Celebrating Christmas is always special but traveling and vacationing in a different city for Christmas is wonderful experience that adds a little something extra. If you are seeking a change of scenery this holiday season, consider celebrating Christmas in South Padre Island. The following are some fun and exciting activities to put on your itinerary for your South Padre Island Christmas vacation.
The Annual South Padre Christmas Parade
Come experience the Annual Christmas Parade held at the South Padre Island City Hall. The parade is preceded by the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree. From there, you’ll get to see a number of beautiful floats decorated for the holidays. The parade begins in the evening around 6 p.m. Make sure to get to City Hall early so that you’ll have a prime spot to view both the Christmas tree lighting as well as the parade.
Holiday Sandcastle Village
In South Padre Island, sand is snow. Instead of making snowmen, people celebrate the holiday season by building holiday-themed sandcastles. Held at the South Padre Island Convention Centre, The Holiday Sandcastle Village is a showcase of amazing sandcastle art created by incredibly talented artists. Come see the Sand Snowman and Sand-ta while enjoying an accompanying lighted musical performance. This is a South Padre Island Christmas event that everyone is sure to enjoy.
Schlitterbahn Christmas Buffet
If you are seeking a South Padre Christmas vacation and don’t feel like cooking, the popular Schlitterbahn Waterpark has you covered. Each year they offer their Christmas buffet that includes everything from traditional Christmas food such as turkey and ham and all the sides and fixings to crab soup, salads and an assortment of entrees. There are also numerous kid-friendly foods to ensure everyone can enjoy a good meal. After enjoying the buffet, you can stick around and have fun in the indoor, heated waterpark. This Christmas buffet is very popular. To ensure seating, please make your reservations well in advance.
Festivities at Your Own Pace
Going on vacation is always a new adventure, but this is especially true when the entire area has conspired to make the whole town merry and bright. Seeing South Padre Island decked in holly, lights, and musical cheer will defrost even the most Scrooge-like of hearts. This is because there’s nothing like the warm ocean breeze kissing your cheeks during an epic sunset to make you appreciate the world and the special people in it—and after all, isn’t that what makes the holidays so special?
But it’s not just the sandy beaches and ocean waves that will have you relaxing into Christmas contentment; there’s a plethora of adventures you can’t find anywhere else. While a visit to see Santa is sure to be memorable, a visit to Sea Turtle Inc is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’ll never forget. Sea Turtle Inc is a rescue facility located at 6617 Padre Blvd, South Padre Island, TX 78597. Their most famous resident is Allison, a beloved sea turtle who has won the hearts of many after being featured on the Discovery Channel, the Today Show, and in People Magazine. After being attacked in 2005 by an ocean predator, she became the first sea turtle to successfully swim using a fin prosthesis.
Looking for something a little more adventurous? Forget a ride on Santa’s sleigh because it’s time to walk the plank. Set sail on a pirate ship where Captain Black-Hearted Andy invites you to join him and jolly crew of wastrels and brigands on an interactive pirate adventure cruise. Learn to speak pirate, hunt for treasure, and fight with the best of them as dolphins almost always flank the ship. If pirates aren’t your jam, fret not. Osprey Cruises also offer deep sea fishing charters, dinner cruises, and sunset dolphin watches. Coming in at number two of the Top 20 things to do in South Padre Island, give them a call at 956-761-6655 or 956-943-6283.
If you’re looking to slow down your pace and catch up on some holiday shopping, you’ll love strolling through Lighthouse Mercado Square. Featuring specialty shops offering a unique selection of items you can’t find anywhere else, this district is special any time of year, but especially at Christmas! It’s where holiday cheer meets cervezas and sandals and you don’t want to miss it.
Make it a Christmas to Remember
Spending Christmas on South Padre Island with your family and friends is an experience that you will never forget. Prepare for your upcoming Christmas vacation to South Padre Island with the help of the Franke Rentals. We have a variety of lodging options to accommodate you whether you are seeking a small space just for yourself or a larger space for family and friends. Contact us today at 956-761-2607 to set up your luxurious vacation rental on South Padre Island.