Corpus Christi Fun for Kids December Holiday Fun Guide 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016
It's that time of the year again and as usual we are your complete guide to all the holiday fun in the Corpus Christi area! Our Holiday Fun Guides are brought to you by Zesty Orange Photography. They are offering a variety of amazing photography options for your family this Holiday season including mini sessions and a special Portrait With Santa Experience.

These are all the events going on in Corpus Christi the month of December! We've got the scoop Santa, holiday celebrations, Christmas fun, live nativities, and more. There are many regular annual events that haven't posted their information yet, so make sure to check back often because this site will be updated regularly. Always check with the organization for the most updated information since information is subject to change. All events in Corpus Christi unless indicated. Don't worry, we will remind you about these events as well! If your organization has something going on and would like to be included, send us an email. Also, compiling these lists is a lot of work, so please by courteous and give credit to Corpus Christi Fun for Kids when using this info.

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Photo via Texas State Aquarium Facebook Page
Texas State Aquarium Scuba Santa
You can catch Scuba Santa when you visit the Aquarium’s “Diver in the Water” presentation at the Flower Gardens exhibit. Scuba Santa will make daily appearances at 10 am.
Runs: Shows daily December 13 - 24
Cost: Adult admission (13 and up) $23.95, Senior (65 & Up) and military $21.95, Child (3-12) $16.95, Child 2 and under free, parking $5, members free
2710 N Shoreline Blvd.

Visits with Santa Claus at La Palmera Mall
Boys and girls are invited to stop by Center Court for visits with Santa Claus.
Runs: November 3-December 24
Cost: Price varies
5488 S. Padre Island Drive
361-991-3755

Harbor Playhouse Presents: A Christmas Carol
This timeless classic is a spectacular musical, which tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as he goes through a series of strange events after being warned by his former business partner Jacob Marley to change his ways. This brilliant musical follows Scrooge on Christmas Eve, as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, which leads him to ultimately discover the true spirit of Christmas.
Runs: November 18 - December 18 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Cost:  Tickets Adult $18, Military and Senior (65+) $15, Student $15, Child (13 and Under) $10
1 Bayfront Park
361-882-5500

Art Museum of South Texas Santa Classics
See Santa like you have never seen him before! Santa Classics is a new series of images created by artist, photographer, and Santa devotee, Ed Wheeler. Wheeler imagines Santa entering into the great masterworks of art, with humor and reverence for the originals. Often Santa replaces a main figure in a painting; sometimes he is added to a group composition, or may be a single human presence in a landscape. Wheeler's intent is to pay homage to the original paintings while offering art lovers an additional reason to smile. Wheeler's meticulous attention to detail, lighting, and relationships between figures lead to another kind of art experience.
Runs: November 4-December 31
Cost: Admission FREE Adults $8 Seniors (60 and older) $6, Active Military $6 , Students (13 and older) $4, Children (Under 12) and TAMU-CC students and faculty FREE
1902 Shoreline Blvd.
361-825-3500

Photo via Junior League of Corpus Christi
Art Museum of South Texas Christmas Tree Forest: A Reading Wonderland
A showcase of Christmas trees at the Art Museum of South Texas decorated to mirror children’s books chosen by participating schools. Participating schools will decorate their trees to be displayed at the museum during regular business hours.
Runs: November 19-December 14
Cost: Admission FREE Adults $8 Seniors (60 and older) $6, Active Military $6 , Students (13 and older) $4, Children (Under 12) and TAMU-CC students and faculty FREE
1902 Shoreline Blvd.
361-825-3500

Aurora Arts Theatre presents The Marvelous Wonderettes
This smash off-Broadway hit takes you to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts! As we learn about their lives and loves, the girls serenade us with classic ‘50s hits including “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Lipstick on Your Collar.” In act two, the Wonderettes reunite to take the stage and perform at their ten-year reunion. We learn about the highs and lows the girls have experienced in the past decade and are charmed to find that no matter what life throws their way, they will conquer it together. Featuring over 30 classic ’50s and ’60s hits, The Marvelous Wonderettes will keep you smiling in this must-take musical trip down memory lane!
Runs November 18-January 15  (Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pn and Sunday 2:30 matinee). Note: There will be no performances December 23-25 or December 30-January 1.
Cost: Tickets are $16. Buy them online. Discounted tickets for children available at box office at 361-851-9700.
Aurora Arts Theatre
5635 Everhart Rd.

Thursday, December 1

13th Annual Christmas in Portland from 5:30 – 8 pm
Festivities will include pictures with Santa, Christmas crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, Christmas bingo, letters to Santa, hayrides, winter carnival games, refreshments and appearances by Rudolph and Frosty! Parents be sure to bring your camera to take a picture with Santa. All toys will be donated to Christmas for Kids Year Round. Make a difference in the life of a child in your community! Pictures with Santa begin at 5 pm
Cost: Free (All participants are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy to this event)
2000 Billy G Webb
Portland, Texas

Friday, December 2

3rd Annual Town and Country Classic Christmas from 3-8 pm
Enjoy entertainment, refreshments, and specials at participating businesses. The atmosphere will be filled to the brim with holiday cheer! New this year is a food court made available to guests consisting of booths set up by participating restaurants. This is in addition to the restaurants in the centers dine in option. Also prize packs for the kiddos and special drawings for kids under 18 and broken up by age groups. Meet and greet with Olaf, Penguins of Madagascar and the Minions.
Cost: Free
4250 S Alameda St.

