Your Ultimate Holiday Guide to Merry Days by the Bay 2019
It's the holiday season in Corpus Christi! Check out all of these holly jolly events going on during Merry Days by the Bay!
November 9- December 24
Santa’s here! Grab the kiddos and head to La Palmera Shopping Mall to get a picture with Santa Claus. Make sure your kid’s wish list is complete so they can give it to Santa as they sit on his lap. Boys and girls of all ages are invited to stop by for a visit with Santa during mall hours. 5488 S. Padre Island Dr.
November 15-December 15
Enjoy a night at the theatre with this timeless classic at Harbor Playhouse! A Christmas Carol the Musical tells the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as he goes through a series of strange events after being warned by his former business partner to change his ways. This brilliant musical follows Scrooge on Christmas Eve, as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, which leads him to ultimately discover the true spirit of Christmas. Get your tickets for the musical, here. 1802 N. Chaparral St., Bldg. #2
November 22-December 22
Set 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. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie's friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. Multiple performances happen every weekend! Get your tickets and plan your trip to the theatre. 5635 Everhart Rd.
All December Long
Catch Downtown Corpus Christi decked in holiday cheer! Find Chaparral Street covered in garland, bows and other decorations like it once was back in the day. As you stroll through downtown take a pic along the decor for the perfect holiday instagram shot!
December 5, 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Cross some gifts off of your holiday shopping list at the Island Holiday Art and Farmer’s Market at the Briscoe King Pavilion. Give the gift of handmade jewelry, soaps and other authentic handmade pieces. Treat yourself during the Christmas season and pick up something nice for yourself too. The market will have local food vendors, food trucks, farmers, treats, art vendors and live music all along the gorgeous boardwalk near the beach! 15820 Park Rd. 22
December 6, 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Watch Downtown come alive on December 6 at Artwalk! On the first Friday of every month you'll find artists, live music, and all things creative. Enjoy the Holiday ArtWalk with holiday lights in both La Retama and Artesian Parks! Shop for local arts and crafts, see art exhibits in galleries, and enjoy mouth watering food and drink. 223 N. Chaparral St., Ste. A
December 7, 1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
The 35th Annual Harbor Lights Festival on Saturday, December 7, 2019, is Corpus Christi's unique celebration to light up the holiday season in the Downtown Bayfront! This long-standing public tradition in Corpus Christi kicks off the holiday season with a kids parade, Christmas Carol Singalong with the Corpus Christi Chorale and Youth Chorale, the lighting of the 60 foot Christmas tree, and so much more! At The Water’s Edge, 400A N. Shoreline Blvd
December 7, 5:00 p.m.
When was the last time you went caroling? The Corpus Christi Chorale along with the Corpus Christi Youth Chorale will present a program of holiday music followed by an old fashioned community singalong during the 35th Annual Harbor Lights Festival. The program gets underway at 5pm on Saturday, December 7, 2019, followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree! The Water’s Edge, 400A N. Shoreline Blvd
December 7, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the South Side Farmers’ Market Annual Winter Craft Fair on December 7! Get started on your Christmas shopping from local farmers and artisan vendors who will have handmade crafts and freshly grown produce to pick to your hearts delight. There will also be live music to enjoy while you shop! 5800 Everhart Rd.
December 7-8 and December 14-15, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Experience Holly Days at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center that will feature a 20-foot Frazier Fir decked out with over 24,00 colored lights. That’s not all--there will be THREE trees around the gardens! The Rose Garden will transform into a Christmas decoration wonderland where you can take photos with Santa, parrots AND reptiles. 8545 S. Staples St.
December 7, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Don’t miss the Home for the Holidays musical performance at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center on December 7! This longtime holiday crowd-pleaser has become a tradition for many families throughout the Coastal Bend. The Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra will be joined by local choirs to offer a delightful mix of carols, seasonal favorites and the popular sing-a-long with Santa Claus himself. 6300 Ocean Dr.
December 7, 14 and 21, 9:00 a.m.
Enjoy Corpus Christi Tours has some non-traditional activities that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit and this is one of them! On December 7, 14 and 21, enjoy some nice warm wassail as you explore five historical cemeteries in Corpus Christi. What in the world is wassail you may ask? Fun fact: wassail is an activity and a beverage that originated in England many moons ago. Traditionally, villagers would gather around their apple trees on the 12th day of Christmas while singing and toasting with wassail to the good health of the apple trees. All tours last about 2 hours and start at 9:00 a.m., check out the Enjoy Corpus Christi Tours website to schedule a tour and see the other holiday tours offered! 99 N. Shoreline Blvd.
