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November 29, 2023

Holidays in Bryan

Can you believe it! The holiday season is here already, and there’s no shortage of things to do in Bryan between now and the new year. Here are just a few of the festivities.



Reindeer sliding down a slide.

Reindeer on the Run

Dec. 1 – 19 | Bryan City Parks
Free to participate!

Oh deer! Santa’s reindeer have escaped the North Pole and we need your help to find them! Explore City of Bryan locations to find all nine of Santa’s reindeer for a chance to win prizes.

Find Santa’s Reindeer

Reindeer on the Run - How to Play


Photo of Christmas tree being lit at Lights On!

Lights On!

Friday, Nov. 17 | 6 p.m.
Historic Downtown Bryan
Free admission!

Kick off the holiday season with Bryan’s annual Lights On! Help us countdown as we turn on thousands of lights along Main Street and Bryan Avenue to illuminate picturesque Historic Downtown Bryan. This free, family-friendly event will include holiday photo backdrop stations, live music, and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Photo of a girl sliding down a snow hill at Holiday Magic

Holiday Magic

Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Sue Haswell Memorial Park
Free admission!

Holiday Magic returns for its 25th year on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at Sue Haswell Memorial Park. Admission is free! Park at Blinn College to take advantage of the free shuttle service.

Free activities include hot chocolate, live entertainment highlighting BISD Choirs, kids snow hill for those under 42 inches in height and another snow hill for those taller, photo opportunities with Santa, and more.

Save the date

View BISD Choirs schedule

Snow Tubing Hill

You must sign our Tubing Hill Participation Agreement and Release of Liability to slide down the snow hill.

You can complete the online form in advance and bring a copy to show at the snow hill entrance, or you can complete the form at the snow hill on Dec. 6. No one will be allowed to slide down the hill without proof of this form being completed.

Fill out snow tubing hill participation form

Nutcracker Ballet

Nutcracker Ballet Storytime

Thursday, Dec. 7 | 5 p.m.
Clara B. Mounce Library
Free admission!

Renew a grand holiday tradition with the Bryan + College Station Public Library System and enjoy this year’s performances of Nutcracker Ballet Storytime. This festive holiday mainstay at our library branches features dancers from Ballet Brazos performing excerpts from The Nutcracker during a reading from The Nutcracker storybook. It is an event you definitely don’t want to miss!

Learn more

Holiday Parade

Downtown Holiday Stroll and Lighted Parade

Thursday, Dec. 7 | 6 p.m.
Historic Downtown Bryan
Free admission!

Stroll around Historic Downtown Bryan for an evening of holiday cheer, merriment, and even mark off some of your holiday shopping list before and after Bryan’s annual lighted holiday parade.

Floats, vehicles, fire engines and more – all decorated with lights – will parade through the streets of Downtown Bryan for a night of festive holiday fun! The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of 24th Street and Bryan Avenue, travels south on Bryan Avenue, turns left on 28th Street, and then heads back north on Main Street.

This year’s theme is “Howdy Holidays” and floats with the best interpretation and decorations will be awarded prizes!

Apply to be part of the festivities

Winter Wonderland at Travis Fields

Winter Wonderland at Travis Fields

Saturday, Dec. 2 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Travis Fields at Bryan Midtown Park
Free admission!

Travis Fields is excited to welcome everyone back to the annual Winter Wonderland at Travis Fields, presented by the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum. Join us Saturday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for all kinds of holiday-themed activities. Bring your family, kids, and friends for a festive afternoon. Admission is free!

More info

Destination Bryan logo maroon

Destination Bryan

As the official destination marketing organization for Bryan, Texas, Destination Bryan promotes local attractions and welcomes visitors to our community. Which means they have the scoop on the best things to do, eat, and see this holiday season!

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