Blue, Blue Christmas Celebration Kick Off from 5 to 10 pm
Activities that night include; donation based pictures with Blue Santa, family crafts and fun, live music, food, shopping, and much more! From December 2nd thru Christmas Eve, we will be collecting donations for Corpus Christi Police Officers' Association Blue Santa. Blue Santa's goal is to join forces with the men in blue to give gifts to underprivileged children in the Corpus Christi area. Cost: Free admission Water Street Market
309 N Water St.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 11th Annual Islander Lights at 6 pm
Come with the whole family and enjoy a snow party, games, refreshments. Bring an unwrapped toy for the Marin Corps’ Toys for Tots drive. At 8 pm, the switch will be thrown to illuminate the campus in Islander blue, green and white lights. To finish the evening, a movie “will be shown in the University Center Rotunda at 8:30 pm.
Cost: Free admission with a donation for Toys for Toys
Center for Instruction Courtyard
6300 Ocean Dr.


Ingleside Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony from 6:30 - 9:00 pm
High Balloons with bounce houses and car train ride. Free hot chocolate and cookies. Pictures with Santa Claus and the park will be decorated with Christmas lights. Free face painting and crafts for the kids. Plus the Grinch and a few other Christmas characters walking around.
Cost: Free
N.O. Simmons Park
TX 361 and Avenue J
Ingleside, TX

Aransas Pass Chamber and Visitor Center​ Saltwater Christmas Illuminated Parade at 6:30 pm
Annual illuminated Christmas parade. Stay after the parade at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot for activities at AP Chamber Parking Lot for pictures with Santa, bike giveaway, activity booths, Christmas caroling and cookie decorating.
Cost: Free
Parade Starts at Intersection of De Berry and Commercial, proceed North on Commercial, then left onto Wheeler and then Left onto Houston Street and ends at AP Chamber Parking Lot.
Aransas Pass, TX


Barnes and Noble The Polar Express Pajama Storytime at 7 pm
All aboard! Come in your PJs and join us for a magical evening as we host our annual Polar Express Storytime. Coloring and activities to follow, including writing a Dear Santa letter!
Cost: Free
5129 Blanche D Moore Dr.

The Department of Music at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 16th Annual Holiday Gala Concert at 7:30 pm
The concert features students and faculty in a wide variety of holiday favorites for the whole family, from familiar Christmas carols to new arrangements. Pre-performance activities, including a holiday coloring station, craft station and special appearance by Mrs. And Mrs. Clause, Frosty, Snowman and Elves, start at 6:30 p.m. in the PAC lobby.
Cost: Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available in the PAC lobby one hour before show time.
TAMU CC Performing Arts Center (PAC)
6300 Ocean Dr.

Saturday, December 3

City of Rockport Tropical Christmas CANCELLED
Day-long, pirate-themed extravaganza kicking off the holiday season with fun, festivities, fireworks and more in Historical Rockport. Among the featured events are an illuminated night parade, children’s programs, decorating contests, pet costume contest, arts and crafts festival, food and entertainment, and, of course, a visit with “Tropical Santa." Topping off the annual event will be a spectacular fireworks display.
Cost: Free admission
Downtown Heritage District, Rockport Harbor Area and Rockport Beach (map is here)
Rockport, TX


First Baptist Church Corpus Christi Breakfast With Santa from 8:30 - 11:00 am
Pancake breakfast, crafts, free picture with Santa.
Cost: $4 per adult and $3 for child, children 2 and under free.
First Baptist Church Recreation center
3115 Ocean Dr.

St. John's United Methodist Church Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 am
Pancakes & Sausage. Photos with Santa will be available
Cost: Donation to food pantry
5300 S Alameda St.

Early Scholars Academy Winter Festival from 9 to 11 am
Parents, teachers, and children! Come dressed in your favorite pajamas to enjoy the chilly wintery weather and snuggle-up for our storytelling session, and create winter arts and crafts! Parents are required to attend this event with children.
Cost: Admission per child $10 early registration, $12 at the door. Parents are free! Pre-register online.
1356 FM 43 (next to London ISD)
361-452-4600

Flour Bluff High School Christmas Craft Fair from 9 am to 3 pm
Pictures with Santa, face painting, games and more!
Cost: Free admission
Flour Bluff High School Cafeteria
2505 Waldron Rd

Home Depot Gingerbread Man Candy Dish Kids Workshop from 9 am to 12 pm
Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can create a beautiful Gingerbread Candy Dish. Once the candy holder is built, your child can decorate it with stickers to give their gingerbread mana cheery holiday smile. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
Cost: Free. Register online so locations can measure quantities.
All Home Depot locations participate


Michaels Kids Club Sprout Stockings from 10 am - 12 pm
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Enjoy some hands-on family crafting! Grownups and kids will work together to design and create colorful thumbprint ornaments.
Cost: Cost: $2 per project, supplies included
Michaels
4717 -E S Padre Island Dr.
361-851-9360

Barnes and Noble How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Storytime at 11 am
"Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes!" and celebrate all things Grinch with a reading of the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! We will have good deed badges and tracking booklets for kids to log all the good things they do this holiday season. Activities to follow.
Cost: Free
5129 Blanche D Moore Dr.