December 8, 8:00 a.m.
Experience the Harbor Bridge like never before! Take it head on by walking (or running) over the bridge alongside hundreds of other people. Get that fitness kick started in style and catch the mesmerizing view of the city while you're up there. The walk begins and ends at Heritage Park. Don't forget to stay afterwards and jump into Zumba, Yoga and/or Tai Chi. Get your fitness on at Bridgewalk! Walk begins right at 8:30 a.m., so make sure to get there a bit early so you don't miss kick off. 1581 N. Chaparral St.
December 8, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Mark your calendar for the holiday shopping extravaganza happening at the Ortiz Center on December 8! Shop and sip your evening away as you do some shopping. While you are downtown enjoy the lights and decorations around the city to celebrate the season. 702 N. Chaparral St.
December 8, 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Watch Heritage Park light up on December 8 at the Instituto de Cultura Hispanica Festival Navideno! This is a FREE event filled with holiday cheer brought by food trucks, vendors, live entertainment, music and pictures with Santa. Bring the whole family out to see the lighting of the Christmas tree in the park. 1581 N. Chaparral
Christmas isn’t Christmas without the most famous ballet, The Nutcracker! Many families make it an annual tradition to see this classic story of a young girl's journey to a magical land on Christmas Eve with a Mouse King, toy soldiers and a handsome prince. The Corpus Christi Ballet has multiple performances during the two weekends, the first weekend is family weekend and the second the ballet will perform with a live orchestra! Get your tickets and head to the American Bank Center for the ballet. 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.
December 14-December 31
Wait, what? You read right. Enjoy Corpus Christi Tours is famous for its ghost tours in this coastal town. Starting on December 14, you can practice your lively holiday songs on stage in The Ritz, a historic theater in downtown Corpus Christi. After you’ve warmed up your vocal chords, step into a haunted, downtown apartment building and perform your masterpiece. Call or visit the website to schedule your caroling. 99 N. Shoreline Blvd.
December 14, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Calling all Christmas tree lovers! The Art Museum of South Texas turns into a forest showcasing lovingly decorated Christmas trees. December 14 is Holiday Family Day which means admission for the museum is FREE. This family friendly event gets you in the holiday spirit as you stroll through the trees. 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd.
December 15 and 24
Tamales are a South Texas staple during the holiday season. With tamales as good as your abuela makes them, you’ll be stuffed by the end of the night! Check out House of Rock’s website to get your ticket for its annual dinner on Christmas Eve. 511 Starr St.
December 15-December 31
Corpus Christi’s holiday lights game is strong… if you know where to go. Enjoy Corpus Christi Tours has you covered with this private tour that can accommodate 1 to 13 people. Bring your own holiday spirits on board and let them do the rest. They’ll have you oohing and ahhing for approximately 2 hours as they drive you to as many great light displays as possible. Reminiscing and singing are encouraged! Tours begin on December 15 and fill up fast so call to schedule a tour or visit their website. 99 N. Shoreline Blvd.
December 15, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
You won’t want to miss this combination of music, poetry and stories happening at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center on December 15! The 26th Anniversary of Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Concert is an event that will put everyone in the holiday spirit. Sing-a-long to Christmas classics and enjoy some of Murphey’s original songs. Get your tickets, here. 6300 Ocean Dr.
December 20-December 31
Come for the sights, sounds and festive fun happening from December 20-December 31 at the American Bank Center! Coastal Christmas is the celebration of the season where you can enjoy ice skating every night, lots of kids activities, a giant life-size snow globe for kids to go inside and, of course, Santa will be there. Experience the Coastal Bend like never before and become immersed in the season’s spirit with a grand display of holiday lighting, a 24 foot Christmas tree, festive décor and live entertainment. 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Jingle All The Way 5K at Cole Park
December 21, 7:45 a.m.
Dash through a Christmas-themed 5K at Cole Park on December 21! Besides the run, enjoy games for the kids, door prizes and the big guy, Santa!. Bundle up and experience the brisk weather during this fun event. The 1K starts at 7:45 a.m. and the 5K starts at 8:00 a.m. 2600 Ocean Drive
December 21, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
The Yule Ball might sound familiar to you if you’ve seen Harry Potter. Well now you can join in on the whimsical ball you know and love! Come in your best dressed attire for an evening of dancing, a costume contests, photos and tons of fun at La Retama Public Library. 805 Comanche St