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Parks & Recreation Department1000 Krenek Tap Road979.764.3486
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park.

College Station’s beautiful Christmas in the Park displays began in 1984 when a local family funded a couple of light panels. The displays have since 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 two ways to enjoy the time-honored tradition of holiday lights at Beachy Central Park:

LIGHTS ON ● Nov. 25-Jan. 1, 6-11 p.m.

As you stroll or drive-thru through the park, you can do more than look — you can listen, too! Tune in to Christmas 97.3 FM as you drive to enjoy Christmas music provided by Bryan Broadcasting. 

Admission is FREE and parking is allowed within the 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. 25-Dec. 24 to ensure safe delivery. 

>> Download Letter Template (PDF)

EVENT WEEKEND ● Dec. 3 & 4, 6-10 p.m.

Enjoy old-fashioned hayrides, cookies and chocolate milk, live entertainment, actual snow slides, photos with Santa and reindeer, adopt a Holiday Parks Pal, arts and crafts, 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!

>> Event Map

5:50-6 p.m. – Mayor’s Welcome & Lighting Ceremony
6 p.m. – Jingle Bell Fun Run Start
6:15-6:35 p.m. – Wildcat Chorale
6:40-6:50 p.m. – Cypress Grove Intermediate Choir
6:55-7:05 p.m. – CSTAT Steppers of College Station High School
7:10-7:40 p.m. – Off the Wall Theater
7:50-8:10 p.m. – Texas A&M Chorale
8:20-8:40 p.m. – Aggie Wranglers
8:45-9:10 p.m. – Brazos Valley Tuba Christmas
9:15-9:50 p.m. – Reagan Quinn

6-6:10 p.m. – AMCMS Dance Team
6:15-6:35 p.m. – CSMS Combined Choirs
6:40-7 p.m. – Oakwood Intermediate Orchestra Club
7:10-7:20 p.m. – Texas A&M Ballroom Dance Association
7:30-7:45 p.m. – Abigail Quinn
8-8:25 p.m. – Brazos Authority 
9-9:45 p.m. – Reagan Quinn

Santa is moving to his new location in the Fun for All Playground. A professional photographer isn’t provided for photos, but you’re encouraged to bring a camera to capture the moment. Pets aren’t allowed.

The Brazos Valley Marine Corps League-Detachment 1391 has rescued hundreds of Parks Pals (stuffed animals) that need a home for the holidays. Each Parks Pal is individually bagged, but supplies are limited. Children must be present for the adoption.

Free wristbands are required for the hayride, snow slides, arts and crafts, and photos with Santa. Complete a waiver form at an information booth to get a wristband.

Food trucks will be available, or you can bring refreshments. Just remember that glass containers aren’t allowed, and coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller.

Friday, Dec. 3 – Sweet Pops Kettle Corn, Chill Out Concessions, JLM's Chicken and Waffle, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Roasted Corn and Snacks, Las Palapas, and Napa Flats.

Saturday, Dec. 4 – Sweet Pops Kettle Corn, Chill Out Concessions, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Roasted Corn and Snacks, OhMyGogi!, and Las Palapas.


Recreation Drive will close from 7 a.m.-11 p.m., and visitors will be unable to drive through the park. Right turns from the State Highway 6 frontage road onto Krenek Tap Road will not be allowed. Shuttles will run from 5-11 p.m. from the Post Oak Mall parking lot (JCPenney side). Handicap parking is available at the Beachy Central Park softball complex, which can be accessed from State Highway 6.

>> Parking Map


The event wouldn’t be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors and community partners — Brazos Valley Marine Corps League, College Station Noon Lions Club, Christmas 97.3, Bryan Broadcasting, and HEB.

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

Jingle Bell Fun Run

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