They say everything is bigger in Texas and Christmas in no exception. If you plan to visit the state, it can be difficult to decide which cities you want to spend time in. Corpus Christi is an excellent choice.
Corpus Christi sits on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s tucked into a bay and its beaches are sheltered by Padre and Mustang Islands. It is home to several natural and cultural sites including the Padre Island National Seashore, the Texas State Aquarium and a national aviation museum.
Corpus Christi is especially colorful at Christmastime. Here are some things you can do when you visit for the holiday season.
The Christmas Tree Forest at the Art Museum of South Texas
The Art Museum of South Texas hosts several permanent collections and exhibitions. You won’t want to miss out on a Christmas trip.
During the holiday season, the facility erects a Christmas Tree Forest. The trees are decorated according to theme. One year, school groups were each assigned a specific book to use as inspiration for their trees.
Once the trees are decorated, they are on display from mid-November to mid-December. A Free Holiday Family Day is hosted shortly before it ends. Then the trees are donated to children in need.
The Tree at The Water’s Edge
The Water’s Edge is a 30-acre park that features a dog park, a playground area and a food truck court. It is located seconds away from McGee Beach.
At Christmastime, a 65’ tree is erected set against magnificent views of the downtown marina. It makes for terrific photo opportunities.
See a Holiday Show
Corpus Christie is a performing arts hub, and you can bet that there will be plenty of shows to enjoy during the holiday season. Traditions include A Christmas Carol at the Harbor Playhouse and the Little Miss Christmas Pageant Musical at the Aurora Arts Theater.
Music fans won’t want to miss out on the Home for the Holidays music performance that takes place at the Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center. The Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra joins with local choirs to present carols and seasonal favorites for a vibrant sing-along. Count on an appearance by Santa himself.
The Corpus Christi Holiday Farmers Market
A Farmers’ Market is always the perfect place to find unique produce and crafts and enjoy entertainment. The Corpus Christi Farmer’s Market transforms into a Holiday Market for the Christmas season making it the ideal destination to shop for food and gift items.
Scuba Santa and the Polar Express 4-D Experience at the Texas State Aquarium
The Aquarium is a can’t miss tourist attraction and if you are visiting during the Christmas season you’re in for a special treat.
The facility hosts a Scuba Santa event that happens every day from late November to late December. Guests can witness the big man in red plunge into the H-E-B Caribbean Sea exhibit making for a terrific photo opportunity. The staff will be on hand to take pictures.
The aquarium will also be showing The Polar Express 4-D Experience at the Whataburger 4-Dimension Theater. See the classic film come to life in a whole new light.
Several Corpus Christie residences will be lit up for the holiday season but the 300-400 block of Chaparral Street is not to be missed. The area transforms into Peppermint Lane with decorations that give off a vintage vibe. Walk or ride through to take it all in.
Christmas Lights at Heritage Park
Heritage Park is full of historic homes that will be brightly lit throughout the holiday season. A trip there will make for memories you will never forget.
Candy Cane Lane
Candy Cane Lane is a hotspot for Christmas lights during the holiday season. Located near Everhart Road on Donegal and Killarmet drives, more than 300 homeowners participate in the event. They also host food trucks and live music.
Holiday Light Tours
If you want to be sure you take it all in, schedule a private tour with Corpus Christi tours. Tours are around two hours and provide a terrific opportunity for visitors to see the town in its Christmas glory and take plenty of pictures.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks by the Bay
If you are still in town for New Year’s, you won’t want to miss Corpus Christi’s Fireworks by the Bay event. Hosted by the mayor, residents and visitors can gather to be entertained by a Barbecue Cook off, the Mayor’s Cup Regatta and a patriotic ceremony. There will also be food trucks and a family fest area with plenty of activities for adults and children to enjoy. The best views are along the bayfront, the downtown seawall and North Beach.
The Texas Surf Museum
Texas has a rich surfing culture. Find out about it by visiting the Texas Surf Museum. Opened in 2005, the facility explores the history of surfing with a spotlight on the state’s unique place in the sport. Guests can relax on a bench made of surfboards, catch a film in the projection theater and look at the hundreds of photos scattered throughout the museum.
Water St. Market
Water St. Market is a great place for eating, shopping, live music and nightlife. While there, you can stroll down the South Texas Music Walk of Fame, have a bite to eat and cross various items off your holiday gift list.
Corpus Christi is a terrific place to visit, and Christmas is a great time to be there. There are so many things to see and do. What will you be getting to first when you’re in town?