up to the Lighting of the Trees and the Illuminated Boat Parade,” Motl said. “Seeing the faces of the young children laughing and smiling as they enjoy themselves — that’s my favorite part.”
HARBOR LIGHTS FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Begins at IH 37 and Shoreline traveling south in the Northbound lane to The Water’s Edge Park. This year’s theme: Story Book Holiday.
Children’s Fun Zone at Water's Edge Park
Create holiday crafts, write letters to Santa, and participate in the Elves Gift Shop for a chance to win a wrapped present to giveaway.
Main Stage Entertainment
Live music includes mariachis and other local favorites.
Santa’s Snowball Express Motorcade
Santa Claus is coming to town! A marching parade escorts Santa to the park where lights the tree.
The year, the city lights up a brand new tree as it kicks off the Holiday Season.
Illuminated Boat Parade
The downtown marina and its boats light up with holiday decorations and sparkle for a regatta cruise of the bay. Captains and crews sing carols as their ships glide along the water front.
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