Enjoy Three Days of Cheer at Holiday in the Park
Join us for League City’s annual yuletide festival
By League City blogger Ashley Donde
Scarves and boots. Pumpkin pie and hot chocolate. Christmas carols and candy canes. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Maybe you’ve got an elf on the shelf like we do. (Ours is named Tricky Lewis.) You might have a favorite ugly Christmas sweater, or matching holiday-themed pajamas for your whole family. Whatever your traditions are, the one everyone in League City shares is Holiday in the Park. It’s one of my very favorite events of the whole year, and I especially love the Grand Night Parade. Everyone gathers on Main Street in League City’s historic district beneath the beautiful oak trees to watch the colorfully illuminated floats, fantastically decorated with the most imaginative displays. It’s the largest holiday parade in Galveston County. More on that later…it really is so much fun. But first, let me tell what Holiday in the Park is all about.
What is Holiday in the Park?
Holiday in the Park, presented by League City Proud, is League City’s annual three-day holiday celebration. It’s filled with shopping, performances, food, parades, music, lights, and a warm sense of community. It has the feel of a quintessential, small-town Christmas celebration, and will transform even the grinchiest heart into a puddle of holly-jolly happiness. This year’s theme is “Hats Off to Frosty,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the classic cartoon, “Frosty the Snowman.” Each day will host a variety of events, including three unique parades.
Friday, Dec 6 | 5pm–10pm at League Park
Holiday in the Park begins with shopping and a movie. Dozens of vendors and food trucks will be set up at League Park, and The City of League City booth will be serving complementary hot chocolate, so please stop by and grab a warm cup. After you’ve done a little shopping, join Mrs. Claus at 6pm for a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” Don’t forget to set up your chairs, blankets, and whatever you need to be cozy and warm for the movie showing at 7pm. It will start with the original “Frosty the Snowman” cartoon, followed by “Frosty Returns.” Bring your kids, bring a date, bring your friends…everyone is welcome!
Festival and Children’s Parade
Saturday, Dec. 7 | 9am–6pm at League Park
All kids are welcome to join in the fun and kick off Saturday’s festivities by walking in the Holiday Children’s Costume Parade at 10am. There’s no need to register, just bring your kids at 9:30am to lineup at Butler’s Courtyard (just east of League Park on 2nd Street). Parents are welcome to push strollers or pull wagons. And feel free to decorate bikes, scooters, your kids...it’s the holidays! Pull out all the stops and have fun with it! At the finish of the parade, Santa Claus himself will be waiting at the gazebo in League Park to greet the children. I know what you’re thinking. How did League City get such a big celebrity to show up at our festival during his busiest time of year? Because it’s for the kids, and when it comes to kids, League City will do what it takes to bring smiles to all those sweet faces.
If you can’t make it to the parade, that’s ok. There will be entertainment and performances all day long at League Park. In fact, my daughter and other children with the Bay Area Arts Conservatory will be performing a vignette from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Vendors and food trucks will open up at 9am, so you can shop and enjoy the yuletide atmosphere at your leisure.
Grand Night Parade
Saturday, Dec. 7 | 6pm along Main Street
This is it, folks. It’s *the* parade of the year. Get ready for marching bands, baton twirlers, dancing, music, and spectacular floats. Arrive early to find a good spot along Main Street, because it gets crowded. The parade starts in front of Kilgore’s Hardware and ends at Park Ave. in front of League Park. We always bring fold-up chairs, and my kids usually wear their light-up Christmas bulb necklaces. (Parade tip: Last year my husband bought cupcakes from a vendor, so we’d have some tasty treats while we enjoyed the parade. Highly recommend.) Performers will keep everyone entertained in front of League Park before the parade starts. This year I’m on staff with The City of League City, so I’ll be marching in the parade with the League City float. And I’ll let you in on a little secret: we have a ton of candy to toss out to the crowd.
Family Day and Pet Parade
Sunday, Dec. 8 | 12pm–5pm at League Park
Get an eyeful of delightful dogs decked out in their holiday duds at the Pet Parade, beginning at 1pm. Last year we saw everything from bulldogs dressed as Santa Claus, to golden retrievers looking pawsitively adorable in their Christmas sweaters. If you’ve got a well-behaved pet who doesn’t mind getting a little dressed up, bring them before the start of the parade so you can enter them into the contest. Best-dressed pets will be crowned at 3:30pm. Vendors and food trucks will also be open from noon until 5pm. And, of course, there will be entertainment all afternoon. There will be another “A Charlie Brown Christmas” vignette, along with more fun surprises.
I hope everyone comes out to enjoy this year’s Holiday in the Park celebration!
*League City has lots of events planned throughout November and December that you won’t want to miss.