San Antonio Holiday Celebrations

Author: Lauren Ross

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The Alamo city boasts some of the most prized gems in the state of Texas. With its vast history, year-round warm weather, and fine Tex-Mex cuisine this city is a force to be reckon with and a popular tourist destination. But did you know that San Antonio is the place to be for the Christmas holidays? It’s true! The Alamo city hosts some of the best holiday fun for the whole family – and you can do it in sandals!

As mentioned before, San Antonio, Texas is the place to be to ring in the Christmas season and the first stop on the list is, The River Walk. The River Walk is impressive enough with its unique shopping, exquisite dining, and chill bar scene lining the beautiful San Antonio River. However, imagine taking a stroll through the same river with a million holiday twinkle lights! Yes, for over 30 years, residents of San Antonio and visitors line up on the river in anticipation for the annual nighttime Ford Holiday River Parade. Spectators get to view beautiful arrangements of the most festive holiday lights, star-studded floats, and the best bands playing their renditions of gleeful holiday songs. It sure is a great way to celebrate the Christmas season with your family, don’t you think?

Of course the holidays mean great holiday food. While one might think that world famous Texan-style Q’ is the traditional dish of San Antonians, you will be surprised to find that tamales win the gold! There are many tamale festivals to attend in San Antonio such as Tamales at the Pearl, La Tamalada, and La Gran Tamalada where tamaleras (tamale experts) tell stories of the city’s culture and share their expertise on making quality and delicious “hot tamales!” 

Nothing beats a good ole fashion Christmas like some caroling, and Christmas at the Caverns is your place to feel jolly and bright! The Natural Bridge Caverns is featuring two underground shows, Caroling in the Caverns and Journey to Bethlehem, where visitors can experience costumed carolers singing their favorite holiday songs and learn about the meaning of Christmas with the nativity story. Guests can also visit the 30 foot Christmas tree, Christmas maze, hayride, zip-lines with views of the holiday scenes, and s’mores by an open bon fire. For more information on holiday activities, visit If this sounds like the place you want to live in, check out some local apartments in the holiday-loving town!