Get Into The Holiday Spirit With These 5 Free Events In Bryan

The holiday season in Bryan is a time of music, laughter, and cheer for the whole family. Even 2020 can’t stop us from celebrating the magic of the season! Check out this list of 5 free, outdoor holiday events coming up in Bryan, and be sure to like us on Facebook to stay up to date with all the holiday happenings.

πŸ‘€PS– Scroll all the way to the end for 2 bonus activities

Lights On! kicks off the holiday season in Downtown Bryan on Friday, Nov. 20

Friday, November 20 – Lights On!

6:00 PM in Historic Downtown Bryan

Be there as the holiday spirit comes to life in Historic Downtown Bryan!

Destination Bryan will kick off the holiday season in Bryan with the annual Lights On! While the event will look different this year, the thousands of lights along Main St. and Bryan Ave. will still turn on to illuminate picturesque Downtown Bryan.

This free, family-friendly event will include holiday photo backdrop stations, live music at the Palace Theater, a countdown to thousands of lights flipping on, and more. Stay tuned for more details on Facebook!

The Local is a seasonal artisan market on Tuesdays at Lake Walk.

Tuesday, December 1 – The Local

4:00PM – 7:00PM at Lake Walk

Don’t just shop local this holiday season… Shop The Local! Lake Walk’s seasonal artisan market, The Local, features an array of artisans, farmers, producers, and crafters from across the Brazos Valley. From fresh foods such as bread and honey, to homemade soaps and handcrafted jewelry, The Local features a variety of vendors week-to-week. You’re sure to find a few items on your holiday shopping list! Learn more here.

First Friday is a monthly tradition, but it gets a lot more merry every December!

Friday, December 4 – First Friday

All Day in Historic Downtown Bryan

First Friday is a family-friendly event featuring live music, art, activities, and a wide variety of shopping and dining options throughout Historic Downtown Bryan. While it’s a monthly tradition, First Friday gets a lot more merry every December! Explore the streets of Downtown, support local businesses, and enjoy an evening of good cheer under thousands of lights!

Members of the Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market will be set up along Main St. between 26th St. and 28th St. from 5:00PM – 9:00PM.

Bryan High School’s Theater Department will be performing their holiday radio play at the Palace Theater.

Downtown businesses will stay open late, and even more activities will be announced soon. Check back often for updates here.

The Local is a seasonal artisan market on Tuesdays at Lake Walk.

Tuesday, December 8 – The Local: Holiday Edition

4:00PM – 7:00PM at Lake Walk

The final week of The Local this season will be decked out for the holidays and merrier than ever! Make sure you’re there for delicious bites, festive fun, and even more holiday shopping from local artisans.

Keep up to date with The Local here.

The Downtown Bryan Lighted Holiday Stroll is set to take place Dec. 11.

Friday, December 11 – Downtown Bryan Lighted Holiday Stroll

6:00PM in Historic Downtown Bryan

Join us in Historic Downtown Bryan for an evening of lights and holiday cheer on Friday, December 11 starting at 6:00 PM. Stroll through Downtown and view parade floats parked along the streets, festive window displays in businesses, thousands of lights and more!

Stay tuned as more details are announced in the coming days here.


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πŸŽ„ Bonus Activities! πŸŽ„

Get even more joy out of the season with these 2 free activities running throughout November & December.

The Bryan Holiday Lights Map can be found at bryantx.gov/holidaysinbryan

Throughout The Season – Bryan Holiday Lights Map

Explore the magic of the season throughout town with the Bryan Holiday Lights Map! The map will feature both businesses and residences decorated for the season all over Bryan. Grab some hot cocoa, hop in the car, put on some holiday tunes, and take the whole family around for some holiday cheer.

Do you own a business or live in Bryan? Submit your own display for the map!

Drop off your letter to Santa at one of 3 designated locations by Dec. 14, and he just might write you back!

November 20 – December 14 – Drop off your letter to Santa!

Special mailboxes for express delivery to the North Pole will be set up at 3 locations throughout Bryan from November 20 to December 14! We heard a rumor from one of Santa’s elves that if you drop off your letter to Santa during this time free, he’ll make sure to write you back.

These mailboxes will be located at the Carnegie History Center, Lake Walk, and 1 more location to be announced very soon!

You can download and print a festive letter template here, or pick up a copy at Lights On!, First Friday, or the Downtown Bryan Lighted Holiday Stroll. Check back here, or stay tuned for our Facebook for updates!


Follow along on Facebook & Instagram for information on events, things to do, and inspiration to help you discover all the best that Bryan has to offer this holiday season!


Meet The Blogger

Chris Riggins

Chris is the Destination Marketing Manager for Destination Bryan. Originally from North Texas, Chris has called Bryan-College Station home since 2014. Chris is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University’s Recreation, Park & Tourism Science program. When he’s not telling you about the restaurant he tried this weekend that was “SO good,” he’s probably talking about his dog or taking photos of a Brazos Valley sunset.

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