Usher in the season with the old-fashioned goodness of Christmas in the Park

UPDATE (12/3): Due to supply chain issues, chocolate milk won’t be available. Kool-Aid juice boxes will be available while supplies last.

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

Now that the colorful holiday lights are shining brightly in Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, it’s time for a weekend of fun and activities at the City of College Station’s Christmas in the Park.

Photos: Christmas in the Park

Join us this Friday and Saturday from 6-10 p.m. for old-fashioned hayrides, cookies and chocolate milk, performances by local song and dance groups, actual snow slides, photos with Santa and his reindeer, adopt a Holiday Parks Pal, arts and crafts, and more.

Admission is free!

Here’s a more in-depth look at this year’s festivities: 

Entertainment Schedule

Event Map

Friday, Dec. 3
5:50-6 p.m. – Mayor’s Welcome & Lighting Ceremony
6 p.m. – Jingle Bell Fun Run Start
6:15-6:35 p.m. – Wildcat Chorale
6:40-6:50 p.m. – Cypress Grove Intermediate Choir
6:55-7:05 p.m. – CSTAT Steppers of College Station High School
7:10-7:40 p.m. – Off the Wall Theater
7:50-8:10 p.m. – Texas A&M Chorale
8:20-8:40 p.m. – Aggie Wranglers
8:45-9:10 p.m. – Brazos Valley Tuba Christmas
9:15-9:50 p.m. – Reagan Quinn

Saturday, Dec. 4
6-6:10 p.m. – AMCMS Dance Team
6:15-6:35 p.m. – CSMS Combined Choirs
6:40-7 p.m. – Oakwood Intermediate Orchestra Club
7:10-7:20 p.m. – Texas A&M Ballroom Dance Association
7:30-7:45 p.m. – Abigail Quinn
8-8:25 p.m. – Brazos Authority 
9-9:45 p.m. – Reagan Quinn

Santa & Reindeer Photos

Santa is moving to his new location in the Fun for All Playground. A professional photographer isn’t provided for photos, but you’re encouraged to bring a camera to capture the moment. Pets aren’t allowed.

Adopt a Holiday Parks Pal

The Brazos Valley Marine Corps League-Detachment 1391 has rescued hundreds of Parks Pals (stuffed animals) that need a home for the holidays. Each Parks Pal is individually bagged, but supplies are limited. Children must be present for the adoption.

Waiver & Wristbands

Free wristbands are required for the hayride, snow slides, arts and crafts, and photos with Santa. Complete a waiver form at an information booth to get a wristband.

Food Trucks

Food trucks will be available, or you can bring refreshments. Just remember that glass containers aren’t allowed, and coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller.

  • FRIDAY: Sweet Pops Kettle Corn, Chill Out Concessions, JLM’s Chicken and Waffle, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Roasted Corn and Snacks, Las Palapas, and Napa Flats.
  • SATURDAY: Sweet Pops Kettle Corn, Chill Out Concessions, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Roasted Corn and Snacks, OhMyGogi!, and Las Palapas.

Parking & Shuttle Hours (Dec. 3-4 only)

Recreation Drive will close from 7 a.m.-11 p.m., and visitors will be unable to drive through the park. Right turns from the State Highway 6 frontage road onto Krenek Tap Road will not be allowed. Shuttles will run from 5-11 p.m. from the Post Oak Mall parking lot (JCPenney side).

Handicap parking is available at the Beachy Central Park softball complex, which can be accessed from State Highway 6.

Parking Map

The popular event wouldn’t be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors and community partners — Brazos Valley Marine Corps LeagueCollege Station Noon Lions ClubChristmas 97.3Bryan Broadcasting, and HEB.

The Parks & Recreation Department wishes you a peaceful and joyous holiday season and the best in the coming year. For more information, contact us at 979.764.3486 or

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About the Blogger

Kelli Nesbitt has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 16 years, the last eight as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.

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