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Holidays in Aggieland!

Get your Holiday and Christmas albums ready because the holidays are right around the corner! From parades to musicals, Bryan College Station has SO many festivities coming up for you, your friends, and your family! Read the itinerary below on must-do's for this Holiday season!

Santa's Wonderland
Date: November 11th -January 1st
Time: Monday-Thursday 6 PM-11PM; Fridays 6 PM - Midnight; Saturdays 3 PM-Midnight; Sundays 3 PM - 11 PM
Admission: Varies
Open from the middle of November through the beginning of January, Santa's Wonderland is a Texas Christmas experience and is the biggest Christmas attraction in the state of Texas! It's a happy place that exists to preserve and perpetuate the true meaning and ‘Spirit" of Christmas! Santa's Wonderland is composed of Santa's Town a nostalgic Texas Christmas Village and its headlining attraction, the magnificent Trail of Lights! Santa's Town is the perfect place for food, nightly musical entertainment, shopping, and a myriad of fun and unique activities for people of all ages. Just a few of the activities you can enjoy while there are riding the mechanical bull, visiting the petting zoo, riding the children's train, enjoying the winery, and even visiting with Marshall Frostbite and the man himself, Santa! Also included with admission is a hayride or an upgraded carriage ride through the Trail of Lights, where guests have the ideal open air vantage point to view over a mile of exquisitely crafted Christmas scenes that sparkle with more than 3 million lights! The Christmas music that plays during each tour gives it an extra special ambience! Santa's Wonderland is a great place for making special holiday memories.

Lights On! in Downtown Bryan
Date: November 18th
Time: 6 PM
Admission: FREE
Come to Downtown Bryan for the annual Lighting of Downtown on November 18! There will be photos with Santa, a Frozen themed Bounce House, and a kids crafts on 26th Street next to the Palace Theater in Downtown Bryan. The Woman's Club will be handing out their delicious cookies for free as well as hot chocolate!

Sweeney Todd by the Theatre Company
Date: November 18th-November 27th
Time: 7 PM on Friday & Saturday; 2 PM on Saturday & Sunday
Admission: $20
On November 18-27, Sweeny Todd will be put on by the Theatre Company. Stephen Sondheim's multiple Tony Award-winning masterpiece of murder and mayhem was a favorite on TTC's survey this year. Sweeney Todd was revived in Broadway in 2005 and received 2 more Tonys for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. Then in 2007 Tim Burton brought the musical to the movie screen garnering 3 Oscar nominations and winning 2 Golden Globes for Best Actor and Best Film! Be sure to check out Sweeney Todd this fall break!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Date: November 20th
Time: 1 - 4 PM
Admission: $25-$50
The beloved TV classic Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It's an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don't miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" animated television special adapted from a story by Robert L. May and the song by Johnny marks, music and lyrics by Johnny Marks.

Texas A&M vs LSU
Date: November 24th
Time: 6:30 PM
Admission: Varies
What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than to cheer on the Fightin' Texas Aggie Football Team as they BTHO LSU?!

Sip and Shop in Downtown Bryan
Date: November 26th
Time: 2 - 6 PM
Admission: Free
It's that time again! Downtown Bryan is hosting its third annual Holiday Sip & Shop wine swirl event on Saturday, November 26, from 2-8 p.m. The event will feature wine tastings in many Downtown locations. Sip and Shop is a unique event because it offers people the opportunity to leisurely stroll and experience all that Downtown Bryan has to offer while enjoying a variety of wine and samples of nonalcoholic holiday beverages.

Christmas in the Park
Date: December 2nd - December 4th
Time: Friday 6-10 PM; Saturday noon-10 PM; Sunday 6-10 PM
Admission: Free
Daily activities will include a tour of the park on an old-fashioned hayride, free cookies and hot cocoa, and photos with Santa. On Saturday, visitors can enjoy dance performances, inflatables, a petting zoo, real snow slides and a Holiday Vendor Village with a variety of arts, crafts, jewelry, candles and more. Food vendors will be available.

The holiday celebration doesn't stop there! Guests can continue the family tradition of viewing more than one million lights that will decorate the beautiful 47-acre Stephen C. Beachy Central Park from 6-11 p.m. each day starting on Thanksgiving and ending New Year's.

Jingle Bell Fun Run
Date: Sunday, December 4th
Time: 1:15 PM
Admission: $15-$20
The College Station Parks & Recreation Department's 27th Annual Jingle Bell Fun Run is set for Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1:15 p.m. and will be followed by the B/CS Christmas Parade. This two-mile run starts at the corner of University Drive and South College Avenue and ends at the corner of Texas Avenue and Villa Maria.

Register today! Entry fee is $15 before Nov. 18 and $20 between Nov. 19 and 25. Race shirts are guaranteed to participants who register by Nov. 18. Dogs are welcome. The run will not be timed and a shuttle will be available to pick up participants at the end of the route to transport back to the start line.

Participants can register at rectrac.cstx.gov or in-person at the Stephen C. Beachy Central Park, located at 1000 Krenek Tap Road. Packet pick-up will be Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 979.764.3486 or parks@cstx.gov.

The 90th Annual Bryan College Station Christmas Parade
Date: Sunday, December 4th
Time: 2 PM
Admission: Free
This year's Christmas Parade theme is Toyland! The starting point for the parade is planned for Parking Lot 50. It will continue east on University Drive to Texas Avenue. The parade will then travel north on Texas Avenue to end at Sulphur Springs in Bryan. Grab your friends and family and head out to the 90th Annual Bryan College Station Christmas Parade!

Lighted Christmas Parade
Date: December 9th
Time: 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Admission: Free
Kick off the holiday season on Friday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. with the ONLY lighted Christmas Parade in Bryan-College Station! The parade will begin at 24th and Bryan Street heading south, turn on 28th, and head back up Main Street. Downtown streets will close at 5:30 p.m. and re-open at the conclusion of the parade. Floats, vehicles, fire engines and more, all complete with lights, of course, will join us for this night of fun! It's been rumored that SANTA CLAUS will also be making an appearance at the end of the parade!

Breakfast with Santa
Date: December 10th
Time: 9 AM - 12 PM
Admission: Free
The Lincoln Recreation Center will host its Annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Enjoy a free hot breakfast, hosted in collaboration with Pi. Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Omicron Omega and Brazos Valley Area Alumnae Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Activities will include: entertainment, Christmas themed carnival games and more. All participants ages 15 and under will receive a gift from Santa. This event is free and open to the public.

Whether you want to see the most Christmas lights in Texas, grab a seat at a parade, or just do a little holiday shopping Bryan College Station is the perfect place for you! Happy Holidays! 

 


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