November 23, 2022

The 24 best places to see Christmas lights in driving distance of San Antonio

Even the Grinchiest among us 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 24 light displays, all within driving distance of San Antonio.
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The Light Park
1 Retama Pkwy., thelightpark.com
Every day through New Year’s Day, The Light Park is offering a drive-through holiday light show at Retama Park in Selma. The show features millions of lights synchronized to an electric mix of music powered by DJ Polar Ice from the North Pole’s #1 Hit Radio station, K-GLO, in a mile-long series of displays and tunnels. Guests can pick up food and drink on site and experience the display from the comfort of their vehicles.
Photo courtesy of The Light Park
The Light Park
1 Retama Pkwy., thelightpark.com
Every day through New Year’s Day, The Light Park is offering a drive-through holiday light show at Retama Park in Selma. The show features millions of lights synchronized to an electric mix of music powered by DJ Polar Ice from the North Pole’s #1 Hit Radio station, K-GLO, in a mile-long series of displays and tunnels. Guests can pick up food and drink on site and experience the display from the comfort of their vehicles.
Lightscape at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Place, (210) 536-1400, sabot.org/light-scape
Back for its second year, Lightscape transforms the grounds of the San Antonio Botanical Garden into a twinkling wonderland that can be explored from Nov. 11-Jan. 8. Visitors can enjoy illuminated art pieces including a field of light-up bluebonnets and a Winter Cathedral tunnel illuminated with 100,000 tiny lights, and amp up their holiday spirit with festive food and drinks.
Photo courtesy of San Antonio Botanical Garden
Lightscape at the San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Place, (210) 536-1400, sabot.org/light-scape
Back for its second year, Lightscape transforms the grounds of the San Antonio Botanical Garden into a twinkling wonderland that can be explored from Nov. 11-Jan. 8. Visitors can enjoy illuminated art pieces including a field of light-up bluebonnets and a Winter Cathedral tunnel illuminated with 100,000 tiny lights, and amp up their holiday spirit with festive food and drinks.
Westover Field of Lights
9340 Westover Hills Blvd., (210) 523-1505, westoverlights.com
At Westover Sports Complex guests can view a walk-through lightshow with over 300,000 lights synchronized to classic Christmas music and get a free printed photo with Santa at his workshop. This illuminated experience promises to be selfie-worthy, and there will be concessions available for purchase on site. The Field of Lights will be running from Nov. 25-Dec 18, and tickets can be purchased online.
Photo via Instagram / westoverlights
Westover Field of Lights
9340 Westover Hills Blvd., (210) 523-1505, westoverlights.com
At Westover Sports Complex guests can view a walk-through lightshow with over 300,000 lights synchronized to classic Christmas music and get a free printed photo with Santa at his workshop. This illuminated experience promises to be selfie-worthy, and there will be concessions available for purchase on site. The Field of Lights will be running from Nov. 25-Dec 18, and tickets can be purchased online.
Travis Park
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. 25. While the lighting won’t take place until later in the evening, all the seasonal activities go from 3-9 p.m. The Rotary Ice Rink is also back at the park so visitors can glide on the ice and enjoy the festive holiday lights.
Photo by Michael Cirlos, Centro
Travis Park
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. 25. While the lighting won’t take place until later in the evening, all the seasonal activities go from 3-9 p.m. The Rotary Ice Rink is also back at the park so visitors can glide on the ice and enjoy the festive holiday lights.
Windcrest
Checking out the Christmas lights in Windcrest is an unofficial tradition for many San Antonians. Plenty of Windcrest residents go all out, including one family that took home the $50,000 grand prize on ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight last year for their over-the-top holiday display.
Photo via Instagram / topo_tron
Windcrest
Checking out the Christmas lights in Windcrest is an unofficial tradition for many San Antonians. Plenty of Windcrest residents go all out, including one family that took home the $50,000 grand prize on ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight last year for their over-the-top holiday display.
Lights Alive
5931 Roft Rd., seelightsalive.com
Venture out to Alamo Ranch and to enjoy a massive drive-thru light display, synchronized with music to complete the show. The display is open nightly from Nov. 18-Jan. 1, including holidays!
Photo via Instagram / seelightsalive
Lights Alive
5931 Roft Rd., seelightsalive.com
Venture out to Alamo Ranch and to enjoy a massive drive-thru light display, synchronized with music to complete the show. The display is open nightly from Nov. 18-Jan. 1, including holidays!
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 sweetheart to the River Walk and fall in love with the lights. While the lights will be on every night from November 25-January 9, you can also catch fun events like the Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias on select weekends.
Photo via Instagram / thesanantonioriverwalk
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 sweetheart to the River Walk and fall in love with the lights. While the lights will be on every night from November 25-January 9, you can also catch fun events like the Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias on select weekends.
Elf Acres
1475 Grosenbacher Road, (210) 643-8662, elfacres.com
There’s plenty of fun to be had at this Far West Side attraction, which boasts a 1-mile drive-through trail and thousands of lights that are animated and set to music that plays along. This year’s season runs from Nov. 18-Jan. 8, 2023.
Photo via Facebook / Elf Acres
Elf Acres
1475 Grosenbacher Road, (210) 643-8662, elfacres.com
There’s plenty of fun to be had at this Far West Side attraction, which boasts a 1-mile drive-through trail and thousands of lights that are animated and set to music that plays along. This year’s season runs from Nov. 18-Jan. 8, 2023.
Austin Trail of Lights
2400 Barton Springs Road, Austin, austintrailoflights.org
From Dec. 8-23, San Antonians can make the trip up to Austin to experience the famed Trail of Lights. The Zilker Park display features over 2 million lights, 90 lighted holiday trees and more than 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels.
Photo via Instagram / atxlights
Austin Trail of Lights
2400 Barton Springs Road, Austin, austintrailoflights.org
From Dec. 8-23, San Antonians can make the trip up to Austin to experience the famed Trail of Lights. The Zilker Park display features over 2 million lights, 90 lighted holiday trees and more than 70 other holiday displays and lighted tunnels.
San Antonio Zoo
3903 N. St. Mary's Street, (210) 734-7184, sazoo.org/zoo-lights
The annual Zoo Lights is full of animal-themed holiday cheer. This year's edition includes an all-new IllumiLIFE: Illuminated Paintings of Wildlife exhibit, a Lakeside Light Show and a Holiday Sing-a-Long Express train ride. Guests also get a chance to meet Santa at the North Pole and go on a holiday camel ride. Zoo Lights is open Nov. 19 through Jan. 1, 2023.
Photo courtesy of San Antonio Zoo
San Antonio Zoo
3903 N. St. Mary's Street, (210) 734-7184, sazoo.org/zoo-lights
The annual Zoo Lights is full of animal-themed holiday cheer. This year's edition includes an all-new IllumiLIFE: Illuminated Paintings of Wildlife exhibit, a Lakeside Light Show and a Holiday Sing-a-Long Express train ride. Guests also get a chance to meet Santa at the North Pole and go on a holiday camel ride. Zoo Lights is open Nov. 19 through Jan. 1, 2023.