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Let The Holidays Shine

It’s the most magical time of the year. Hotel Contessa is a vibrant destination for San Antonio’s cultural and seasonal celebrations, none more so than the annual Holiday Parade and River Lighting Ceremony on the Riverwalk. Held the day after Thanksgiving, this spectacular ringing in of the holiday season features 28 illuminated floats and over 100,000 lights, turned on at sunset in a glittering and joy-filled gathering. We can’t wait to see you there.

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Stunning Riverwalk Views

The ticketed parade – with the Grinch as Grand Marshal! – begins Friday, November 24, 2023 at 6pm, with arrival at Hotel Contessa and the lighting of the Riverwalk at 7pm. Join us at our exclusive viewing party for a stunning view of the Riverwalk illumination – please note, tickets are required for this event.

Hotel Contessa will be hosting a holiday river parade watch party. Ambler will be hosting a pre-fixe dinner watch party. Tickets will be on sale September 1, 2023. Questions? Email contact@thehotelcontessa.com

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Holiday River Parade Private Terrace Party

Watch the Holiday River Parade from the second-floor terrace of Hotel Contessa with food, bar, mariachis, face painting, and more.

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Holiday River Parade Dinner

Party At Ambler Texas Kitchen + Cocktails

An elevated dinner experience with mariachis, parade watch party, dedicated server, table, and parade chair.

That Mission City Sparkle

The Riverwalk’s lights turn on from sundown to sunrise every day until January 8, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit San Antonio over the holiday season! The Light The Way Festival is complete with food trucks, holiday shopping, and visits from Santa, while December is filled with special events like the Alamo Bowl and Celebrate San Antonio, a New Year’s Eve celebration in the heart of downtown.

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Here For The Holidays

Hotel Contessa is your stylish, all-suite home base for the holiday season, with sparkling southern hospitality and the perfect location to take advantage of everything Mission City has to offer. We’re making it easy to be here for the holidays with special offers and cozy amenities that the entire family will love.