Enjoy the enchanting lights of Christmas in the Park beginning on Thanksgiving Day

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park!

College Station’s captivating Christmas in the Park displays began in 1984 when a local family funded a couple of light panels. Nearly four decades later, the collection has become a holiday mainstay with more than one million colorful lights.

This year, the lights will burn from 6-11 p.m. each night from Nov. 23 through New Year’s Day. As you stroll or drive through the park, you can tune in to Christmas 97.3 FM to enjoy Christmas music by Bryan Broadcasting. Admission is free, and parking is available.

Our crews work diligently around fall leagues and events to transition the park into a lighted winter wonderland. They toil in the heat, cold, and rain to ensure a radiant and festive glow when we flip the switch on Thanksgiving Day.

The centerpiece is the Tower of Power, a 90-foot-tall Christmas tree adorned with 14,000 shimmering lights. We encourage you to take your traditional family drive through the 60 strands of lights framing Santa’s Lane, walk through the 36 snowflakes in Snowflake Forest, take pictures in front of the 36-foot lighted paddleboat, and wander along the tunnel on the back trail.

And don’t forget to bring your wish list for Santa.

Our staff has arrangements with his elves to accept letters for Santa in our North Pole mailbox outside the Central Park Office. Drop your letter off from Nov. 23-Dec. 24 to ensure safe delivery.

The only nights you can’t drive through the park are Dec. 1-2 during the Christmas in the Park event weekend. The drive-thru closes at 7 a.m. on event days to keep everyone safe as we set up for visits with Santa and his reindeer, hayrides, and plenty of cookies and hot cocoa.

For many local families, Christmas in the Park has become a holiday institution. The Parks and Recreation family invites you to continue the tradition and create new and lasting memories.

About the Blogger

Kelli Nesbitt has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 18 years, the last decade as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, she earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.

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