Tis The Season

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Downtown San Antonio is truly magical during the holidays, from festive trees to dazzling lights, tenured traditions to world class entertainment, and local shopping to ice skating, there are truly experiences for all! 

ROTARY ICE RINK

The Rotary Club of San Antonio presents the 2021 Holiday Outdoor Ice Rink located in Travis Park adjacent to the annual Christmas tree. The Rink will continue daily through January 2022. Destined to become a winter tradition in the Alamo City, more than 50,000 skaters are anticipated to enjoy the rink and the beautiful winter surroundings.

HOLIDAY LIGHTING & TREES

  • Travis Park – 250k lights adorn the trees surrounding the Rotary Ice Rink and 50 ft H-E-B Holiday tree. The community can also enjoy free programming including movies, jazz, food trucks and santa throughout the season.
  • Legacy Park  -Enjoy the 1.2 acre urban green space with lights illuminating the beautiful ring of Oak trees as well as the promenade extending thru Frost Tower
  • Alamo Plaza – Each year during the holidays, the Alamo is decorated with festive lights and holuday tree in the plaza. Visitors can enjoy extended hours with the grounds open until 7 pm.
  • Holiday Lights on the Riverwalk – Experience the spectacular display of over 100,000 lights (2,250 strings of light) draped over the towering bald cypress trees that line the River Walk thru January 10th!
  • San Pedro Creek – Head to the world-class linear park and admire the lights as well as the public art and native landscaping.
  • Menger Hotel Tree – The historic hotel has their spectacular tree up near the Colonial room restaurant! Stop by at Lunch or Dinner to enjoy.
  • Main Plaza – San Antonio’s outdoor cultural space in the Heart of the City will feature lights and tree honoring police officers with blue decor. Stay and enjoy The Saga, a video art projection depicting the history of San Antonio, Texas and the United States.
  • Bexar County Courthouse – Enjoy the lights at the largest and oldest continuously operated historic courthouse in Texas just across from Main Plaza and San Fernando Cathedral.

LOCAL TRADITIONS

CAMILLA LA MAGICA BOOK READING POP-UP

Join us for a pop up book reading and signing of “Camila la Magica Makes Tamales,” at Travis Park. Sponsored by Centro.

H-E-B TREE LIGHTING

This FREE community celebration is open to the public and feature activities such as holiday crafts, free giveaways, letters to Santa, and live musical entertainment and a special visit from Santa. 

LA GRAN TAMALADA

For the last 10 years, La Gran Tamalada Festival has celebrated and honored the tradition of making tamales. 

FORD HOLIDAY BOAT CAROLING

Sing in the holidays by Caroling with friends and family from a boat on the River Walk or enjoy the caroling for free from the banks of the river or while seated on a restaurant patio. Celebrate the timeless tradition of spreading joy with a San Antonio twist. 

SILVER BELLS IN THE CITY

The official lighting of the Main Plaza Christmas Tree will feature carolers, hot chocolate, live music, goodie bags, local vendors and even a visit from Santa. This year’s tree is dedicated to “The SPIRIT of the Thin Blue Line” which honors the police officers and all they do for the San Antonio community.  

SAN ANTONIO COFFEE FESTIVAL

The San Antonio Coffee festival is open to all coffee-lovers and offers the perfect grounds to share time and local talent. Featuring local coffee artisans roasting and brewing 80+ coffees from around the globe in addition to music and food offerings.  

DOWNTOWN GIFT GUIDE

  • Awesome Tickets – specializing in local concert, sport and theater tickets, they can definitely provide the connection to all your entertainment needs.  
  • Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop – Jerseys, shirts, hats and memorabilia for all Dallas Cowboy fans! 
  • Divide & ConquerCustom aprons, guayaberas, denim and leather jackets, these custom designs are handmade with copious amounts of passion and wine.
  • Paris Hatters – Custom hats + boots including Stetsons, Resistol, Dobbs, Borsalino, Lucchese, Dan Post, Laredo and more! Hat shaping and renovation services available too! 
  • Penner’sOffering fine menswear since 1916, this family owned store offerings shirts, pants, shoes and hats with seven in house tailors waiting meet each customer’s needs.  
  • Puro Handsome BarbershopFull service classic modern barbershop with two convenient locations along Historic Houston Street. 
  • B.LINKUnique accessories and handcrafted jewelry from copper, brass, sterling silver, in addition to infusing bold semi-precious stones.   
  • Huipil MarketPartnering with artisans from around the world based on Fair Trade principles to bring unique, sustainable, one of a kind goods straight from their hands to your doorstep. 
  • PROSE RiverwalkFume + Toxin free hand and feet care. 
  • Alamo Antique MallYou’ll find antiques of various categories available here, some of which date back so far they’d make your great grandparents feel nostalgic. Jewelry and collectibles make up most of the collection, but you’ll also find an assortment of old magazines, posters, and even records. 
  • Dewy OrganicsLocally sourced plant-based products to power your daily skin care routine.  
  • CadeauxA Lifestyle and Gift shop thoughtfully curated collection of books, candles, greeting cards, jewelry & more. 
  • Alamo Music CenterWhether shopping for an antique piano, modern synthesizer, electroc guitar or home audio system, Alamo Music Center has the employees and offerings to aide you in your decision. They also buy, sell, repair, and provide music lessons for your all in one destination. 
  • Bird & PearOfferings beautiful handmade things alongside an eclectic selection textiles, art and accessories including a delightful selection of gifts, books and games for all ages of children and young adults. 
  • HerwecksOffering all the creative tools for the creative people in your life, including paint, vinyl, heat presses, glitter, screen printing and classes to bring out the inner artists in all of us! 
  • Kilwins Wrapped and ready to go fresh confections make the perfect stocking stuffers and treats for the chocolate lovers in your life.   
  • Legoland Discovery CenterPerfect gift ticket or lego product retailer for the mini-builders in your life! 

