Updated: August 17, 2016

Weekend Fun




USAF Band of The West Presents Holiday in Blue DEC 9-10 FREE 3PM

Please join the United States Air Force Band of the West as they celebrate the season with their annual "Holiday in Blue" concert. This FREE, family-friendly performance will feature a variety of music showcasing the talents of our Airman-musicians. We hope to see you there! Edgewood Theatre of Performing Arts 402 Lance St.


Join us for holiday shopping at the OPEN Holiday Market. The market will take place on two weekends, December 8-10 and December 15-17 and the shops will be open Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. in 140 E. Houston St. Suites 40 & 41. OPEN is an initiative of the Center City Development and Operations Department (CCDO) in partnership with property owners and retailers to offer local entrepreneurs a no-cost short-term lease in vacant downtown properties. The program activates vacant properties by introducing new, creative, and temporary retail locations with visual aesthetic. OPEN creates an environment that engages customers and authenticates downtown as a vibrant urban space, ready for long-term investment. For more information, visit www.opensanantonio.com. Book Building 140 E. Houston St. Suites 40 & 41 (210) 207-3914

23rd Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza THRU DEC 8 

Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza now in its 23rd year as the most celebrated event of its kind in the world. The event features winners of the fiercely competitive National Mariachi Group and Vocal Competitions, ballet folklorico dancers and the Mexico City based Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. Lila Cockrell Theatre 610 East Market Street

Ford Fiesta De Las Luminarias THUR DEC 17 FREE

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 at night. 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 overhead, the luminarias along the banks of the river, and the Ford Holiday Boat Caroling floating by while you stroll or as you enjoy a frothy hot beverage or exquisite meal along the River Walk. You can purchase these beautiful luminarias at our online River Walk store: https://sa-river-walk.myshopify.com/

Ford Holiday Boat Caroling DEC 1 -22ND 6PM

The public is welcome to enjoy the caroling for free from the banks of the river or while seated outdoors on a patio. To book a private one-hour caroling boat for your friends, family or group simply click on the link below (Monday through Thursday $125, and $150 for Friday through Sunday). Boats are decorated with lights, holiday bling and includes a driver, an iPod loaded with popular Christmas Music and binders with music lyrics. Each boat can accommodate a maximum of 15 adults or 20 youth. Caroling boats book quickly- don't delay in booking yours! Other types of festive holiday music such as mariachis, bell-ringers, and bands, are also welcome to book boats


Open daily November 18, 2017 - December 31 from 12:00 - 9:00 p.m., Zoo Lights is a nighttime holiday tradition for the whole family! Stroll under an array of twinkling lights while you sip hot cocoa, roast s'mores, ride camels and enjoy our Lakeside Lightshow. Plus, visit Santa and tell him what's on your Christmas wish list. Plus, a new dining experience is coming to town! Book in advance to have a catered dinner with Mrs. Claus and her helpers, the elves! 

Elf, the Musical, Jr. DECEMBER 8 - DECEMBER 17

A musical based on the popular movie, Elf. The junior version is suitable for all ages. Come join Buddy as he discovers he is NOT an elf and begins his journey back to his family. Boerne Community Theatre 907 E. Blanco Boerne, TX 78006


An inventor sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children. They soon discover the car has magical properties including the ability to float and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher. Call 210-267-8388 http://www.woodlawntheatre.org/contact

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 THRU DEC 24

By Peter Rothstein Musical Arrangements by Erick Lichte & Timothy C. Takach - Presented in Collaboration with The Marcsmen - Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace. A remarkable true experience told in the words and songs of the men who lived it. The Playhouse San Antonio 800 West Ashby Place 2107337258

Travis Park Holiday Festivities NOVEMBER 24, 2017 - JANUARY 7, 2018 FREE

Celebrate the holidays at Travis Park! Enjoy free, family friendly events and a spectacular holiday light display every day beginning November 24, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Travis Park will glitter with over 250,000 holiday lights and H-E-B’s iconic 55-foot White Fir Christmas tree. Enjoy a ride on a new river barge and view the beautiful River Walk lights, come up to the street level and vote for your favorite holiday lighting display in the Mayor’s Light Up Downtown holiday lighting contest, and make your way to Travis Park for holiday-themed movies, photos with Santa, live music, cocktails, and more! For more information, visit www.travisparksa.com.

