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Posted: August 17, 2016

Weekend Fun


When the sun goes down each day during the holiday season, San Antonio lights up with thousands of twinkling lights. If you're going to be in the San Antonio area during December in 2017, here's where you can partake in the festivities, Texas-style.

River Walk 

Every year, thousands of lights are turned on to light the renowned San Antonio River Walk on the day after Thanksgiving, which is Nov. 24 in 2017. On that day, the Ford Holiday River Parade is held on the River Walk, and only those with a ticket will have access to the River Walk. But starting Nov. 25 and continuing until Jan. 7, 2018, everyone can take a look at the River Walk holiday lights for free. The lights will be on from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. every night, dusk to dawn. The River Walk is open 24/7.

Light the Way at University of the Incarnate Word 

The University of the Incarnate Word starts off the holiday season with a lighting ceremony and entertainment at 6:30 p.m. on Nov 18, 2017. The lights will stay on at the university every night until Jan. 6, 2018. At the lighting ceremony, you can get snacks and drinks from food trucks and visit the Holiday Shoppe to check out the wares. 

Christmas Light Fest 

The Christmas Light Fest in Boerne, Texas, about a 20-minute drive from San Antonio, boasts that it is the most dazzling holiday light show in the San Antonio area. You can drive through two miles of holiday light tunnels every night from Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve 2017. Stop into Santa's Village, a rustic barn filled with holiday goodies and, yes, see Santa Claus while you're there.

Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias 

If you prefer a more low-key experience, you might like the Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias, which takes place on the River Walk over three weekends in December: Dec. 1 through 3, Dec. 8 through 10, and Dec. 15 through 17. The luminarias, traditional Mexican Christmas lanterns, will be lit starting at dusk on these nights, and you can enjoy them while having dinner at one of the River Walk's many restaurants. 

SeaWorld San Antonio 

SeaWorld San Antonio sparkles with 8 million lights in what it dubs the biggest holiday lights display in Texas. The show is on from Nov. 18, 2017, through Jan. 2, 2018. Besides millions of lights in this unusual winter wonderland, you'll get a glimpse of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and get to chat with Santa. 

ZooLights at San Antonio Zoo 

At ZooLights at the San Antonio Zoo, you can do a regular zoo stroll, holiday style, under bright holiday lights strung throughout the zoo. But there's more: You can get hot chocolate and roast marshmallows on your visit and watch the Lakeside Light Show, take a ride on a camel, or go ice skating. Santa will be there if you want to remind him what's on your list. ZooLights opens on Nov. 18 and runs through Dec. 31, 2017. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. every day except for Nov. 19, when ZooLights will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. 


Holiday in the Park - The Season's Brightest Thrills - is back for select days from November 18-January 7 at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. It's the most magical time of the year filled with enchanting experiences that will help create those special family fun outings again and again. Our breathtaking winter wonderland features a variety of delightful and interactive activities to help capture the holiday spirit.

NEW MOVIES: CoCo, ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ., The Man who invented Christmas 







Dickens on Main NOVEMBER 24 - NOVEMBER 25 FREE

Boerne kicks-off the holiday season November 24 and 25 (Thanksgiving weekend) with a Hill Country Christmas event of epic proportions at the 18th Annual Dickens on Main celebration. Be a part of the magic as Boerne's Main Street, known as the Hill Country Mile, transforms into a vintage Christmas experience, complete with great shopping, visits with Santa Claus, children's craft activities, unique vendors, food trucks, snow on Main Street, ice sculpting and music, theatrical performances and an amazing 60-foot ice slide for sledding. Spend the day on the Hill Country Mile dining, shopping, and visiting Santa, then make your way up and down Main Street as the entertainment delights folks from 4-10 p.m. each night.


28th Annual International Peace Market FRI-SUN FREE

Looking for a socially conscious alternative to Black Friday? Join the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in celebrating 28 years of community building and combating U.S. consumer culture! As one of the oldest annual open-air international market offering authentic handmade goods the Mercado de Paz offers a community-centered alternative shopping destination during the busiest corporate shopping days of the year. Especially, in this current political climate, it is becoming more necessary for community to come together in peace and justice! Peace Market provides such a space. Over 100 international and local artists/artisans will offer visitors a variety of artful, beautifully handmade items including rugs, pottery, textiles, hand-embroidered clothing, paintings, sculptures y más, filling the two-story building, the back patio and spilling out into the street. Admission is free! The market will also offer live music from local performers and affordable and delicious food options for the weary shopper from tamales to vegan menudo. Go to our website for updates on music lineup, vendors y más! This year the market will be held on Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and Sunday November 26 from Noon to 6 PM.


