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Reindeer Park set for this weekend

Written by Staff. Posted in Community

It’s almost time for Deer Park’s Christmas Celebration. Reindeer Park returns Dec. 1-2 and despite what weather forcasters predict, there will be 100 percent chance of snow at the city’s annual winter festival. Most activities are free with some requiring a small fee.

The annual Reindeer Park celebration is right around the corner, and you will not want to miss any of the fun features and live entertainment!

On December 1-2, Deer Park Parks and Recreation invites you to take part in two jam-packed days of live entertainment, fun features including a snow play area and carnival rides, photo opportunities, a Tree Lighting Spectacular, shopping and more.

“Kick off the holiday season with Deer Park Parks and Recreation!” Recreation Supervisor Rene McBride said. “From snow slides and play areas to live entertainment, these two days will be a great time to create memories with your family, get some shopping done and start the season off right.

“We hope to see you all at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center and the Municipal Court and Theater Building!”

Wristbands for Reindeer Park may be purchased through Pre-sale tickets and wristbands will be on sale through Nov. 30 from 9AM to 5PM and December 1 from 9AM to 3PM. Wristbands for Friday, December 1 are $5, and wristbands for Saturday, December 2 are $10. All wristbands purchased during pre-sale dates will be entered to win a giant stocking!

Read below for more detailed information about all of our events or call 281-478-2050.

Schedule of Events – Friday, December 1
The Parks and Recreation Art Park Players will kick off the Reindeer Park weekend on December 1 with “Mrs. Kringle’s Claus-ette,” a come-and-go event from 11AM to 2PM at the Municipal Court and Theater Building (1302 Center Street).

“This holiday shopping event will feature a free gift for attendees, a mall of approximately 25 vendors with unique gift ideas, and cookies and wassail,” said Susan Mele, Artistic Managing Supervisor. “The event will also feature The Louise McBee Circle of Life, Circle of Wreaths display with items available to bid on – all monies raised will benefit The Rose.”

The fun will continue that evening at Patrick’s Cabin from 5PM-6PM with “Christmas at the Cabin,” a special event sponsored by the City Historical Committee. Come take photos with Santa Claus, drink wassail and take a tour of the historic structure.

At 6PM, we invite you to strap on your jingle bells for the annual Tree Lighting Spectacular at the entrance to the Municipal Court and Theater Building. This joyful, family celebration will include live performances from the Deer Park High School Swing Choir, San Jacinto Elementary Choir, REACTION, Art Park Singers and other entertainers. Spend some time with Buddy the Elf, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, and Santa! Participants will visit Elf stations to write letters to Santa, pick up unique gifts and take photos. Concessions and holiday shopping will also be available.

After the tree lighting, participants are encouraged to come to the Jimmy Burke Activity Center (500 W. 13th Street), where there will be Frosty’s Playland (with attractions including snow slides and snow areas), a Christmas tree plaza, S’mores making, Christmas karaoke and arts and craft stations from 6PM-9PM. Photos with Santa will also be available, with prints for purchase starting at $7 per set.

Schedule of Events – Saturday, December 2
Join the Parks and Recreation Department for our annual holiday 5K run and kids’ walk, the Reindeer Dash! Scheduled to begin on Saturday, December 2 beginning at 9 a.m., this event will raise funds to support the Deer Park Opportunity Center. The run will begin at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center.

In case of inclement weather, the dash will be inside the Jimmy Burke Activity Center.

Pre-registration is $20 per person, and registration the day of the race is $25. Deer Park Independent School District students may register for $10 each with a valid ID. You may also register for this event through

Beginning at 3PM, the Art Park Players will present “All I Want for Christmas is...” Dinner and show tickets will be available for $25 with show-only tickets available for $15. Call the Box Office at 281-794-2448 to purchase tickets.

On Saturday evening from 4PM to 8:30PM, the Reindeer Park fun will continue in Frosty’s Playland with special snow play areas and snow slides, carnival rides, arts and crafts stations, the Christmas tree plaza, and more at Jimmy Burke. Photos with Santa will also be available from 5PM-8:30PM.

Live entertainment will include the Art Park Dancers at 5PM and karaoke from 4PM-8:30PM.