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Christmas Events Around the Coastal Bend

Holiday events including Symphony by the Sea in the Fulton Historic Mansion are planned for the Christmas season around the Coastal Bend. Courtesy photo

Christmas around the Coastal Bend includes lighted boat parades, a tour of historic homes, and a symphony by the sea.


Saltwater Christmas Illuminated Parade

6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7

AP Chamber of Commerce, 911 S Commercial St.

Watch the Saltwater Christmas Parade, take pictures with Santa and enter to win a bike giveaway! Parade starts at the Intersection of E. Deberry and Commercial, proceed North on Commercial, then Left onto Wheeler and then another Left onto Houston Street and ends at Aransas Pass Chamber Parking Lot.

Event is free to attend.


Rockport Tropical Christmas

10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1

Rockport Festival Grounds by downtown Rockport Harbor

Santa vacations in Rockport for a tropical Christmas. Enjoy a full day of live entertainment and free, family friendly activities such as birding seminars, a pet costume contest, a Christmas tree decorating contest, children’s ornament workshop, illuminated land parade and more. Evening activities begin with an illuminated parade along Rockport Beach Park and a beautiful fireworks show over Aransas Bay. A concert follows showcasing the Scott Taylor Band.

Christmas Tour of Historic Homes

1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 & Sunday, Dec. 2

Docents in period costumes give informed tours of each of the historic homes included in this annual Rockport-Fulton, event. Each home is decorated for the holidays!

Historical facts about the homes and their owners will connect the visitors to the real history of these local treasures.

Admission is $15 for one ticket; $25 for two. Tickets will be available at each of the homes along the tour.

Tickets available at any of the homes along the self-guided tour. Homes in this year’s tour include:

Rooke/Broach House (1905) 1030 Allen St., Rockport

Schulze House (1940) 823 N. Austin St., Rockport

Jordan House (1953) 310 N. Burton St., Rockport

Wendell House (1964) 1130 E. Linden St.

History Center (1890s) 801 E. Cedar St., Rockport.

Air Stream Retreat - 108 N. 2nd St. Fulton

Fulton Schoolhouse (1886) 205 7th St., Fulton’

Tickets also available online.

Holiday Symphony by the Sea

2-4 p.m, Sunday, Dec. 9

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, 317 Fulton Beach Rd.

Rockport-Fulton High School Choir joins forces with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra to present the Holiday Symphony by the Sea.

The concert will take place in the Martha Luigi Auditorium. It is free to attend and is Aransas County ISD Education Foundation’s gift to the community.

Christmas in Fulton

6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12 & Thursday, Dec. 13

Fulton Harbor Park, 402 N. Fulton Beach

Join an old fashioned Christmas in Fulton at Fulton Harbor Park. The two-day event opens with a welcome from Mayor Jimmy Kendrick. Both days are filled with live entertainment, treats, door prizes and more.

Santa Claus joins the party Dec. 13, so be prepared for photos!


Christmas Tour of Homes

1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the Portland Community Center or at one of the participating houses. Includes a raffle, bake sale, and refereshments at the Portland Community Center, 2000 Billy G. Webb Drive. Proceeds benefit the Portland community. Featured homes are:

Roland & Cindy Beck 615 Colonial Drive

Eric & D'Ann Hamon 2616 County Road 3161-Taft

Jimmy & Jennifer Maingot 627 Colonial Drive

David & Kathy Skurow 520 East Broadway

Rob & Debbie Sheffield 613 Colonial Drive

Portland Historic Library 2400 Memorial Parkway

Portland Parade of Lights

6-7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3

Portland Texas Parks and Recreation Department

2000 Billy G. Webb

Watch the illuminated parade through the Portland community. Santa Claus will have his own float! Parade is free to attend.

Christmas in Portland Holiday Celebration

5-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8

Portland Community Center

2000 Billy G. Webb

Join the festivities at Portland’s annual Christmas celebration! Pictures with Santa, carolers, hayrides, winter games, letters to Santa, holiday crafts, face art, and Winter Wonderland. Also food trucks and craft vendors. Bring a new, unwrapped to to donate to Christmas for Kids Year Round.

The event is free to attend.


Old Fashioned Christmas Market

3-10 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6

Jackson Square, Corner of W. Sinton and S. McCall Ave.

Shop for gifts during this year’s market, which derives its theme from “The Nutcracker” ballet.

Sinton Illuminated Christmas Parade

7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6

Downtown Sinton

Starting at 7 p.m., the illuminated night parade is a sight to see with a special appearance from Santa Claus. Free to attend.

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