December Events in the Coastal Bend - The Bend Magazine

December Events in the Coastal Bend

From holiday concerts and ballet to month-long Christmas celebrations, here are some December events to look forward to.

CCSO Home for the Holidays concert - December Events in Corpus Christi

CCSO Home for the Holidays Concert | Photo provided by CCSO

December 1 – 29

Christmas on the Coast 2023 

A month-long celebration presented by the City of Portland, Christmas on the Coast is back for its fifth year of yuletide fun. Family-friendly activities include an ice skating rink, the Glow & Trail of Lights, a Christmas tree forest, visits from Santa Claus and more. For specific information and a full schedule of December events, visit the City of Portland’s website. 

December 1 – January 3

AMST Christmas Tree Forest

In partnership with The Junior League of Corpus Christi and H-E-B, the Art Museum of South Texas will host its annual Reading Wonderland Christmas Tree Forest through Jan. 3. Children from 30 area school groups and organizations will decorate a tree inspired by literary themes and characters. The public is encouraged to visit the forest and vote for their favorite tree.

December 9 

Lighted Boat Parade 

The Port Aransas Tourism Bureau & Chamber of Commerce invite the public to take part in the Lighted Boat Parade tradition. Take in the festive sight at Fisherman’s Wharf from 6-8 p.m. on the pavilion bulkhead, along dock walkways or from local bars and restaurants along the marina. 

December 9

Home for the Holidays Concert 

Join the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra for an evening of magical music stylings accompanied by the Corpus Christi Chorale, Del Mar Master Chorus, TAMU-Kingsville Concert Choir, local soprano soloist Olga Miliuta and a visit from Santa himself.

December 9-10 & 16-17

The Nutcracker 

The Corpus Christi Ballet presents its annual production of The Nutcracker with two weekends of shows. Dec. 9-10, enjoy discounted ticket prices for Family Weekend and a full symphony orchestra, Dec. 16-17 for Gala Weekend. Ticket prices vary and are available for purchase online or by calling the box office.

December 19-23

Fifth Annual Coastal Christmas 

American Bank Center’s Coastal Christmas returns with indoor ice skating and holiday fun for the whole family, including photo ops, holiday characters and seasonal treats. Regular skate sessions, late-night sessions soundtracked by a live DJ and sensory-friendly sessions are all available. Ticket prices and skate times vary. 

December 23

Feast of Sharing 2023 

There’s no time like the holidays to give back, and H-E-B is seeking volunteers for its annual Feast of Sharing event. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the American Bank Center, help pass out a delicious hot meal to community members in need. Register to volunteer online. 

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