Join The Meadows Center for a special Merry at Meadows Holiday Glass-bottom boat tour! Guests will enjoy the lights and sounds of the holidays on a 45-minute holiday-themed tour at Spring Lake. Complimentary cookies and hot beverages will be provided. Check-in begins at 4:45 pm at The Meadows Center’s Ticket Kiosk and the tour begins at 5:00 pm. Pre-Registration is required. Tickets are $14.00 per person. Children under three ride free. Merry Meadows tours will run rain, shine, or cold weather. Be sure to dress for the weather; you may wish to bring a blanket for the boat tour.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 and Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at 4:45 pm at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, 201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos.
Join us this Saturday for a super fun Bird Walk! Travelling by foot, this birding tour is perfect for the beginning birder. Your guide will go over basic bird identification techniques, proper binocular use, and apply them in the field. Experience several of our varied habitats on your walk to see a variety of bird species. This walk is family-friendly and suitable for all ages. Bring: water bottle, closed-toe shoes, bug spray, hat, sunscreen, binoculars and the favorite field guide if you have them. This event is free to attend.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, 10750 Pleasanton Road, San Antonio.
Merry and Bright and Wild at Night! Zoo Lights is a nighttime holiday tradition for the whole family! If you’ve never been to one of these events before, you definitely need to make this your first year. Stroll under an array of twinkling lights while you sip hot cocoa, roast s’mores and enjoy an all-new light show. Plus, visit Santa and tell him what’s on your Christmas wish list. Also, new this year is the ice skating rink and camel rides. The kids will positively adore this wild event! Tickets are $21.99 for adults, and $18.99 for kids.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 through Sunday, December 24th, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the San Antonio Zoo, 3903 North Saint Mary’s Street, San Antonio.
Phone: (210) 734-7184
Hemisfair’s Saturday Art in the Park series presents free art workshops for kids ages 4 through 12. Each workshop features a fun, themed art activity. Please allow extra time for parking, as the workshop begins promptly at 11:00 am. To find them once you arrive, just follow the “Art in the Park” signs! This event is free to attend.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Hemisfair, 434 S. Alamo St, San Antonio.
Phone: (210) 709-4750
Settle down at Barnes & Noble for an unforgettable holiday story about a boy who realizes on Christmas Eve that his new house does not have a chimney. With the post office closed and Santa coming by the end of the night, he has no way of telling Santa. But when the boy finds a mysterious key, he’ll soon discover just how this key will solve his problem. Activities to follow. This event is free to attend.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 at 11:00 am at Barnes and Noble-The Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway Bldg 27, San Antonio.
The spirit of the holidays comes alive in our own backyard! Enjoy thousands of twinkling lights choreographed to joyful holiday sounds as you stroll through our outdoor wonderland with a cup of rich hot cocoa. It’s the perfect companion to a wintry night! You don’t want to miss out on this chance to enjoy all the beauty of the holiday season. This event is free to attend.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 through Monday, December 25th, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm at JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, 23808 Resort Parkway, San Antonio.
Phone: 210 276-2500
Explore one of Texas’ most favorite Christmas displays! Bring your friends and family and enjoy one of the best holiday light exhibits in the state! You’ll take a drive through over a mile of winding country roads while taking in the beautiful lights, animated Christmas displays, and enjoying homemade hot cocoa, kettle corn, and snacks. Admission is $28.00 + Tax Per Vehicle, or you can opt for a Season Pass at $56.00 + Tax Per Vehicle.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 through Monday, December 25th, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Santa’s Ranch, 9561 I-35 North, New Braunfels.
You’ve never seen a brunch offering this big, trust us. If the thought of cooking up a huge Christmas breakfast after ripping open presents all morning startles you, then forget about it and let someone else do all of the hard work for you! Here’s just a snippet of what they’ll have (and we mean just a snippet!) : Season’s Best Sliced Melons, Fresh Berries, Hot Steel Cut Oatmeal & Greek Yogurt Parfait Bar, Brown Sugar, Raisins, Dried Cranberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, Almonds, Candied Pecans, Walnuts & House Made Granola, Chef Crafted Omelet Station with a choice Of Filings: Mushrooms, Onions, Spinach, Sweet Peppers, Tomatoes, Jalapenos, Marinated Tomatoes, Cheddar Cheese, Monterey Jack, Queso Fresco, Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs, House Made Salsa And Aged Cheddar Cheese, Pork Sausage & Chicken Apple Sausage, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Yukon Gold Potato Wedges, Waffle Bar Action Station, Powdered Sugar, Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter Chips, Chopped Texas Pecans, Whipped Cream, Pure Maple Syrup, Nutella Fondue, and Apple Chutney. This incredible breakfast feast can be yours for $40.00 per adult, and $14.00 for kids under 12.