Photo via Art Museum of South Texas
Art Museum of South Texas​ Super sARTurday from 1 - 3 pm
Frosting, candy canes, gumdrops, graham crackers…it’s time for our annual Gingerbread House-making event at the Art Museum! We’ll sing holiday songs and create an original gingerbread house that’s sure to delight one and all. For children ages K5-12.
Cost: $15-members/$20-nonmembers (special price). Register online.
Johnson Building, Creation Zone, Heldfels Art Studio
1902 N Shoreline Blvd.

Michaels Make It Merry Gingerbread House Event from 1 - 3 pm
Kids and kids at heart are sure to love this event! Construct an adorable gingerbread house and try to resist the temptation to snack on your building supplies.
Cost: Buy a Wilton® gingerbread kit and use our classroom to assemble your creation.
Michaels
4717 -E S Padre Island Dr.
361-851-9360

Rockport Fulton Tour of Historic Homes from 1 to 5 pm
Seven historic venues can be toured by visitors in Rockport Fulton during the Rockport Fulton Tour of Historic Homes. Some of them have never been toured. Vintage dressed docents will share information about each home and its owners.
Cost: Tickets $15 each or 2 for $25. Tickets available at RF Chamber, The History Center, or online
Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center
319 Broadway St.
Rockport, Texas

Caroler's Afloat and Boat Lighting Parade at 5:30 pm CANCELLED

Sunday, December 4

Rockport Fulton Tour of Historic Homes from 1 to 5 pm
Seven historic venues can be toured by visitors in Rockport Fulton during the Rockport Fulton Tour of Historic Homes. Some of them have never been toured. Vintage dressed docents will share information about each home and its owners.
Cost: Tickets $15 each or 2 for $25. Tickets available at RF Chamber, The History Center, or online
Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center
319 Broadway St.
Rockport, Texas
Photo via First UMC
First United Methodist Church Presents: Handel's Messiah at 3:00 pm
Presented as a gift to the Coastal Bend by the members of First United Methodist Church and funded by a generous grant from the FUMC Foundation, Inc. This volunteer choir meets solely for the purpose of presenting this performance and is comprised of singers from across the Coastal Bend.
First UMC Sanctuary
900 S Shoreline Blvd.

CBCF Corpus Christi Christmas Concert 2016 at 3:30 pm
Come and listen to your favorite Christmas music as well as pieces from various genres. Come and enjoy all types of flute from piccolo to bass flute. A reception will follow.
Cost: Free
Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Corpus Christi
3434 Holly Rd.

Annaville Baptist Church "Back to Christmas" Play from 7-8 pm
"In the not too distant future, Christmas has been all but forgotten. Join one family on an adventure through time as they discover the true meaning and power of Christmas!"
Cost: Free
Worship Center Annaville Baptist Church
4025 Violet Rd.
Asbury Corpus Christi Meet me at the Manger Children's Christmas Musical at 6 pm
Cost: Free
7501 S. Staples
361-992-7501

Monday, December 5

Portland Parade of Lights at 6:00 pm 
Santa Claus is coming to…PORTLAND! Welcome Santa to town as he travels the illuminated parade route through the community. Individuals and companies who are interested in participating in the parade may complete a registration form available at the Portland Community Center. Don’t forget about our Toy Drive benefitting Christmas for Kids Year Round. Drop off a new unwrapped toy at the Portland Community Center!
Cost: Free
2000 Billy G Webb
Portland, Texas

Photo via John Paul II HS Facebook
John Paul II High School"Drive Through" Live Nativity from 6 to 8 pm
This unique community event allows he audience to drive around the campus while watching scenes leading up to the Lord's birth. Starts at Bishop Garriga Middle Preparatory School and will continue to St. John Paul II for Nativity scenes. Entrance gate will close at 7:45 pm
Cost: Free
3114 Saratoga Blvd.