EAT, DRINK, & BE MERRY

  • Back Unturned – Offering amazing craft beer on tap and t0-go, brewed on site at the brewpub. They also have a full menu of the best pizza, shareable appetizers, salad and desserts! 
  • Café Azteca – A community oriented coffee shop offering drinks and recipes that have been in the family for decades, including Champurrado.   
  • Commonwealth Coffee An uncommon San Antonio coffeehouse dedicated to brewing the best coffee while serving the most delicious French-inspired pastries. 
  • Devils River WhiskeyCrafted with the pure, limestone filtered water of a legendary Texas force of nature. 
  • JetSetter A mid-century, modern, international lounge offering impeccable cocktails from friendly flight attendants 
  • Kapejmeans coffee in Mayan language and owner/artist Laura welcomes customers with international treats and coffee offerings while also playing host to an art gallery in the café.  
  • Maverick WhiskeyNamed as a nod to the Maverick family’s Texas roots, owner and native son, Kenneth Maverick opened the doors to Maverick Whiskey just steps away from the Alamo on the original homestead. You can find spirits distilled on site, a brewery and tasting room complete with amazing regional culinary pairings.  
  • Rerooted 210 Urban Winerybrings the Texas wine country to tge urban oasis of HemisfairRe educated your palate with wines for the uncommon connoisseur.  
  • RevolucionWhole foods plant-based coffee and juice shop offers coffee, cold pressed juice, homemade nut milks, acai/pitaya bowls and other healthy food and beverage options.  
  • Royal Blue GroceryCalled a bodega by some, a corner store by others, Royal Blue is a modern urban grocery store that has just what you need, where you need it, and when you need it. 
  • La Boulangerie – the best little boulangerie in Texas offers authentic French pastries, bread and quiches in addition to macarons and buche de noels during the holidays.  
  • La Panaderia – Bread cultura authorities offering long-cultured bread, desserts, cakes and croncha -signature hybrid mashup of the croissant and concha with a signature vanilla topping.  
  • Schakolad – This local candy store and chocolate shop offers custom made chocolates made on premise!
  • Mi Tierra BakeryA San Antonio institution since its opening in 1941, the bakery offers seasonal gems such as orejas, pan de huevo, churros, yoyo de fresa or pecan pralines to be the hit of the season.  
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  • SchilosKnown for its root beer, split pea soup, reuben sandwiches and hot mustard, Schilos has been a landmark German tradition since 1917!

  • Pinch Boil HouseServing the community Southeast Asian inspired street food, seafood and beer!

  • Rebelle – Downtown SA’s premier seafood destination located inside the historic St. Anthony Hotel. Free valet parking is always provided with dinner!

  • PlaylandOne of a kind pizza joint from the mind of Chef Stefan Bowers. Adult food in a crazy cool spaces, come play!

  • NONNA OsteriaChef Luca Della Casa’s authentic Northern Italian Osteria.

  • Dough PizzeriaNeopolitan-style Pizzeria, with a wood-burning oven that cooks your pizza at 900 degrees in 90 secs! House made mozzarella and an all Italian wine list.

  • The Esquire Tavernmore than just a bar that serves luscious libations and tasty elevated American fare, it’s a scintillating slice of San Antonio’s history. This Downtown tavern ahas been serving drinks to locals, drifters, celebrities, and all walks of life for over 80 years.

  • The PalmKnown as the go-to place for great steaks, craft cocktails and fresh jump lump Nova Scotia Lobster since 1926, The Palm is both sophisticated and welcoming to generations of guests, all of who are treated like family from the moment they walk in the door.

  • Bohanans – Prime Steaks & Seafood Like the great old bars of the past, Bohanans dispenses classic cocktails, exotic beverages, good cheer in a civilized setting. Drink and hor’doeuvres downstairs, then head upstairs for the best steak you’ve ever had

  • LandraceHonoring the pastoral beauty of foods that can be traced back to the land where they are naturally shepherded over time and offering seasonal menus that celebrate regional Texas ingredients and heritage growers close to home.

  • DomingoA tribute to South Texas cuisine along the historic San Antonio River Walk.

  • PinkertonsCraft Barbecue celebrated in Texas Monthly Top 50, Forbes Best Young Chef in America, Memphis in May – World Championship Cookoff Beef Champion, these quality eats are made from scratch and fresh daily! Come and Eat It! 

