If you’ve been wondering what to do on Saturdays after football season is over, College Station has the perfect holiday experience to occupy your weekends. Everything is bigger and better in Texas, including Christmas.

Santa’s Wonderland on Highway 6 South brings the North Pole to Texas with Mr. Claus and his whole crew, who have been celebrating the holidays with the Brazos Valley for more than 17 years. It was created in 1998 to bring together the Bryan-College Station area and city of Navasota and instill the value of preserving the holiday spirit. Each year, thousands of families and groups of friends visit the 69 acres laden with over three million lights to enjoy the holiday season. The event also gives back to the community and partners with several charitable organizations, including the Brazos Valley Food Bank and the Aggieland Humane Society.

Santa’s Wonderland provides visitors with scenic lights, food, live music, shopping and much more. The largest and most popular attraction, the Texas Christmas Village, is designed to represent an old Western Texas ghost town and includes a variety of shops and picturesque décor. And with the help of snow machines, photos will look like a white Christmas.

This family-fun experience also includes activities like a West Pole Mountain Adventure and Frostbite’s Toboggan Chute. Join the Wonderland mascot,

Marshall Frostbite, for an exhilarating 90-ft ride down the tallest mountain slide in Texas with a height of 35 feet. The Toboggan Chute incorporates a snow tunnel with speed and excitement to reach a height of 15 feet.

Santa’s Wonderland also combines new and exhilarating experiences with the classic Christmas movie tradition prevalent in almost every household. Popular holiday films will be playing on the LED Jumbotron, along with a cozy campfire underneath the starry Texas sky.

Opening weekend was November 11 and the event will run through January 1. There are various ticket options available on the website, santas- wonderland.com, including a limited number of season passes. There are now only two ticket options, as both are more inclusive than before and both consist of most park activities. Adult admission is $32.95 and child is $27.95 online; tickets can also be purchased at the gate. The event begins at 6pm on weekdays and 3pm on weekends. It is recommended to arrive early to avoid traffic and find parking.

The park will be open rain or shine, so purchase tickets in advance and gather family and friends for a memorable holiday experience. Look for Santa in the black boots and cowboy hat and join him for a Texas-style Christmas adventure!