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

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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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