  • Southpaw WaggeryNeighborhood dog shop providing quality food, gear and supplies for four legged family members! 
  • San Antonio B Cycle – Bike Share Annual Membership  with a network of 60+ stations located at key destinations including the Museum and Mission Reach bike paths, provide urban core mobility with regular and pedal assist bicycles for a full year! 
  • San Antonio Museum of Art – Give the gift of annual membership to an individual or family this season!  
  • Southwest School of Art – Give the gift of a community art class from drawing to painting, jewelry to weaving, and photography to ceramics, there are plenty of creative learning opportunities for youth and adults of all ages and backgrounds! 

HOLIDAY MARKETS

HISTORIC MARKET SQUARE + EL MERCADO

The Farmer’s Market and El Mercado house unique locally owned shops offering a wide variety of products celebrating the cultural, artistic and ethnic influences of the Southwest and Mexico, from clothing to wood carvings to tasty local treats and candies. 

LA VILLITA HISTORIC ARTS VILLAGE

Bursting with San Antonio flair and creative curiosity, our shops feature contemporary jewelry, original artistry, locally-designed fashions and more. Folk art lines colorful shop windows and cobblestone streets break way to inviting courtyards, where culture runs rampant and inspiration awaits around every corner. 

ARBOR POP-UP AT TRAVIS PARK (DEC 11)

Do some holiday shopping and ice skating downtown. Santa will be on site from 3:30-5:30 and enjoy coffee, hot chocolate, delicious food while finding the perfect gift for your family and friends.  

DOWNTOWN DOG MARKET AT LEGACY PARK (DEC 11)

Calling all metro-doggos! Walk your humans on down to the Dog Guide San Antonio’s Downtown Dog Market. Offering PAWesome treats from some of San Antonio’s top dog vendors.  

HOLIDAY MARKET AT THE TOWER OF THE AMERICAS (DEC 18)

Sip on hot cocoa while browsing through the best local homemade crafters, boutiques, and food vendors from across San Antonio.

CHRISTKINDLMARKET AT MAIN PLAZA

Celebrate the season while grabbing the last of your Christmas gifts at Main Plaza’s first annual German Christmas Market.  Featuring local coffee artisans roasting and brewing 80+ coffees from around the globe in addition to music and food offerings.  

ENTERTAINMENT

BROADWAY AT THE MAJESTIC THEATER

  • Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Dec 7-12 
  • Hamilton Jan 5 -16 

MAGIK THEATER FAMILY SHOWS

  • Ella Enchanted Nov 19 – Dec 24 
  • The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats Jan 22 – Feb 20 

TOBIN CENTER HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING

The Nutcracker Dec 3-5, 10-12 

Special Sensory Friendly Performance on Dec 7.

EXPERIENCES

  • Artpace – Visit the non-profit residency program and gallery supporting regional, national and international artists in the creation of new art.

  • Briscoe Western Art Museum – Enjoy the world-class museum devoted to art, history and culture of the American West.

  • Buckhorn Saloon & Museum – Established in 1881, the Buckhorn features one-of-a-kind animal exhibits, historic saloon, Café, Gift shop and The Texas Ranger Museum.

  • Carmen de la Calle Café – For 20 years this cultural hub and intimate social venue has offered global food and beverage pairings with worldly live music performances including Flamenco.

  • Hopscotch – Make plans to visit the immersive art gallery featuring 14 installations from over 40 artists across 20,000 square feet and full bar, food truck and gift shop.

  • San Antonio African American Community Archive & Museum – Visit the museum inspired to collect, maintain, disseminate, and interpret authentic African American artifacts related to San Antonio history in a community-based digital archive. SAAACAM is reclaiming San Antonio’s Black history by empowering individuals to curate their own archives and cultivate a community-driven museum of digitized, audiovisual exhibits. 

  • Selfie Museum – Here you can take photos to an entirely new level of awesomeness. Enjoy yourselfie!

HOLIDAY EVENTS

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Nov
Holiday Art Market 2021
28
Nov
Book Reading Pop Up
1
Dec
Live Jazz Music
2
Dec
Live Jazz Music
3
Dec
Food Truck Friday
4
Dec
Christmas in The Village
4
Dec
Mornings With Santa
4
Dec
Rink Reels – Miracle
8
Dec
Live Jazz Music
10
Dec
Food Truck Friday
10
Dec
“The Man Who Invented Christmas” Screening
10
Dec
Movies By Moonlight, The Alley Series: Die Hard
11
Dec
Mornings With Santa
11
Dec
Rink Reels – Cutting Edge
15
Dec
Live Jazz Music
16
Dec
Live Jazz Music
17
Dec
Food Truck Friday
18
Dec
Mornings With Santa
18
Dec
Rink Reels – Mighty Ducks
22
Dec
Live Jazz Music
30
Dec
Live Jazz Music
31
Dec
Food Truck Friday
4
Jan
Live Jazz Music
5
Jan
Live Jazz Music
7
Jan
Food Truck Friday
8
Jan
Rink Reels – Blades of Glory
11
Jan
Live Jazz Music
12
Jan
Live Jazz Music
14
Jan
Food Truck Friday

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