Revel in the bright lights of Christmas in the Park event weekend Dec. 1-2 at Central Park

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

In College Station, one of the highlights of the holiday season is always Christmas in the Park event weekend. With the addition of the first College Station Christmas Parade, this year’s event promises to be better than ever.

The two nights of fun and activities are Dec. 1-2 at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park. Holiday-themed festivities are scheduled from 6-10 p.m. each night. Featured fun includes old-fashioned hayrides, cookies, hot cocoa, local song and dance groups, photos with Santa and his reindeer, and more.

Admission is free!

Entertainment Schedule

Friday, Dec. 1 
6:15-6:45 p.m.Texas A&M Trombone Choir
7-7:20 p.m.Texas A&M Choral Activities
7:30-8 p.m.Wellborn Middle School Orchestra
8-8:10 p.m.Texas A&M Dance Arts Studio
Saturday, Dec. 2 
3:30 p.m.Christmas Parade
6 p.m.Lighting Ceremony
6 p.m.Jingle Bell Fun Run (registration required)
6:15-6:45 p.m.Wellborn Middle School Orchestra
6:50-7:10 p.m.Hardchord Dynamix
7:15-7:45 p.m.Opus 024
7:50-8:10 p.m.Girl Scout Troop 33003
8:15-8:25 p.m.Texas A&M Dance Arts Studio
8:30-9:15 p.m.College Station High School “The Jazz Factor”
9:20-9:40 p.m.Aggie Wranglers

Santa & Reindeer Photos

Santa will be at the Fun for All Playground. A professional photographer isn’t provided, but bring your camera to capture the moment. Pets aren’t allowed.

Waiver & Wristbands

Free wristbands are required to participate in all activities. You can complete a waiver form at an information booth to get your wristband.

Food Trucks

Food trucks will be available, or you can bring refreshments. Vendors include Chill Out Concessions, Wingin It BCS, Raging Bull Street Tacos, Johnson & Johnson Kountry Kooking, JLM Chicken and Waffle, and Sweet Pops. Glass containers aren’t allowed, and coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller.

Parking & Shuttle Hours (Dec. 1-2 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 the rest of the month. Shuttles run from 3 p.m.-midnight from the Post Oak Mall parking lot (old Macy’s 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 — Christmas 97.3Bryan Broadcasting, and HEB.

For more information, contact us at 979-764-3486 or

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.

If you liked this post, share it with the buttons below!

Leave a Reply