There is no better way to kick off the holiday season than with the annual Lights Over South Padre Island tradition. This local event is the perfect weekend to enjoy culinary delights created from some of the best chefs around along with beautiful lights over the water. Lights Over South Padre Island is a weekend-long event at the start of December. The South Padre Island Christmas events are family focused and will get you in the holiday spirit in no time. Here are some of the exciting activities to enjoy during Lights Over South Padre Island:
Lighting of the Christmas Tree
You know the holiday season has officially begun once the Christmas tree has been decorated and lit at the start of Lights Over South Padre Island. This gigantic tree is adorned with beautiful lights as they twinkle in the dark every night. Visitors are encouraged to join the locals in celebrating the lighting for an evening full of holiday festivities. The lighting takes place on the Friday of Lights Over South Padre Island at 5:00pm in front of city hall.
Once the tree has been officially lit, it is time to take to the streets for a cute parade. Decorated floats created by local businesses and schools will be on display. The parade will march on through Padre Boulevard, so make sure to grab a spot close to the street and marvel at the incredible display. The Christmas parade will take place at 6:00pm immediately following the Christmas tree lighting.
Jim’s Pier always has the best events and activities hosted right off the water. If your children wish to play instead of watching the parade, make sure to take them to Children’s Wonderland. Jim’s Pier has an amazing play area where the kids can run and play on inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses. Children’s Wonderland will open at 6:00pm Friday evening at Jim’s Pier.
Lighted Boat Parade
Saturday brings the ever-popular boat parade; local boats cruise on by in their best Christmas lights and decorations. South Padre Island will have plenty of viewing areas open to the public along the shore. The lighted boat parade starts at 6:00pm from South Point Marina. The Children’s Wonderland will also be open for a second night for children activities.
Breakfast with Santa
Lights Over South Padre Island comes to a close with a delicious breakfast meal with Santa at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort. Photo opportunities with Santa will be available, so do not forget your camera. Breakfast with Santa takes place on Sunday from 9:00am to 11:00am.
South Padre Island Christmas Events
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