Some of the family fun will include: half-day boat excursions to view the world’s only migrating flock of whooping cranes; Tropical Christmas Celebration followed by the Illuminated Land Parade; and the Rockport Yacht Club’s Lighted Boat Parade.
A must-see is the lighting of the Children’s Tree at the circle of Rockport Beach Park.
“The tree has been an ‘icon’ for the last 25 years at Christmas. More than 800 lights spirally align reaching their pinnacle at the gold star,” says Diane Probst, president and CEO of the Rockport Fulton Chamber of Commerce. “It’s truly a brilliant sight along the bay that is followed by a lighted boat parade, illuminated land parade and fireworks, all free.”
Decorated yachts and boats will light up the harbor beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, just after the lighting of the Children’s Tree. The procession of Christmas clad sea vessels will enter at Key Allegro, pass through Little Bay and continue to Rockport Yacht Club.
Then, music will fill the air and costumed carolers invite parade goers along Seabreeze Drive in the Rockport Beach Park to sing along.
Later that evening, the Illuminated Land Parade will begin at 8 p.m. and travel along the bay from Rockport Beach Park to the Downtown Heritage District, culminating in a fireworks display over the bay at approximately 9 p.m.
The Christmas Historical Homes Tour, Dec. 10 and 11, will be an opportunity to learn about the area’s heritage and explore the architecture, ending with Caroling at the Fulton Mansion at 6:30 p.m.