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Coastal Christmas gives area a taste of a white Christmas

Posted at 11:10 PM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-25 00:18:25-05

For those of you looking for a White Christmas this holiday season, look no further than the American Bank Center.

There you will find a Winter wonderland for young and old alike to enjoy, and don't forget your mittens and skates.

There are plenty of things to do at the American Bank Center during the second annual Coastal Christmas.

In the corner, as Santa sits on his throne, greeting many children as they walk by.

And his extraordinary Christmas tree can be found steps away.

But before young Krimson Ramos passes the tree, she had to let Santa know what she wanted for Christmas.

"A make-up vanity," Krimson said.

"Oh you like makeup?"

Krimson nods.

This is just part of the many activities families can enjoy at Coastal Christmas.

American Bank Center General manager Matt Blasy said last year had such a great turnout that this year, the team wanted to update the event and add a "wow factor."

"This year we really wanted, what we found out from last year is that it's really about the skating, so we made the ice rink larger -- almost double the size of it -- just added a lot more lighting, few more interactive elements," Blasy said. "(We) just wanted to bring a more aesthetic pleasing event this year compared to last year."

Visitors said bringing new things for everyone to enjoy here at home is something special.

"It's always (good) to get the community out, and having more people participate in a bunch of different things," said participant Eric Heatherley. "Not just ice skating, trying to bring things that are not common to the Corpus area, you know -- trying to bring them in; introduce people to different aspects of the world that would be really cool."

If you missed out on Tuesday, that's OK -- Coastal Christmas ends Dec. 30. It is closed Christmas day.