Lightscape San Antonio Botanical GardenLightscape at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

When the holidays approach, San Antonio transforms into a winter wonderland with twinkling lights, good cheer, and many family-friendly activities and attractions waiting to be discovered. The Alamo City’s festive vibe is both traditional and refreshingly new, with a diverse atmosphere that fuses culture and fun. 

Families will especially enjoy the holiday season in San Antonio because there are many ways to make memories, from seasonal experiences at top attractions to discovering kid-friendly holiday events. 

Here are some of the best kid-friendly holiday experiences in San Antonio:  


Family-Friendly Seasonal Experiences at Top Attractions  

Six Flags Holiday in the Park Lights

Six Flags Fiesta Texas Holiday in the Park

During the holidays, San Antonio’s top attractions transform holly, jolly holiday adventures for the whole family with unique seasonal flair and activities.  

To start, you can head to Six Flags Fiesta Texas for their brightest celebration of the Season, Holiday in the Park. Six Flags Fiesta Texas Holiday in the Park brings holiday magic for the whole family, including magical musical shows such as the Majesty of Christmas, millions of colorful twinkling lights, and special appearances by Santa. You can also enjoy a ride on the Holiday Express Train that will take you through wonderful Yuletide sights while you and your family hum along to some of your favorite Christmas tunes.  

SeaWorld San Antonio Christmas CelebrationSeaWorld San Antonio Christmas Celebration

Another popular San Antonio attraction that gets all decked out for the holidays is SeaWorld San Antonio, which offers their SeaWorld Christmas Celebration with the largest light display in Texas. You can also find Christmas shows, festive food, Santa Claus, and more! Don’t forget to grab a cup of hot chocolate as you and your family take in the sights.  

Other holiday events you won’t want to miss include Zoo Lights, Lightscape at San Antonio Botanical Garden, and Christmas at the Caverns.  

San Antonio’s world-famous attractions make the joy of the holidays memorable at every turn, so be sure to use them to build your perfect family itinerary as you vacation in San Antonio.   


Kid-Friendly Holiday Events  

Ford Fiesta de la Luminarias

Beyond the major attractions, San Antonio also offers plenty of family-friendly events and experiences this holiday season. These events showcase the city’s rich cultural heritage and turn the Alamo City into a magical winter wonderland begging to be experienced.  

For instance, starting on December 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., visit the downtown River Walk for the Ford Fiesta De Las Luminarias. Stroll down the River Walk, guided by more than 2,000 luminarias (Mexican Christmas lanterns). Be sure to check out the local restaurants in the area and experience the festive atmosphere of San Antonio.  

On December 8th, visit Will’s Plaza for a showing of The Grinch at 5:30 p.m. This free community event usually occurs with different feature films on the second Friday of most months. Bring a chair and blanket and enjoy the movie with your family on the 32-foot video wall.   


Lastly, you can’t forget theatre performances! Don’t miss the Velveteen Rabbit at the Magik Theatre from November 18 through December 24. There will also be special The Nutcracker performances from Ballet San Antonio at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.  

These are just a few wonderful holiday events and activities happening in San Antonio this holiday season, so be sure to check out more kid-friendly holiday events.  


San Antonio Offers Plenty of Hotels for Families  

Family looking at Tech Port San Antonio exhibit

Finding the perfect accommodation is crucial to any family vacation, especially during the holidays. San Antonio offers many hotels and accommodations in the city suitable for families with every need and budget. 

Check out all the accommodations San Antonio has to offer.  


Experience the Holiday Magic of San Antonio  

Kayakers on the San Antonio River with trees lit with holiday lights

Photo Courtesy of San Antonio River Authority

San Antonio offers many ways to make lasting memories this holiday season. Whether you want to share a holiday meal or find events in the new year, San Antonio has it all. Give your family stories for years to come, and start planning your trip to the Alamo City today.