A Joyous Holiday Roundup for the Whole Family
The coast and trains play a big role in Port Arthur prosperity. Naturally, they’ll play a part in how Santa Claus comes to visit the children this Christmas. We’ve got the spirit and the style!
Gather the extended family and enjoy some time viewing our coastal beauty. Our Cajun food and other flavors at area restaurants will warm you up. Enjoy the festive lights and these events:
KCS Holiday Express, Dec. 1
Bring the whole family to tour the KCS Holiday Express Christmas Train when it stops at the International Seafarers’ Center 401 Houston Avenue in downtown Port Arthur. Board the train, visit with Santa and his elves and tour the inside of festive cars, including a smiling tank car named Rudy; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; elves’ workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose. Each car dazzles with sparkling lights and holiday decorations. Other holiday activities, entertainment & refreshments will be provided while supplies last. This free family-friendly event will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1.
Symphony of Southeast Texas, Dec. 3
Holiday music is a must. Motiva and Port Arthur Independent School District invite the public to Home for the Holidays, featuring Daniel Emmet and the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. free concert at Woodrow Wilson Early College High School, 1500 Lakeshore Drive. We anticipate you’ll hear sleighbells.
Museum of the Gulf Coast Free Family Day, Dec. 10
Their Holiday Family Days are epic. This time the kids (or grownups) can pose with Santa and have a photographer capture the moment AND snuggle up to The Grinch. Stable-Spirit will bring horses for visitors to pet. These free family activities will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. Consider doing all your holiday shopping in the museum’s gift shop.
Port Arthur Lighted Holiday Parade, Dec. 10
The city’s annual parade will include floats, decorated flatbeds and local groups showing their holiday spirit. The route is along Procter Street in downtown Port Arthur. The event will conclude with a tree lighting. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.
Lighted Boat Parade on Pleasure Island
Port Arthur Yacht Club has again scheduled a lighted boat parade. These boats look great in the daytime, but just wait until you see them aglow with lights. The club is on T.B. Ellison Parkway on Pleasure Island and this event is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.
A Very Marshy Christmas, Dec 17
Ever wonder how Santa gets around in the marsh to visit the boys and girls? By airboat, of course. Santa and Mrs. Claus have booked Sea Rim State Park’s cabin and will arrive by airboat on Sunday, Dec. 17 for A Very Marshy Christmas. Children may get a photo beginning at 3 p.m. when he arrives on the marsh side of the park. Bring your camera to capture the day and warm up with hot chocolate and cookies. Children are invited to create their own ornaments. Entrance fees are waived for the event, which will continue through 5 p.m.
Christmas at the Queen of Peace, all season