CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It is quite an eventful weekend. We have our weekly list of local events for you to review and decide which ones you will make an appearance at. If you have an event you want us to write about, send us a press release to email@example.com .
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa's arrival at La Palmera Mall is just around the corner.
Amanda Sanchez, the assistant general manager at La Palmera Mall, describes the surest sign that Christmas is coming with Sonya Hill during an interview this afternoon at the mall.
Santa’s arrival will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Magical Illuminated Parade will follow at 7 p.m.
It will be the first time that Santa's arrival will be on a weekend.
Among the events that will be held during the evening include:
- Arts and crafts
- Face painting
- Prize giveaways
- Special appearances and performances by costumed characters
- Local dance and musical groups appearing on The Holiday Stage, presented by HEB, with locations near JCPenney, in Center Court and the food court
- Photos with Santa (he’ll be available this year before and after the parade)
The Parade, presented by Apollo Towing, will kick off at 7 p.m. Items to note include:
- Guests may bring lawn chairs and get a good spot—plenty of areas for good viewing along the front of the mall
- Starts on the west side of Dillard’s making its way around the front of the mall and ending on the east side of JCPenney
- We’ll have prize giveaways and entertainers along the parade route beginning around 6:30 to perform and interact with guests as we wait for the parade
- Parade includes musical performers, community organizations and clubs, local businesses, school groups and Santa as the grand finale
Once the parade concludes, Santa will head back to Center Court to begin meeting boys and girls and posing for annual holiday photos, presented by Apollo Towing, until 9 p.m. He will be there every day through December 24 during mall hours.
Guests are encouraged to post their photos from La Palmera’s holiday party, including the parade, for a chance to win a $50 La Palmera Gift Card. Use the tag #myLaPalmera on Facebook or Instagram.
The winner will be announced by social media on the following day.
For more information about this big event, check out the mall's website here .
Jewish food galore at the Jewish Food Festival
The annual Jewish Food Festival is happening this weekend at Congregation Beth Israel (4402 Saratoga Blvd.).
This year's food selection features the best of Jewish Deli, including traditional favorites such as succulent brisket with kugel, savory cabbage rolls, split pea soup, matzo ball soup, corned beef sandwiches, Israeli tabbouleh and assorted side dishes.
Sunday brunch includes bagels and lox plates and blintzes.
The pickle stand features sour pickles shipped from the Brooklyn Terminal Market, and the Sweet Shop offers traditional Jewish pastries like Strudel, Rugelach, Black & White Cookies and Challah bread, along with cakes and cookies.
A Silent Auction will have an array of high-end items from local retailers and many local restaurants.
In addition to food and prizes, the festival also hosts a very popular Vintage Shop featuring gently used costume jewelry and name brand purses for sale. The Judaica Shop offers large selections of Judaica, mezuzzahs, candle holders, toys, books and kitschy t-shirts.
Everybody’s favorite Klezmer Band, Los Klezmeros, will be performing Saturday night. They are billed as the “Hottest Yiddish band from Austin,” and always a festival favorite.
Val Dino, Illusionist and Magician and The Amazing Alec will be performing Saturday night as well. On Sunday, Mr. E. The Mystery Magic Clown will be performing with balloon artistry.
Rabbi Ilan Emanuel will host tours of the sanctuary, which will include information about basic prayers and the Torah, and highlight religious artifacts found within.
Visit the Jewish Food Festival Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and then again on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
To learn more, go to https://www.facebook.com/JewishFoodFestival .
Shop till you drop at the Peddler Show this weekend
The latest edition of The Peddler Show rolls into town this Friday through Sunday and will once again be held at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown at 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd.
This one-stop shopping experience offers a unique way to find one-of-a-kind gifts for the people who are important to you. Talented designers, artisans, creators and craftsmen from across the country will be on hand, many of them with new ideas and items.
Those who attend will also be able to find the latest trends in women and children's clothing, totes and handbags, shoes and accessories. Shoppers will also discover handmade jewelry, rustic furniture, seasonal floral arrangements, gourmet treats and foods, personalized home decor, pottery, decorative candles, organic soaps and lotions, and much more.
Many items feature on-site customization and personalization.
