Every holiday has its traditions: cherished family recipes, games that carry a running score through the years, and catching up with loved ones. But now is a great time to start a fresh family holiday tradition by taking the whole family, or the friends that have become your family, to Port Aransas.  Make the holiday season no mess, no stress in an airy beach house with plenty of room for all your guests to spread out. There’s something special about this seaside town during the holiday season, so leave the ugly sweaters at home, trade in your cold weather boots for flip flops, and swap the falling leaves for waving palm trees. It’s time to make your way to Port A.

Take Thanksgiving to The Coast

Family fun doesn’t have to end when the kids go back to school. Head down to Port A to bookend their fall break with jet ski rides and seashell collecting. Upgrade your family’s Turkey Bowl venue to the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast. On that note—have you enjoyed your Thanksgiving meal while a sea breeze floats in through the patio doors? Trade in your pumpkin latte for a cerveza and lime wedge, or shake up a tiki drink and really lean into the island vibe. Your next Thanksgiving tradition should be making exciting new memories with your loved ones.

For those who like to get ahead of the holiday shopping rush and Black Friday crowds, the shops around Port Aransas will host Holiday Shop Around from November 19 through the 21. Those who are on top of their holiday shopping game can enjoy searching through the island’s boutique shops for treasures they couldn’t find anywhere else, and support some amazing local businesses and artists at the same time. While you’re at it, you can leave the long lines and overpriced Mall Santa pictures behind and get your kids’ pictures in front of the always impressive Sand Santa instead.

Christmas The Island Way

That island Christmas spirit Bing Crosby sang about all those years ago flourishes here on Texas’ favorite island. The holiday festivities all kick off with the Holiday Golf Cart Parade on December 4. For those who have yet to visit Port Aransas, beach-ready golf carts are the preferred form of transportation on the island. Locals love decking out their rides in Christmas decorations and parading through town. And yes, visitors who have rented golf carts are welcome to  join in the event. The route ends at Roberts Point Park just in time to catch the Lighted Boat Parade. Here the holiday spirit is passed to the island’s boat owners, who cruise around the restaurant-lined marina in their vessels covered in Christmas lights, spreading holiday cheer.

With vacation rentals big enough to accommodate even the largest of families, it’s never been easier to gather everyone to celebrate in one place. Just as in holidays of yore, you can prepare all your favorite meals together, but in Port Aransas that post-meal walk around the neighborhood can take place on the beach. The best part? All the rush and chaos surrounding the holidays melt away in Port Aransas’ island time.

Traditions Anchor Here

Start something fresh and fun with you and yours this holiday season. Whatever your holiday traditions happen to be, they are sure to be even more memorable in Port Aransas. With miles of beachline waiting for cozy morning walks, adventure filled afternoons, and bonfire lit evenings, there’s no better place to anchor your new holiday tradition than in Port Aransas.

Visit PortAransas.org for more information.