American Bank Center cancels Coastal Christmas

American Bank Center’s popular Christmas-themed event has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, officials said.

The convention center announced in a news release Wednesday its Coastal Christmas event will not take place in 2020 due to the high potential of COVID-19 transmission from person-to-person within indoor spaces and out of concern for guests.

“We are disappointed to have to cancel Coastal Christmas this year as this event has been received so well by the community,” said Matt Blasy, the convention center’s general manager. “While the ASM Global staff wanted to provide a holiday event during this challenging year, unfortunately, there were too many concerns to overcome. We look forward to Coastal Christmas returning in 2021.”

The winter event isn’t the only holiday celebration to be canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The city’s annual Harbor Lights Festival, which usually takes place on the first weekend of December, was also canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

In light of many event cancelations, the Corpus Christi Downtown Management District has orchestrated a series of projects throughout the holidays. Some of the projects include the virtual lighting of the H-E-B Christmas Tree, the Port of Corpus Christi Holiday Tree at La Retama Park, holiday lights at Peppermint Lane on Chaparral Street and Artesian Park.

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