The family-friendly Christmas in the Park event weekend returns to Central Park Dec. 2-3

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

With the holidays approaching, remember to schedule two nights of fun and activities for your family on Dec. 2-3 at the City of College Station’s Christmas in the Park event weekend at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park.

Holiday-themed festivities are scheduled from 6-10 p.m. each night. Featured activities include old-fashioned hayrides, cookies, hot cocoa, local song and dance groups, actual snow slides, photos with Santa and his reindeer, adopt a Holiday Parks Pal, and more.

Admission is free!

Entertainment Schedule

Friday, Dec. 2

5:50-6 p.m.Mayor’s Welcome & Lighting Ceremony
6 p.m.Jingle Bell Fun Run Start (registration required)
6:30-7 p.m.Kane Alvarado
7:05-7:15 p.m.A&M Consolidated Middle School Dance Team
7:20-7:40 p.m.Texas A&M Chorale
7:45-7:55 p.m.Freudian Slip Improv Comedy Troupe
8-8:30 p.m.Texas A&M University Trombone Choir
9:10-9:25 p.m.Texas A&M Ballroom Dance Association
9:30-10 p.m.Aggieland Mariachi

Saturday, Dec. 3

6-6:20 p.m.Oakwood Intermediate Wildcat Chorale
6:25-6:45 p.m.Blinn Bryan Theatre Troupe
6:50-7:20 p.m.Opus 024
7:25-7:55 p.m.Maroon Steel Band
8-8:10 p.m.Freudian Slip Improv Comedy Troupe
8:15-8:25 p.m.CS Middle School & Cypress Grove Intermediate Choirs
8:30-8:55 p.m.Apotheosis
9-10 p.m.Reagan Quinn

Santa & Reindeer Photos

Santa will be at the Fun for All Playground. A professional photographer isn’t provided, but you’re encouraged to bring your 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 to participate in the hayride, snow slides, snow pit, and photos with Santa. Complete a waiver form at an information booth to get your wristband.

Food Trucks

Food trucks will be available, or you can bring refreshments. 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, Johnson & Johnson Kountry Kooking, and Three Sweet Pops
  • SATURDAY: Sweet Pops Kettle Corn, Chill Out Concessions, JLM’s Chicken and Waffle, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Roasted Corn and Snacks, Johnson & Johnson Kountry Kooking, Raging Bull Street Tacos, and Three Sweet Pops.

Parking & Shuttle Hours (Dec. 2-3 only)

Stephen C. Beachy Central Park will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m.-midnight, so visitors can’t drive through the park like they can the rest of the month. Shuttles run from 4 p.m.-midnight from the Post Oak Mall parking lot (JCPenney side). Handicap parking is available at the Beachy Central Park softball complex, accessed from State Highway 6.

The popular event wouldn’t be possible without the generous contributions of our community partners — Brazos Valley Marine Corps LeagueChristmas 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 17 years, the last nine as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, she earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.

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