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Enjoy These Holiday Events in San Antonio This December -

Enjoy These Holiday Events in San Antonio This December

‘Tis the season to start planning your December itinerary. No matter what holiday you celebrate, San Antonio has no shortage of exciting experiences – from musical events to ballet performances, holiday lights, and more.

Bring yourself, your friends, and your family to enjoy everything this highly walkable city offers this holiday season.

Here are some top holiday events to attend in December:


Rotary Ice Rink at Travis Park

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When: November 28, 2022 – January 16, 2023
Where: Travis Park
301 E Travis St
San Antonio, TX 78205

Rotary Ice Rink Presented by Valero is back in San Antonio! Enjoy an evening of ice skating under the stars and holiday lights in Travis Park. Check the Rotary Ice Rink website for themed night information – Date Nights, Snow Nights, Food Trucks, and more! Be sure to get your tickets ahead of time!


Alamo Lights at The Alamo

Holiday Lights Alamo

When: November 25, 2022 – January 2, 2023, 6-8pm
Where: The Alamo
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205

Experience Alamo Lights at The Alamo after hours to walk the beautiful Alamo grounds decorated with festive lights throughout that illuminate the gardens, and of course, see the Christmas tree in Alamo Plaza. New this year, in addition to string lights in the majestic live oak, pecan, and other trees in the gardens, experience installations on the grounds such as David Crockett, Juan Seguin riding on horseback, and a few surprises!


Holiday Night Markets at Historic Pearl

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When: Wednesdays, November 30-December 21, 5-9pm
Where: Historic Pearl
303 Pearl Pkwy
San Antonio, TX 78215

Celebrate the season with the return of Holiday Night Markets at Historic Pearl. Engulf yourself in holiday season festivities featuring festive music and local makers for the best in holiday shopping. Holiday Night Markets take place at Pearl Wednesdays from November 30 – December 21!


Noche Buena Annual Tree Lighting at Main Plaza

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When: December 3, 4-10pm
Where: Main Plaza
115 N Main Ave
San Antonio, TX 78205

Ring in the holiday season with performances by Mariachi Las Altenas, The Victorian Secrets, and OPERA San Antonio at Noche Buena. Bring the family to this free event for live music, arts & crafts, a visit from Santa and of course – the official tree lighting!


Museum Reach River of Lights & Nighttime Kayak

Museum Reach River of Lights

When: December 3, 6-9pm
Where: San Antonio River Lock & Dam
510 Brooklyn Ave
San Antonio, TX 78215

Enjoy an evening of fun that includes a Pixel Tree Light Show, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating, musical performances, food trucks, holiday vendors, and more at the Museum Reach River of Lights! Fancy yourself a kayaker? Enjoy a nighttime kayak at this event as well!


Cowboy Christmas at Briscoe Western Art Museum

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When: December 4, 10am-1:30pm
Where: Briscoe Western Art Museum
210 W Market St
San Antonio, TX 78205

Saddle up for a free day of family-fun activities at Briscoe Western Art Museum’s Cowboy Christmas! Cowboy Claus will be onsite from 11am-1:30pm. Enjoy a scavenger hunt, ornament and craft making and more set at the beautiful Briscoe Western Art Museum!


Joy To The World at San Fernando Cathedral

San Fernado Holiday Christmas 

When: December 4, 7pm
Where: San Fernando Cathedral
115 Main Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205

Hear Christmas music from the 11th century and on with Joy to the World at the San Fernando Cathedral, performed by one of Germany’s most well-known vocal groups, the Calmus Ensemble. Carrying on the German boys’ choir tradition, this group will delight with loved Christmas carols.

Russel Hill Rogers Musical Evenings marry the architecture of one of the oldest Catholic sanctuaries, with performances from award-winning global artists. Joy to the World is free, so come out and have an elegant holiday evening.


Las Nuevas Tamaleras at The Carver Community Cultural Center


When: December 8-11, times vary
Where: Carver Community Cultural Center
226 N Hackberry
San Antonio, TX 78202

Written by Latina playwright Alicia Mena, Las Nuevas Tamaleras has become an annual holiday tradition in San Antonio. Head over to the Carver Community Cultural Center to catch this play featuring three Latinas who are new to the tamale-making process and get a little help from the spirits of two tamaleras.

Join in on their triumphs and learn about holiday culture and tradition at this charming bilingual comedy performance.


Christmas with C.S. Lewis at the Tobin Center

Christmas with CS Lewis

When: December 8-11, 7:30-9pm
Where: The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
100 Auditorium Circle
San Antonio, TX 78205

Spend an evening experiencing Christmas with C.S. Lewis at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. This stunning yet intimate portrayal showcases a performance of the famed author’s musings on the true meaning of Christmas. C.S. Lewis is notable for creating the Chronicles of Narnia series, the beloved book series.

Visit the Tobin center website to purchase tickets or receive more information about this performance.


Hemisfair Holiday in the Garden

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When: December 10, 10a-3p
Where: Hemisfair
630 E Nueva St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

It’s time for another round of family fun at Yanaguana Garden for Hemisfair Holiday in the Garden. Join this merry event where holidays traditions come together and capture the spirit of Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah with Santa and his reindeer, holiday crafts, story time, food and beverages, shopping at the Hemisfair Holiday Gift Market, live music and REAL snow.


13th Kwanzaa Market Festival at Our Place


When: December 10, 12-5pm
Where: Our Place
3455 Martin Luther King Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78220

Support Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs at the 13th Kwanzaa Market Festival. Kwanzaa is a holiday celebrating African American heritage and lasts from December 26th to January 1st. This is a celebration of family, community, and heritage and leads up to a feast called Karamu.

