10 Fun Things to Do in San Antonio this Holiday Weekend

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10 Fun Things to Do in San Antonio this Holiday Weekend

HEB Christmas tree lighting

The 38th annual HEB Christmas Tree Lighting returns to Travis Park on Friday. Arrive at the park early for live music, holiday crafts, the chance to write letters to Santa and more. The official lighting ceremony will start at 18:20. This year’s tree is a blue spruce that came from Michigan. Friday, 3-9 p.m. 301 E. Travis St.

Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony

Celebrate the holiday season the San Antonio way with the annual Holiday River Parade and illumination of the River Walk. The parade will feature 28 lighted floats, more than 100,000 lights and the chance to see Mr. and Mrs. to welcome Claus to town. Book tickets for the parade here. Several restaurants also offer reservations for tables with views of the parade. Friday, 6-9 p.m. Arneson River Theater and Downtown River Walk


Keep your thanksgiving going with this event at The Good Kind. They will have a maker’s market so you can get your shopping started, DJ tunes, a holiday cocktail menu and Thanksgiving sandwich specials. Friday, 7-11 p.m. 1127 S. St. Mary’s St.

The immersive Nutcracker

A family-friendly engrossing Nutcracker experience is now open at the same location that was offered Captivating Van Gogh earlier in the year. Watch a reimagined retelling of Tchaikovsky’s classic. Expect the songs you love, like “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” plus animated characters and outdoor scenes. Can’t make it this weekend? The experience is open until December 31st. Saturday and Sunday, times vary. 224 Burleson St.

Holiday Art Market

Browse home decor items, gourmet food, accessories, art and more during this market featuring dozens of makers and artisans at the Tobin Center’s Will Naylor Smith River Walk Plaza. Entry is free. Saturday, 10am-6pm 100 Auditorium Circle

A Christmas song

The musical version of this classic Charles Dickens story is on stage at the Public Theater of San Antonio beginning this weekend. Watch as the grumpy villain who values ​​wealth above all else learns his lesson during visits from three Christmas Eve ghosts. The production runs until December 18. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2pm 800 W. Ashby Place

Tango in the courtyard

Enjoy a romantic evening out at the Hotel Valencia during the final edition of this year’s Tango in the Courtyard series. Guests will receive a bottle of Malbec, an Argentinian cheese dessert and a red rose upon arrival, in addition to a performance in the hotel courtyard by professional tango dancers. Tickets for two available here. Saturday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 150 E. Houston St.

Museum Shop Sunday

The Briscoe Western Art Museum, Witte Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art and McNay Art Museum all participate in Museum Store Sunday, a nationwide event that encourages people to shop for unique gifts at their favorite local museums. Browse for jewelry, Texas-themed gifts, art and more. Sunday, various times and places

World Cup Watch Party

Cheer on the USA men’s soccer team as they take on the UK in the FIFA World Cup during this Chicken N’ Pickle watch party. Kids 14 and under get free quesadillas and fries from noon to 3 p.m. if they wear Team USA jerseys. Friday, noon- 3pm 5215 UTSA Blvd.


This parody Harry Potter experience by Dan and Jeff aims to pack all seven Potter books into 70 minutes. Regardless of whether you know which house you belong to, the Olivier Award-nominated show will have you laughing. It is recommended for those 6 and older. Wednesday, 2pm and 7.30pm; Friday, 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 2pm and 5pm; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. 226 N. St. Mary’s St.

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