The holidays are all about sharing fun and laughter with family and friends. Corpus Christi is alive with several events featuring lights, music, dance and nature to celebrate the season. Here are some of the activities we're especially looking forward to. Which ones will be on your holiday calendar?
For more than 20 years, Michael Martin Murphey, the "singing cowboy poet" known for his #1 hit "Wildfire" and other favorites, has been celebrating the holidays with his popular show. The tour travels to 40 different cities and the concert has been the subject of three albums and one DVD. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $22 - $32 with $7 admission for kids.
The Nutcracker December 12, 13, 19 and 20 Selena Auditorium at American Bank Center
This holiday-themed fantasy set to a classic score by Tchaikovsky has been charming viewers of all ages for generations. The renowned Corpus Christi Ballet will be performing for a family weekend on the 12th and 13th and a gala weekend on the 19th and 20th. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday with tickets ranging from $22 - $37.
The Harbor Lights Festival and Boat Parade has been a local tradition dating back to 1982, gaining recognition as one of the major holiday events in the country. Land-based activities include food and gift vendors, Holiday Tree Village and Santa's motorcade, leading up to the beautifully illuminated boat parade. Admission is free for all guests.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of shopping and holiday planning to enjoy a unique 3D light show in the Center Court of La Palmera. The show runs nightly at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Kids can bring their wish lists along to share with Santa Claus!
Sneak some education in with the holiday fun at these two kids' events offered at the Botanical Gardens. The cooking class on December 5 features hands-on participation in making simple and healthy holiday recipes, while the crafting session on December 12 lets kids share their spirit with birds and other urban wildlife. Both events start at 10 a.m. and fees are included in general admission to the Gardens.
We love to hear about favorite holiday traditions. Share yours with your Springs at Corpus Christi neighbors in the comments!