Christmas tends to bring out unique and different traditions. And with this memorable holiday fast approaching, perhaps you are wondering what to do in this haven. One of the benefits of being a homeowner in South Padre Island is that you can decide when and where to have endless fun as you create new memories and practices.
But what if you don’t want to go far from your new home? What if you’d rather stay local? Don’t worry, this magnificent place is home to enjoyable activities! The list of activities and events to engage in this charming island is endless. Below are South Padre Island Christmas events and activities you can do to make this lovely season.
The Best South Padre Island Christmas Events
There is no shortage of South Padre Island Christmas events to make your Christmas phenomenal in South Padre Island. Start this memorable holiday with your family or friends by attending the annual Christmas Parade, free for everyone. As you relish the fresh air filling the atmosphere, you can observe the festive groups and spectacular floats passing by on Padre Boulevard.
Are you looking for something more to uplift your holiday spirit? In addition to the parade, partaking in the tree lighting ceremony is an excellent way to spend time and kick-start the festive period. As you marvel at the gorgeous lights, you will undoubtedly feel delighted. If you want to experience both the parade and the Christmas tree lighting, getting to the captivating City Hall earlier is advised, as the parade starts at 6 p.m.
Visit the Stunning Holiday Sandcastle Village
Though the Sandcastle Village is a year-round area, it is effortlessly one of the best places to tour during the cherished Christmas holiday. Yearly, travelers flock to the exquisite South Padre Island to unwind and experience its sands! However, there is more to these great sands, particularly during the festive seasons. Besides building sandcastles, people use the sand to make some of the most eye-catching sculptures that leave many, if not all, impressed.
With some of the most gifted local artists delivering exceptional visions, get ready to marvel and snap some of the best sculptures you have ever seen. From the fantastic Christmas tree made out of sand to reindeer and sometimes Santa Claus himself, you can be sure to leave this place with unforgettable memories.
Join the Pleasant Lighted Boat Parade
If you want to encounter something incredible that will make Christmas in South Padre Island complete, heading to the shore and partaking in the annual Light Boat Parade is a must-have on your bucket list. With those dear to you by your side, you can watch and take photos of the beautifully adorned boats of different sizes cruising.
Even better, there are designated viewing spots throughout the route, allowing everyone to see some of the most spectacular light exhibits adding charm to the bay. There is more. The viewing is accessible to the public, and if you wish to join the parade, you can easily register online and bring your boat.
Shop for Christmas Gifts
Christmas is an adored season when many gather to celebrate and exchange gifts. Whether you want to buy a holiday decoration or a unique gift for a friend, family, or significant other, South Padre Island has everything to ensure you have a fabulous holiday. From the many gift stores in this place, you can buy t-shirts, toys, furniture, art, jewelry, and seashell, just to mention a few. If something unparalleled is what you are looking for, plenty of shops also specialize in handmade items. And if you’re feeling crafty, there are lots of things for DIYers out there. Whatever will help you put a smile on the faces of those dear to you, this enchanting place has it all.
Savor a Christmas Buffet
During the festive season, you may not feel like cooking at home. When that happens, the tempting restaurants in this spot await to make your Christmas the best while satisfying your taste buds. Whether you want to devour the mouthwatering turkey and ham or want to try out a foreign meal, these eateries have something for everyone to leave with their bellies happy.
To make this special occasion exceptional, you will find kid-friendly meals to ensure the little ones are also delighted. Some restaurants to check out include the alluring Windjammer’s Beachfront Cafe and Sea Ranch Restaurant and Bar, among others.
Reach Out to Us
Christmas is around the corner, and maybe you are not sure where to start when it comes to purchasing a new home in South Padre Island. At Franke Realty, we are here to take you through all the necessary steps to be a homeowner in this piece of heaven. Since we have been serving this beautiful island for over six decades, we have the experience to help you settle on a home that will give you value for your money. Get in touch today and have all your questions answered by our real estate experts. Whatever dreams you have, we will help you make them a reality.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Cloudy skies and light rain showers continuously loomed over the Valley this New Year’s Day, but that didn’t put a damper on this annual celebration.
From visiting Winter Texans to local Valley families, hundreds participated in Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill’s free 22nd annual Polar Bear Dip held yesterday afternoon.
The idea of the annual Polar Bear Dip tradition is for participants to immerse themselves completely from head-to-toe in the water so they can wash off the old year and come out refreshed and ready for the new year.
“This is a great family-friendly event that brings in the New Year,” Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill owner Clayton Brashear said. “It started about 20 plus years ago by a couple of guys just going to the beach and it has grown into a destination event where people from as far away as Minnesota, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and the Valley come out and supports it.”
Harlingen residents Obie and Maribel Salinas sported matching reindeer onesies as they ran into the chilly ocean waters together.
It was the couple’s first time participating in the Polar Bear Dip.
“I think it’s a wonderful way to end the year and start a new one,” Obie said. “This is something we’ve been really looking forward to and wanting to experience.”
Maribel said the duo are already planning costume ideas for next year’s event.
“I think more people should come out and participate,” Obie said. “It’s getting bigger and bigger every year so everyone should come out and have fun while supporting the community.”
Helping a Local Cause
For the past four years, the Island’s Friends of Animal Rescue Shelter has been registering participants and selling commemorative Polar Bear Dip T-shirts to raise funds for their new shelter.
“The outlook on the new year is always great,” said Friends of Animal Rescue Shelter Director of Operations Sherry Pindard. “Our goals for 2020 are to break ground on our new animal shelter that we’re building in an empty lot next to our current animal shelter and to build something that will help the community and all of the animals.”
According to Pindard, the nonprofit raises anywhere from $7,000 to $9,000 during the Polar Bear Dip event, depending on the crowd.
“It’s fantastic. Clayton has always been very generous to Friends of Animal Rescue,” Pindard said with a grateful smile. “That’s a lot of money for a nonprofit shelter to make in a matter of three to four hours.”
POLAR BEAR DIP WEATHER
CONDITIONS — Cloudy skies and light rain showers
AIR TEMPERATURE — Low 60s
WATER TEMPERATURE — 64 degrees
By Alana Hernandez, Staff writer
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
Christmas trees can be dropped every Saturday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. from Dec. 28, 2019, to Feb. 8, 2020, at 4501 Padre Boulevard.
South Padre Island residents may place their tree curbside anytime until Feb. 8, 2020.
All trees must have ornaments, lights, nails, and tree stands removed before recycling.
All recycled trees will be turned into mulch that can be used in gardens to safeguard plants from winter weather.
Mulch will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis at the City of Port Isabel Public Works Department, located at 217 W. Hickman, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please bring your own tools and storage containers for loading and transporting the mulch.
For more information, call (956) 761-8123.