These are just a few of the holiday activities in the San Antonio area:
Over 100,000 twinkling lights, draped through and from Cypress trees, bridges and stairways, illuminate a mystical world below street level on the San Antonio River Walk. The lights are lit on November 23, 2012. The lights are lit each evening through January 2, 2013.
The lighting ceremony is the official kickoff to the Paseo Del Rio Holiday Festivities. Reserved seating is available along the parade route and tickets are sold through the Paseo Del Rio Association (210 227-4262). The parade along San Antonio’s River Walk features illuminated floats filled with costumed celebrants and celebrities. Feel free to call us about tips regarding ticket sales if you have questions and want some inside tips.
Tamales at the Pearl
December 1, 2012 Begins at noon.
This event is in it's third year and has become wildly popular. Anyone from Chefs to Mommas can compete in several areas for making the best tamales, tamales for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner AND for dessert. Yum. The event link above has a short video which heralds the great fun and diverse activities you can participate in during this event. The Pearl Brewery contact is at 210-212-7260. Maybe you want to compete. Their site at the above link has the details and a registration form.
Primer Sabado (First Saturday - of December) another monthly event at the Market Square from noon to 6pm and full of local entertainment, arts & crafts, children's activities, food and much more! Don't forget to visit the shops, restaurants and the Museo Alameda while you're here! The shops in Market Square are open seven days a week from 10 am - 6 pm during the holiday season.
River level by Chamber of Commerce
The sounds of Christmas fill the air as over 180 choral groups serenade the River Walk. You hear all types of music as these members of school, civic, business and church organizations sing their songs to Heaven from boats cruising the San Antonio River. Sure you may sing along!
La Gran PosadaPosada means “inn” in Spanish
December 20, 2012, beginning at 6 pm
Milam Park to San Fernando Cathedral
La Gran Posada is an reenactment of the search by Mary and Joseph for a birthplace for Jesus. Marchers holding candles follow Mary and Joseph as they search for shelter, singing traditional Christmas songs and carols. The procession begins in Milam Park and ends at the San Fernando Cathedral. After the procession and prayer, local musicians play in the cathedral.
Experience the Holiday serenity of the River Walk as you
stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 6,000 luminarias. Warmly glowing candles in sand filled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the "lighting of the way" for Holy Family. This centuries old tradition begins at dusk Friday, Saturday & Sunday only. This is an uplifting way to experience the Christmas season on the San Antonio River Walk without breaking the bank. FREE to the public