Corpus Christi Independent School District CCISD Choral Program 36th Annual Holiday Choir Concert from 7:30 - 9 pm
CCISD invites students, parents, teachers, administration and community members to attend the 36th Annual Holiday Choir Concert at the American Bank Center. Featuring over 750 students across CCISD high school and middle school choirs. Choirs participating include middle school girls’ treble choir, high school treble choir, young men’s choir and the high school mixed choir. Enjoy holiday favorites ranging from the timeless Carol of the Bells to the antics of the infamous Mr. Grinch.
Cost: Admission is free but American Bank Center charges $5 for parking.
American Bank Center Arena
1901 N Shoreline Blvd.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi “Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Concert” at 7:30 pm
Michael Martin Murphey is not only the number one, best-selling singer/songwriter of American Cowboy Music, he's one of the world's most respected singer/songwriters in the Pop and Country-Western field. In May, 1975 Murphey’s story song, "Wildfire," reached No. 1 on the Radio and Records charts, No.3 on Billboard's Pop Chart, and No. 1 on all Adult Contemporary Charts, giving the artist vast commercial exposure. Michael broke ground with an innovative concert concept called "Cowboy Christmas" in 1987 which has become a trademarked touring show and musical concept for him.
Cost: Reserved seating tickets range from $35 and $25 for adults and $7 for children and students with TAMU-CC ID.
Performing Arts Center
6300 Ocean Drive
361-825-ARTS (2787)

Tuesday, December 6

La Palmera Tide Turners Kids Club Breakfast with Santa from 10 am to 12 pm
La Palmera will host a special “Breakfast with Santa”. In addition to enjoying refreshments and visiting with Santa, children will also get to work on holiday arts and crafts. Designed for kids 5 and under.
Cost: Free
La Palmera Mall (upper level of the mall near the children’s play area)
5488 S Padre Island Dr.
Anita & W.T. Neyland Public Library Santa Claus Library Visit at 4:30 pm
Santa Claus is coming to Neyland Library and he knows all the kids have been nice this year. Kids can create a holiday craft, enjoy refreshments, holiday music and tell Santa what they want for Christmas.
Cost: Free
1230 Carmel Pkwy.

John Paul II High School"Drive Through" Live Nativity from 6 to 8 pm
This unique community event allows he audience to drive around the campus while watching scenes leading up to the Lord's birth. Starts at Bishop Garriga Middle Preparatory School and will continue to St. John Paul II for Nativity scenes. Entrance gate will close at 7:45 pm
Cost: Free
3114 Saratoga Blvd.

Wednesday, December 7

John Paul II High School"Drive Through" Live Nativity from 6 to 8 pm
This unique community event allows he audience to drive around the campus while watching scenes leading up to the Lord's birth. Starts at Bishop Garriga Middle Preparatory School and will continue to St. John Paul II for Nativity scenes. Entrance gate will close at 7:45 pm
Cost: Free
3114 Saratoga Blvd.

Ingleside Library Children’s Tree Lighting from 6 - 8 pm
Bring the kids to the Ingleside Public Library’s Annual Children’s Christmas Tree Lighting! Come to the Ingleside Public Library to see Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and enjoy cocoa and cookies and lot’s of fun.
Cost: Free
Ingleside Public Library
2775 Waco Street
Ingleside, TX

Thursday, December 8

Art Museum of South Texas Moms and Tots (and sometimes POPS!) Christmas Stockings from 10 - 11:30 am
Join us for a little story telling, a little holiday music, a little paint, and a whole lot of fun! We'll create original holiday stockings with muslin, paint, glitter glue, and more. For ages 2 to 5.
Cost: $5 members / $10 nonmembers. Register online.
1902 Shoreline Blvd.
361-825-3500

Art Museum of South Texas Moms and Tots (and sometimes POPS!) Holiday Ornaments from 1 - 2:30 pm
Holiday Ornaments We’re getting in the holiday spirit in this special session of Moms & Tots! Join us for an afternoon of delight as we sing Christmas carols, create an array of sparkling ornaments and take a special tour of the Christmas Tree Forest. For ages 2 to 5.
Cost: $5 members / $10 nonmembers. Register online.
1902 Shoreline Blvd.
361-825-3500

KM Premier Real Estate Meet and Greet with Santa from 5 to 8 pm
Come join in the Fun, Music, Meet and greet with Santa and enjoy some refreshments! Collecting unwrapped gifts for the children of Corpus Christi Hope House.
Cost: Free (bring unwrapped gift for raffle ticket)
7009 S. Staples
361-991-5263
MWR Corpus Christi Holiday Tree Lighting and Texas Snow Party at 6 pm
Snow play, visits with Santa, refreshments, Holiday sing along, and more!
Cost: Free (MUST HAVE BASE ACCESS)
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Wings Auditorium
11001 D St.

Friday, December 9

Flour Bluff Business Association Community Christmas 2016 from 6 to 10 pm
Join the Flour Bluff Business Association in welcoming Santa and his elves. Every kid will get a chance to meet Santa for a picture and gift. We will have entertainment throughout the evening including a Cake Walk and much more!
Cost: Free
Funtrackers Family Fun Center
9605 S Padre Island Dr.

Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department Pop in the Park: How The Grinch Stole Christmas starting at dusk
This laugh-out-loud movie is about the Grinch who can’t stand the holiday cheer from the Whos of Whooville. So, along with his companion, Max, he steals the gifts from under the Christmas trees of every Who. As the Whos rejoice anyway, he realizes that Christmas is more than just gifts and Roast Beast. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. For more information, call 361-826-PLAY.
Cost: Free
Lindale Park
3133 Swantner Drive.

