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Parks & Recreation Department1000 Krenek Tap Road979.764.3486


2023 SEASON

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Stephen C. Beachy Central Park!

College Station's beautiful Christmas in the Park displays started in 1984 when a local family funded a couple of light panels. The displays have grown to more than one million lights and are a holiday mainstay.

Our crews work year-round preparing the light panels to ensure they brightly shine when we flip the switch on Thanksgiving Day. The hundreds of illuminated panels — a bulb for every inch — are taped precisely to preserve the panels' mesmerizing effects.

We offer three ways to enjoy the time-honored tradition of holiday lights at Beachy Central Park:

LIGHTS ON • Nov. 23-Jan. 1, 6-11 p.m.
Guests can continue the family tradition of viewing more than one million lights that will decorate the beautiful 47-acre Stephen C. Beachy Central Park.

Don't forget to bring your wish list for Santa. Our staff has arrangements with his elves to accept letters for Santa in our North Pole mailbox outside the Central Park Office. Drop your letter off from Nov. 23-Dec. 24 to ensure safe delivery. 

EVENT WEEKEND • Dec. 1 & 2, 6-10 p.m.
Enjoy old-fashioned hayrides, cookies, hot cocoa, local song and dance groups, photos with Santa, and more! Guests may bring refreshments, but coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller. Alcohol, glass containers, and pets are not allowed. Admission is free.

Stephen C. Beachy Central Park will be closed to through traffic from 7 a.m.-midnight, so visitors can’t drive through the park like they can the rest of the month. Shuttles run from 3 p.m.-midnight from the Post Oak Mall parking lot (JCPenney side). Handicap parking is available at the Beachy Central Park softball complex, accessed from State Highway 6.

JINGLE BELL FUN RUN • Dec. 2, 6 p.m.
Join us after the College Station Christmas Parade for the one-mile, untimed Jingle Bell Fun Run through the lights to kick off Christmas in the Park on Saturday, Dec. 2. The race starts at 6 p.m. at the hayride line near the tennis courts. Part of the run is on an unpaved surface.

The entry fee is $15 and includes a shirt and jingle bells if you register by Nov. 12. The cost is $20 during the Nov. 13-26 late registration period. Jingle bells are included, but you are not guaranteed a shirt. Participants three years old and under are free. No parking is available in the park on the event day. Dogs are not allowed.

Packet pick-up is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 29 and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Stephen C. Beachy Central Park Office at 1000 Krenek Tap Road.

The Parks & Recreation Department wishes you a peaceful and joyous holiday season and the best in the coming year. For more information, contact us at 979.764.3486 or [email protected].  

Visit ChristmasinCS.com for more events and specials happening in College Station. 

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