Holiday in the Park

Holiday in the Park

Join us for family fun at our Annual Holiday in the Park!

  Holiday in the Park

Please join us for the Annual Holiday in the Park event hosted by the Nassau Bay Special Events Committee and the City of Nassau Bay.

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2023
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Location: Howard Ward Park, 18300 Upper Bay Rd, Nassau Bay, TX

It’s that time of year again to jingle and mingle at the annual Holiday in the Park event, hosted by the Nassau Bay Special Events Committee and the City of Nassau Bay. The event will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 2PM to 4PM.

Get into the holiday spirit as snow descends on Howard Ward Park and creates a winter wonderland with a snow slide, trackless train, and play patch.

The Special Events Committee is excited to announce that Santa will be at the event to visit with all the good boys and girls in Nassau Bay – so bring your camera for a few Santa selfies and family photo opportunities! Festive attire is encouraged!

The event will also include the first-ever Ugly Sweater Contest, with age groups 0-7 years, 8-17 years and 18 and up. The contest will take place at 2:15PM at the Gazebo, with Santa arriving right after. 

The event will also be a donation site for Toys for Tots, so bring a new toy to donate to a great cause.

For more information, check out our Facebook event page, “Annual Holiday in the Park!”

  Nassau Bay's Virtual Angel Tree

Making spirits BRIGHT! As a partner with Communities in Schools - Bay Area, and a sponsor of Space Center Intermediate, Nassau Bay is proud to continue the annual Communities in Schools Gifting Angel Tree.

There will be opportunities for residents and employees to donate items like backpacks, games/toys, water bottles and more via an established Amazon Wish List. Visit or call Communities in Schools liaison Jenny Castro at 949-201-3344 to learn more. Thank you for helping make this holiday season special for these students!

   Christmas Boat Lane Parade

Kick off the holiday season with the 61st Anniversary Christmas Boat Lane Parade produced by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Christmas Boat Lane Parade 2022-01

More than 100,000 people traditionally enjoy this event on land and from hundreds of boats anchored throughout the lake. The parade will feature more than 60 brightly colored power and sailboats that will merrily traverse the channel from the Nassau Bay Lagoon to Galveston Bay. 

Fireworks will be launched from the Nassau Bay Peninsula at 6PM signaling the start of the parade.

Visit the Facebook event page, "61st Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade" for more information!

Public Viewing Areas:

  • Kemah Boardwalk
  • Both Sides of Kemah/Seabrook Channel
  • Nassau Bay Lagoon
  • South Shore Harbour Marina
  • Clear Lake Shores
  • Davis Road Canal/Constellation Pointe

Fireworks will be launched from the Nassau Bay Peninsula at 6:00pm to signal the start of the parade. 

Visit the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce page for more information on entering your boat in the parade. 

   USMC Toys for Tots

Attention, citizens of Nassau Bay! Consider sharing some love this season by making donations to the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toy for Tots Program. 

Donation boxes are currently available at City Hall/the Nassau Bay Police Department, Nassau Bay Public Works, and the Nassau Bay Volunteer Fire Department. Nassau Bay businesses who have donation boxes include CVS, Ray’s Italian Kitchen, Erma’s Nutrition Center, A Suite Break, Java Owl, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, Berkeley Eye Center, Akimi Sushi Japanese Restaurant and Dickies BBQ. The Nassau Bay Garden Club is also accepting donations.

During the December 10 Holiday in the Park event in Howard Ward Park, there will also be a donation box for children and families to experience firsthand of sharing for others. Cash or checks (Marine Toys for Tots Foundation) are also accepted.

Toy for Tots donations of any size are greatly appreciated! Please make checks payable to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

For more information or to coordinate a pick-up, contact Toys for Tots Civilian Committee Member Diana Clark at (281) 507-3387.

   Volunteer at Holiday in the Park

Enjoy a wonderful community snowy holiday party with us in Howard Ward Park on Saturday, December 10th. Volunteers are also needed! Please help us put on the best Holiday in the Park ever! 

We need help with the following tasks:

  • Snow Slide Helper – Help smaller children up the stairs with their sled, and onto the slide
  • Train Helper – Working the line and help load up the train
  • Ornament Craft Table
  • Santa's Helpers
  • Photo-Op – Offer to take pictures for families at the photo-op spot
  • Volunteer Table – Check volunteers in and out and send them to their spots
  • Popcorn – Pop and bag popcorn
  • Carousel Line
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Donate a New, Unwrapped Toy – Bring to the event and put in Toys for Tots bin
  • Letters to Santa


This is an outdoor event - with snow! Please dress appropriately for the weather, and if you are working in the snowy areas you'll need to wear gloves and the right footwear.

The event itself is from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.  The volunteer times range in length from 1.0 to 4 hours. 

The party proper for the residents and friends of Nassau Bay is 2:00pm to 4:00pm. This is a fun and very casual event, come prepared to have a great time and get into the holiday spirit. Festive wear is always encouraged - you can get your holiday photo done this day! Thank you for volunteering and we look forward to sharing this event with you!

 We hope you can help us make Holiday in the Park a magical afternoon in the snow!