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Celebrating the Holiday Season

Holiday hotel packages Lights on the River Walk will go up again on Nov. 28, 2014.
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San Antonio really lights up for the holidays, making it the perfect place to get your family into the holiday spirit. We’ve decked the River Walk, turned our theme parks into winter wonderlands and roasted tamales over an open fire. So plan your visit today and help us spread the cheer.

Holiday Shopping

Here in San Antonio, you’ll find something for everyone, from upscale boutiques to shopping malls to outdoor markets. Perhaps that’s why Forbes named us the “Top Shopping Destination in the Nation.” And when you head to our more than 2,300 upscale malls and high end boutiques, you can do all of your holiday shopping at post-holiday prices.

Hecho a Mano, TBD: Local, regional and national visual artists join together with traditional and contemporary works of art at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center to launch the new Hecho a Mano Boutique.

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San Antonio Traditions

Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza, Nov. 16-22: Dating back to 1979, this event is the longest running mariachi music festival in Texas. And today, it's also the setting for the largest mariachi competition in the United States. You'll experience some of the most renowned groups in the world as mariachis strive to be named the best vocalist, violinist, guitarist and more! And to top it off, you'll enjoy a culminating performance by Mexico-City-based Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán on November 22 at the Lila Cockrell Theatre. It's one event you don't want to miss.

Tamales at Pearl Brewery, Dec. 6: Practice your unwrapping skills at the Pearl, with more than 40 tamale vendors, a kids’ craft area, live music and entertainment. This event centered around San Antonio tradition is free to the public and fun for the whole family.

La Tamalada and Time Travel Saturday: South Texas Holiday Traditions at the Witte Museum, Dec. 13: Make and flavor your own half-dozen tamales at the La Tamalada workshop. Afterward, join in on the holiday fun with Time Travel Saturday: South Texas Holiday Traditions.

Theme Park Festivities

SeaWorld San Antonio: Enjoy SeaWorld San Antonio’s amazing array of family-friendly seasonal shows, including “Shamu Christmas Miracles,” “A Dolphin Christmas” and “Elmo’s Christmas Wish.” You’ll also find dazzling Christmas lights, candy canes, hot chocolate and more.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas: Experience thrilling rides and exciting family entertainment, along with tasty treats and iceless skating, at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. Watch the “Majesty of Christmas” holiday spectacular, celebrate with the Looney Tunes and meet Santa at his castle

Morgan’s Wonderland: Discover a winter wonderland with sparkling lights, carolers and Santa Claus at Morgan’s Wonderland. This 25-acre theme park is full of popular rides and attractions that are accessible to people of all abilities.

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Lights and Parades

You know that one house on your block with the awe-inspiring holiday lights? That’s how other cities feel about San Antonio. Each year, we deck our city with millions of lights, from the River Walk to Santa’s Ranch to Six Flags Fiesta Texas and SeaWorld.

Holiday Parade, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.: The day after Thanksgiving, our river parade kicks off the holidays as decorated floats wind through the river in one of the country's only nighttime river parades.

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New Year’s Eve

If you want to have a romantic New Year’s Eve, spend it in one of the nation’s top 10 romantic destinations. You’ll find millions of lights, fireworks and the ever-romantic River Walk.

New Year's Celebration/Celebrate San Antonio, Dec. 31: Ring in the New Year San Antonio style! Enjoy spectacular fireworks, live music on multiple stages, food booths, family activities and more.


Travelscope doubles down on San Antonio

San Antonio was featured on PBS when Joseph Rosendo and his crew visited the Alamo City. “A San Antonio Christmas” showcased our holiday lights, and in the second show,  “More than the Alamo,” they discover dozens of other events and attractions that make this city so unique.

‘Tis the Season for Vacations

We’ve put all of our holiday happenings in one place, making it easier for you to plan and book your trip.

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