November 29, 2018

20 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in San Antonio This Season

San Antonio has plenty of holiday events to celebrate the season, so you can certainly keep busy if you so wish. We've rounded up super awesome festivals and events happening in December (but we'll get to New Year's Eve later) for you to get into the holiday spirit.
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Ford Holiday Boat Caroling
Running Tuesday-Sunday in December, 6:15-9:30pm, River Walk, 849 E. Commerce, thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Enjoy the twinkling lights on the River Walk and truly get into the spirit of the season with good ole fashioned caroling. Carolers will fill the river barges and make their way down the river, so post up and enjoy the show.
Photo via The San Antonio River Walk
Ford Holiday Boat Caroling
Running Tuesday-Sunday in December, 6:15-9:30pm, River Walk, 849 E. Commerce, thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Enjoy the twinkling lights on the River Walk and truly get into the spirit of the season with good ole fashioned caroling. Carolers will fill the river barges and make their way down the river, so post up and enjoy the show.
Photo via The San Antonio River Walk
Urban-15’s Annual Holiday Laser Show
Sun Dec. 2, 4pm, Lila Cockrell Theatre, 200 East Market Street, urban15.org
This annual offering is a spectacular multimedia show with choreographed laser beams, #D animation and light effects timed to electronic tunes and classic Christmas hits. Seriously, what more could you want in a light show?
Photo courtesy of URBAN-15
Urban-15’s Annual Holiday Laser Show
Sun Dec. 2, 4pm, Lila Cockrell Theatre, 200 East Market Street, urban15.org
This annual offering is a spectacular multimedia show with choreographed laser beams, #D animation and light effects timed to electronic tunes and classic Christmas hits. Seriously, what more could you want in a light show?
Photo courtesy of URBAN-15
Old West Christmas Light Fest
Open Thursday-Sunday through Dec. 16 and daily Dec. 20-30, 6-10pm, 242 State Highway 46 West, Boerne, (830) 249-8222, Enchanted Springs Ranch, christmaslightfest.com
What’s better than taking a visit out to the Old West? Doing so when it’s illuminated by Christmas lights! Take a short drive out to Boerne and visit this ranch that brings the Old West to you and lets you be enamored by the Christmas lights (including a whole walkway to completely immerse you in lights). Trust us, this display is mesmerizing and the setting makes it all the more special.
Photo via Instagram / enchantedspringsranch
Old West Christmas Light Fest
Open Thursday-Sunday through Dec. 16 and daily Dec. 20-30, 6-10pm, 242 State Highway 46 West, Boerne, (830) 249-8222, Enchanted Springs Ranch, christmaslightfest.com
What’s better than taking a visit out to the Old West? Doing so when it’s illuminated by Christmas lights! Take a short drive out to Boerne and visit this ranch that brings the Old West to you and lets you be enamored by the Christmas lights (including a whole walkway to completely immerse you in lights). Trust us, this display is mesmerizing and the setting makes it all the more special.
Photo via Instagram / enchantedspringsranch
Santa’s Railroad Wonderland
Weekends beginning Dec. 8 through Dec. 23, 6-9pm, 11731 Wetmore Road, (210) 490-3554, txtransportationmuseum.org
Stop by the Texas Transportation Museum for a wintery wonderland on an old-school mode of travel. The trains and the rest of the grounds are filled with lights and Santa will be there too. You’ll even get a free train ride with admission!
Photo via Facebook / Texas Transportation Museum
Santa’s Railroad Wonderland
Weekends beginning Dec. 8 through Dec. 23, 6-9pm, 11731 Wetmore Road, (210) 490-3554, txtransportationmuseum.org
Stop by the Texas Transportation Museum for a wintery wonderland on an old-school mode of travel. The trains and the rest of the grounds are filled with lights and Santa will be there too. You’ll even get a free train ride with admission!
Photo via Facebook / Texas Transportation Museum
Chanukah at Pearl
Mon Dec. 3, 6pm, The Historic Pearl, 303 Pearl Pkwy, (210) 212-7260, atpearl.com
The Pearl is welcoming all its Jewish patrons and those who wish to learn more about the Hanukkah for a special Menorah lighting. Now in its fourth year, the annual offering spotlights a giant Menorah and features live music from Tera Ferna.
Photo via The Historic Pearl
Chanukah at Pearl
Mon Dec. 3, 6pm, The Historic Pearl, 303 Pearl Pkwy, (210) 212-7260, atpearl.com
The Pearl is welcoming all its Jewish patrons and those who wish to learn more about the Hanukkah for a special Menorah lighting. Now in its fourth year, the annual offering spotlights a giant Menorah and features live music from Tera Ferna.
