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‘Tis the Season to Celebrate in San Antonio

Come share the holiday spirit of San Antonio, where bright lights and brilliant colors set the stage for lively events—a river parade, theme park celebrations, and a host of holiday happenings.

Presented by Visit San Antonio November 1, 2019

The River Walk lights up for the holidays in San Antonio. 

The holidays shine brighter in San Antonio. The entire city comes alive in celebration of the season, with festivities that begin in early November and last through the first week of January. Start your holiday excursion with Caroling in the Caverns, a unique choral event at Natural Bridge Caverns. Experience Zoo Lights!, a festive, family tradition at San Antonio Zoo, featuring a “starry safari”, with life-sized animals from the savanna, including a 15-foot-tall, illuminated giraffe. Want to catch a show? Check out our two historic theaters, the Majestic and the Empire, where nationally touring entertainers take center stage. For something a little different, visit Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Christmas Town, where the wax versions of your favorite celebrities are posed in different holiday scenes. Then experience the River Walk in its holiday finest aboard a Holiday Light Cruise with Go Rio. Want to stay close to all the holiday happenings? Book your stay at one of the Marriott properties throughout the city and Hill Country. 

Think you’ve seen it all? The holiday celebration is just beginning. Discover SeaWorld San Antonio’s Christmas Celebration, with over nine million lights sparkling brightly and set to music, is the largest holiday light display in Texas. And Six Flags Fiesta Texas transforms into a winter wonderland for its Holiday in the Park celebration. Millions of twinkling lights set the stage for musical light shows, holiday train rides, visits with Santa, and more.  

Downtown the light show continues, with brilliant displays along the streets and throughout the stores. Witness the wonder of the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony; a night parade featuring colorful barges that float down the river, carrying costumed carolers. This time of year, the city celebrates its rich cultural roots and traditions with authentic activities and attractions. Come stroll through a Kristkindlmarkt, a German Christmas Market with real, old-world treasures and tempting German food. Try your hand at making Mexican tamales during one of the many hands-on, holiday workshops at La Gran Tamalada in Market Square. Then strap on your ice skates and scarf and make some figure eights on the new Holiday Ice Rink at Travis Park, the city’s only open-air, ice-skating rink. While you’re here, be sure to experience the Sebastian in San Antonio exhibit, a citywide exhibit that includes more than 100 sculptures and works from the famed Mexican artist. Lastly, what would the holidays be without the big game? Check out the Valero Alamo Bowl, a celebrated sports tradition played at the Alamodome and featuring top teams from the Pac-12 and Big 12 conferences.