12 Holiday Events in the San Antonio Area
If you’re stationed at Joint Base San Antonio or traveling to San Antonio over the holidays, start planning your calendar now! With events and venues opening back up since the 2020 holiday season, the Alamo City may just overwhelm you with all the things to see, do, and taste.
All of the following activities and events are either in San Antonio or just a short drive away. Check with each venue for cost, directions, and more information. Of course, we can’t possibly cover all the holiday happenings in the San Antonio area, but here are 12 events (plus a couple of bonus ones) to get you in the holiday spirit. Your very own “12 Days of Christmas,” Texas style!
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November 12- January 9
It’s not the holidays without a visit to the River Walk! A tradition since 1975, you’ll be treated to a spectacular light display of over 100,000 lights. Enjoy dinner, stroll along the walkway, and take in the beautiful sights from downtown to the Pearl District one mile north.
Family-friendly environment featuring artisans offering handmade items, including local vendors. Their goal is to combine the arts with economic sustainability, international exchange, and social consciousness.
November 19- January 2 (closed on certain days--check site for updates)
Revel in the gorgeous holiday light displays put on by Lightscape along a one-mile path, with displays unique to Texas. This event sells out in other cities, so it's recommended you buy tickets early.
Dates from November 25- December 24 (check site for specific days)
Just a few miles outside San Antonio in the Hill Country, stroll through the holiday lights and enjoy food and family activities, including an interactive scavenger hunt and oversized lawn games, and visit Santa, of course!
November 26, 6-8 p.m.
Back again for 2021, Santa and Mrs. Claus will ring in the Christmas season at the iconic Holiday River Parade, along with other illuminated floats winding their way down the San Antonio River. You can buy tickets or take advantage of one of the several free viewing areas along the River Walk (bring your own chairs) on a first come-first serve basis.
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December 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Go back in time and see how Texans celebrated Christmas in the 1800s through historical crafts and trades, all while listening to Christmas carols.
Holiday events from November 20- December 31
About a half hour north of San Antonio, you’ll find the historic community of Gruene. Holiday events are happening throughout November and December, including the Gruene town lighting, Annual Pony Express Ride, and Gruene Market Days. And don’t miss Cowboy Kringle!
December 10, 8 p.m.
The exciting and popular Trans-Siberian Orchestra is back, and San Antonio is on their winter tour. Classical music scores, heavy metal, and a high-tech light and pyrotechnics show all combine to create an unforgettable experience.
Of course, there’s plenty of holiday shopping in the San Antonio area. 30 vendors are set to offer their holiday wares, food, and unique gifts at the La Cantera Mall.
Weekends Friday-Sunday from November 26 through December 19
Local vendors, giveaways, holiday music, and pictures with Santa may just be the ticket to put you in the holiday spirit at this holiday marketplace held at the Rolling Oaks Mall.
Check out these other holiday markets near military bases.
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November 20- January 2
Holiday in the Park is back! Six Flags Fiesta Texas will don its winter apparel and feature millions of lights, the Holiday Express Train, the Taste of Holiday in the Park Food Festival, and themed holiday zones (including falling snow--a rarity in South Texas!).
December 16, 6- 7:30 p.m.
Honoring the traditional Latin American Christmas celebration, the Mission Concepcion choir brings a night of Christmas carols to the Pearl Park. The evening will include a procession that represents the journey of Mary and Joseph.
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Various dates in December (visit site)
Not your typical Christmas! At Natural Bridge Caverns, you’ll hear carols echoing through the caverns, visit with Santa “Spelunker” Claus, and find your way through a gigantic outdoor maze.
November 11 through January 2
Enjoy a wintery, watery wonderland! Sip hot chocolate, watch Christmas shows, see the Sesame Street parade, visit with Santa, and sing carols, all under the blanket of 9 million twinkling lights.
Tell us about your favorite holiday happenings in the San Antonio area!
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