Photo via The Historic Pearl
La Gran Tamalada
Sat Dec. 8, 11am, Market Square, 514 West Commerce Street, facebook.com
The annual tradition returns to Market Square for a second year. You and your family can witness live demonstrations from La Familia Cortez and even make some yourself to take home. There will be tamales galore as well as live music and plenty of activities for the little ones.
Photo by Dan Payton
La Gran Tamalada
Sat Dec. 8, 11am, Market Square, 514 West Commerce Street, facebook.com
The annual tradition returns to Market Square for a second year. You and your family can witness live demonstrations from La Familia Cortez and even make some yourself to take home. There will be tamales galore as well as live music and plenty of activities for the little ones.
Photo by Dan Payton
Fiesta Texas’ Holiday in the Park
Through Sun Jan. 6, 17000 IH-10 West, sixflags.com/fiestatexas
While Fiesta Texas is plenty of fun on any old day, it’s all the more special during the holidays. The amusement park is offering enchanting experiences like musical performances, singing Christmas trees, a portrayal of the nativity, seasonal eats (like s’mores made over a fire pit) and a giant ornament for you to take selfies in front of.
Photo via Instagram / seki_b
Fiesta Texas’ Holiday in the Park
Through Sun Jan. 6, 17000 IH-10 West, sixflags.com/fiestatexas
While Fiesta Texas is plenty of fun on any old day, it’s all the more special during the holidays. The amusement park is offering enchanting experiences like musical performances, singing Christmas trees, a portrayal of the nativity, seasonal eats (like s’mores made over a fire pit) and a giant ornament for you to take selfies in front of.
Photo via Instagram / seki_b
Christmas at the Caverns
Times vary throughout December, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, (210) 651-6101, naturalbridgecaverns.com
Venture out to Natural Bridge Caverns for seasonal events that you and your family will remember for years to come. There’s caroling in the caverns, which is exactly what it sounds like, as well as Christmas hayrides, campfires, a reindeer roundup through the giant maze and a photo op with Santa “Spelunker” Claus.
Photo via Instagram / naturalbridgecaverns
Christmas at the Caverns
Times vary throughout December, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, (210) 651-6101, naturalbridgecaverns.com
Venture out to Natural Bridge Caverns for seasonal events that you and your family will remember for years to come. There’s caroling in the caverns, which is exactly what it sounds like, as well as Christmas hayrides, campfires, a reindeer roundup through the giant maze and a photo op with Santa “Spelunker” Claus.
Photo via Instagram / naturalbridgecaverns
Christmasville, Texas
Sun Dec. 9 & Sun Dec. 16, 5-7:30pm, multiple locations, facebook.com/christmasville texas
Head on over to Castle Hills and/or Leon Springs to take part in this “hometown Christmas celebration.” Each day will consist of attractions like a snow slide, ferris wheel, swings, train rides, food and more. Of course, Santa will be there to say hello, and there will be a special area for little ones to play with the snow.
Photo via Facebook / Christmasville, Texas
Christmasville, Texas
Sun Dec. 9 & Sun Dec. 16, 5-7:30pm, multiple locations, facebook.com/christmasville texas
Head on over to Castle Hills and/or Leon Springs to take part in this “hometown Christmas celebration.” Each day will consist of attractions like a snow slide, ferris wheel, swings, train rides, food and more. Of course, Santa will be there to say hello, and there will be a special area for little ones to play with the snow.
Photo via Facebook / Christmasville, Texas
Zoo Lights
Open daily through Dec. 31, noon-9pm, 3903 N St Mary's Street, (210) 734-7184, sazoo.org
Take your chance to explore the zoo at night and stop by for the seasonal affair. Whether you love animals or just love holiday events, you can witness this wild display and hang out with these lovable critters (or maybe not, since most will be asleep). Just save some extra bucks for s’mores and hot cocoa (there’s an adult version if you so wish) or maybe even a camel ride.
Photo via Instagram / sanantoniozoo
Zoo Lights
Open daily through Dec. 31, noon-9pm, 3903 N St Mary's Street, (210) 734-7184, sazoo.org
Take your chance to explore the zoo at night and stop by for the seasonal affair. Whether you love animals or just love holiday events, you can witness this wild display and hang out with these lovable critters (or maybe not, since most will be asleep). Just save some extra bucks for s’mores and hot cocoa (there’s an adult version if you so wish) or maybe even a camel ride. Photo via Instagram / sanantoniozoo