The Best South Padre Island Christmas Events and Activities

If you are in the mood this year for a new kind of family tradition for the holidays look no further than South Padre Island. South Padre Island has been one of the top destinations in Texas year after year especially if you are in the mood for plenty of sunshine and cool sea breezes. The fun doesn’t end during the winter as our travel destination features exciting events and activities to celebrate the holidays with. Take a look at some of the best South Padre Island Christmas events and activities to celebrate with:

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Each year thousands of towns and cities across the country will prepare for a variety of Christmas events that will start off the holiday season. You will find that most celebrations all begin with a tree lighting ceremony. These holiday events involve having the town’s Christmas tree lit up for the first time. South Padre Island will be hosting our very own Tree Lighting Ceremony right here on Thursday December 1st. The event will take place at South Padre Island City Hall where our gigantic tree will be erected. The mayor will welcome visitors to see this annual event in person starting at 5:30 PM. The Lighting of the Christmas Tree will take place shortly after at 5:45 PM. Come start off your holiday season with us and our beautiful Tree Lighting Ceremony.

South Padre Island Street Parade

Stick around after our tree lighting ceremony to enjoy the South Padre Island Street Parade. As the name suggests this event is a street parade. The South Padre Island Street Parade begins on Padre Blvd at 6:00 PM on Friday December 2nd. Visitors are encouraged to bring out their beach chairs and camp out from the sidewalk. The parade features floats designed by local businesses and families that are decorated with festive holiday lights. You will find some true love and admiration for the holidays on each float that drives by. Make sure to follow the parade down to Padre Island Brewing Company where the judging for the floats will be held. This local gastropub and brewery features delicious burgers, steaks, and seafood to enjoy for dinner. Don’t forget about their handcrafted beer that pairs perfectly with the ocean views from the deck.

Lighted Boat Parade

The fun continues the day after the South Padre Island Street Parade where the Lighted Boat Parade will take place. This annual event also shows off plenty of fun on the ocean water for a wonderful parade. Similar to the previous events the Lighted Boat Parade is free to view. There will be a designated viewing area along the shoreline of Laguna Madre Bay. The parade route will be at Sea Ranch Marina and continue down the coast. Expect to find plenty of motor boats also decked out in a variety of Christmas lights that light up the dark skyline. Judging for the Lighted Boat Parade will take place at Jim’s Pier following the event. Jim’s Pier is your one stop shop for all fishing needs here on South Padre Island. Make sure to stop by if you are looking for fishing licenses, rental equipment, and anything else needed for a successful fishing voyage.

Day at the Beach

One of the best reasons to come and visit South Padre Island around the holidays is the weather. Visitors will be able to enjoy our delightful temperatures that often hover around the 70s here in December. With this in mind you will find it easy to spend a day at the beach soaking in the sun. South Padre Island is home to various sandcastle sculptors who can come to your beach and show you how to make your very own masterpiece. No one will believe you spent the holidays at the beach making sandcastles! Spend your time by the beach by splashing around in the water, going fishing, or biking down the shoreline.

Book an Eco Tour

The warmer weather in South Padre Island encourages native sea life to stick around year-round. This includes loveable dolphins who love to show off by swimming next to boats or jumping into the air. The Original Dolphin Watch is our local eco tour that takes you on year-round dolphin watching tours. This memorable activity knows where to find the local pods of dolphins at to ensure you view them out in the wild. Additional activities they also have to offer includes snorkeling so you can jump in the water yourself. There is so much fun out here in the ocean!

Book Today and Enjoy South Padre Island Christmas Events

As you can see, the fun never ends here on South Padre Island no matter what time of year you come to visit. Book one of our luxury vacation rentals today and see these South Padre Island Christmas events and activities for yourself.