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December Events

12/1-12/17: Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias
Dusk (FREE EVENT)
The San Antonio River Walk
110 Broadway St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
December 1-3, 2017, starts at dusk on December 1
December 8-10, 2017, starts at dusk on December 8
December 15-17, 2017, starts at dusk on December 15
Location: Along 3 miles of the downtown River Walk
Experience the holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 2,000 Luminarias each night. This century’s old tradition begins at dusk Friday through Sunday only, December 1-17, 2017.
Luminarias are a traditional Mexican Christmas lantern originally consisting of a candle set in sand inside a small paper bag. Our River Walk Luminarias are a little different in that the flame doesn't go out. Enjoy the Holiday lights, Luminarias, and the Ford Holiday Boat Caroling while strolling or as you enjoy a frothy hot beverage or exquisite meal along the River Walk. This event is free to enjoy.

12/1: Lighting of the Lights
6pm-9pm (FREE EVENT)
City of Helotes
12951 Bandera Rd, Helotes, Texas 78023
The City of Helotes will host its annual Lighting of the Lights event on Friday, December 1 at City Hall. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. This free event is perfect for the whole family!
Enjoy a concert performed by the Helotes Area Community Band while local elementary school choirs share holiday-inspired performances. You also don’t want to miss our special guests, Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be available for photos!
Complimentary shuttle service will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. from the Walmart parking lot on Leslie Road for a short ride to City Hall (12951 Bandera Road).
See the complete schedule of events at visithelotes.com.
 
12/1: Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza: Mariachi and Vocal Competition
12/1 starts at 8pm, ends 12/2 at 2pm
Lila Cockrell Theatre
900 E Market St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Come out to the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza, hosted by Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. Performing will be many mariachis, including Texas State University's own, Mariachi Nueva Generacion, and some fellow Texas State students performing in the Vocal Competition!
December 1st: Ensemble Competition
December 2nd: Vocal Competition
 
12/2 and 12/3: Winter Wonderland Photos with Santa
Starts at 10am -4pm
Wonderland of the Americas Mall
This Wonderland tradition allows families, individuals, couples, and even fur babies to come to wonderland and take a picture with Santa for a low cost of $5! This is give you the opportunity to take a picture with Santa, shop & eat without having you go broke!
 
12/2: Happy HOWLidays - Dog Days
Park Hours
San Antonio Botanical Garden
555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, Texas 78209
It’s a dog friendly weekend!
Bring your four-legged friend and explore! Water bowls are available throughout the Garden.
Cost: General admission + $5 donation per dog (on a leash, please) will go toward local animal friendly charities.
Members enjoy free admission + $5 donation per leashed dog.
 
12/5: Holiday Movies in The Park: Santa Clause
5pm-9pm (FREE EVENT)
Travis Park
301 E Travis St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Enjoy a different movie in Travis Park each Tuesday evening this December! Pack your blankets or chairs and grab the family, this event is free and open to the public. Enjoy free photos with Santa, food trucks, and surprise giveaways!
12/8: Eat and Play! Holiday Edition
11am-2pm
Travis Park
301 E Travis St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Join in at this special Friday Holiday Edition of Eat & Play! Enjoy the eats of the Downtown Food Trucks and the sounds of Noah Peterson! Look for the special $8 menu items from the Food Trucks and come take a FREE photo with Santa!
 
12/8: The Polar Express - HEB Cinema on the Plaza
6pm-10pm (FREE EVENT)
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, Texas 78205
There are 2 showings, 6pm and 8pm. Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Full bar and concessions available for purchase. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the movie on our 32 foot LED screen. No outside food or drinks allowed. No pets allowed on the plaza please.
 
12/9: Winter Wonderland Photos with Santa
Starts at 10am -4pm
Wonderland of the Americas Mall
This Wonderland tradition allows families, individuals, couples, and even fur babies to come to wonderland and take a picture with Santa for a low cost of $5! This is give you the opportunity to take a picture with Santa, shop & eat without having you go broke!
 
