November 27, 2019

20 Holiday Events Happening in San Antonio This December

Just because it's the holiday season doesn't mean San Antonians will be stuck doing the same old stuff as years before. While there's plenty of chances to catch classic seasonal entertainment in town, there's also a bunch of local events that bring something new to the table. To that end, we've rounded up 20 holiday-themed events that are sure to delight people of all tastes.
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A Christmas Carol, the Musical
$18-$30, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays November 29-December 23 (see website for additional showtimes), Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 267-8388, woodlawntheatre.org.
Charles Dickens’ yuletide tale has survived more than a century of adaptations, with everything from live television productions to Muppet movies following Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey from greedy misanthrope to caring, Christmas-loving man. If it seems overdone at this point, that may be the Bah Humbug energy threatening to overtake our collective Christmas spirit, because there’s no story more appropriate for a yearly, seasonal retelling than this one.
Photo courtesy of Woodlawn Theatre
A Christmas Carol, the Musical

$18-$30, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays November 29-December 23 (see website for additional showtimes), Woodlawn Theatre, 1920 Fredericksburg Rd, (210) 267-8388, woodlawntheatre.org.

Charles Dickens’ yuletide tale has survived more than a century of adaptations, with everything from live television productions to Muppet movies following Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey from greedy misanthrope to caring, Christmas-loving man. If it seems overdone at this point, that may be the Bah Humbug energy threatening to overtake our collective Christmas spirit, because there’s no story more appropriate for a yearly, seasonal retelling than this one.

Photo courtesy of Woodlawn Theatre
Alamo Lights Movie Night
Free, 7 p.m. Friday, December 6, The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plz., (210) 225-1391, thealamo.org.
For anyone that wishes they could see their favorite holiday classics on the big screen, now's the chance! This special screening at the Alamo is a double feature of two beloved TV specials: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty's Winter Wonderland.
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Alamo Lights Movie Night

Free, 7 p.m. Friday, December 6, The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plz., (210) 225-1391, thealamo.org.

For anyone that wishes they could see their favorite holiday classics on the big screen, now's the chance! This special screening at the Alamo is a double feature of two beloved TV specials: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty's Winter Wonderland.

Photo by Warner Bros. Television
Las Nuevas Tamaleras
$15-$25, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays November 29-December 15, Thiry Auditorium, Our Lady of the Lake University, 411 S.W. 24th St., (210) 434-6711, lastamaleras.com.
Las Nuevas Tamaleras has become a tradition of its own, with annual productions in San Antonio, as well as a bevy of performances all over Texas. Last year, the Nuevas Tamaleras were even featured in their own H-E-B commercial.
Photo courtesy of Burras Finas Productions
Las Nuevas Tamaleras

$15-$25, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays November 29-December 15, Thiry Auditorium, Our Lady of the Lake University, 411 S.W. 24th St., (210) 434-6711, lastamaleras.com.

Las Nuevas Tamaleras has become a tradition of its own, with annual productions in San Antonio, as well as a bevy of performances all over Texas. Last year, the Nuevas Tamaleras were even featured in their own H-E-B commercial.

Photo courtesy of Burras Finas Productions
Ford Holiday River Parade
$18-$28, 5-10 p.m., various locations on the River Walk, thesanantonioriverwalk.com.
Macy's Day Parade Schmacy's Schmay Schmarade! Forget the giant balloons and shivering Broadway performers dancing on New York's streets and enjoy a floating light show on the river downtown instead.
Photo via Facebook / Eventbrite for Organizers
Ford Holiday River Parade

$18-$28, 5-10 p.m., various locations on the River Walk, thesanantonioriverwalk.com.

Macy's Day Parade Schmacy's Schmay Schmarade! Forget the giant balloons and shivering Broadway performers dancing on New York's streets and enjoy a floating light show on the river downtown instead.

Photo via Facebook / Eventbrite for Organizers
Elf the Musical
$10-$45, check website for Thursday showtimes, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays November 29-December 22, Public Theater of San Antonio, 800 W. Ashby Pl., (210) 733-7258, thepublicsa.org.
Get ready to scream — or in this case sing — “Santa’s coming? I know him! I know him!” as The Public Theater hosts a month-long run of Elf The Musical. Based on the 2003 Will Ferrell film, the musical follows Buddy the Elf, played by James Welch, who goes on a quest into the world of humans to figure out his true identity and lineage.
Photo by Siggi Ragnar
Elf the Musical

$10-$45, check website for Thursday showtimes, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays November 29-December 22, Public Theater of San Antonio, 800 W. Ashby Pl., (210) 733-7258, thepublicsa.org.

