The 23 best places to see Christmas lights in driving distance of San Antonio this holiday season
By San Antonio Current Staff
Looking for some holiday cheer? Even the Grinchiest among us would have to admit there's something heartwarming about twinkling Christmas light displays.
Whether you want to check out a festive attraction that's pulled out the holiday stops or enjoy the simple pleasure of extra AF neighborhood holiday decorations, we've got you covered with this roundup of 23 light displays, all within driving distance of the Alamo City.
Lightscape at the San Antonio Botanical Garden 555 Funston Place, (210) 536-1400, sabot.org/lightscape
Billed as a "holiday walking trail," Lightscape transforms the grounds of the San Antonio Botanical Garden into a twinkling wonderland that can be explored on select evenings from Nov. 19-Jan. 2. Visitors can enjoy illuminated art pieces including a field of light-up bluebonnets, and amp up their holiday spirit with festive food and drinks.
Photo by Jaime Monzon
Enchanted Springs Ranch
242 State Hwy 46 W Unit C, Boerne, (210) 570-7669, christmaslightfest.com
Just up the road in Boerne you’ll be able to enjoy the Old West Christmas Light Fest. The magic of the holidays will be alive with this Texas-themed light display that’s synchronized to special tunes. This display opens Thanksgiving night and will run through Christmas Eve.
Photo via Instagram / christmaslightfest
San Antonio Zoo
3903 N St Mary's Street, (210) 734-7184, sazoo.org
The year's Whataburger Zoo Lights is full of animal-themed holiday cheer. This year's edition includes the Lakeside Light Show, Starry Safari and a Holiday Sing-a-Long Express train ride. Zoo Lights is open Nov. 19 through Jan. 2, 2022.
Photo Courtesy of San Antonio Zoo
The River Walk
849 E Commerce Street, (210) 227-4262, thesanantonioriverwalk.com
Want a super romantic date idea that won’t break the bank? Take your boo to the River Walk and fall in love with the lights. While the lights will be on every night through January 10, you can also catch fun events like the Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias on select weekends.
Photo via Instagram / ingridalamode
Marble Falls Walkway of Lights
Lakeside Park, 305 Buena Vista Dr, (844) 635-4448, marblefalls.org
The Marble Falls Walkway of Lights is a great way for locals to take a short drive to get away and enjoy some seasonal goodness. The 31st annual offering of the display, which features two million twinkling lights throughout more than 350 lightedd sculptures, is open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 19 through New Year’s Day.
Photo via Instagram / christmasinmarblefalls
9561 IH 35 North, New Braunfels, (830) 743-1293, santasranch.net
From now through Jan. 2, 2022, you’ll be able to make the quick trip to New Braunfels for this long-running light display. You’ll be able to stay warm in the car as you take a drive through more than a mile of Christmas light displays – which vary from blankets of lights to specialized designs. If you’d like, you can even score treats like hot cocoa and kettle corn on the grounds to enjoy during the ride.
Photo via Instagram / santasranch
Museum Reach River of Lights
It isn't just the downtown portion of the River Walk that gets the holiday treatment. The San Antonio River Authority's annual Museum Reach River of Lights extends the Christmas cheer further down the river, and even features a 30-foot-tall musical Christmas tree at the Museum Reach lock and dam. The lights will be on view through January 3, 2022.
Photo Courtesy of San Antonio River Authority
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, uiw.edu/lighttheway
After the opening night festivities of Light The Way on Nov. 20, the beautiful display of lights across the UIW campus remain throughout the holiday season. You’ll find lights nestled on numerous trees that literally light the way across campus.
Photo via Instagram / mallorydavisphotography
301 E Travis St, (210) 207-3677, travisparksa.com
The holiday season in San Antonio officially begins with the lighting ceremony of the city’s 50-foot H-E-B Christmas tree on Friday, Nov. 26. While the lighting won’t take place until 6:20 p.m., all the seasonal activities begin as early as 3 p.m. This year, Rotary Ice Rink is back at the park so you can glide on the ice while you enjoy the holiday lights.
Photo via Instagram / bpiernik
The city of Boerne gets even more picturesque during the holiday season. In adddition to cute lights in the city center, Boerne's residents also battle it out for who has the most festive display each year as part of the Boerne Parade of Lights. These houses make for the perfect little spot to enjoy lights without dealing with crowds or entrance fees. Judging will take place on December 14-15.
Photo via Instagram / s.a.foodie