La Posada Lighted Boat Parade at 6 pm
A large Lighted Boat Parade on the North canal route on the island. Usually 40 to 50 boats collecting toys for the children of the city of Corpus Christi and Nueces County.
Cost: Free
For route visit map here


Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball With Barnes & Noble at 7 pm
Dress like your favorite Harry Potter character, wear your holiday best or come as you are and join us for dancing, music, activities and giveaways.
Cost: Free 5129 Blanche D Moore Dr.

Saturday, December 10

Chick-fil-A Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10 am
Join us for a memorable morning filled with a holiday themed craft, photos with Santa and hot cocoa bar. Santa Cow can’t wait to see you there!
Cost: Free
Chick-fil-A Staples and McArdle
4946 S Staples St.
361-991-249
Grace United Methodist Church Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10:30 am
Silent Auction, Children’s Performances, Arts and Crafts, Food and Fun! Free picture with Santa! Cost: Tickets only $5.00 per person, $20 maximum per family
14521 Northwest Blvd
361-933-0109

Sinton Choir Boosters Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 to 11 am
The Sinton Choir Boosters wil be hosting Breakfast with Santa. Bring your family to have breakfast with Santa and listen to the Choir sing. Breakfast includes pancake, sausage, and drink.
Cost: $8 per person
First United Methodist Church Sinton
405 W. Sinton St.
Sinton, Texas

St. Mark's Episcopal Church Breakfast with Santa from 9 - 11:30 am
Pancakes, games, bingo,crafts and storytelling, and an opportunity to snap a photo with Santa.
Cost: Free but please bring canned goods to donate to the Food Bank of Corpus Christi!
2727 Airline Rd


Photo via Art Museum of South Texas Facebook page
Art Museum of South Texas Free Holiday Family Day from 10 am – 2 pm
Christmas is a time of tradition, and our annual holiday family day is one you won’t want to miss! Join us and our partners, H-E-B and the Junior League of Corpus Christi as we celebrate the season with A Reading Wonderland Christmas Tree Forest. With holiday music, H-E-Buddy goodie bags, book giveaways and self-guided tours of the tree forest, there will be something for every member of the family to enjoy. Santa will even be taking some time from his busy schedule to visit so bring your cameras to snap a photo! This is definitely an event you won’t want to miss! For all ages.
Cost: Free
1902 Shoreline Blvd.
361-825-3500

Photo via Texas Toyz Facebook
Texas Toyz Star Wars Salvation Army Day from 10 am to 4 pm
Star Wars 501st characters will be on site for pics and donations. -come in your favorite Star Wars costume for a chance to win in our SW Costume contest. -Bring the kids for Free pictures with Star wars characters. Star Wars Costume contest - adult & children divisions. Prizes are gift certificates to TexasToyz: 1st place -$100, 2nd place -$50, 3rd place -$25
Cost: Free
5425 S Padre Island Dr, Ste 126

Ingleside Renaissance Faire from 10 am to 5 pm
Come out to Live Oak Park and take a step back in time. Be entertained by Jousting Knights, Pyrojugglers, Belly Dancers, Great Music, Food, Arts & Crafts and much more!
Cost: Admission $5 with 12 and under FREE
Live Oak Park
Ingleside, TX

Michaels Kids Club Clay Pot Elf from 10 am - 12 pm
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Enjoy some hands-on family crafting! Grownups and kids will work together to design and create colorful thumbprint ornaments.
Cost: Cost: $2 per project, supplies included
Michaels
4717 -E S Padre Island Dr.
361-851-9360

Herrman & Herrman Holiday Block Party from 12 to 5 pm
Activities, food, and fun for the entire family! In appreciation to our clients and the community, we will be offering hams in exchange for one unwrapped gift that will be donated to Toys for Tots.
Cost: Free
1201 3rd St.

35th Annual Harbor Lights Festival from 1 to 8 pm
The Annual Harbor Lights Festival rings in the beginning of the Christmas holiday season by transforming the beautiful Bayfront Marina into a Fiesta Holiday. This fun filled event has grown into a South Texas tradition and is a “must attend” family event. AEP Texas Children’s parade, Children’s Activity Area, Children’s Fun Zone, live entertainment, food and gift vendors and enjoyable family activities throughout the evening.
Cost: Free
Corpus Christi Bayfront
601 N. Water St.
Janet F. Harte Public Library Holiday Express at 2 pm
Polar Express movie, craft, and storytime.
Cost: Free
2629 Waldron Rd.

La Retama Central Library Christmas Decoration Workshop from 3 - 5 pm
Make some decorations for your tree. Fun family event! Cost: Free
805 Comanche
361-826-7000

St. Peter's by the Sea Methodist Church Drive Thru Live Nativity from 6 to 8 pm
Cost: Free
1541 Waldron

Caroling at the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site at 6:30 pm
Cost: Free
Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
317 Fulton Beach Rd

Corpus Christi Ballet Presents The Nutcracker (Family Weekend) at 7:30 pm
A classic holiday favorite featuring a marvelous cast of over 100 with lavish scenery, dazzling costumes, and exciting characters. Family Weekend with tickets half off regular price and no live orchestra.
Cost: Tickets start at $7 (plus fees)
Selena Auditorium
1901 N. Shoreline

Annaville Baptist Church "Back to Christmas" Play from 7-8 pm
"In the not too distant future, Christmas has been all but forgotten. Join one family on an adventure through time as they discover the true meaning and power of Christmas!"
Cost: Free
Worship Center Annaville Baptist Church
4025 Violet Rd.

