South Padre Island Holiday Activities Kick Off with Giant Sand Sculptures
The holiday season begins on South Padre Island with a whole host of special events, including a tree lighting ceremony followed by a Christmas parade down Padre Boulevard, a lighted boat parade, breakfast with Santa, and of course, a holiday-themed sandcastle village! An Island holiday is one of the most festive ways to celebrate the season - and a great excuse for a weekend getaway to Texas’ best beach!
November 25th - The Holiday Sandcastle Village opens with unique holiday sand sculptures built by incredibly talented sand artists. Santa’s sandy Christmas throne, a Sand Snowman, and more will be part of this exhibit, complete with a lighted musical performance! Located near Louie’s Backyard and Gravity Park and open through January 13th. Perfect for your unique Christmas card photo! Free for the public.
December 6th - Tree Lighting Ceremony and Annual Christmas Parade is an Island tradition. Join residents and visitors alike for this fun-filled event on the steps of City Hall, then stay for the parade! Hosted by the City of South Padre Island Parks and Keep SPI Beautiful Committee, the parade takes place immediately following the tree lighting. Filled with lighted floats, special guests, and live music, it’s all the festive fun you can pack on Padre Boulevard! Free and open to the public.
December 7th - The Annual Lighted Boat Parade will be launching from South Point Marina in Port Isabel, lighting up the bay with holiday spirit. Boats of all shapes and sizes will be decked from aft to stern starting at 6 p.m. with judging taking place at Jim’s Pier. This free event is on everyone’s do-not-miss list!
December 8th - Have breakfast with Santa himself at the Hilton Garden Inn from 9 am to 11 am. This annual event could be kids’ final opportunity to put in a good word with the king of the North Pole.
Shopping and art events are also taking place on the Island throughout the holiday season, including a Gone Surfin’ St. Jude fundraiser painting party at Beachside Bar & Grill and a “Shop the Island” shopping spree giveaway. For more information about upcoming holiday events on the Island, visit sopadre.com/events.
About South Padre Island With a tropical feel, miles of sandy beach and expansive views of both Gulf of Mexico and Laguna Madre Bay’s blue waters, South Padre Island is a world-class, year-round Texas Gulf Coast beach destination. The Island provides a warm, four-season welcome with an abundance of activities including water sports, dolphin watching, fishing, horseback riding, shopping, diving, and birding. For information on Island experiences, visit www.sopadre.com.