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Brighten Your Holidays With Some Hope at the Harbor Lights Festival

by Visit Corpus Christi Texas

As the Coastal Bend closes out 2017, the Harbor Lights Festival hopes to bring some cheer to the area for visitors far and wide. With so much of the state of Texas still picking up the pieces from the destruction Hurricane Harvey left behind,  the holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to be grateful for what we have — and to be hopeful for the future.

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Nestled along the beautiful backdrop of the Corpus Christi Bay, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on December 2 in downtown Corpus Christi!  From a great entertainment stage to fun “make it and take” activities in the Children’s Area - not to mention the signature Illuminated Boat Parade in the Corpus Christi Marina - Harbor Lights Festival will help you ring in the holiday season with a smile!

Entertainment Stage

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There’s no holiday season without the sounds of holiday music filling the air. The Harbor Lights Festival brings some of the best regional acts to the Coastal Bend to get your elf-toes tapping. Featuring Hilda Lamas, a special luau-inspired Hawaiian Christmas Show and many more stellar holiday performances, the Entertainment Stage will have you jingling all the way through December.

Children’s Activity Area

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With interactive and immersive experiences, the Children’s Activity Area features some fantastic ways to get the kiddos into the holiday spirit.   In addition to fun bouncy houses and rides, there are great arts and crafts gifts for kids to make their own holiday greeting cards, stockings and Santa caps!

And BONUS - make sure to stop by the Gift of Love tent!  Children of all ages can take a special present home for a parent, a teacher or other loved one — there’s nothing better than sharing the love during this special time of year.

Illuminated Boat Parade

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(caption: Photo Credit - Debbie Noble Photography)

There are few things more beautiful than lights sparkling on the Corpus Christi Bay. The parade floats in the bay waters between the Peoples Street and Lawrence Street T-Heads, so make sure to grab a spot on the Shoreline Boulevard Seawall and enjoy the promenade.

The Illuminated Boat Parade highlights the boats in the Corpus Christi Downtown Marina as they set off on a regatta cruise of the Corpus Christi Bay. Captains and crews sing carols to entertain and WOW the spectators with their creative holiday displays.

And here’s an insider tip:  if you would like an up close view of the boats in the parade, make sure you sit on the deck at Joe’s Crab Shack on the Lawrence Street T-Head. But get there early — spots fill up fast!

Holiday Treats and Christmas Shopping!!

Seven local food trucks and booths bring signature dishes to the Harbor Lights Festival to keep your belly full as you enjoy the mild December weather in Corpus Christi. And find that perfect and unique present for family and friends on your holiday shopping list with unique vendor booths.

BMW of Corpus Christi Santa’s Motorcade

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Here comes Santa Claus- right down Shoreline Boulevard! Santa Claus is a big part of the Harbor Lights Festival and you don’t want to miss his motorcade bringing all the joy and fun to festival-goers. And he’ll be in the Children’s Activity Area to check his naughty or nice list! 

AEP Texas Children’s Parade

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A long-standing tradition of the Harbor Lights Festival is the Children’s Parade. With the spectacular view of the Corpus Christi Bayfront as a backdrop, thousands of local school children show off their crea-tivity and dancing skills as the parade marches down Shoreline Boulevard.

So head on over to Corpus Christi and kick off your holiday season with a coastal twist!

Want more shopping options while you’re in town?  Make sure to check out the unique shops around Corpus Christi for the perfect gift for your favorite beach lover.


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