The most wonderful time of the year is quickly approaching, and in Corpus Christi we show our holiday cheer and celebrate with glowing magic on the water. Coast over and join us for two incredible festive boat parades showcasing talented light displays and tons of coastal holiday fun.

Illuminated Boat Parade

Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.

Watch Downtown Corpus Christi glow under the evening sky as lighted boats invade the Marina and spread holiday cheer at the Illuminated Boat Parade. Boaters from Corpus Christi and beyond will set sail in a sea of lights while competing for the most festive vessel of the season. Stay for the after-party and keep the night alive with holiday cheer, good food, and great company.

Things to do downtown:


La Posada Lighted Boat Parade

Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9, 2023

It’s not a South Texas holiday without a posada, and this year you can enjoy it on the Island for two nights in a row. La Posada will not only feature the iconic boat parade, but the U.S. Marines will also be helping Santa’s elves by collecting new, unwrapped toys for tots at Doc's. Enjoy delicious food by the water, entertainment galore, and incredible Gulf Coast Capital holiday vibes as the night is lit up with boats coasting down the Intracoastal Waterway.

December 8: Starts at the JFK Bridge at 7:00 p.m., with watch parties at Doc's Seafood & Steaks, HardKnocks Sports Grill, and Marker 37.

December 9: Starts at Padre Isles POA Boat Ramp at 6:00 p.m., and travels down the South Canals.   

Things to do on Padre Island: