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The 12 Most Magical San Antonio Christmas 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. 

man in santa suit scuba diving in aquarium

SeaWorld Christmas

Nov. 16 - Jan. 5, 2019

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

Nov. 22 - Dec. 31, 2019

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. 

blonde girl looking up at white christmas lights

Light The Way

Nov. 23, 2019

Celebrate the holiday season at the University of the Incarnate Word's annual Christmas festival. See the lighs, peruse the holiday shoppe, and more. 

lit up christmas tree on lawn

Holidays in Bloom

Nov. 23 - Dec. 21, 2019

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

christmas tree in front of spinning ferris wheel

Holiday in the Park

Nov. 23 - Jan. 5, 2020

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. 

san antonio river walk at christmas

Holiday River Parade

November 29, 2019

The holidays in San Antonio haven't begun until the Ford Holiday River Parade. Watch the RIver Walk come to life with festive floats, music, and Santa. 

door knocker with ghost face

A Christmas Carol

Nov. 29 - Dec. 23, 2019

Join the Woodlawn Theatre for their performance of the classic holiday musical A Christmas Carol. Watch Ebenezer Scrooge confront the Christmas spirit. 

people cheersing mulled wine at christmas market


December 4, 2019

Beethoven Maennerchor is San Antonio's go-to Germn beer garden. They're bringing the German spirit into the holiday season with the Kristkindlmarkt.  

caroling on san antonio river walk

Holiday Boat Caroling

Dec. 5-22, 2019

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. 

luminaries on the river walk

Fiesta de las Luminarias

December 6-22, 2019

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. 

santa train

Santa's Railroad

Dec. 7-22, 2019

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

ornaments hanging on stall at christmas market

Holiday Artisan Show 

Dec. 13-15, 2019

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. 

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