December 14, 2018

24 Cheap Holiday Date Ideas for the Broke San Antonian

We know you're probably broke after all of that Christmas shopping that you definitely still aren't procrastinating on, as if you weren't broke before. Here are some cheap date ideas under $25 to take your sweetheart on this holiday season, including live performances, events on the River Walk, a few short day trips to nearby cities, and even drinking (hot chocolate, of course).
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Go see the Christmas lights on the River Walk
From dusk til dawn now through Jan. 6, thesanantonioriverwalk.com
This date can be as cheap or, of course, as expensive as you want it to be. We recommend taking your lovely significant other on a stroll down the River Walk to admire the over 100,000 lights. We’re sure you’ll be able to find a mistletoe somewhere.
Photo via Instagram / sariverwalkfun
Go see the Christmas lights on the River Walk
From dusk til dawn now through Jan. 6, thesanantonioriverwalk.com
This date can be as cheap or, of course, as expensive as you want it to be. We recommend taking your lovely significant other on a stroll down the River Walk to admire the over 100,000 lights. We’re sure you’ll be able to find a mistletoe somewhere.
Photo via Instagram / sariverwalkfun
Hit up the Historic Pearl for holiday events
303 Pearl Pkwy, atpearl.com
The Holiday Night Market, live music, and Posada are all event going on at the Pearl this holiday season. They’re all great opportunities to experience the culture of San Antonio with the ones you love the most – and maybe get a little bit of holiday shopping in as well.
Photo via Instagram / historicpearl
Hit up the Historic Pearl for holiday events
303 Pearl Pkwy, atpearl.com
The Holiday Night Market, live music, and Posada are all event going on at the Pearl this holiday season. They’re all great opportunities to experience the culture of San Antonio with the ones you love the most – and maybe get a little bit of holiday shopping in as well.
Photo via Instagram / historicpearl
Explore nature at Holidays in Bloom
General admission, now through Dec. 30, 9am-5pm, sabot.org
While this is more of a daytime date, experiencing the peace and calmness of nature to slow down this busy holiday season with your beloved is probably much-needed. Whether you’re hosting the holidays, trying to keep track of the kids during their break, or having the in-laws over, everyone who’s feeling stressed out needs a relaxing walk through the Botanical Gardens this year.
Photo via Instagram / sabotgarden
Explore nature at Holidays in Bloom
General admission, now through Dec. 30, 9am-5pm, sabot.org
While this is more of a daytime date, experiencing the peace and calmness of nature to slow down this busy holiday season with your beloved is probably much-needed. Whether you’re hosting the holidays, trying to keep track of the kids during their break, or having the in-laws over, everyone who’s feeling stressed out needs a relaxing walk through the Botanical Gardens this year.
Photo via Instagram / sabotgarden
Take a picture in front of the city’s official Christmas tree at Travis Park
301 E Travis St, (210) 207-3677, travisparksa.com
With choices like pho and pretzels, it’s worth stopping off at Travis Park for a selfie next to the city’s official Christmas tree and some snacks with your date-mate afterwards. Be sure to check the website for a look at which food trucks will be attending and which movies will be showing. A little birdie told us that they’ll be showing The Nightmare Before Christmas this year, so be sure to grab your favorite person to snuggle up with.
Photo via Instagram / travisparksa
Take a picture in front of the city’s official Christmas tree at Travis Park
301 E Travis St, (210) 207-3677, travisparksa.com
With choices like pho and pretzels, it’s worth stopping off at Travis Park for a selfie next to the city’s official Christmas tree and some snacks with your date-mate afterwards. Be sure to check the website for a look at which food trucks will be attending and which movies will be showing. A little birdie told us that they’ll be showing The Nightmare Before Christmas this year, so be sure to grab your favorite person to snuggle up with.
Photo via Instagram / travisparksa
Drive through Windcrest and appreciate the Christmas lights
windcrest-tx.gov
This beautiful city tradition goes back around six decades. For all you know, your parents were also doing this when they were broke and first in love. Keep the love and the tradition alive by driving through this part of San Antonio to admire the over-the-top Christmas lights.