The Kwanzaa market will include arts and crafts, food, an African fashion show, entertainment, and of course, plenty of vendors ranging from sellers of handmade goods to items for the upcoming Kwanzaa celebration. We celebrate all cultural holidays in San Antonio, so come out and participate in this fun shopping event.


Lambermont Holiday Tea Party

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When: December 17th, 10am – 12pm
Where: Lambermont Events
950 E. Grayson St, Dona Liston
San Antonio, TX 78208

Have a smashing time at the Lambermont Holiday Tea Party. You can expect delicious hot tea and treats. The Lambermont home will also be home for tours for interested parties.

Lambermont is a San Antonio event venue nestled downtown. This historic jewel has unrivaled aesthetics and offers an intimate setting for guests. Purchase tickets online for this special holiday event.


A Magical Cirque Christmas

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When: December 27th, 5-8pm
Where: Majestic Theatre
224 E Houston
San Antonio, TX 78205

The world’s greatest entertainers unite for a spellbinding and incredible holiday production – A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS at the iconic Majestic Theatre! Experience the enchantment of Christmas as Magical Hostess Lucy Darling takes you through an evening of dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. Get into the spirit of the season with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra at The AT&T Center

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When: December 30th, 3-5 pm
Where: 1 AT&T Center Parkway
San Antonio, TX 782019

End your December with a jam-packed evening with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the AT&T Center. This multiplatinum group will showcase their newest winter tour, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve – The Best of TSO & More.” It is sure to be a holiday celebration that bridges rock and instrumental in a stellar performance.

Head to the website to purchase your tickets for what is sure to be an unforgettable show.


Celebrate the Holiday Season all month long at our Theme Parks, Attractions and Zoo

SeaWorld Christmas

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration (Select dates November 10, 2022 – January 2, 2023)
SeaWorld San Antonio is decking out the halls for the BIGGEST Christmas celebration in Texas, an extraordinary holiday event. This wintry wonderland features Christmas shows, festive foods, Santa Claus, the largest Christmas light display in Texas and so much more!

Zoo Lights at the San Antonio Zoo (November 12, 2022 – January 1, 2023)
When the animals tuck in for the evening, San Antonio Zoo transforms into a wild, winter wonderland filled with a jaw-dropping array of twinkling lights. Bigger and brighter than before, Zoo Lights is a must-see for families and is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit!

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Fiesta Texas (Select dates November 19, 2022 – January 1, 2023)
Holiday enchantment for the whole family can be found at Six Flags Fiesta Texas this winter season. Enjoy more than a million glittering lights, festive décor, seasonal foods, holiday entertainment, and thrilling rides at Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

A Wonderland Christmas at Morgan’s Wonderland (Most Weekend November 25-December 23)
It’s a winter wonderland at Morgan’s Wonderland, San Antonio’s ultra-accessible theme park that is fun for everyone. During select weekends, visitors will experience holiday shows, Christmas light parades, photos with Santa and more! Be sure to check the Morgan’s Wonderland website for complete operating hours.

Christmas at the Caverns at Natural Bridge Caverns (Select dates December 3-23)
Hear your favorite carols echo throughout Texas’ largest underground cavern at Natural Bridge Caverns this holiday season. Visit Santa “Spelunker” Claus, join Mrs. Claus for story time, and then round up his reindeer in our 5000 sq. ft. outdoor maze and more!


Catch a Showing of The Nutcracker

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Ballet San Antonio: The Nutcracker at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts (December 2-11)
Ballet San Antonio’s The Nutcracker features a children’s cast of over 100 children, community heroes in the role of Mother Ginger, and is a magical holiday tradition for the community of San Antonio and their families!

The Nutcracker at Lila Cockrell Theatre (December 9-10)
Come out on December 9th and see The Children’s Nutcracker, performed by the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio and spearheaded by Art Director Vanessa Bessler, with help from local choreographers and master teachers from around the globe.

Nutcracker! Magic of Christmas Ballet at the Majestic Theatre (December 29)
Gather friends and family to re-live your fondest childhood dreams, overflowing with larger-than-life puppets, breath-taking acrobatics and dazzling costumes. Experience the exquisite artistry of the international cast, featuring stars of Ukraine ballet, performing at the highest level of classical technique.


Drift Under the Holiday Lights on a River Barge

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Go Rio Downtown Lights Cruises! (November 28-December 22, 6:30-9:30pm)
Enjoy holiday music while you cruise through the main loop of the river downtown through restaurant Row and Rivercenter mall. Board at Ambler Kitchen + Cocktails, where complimentary hot chocolate will be served plus a pop-up bar with additional food and beverage for purchase. The one-hour cruise departs daily at the main channel from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Black History Holiday Lights River Boat Tour (December 10, 4-6pm)
Join San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM) for 100 minutes of Black History on the beautiful San Antonio River Walk. Learn about history and take a mental journey through time surrounded by thousands of holiday lights and sights.


For the Adults: Get in the Holiday Spirit with Spirits at a Pop-Up Bar

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Miracle at the Esquire Tavern Bar (November 21 – December 31)
Head to the Esquire Tavern on San Antonio River Walk, home to the longest wooden bar top in Texas, for Miracle Pop Up where the bar will transform into a holiday wonderland while they serve holiday-themed craft cocktails.

SNOWBOUND: A Merry Ski Lodge Holiday Pop-Up Bar at Chicken N Pickle (November 11-December 31)
Make your reservations now for a holiday-themed pop-up at Chicken N Pickle complete with small bites, festive cocktails and loads of fun!


Spend Your Holidays in San Antonio

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If you want a merry and bright holiday season, consider San Antonio your go-to destination. Not only is San Antonio decked out with a dazzling display of lights across the city, but there is no shortage of holiday events that will bring you joy this holiday season.

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