No other city in Texas does the holiday season like San Antonio. A tailor-made backdrop of beautiful nature and architectural splendor lend the festivities a unique aura, from simple tree lightings to the indescribably delicious food.
Lights and Parades
Light the Way, Nov. 22 – Jan. 6, citywide: San Antonio’s historic streets and the River Walk get a bold, bright makeover for the holidays. There are, literally, more than a million lights glimmering from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. You’ll see something new every time you go out and look. The light show formally begins at the University of Incarnate Word campus, with the "A Cardinal Christmas" on Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Holiday Parade, Nov. 28, 7 p.m. San Antonio River: Kick off the holiday season the day after Thanksgiving with the city’s annual holiday parade at the River Walk. Check out the lights (so, so many lights) and festive floats. This is one of the only nighttime river parades in the U.S.
How could any city that rings in the holidays with tamales be anything but the best place on earth? Drop by for the Tamales! Holiday Festival at Pearl, on Dec. 6. Since 2010, this festival has become a must for San Antonians, who sample the goods from more than 40 vendors. And if a week goes by after the tamale festival and you just gotta have more tamales, there’s ‘La Tamalada and Time Travel Saturday: South Texas Holiday Traditions at the Witte Museum’ on Dec. 13. Here you can make and flavor your own half-dozen tamales at the La Tamalada workshop before embarking on a tour of Texas history. Then the next day, Dec. 14, there’s La Gran Tamalada, the annual tamale-making community party at the Guadalupe Theater that blends tamales and storytelling in a way only San Antonio could.
Theme Park Festivities
Six Flags Fiesta Texas opens for Christmas from Nov. 28 – Jan. 4 and features the “Majesty of Christmas” holiday spectacular. You and the kids can celebrate with Looney Tunes characters and meet Santa at his castle. There’s also Morgan’s Wonderland, a winter dreamscape of sparkling lights, carolers, and, of course, Santa Claus.