Get ready to scream — or in this case sing — “Santa’s coming? I know him! I know him!” as The Public Theater hosts a month-long run of Elf The Musical. Based on the 2003 Will Ferrell film, the musical follows Buddy the Elf, played by James Welch, who goes on a quest into the world of humans to figure out his true identity and lineage.

Photo by Siggi Ragnar
The Nutcracker
$24.50-$129, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays November 29-December 8, H-E-B Performance Hall, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.
Ballet San Antonio’s back with a beloved Christmas favorite, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Even the least-cultured among us will recognize the ballet’s musical selections about sugar plums, snowflakes and princes, which will be played live by the San Antonio Symphony. 
Photo courtesy of Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Courtesy of Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
The Nutcracker

$24.50-$129, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays November 29-December 8, H-E-B Performance Hall, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.

Ballet San Antonio’s back with a beloved Christmas favorite, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. Even the least-cultured among us will recognize the ballet’s musical selections about sugar plums, snowflakes and princes, which will be played live by the San Antonio Symphony.

Photo courtesy of Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
A Charlie Brown Christmas
$15-$35, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday December 12-15, Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 226-5700, majesticempire.com.
It's a Magik Theatre Christmas, Charlie Brown! The beloved local children's theater company — voted "Best Commnity Theatre" in the Current's 2019 Best Of issue — is bringing back their live rendition of the classic Charlie Brown animated Christmas special.
Photo via Facebook / The Magik Theatre
A Charlie Brown Christmas

$15-$35, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday December 12-15, Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary's St., (210) 226-5700, majesticempire.com.

It's a Magik Theatre Christmas, Charlie Brown! The beloved local children's theater company — voted "Best Commnity Theatre" in the Current's 2019 Best Of issue — is bringing back their live rendition of the classic Charlie Brown animated Christmas special.

Photo via Facebook / The Magik Theatre
Illume: Making Spirits Bright
Free, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, December 14, San Pedro Creek Culture Park, 715 Camaron St., (210) 302-3652, spculturepark.com.
San Pedro Creek Culture Park is back with a second helping of Illume, the annual holiday celebration that first launched last year. The free event will feature live performances showcasing San Antonio's rich multicultural offerings, from the Tehuan Band of Mission Indians to URBAN-15's Carnaval de San Antonio.
Photo via Facebook / San Pedro Creek Culture Park
Illume: Making Spirits Bright

Free, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, December 14, San Pedro Creek Culture Park, 715 Camaron St., (210) 302-3652, spculturepark.com.

San Pedro Creek Culture Park is back with a second helping of Illume, the annual holiday celebration that first launched last year. The free event will feature live performances showcasing San Antonio's rich multicultural offerings, from the Tehuan Band of Mission Indians to URBAN-15's Carnaval de San Antonio.

Photo via Facebook / San Pedro Creek Culture Park
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
$33.50-$103.50, 7 p.m. Thursday, December 26, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, December 27, Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.
Post-Chrsitmas blues got you down? Extend the holiday enjoyment with a flashy, hi-falutin' performance of The Nutcracker by esteemed dancers from the Moscow Ballet.
Photo via Facebook / Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

$33.50-$103.50, 7 p.m. Thursday, December 26, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, December 27, Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.

Post-Chrsitmas blues got you down? Extend the holiday enjoyment with a flashy, hi-falutin' performance of The Nutcracker by esteemed dancers from the Moscow Ballet.

Photo via Facebook / Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
$19-$34, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays November 29-December 22, Classic Theatre, 1925 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 589-8450, classictheatre.org.
It is a universally acknowledged truth that a holiday season without Jane Austen is barely a holiday season at all. But who would have thought that a satisfying yarn could be spun about Mary, the most boring of the Bennet sisters from Austen’s Pride & Prejudice? Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley keeps the playful energy of its precursor alive, offering both something new for the Austen-addict and something festive for the newcomer.
Photo by Siggi Ragnar
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

$19-$34, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays November 29-December 22, Classic Theatre, 1925 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 589-8450, classictheatre.org.

It is a universally acknowledged truth that a holiday season without Jane Austen is barely a holiday season at all. But who would have thought that a satisfying yarn could be spun about Mary, the most boring of the Bennet sisters from Austen’s Pride & Prejudice? Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley keeps the playful energy of its precursor alive, offering both something new for the Austen-addict and something festive for the newcomer.

Photo by Siggi Ragnar