Corpus Christi Christmas Events Still Going Strong
The calendar is ticking down and many of the community trees have been lit and lighted boats have paraded. It’s not over yet, however. The Coastal Bend still has plenty to do on its social calendar for the holidays.
For theatrical and musical entertainment, check out our story with details on where to find “A Christmas Carol,” “A Christmas Story,” and “The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical” on stage. You might also want to catch the Corpus Christi Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” or Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Concert.”
Here are some other things you can plan to do with family and friends:
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: GRAND REOPENING OF FULTON MANSION
30127 S. Fulton Beach Road
The Texas Historical Commission reopens Fulton Mansion after it was closed because of damage suffered during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Events include:
• ribbon cutting at 2 p.m.;
• self-guided tours through the mansion and Santa pictures from 2:15-5:30 p.m. Also, under a tent on the lawn, you’ll find live music, activities, and informational tables;
• announcements and lighting of the garden at 5:30 p.m.;
• caroling with Rockport-Fulton Middle School at 5:45 p.m.;
• and more photos with Santa in the multi-purpose room from 6:30-8 p.m.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
HOLIDAY FAMILY DAY
1902 N. Shoreline Blvd.
H-E-B and the Junior League of Corpus Christi join the Art Museum of South Texas to celebrate the season with "A Reading Wonderland Christmas Tree Forest." Enjoy holiday performances, H-E-Buddy goodie bags, book giveaways, self-guided tours of the forest, and Santa! All ages. Free to the public.
CHRISTMAS TREE FOREST
1902 N. Shoreline Blvd.
H-E-B and the Junior League of Corpus Christi sponsor this enchanting tree-decorating contest for local schools each year. Classrooms decorate to a theme. The winning classroom gets a monetary prize for school art supplies.
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
KIDS' DAY OUT: HOLIDAY HOOPLA
1902 N. Shoreline Blvd.
If last-minute holiday shopping is on your to-do list, send your young ones to the Art Museum of South Texas for festive holiday fun. This day-long holiday camp includes ornament making, gingerbread house decorating, Christmas caroling, and a holiday movie. (Lunch not provided.) Ages K-12. Cost is $50 for members and $70 for non-members.
THROUGH JAN. 4
3-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday
3-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
1-4 p.m. Sunday
CHRISTMAS ON THE COAST — HOLIDAY SKATING RINK
Portland Community Center
2000 Billy G. Webb Drive
Entry to the rink is free on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as well on the last day, January 4. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for admission (though not required) to the Christmas in Portland Festival from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, December 14, at Portland Community Center, 2000 Billy G. Webb Drive. Santa will be joined by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman.
Corpus Christi Entertains for the Holidays
WHERE TO SEE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
CANDY CANE LANE HOLIDAY LIGHTS SHOW
On Candy Cane Lane, residents decorate for Christmas and welcome everyone to enjoy the displays. Drive or walk through a holiday wonderland of lights. You can find Candy Cane Lane in the Schanen Estates on four streets: Donegal Drive, Wooldridge Road, McAlpin Drive, and Killamet Drive.
THROUGH JAN. 7
Downtown Corpus Christi
Businesses light up in 1960s-style decorations, stay open late for shoppers, and provide treats, music, and more throughout the holidays.
THROUGH JAN. 1
MR. BILL'S WONDERLAND
3242 Hampton St.
For the past 20 years, Bill Cox has brought joy to the city with his ever-growing holiday lights displays. Features choirs, a Christmas train, giant stuffed toys, a Nativity scene, and Santa Claus.
MAZOCH FAMILY CHRISTMAS DISPLAY
15301 Isabella Court
North Padre Island
This display is so big it made it on ABC’s “The Great Christmas Light Fight” in 2015. It tackles Christmas, island style, with lighted pelicans mixed with more traditional scenes. Lights out each night at 10 p.m.
LIFE-SIZE NATIVITY SCENE
4826 Willowbrook Drive
Another 20-year Corpus Christi tradition, this life-size nativity scene by the Bocanegra family includes live doves and lifelike barn animals. Free popcorn every night.
CANDY CANE LANE
Near Everhart Road on Donegal and Killarmet drives
A neighborhood event of vast proportions, Candy Cane Lane involves more than 300 homes on streets lined with giant candy canes. Walk or drive through.
1026 Belmeade Drive
When you stick your letter into this giant red mailbox, snow falls from the trees while Christmas music plays. Last day to mail your letter to get a reply from Santa is Dec. 24.
GARCIA HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW
3425 Austin St.
More than 50,000 lights synchronized to holiday hits on 100.7 FM brighten this home, which includes a nativity scene and Santa’s mailbox. To get a response from Santa, letters must be mailed by Dec. 20. The home is lit up from 6-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 6-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through January 5.
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