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops NOVEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 24

Santa’s Wonderland returns to Bass Pro Shops and San Antonio-area families are invited to enjoy this magical Christmas village offering free photos with Santa and free family holiday activities including fun crafts and games. Features include rustic Christmas cabins, holiday characters and live elves set amongst a dazzling backdrop of snow-covered hills and illuminated Christmas trees. The Santa’s Wonderland Christmas village offers remote control trucks, laser/ foam toy arcade, Lincoln Logs building area and much more. Kids can also spend time at one of the activity tables where they can write a letter to Santa, color and do fun crafts, all for free. Families can enjoy the wonder of Christmas inside Bass Pro Shops with Santa’s Wonderland through December 24 including free photos with Santa. Guests can schedule their Santa time using the free Bass Pass system. Visit the Bass Pass Ticket Depot located at the entrance of Santa’s Wonderland to pick up a time-stamped pass. Santa’s arrival coincides with Veteran’s Day and the start of a holiday round up program where customers can help support service members, military families and veterans through a donation program. Bass Pro Shops will donate 100 percent of customer contributions to USO Care Packages, which are shipped directly to active service members overseas, and AMVETS. WHERE: Bass Pro Shops 17907 I-10 San Antonio, TX 78257 WHEN: Beginning Saturday, November 11, 2017 and continuing through Sunday, December 24, 2017 COST: FREE MORE INFO: For hours and details visit BassPro.com/Santa. Bass Pro Shops 17907 I-10

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever thru December 30, 2017

Laughs abound in this bestselling Christmas classic based on the book by Barbara Robinson! The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids. The Magik Theatre 420 South Alamo (210) 227-2751

First Friday Fun every First Friday thru Dec 31 5pm 

Special guest vendors & artists, food trucks, fire spinners, acrobats, comedians, musicians, you never who'll be here so come explore & share our Southtown's Fabulous First Friday bashes. The Urban Farm Stand 1423 So. Presa 210.702.0898 Urbanfarnstand@gmail.com

Farmers Market at the Cibolo 9:00 am - 1:00 pm FRI-SUN FREE

The mission of The Farmers Market at the Cibolo is to provide area residents the opportunity to buy Hill Country grown and produced products and support local farmers and specialty vendors. If it’s homemade, handmade or fresh and tasty, you can get it at the Farmers Market at the Cibolo. Herff Farm 33 Herff Road Boerne, TX 78006 (830) 249-4616

World Dance of the People (EVERY SUNDAY) 1PM FREE thru - DECEMBER 17

Enjoy fascinating rhythms and interesting dance steps from around the World! We learn international folk dances from dozens of countries--from France to Bolivia, from New Zealand to Sweden, from Serbia to South Africa! Usually, fresh fruit is provided for refreshments. Savor the different musical heritages of the world and enjoy some exercise as well! International Folk Culture Center 411 SW 24th St. (210)867-0692

Contra & Community Barn Dance--All are Welcome! NOW - DECEMBER 8, 2018

Traditional Anglo-American dance, with LIVE MUSIC, brought over by immigrants from England, Ireland, Scotland and France and made uniquely American in New England during the 1800's and 1900's. NO PARTNER NEEDED nor any lessons; every dance is taught. This style of dance involves walking briskly in time to the music and can be learned in about 15 minutes. Wheelchair users can also do many of the dances. Live music provided by local bands includes Celtic, Appalachian, Western tunes with some occasional Cajun and Blues. Come try it! Money-back guarantee. No smokin' no drinkin'--just FUN! $6.00

That Day: Pictures of the American West thru Dec 10th

The Briscoe's Fall photographic exhibition features seventy-two dramatic images by legendary photographer Laura Wilson as she explores a West defined by diverse communities outside the suburban middle-class. This exhibition introduces us to worlds that are framed equally by beauty and violence, reflecting the artist’s challenge to today’s homogenized America. Wilson’s subjects range from legendary West Texas cattle ranches to impoverished Plains Indian reservations to lavish border-town cotillions. The exhibition is free with Museum admission. Briscoe Western Art Museum 210 W. Market Street 2102994499

2theXtreme: MathAlive! Thru January 7th 

See mathematics come to life through six interactive galleries. Experience how math is applied in life, whether in design, application or use, behind the things we love most – video games, sports, design, music, entertainment, space and robotics. Design and play your own video game, edit your own animated movie, compete against others in a mountain bike race and program and control Curiosity, NASA’s next Mars rover – all using mathematics! Witte Museum 3801 Broadway 210-357-1900

Eastside Spanish-English Exchange FREE

Eastside Spanish-English Exchange allows people who are fluent in either Spanish or English to improve conversational ability in the other language. Our primary focus is conversing in Spanish over lunch. Members often bring flyers, advertisements or other printed items that have been translated into both languages, for discussion. We welcome both Spanish speakers who want to share their language and culture, and those learning the language at any level. Most participants order food when they arrive and then bring their lunch to the meeting. We generally meet in the northwest corner of the restaurant or near the glass wall of the indoor playground so that we can rearrange tables and see each other without disrupting restaurant traffic patterns. Participants arrive when they can and leave when they need to, as several utilize their lunch hours to attend. Chick-fil-A at Mccreless Marketplace 4110 New Braunfels Avenue, South


