Enjoy your Holidays the Island Way

The holidays are right around the corner, which means it's the perfect time to start planning activities for your holiday trip. Whether you choose to come for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year's, there are plenty of great activities happening in Port Aransas.

Take Thanksgiving to the Coast


Join in on the Port A Thanksgiving holiday fun when you come to Port Aransas this year for your Thanksgiving trip. Family fun doesn’t have to end when the kids go back to school. Head down to Port A to bookend fall break with jet ski rides and seashell collecting, and upgrade your family’s Turkey Bowl venue to the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast

Have you enjoyed your Thanksgiving meal while a sea breeze floats in through the patio doors? There are tons of great restaurants offering delicious meals for your Thanksgiving festivities. Dine in or grab something to go with traditional Thanksgiving meals or classics from our favorite Port Aransas, restaurants you are sure to find the perfect meal. 

Time to Trot like a Turkey 

Get the family together for the Port Aransas Turkey Trot. Enter the 10k, 5k, 2k, or Tot Trot for the little ones. All proceeds from the 2023 Turkey Trot will go to sustain programs and provide scholarships for Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Day School, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and the only day school in Port Aransas. Enjoy a day with family and friends while giving back to the community. The night before the Turkey Trot, come out to the Grand Lawn at Palmilla Beach for Gobble on the Grand. This family-fun event welcomes Turkey Trot racers to the packet pick-up pre-party! They will have a vendor village for shopping, bounce houses, an inflatable obstacle course for big kids, and more. You definitely don't want to miss out on Turkey Bowling—a Thanksgiving activity done the Port A way! This bowling tournament is always a crowd-pleaser and will have you and your family coming back year after year.

Christmas on the Island


Port Aransas loves to celebrate Christmas the island way. Whatever your holiday traditions happen to be, they are sure to be even more memorable in Port Aransas. Come and enjoy all the great holiday events that are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit! Start off December with Santa in the Park. Spend time at a Santa workshop craft station, in bounce houses, enjoying holiday hayrides, participating in an ugly sweater contest, and face painting with Santa. All this and more will be kicking off Christmas in Port A at Santa in the Park!


A Day Filled with Christmas Cheer

Clear your calendar on December 9 for a day filled with Christmas spirit! The day starts with the Holiday Golf Cart Parade, where the community will be decorating their golf carts to look like they came straight from Santa's workshop. Watch them cruise around town and try to spot your favorite cart decorated with lights and holiday cheer. 
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., head over to the watch the annual Lighted Boat Parade in the Port Aransas marina. Boats from Port Aransas will be decorated in their best and brightest Christmas lights with themes to match. There will be a vote for the best boat, so keep your eyes out! Spectators are encouraged to watch from the pavilion bulkhead, along dock walkways, or from local bars and restaurants located along the marina. 
After the Lighted Boat Parade, enjoy the newest Port Aransas holiday event, the Holiday Drone Show. Drones will fly through the sky to create beautiful holiday designs to celebrate the holidays. The drones will be flying over Roberts Point Park, so find a good spot and watch this amazing new show.
Don't miss out on the New Year's Eve fireworks display at Roberts Point Park. Thirty minutes after dark watch the sky light up with a gorgeous fireworks display. Watch from any restaurants on the marina, boats, or the park.

Whatever the holiday Port Aransas has activities for the whole family to create memories they can carry with them and maybe even some new family traditions.

Come to Port A and do the holidays the Texas coastal way.