Festive Christmas tree next to papel picado

If you are looking for holiday magic in the heart of Texas, look no further than San Antonio. The Alamo City comes to life during the holiday season; from Christmas traditions to ringing in the New Year with dazzling celebrations, San Antonio has it all.

Weather Bonus: The weather in San Antonio from November through January is often mild, making it an ideal destination for winter vacations and family holiday activities. San Antonio is buzzing with activity during the holidays, so there are plenty more can't-miss holiday events to build your perfect holiday vacation itinerary:

Enjoy These Only-in-SA Holiday-Themed Events

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SeaWorld San Antonio Christmas Celebration SeaWorld San Antonio Christmas Celebration
SeaWorld San Antonio Christmas Celebration

San Antonio's iconic landmarks and attractions get a festive makeover this holiday season. Experience Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, where you can ride the Holiday Express Train and enjoy live performances, festive lights, and lots of fun. The SeaWorld San Antonio Christmas Celebration will also be one for the ages as SeaWorld will be decking out the halls with twinkling lights and appearances by Sesame Street Characters, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and other festive characters. 

San Antonio is buzzing with activity during the holidays, so there are plenty more can't-miss holiday events to build your perfect holiday vacation itinerary. 


Only-in-SA Holiday Events & Activities Checklist 

  • SeaWorld San Antonio Christmas Celebration – November 9-January 2
  • Rotary Ice Rink – November 17-January 15
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas Holiday in the Park – November 18-December 31
  • Ford Holiday River Parade and River Lighting Ceremony 2023 – November 24 
  • San Antonio Holidays on Houston Street – November 24-January 2
  • Ford Holiday Boat Caroling – November 30-December 23
  • Christmas at the Caverns – Select days December 2-30
  • Holly Jolly Kayaking – December 2
  • King William Holiday Home Tour – December 2
  • Morgan's Wonderland Snowball Run – December 16

Join us the day after Thanksgiving for this festive celebration and the official lighting of the River Walk Holiday Lights! Tickets are on sale now!

Let There Be Light! Places to Find Unique Holiday Lights

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Being surrounded by holiday lights is a timeless tradition that is sure you put you in a festive mood. If it's holly jolly lighting, you're after - you can find it all throughout the city! But for the really unique festive lighting, be sure to check out these options.


Unique Holiday Lights Checklist

  • River Walk Holiday Lights - Evenings November 24-January 7
  • Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias – December 2-17
  • Christmas at the Caverns – Select days December 2-30
  • Lightscape – November 17-January 1
  • 37th Annual Light the Way Festival – November 18
  • Zoo Lights – November 18-December 31
  • The Alamo Holiday Lights – November 24-January 2
  • Museum Reach River of Lights – December 9
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Zoo Lights at the San Antonio Zoo

Immerse Yourself in Arts & Culture This Holiday Season

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San Antonio's arts and culture scene is second to none, and it shines even brighter during the holiday season. World-famous cultural centers, such as the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts or the Majestic Theatre, are delightful to visit for the winter holidays. 

In addition, there will be plenty of special performances and displays honoring the season's customs and stories presented at San Antonio's many theaters, galleries, and cultural facilities.


Holiday Arts & Culture Checklist 

  • DiwaliSA 15th Anniversary – November 4
  • Cirque Du Soleil’s BAZZAR – November 5 – December 3 
  • Mercado De Paz – November 26 
  • Las Nuevas Tamaleras – November 3-December 3
  • Elf in Concert – December 1-2
  • A Christmas Carol – December 1-17
  • 8th Annual Pecan Harvest - December 2
  • Cowboy Christmas – December 3
  • NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet – December 8
  • River Walk Holiday Artisan Show – December 8-10
  • Black History Holiday Lights River Tour – December 9
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra – December 9
  • Jose Hernandez’ Merry-Achi-Christmas – December 21 
  • Cirque Musica – Holiday Wonderland – December 20 
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River Walk Holiday Artisan Show

Additional San Antonio Downtown Holiday Fun

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Plan Your San Antonio Holiday Today


As the holiday season approaches, San Antonio shines with a myriad of festive experiences for locals and visitors alike. Our traditions and celebrations are a testament to the city's unique blend of cultures that make the holidays here unique and special. As you plan your holiday adventure, remember that San Antonio is more than just a destination; it's a heartwarming and joy-filled celebration of the season that will create lasting memories for you and your loved ones.