December 08, 2017

20 Actually Fun Holiday Date Ideas for the Broke San Antonian

The holiday season is one of the most romantic times of the year, so it's natural to want to wine and dine your one-and-only. Or maybe you're going on chingos of dates because you don't want to be alone and – well, it's cuffing season y'all. Whatever your reason, holiday shopping has left most of us broke or just about. Get some inspiration from our picks on how to have some fun without breaking the bank.
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Get festive at ¡Feliz Tamalidad!
Free, Saturday, December 9, Noon-6pm, Hangar 9, 8081 Inner Circle Road, livebrooks.com
Not only can you and your sweetie pie fill your pansitas with tamales, but also enjoy fun activities and live music from Los Texmaniacs, Bombasta and James Keith & The Moondogs.
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Get festive at ¡Feliz Tamalidad!
Free, Saturday, December 9, Noon-6pm, Hangar 9, 8081 Inner Circle Road, livebrooks.com
Not only can you and your sweetie pie fill your pansitas with tamales, but also enjoy fun activities and live music from Los Texmaniacs, Bombasta and James Keith & The Moondogs.
Photo via catoskitchenhtx / Instagram
Remember the Alamo: Christmas Edition
Free, Through Saturday, December 23, 5:30-7pm, The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza, thealamo.org
Stay true to your Texan roots and remember the Alamo! The prized piece in history will be staying open late during most of December so you and your beloved can take a stroll through the Alamo and enjoy Christmas lights. Have you heard of such a date infused with such Lone Star pride? It’ll be the best way to know whether your date is a keeper.
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Remember the Alamo: Christmas Edition
Free, Through Saturday, December 23, 5:30-7pm, The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza, thealamo.org
Stay true to your Texan roots and remember the Alamo! The prized piece in history will be staying open late during most of December so you and your beloved can take a stroll through the Alamo and enjoy Christmas lights. Have you heard of such a date infused with such Lone Star pride? It’ll be the best way to know whether your date is a keeper.
Photo via fr8ers68 / Instagram
Enjoy a free screening of a holiday movie
Free, Saturday, December 9, 5-8pm, Greenline Park, 2532 Sidney Brooks, livebrooks.com
With ABC Family Freeform cancelling the Harry Potter marathon during the holidays (seriously, a travesty), you’ll have to find another way to get your holiday flicks. Opt for a classic and laugh along to Home Alone. City Base Entertainment will even provide free popcorn! Just remember to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs.
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Enjoy a free screening of a holiday movie
Free, Saturday, December 9, 5-8pm, Greenline Park, 2532 Sidney Brooks, livebrooks.com
With ABC Family Freeform cancelling the Harry Potter marathon during the holidays (seriously, a travesty), you’ll have to find another way to get your holiday flicks. Opt for a classic and laugh along to Home Alone. City Base Entertainment will even provide free popcorn! Just remember to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs.
Photo via homealoneofficial / Instagram
Stick to tradition with La Pastorela
$10, Friday, December 8 & Saturday, December 9, 7:30-9pm; Sunday, December 10, 2:30-4pm, San Antonio Mennonite Church, 1433 S. St. Mary's Street, teatroaudaz.com
Your mama might make you go to la posada, but you and your boo can hit up La Pastorela instead. This comedic, bilingual play is inspired by the centuries-old tradition of recreating passages of the bible with a modern twist. Don’t worry, La Pastorela stays true to the themes of hope, joy and peace.
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Stick to tradition with La Pastorela
$10, Friday, December 8 & Saturday, December 9, 7:30-9pm; Sunday, December 10, 2:30-4pm, San Antonio Mennonite Church, 1433 S. St. Mary's Street, teatroaudaz.com
Your mama might make you go to la posada, but you and your boo can hit up La Pastorela instead. This comedic, bilingual play is inspired by the centuries-old tradition of recreating passages of the bible with a modern twist. Don’t worry, La Pastorela stays true to the themes of hope, joy and peace.
Photo via Teatro Audaz San Antonio / Facebook
Keep up with the culture at Virgen de Fideo Cook Off
$2 samples, Saturday, December 9, 7pm, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, facebook.com
It’s no secret that San Antonians love us some fideo. Show your date you really care by taking them to this cook-off that is not only guaranteed to be delicious, but cute AF with a virgen-centric market. Treat you and your boo to some fideo samplings and maybe buy a little gift to show them you care.
Photo via jesselizarraras / Instagram
Keep up with the culture at Virgen de Fideo Cook Off
$2 samples, Saturday, December 9, 7pm, Brick at Blue Star, 108 Blue Star, facebook.com
It’s no secret that San Antonians love us some fideo. Show your date you really care by taking them to this cook-off that is not only guaranteed to be delicious, but cute AF with a virgen-centric market. Treat you and your boo to some fideo samplings and maybe buy a little gift to show them you care.