Society for Animal Rescue and Adoption's Holiday Party Fundraiser 7PM

Come celebrate animals this holiday with Society for Animal Rescue and Adoption also known as SARA with special guest artist Franco Mondini-Ruiz! Enjoy food, music, dancing, raffle items, Photo Booth and more! With every ticket purchase SARA is able to continue the mission of rescuing, saving, and protecting animals in our community. Contact info: Rose Coria rose@sarasanctuary.org Franco Mondini-Ruiz will be doing live art at the event. Franco will paint a portrait of you and your pet by showing him a picture on your phone! His one of a kind portraits will be included in the purchase of a VIP ticket. Auction Item Donated By the San Antonio Spurs: Mini Spurs replica court signed by Danny Green! Bonham Exchange 411 Bonham Road

Remembrance Service at Unity Church of San Antonio 7PM FREE

At Unity Church of San Antonio, we offer an annual Remembrance Service to honor any of life’s transitions, changes, and losses. At the service, we are invited to recognize the spirit of the people who have touched our lives. It is a poignant service to open our hearts and clear some space to prepare for the holiday season. By participating, many people are able to move through feelings of sadness and into the holidays with a joyful heart. Unity Church of San Antonio 1723 W. Lawndale 210-824-7351

UIW Cardinal Jazz Band Concert 730PM FREE

The UIW Cardinal Jazz Band, directed by Jim Waller, will perform it's only on-campus concert of the semester featuring classic and modern big band jazz. "The University of the Incarnate Word provides reasonable accommodation with adequate notice. To request disability accommodation for this event, visit www.uiw.edu/ada." 4301 Broadway


Planetarium Shows at the Scobee Education Center (EVERY FRIDAY) 630PM

Scobee Planetarium is open every Friday evening (except special events and holidays). Ticket sales begin at 6:00 pm. If weather permits, the observatory is opened after the last public show to observe celestial objects through the refracting telescope. Visit https://www.facebook.com/scobeeplanetarium for schedule and information. Scobee Education Center and Planetarium 1300 San Pedro

Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas Show 730PM @ The Brauntex Peforming Arts Theatre 290 W. San Antonio St. New Braunfels, TX


Pearl Farmer's Market 9AM

Legacy Farmers Market 10AM FREE

Local farmers, food artisans, crafters and more. Find the best local produce and hidden gems in the area. Come by and see us! Every weekend from 10am-3pm. Northeast corner of 1604/281N

The Good Market: Holiday Shopping 10AM FREE

Shop with purpose this holiday season. The Good Market is a collection of socially conscious vendors creating thoughtful products that bring good into the lives of others. Come and find unique gifts with a story worth spreading to the ones you love. The Good Market features + local artisans + ethical fashion + fair trade goods + purpose-built businesses Brought to you by the Ethical Network of San Antonio in partnership with The Impact Guild.

Southwest School of Art Open House 11AM FREE

BFA Open House Saturday, December 9, 2017 | 11am - 1pm 300 Augusta Street, San Antonio, TX 78205 FREE EVENT Informal and welcoming, our open houses are a great opportunity to hear more about our program and to ask questions. You'll learn about admissions criteria and scholarship information, take a tour of the campus, and have a chance to speak with members of our staff, faculty and student body. To RSVP contact Vanessa Quiroga at (210) 200.8208 or admissions@swschool.org. Southwest School of Art 300 Augusta Street The Impact Guild 708 West Summit Avenue (361) 944-0164

Feliz Tamalidad 12PM FREE

Feliz Tamalidad! celebrates a San Antonio tradition by bringing together live music, tamales and family fun! When: Saturday, December 9, 2017 from Noon-6:00 p.m. Where: Hangar 9, 8081 Inner Circle Drive Thank , San Antonio, Texas 78235 Music by: Grammy Winners Los Texmaniacs, Bombasta and James Keith and the MoonDogs *All proceeds from the holiday event benefit Southside First and Brooks Community Foundation, Inc. Hangar 9 8081 Inner Circle Drive (210) 678-3367


Support the Thunder-Rockets Alumni Special Olympics by dinning at Chipotle 14540 Forum parkway from 4-8pm, 50% of all proceeds will benefit Special Olympics

Movie in the Park Featuring How The Grinch Stole Christmas FREE 5PM Who: City of Schertz Parks and Recreation, What: Movie in the Park
Where: Pickrell Park, 703 Oak St, Schertz, TX 78154,
When: Saturday, December 9; 5:00 PM
The Schertz Parks and Recreation department is hosting its last Movie in the Park of the year this Saturday, December 9. Families and friends are invited out to Pickrell Park to enjoy the holiday favorite, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 version). The movie will begin at sundown. The Grinch himself will be making an appearance, and there will be Grinch-themed arts and crafts activities included. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in their best Cindi-Lou or Whoville hair-do. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase.

