The holiday season will be fully unleashed in the Coastal Bend on Dec. 7 as the 32nd annual Harbor Lights Festival kicks off.

Every year, the Harbor Lights Festival transforms the Bayfront Marina into a holiday wonderland filled with the sights and sounds of the holiday season. This South Texas tradition is a must-attend holiday family event.

The festival starts at 1 p.m. with the AEP Texas Children's Parade and continues with children's activities, live entertainment, and food and gift vendors.

The festival concludes with the much-anticipated Illuminated Boat Parade, as area boat captains parade their vessels in front of crowds and judges watching from Shoreline Drive.