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Christmas Activities on South Padre Island

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Walk in a sort of unconventional winter wonderland this Christmas on South Padre Island! The island offers a fun variety of activities and attractions perfect for you and your family. From festivals and parades to outdoor adventures, here’s a detailed guide for the top Christmas activities on South Padre Island. 

Christmas Activities on South Padre Island

The Christmas season gets a jumpstart in late November with the honorary tree lighting ceremony on Padre Boulevard. The mayor warmly welcomes everyone to the event and spreads good cheer before the Christmas tree is lit. It’s a festive way to get you in the spirit of the holidays!  

South Padre Island Street Parade

Your eyes will sparkle as during the South Padre Island Parade. Watch the parade of lights make their way down the route. Usually held in early December, this spectacular event features a procession of beautifully decorated floats, marching bands, and even an appearance by Mr. Claus himself! Bring a beach chair and find a spot along Padre Boulevard, providing plenty of viewing spots for families. It’s a perfect way to kick off the holiday season and immerse yourself in the festive spirit. 

Holiday Sand Sculpture Village

You’ll be in awe of the amazing things that can be done with sand at the Holiday Sand Sculpture Village. During the winter months, holiday themed sculptures are featured – like snowmen to reindeer. The festive twinkling lights add a magical glow to the sandy masterpieces. 

Lighted Boat Parade

For a spectacular display on the water, check out the Lighted Boat Parade. Here, boats of all sizes are decorated with colorful lights and set to sail through the Laguna Madre Bay. It starts at the Sea Ranch Marina, where you can watch or make your way over to the South Padre Island Marina or Louie’s Backyard.  

South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center

During the holiday season, the center hosts special events and guided tours. You’ll get a up close view of migratory birds that flock to the area in the winter. Walk along the boardwalk and see the sights at the observation decks to take in the views of the wetlands.  

Sea Turtle Inc.

Get to know some turtles this Christmas at Sea Turtle Inc. Christmas at Sea Turtle features special activities and educational sessions to help you learn what’s involved in protecting these special creatures.  

Fun by the Beach

Have a sandy and sunny Christmas in South Padre Island with some well-deserved time at the beach! Relax, swim, build your own sandcastles, or play beach volleyball on the soft, sandy beaches of South Padre Island. Go for a thrilling kiteboarding and windsurfing ride when the winds are just right. 

Holiday Shopping

Stop by the South Padre Island Farmers Market to pick up some local produce and handmade goods.  Stroll down Padre Boulevard to pop into the shops and pick up some unique gifts for the special people in your life.  

Dining with a Festive Twist

Take advantage of the holiday menus and events happening in the restaurants and cafés of South Padre Island. Have a memorable meal on the days leading up to Christmas in restaurants like Sea Ranch Restaurant & Bar and Blackbeard’s Restaurant. You’ll love the festive vibes and yummy food. Nothing says Christmas like a hearty meal with a spectacular view of the Gulf.  

Dolphin Watching Tours

Take a holiday dolphin-watching cruise for a closer look at the playful dolphins that call South Padre Island home. The calm waters of the Laguna Madre Bay are ideal for spotting dolphins. Your tour guide will tell you all about them and more during your boat ride. 

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Thanks to its wide array of activities and amazing views, South Padre is a must-see destination.  As you plan your move to this lovely Texas island, reach out to us for help finding the perfect home! 

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