Things to Do in Corpus Christi this Weekend - The Bend Magazine

Things to Do in Corpus Christi this Weekend: November 25 – 27

Local theatre offerings, HOLLY-DAYS at the South Texas Botanical Gardens, tree lighting ceremonies and more things to do in Corpus Christi this weekend.

Harbor Playhouse's production of "A Christmas Carol" opens this Friday, November 25. Photo provided by Harbor Playhouse, taken by Josh Goldson

Looking for things to do in Corpus Christi and the greater Coastal Bend area this weekend? From holiday classic theatre productions and tree-lighting ceremonies to live music and markets, there are tons of ways to get out and about with the whole family!

A Christmas Carol Live on Stage | November 25-27

Experience this wonderful holiday tradition as it delights the stage at Harbor Playhouse once again! This must-see production of A Christmas Carol takes audience members on a journey with the miserly Scrooge as his heart transforms in this beautiful, timeless message of generosity’s triumph over greed. Opening weekend includes a 7:30 p.m. show on both Friday and Saturday, and a 2:30 p.m. show on Sunday. Tickets are available for purchase online.

H-E-B Christmas Tree Lighting | November 25

The Downtown Management District and H-E-B invite you to an epic tree-lighting ceremony this Saturday, November 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event, which will take place on Shoreline Blvd. at Water’s Edge Park, will include food trucks, hot chocolate, face painting, live music by the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra’s Brass Quintet and Mariachi Aguila produced by House of Rock, plus an appearance from Santa Claus.

A Christmas Story at Aurora Arts Theatre| November 25-27

Aurora Arts Theatre’s production of A Christmas Story continues this weekend! The classic holiday tale takes place in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana. The musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. The show’s run time is two hours and includes a 15-minute intermission. Tickets are available online.

HOLLY-Days at the Gardens| November 25-26

The traditional live, lighted 20-foot fir tree, with hundreds of colored lights, on the Rose Garden lawn, will be the centerpiece for four weekends of HOLLY-Days at the Gardens starting this Saturday, November 25! The South Texas Botanical Gardens will transform into a holiday haven with Santa, animal photo opts, s’mores and hot cocoa, various light displays throughout, a petting zoo, kids crafting opportunities, a hay maze and more. New to this year’s offerings, local environmental artist Shelia Rogers has created her latest recycling masterpiece,Eco Christmas Tree,” an 18-foot inward-lit tree made totally of green plastic bottles, collected by the community, representing the gardens’ environmental and conservation mission. The tree’s lighting ceremony will take place on Friday, November 25, at 5:30 p.m.

A Thanksgiving Celebration w/ Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures  | November 25-27

Head to the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures and Education Center this Friday, Saturday or Sunday for a special Thanksgiving celebration. Each day, the museum will have fun activities for everyone. On Friday, there will be calligraphy classes and weapons demonstrations all throughout the day and on Saturday, Raguko, a Japanese theater/comedy show will be there at noon. In an effort to give thanks to the community, the museum is extending its hours all weekend long and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

80’s Obsession ft. Dead Love Club | November 26

Put on your best 80s attire and head to Brewster Street Ice House Downtown this Saturday for a night of nostalgia! Austin’s supergroup Dead Love Club, Alex Vallejo and other special guests will be performing all your favorite songs from the 80s live on Saturday, November 26. The Ice House is a standing-room general admission venue, though reserved seating is available. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are available for purchase online.

Peppermint Lane Holiday Market| November 27

Get a head start on holiday shopping this weekend at the Peppermint Lane Holiday Market hosted by CATS UNA Market and the Downtown Management District. The event, happening from 1 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, will feature dozens of local vendors, photo opts with Santa and the Grinch, hot cocoa, food trucks and more.

Looking for Black Friday or Shop Small Saturday events? Check out our guide to shopping local this weekend!