League City has created its own brand of Christmas cheer, and when it comes to celebrating the holiday season it’s a holly jolly blend of tradition, community, and family fun. Here are the top seven reasons why League City, Texas is the best place on Earth to be home for the holidays.
League City’s annual Holiday in the Park weekend features three separate parades: A kid’s parade, the Grand Night Parade, and a pet parade—each held in charming historic League City. Then there’s the annual Christmas Boat Parade on Clear Lake, which draws around 100 thousand people. League City loves a good parade, and the whole town gets into the holiday spirit with these very merry events.
Festive Photo Ops
League City has some beautiful scenery, and during the holiday season it's enhanced with sparkling seasonal decorations. Stop by League Park and take a frame-worthy family photo in front of the gorgeous gazebo, decked out in garlands, bows, wreaths and lights, and complete with a Christmas tree. Nearby, Helen’s Garden has a more understated look with simple red bows, but the gardens themselves provide a lovely botanical background for a stunning holiday picture.
A Gingerbread Marvel
Every year, the talented team at South Shore Harbour constructs a massive gingerbread house standing around six feet tall. This impressive feat of gingerbread artistry is on display throughout the holiday season. Locals and visitors are encouraged to stop by and view this gingerbread masterpiece and snap some pics. You may even get some ideas on how to improve your own gingerbread house-building skills.
The temperate subtropical climate in League City means you won’t be shoveling snow from your driveway or sliding across icy roads during the busy holiday shopping season. While your friends and family in other states battle with the bitter cold, your only problem will be deciding if you want to drive with the windows down. Kids can enjoy riding their new bikes and skates outside on Christmas day, and you can even host Christmas dinner on your patio if you want.
The subdivisions in League City don’t mess around when it comes to outdoor decorating. A little friendly competition between neighborhoods means every year you’re treated to some fantastic displays. At least two local homes have websites dedicated to their elaborate Christmas light displays (phcnas.com and mosslights.com), and several neighborhoods host hayrides for their residents, complete with caroling and treats for the kiddos.
You will never be bored during the holidays in League City. There are dozens of popular holiday-themed activities every year hosted by the schools, local businesses, and non-profit groups. Some favorites include the annual Christmas tree lighting at Helen Hall Library, breakfast with Santa at Hometown Heroes Park, Holiday in the Park, and Breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy at South Shore Harbour (hosted by Bay Area Houston Ballet). Beyond that, League City’s convenient location between Houston and Galveston means that locals can easily participate in events ranging from Dickens on the Strand in Galveston to the Nutcracker Ballet performed by the prestigious Houston Ballet.
That Small-Town Charm
Take a drive down Main Street beneath the majestic oak trees, and you’ll feel it. It’s the magic of Christmas with a small-town Texas twist. It’s the historic district, with its beautifully decorated shop fronts and Victorian architecture, and the boutique owners who make you feel like family. It’s the rosy-cheeked children waving and smiling at parade marchers, and the neighbors who bring sweet holiday treats to your door. It’s the wreaths adorning the street lamps, and the red velvet bows tied to fence posts. It’s the oak trees and the winding creek and the warm hospitality. It’s League City, and it’s home.