La Posada Lighted Boat Parade at 7 pm
A large Lighted Boat Parade on the South canal route on the island. Usually 40 to 50 boats collecting toys for the children of the city of Corpus Christi and Nueces County.
Cost: Free
For route visit map here

Corpus Christi Cathedral Presents A Touch of Frozen Frost- 2016 Home for the Holidays Concert at 7:30 pm
Moms, Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas will want to make sure they bring their little Elsas, Olafs and Annas in costume to help Guest Maestro, Paul Haas, make sure everyone has a Fabulously Frozen Fun time! Maestro Haas will begin this much anticipated holiday concert with traditional holiday favorites including Sleigh Ride and selections from the Nutcracker. Then, audience members are in for a real treat when the Del Mar Master Chorus and the Corpus Christi Chorale sing the Hallelujah Chorus. Also, expect a few surprises that will be sure to delight the senses and maybe even bring a (joyful) tear to the eye! Of course, the ever popular sing- a- long and visit from Santa will cap off a very memorable evening you will not want to miss!
Cost: Tickets range from $21-95. Buy online or call 361-883-6683.
PAC at TAMUCC
6300 Ocean Dr.

Sunday, December 11

Ingleside Renaissance Faire from 10 am to 5 pm
Come out to Live Oak Park and take a step back in time. Be entertained by Jousting Knights, Pyrojugglers, Belly Dancers, Great Music, Food, Arts & Crafts and much more!
Cost: Admission $5 with 12 and under FREE
Live Oak Park
Ingleside, TX
Travis Baptist Choir Christmas Cantata at 10:45am
Celebrate the birth of our Savior with this special presentation from the Travis Baptist Church choir.
Cost: Free
5802 Weber Rd.

Parkway Presbyterian Church Christmas Cantata at 10:55 am
Join us in worship for a morning of festive music presented by the Parkway choir.
Cost: Free
Parkway Presbyterian Church
3707 Santa Fe St.

Corpus Christi Ballet Presents The Nutcracker (Family Weekend) at 2 pm
A classic holiday favorite featuring a marvelous cast of over 100 with lavish scenery, dazzling costumes, and exciting characters. Family Weekend with tickets half off regular price and no live orchestra.
Cost: Tickets start at $7 (plus fees)
Selena Auditorium
1901 N. Shoreline

Annaville Baptist Church "Back to Christmas" Play and Festival from 4 to 7 pm
"In the not too distant future, Christmas has been all but forgotten. Join one family on an adventure through time as they discover the true meaning and power of Christmas!" Christmas Festival from 4-7 pm. Inflatables, food trucks, face painting, rockwall climbing, gaming and diva trailers, pony rides, hay rides, s'mores bonfire, and more. This is a free event for the whole community, though we will have food trucks on hand if you'd like to purchase snacks, food, and drinks. Then come inside from 7-8 pm and join us for a showing of our free Christmas Play.
Cost: Free
4025 Violet Rd.

St. Peter's by the Sea Methodist Church Drive Thru Live Nativity from 6 to 8 pm
Cost: Free
1541 Waldron

Parkway Presbyterian Christmas Pageant and Sounds of Christmas from 6 to 8 pm
Come hear the story of Christmas as told by the children of Parkway AND hear our congregation offer their gifts in music and song with the Sounds of Christmas.
Cost: Free
Parkway Presbyterian Church
3707 Santa Fe St.

Wednesday, December 14

Janet F. Harte Public Library White Christmas at 10:15 am
Movie showing.
Cost: Free
2629 Waldron Rd.

Photo via Eleanor's FB page
Eleanor's Coffee Bar + Market​ Pics with Santa at 5:30 pm
Come join Eleanor's for some hot chocolate and pics with Santa! We will have a photographer on hand to snap a few pictures and sent to you via email within a few days or you can opt to have it printed and picked up at Eleanor's the following week.
Cost: $10 per child
Eleanor's Coffee Bar + Market
4231 S Alameda St.

Thursday, December 15

Art Museum of South Texas Moms and Tots (and sometimes POPS!) Holiday Decorations from 10-11:30 am
From glittery snowflake clings to “stained glass” window ornaments, create special handmade decorations to celebrate the season! For ages 2 to 5.
Cost: $10 members / $15 nonmembers. Register online.
1902 Shoreline Blvd.

