Celebrations & Traditions
From the tradition of tamale making (and eating) to fireworks in the middle of downtown, we like to celebrate the holiday season. Some don’t miss events include La Gran Tamalada at Market Square and Celebrate SA! New Year Eve’s Celebration in Hemisfair park.
This is the season to enjoy live performances and music all around. The San Antonio Symphony will be performing Holiday Pops. Or if you are a fan of The Nutcracker, take in a performance of the ballet by the Quenedit Dance Theatre. Also, don’t miss the Institute of Texan Cultures’ classic holiday performances including scenes from the Nutcracker and a traditional Mexican Pastorela play.
Kids will love Tiny Tim's Christmas Carol and A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Magik Theatre, performances by Children’s Chorus of San Antonio called Making Spirits Bright at The Tobin Center for Performing Arts and Elf The Musical at the Public Theater of San Antonio.
Unique Shopping Opportunities
Finding the perfect gift won’t be a problem. At the Holiday Craft Fair at Inspire! Community Art Center you can savor international foods while browsing a selection of local vendors. Find handmade treasures at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center's Hecho a Mano or the Holiday Artesian Show on the River Walk.
Plus, make sure to stop by local museum shops such as The DoSeum, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio Museum of Art and The Witte, just to name a few. Put La Villita Historic Arts Village and Historic Market Square on your shopping list too. Not only can you find a great gift, you can also get loads on Instagram worthy pics of the family.
Festive Film Viewings
Grab a blanket and some chairs and head to Travis Park to enjoy their Movies by Moonlight series Holiday edition. Taking place on Tuesday nights in December (except 12/24), you family films such as Elf. While you are at Travis Park, check out the ice skating rink and 50-foot Christmas tree.