Open daily November 18, 2017 - December 31 from 12:00 - 9:00 p.m., Zoo Lights is a nighttime holiday tradition for the whole family! Stroll under an array of twinkling lights while you sip hot cocoa, roast s'mores, ride camels and enjoy our Lakeside Lightshow. Plus, visit Santa and tell him what's on your Christmas wish list. Plus, a new dining experience is coming to town! Book in advance to have a catered dinner with Mrs. Claus and her helpers, the elves! 

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 24

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and San Antonio-area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities including fun crafts and games. Features include rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters and live elves set amongst a dazzling backdrop of snow-covered hills and illuminated Christmas trees. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, laser/ foam toy arcade, Lincoln Logs building area and much more. Kids can also spend time at one of the activity tables where they can write a letter to Santa, color and do fun crafts, all for free. Families can enjoy the wonder of Christmas inside Bass Pro Shops with Santa’s Wonderland through December 24 including free photos with Santa. Guests can schedule their Santa time using the free Bass Pass system. Visit the Bass Pass Ticket Depot located at the entrance of Santa’s Wonderland to pick up a time-stamped pass. Santa’s arrival coincides with Veteran’s Day and the start of a holiday round up program where customers can help support service members, military families and veterans through a donation program. Bass Pro Shops will donate 100 percent of customer contributions to USO Care Packages, which are shipped directly to active service members overseas, and AMVETS. WHERE: Bass Pro Shops 17907 I-10 San Antonio, TX 78257 WHEN: Beginning Saturday, November 11, 2017 and continuing through Sunday, December 24, 2017 COST: FREE MORE INFO: For hours and details visit Bass Pro Shops 17907 I-10

Don Strange Ranch Christmas Light Fest NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 31

Kick your holiday spirit into high gear surrounded by the glow of more than two million twinkling lights at Christmas Light Fest! Open nightly, the light spectacular features tunnels of twinkling lights and holiday displays along a two-mile path and Santa’s Village, a rustic barn filled with holiday flavors and activities. Experience the magic of a true Texas Christmas under the stars at this can’t-miss holiday destination featuring dazzling light displays and drive-thru tunnels across two miles of scenic ranchland. Drive through the sparkling displays or go ranch-style and catch a hayride. Be sure to enjoy Santa’s Village with Santa and his longhorns, food and family fun. Snap free pictures with Santa each weekend before Christmas, as well as the last few days before the big day. Don Strange Ranch 103 Waring Welfare Rd. Boerne, 78006 (210) 434-2340

Holiday Lights Walking Tour NOVEMBER 25 - DECEMBER 23

Experience stories of the rich holiday traditions from Germany, Spain, Mexico, and Colonial Texas! Have a warm holiday beverage as we make our way through Downtown San Antonio. This night tour takes you on a mesmerizing private river boat ride to see all the Magic the Famous San Antonio River Walk has to offer, while lit up by thousands of colorful lights. This is followed by a short history of San Antonio as told on the backdrop of San Fernando Cathedral, The Heart of the City. Select Fridays and Saturdays. Limited Number of Seats Available. The Alamo 300 Alamo Plaza 210-225-1391, 30.00

First Friday Fun every First Friday thru Dec 31 5pm 

Special guest vendors & artists, food trucks, fire spinners, acrobats, comedians, musicians, you never who'll be here so come explore & share our Southtown's Fabulous First Friday bashes. The Urban Farm Stand 1423 So. Presa 210.702.0898

Farmers Market at the Cibolo 9:00 am - 1:00 pm FRI-SUN FREE

The mission of The Farmers Market at the Cibolo is to provide area residents the opportunity to buy Hill Country grown and produced products and support local farmers and specialty vendors. If it’s homemade, handmade or fresh and tasty, you can get it at the Farmers Market at the Cibolo. Herff Farm 33 Herff Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 249-4616