Admission to The Peddler Show is just $7 for adults ( $5 if purchased in advance at the website ) and the ticket is good all weekend. Children under 12 are admitted free.
There will also be plenty of free parking on site.
Doors opened this morning. The hours for the weekend are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a,m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Historical soldier re-enacters at Old Bayview Cemetery this Saturday
If you'd like to learn more about the history that Corpus Christi has to offer, your chance will be this Saturday at the Old Bayview Cemetery!
The 10th Annual Voices of South Texas kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday as Old Bayview Cemetery comes alive! There will be re-enacters ready to dive into the war heroes and families that inhabited this region long before modern civilization.
Karen Howden of the Friends of Old Bayview Cemetery Association says there will be Buffalo Soldier re-enacters, Civil War soldiers and other family members from some of the Corpus Christi's most prominent military servicemen.
Voices of South Texas is Free and open to the public.
Old Bayview Cemetery is at the corner of Ramirez Street and Interstate 37.
For more information, check here .
C.C. Symphony will present "A Night at the Opera" Saturday
The Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra has another powerhouse night planned for Saturday.
Maestro Hector Guzman and Symphony executive director Dr. Mark Francis discussed the upcoming concert with KRIS 6 Meteorologist Maclovio Perez at La Palmera Mall.
“Night at the Opera” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
It will be a great night of arias and choruses sung by stars: Arturo Chacon, tenor; Haley Sicking, soprano; Hope Thacker, mezzo-soprano; and David Small, baritone. The Del Mar Master Chorus and the Corpus Christi Chorale will join forces with the CCSO in a spectacular evening of song.
Arias and choruses by Bizet, Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni and more.
For more information, check out the symphony’s website at ccsymphony.org or call 883-NOTE.
'Miles for Meals 5K' benefits the Coastal Bend Food Bank
Runners and walkers are invited to help raise money for the Coastal Bend Food Bank.
The run starts at the south end of Cole Park across the street from First Baptist Church. The 1K run starts at 5:30 pm, the 5K Run starts at 6 pm, and the 5K walk starts at 6:10 pm.
The evening walk will have a glowing element to it. Bring glowsticks and glow in the dark stuff if you have it.
There will be awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in different age divisions so all ages are welcome to join in on the fun. 1st and 2nd place.
Here is a breakdown of the entry fees. The 5K Run costs $35. The 5K Run for age 18 and under is $25. The 5K Walk is $35. The 5K Walk for ages 18 and under is $25. And the kids 1K Run is only $5.
Visit their website for registration details at
$2 dollar admission at the Texas State Aquarium this Sunday
The Texas State Aquarium will be hosting a Community Day on Sunday, where everyone gets in for $2.
Community Day, sponsored by HEB, gives access to the aquarium’s exhibits and admission for $2 to see "Smallfoot 4D" in the 4-Dimension Theater. Parking also is included in the admission.
“H-E-B enjoys the partnership with the Aquarium and offering unique and educational experiences for families right before the holidays," said Rob Hall, H-E-B Gulf Coast Vice President. “We hope visitors walk away with an excitement of their environment and a sense of the fascinating work taking place at the Aquarium.”
Community Day will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free for children 2 years old and younger. Tickets are available for sale on-site on Community Day only.
There are no tickets available for purchase in advance or online.
MONDAY (Veterans Day)
Live taping of Johnny Canales Show next week at Waters Edge Park
KRIS 6 News and Telemundo Corpus Christi are bringing a live taping of the Johnny Canales Show to Corpus Christi.
In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, this free concert and taping will be held starting at 1 pm at Waters Edge Park.
Attendees will enjoy performances by Los Palominos, Lucky Joe, Freddy Martinez, and more!
Johnny is no stranger to local television viewers. In 1983, The Johnny Canales Show debuted showcasing emerging bands from Mexico and the United States. Some of his guests included Nancy, La Mafia, Mazz, Intocable, Grupo Pegasso De Emilio Reyna, Fama, Jaime y Los Chamacos, and Jennifer Peña as well as Los Tigres del Norte. It aired on Televisa in Mexico and Univision in the United States from 1988 until 1996.
Canales is also credited with one of the first live performances of Selena by her thirteenth birthday. He took Selena y Los Dinos for their first concerts in Mexico.