Rockport-Fulton takes a break to enjoy Holidays on the Bay!

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Hurricane Harvey took its toll on Aransas County, but it didn’t take away the spirit of this small coastal town. The holiday season is approaching and there is a lot to do despite the devastation and destruction that the hurricane brought just over 2 months ago. The holiday season officially starts on Saturday, December 2, when Downtown Rockport and the Rockport Harbor come alive with an all-day celebration of “Tropical” Christmas. “Cast in Bronze” will be returning for a 3rd season with the Tropical Christmas event. Cast in Bronze is a show that has been seen around the world in such places as Epcot Center and on NBC's Today show. Back by popular demand for their 5th year is the “Capt. Rex Pirate Show Local performances from our area schools, and other live entertainment will continue throughout the day. Shop and dine while you enjoy. Enjoy the “Pirate Costume Contest” for toddlers to 5th graders. Watch kids create their own ornaments, see them dig for coins in the “Run for Yar Treasure” hunt, and visit with Tropical Santa. Downtown Shops will be will be decorated and open for business. There is a “Tree Trimming Contest” at the festival grounds at Rockport Harbor, and a Historic Costume Style show with fashions modeled by the docents from the “Tour of Homes”. In the center of the grounds will be Inflatable Slides. The fun doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Don’t miss the lighting of the 75 ft. Community Tree or the Illuminated parade starting downtown and ending at Rockport Beach. The grand finale of the evening is magnificent fireworks display over Little Bay.

Enjoy the Christmas Tour of Historic Homes on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3 Sponsored by the History Center of Aransas County. Four private homes and three historic venues will be open 1-5 pm for visitors to enjoy. Historic homes and venues (from 1850’s -1950’s) throughout Rockport and Fulton will be featured. Docents will dress in historic costume and present the history of each home. Venues to be included are: History Center for Aransas County, Mullinax-O’Malley Home, Hill-Daniel Home, Shivers Barnard Home, Heritage Place, Sarver-Pfister House, and Fulton Schoolhouse Museum.

Christmas in the District will be held in Downtown Rockport December 9, from 5pm – 8pm. This will be the 3rd Annual Christmas in the District presented by the merchants of downtown Rockport. Stroll the shops under the glow of Christmas lights & take advantage of special holiday sales from participating merchants! Visits from Santa & The Grinch and live music make this event fun for the family & all ages! There will also be an outdoor Christmas movie showing, sponsored by the Rockport Center for the Arts, from 6-8pm. A variety of Downtown shops will also be open late on Dec 2 for Tropical Christmas.

On Dec. 10, Fulton Mansion will be having Holiday Symphony by the Sea performed by the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra with the Rockport-Fulton High School Choir on the lawn of the Fulton Mansion. To show support to the area after Hurricane Harvey, this year the concert is FREE and is Aransas County ISD Education Foundation’s gift to the community. 500 chairs will be available on a first come, first served basis, so bring your lawn chair or blanket to ensure that you have seating on the lawn.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas in Fulton, another fun family event takes place Thursday, and Friday December 14 and 15. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., the Fulton Park welcomes guests and locals alike. There will be Goody Bags, A Toddler Bounce House and a Bounce N’ Race Bounce House! On Thursday evening, Mayor Jimmy Kendrick, will open the ceremonies. There will be live entertainment by Boo the Clown and cookies, hot cocoa and apple cider will be served along with popcorn and cotton candy. Friday night, Fulton Alderman, Les Cole, will conduct the opening ceremonies followed by a reading of “Twas the Night before Christmas” plus an appearance by Santa, and much more. Enjoy free lemonade.

Tropical Christmas Schedule

Festival Grounds Events:

Live Entertainment All Day on the Stage

9:00 AM Tree-Decorating Contest

10:00 AM Vendors open for Business

12:00 PM Kids Inflatable Games

1:00 PM Visits with "Tropical Santa"

1:00 PM "Pirates of Aransas Bay" Costume Contest

2:00 PM "Run for Yar Treasure" Hunt

Area Events:

All Day Giant Kites in the Sky over the Rockport Beach


6:55 – Lighting of Children’s Christmas Tree

7:05 AM Fireworks over Little Bay

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