It’s officially December! And you know what that means: Christmas is right around the corner. That means it’s time to shop, shop, shop – and we’ve got you covered. Holiday markets are popping up everywhere! But, there’s more than just shopping in store this weekend. From boat parades to ice skating, there’s plenty to do this weekend to get into the holiday spirit (even if the temperatures are warming up again).
Thursday, 8 p.m.
This year has been kind of a drag. Well, now it’s time to sleigh! Join divas from all over Texas as they showcase their larger-than-life talent. Brought to you by the Coastal Bend Pride Center, Harbor Playhouse and the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, ‘Life’s a Drag’ aims to unite people in the fight against HIV. Tickets are $40 a seat.
Friday, 6 p.m.
It’s the first Friday of the month, which means – you guessed it – Art Walk is back! We’ll be heading downtown to get a headstart on our holiday shopping from local vendors and to rock out to live music. The event also kicks off the Mayor’s Merriest Decor Contest, which means downtown businesses have decked the halls to get into the holiday spirit, and you can bet we’ll be checking them all out to find our favorite! Free to attend.
Friday, 6:30 p.m.
Life just got you feeling a little downward dog? Want to sweat out some calories before hitting the block party? Do you find you can stretch a little more with a little liquid help? This donation-based class is held weekly in the brew room of Nueces Brewing. Grab a cold one for some hot yoga, and we promise you, you’ll feel less like a Grinch and more like a happy baby in no time.
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
It’s time for some boats and ho-ho-ho’s. OK, that was bad, we admit. But we love a good parade! Head down to the marina to watch boats decked out in their holiday best. Then, join the captains and crews for the parade after party at Nueces Brewing Company at 8 p.m. Free to attend.
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Maybe watching from the sidelines isn’t your thing and you want to be out in the water waving back at the simpletons like you’re Miss America, but “you ain’t got no boat Lt. Dan”! Well that’s where the Texas Tease comes in, they decked out their cruiser and wanna host. The ship is setting sail at 5:30 pm sharp so if you want to float the bay with a full bar be sure to be at Harrison’s Landing a little early.
Saturday | Sunday, 6 p.m.
First Baptist Church
It’s not the holidays without a nativity scene, and First Baptist Church is hosting its annual live, self-guided one this weekend. This free, outdoor nativity features live music, cast, and animals. Yes, animals! Away in a manger, indeed!
Saturday, 6 p.m. | Sunday, 5 p.m.
Find yourself over the Harbor Bridge this weekend? Portland is kicking off its month long celebration of ‘Christmas on the Coast’ with a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday at the City Complex Courtyard. But what we’re most excited for? Strapping on our skates and hitting the ice at the Joe Burke Pavilion after. Daily admission is $10 a person, each day, and includes skate rental and unlimited admission for all the figure eights you can handle. The rink is open through the end of the month.
Sunday, 1 p.m.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … shopping! Grab some hot cocoa and shop local with dozens of vendors and small businesses at the Peppermint Lane Holiday Market. Snap some selfies with Santa and the Grinch while you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones … or while you’re treating your ‘elf’.