361-825-3500

Art Museum of South Texas Moms and Tots (and sometimes POPS!) Gingerbread Houses from 1- 2:30 pm
Join us as we sing Christmas carols, read our favorite holiday stories, and create the sweetest treat imaginable. Using lots of frosting, graham crackers and all kinds of Christmas candies, you’ll create an original miniature Gingerbread House that will be sure to brighten up your holiday! For ages 2 to 5.
Cost: $15 members / $20 nonmembers. Register online.
1902 Shoreline Blvd.
361-825-3500

Friday, December 16

Full Gospel 17th Annual Christmas Banquet at 6 pm
Dinner at 6 pm, special service at 7 pm. Gifts will be given to all children 18 and under in attendance. Cost: Free
6067 Hwy 77 (between Odem and Sinton)
Sinton, TX

Saturday, December 17

Ingleside Fire Department Breakfast With Santa from 9:00 - 11:00 am
Come have Breakfast with Santa at the Ingleside Fire Station which includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, and beverages. Pictures with Santa will be available. Donations go to support the Ingleside Volunteer Fire Department.
Cost: Donations will be accepted for the breakfast
Ingleside Fire Department
2425 Eighth Street
Ingleside, TX

MWR Corpus Christi Breakfast with Santa from 10 am until 2 pm
A special breakfast and pictures with Santa with activities that will include ice skating, arts and crafts, train ride, and face painting. The menu will include pancakes, waffles, fruit, and syrup. Families with children with base access are invited to this event! For more information, please call 961-2355.
Cost: Free (MUST HAVE BASE ACCESS)
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Catalina Club
11001 D St.

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History Holiday at the Museum from 10 am - 5 pm
Celebrate at the museum with holiday themed science and history! Take your photo with Santa, Winter activities, Holiday Experiments.
Cost: $7 for members, General Admission Adults: $9 Senior Citizens: $7 Military (w/ active I.D.): $4.50 Children (ages 3-12): $7 Children (ages 2 & under): Free. Register online or call to register 361-826-4667. Scholarships are available.
1900 N Chaparral St.

Barnes and Noble Santa's Sleigh Is on Its Way Storytime at 11 am
It's a magical Christmas Eve, and all of the children in your town are sleeping. Well, all of the children but you! How could you possibly fall asleep when you know Santa and his sleigh are on their way? Join us for Storytime and activities featuring Santa's Sleigh Is on Its Way!
Cost: Free
5129 Blanche D Moore Dr.

Holiday With The Lodge in Corpus Christi 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Huge craft sale and food and goodies for the entire family.
Cost: Free admission
Corpus Christi Masonic Lodge No. 189
4114 Weber Rd.

Impact City Church Drop In from 12-4 pm
Movie, popcorn, pizza and crafts will be provided for their entertainment.
Cost: $10 a child with a max of $30 per family if more than 3 children are dropped off. Registration is due by December 15th. Contact Matt and Kelly for more info.
2033 Airline Rd, Ste D3

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History 3rd Annual Holiday Sensory Night from 5:30 - 9 pm
Come celebrate the Holidays at the Museum’s Sensory Night! Children with sensory sensitivities are invited to enjoy a calm evening with interactive and fun activities. Take your picture with Santa and enjoy holiday activities such ornament making, finger-painting, letters to Santa and more!
Cost: FREE for members, General Admission Adults: $9 Senior Citizens: $7 Military (w/ active I.D.): $4.50 Children (ages 3-12): $7 Children (ages 2 & under): Free. Dinner is available for purchase. $10 per person. Dinner will be pasta and salad. Register online or call to register 361-826-4667. Scholarships are available.
1900 N Chaparral St.

Candy Cane Lane of Corpus Christi Neighborhood Party from 6 to 10 pm
Santa and his elves along with PJ Masks team will at at 6 pm to 4602 Wooldridge Rd. There will be much to see and to. See map for details.
Cost: Free
La Retama Central Library Hogwarts Yule Ball from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Dancing, movie, photo booth, formal attire or dress robe encouraged. The event is for ages 13+.
Cost: Free
805 Comanche
361-826-7000

Corpus Christi Ballet Presents The Nutcracker (Gala Weekend) at 7:30 pm
A classic holiday favorite featuring a marvelous cast of over 100 with lavish scenery, dazzling costumes, and exciting characters. Gala performances with a live orchestra.
Cost: Tickets start at $12 (plus fees)
Selena Auditorium
1901 N. Shoreline

Sunday, December 18

Corpus Christi Ballet Presents The Nutcracker (Gala Weekend) at 3 pm
A classic holiday favorite featuring a marvelous cast of over 100 with lavish scenery, dazzling costumes, and exciting characters. Gala performances with a live orchestra.
Cost: Tickets start at $12 (plus fees)
Selena Auditorium
1901 N. Shoreline

Monday, December 19

Anita & W.T. Neyland Public Library Mini Movie Marathon "Holiday Classics" at 2 pm
Watch your favorite holiday classic movies (TBA). For entire family. We provide the popcorn and you can bring your own drinks, food or snacks.
Cost: Free
1230 Carmel Pkwy.

Owen R. Hopkins Public Library Christmas Party at 4 pm
Come join us as we read "The Night before Christmas". We will be having cookies, and a craft and a special visitor.
Cost: Free
3202 McKinzie Rd.


