Warmth, fun, the sand and water between your toes, these are all great reasons to come visit Port Aransas, and that doesn’t change during the winter holiday! There are plenty of Christmas-themed as well as year-round activities and attractions to experience during your Port Aransas Christmas celebration. Check out our Christmas guide to Port Aransas below to discover all the best things to do!
There are several restaurants around Port Aransas that are offering the traditional Christmas meal with all the fixings. Contact the restaurant of your choice and ask about reservations, carry out, and delivery options if you’d rather avoid the crowds.
Abuelita’s Christmas Carol
If you started your Christmas break a little early, head to the Aurora Arts Theatre on Saturday, December 17, 2022. Watch the story of Abuelita unfold, with crazy characters – including a pig ghost named Agapito. The one-man comedy show is available for one night only. The show starts at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for all ages and are available at the Aurora Arts Theatre website.
No matter when you head to Port Aransas – whether it’s during the Christmas holiday or an even warmer time of year, you’ll want to schedule plenty of beach time. Pack up your gear and head out for a day on the sand or brave the waters of the Gulf for water activities like wakeboarding or water skiing. Or enjoy some sunbathing or beachside reading on a comfortable beach blanket with a drink in hand.
Even in the winter, there are amazing things to see off the waters of Port Aransas and the Gulf of Mexico. Charter a tour and head out in search of dolphins, whales, and other sea life that call our area home (make sure to bring your camera!). Soak in breathtaking views of the Gulf from your seat on the vessel, and enjoy the feel of sea air in your hair. Daytime and sunset tours are available from many companies, and some allow you to bring your own snacks and drinks.
Glowing Kayak Tour
Enjoy a different way to kayak the waters around Port Aransas with a glowing kayak tour. The concept? While many paddle through the water during daytime hours, this adventure starts after the sun sinks into the Gulf. Board a unique clear kayak lit up by special, customizable underwater LED lights, and enjoy dreamy views of the underwater world beneath you as you paddle. Your tour guide will point out landmarks and provide an abundance of knowledge and history about the area on the 1.5-hour nighttime cruise under the stars.
Red Dragon Pirate Cruise
Sail the high seas like the pirates of old! Cruise the waters of the Lydia Ann Channel during the Christmas season and enjoy swashbuckling activities like sword fighting, treasure hunting, and cannon fire! Bring your camera to capture all the memories and pirate mischief. Soft drinks and snacks, as well as beer, wine, pina coladas, rum, tequila, and whiskey-based drinks for the adult pirates in the group, are available for sailors needing to wet their whistles.
You’ll want to check out the scenic state and local parks in the Port Aransas area during your Christmastime stay. Enjoy picnicking, sand volleyball, basketball, and more. If you are feeling brave, take a dip into the waters of the nearby Gulf, or just play it safe and soak in the sun from the beach.
Just steps from The Dunes is Horace Caldwell Fishing Pier. The pier is open 24 hours a day, year-round. Cast a line in search of tarpon, red or black drum, catfish, spotted sea trout, and even sharks! Visit Fisherman’s Wharf and charter a fishing excursion to take you out to sea, or on an inland fishing adventure.
Rent a jet ski and slice through the waters of the Gulf at top speed this Christmas. There are several companies that rent jet skis for some fast-paced water excitement, all you need to do is contact your company of choice and ask about rates as well as age restrictions for passengers and drivers. You may have to obtain a Texas boating certificate beforehand, so make sure to ask even if you are going on a guided tour.
Accommodations as Exciting as our Christmas Guide to Port Aransas
When you stay in a vacation rental in Port Aransas provided by The Dunes this Christmas, you’ll enjoy easy access to the beach and the crashing waves of the Gulf as well as everything in our Christmas guide to Port Aransas. Being close to many other area attractions, tours, shopping, dining, and activities the area has to offer, and pairing that with units of all shapes and sizes for your smaller or larger group Christmas retreat, we have everything a vacationer may need or want. Prepare a delicious home-cooked meal, in the fully equipped kitchen, spread out in an open living space for a movie or to relax, or enjoy the view from the private balcony or patio, all in our Christmas rentals. For a premium experience, choose a unit with bonuses like multiple flat screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more.