Our Aggieland spirit shines even brighter during the holiday season, and we invite you to join in the festivities. Marvel the lights at Santa's Wonderland, uncover unique gifts at local boutiques, and cheer on the Aggies. We’ve rounded up some of our top must-do winter activities below.
1. Ice Skate at Spirit Ice Arena
Gather your family and friends for a fun holiday outing at Spirit Ice Arena. Enjoy quality time together on the ice, gliding and twirling around the rink during a public skating session. Skates are available for rent, and if you're new to skating or bringing a little one along, consider renting a skating aid for extra support.
2. Play Outside
Embrace the holiday spirit while enjoying the outdoors at College Station parks. Lick Creek Park, covering 523 acres, offers a peaceful escape with a nature center and five miles of trails for hiking, cycling, and equestrian activities. Meanwhile, Wolf Pen Creek, a 63-acre park, features a 2.7-mile trail system, a playground, a disc golf course, and spacious lawns ideal for picnics and leisurely games like frisbee.
3. Marvel at a Holiday Light Displays
In College Station, the holiday season is nothing short of show-stopping, thanks to our annual light displays. From November 10 to December 30, Santa's Wonderland beckons with its dazzling display of millions of lights, live entertainment, and exciting snow tubing. Between November 23 and January 1, Christmas in the Park offers stunning light displays and a festive atmosphere that extends beyond New Year's Day.
4. Warm Up with Some Coffee
Stay toasty with a steaming seasonal beverage from our local coffee shops. Check out Carport Coffee, conveniently located across Texas A&M University, and Gogh Gogh Coffee Company, with two locations in College Station. These specialty coffee stops offer a delightful array of warm drinks that'll keep you cozy during the chilly months, making your winter moments even more enjoyable.
5. Listen to Holiday Tunes
Experience the joy of the holiday season with two live music events at Texas A&M’s Rudder Auditorium. On December 3, revel in the Holiday Spirit of Aggieland choral performance, and on December 10, be mesmerized by the Holiday Pops Concert featuring the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. Beyond holiday shows, you can catch live music in nearly every nightlife spot in College Station’s Northgate District, like Dixie Chicken and O’Bannon’s Taphouse.
6. Catch a Sports Game
Visit the Reed Arena to cheer on the Aggie’s men's and women's basketball teams. And, root for the Texas A&M Ice Hockey team at the Spirit Ice Arena. Join our passionate fans and be part of the electrifying atmosphere as you support the Aggies in action.
7. Shop for Gifts
Discover the perfect holiday gifts in College Station. For name-brand items, head to Post Oak Mall or Century Square. To uncover unique home decor, clothing, and gifts, be sure to explore our local boutiques. With these shopping options, you’ll easily find something special for everyone on your list.
Plan Your Winter Getaway to College Station
Those are just some of the many winter activities in College Station. From ice skating and holiday light displays to live music events, sports games, and shopping, there's loads for everyone in the family to enjoy the season in Aggieland. Start planning your trip today!