Kids celebrating holidays on the beach

Holidays on the Texas Gulf Coast

If the thought of “let it snow, let it snow, let it snow” has you saying “no, no, no” this year — we’ve got some good news for you. On the Texas Gulf Coast, the holiday season is filled with bright sunshine and mild temperatures. We prefer to spend our winter holidays on the snow-white sandy beach instead of the freezing cold snowbanks. We enjoy the gentle, offshore sea breezes to the blustering, chilly winter gusts. And we love to sink our toes into the sand instead of thick wool socks and snow boots. 

For the 2020 holidays, escape to the oasis of the Texas Gulf Coast and let the sandy beaches and swaying palm trees create a different version of the traditional winter wonderland. Here, Santa Claus wears flip flops and arrives by boat. The twinkling Christmas lights are strung from the palm leaves. And your glass of egg nog may just have a tropical umbrella in it. 

Check out some of these fun-in-the-sun holiday 2020 events on the Texas Gulf Coast, and imagine your Christmas with a beachy twist this year.

Christmas on the Kemah Boardwalk

Kemah Boardwalk

About 25 miles north of Galveston is this charming, retro theme park that is pure family fun. Once a waterfront dining restaurant, the boardwalk has expanded to an epic destination— complete with rides, shops, games, and dining. The fun never stops at the Kemah Boardwalk and during the holidays they really pull out all the stops. 

From December 5 to December 20,  Jingle on the Boardwalk will feature a daily sighting of Santa Claus, holiday music, a Christmas-themed movie festival, and a parade. The park will even be open on Christmas Day for some family fun. 

On December 26, leave the kids at home and dance the night away with DJ Santa and his Reindeer Dancers at the Holidaze Reindeer Round-Up. Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater and receive an admission discount!

Make sure that you add a visit to the Kemah Boardwalk to your holiday vacation time on the Texas Gulf Coast. It’s so worth the trip!

Dickens on The Squares

Hosted by the Galveston Historical Society, this beloved annual event will be held on December 5 and 6 this year. There will be certain restrictions and considerations for Covid-19, but luckily this popular and charming tradition will continue. 

Normally called Dickens on The Strand, this year the event is renamed Dickens on The Squares. To assist with social distancing guidelines, the event will take place at five different areas around Galveston — Hendley Green, Saengerfest Park, the Galveston Historic Seaport District, Pier 22, and the Old Galveston Square — instead of on the Strand only. Experience the sights, sounds, and architecture of a Victorian holiday at each of the locations. 

The authentic Victorian ambiance of this event is truly off-the-charts amazing and must be experienced first-hand to be believed. Hundreds of entertainers and vendors will be dressed in traditional clothing, selling unique and period-specific wares, and singing songs. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children, while children five and under are free. 

Lace-up your corset and find a suitable chapeau— you don’t want to miss this magical, time-traveling event. 

The 59th Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade

Clear Lake TX Christmas Boat Parade

Nothing captures the spirit of spending Christmas by the beach quite like a lighted boat parade. Each year, more than 100,000 people enjoy this fun family event from the shore or from a boat. 

Hosted by the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce, The 59th Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade features over 60 lighted boats that promenade by on Clear Lake. The sparkly boats can be viewed from the Kemah Boardwalk, Nassau Bay Lagoon, and the Shores of Clear Lake.

On December 12 at 6 PM, the brightly lit sailboats and powerboats will begin to make their way through the Clear Lake channel and out to Galveston Bay. Take the whole family and sip on hot cocoa as you ooooh and aaaah over the creativity and lights reflecting in the water.

A Texas Gulf Coast Christmas

If you want to spend your holidays this year by the ocean, BeachBox has just the spot for you. Gather the whole family together and relax by the seashore in one of our magnificent holiday home rentals.

Complete with gourmet kitchens and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, there’s room for everyone to spread out and come together to celebrate the holidays on the Texas Gulf Coast. Our local experts will help you with food delivery, decorations, receiving packages, and will be happy to provide local dining options for your crew. Our homes are also equipped with lightening-fast WIFI for completing any work or school projects before the Christmas celebrating commences. 

Coastal Haven Living Room - Galveston Island Rental

Take a peek inside homes like Coastal Haven, a spacious retreat with room for 25 people. You’ll be close to the ocean and the Galveston Strand — and you can hang your stockings from the living room fireplace! 

Smaller groups will love Little Tuna, a salmon-colored bungalow in Sea Isle Beach that sleeps ten. Camp out on the rooftop deck on Christmas Eve and watch for Santa’s sleigh in the stars! 

If you really want to get into the spirit of Dickens on The Squares this year, book a stay at The Victoria House. This updated, historic jewel of a home will put you front and center for all the old-timey Dicken’s action. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

Any way you slice the fruitcake this year, a trip to the beach for the holidays is a real treat. Ditch the heavy winter coats and slip into your flip flops instead. Temperatures on the Texas Gulf Coast during the holidays are mild and pleasant — so leave the wool mittens at home. 

Serve Christmas dinner on your beachfront deck, take long walks on the beach, enjoy dazzling holiday events, check out the delicious local dining, and make unforgettable holiday memories with your family and friends. Let BeachBox show you how to celebrate the 2020 holiday season by the sea in style. Give us a call or drop us a line today to start planning.

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