Lights Over South Padre Island 2018

What better way to kick off the holiday season than with a South Padre Island getaway with tropical sea breezes, soft sandy beaches, the breathtaking Gulf of Mexico, a variety of scrumptious culinary and shopping options.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, Nov. 30th

5:00 pm at City Hall

Start the holiday season off at City Hall’s special Christmas tree lighting with a musical performance afterward.

South Padre Island Christmas Parade

Friday, Nov. 30th

6:00 pm Parade route is from Mars St. to Kingfish St. on Padre Blvd.

Your whole family will delight in the magic of the holiday season as you watch the Christmas Parade pass by on Padre Blvd. full of festive floats, dancers, school spirit and more.

Children’s Wonderland

Friday, Nov. 30th & Saturday, Dec. 1st

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at The Greens (Jim’s Pier)

You’ll be amazed by the transformation of the lawn into a giant playground for the kids. The kids will have a blast exploring the Children’s Wonderland full of inflatable activities, an obstacle course, and train rides. Free to the public.

Lighted Boat Parade

Saturday, Dec. 1st

6:00 pm Route begins at South Point Marina (Port Isabel); Judging at The Painted Marlin Grille (SPI)

You won’t want to miss out on the boat parade. Boats of all sizes decked out in festive lights and overflowing with holiday cheer cruise the Laguna Madre Bay as they light up the evening sky. Free designated viewing areas are marked along the route.

Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, Dec. 2nd

9:00 am – 11:00 am at Schlitterbahn Beach Resort

Santa will be at South Padre Island! The children will be thrilled to enjoy breakfast with Santa, share their Christmas wishes with him and take a picture to take home to treasure their magical visit.

Children 11 and under are Free | $3 ages 12 and over

Holiday Sand Castle Village

Nov. 30th – Dec. 16th at SPI Convention Centre

12:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Friday, Saturdays & Sundays Only)

You’ll be amazed by the unique Holiday Sand Castles sculpted by the talented sand artists. Ranging from Sand-ta to a Sand Snowman. New this year is an outdoor exhibit with a lighted musical performance.

In case of inclement weather, alternate dates for Lights Over South Padre Island events have been set. The Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place Friday, December 7th; Children’s Wonderland will take place Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th; Lighted Boat Parade will take place Saturday, December 8th; and Breakfast with Santa will take place Sunday, December 9th.  There are no alternate dates for the Holiday Sandcastle Village.

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