Owl Prowl 6PM FREE

Learn about the owls in our area and enjoy a 1/2-mile walk to listen to owls calling at night. Presenter is from Texas Parks and Wildlife. Registration is required and limited to 30 participants. Listening for the owls requires sitting quietly for 30-45 minutes. Children must be at least 7 years old and must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are asked to bring their own flashlights and portable chairs, and to dress for the weather. This event is presented by San Antonio Parks and Recreation and the Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy. Phil Hardberger Park Salado Greenway Trailhead 1021 Voelcker Lane


Advent II - Las Posadas 9AM FREE

St. Mark’s invites you to Advent II, Las Posadas on December 10 - We’ll gather in the Church at 9.00am to participate in this 400-year-old Mexican tradition. As we sing songs and parade through the church and the parish house, we’ll re-enact Mary and Joseph’s search for “posada” (lodging or accommodation) - a place to rest and to birth the coming baby Jesus. We “peregrinos”(pilgrims) will find our journey’s end in Gosnell hall in joyful celebration. St. Mark's Episcopal church 315 E. Pecan St. 210-226-2426

Legacy Farmers Market 10AM FREE

Local farmers, food artisans, crafters and more. Find the best local produce and hidden gems in the area. Come by and see us! Every weekend from 10am-3pm. Northeast corner of 1604/281N

La Gran Tamalada 11AM FREE

Join us at La Gran Tamalada, presented by La Familia Cortez, for a cultural culinary tradition! This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Bring the whole family to learn about the festive tradition of tamales. Historic Market Square 514 W Commerce St (210) 569-6908

Sunday Masa - A Holiday Tamales Extravaganza 11AM FREE

Let's bring in the holiday season by celebrating all of the tamales our city has to offer! Join us as EgCollaborations hosts the 1st Annual Sunday Masa - a Holiday Tamales Extravaganza! This event is family & pup friendly & open to the public! 20% of profits will go towards the Elf Louise Christmas Project to bring presents to more kids this year! Featuring: -Eat from several local San Antonio tamales vendors : all individual tamales for $1-$3, plus purchase your holiday tamales in bulk from your favorite vendors! -"Made in SA Holiday Market" Sponsored by San Antonio Magazine is the perfect spot to shop for holiday gifts from local vendors! -"Pan Dulce Pavilion" : Enjoy fresh pan dulce under our Pan Dulce Paviliion from local bakeries & sweets purveyors! -Local Alamo Beer -Live Music -Cookie decoration corn Alamo Beer 202 Lamar St.

HELOTES Santa & Chocolate Day 1PM FREE

Enjoy a visit with Santa, gift shopping, and a chocolate fountain buffet at La Escondida Celebration Center! Come and shop for last minute gifts and stocking stuffers from one of many vendors selling handmade and other gifts. Children will enjoy craft making with Santa’s elves and having their picture made with Santa! A FREE event on Sunday, December 10 between 1 and 4 pm! Located at 9888 Escondida Rd, Helotes, TX 78023 – off of Scenic Loop Road-between Bandera and Babcock Rd

UIW Choral Concert 3PM FREE

“El Milagro de Guadalupe": The events of December, 1531are considered miraculous by many. The Virgin appeared to Juan Diego at the same sacred location where the Aztecs had worshipped their goddess Tonantzin, a name which means “Our Mother.” This event signalled the fusion of a new people and a new spirituality—Spanish Catholic and Native Mexican. For the San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble (SAVAE), discovering El Milagro de Guadalupe has been a journey of discovery and enchantment. In this concert SAVAE fuses the lyrical beauty of Classical Nahuatl and the haunting sounds of Mesoamerican wind instruments with Spanish sacred music. Chapel of the Incarnate Word 4503 Broadway (210) 828-2224

Christmas at Trinity Baptist Church: Agnus Dei 6PM FREE

The Trinity Baptist Church Chorale and Orchestra will present, "Agnus Dei" - A concert of worship for Christmas, featuring songs from Michael W. Smith. Trinity Baptist Church319 E Mulberry Ave 210-733-6201









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