12/9 and 12/10: Santa Jack and Mrs. Sally Claus Christmas Pictures
10am
Wonderland of the Americas Mall
Fun one of a kind family Christmas Pictures .
Why do the normal every day sweater wearing boring family photos?
Indulge your inner Nerd and c'mon out! Fundraiser for Nerds for a Cause, $10 Donation gets a fun 4 x 6 photo. More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/230247880842112/
 
12/10: La Gran Tamalada
11am-4pm (FREE EVENT)
Historic Market Square
514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, Texas 78207
Join us at La Gran Tamalada for a cultural culinary tradition! This year La Familia Cortez has partnered with the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center to move the event from its original home at the Guadalupe Theater to Historic Market Square for an expanded cultural experience. Learn how to make tamales and take a few of your own home with hands-on workshops or purchase your dozens of tamales for the holiday season at one of many tamal vendors. For the kids there will be children's activities in Centro de Artes such as storybook reading, corn husk doll decorating and photo opps with Pancho Claus provided by the San Antonio Public Library. With live music and so much more, there's something for the whole family to learn about the festive tradition of tamales! This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Keep checking back for more information and a full schedule of events: https://www.facebook.com/events/1499046633509712/
 
12/11: Holiday Concert Series
7pm-8:30pm (FREE EVENT)
6800 Tezel Rd, San Antonio, TX 78250-4117
You're invited to the HACB Concert Series "Lighting up the Holidays with Christmas Cheer" taking place on Monday, December 11 at Northminster Presbyterian Church at 6800 Tezel Road in San Antonio. This is a free family event!
12/12: Holiday Movies in The Park: Elf
5pm-9pm (FREE EVENT)
Travis Park
301 E Travis St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Enjoy a different movie in Travis Park each Tuesday evening this December! Pack your blankets or chairs and grab the family, this event is free and open to the public. Enjoy free photos with Santa, food trucks, and surprise giveaways!
 
12/14: 3rd Annual Holiday Block Party at Quarry Village
6pm-9pm (FREE EVENT)
Quarry Village
260 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78209
Save the date for the 3rd annual Holiday Block Party at Quarry Village! On December 14, experience a play pit with REAL snow, a Christmas tree lighting, carolers and FREE printed photos with Santa by Dru photography (just bring a toy/giftcard donation to benefit Boysville)*.
Plus, complimentary refreshments, a DJ, specials from Quarry Village retailers and a free swag pack for the first 150 guests.
*Santa photos will begin at 6:30 PM at the patio adjacent to Grimaldi's. Limit one photo family (4 frames in each print)*
 
12/16 and 12/17: Corpse Bride Christmas Photos
10am
Wonderland of the Americas Mall
This amazing opportunity has been brought by Nerds for a Cause , Come get your Christmas pictures with Victor , Emily and Scraps ! ! At the Nightmare before Christmas Tree with all the Christmas fun for all ages ! This fun sled is filled with presents in front of a lovely 15ft tree donated for this special occassion . $10 Donation gets you a fun 4 x 6.
 
12/16: Holiday Movies in The Park: Frozen
5pm-9pm (FREE EVENT)
Travis Park
301 E Travis St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Enjoy a different movie in Travis Park each Tuesday evening this December! Pack your blankets or chairs and grab the family, this event is free and open to the public. Enjoy free photos with Santa, food trucks, and surprise giveaways!
 
12/17: Christmasville, Texas (Leon Springs)
5pm-7:30pm (FREE EVENT)
Leon Springs Dance Hall
24135 W I-10, San Antonio, Texas 78257
Christmasville, Texas is a family-oriented event that is FULL of seasonal fun and festivity. It is an environment where all are welcome and community relationships are fostered. This is our hometown Christmas celebration. All activities are FREE of charge. Featured attractions include: Santa, Snow Slide, Carousel, Train rides, Food and more!
 
