by Sam Ferris
This weekend’s top events are all about stepping into the holiday season. Watch the Tree of Lights come alive along the Bayfront during the Harbor Lights Festival or create a custom gingerbread house with the kids at the Art Museum of South Texas.
Christmas at Centennial House
It shouldn’t be surprising that we’d suggest a house tour. But this one is a tad different. Corpus Christi’s oldest home in Heritage Park will be clad in period Christmas decorations and feature a chorale performance on Saturday. See 19th-century décor from showcase designers and have a chance to win a Blister Pearl Pendant from Casa de Oro, among other raffle prizes. $5 Adults, $1 Children. Saturday & Sunday, Noon, 411 N. Upper Broadway, 882-8691, ccahs.com.
South Texas Sugar Plum Market
Shop for hand-crafted holiday creations at this three-day event that features boutiques from more than 200 creative artists, artisans, crafters, jewelers, fashion designers and interior designers, along with a children’s play area and cocktail lounge. Rumor has it that Santa Claus might drop by, too. Tickets are $5 at the door, $4 in advance. Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m., 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd., 832-708-9478, thesugarplummarket.com.
Harbor Lights Festival
Every local knows it isn’t Christmas season until the Tree of Lights is officially lit up. That happens this weekend at the 34th annual Harbor Lights Festival, one of Corpus Christi’s most popular holiday traditions. The ceremony will kick off with the Children’s Parade and conclude with the Illuminated Boat Parade at 7:30 p.m. Live musical performances will keep the festivities up during the afternoon. Saturday, 1 p.m., Kinney St. and N. Shoreline Blvd., 510-0480, harborlightsfestival.org.
Holiday Food Market
Rockport’s GLOW may be known for its uber-fresh seafood plates, but that hasn’t stopped the trendy bistro from branching out. Their Holiday Food Market (through Dec. 23) will bring popular holiday treats with a coastal twist to local dining tables. The menu features handcrafted sauces (including their house-made Salsa Verde, Mom’s Sauce and Butter Rum), seafood spice blends, peppermint bark, rosemary spiced nuts and more. Friday & Saturday, 11:30 a.m., 1815 Broadway, Rockport, 727-2644, glowrockport.com.
Super sARTurday Gingerbread House-Making
Warn your sweet tooth. The Art Museum of South Texas is whipping out the frosting, candy canes, gumdrops and graham crackers for their annual gingerbread house-making tradition. This popular children’s event is the perfect way to get a taste of the holiday season. Register online or by phone. $15 members, $20 non-members. Saturday, 1 p.m., 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd., 825-3500, artmuseumofsouthtexas.org.