In College Station, you'll find a jolly mix of holiday lights, bustling markets, and festive theater performances. ‘Tis the season to gather with family and friends and celebrate the holidays in our lively Texas town. 

Holiday Lights & More

Santa's WonderlandSanta’s Wonderland

Now through December 30

Santa's Wonderland is a magical winter attraction featuring millions of dazzling lights, real snow and ice, live entertainment, snow tubing, Santa and Mrs. Claus appearances, a snow playground for the kids, food and drink vendors, and shopping. It's a seasonal amusement park that offers something for everyone to enjoy during the holiday season. Purchase your tickets today!

Christmas in the Park Holiday Display

Now through January 1 

Prepare to be wowed by the holiday lights display at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park in College Station. You can stroll or drive through the shimmering lights display all season and be sure to bring your wish list to share with Santa's elves. The display is open between 6 and 11 p.m. every night and admission is free.

Special Events Weekend 

December 1 & 2

Experience extra magic during Christmas in the Park’s special weekend event. These two unforgettable nights feature the lights display plus hot cocoa, live music, hayrides, and Santa Claus himself. For those in the mood for fun and exercise, register for the one-mile Jingle Bell Fun Run on December 2, which takes participants through the display. 

Merry & Bright, Maroon & White Holiday Stroll

Starting on December 3

Enjoy an evening of lights, jazz music, and holiday goodies during the free event at Texas A&M’s The Gardens from 6 to 8 p.m. And if you can't make it on December 3, don't worry–The Gardens display will be open all season long, giving you ample opportunity to bask in the holiday lights.

College Station’s Christmas Parade

December 2

College Station’s Christmas Parade, kicking off at 3:30 p.m., is a joyous event that unites the community and ushers in the holiday season with flair. Be prepared for the sight of stunningly adorned floats, the catchy tunes of marching bands, and the magical arrival of Santa himself. The parade starts at Post Oak Mall, travels south on Dartmouth Street, and ends near the College Station Police Department.

Following the parade, make your way to Central Park for the spectacular Christmas in the Park special weekend event, where hundreds of lights, delicious food, hot cocoa, and more await.

Holiday Shows

The Nutcracker

December 1 & 2

Experience the magic of the holiday season with Ballet Brazos's performance of The Nutcracker at Texas A&M's Rudder Auditorium. Arrive early to enjoy photo opportunities, Clara's heartwarming story time, and a Nutcracker Market before the show. With three performances to choose from, there's ample opportunity to catch this classic holiday tale. 

Holiday Spirit of Aggieland 

December 3

The Holiday Spirit of Aggieland performance at Rudder Auditorium is a heartwarming celebration of the season, brought to life by the harmonious voices of the Singing Cadets, Women's Chorus, and Century Singers. 

The Holiday Pops Concert 

December 10

Don't miss out on one of the Brazos Valley's most anticipated holiday events! Enjoy an evening of holiday classics featuring the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Christ Church Sanctuary Choir, the Canticle Ringers, and more at the Christ Church. It's the perfect way to immerse yourself in the festive spirit and make cherished holiday memories.

We highly recommend securing your tickets in advance for the shows mentioned above.

Spirit Ice Arena’s Spirit of Christmas Ice Show 

December 9-10

Spirit Ice ArenaSpirit Ice Arena is a beloved year-round ice skating destination, and when winter arrives, it transforms into a hotspot for those seeking icy fun with family and friends. Save the date for December 9-10 to attend the arena's highly anticipated annual Spirit of Christmas Ice Show & Skate with Santa. Enjoy impressive ice skating performances and a special appearance by Santa Claus at 3 p.m. 

Holiday Markets

Texas A&M Hotel Holly Jolly Holiday Market

December 3

Explore a curated selection of artisanal, handmade, local, vintage, and Aggie-themed goods offered by numerous local vendors. Located at the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, this holiday market is your go-to spot, whether you're on the hunt for the ideal gift or a little indulgence for yourself. 

Christmas Artisan Market at Century Square

December 16

Discover last-minute holiday gifts and decor at Century Square’s seasonal market between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. But that's not all, Century Square has a whole calendar of holiday events in December, including Jingle on the Green with Santa and Mrs. Claus on December 3, a Gingerbread Build-Off on December 10, and a delightful holiday film screening on December 14. 

'Tis the season to be merry and jolly in College Station. Revel in the holiday spirit with our many exciting events, shows, and markets.