Photo via Instagram / 09crg
Drive through Windcrest and appreciate the Christmas lights
windcrest-tx.gov
This beautiful city tradition goes back around six decades. For all you know, your parents were also doing this when they were broke and first in love. Keep the love and the tradition alive by driving through this part of San Antonio to admire the over-the-top Christmas lights.
Photo via Instagram / 09crg
Enjoy carolers on the RiverWalk
From 6:15-9pm Tuesday through Sunday, now through Dec. 21, thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Mariachis, bell-ringers, and singers are all welcome! Take a stroll down the River Walk during any of the times listed above for a chance to hear some Christmas carolers. Help them spread cheer by singing or humming along with your better half.
Photo via Instagram / sariverwalkfun
Enjoy carolers on the RiverWalk
From 6:15-9pm Tuesday through Sunday, now through Dec. 21, thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Mariachis, bell-ringers, and singers are all welcome! Take a stroll down the River Walk during any of the times listed above for a chance to hear some Christmas carolers. Help them spread cheer by singing or humming along with your better half.
Photo via Instagram / sariverwalkfun
Take a quick trip to Austin for Trail of Lights
2100 Barton Springs Road, austintrailoflights.org
Even though Austin is a short hour or so away (depending, of course, on traffic), you probably don’t get away enough to explore our hipster neighbor. With free general admission some nights, be sure to check their calendar for more information. Even if you miss that, general admission is only $3.
Photo via Instagram / zilkerofficial
Take a quick trip to Austin for Trail of Lights
2100 Barton Springs Road, austintrailoflights.org
Even though Austin is a short hour or so away (depending, of course, on traffic), you probably don’t get away enough to explore our hipster neighbor. With free general admission some nights, be sure to check their calendar for more information. Even if you miss that, general admission is only $3.
Photo via Instagram / zilkerofficial
Follow the lanterns at Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias
Friday through Sunday, starting at dusk through Dec. 16, thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Something about twinkling and flickering lights at night can be so dazzling and romantic –or is it just the chilly air and your one-and-only under your arm making you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Either way, if you’re down on the River Walk one of these weekends, be sure to enjoy las luminarias lining the sidewalk.
Photo via The San Antonio River Walk Gallery
Follow the lanterns at Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias
Friday through Sunday, starting at dusk through Dec. 16, thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Something about twinkling and flickering lights at night can be so dazzling and romantic –or is it just the chilly air and your one-and-only under your arm making you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Either way, if you’re down on the River Walk one of these weekends, be sure to enjoy las luminarias lining the sidewalk.
Photo via The San Antonio River Walk Gallery
Suit up in your Christmas pajamas for a special HEAT Nightclub party
Sat Dec. 22, 9pm-3am, 1500 N Main Ave, (210) 227-2600, heatsa.com
With no cover before 11pm and various drink specials, this is the place that you would least expect to hang out with your sweetie in your jammies. And yet, here we are. Can you say YAS QUEEN to going clubbing in your PJs? Because we can.
Photo via HEAT Nightclub / Facebook
Suit up in your Christmas pajamas for a special HEAT Nightclub party
Sat Dec. 22, 9pm-3am, 1500 N Main Ave, (210) 227-2600, heatsa.com
With no cover before 11pm and various drink specials, this is the place that you would least expect to hang out with your sweetie in your jammies. And yet, here we are. Can you say YAS QUEEN to going clubbing in your PJs? Because we can.
Photo via HEAT Nightclub / Facebook
Ring in the new year together at Hemisfair
434 S Alamo St, Mon Dec. 31, 6pm-2am, visitsanantonio.com
Everyone’s looking forward to getting that midnight kiss at the start of the new year. Be sure to kick off 2019 right with a sweet kiss from your cupcake. With bands, DJs, and even a former Spur partying with all night long, 2019 will be a year you won’t forget.
Photo via Instagram / visitsanantonio
Ring in the new year together at Hemisfair
434 S Alamo St, Mon Dec. 31, 6pm-2am, visitsanantonio.com
Everyone’s looking forward to getting that midnight kiss at the start of the new year. Be sure to kick off 2019 right with a sweet kiss from your cupcake. With bands, DJs, and even a former Spur partying with all night long, 2019 will be a year you won’t forget.
Photo via Instagram / visitsanantonio