December Destinations and To-Dos in San Antonio

When in San Antonio, don’t miss these six winter- and holiday-related activities.

By Katharine Shilcutt November 30, 2014 Published in the December 2014 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Courtesy Enoch Lai / Flickr -

Tamales! Holiday Festival

Dec 6, noon–5 pm; Free;

More than 40 tamale vendors sell every type of husk-bound treat imaginable. Arts and crafts tables are available for the kids, while live music keeps the festival festive.

La Tamalada Workshop

Dec 13, 11 am–1 pm; $25;

Explore the art and history of tamale-making at the Witte Museum’s South Texas Heritage Center, where Comadre Gloria Solis, an expert on the matter, teaches the craft on one special afternoon each year.

La Gran Tamalada

Dec 6, 11 am–2 pm; Free;

Yet another annual tamale event, this time at the historic Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, where you’ll get tips from local tamaleras and historians such as Carmen Tafolla, Olga Kaufman, and Ellen Riojas-Clark.

A Wonderland Christmas at Morgan’s Wonderland

Thru Dec 6, 4–9 pm; $10–$15;

During the Christmas season, this 25-acre theme park, whose rides are equally accessible to patrons with and without special needs, hosts carolers, a huge light display, and Santa himself.

SeaWorld San Antonio

Dec 6–7, 13–14, & 20–31 (excluding Christmas Day); $45–55;

It may be too cold for the park’s water rides, but this old standby offers an array of family-friendly shows, from “A Dolphin Christmas” to “Shamu Christmas Miracles,” both best enjoyed with a cup of hot cocoa in hand. 

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Dec 6–7, 13–14, 19–23, & 26–31; $51.99–66.99;

Visit the man in red at Santa’s Castle, check out a reenactment of the Nativity, get in some ice skating, and catch Bugs Bunny and his Warner Bros. friends in “Have Yourself a Looney Tunes Christmas.”

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