Cinderela School of Dance Corpus Christi Cinderella's Christmas "Tea Party" from 6 to 8 pm
Bring your Princess to join the "Tea-Party" while you get in some last minute shopping! Princesses will create an Acrylic Painting with rhinestones and decorate cookies for the "Tea Party". There will be sing-alongs, dancing, games and photos with Snow White! Dress As Your Favorite Princess and join the fun!
Cost: $30. Register online.
5830 McArdle #14

Tuesday, December 20

La Retama Central Library Family Morning Movie Matinee at 11 am
Cost: Free
805 Comanche
361-826-7000

Photo via Tuba Christmas CC Facebook
TUBAChristmas! Corpus Christi at 12 pm
2016 is the 43nd anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events which are presented throughout the world.
Cost: Free
Plains Capital Bank Building
500 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Anita & W.T. Neyland Public Library Mini Movie Marathon "Holiday Classics" at 2 pm
Watch your favorite holiday classic movies (TBA). For entire family. We provide the popcorn and you can bring your own drinks, food or snacks.
Cost: Free
1230 Carmel Pkwy.

Ben F. McDonald Public Library Ornament Decorating at 4:15 pm
Pop in and create a unique ornament or two to add to your Christmas tree this year. Additional activities include a story and visit from Santa himself. All ages. Younger kids will need adult assistance.
Supplies limited
Cost: Free
4044 Greenwood Dr.

Wednesday, December 21

La Retama Central Library Family Morning Movie Matinee at 11 am
Cost: Free
805 Comanche
361-826-7000

Anita & W.T. Neyland Public Library Mini Movie Marathon "Holiday Classics" at 2 pm
Watch your favorite holiday classic movies (TBA). For entire family. We provide the popcorn and you can bring your own drinks, food or snacks.
Cost: Free
1230 Carmel Pkwy.

American Bank Center Winter Wonderland at 3 pm
Public ice skating! The arena will be transformed into a winter wonderland with ice skating, but music, also a crafts area and holiday inspired food and beverages will be available as well along with the concession menu. Doors will open at 3 pm. There will be two sessions for each day, first session 4-6 pm, second session 7-9 pm. Ice skates available, first come-first-serve basis (limited quantities in each size) and socks are required to skate. 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult/guardian and all skaters need to sign a waiver. A portion of the proceeds from the Winter Wonderland event will go to Bikes for Kids.
Cost: $10 at the door, cash only. ATM’s will be accessible if needed.
American Bank Center
1901 N. Shoreline

Art Wars: The Holiday Awakens A Star Wars Holiday Themed Family Art Time from 5 to 7 pm
This Family Art Time is going to be a memorable one! We'll have special guests from the local 501st Legion, a visit from Santa Claus, face painting, and a special craft. Kids are welcomed to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character to take pictures with a Storm Trooper and a Snow Trooper!
Cost: Free (while supplies last)
Art Center of Corpus Christi
100 N Shoreline Blvd.

Thursday, December 22

La Retama Central Library Polar Express Party and Movie at 2 pm
Story, crafts, movie and refreshments!
Cost: Free
805 Comanche
361-826-7000

American Bank Center Winter Wonderland at 3 pm
Public ice skating! The arena will be transformed into a winter wonderland with ice skating, but music, also a crafts area and holiday inspired food and beverages will be available as well along with the concession menu. Doors will open at 3 pm. There will be two sessions for each day, first session 4-6 pm, second session 7-9 pm. Ice skates available, first come-first-serve basis (limited quantities in each size) and socks are required to skate. 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult/guardian and all skaters need to sign a waiver. A portion of the proceeds from the Winter Wonderland event will go to Bikes for Kids.
Cost: $10 at the door, cash only. ATM’s will be accessible if needed.
American Bank Center
1901 N. Shoreline

River Hills Baptist Annual Live Nativity from 6 to 8 pm
With more lights and cookies this year, we invite you and your family out to enjoy the true meaning of Christmas! There will be carolers, story time and pony rides for the kids, and hot chocolate for all to enjoy!
Cost: Free
Woodriver Community Association Sports Center
4410 Wood River Dr. (Callalen)

Corpus Christi Cathedral Presents The Joy of Christmas! at 7:30 pm
Featuring Corpus Christi Cathedral Choir and members of the Corpus Christi Orchestra, directed by Lee Gwozdz and Dr. Guadalupe Riviera
Cost: Free
Corpus Christi Cathedral
505 North Upper Broadway

Friday, December 23

River Hills Baptist Annual Live Nativity from 6 to 8 pm
With more lights and cookies this year, we invite you and your family out to enjoy the true meaning of Christmas! There will be carolers, story time and pony rides for the kids, and hot chocolate for all to enjoy!
Cost: Free
Woodriver Community Association Sports Center
4410 Wood River Dr. (Callalen)

Corpus Christi Cathedral Presents The Joy of Christmas! at 7:30 pm
Featuring Corpus Christi Cathedral Choir and members of the Corpus Christi Orchestra, directed by Lee Gwozdz and Dr. Guadalupe Riviera
Cost: Free
Corpus Christi Cathedral
505 North Upper Broadway
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