12/19: Holiday Movies in The Park: Home Alone
5pm-9pm (FREE EVENT)
Travis Park
301 E Travis St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Enjoy a different movie in Travis Park each Tuesday evening this December! Pack your blankets or chairs and grab the family, this event is free and open to the public. Enjoy free photos with Santa, food trucks, and surprise giveaways!
 
12/19: Posada Pearl
6:30pm-9pm (FREE EVENT)
The Historic Pearl
San Antonio, Texas 78215
Join us for a traditional Christmas posada, sing along with Fr. David Garcia, the parish members of Mission Concepción and Mariachi Mexica, as we become pilgrims asking for lodging at stops around Pearl with Mary and Joseph.
Enjoy crafts, buñuelos, tamales, Mexican hot chocolate and piñatas.
Bring the kids dressed as angels or shepherds.
Tuesday, December 19, 6:30 PM
6:30 PM – Children’s Crafts
7:15 PM – Posada begins at Pearl Park
8:00 PM – Posada Celebration


Recurring Free Events
 
Astronomy in the Park
Wednesdays, 8-10:30pm
McAllister Park
13102 Jones Maltsberger Rd 
Join the city’s longest running stargazing party every Wednesday weather permitting. The San Antonio Astronomical Association sets up telescopes in the Lower Bee Tree Soccer Field parking lot.
 
Farmers’ Market at the Pearl
Saturdays 9am-1pm and Sundays 10am-2pm
With a strong commitment to food excellence, Pearl is host to a producers only farmers market. All Pearl Farmers Market vendors are located within 150 mile radius of San Antonio, Texas, providing fresh, local, and seasonal products that they themselves planted, raised, and harvested. Come meet your local food producers! There’s often live music and plenty of cute dogs to say “Hi” to! ATM onsite.
 
Kids Eat Free Everyday
Acadiana Cafe
1289 S.W. Loop 410
Kids eat free with every adult entree purchase. www.acadianacafe.com
 
Garlic Jim's
All Locations
Free 9" Kid's Pizza with the purchase of any large pizza.
Kids Eat Free Mondays
 
Joes Crab Shack
Kids eat free all day! One free kid's meal with the purchase of an adult entree. All Locations. www.joescrabshack.com
Kids Eat Free Tuesdays
 
Marie Callender's
4788 NW Interstate 410 Loop
Kids wat free with every adult entree purchase.
 
Pollo Loco Tropical
Locations throughout the city
Guests who purchase any Pollo Tropical adult meal will receive one free Kids Meal. The offer is valid all day, every Tuesday, for children 12 and under. The child must be present at the time (limit one free kids meal per adult entree purchased).
 
Luby's
Kids Eat Free Wednesdays 
All Locations except 5307 Walzem
Kids eat free after 4pm with every adult entree purchase.
 
Romes Pizza
Kids eat free 4pm-8pm with every adult entree purchase.
Kids Eat Free Saturdays
Firehouse Subs
Kids Eat Free Sundays
The Colonnade III Location Only (9961 IH-10 W)
Free Kid's Combo with the purchase of one adult meal,. Includes kid-sized sub, dessert, kid's drink, and fire hat.
 
Krispy Kreme Family Night
Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm
Locations: 1117 N. Loop 1604 East and 12328 IH 10 West
There’s donut decorating, crafts and games for the whole family!
Symphony at SAPL, FREE
Saturdays, 2pm
 
San Antonio Public Libraries
Visit the local library for a lively afternoon with San Antonio Symphony musicians as they share their talents and their love of music with children of all ages. Come and find out how special classical music can be!
 
 
Free Museum Admissions
 
McNay Art Museum
6000 N New Braunfels
San Antonio, TX 78209
Thursday nights from 4pm-9pm and the first Sunday of every month from 12pm-5pm
 
Witte Museum
3801 Broadway St.
San Antonio, TX 78209
Tuesdays from 3pm-8pm
 
The DoSeum
2800 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
Every first and third Tuesday of the month from 5:30pm-7:30pm
 
Briscoe Western Art Museum
210 W. Market St.
Every Tuesday night from 4pm-9pm
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