Celebrate the Winter Season in San Antonio, TX
With its usually mild winter weather and fabulous culture, San Antonio, TX is a wonderful destination for a winter getaway. You can enjoy the city's year-round attractions. During the holiday season, you can also add to your getaway by including some of the special seasonal events throughout the city.
The River Walk is one of the city's most popular attractions. Year-round, this beautiful area features shops and cafes located along a river that meanders through the center of downtown San Antonio, just one story below the city streets. You can walk along the River Walk, or take a boat tour any time of year. During the holiday season, the River Walk is decked out in its holiday finest with lights and plenty of holiday decorations. The holiday season kicks off with the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony, which takes place just after Thanksgiving each year. This event regularly draws in over 100,000 visitors, and includes a one-hour parade, live music, famous celebrities, and floats.
This River Walk event marks the beginning of the holiday season on the River Walk, and the festivities continue throughout the season. On select days in December, the River Walk is lit up with over 2,500 luminaries to create an unbelievably beautiful backdrop for you to enjoy holiday shopping or dining on the River Walk. This tradition is based on the religious belief that the candles will light the way for the Holy Family.
During the holiday season, Six Flags Fiesta Texas hosts Holiday in the Park. Throughout the holiday season, you can enjoy the rides, shows, shops, and dining options at Six Flags with the park dressed in its holiday finest. The warmth of the season will touch you with special seasonal holiday shows as well as carolers roaming the park to spread holiday cheer. You will also find plenty of festive holiday displays throughout Six Flags. The holidays are a magical time of year to visit Six Flags.
Get some Christmas shopping done in San Antonio at the famous Kristkindlmarkt. The temperate winter climate in San Antonio is just perfect for spending time shopping at this outdoor market. The market runs for one day only each December, and brings you traditional German cultural items including handcrafted gifts, clothing, crafts, gingerbread houses, ornaments, jewelry, and much more.
In early December each year, the McNay Art Museum hosts the Annual McNay Holiday Market, which is also a great Christmas shopping destination for your getaway. This one day event gives you a chance to shop for decorative art work, rugs, statues, and much more all from a variety of vendors and artisans. You can also participate in the silent auction for your chance to take home some beautiful items.
Make your holiday getaway a truly special event when you make plans to enjoy some of these seasonal special events and activities in the San Antonio area this year!