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20 Holiday Events Happening in San Antonio This December 

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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San Antonio Symphony Holiday Pops

$12-$100, 8 p.m. Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21, 2 p.m. Sunday, December 22, H-E-B Performance Hall, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Cir., (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.

The San Antonio Symphony's Holiday Pops concert is here with its annual dose of seasonal cheer. The Symphony's top notch musicians will be joined onstage by the Children's Chorus of San Antonio and Trinity University's Handbell Ensemble.

Photo via Facebook / San Antonio Symphony
Cirque Musica: Holiday Wishes

$44.50-$85, 7 p.m. Monday, December 23, H-E-B Performance Hall, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Cir., (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.

Cirque Musica is here to put all the other holiday concerts to shame. While a live symphony orchestra plays a selection of favorite seasonal music, Cirque Musica's acrobats and aerialists will dazzle with gravity-defying stunts and amusing antics.

Photo via Facebook / Cirque Musica
The Thin Man

$10-$15, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., (210) 614-8977, tpr.org/ topic/tpr-cinema-tuesdays.

There may be no film more festive than The Thin Man. Sure, there are more touching tales of the values of yuletide season, but how many of them feature William Powell shooting the ornaments off his Christmas tree while Myrna Loy looks on unimpressed in a fur coat?

Photo by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
The Hip Hop Nutcracker with MC Kurtis Blow $39.50, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 5, Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.

Combining Tchaikovsky with modern choreography and a DJ, a violinist and a cast of a dozen all-star dancers, the show follows Maria-Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they go on a dream adventure. This time their trek takes them through New York City, where they battle a gang of mice, visit the Land of Sweets and learn the lessons of the holiday season.

Photo via Youtube / JerseyArtsTV
"Black Christmas: A Blacklight Art Show"

Free, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 7-10 p.m. Friday, December 6, Híjole SA, 1420 S. Alamo #205, (210) 833-5483, facebook.com/hijolesa.

Wanting to take a trip into a world of darkness and neon florescence for Christmas? You can fall into a black-lit wonderland at Híjole SA’s “Black Christmas” exhibition.

Photo courtesy of Híjole SA
Conspirare Christmas

$20-$80, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, H-E-B Performance Hall, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Cir., (210) 223-8624, tobincenter.org.

Grammy award-winning choral ensemble Conspirare is bringing their Christmas stylings to the Tobin Center for their annual holiday concert. This year, they'll be joined by soprano Nicole Joseph and special guests the African Children's Choir.

Photo via Facebook / Conspirare
All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

$15-$30, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays December 12-22, UTSA Buena Vista Theatre, 501 César E. Chávez Blvd., (210) 733-7258, thepublicsa.org.

The conspicuous absence of the monumental World War I “Christmas Truce” from history textbooks inspired Peter Rothstein to create the radio musical drama All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, which brings to life the voices of WWI soldiers using first-hand accounts, drawing on “letters, journals, official war documents, poetry, grave stone inscriptions—even an old radio broadcast.” This month, the Public Theater presents their fourth consecutive presentation of All is Calm at UTSA’s Buena Vista Theatre downtown, running concurrently with the lighter fare on deck at their San Antonio theater—Elf the Musical.

Photo by Siggi Ragnar
Cinema Terrible: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Free, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 18, San Antonio Public Library, 600 Soledad St., (210) 207-2500, mysapl.org.

The San Antonio Public Library is back with a holiday version of its pro-heckling bad movie series Cinema Terrible. This time, they're screening 1964's Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, which is notable not only for its ridiculousness but also for featuring the first onscreen appearance of Mrs. Claus.

Photo by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Chanukah Menorah Lighting

Free, 6 p.m. Monday, December 23, Pearl, 303 Pearl Pkwy., (210) 212-7260, atpearl.com.

The Pearl's fifth annual Menorah Lighting celebration will take place on the second night of Chanukah this year, featuring live music by Tera Ferna and kosher tacos from the Culinary Institute of America's Live Fire Kitchen.

Photo courtesy of Pearl
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical

$29.50-$59.50, 7 p.m. Saturday, December 28, Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.

Creeped out by the Elf on the Shelf doll? Well, that's too bad, because The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical is here to bring holiday tidings to the stage, whether you like it or not. The show tells the story of a "particularly impressive" scout elf who must help his human family rekindle the joy of the Christmas spirit after a personal loss, augmented by a plenitude of song and dance.

Photo via Instagram / elfontheshelf
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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

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