Monday, December 25th, 2017 from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie Street, San Antonio.
Santa’s Railroad Wonderland is an extravaganza of Christmas activities including nighttime train rides. Just about every part of our forty acre site is decorated, from the historic depot, the trains, the garden railroad, our three other scale model railroad layouts and everything else in between. Bring your camera and make your own Christmas memories. Our event has been bringing joy to thousands of families for 18 years. Admission is $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for kids 4 through 12, and free for kids under 4 and annual pass holders.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Texas Transportation Museum, 11731 Wetmore Rd, San Antonio.
Phone: (210) 490-3554
We all know that kids just love crafts, and you love free activities to keep the little ones busy, right? Come to the library for creative, self-directed craft activities. All ages welcome; young children may need adult assistance. This is a great way to get out and enjoy a little one-on-one time with your kids without all those bothersome phones and TV’s. This event is free to attend.
Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 – All Day at San Antonio Public Library: Tobin Branch Library at Oakwell, 4134 Harry Wurzbach, San Antonio.
Remember those days when Mom and Dad would drive you around the neighborhood to see the Christmas lights? Now it’s your turn to cherish those memories with your kids! Kick off your holidays on the right foot with a visit to the magnificent Christmas Light Fest. Be dazzled by more than two million lights as you drive through gorgeous light tunnels and displays across two miles of scenic ranchland, or experience the magic ranch-style by catching a hayride through the lights. Hayrides are offered four times an evening and private hayrides are available by reservation, so gather your friends and family to join in on the Christmas fun. Prices are $27.00 per vehicle, $15.00 per single rider, or $60.00 for a season pass giving you the opportunity to experience the glow of Christmas Light Fest all season long.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 through Monday, December 25th, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Don Strange Ranch, 103 Waring Welfare Rd, Boerne.
Gruene’s own brand of Santa will be featured for pictures with the kids, the whole family or even the family pet! Photos with Cowboy Kringle will take place in the breezeway between The Grapevine and Gruene General Store in Historic Gruene. Bring the family, come early and plan to stay for a fun-filled day in Gruene! Enjoy the Christmas Market Days both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, experience the Annual Town Lighting as Cowboy Kringle rides into town at 6:00 pm. This event is free to attend.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 and Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Gruene Historic District, 1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels.
This is literally the Largest Display of Lights in Texas! SeaWorld San Antonio is decking out the halls for its annual Christmas Celebration! This wintery, watery wonderland features Christmas shows, holiday lights, festive foods, Santa Claus and more! The park is covered with 8 million lights, the largest Christmas light display in Texas, and guests can meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends. ‘Tis the season to create family memories, only found at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. You can even score discounted tickets for a limited time at $39.00 for a Single Day Ticket.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 and Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm at SeaWorld San Antonio, 10500 SeaWorld Drive, San Antonio.
Phone: (210) 520-4732
The famous holiday lights on the River Walk are turned on each year the day after Thanksgiving and remain on from dusk to dawn daily till just after the first of the New Year. We invite you to experience the spectacular display of 122,000 lights (2,500 strings of light) draped over the towering bald cypress trees that line the River Walk! The lights are a gift to the public from the San Antonio River Walk Association and the City of San Antonio. Holiday lights are on the downtown portion of the River Walk and our friends at the San Antonio River Authority have added lights North of Downtown in the Pearl District. This event is free to attend.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 through Monday, December 25th, 2017 Riverwalk, 110 Broadway, Suite 500, San Antonio.
Phone: 210-227-4262 ext. 102
Celebrate school break at Pump It Up in a gigantically big way! This event includes lots of Free Jumping, Organized Games, Crafts, Morning & Afternoon Snacks! Camp curriculum is for ages 5-12. You Must Provide: A signed waiver, socks & lunch – Parents will be emailed a registration packet when your child is signed up which includes your waiver, emergency contact info sheet and FAQ sheet. Admission is $35.00 per half day or $45.00 day and additional siblings are $30.00.
Friday, December 22nd, 2017 from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm or 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Pump It Up, 7723 Guilbeau Road, San Antonio.
Phone: (210) 523-8883