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Explore San Antonio

12 Magical San Antonio Holiday Events

Holiday magic takes on a new meaning when the celebrations play out beside a river. Maybe it’s the Christmas lights dancing along with the current or the spirited caroling via boat. Or maybe it’s the peacefulness of the city itself that allows festivities like these to take center stage. 

San Antonio Christmas is all about paying attention. The holidays come to life in the city's many nooks and crannies. You'll be celebrating the holidays simply by noticing the way San Antonio transforms in the winter, whether it's the lights in the trees or the luminarias along the river.

Make memories beneath the twinkly lights at one of these San Antonio Christmas events. Get closer to the ones you love everywhere from theme parks to the River Walk itself. 

santa swimming in an aquarium

SeaWorld Christmas

Every holiday season, SeaWorld pulls out all the stops to celebrate all things Christmas. Walk beneath twinkly lights, meet Rudolph, and more. 

moose made out of christmas lights

Zoo Lights

The San Antonio Zoo's annual holiday spectacular has become a city tradition. See animals in a new light, like the 15-foot light-up giraffe in Starry Safari. 

lit up christmas tree on lawn

Holidays in Bloom

There's nothing quite like the holidays at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. See magical displays, complete with a 12-foot Christmas tree. 

blonde girl looking up at white christmas lights

Fiesta de las Luminarias

Stroll along the peaceful banks of the river lined by over 2,000 Luminarias, a traditional Mexican Christmas decoration of a bright candle in a paper bag. 

ferris wheel with christmas tree

Holiday in the Park

Holiday magic is at its best at Six Flags San Antonio. Their Holiday in the Park event brings rides like the Holiday Express and shows like the Singing Saps. 

holiday parade on the riverwalk

Holiday Boat Caroling

The River Walk sets San Antonio apart from other major cities, especially during Christmas. Hop on a boat and serenade the city with holiday songs. 

riverwalk luminaria parade

Lights on the River Walk

Walk beneath and alongside 100,000 lights (that's 2,500 strings of lights!) at Holiday Lights on the River Walk. You can even book a special holiday lights cruise.

train in fog

Santa's Railroad

On select weekends in December, embark on a nighttime train journey through Santa's Railroad Wonderland, which traverses forty acres of decorations. 

christmas stars hanging in a stall

Holiday Artisan Show 

Stroll along the picturesque River Walk as you shop goods from local artists and makers. Get in any last minute holiday shopping with unique gifts.