Photo via jesselizarraras / Instagram
Overindulge at La Gran Tamalada
Free, Sunday, December 10, 11am-4pm, Historic Market Square, 514 W. Commerce Street, guadalupeculturalarts.org
Learn all about the festive traditions of San Antonio’s holiday staple at this family-friendly event. The tamalada outgrew its former location at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and is expected to be bigger and better than ever in its first year in Market Square. You and your date will be able to learn how to make tamales and feast on tamales from Mi Tierra (the family behind the event), La Margarita, Los Barrios, Garcia Foods and even Summer Moon Coffee!
Photo by Julian Ledezma
Overindulge at La Gran Tamalada
Free, Sunday, December 10, 11am-4pm, Historic Market Square, 514 W. Commerce Street, guadalupeculturalarts.org
Learn all about the festive traditions of San Antonio’s holiday staple at this family-friendly event. The tamalada outgrew its former location at Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and is expected to be bigger and better than ever in its first year in Market Square. You and your date will be able to learn how to make tamales and feast on tamales from Mi Tierra (the family behind the event), La Margarita, Los Barrios, Garcia Foods and even Summer Moon Coffee!
Photo by Julian Ledezma
Stroll through the botanical garden for Holidays in Bloom
$9-$12, Through December, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston, (210) 536-1400, sabot.org
If you and your S.O. are into nature, then this is a must-see for you. The botanical garden will be decked out in special displays just for the holiday season, including garlands, red ribbons and more. Invite a third wheel to snap some disgustingly adorable pics throughout the garden, and just hope that y’all make it through cuffing season.
Photo via courtneylv70 / Instagram
Stroll through the botanical garden for Holidays in Bloom
$9-$12, Through December, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston, (210) 536-1400, sabot.org
If you and your S.O. are into nature, then this is a must-see for you. The botanical garden will be decked out in special displays just for the holiday season, including garlands, red ribbons and more. Invite a third wheel to snap some disgustingly adorable pics throughout the garden, and just hope that y’all make it through cuffing season.
Photo via courtneylv70 / Instagram
Be social at the Quarry Village Holiday Block Party
Free, Thursday, December 14, 6-9pm, Quarry Village, 260 E Basse Road, (210) 832-9211, facebook.com
The third annual block party hosted by Quarry Village gives you and your cutie the chance to play in the snow, a Christmas tree lighting, carolers and free printed photos with Santa by Dru Photography. Just bring a toy or gift card donation. And you can enjoy complimentary refreshments, live music, and specials from retailers in the village. Plus the first 150 guests will get a free swag pack.
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Be social at the Quarry Village Holiday Block Party
Free, Thursday, December 14, 6-9pm, Quarry Village, 260 E Basse Road, (210) 832-9211, facebook.com
The third annual block party hosted by Quarry Village gives you and your cutie the chance to play in the snow, a Christmas tree lighting, carolers and free printed photos with Santa by Dru Photography. Just bring a toy or gift card donation. And you can enjoy complimentary refreshments, live music, and specials from retailers in the village. Plus the first 150 guests will get a free swag pack.
Get matching ugly sweaters and party it up
Free admission with an ugly sweater ($10 otherwise), Friday, December 15, 6:30pm-2am, 111 W. Crockett, (210) 212-4770, hubs.howlatthemoon.com
What is the holiday season without an ugly sweater party? Get ugly with your cutie at the annual party hosted by Howl at the Moon, which will offer drink specials and live music.
Photo via howlhouston / Instagram
Get matching ugly sweaters and party it up
Free admission with an ugly sweater ($10 otherwise), Friday, December 15, 6:30pm-2am, 111 W. Crockett, (210) 212-4770, hubs.howlatthemoon.com
What is the holiday season without an ugly sweater party? Get ugly with your cutie at the annual party hosted by Howl at the Moon, which will offer drink specials and live music.
Photo via howlhouston / Instagram
Hit up Betty’s Battalion for the Winter Holiday Meltdown
$3, Friday, December 15, 9pm-1:45am, Betty’s Battalion, 1524 E. Grayson Street, (210) 227-9255
This hidden gem of a dive bar is bringing you a night full of tunes from Snowbyrd, Sweet Charbonneau and the Fur Trappers, Harvey McLaughlin, Fear SnakeFace, the Saturday Night Satellites and DJ Smoove Eggnogg. Plus there will be a Christmas sweater contest, which is always reason enough to leave the house.
Photo via bettysbattalionsatx / Instagram
Hit up Betty’s Battalion for the Winter Holiday Meltdown
$3, Friday, December 15, 9pm-1:45am, Betty’s Battalion, 1524 E. Grayson Street, (210) 227-9255
This hidden gem of a dive bar is bringing you a night full of tunes from Snowbyrd, Sweet Charbonneau and the Fur Trappers, Harvey McLaughlin, Fear SnakeFace, the Saturday Night Satellites and DJ Smoove Eggnogg. Plus there will be a Christmas sweater contest, which is always reason enough to leave the house.
Photo via bettysbattalionsatx / Instagram