Traditions anchor here.
The sand may brush off and the tans may fade, but those holiday memories you make in Port A will last forever. This coastal town evokes the nostalgia visitors have about family trips spanning back generations while simultaneously inviting first time visitors to join in on new holiday memories. So what are you waiting for? Bring the whole family, or the friends that have become your family, to Port Aransas this holiday season and start forming your traditions! With plenty of room in an airy beach house for all your guests to spread out, it will be a no mess, no stress celebration, so leave the ugly sweaters at home, trade in your cold weather boots for flip flops, and swap the falling leaves for waving palm trees. It’s time to make your way to Port A.
Take Thanksgiving to the Coast
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. On that note—have you enjoyed your Thanksgiving meal while a sea breeze floats in through the patio doors?
This is also the perfect time to visit for those who like to get ahead of the holiday shopping rush, as Port Aransas' Holiday Shop Around takes place from November 19–21. Enjoy searching through the island’s boutique shops for treasures you couldn't find anywhere else, and support some amazing local businesses and artists at the same time.
Christmas The Island Way
That island Christmas spirit Bing Crosby sang about all those years ago flourishes here on Texas’ favorite island. The holiday festivities all kick off with the Holiday Parade on December 4. The route ends at Roberts Point Park just in time to catch the Lighted Boat Parade. Here the holiday spirit is passed to the island’s boat owners, who cruise around the restaurant-lined marina in their vessels covered in Christmas lights, spreading holiday cheer. Throughout the season, visitors can enjoy the light show outside the Port Aransas Community Center or snap a photo with the ever-impressive Sand Santa sculpture.
With vacation rentals big enough to accommodate even the largest of families, it’s never been easier to gather everyone to celebrate in one place. Just as in holidays of yore, you can prepare all your favorite meals together, but in Port Aransas that post-meal walk around the neighborhood can take place on the beach. The best part? All the rush and chaos surrounding the holidays melt away in Port Aransas’ island time.
Whatever your holiday traditions happen to be, they are sure to be even more memorable in Port Aransas. With miles of beachline waiting for cozy morning walks, adventure filled afternoons, and bonfire lit evenings, there’s no better place to anchor your new holiday tradition than in Port Aransas.
Participate in Holiday Events
If you would like to take a more active role in the Yuletide traditions, why not become a holiday sponsor? Fill out the form here and choose to sponsor the holiday sand sculpture, the lighted boat parade, or the holiday party in the park.
Joining the Lighted Boat Parade is another great way to get involved in holiday events on the island. Fill out the entry form here. There is no fee to participate and all entries are due by November 30, 2021. Rules and guidelines are outlined in the form.
Hard copies of both of these forms are available at the Port Aransas Welcome Center (403 W. Cotter Ave.).
Looking for Holiday Events?
See the full list of holiday events in Port Aransas below!