10 Family-friendly Christmas Events Going on in San Antonio this Weekend

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Friday, Dec. 16

Jingle Bell Jive

Expect performances by dancers, actors, singers and musicians at this family-friendly Christmas variety show. Tickets are $15 and children ages 5 and younger receive free admission. Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m. St. Phillip's College - Watson Fine Arts Center, 1801 Martin Luther King Dr., tututix.com/danceelan

Fiesta de Navidad: La Pastorela Folklorica
A fun representation of the traditional shepherds' play with a folklórico and flamenco flair, writer Hiedi Cabral's play La Pastorela Folklorica highlights the Guadalupe Dance Academy performing traditional Mexican music and dance. Guadalupe Dance Company members play the traditional characters of Mary, Joseph, Lucifer and the archangel while the Academy’s youngest performers play the parts of townspeople and shepherds. Under the influence of Lucifer more experienced Academy performers do their best to distract the shepherds from their mission of welcoming the newborn king. Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe, guadalupeculturalarts.org, $10

Seasonal Holiday Planetarium Show
Currently decked out in celestial blue lights, Scobee closes out its 2016 season with a holiday program featuring the shows Season of Light and Mystery of the Christmas Star with live accompaniment from the James Madison High School Choir. Dec. 16, 6-9 p.m. Scobee Education Center, 1819 N. Main Ave., sacscobee.org, $2-$5

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Saturday, Dec. 17

Christmas at the Caverns
Take a country Christmas hayride,  explore the canopy and carol through the caverns — 'cause nothing says "Christmas" quite like singing with your family 180 feet underground. Tickets are $44.99 for adults, $29.99 for children and can be purchased online. Dec. 17-23, 5:30-10 p.m. Natural Bridge Caverns, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, naturalbridgecaverns.com

It's a Wonderful Life Screening
Bundle up and catch the 1946 Christmas flick at Hemisfair Park, provided by Slab Cinema. Bring your blankets and hot cocoa and get in the holiday spirit with the classic film. Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m. Hemisfair Park, 434 S. Alamo St., free, slabcinema.com

Santa Visits the Park
If you haven't posed with Santa yet, now's your chance to get your photo taken and pick up some delicious eats while you're at it. Dec. 17, 2-4 p.m. The Points Park & Eats, 24188 Boerne Stage Road, parkatthepoint.com

Los Pastores
Dating back to the Spanish Colonial era, the “shepherds’ play” Los Pastores was originally developed by Franciscan friars as a means of teaching the nativity story to indigenous people. Presented by Mission San José Parish and underwritten through funds raised as part of the 2016 World Heritage Festival, this 69th annual presentation of the age-old holiday favorite plays out on the grounds of Mission San Jose and features the Guadalupe Players staging a script from the 1930s. Told from the shepherds’ point of view, the play depicts their journey to Bethlehem and the battles between good and evil, both internally and externally. Guests are encouraged to warm warm clothing and bring blankets and lawn chairs. Hot chocolate and pan dulce will be available for purchase from the parish. Dec. 17, 7-9 p.m. Mission San Jose Parish, 701 E. Pyron Ave., sanantonio.gov, free

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A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Magik and the Empire team up for a staged adaptation of the longest-running cartoon special in television history. Fri., Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 17, 11 a.m., 2 & 6:30 p.m., Sun., Dec. 18, 2 p.m., Dec. 20-22, 6:30 p.m. and Fri., Dec. 23, 2 & 6:30 p.m., Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary's, majesticempire.com, $10-$30

'Twas the Night Before Christmas
In Ken Ludwig’s holiday children’s play, Amos the mouse stirs up plenty of excitement as he and his friend attempt to save Christmas from an evil ex-elf who wants to sell the naughty and nice lists to a department store. Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30, Magik Theatre, 420 S. Alamo, magiktheatre.org

Ford Fiesta de Las Luminarias
Experience the holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 2,000 Luminarias each night. This century’s old tradition begins nightly at dusk. Dec. 2 - 18, 5-10 p.m.

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