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Christmas Guide to Port Aransas

You came to Port Aransas this Christmas for Texas warmth, fun, and the sand and water at the beach along the Gulf of Mexico – and to celebrate a favorite winter holiday in a beach town. 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!

Christmas Dinner

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 a water activity like wakeboarding or water skiing. Spread out your beach blanket and plant your beach umbrella for a day of lounging on the sand with a book or step out into the sun for a little sunbathing. Swim in the waves, or help the kids build sandcastles before taking a sunset walk on the beach.

Marine Life

Get out and tour 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 the water around Port Aransas home. Make sure to bring your camera to catch glimpses of the majestic animals, as well as the breathtaking views of the Gulf from your seat on the vessel. 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. While many paddle through the water during daytime hours, take your adventure after the sun sinks into the Gulf. Board a unique clear kayak that’s lit up by special underwater LED lights! The clear boat allows you to see not only the multiple colors of LED light settings, but also the underwater world beneath you as you paddle. Set the lights to your personal preference of color and style. Paddle along as your tour guide points out landmarks and provides an abundance of knowledge and history about the area on the 1.5-hour nighttime cruise under the stars.

Red Dragon Pirate Cruise

Fun for the whole family this Christmas, you can sail the high seas like the pirates of old! Cruise the waters of the Lydia Ann Channel and enjoy dolphin watching, sword fighting, treasure hunting, cannon fire, and plenty of pirate fun! Bring your camera to capture all the memories and pirate mischief. Enjoy soft drinks and snacks, as well as beer, wine, pina coladas, rum, tequila, and whiskey-based drinks adult pirates in the group enjoy.


There are several state and local parks in the Port Aransas area you’ll want to check out during your Christmastime stay. Land activities include picnicking, sand volleyball, basketball, and more. Brave the waters of the nearby Gulf for a swim or sit out in the sun.


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.

Jet Skis

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. 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 before piloting a craft yourself, even with a tour group.

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. We’re also close to many other area attractions, tours, shopping, dining, and activities the area has to offer. We offer one-bedroom units all the way up to three bedrooms for your larger group Christmas retreat. Prepare a delicious home-cooked meal, in the fully equipped kitchen. Afterward, spread out in an open living space for a movie or to relax. Enjoy the view from the private balcony or patio or spend some time near the pool. For a premium experience, choose a unit with bonuses like multiple flat screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more.

Contact us today to book your Christmastime trip to Port Aransas!