World Dance of the People (EVERY SUNDAY) 1PM FREE thru - DECEMBER 17

Enjoy fascinating rhythms and interesting dance steps from around the World! We learn international folk dances from dozens of countries--from France to Bolivia, from New Zealand to Sweden, from Serbia to South Africa! Usually, fresh fruit is provided for refreshments. Savor the different musical heritages of the world and enjoy some exercise as well! International Folk Culture Center 411 SW 24th St. (210)867-0692

Contra & Community Barn Dance--All are Welcome! NOW - DECEMBER 8, 2018

Traditional Anglo-American dance, with LIVE MUSIC, brought over by immigrants from England, Ireland, Scotland and France and made uniquely American in New England during the 1800's and 1900's. NO PARTNER NEEDED nor any lessons; every dance is taught. This style of dance involves walking briskly in time to the music and can be learned in about 15 minutes. Wheelchair users can also do many of the dances. Live music provided by local bands includes Celtic, Appalachian, Western tunes with some occasional Cajun and Blues. Come try it! Money-back guarantee. No smokin' no drinkin'--just FUN! $6.00

That Day: Pictures of the American West thru Dec 10th

The Briscoe's Fall photographic exhibition features seventy-two dramatic images by legendary photographer Laura Wilson as she explores a West defined by diverse communities outside the suburban middle-class. This exhibition introduces us to worlds that are framed equally by beauty and violence, reflecting the artist’s challenge to today’s homogenized America. Wilson’s subjects range from legendary West Texas cattle ranches to impoverished Plains Indian reservations to lavish border-town cotillions. The exhibition is free with Museum admission. Briscoe Western Art Museum 210 W. Market Street 2102994499

Of Texas Rivers & Texas Art thru Nov 26th

Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art uses contemporary representational art as a vehicle to pique visitors’ curiosity about the state’s water resources, while creating meaningful opportunities to learn about how Texas rivers directly impact residents’ daily lives, industrial activity, the economy, recreation and wellness, and agriculture. Witte Museum 3801 Broadway 210-357-1900

2theXtreme: MathAlive! Thru January 7th 

See mathematics come to life through six interactive galleries. Experience how math is applied in life, whether in design, application or use, behind the things we love most – video games, sports, design, music, entertainment, space and robotics. Design and play your own video game, edit your own animated movie, compete against others in a mountain bike race and program and control Curiosity, NASA’s next Mars rover – all using mathematics! Witte Museum 3801 Broadway 210-357-1900



San Antonio Food Bank Turkey Trot 5K Run & Walk 630PM 

Join us to fight hunger at the San Antonio Food Bank Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 23! Register today and proceeds will provide turkey dinners to families in need. Register here: Commander's House 622 S. Flores St., San Antonio,



Planetarium Shows at the Scobee Education Center (EVERY FRIDAY) 630PM

Scobee Planetarium is open every Friday evening (except special events and holidays). Ticket sales begin at 6:00 pm. If weather permits, the observatory is opened after the last public show to observe celestial objects through the refracting telescope. Visit for schedule and information. Scobee Education Center and Planetarium 1300 San Pedro


Pearl Farmer's Market 9AM

Legacy Farmers Market 10AM FREE

Local farmers, food artisans, crafters and more. Find the best local produce and hidden gems in the area. Come by and see us! Every weekend from 10am-3pm. Northeast corner of 1604/281N

Christmas in Comfort 10AM FREE

Christmas in Comfort, one of the area’s most popular holiday events, draws visitors to the Texas Hill Country for holiday shopping and family fun on November 25, the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The event, which has expanded down 8th Street this year, offers more than 125 vendors, as well as shopping at merchants in the downtown historic district and along Highway 27, and a full day of holiday activities. Highlight of the event is the Christmas Lights Parade and dazzling fireworks display. Comfort Texas Historic District and Surrounding Area Hwy 27 Comfort, TX 78013 407-595-6859


Legacy Farmers Market 10AM FREE

Local farmers, food artisans, crafters and more. Find the best local produce and hidden gems in the area. Come by and see us! Every weekend from 10am-3pm. Northeast corner of 1604/281N


Downtown Local Sounds is a concert experience for locals and visitors to the great city of San Antonio, TX. This Sunday afternoon concert series presents the finest bands and artists of San Antonio. It's family friendly, all ages, FREE, and presents music that represents the spirit and sound of our town. Food, beverages, and music are available at the Arneson River Theatre at the historic La Villita on the downtown Riverwalk, the number one tourist destination in the state of Texas.











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