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This year, the San Antonio Mom Blogs’ Guide to Free Holiday Events is brought to you by our presenting sponsors, Christmas Light Fest and the Science Mill, two magical places to visit with  your family this holiday season. We thank them for their generous support of San Antonio Mom Blogs!

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Ring in the holiday season: it’s here, y’all! You won’t want to miss one minute of the free, fabulous, family-friendly holiday fun happening in the Alamo City this year. Check back often as we’ll continue to add free holiday events in San Antonio as we find them. Have an event that’s free, family-friendly, and not listed? Send all of the details to colleenpence at socialmediamentoring dot com.

San Antonio Mom Blogs’ Guide to Free Holiday Events for 2016

Saturday, November 12: Bass Pro Shop, 17907 IH 10 West, 78257, 5:00 p.m.
Bass Pro Shop’s Holiday Preview Event and Santa’s Arrival! Magical tree lighting, Unveiling of Santa’s Wonderland, Carolers, Free photo with Santa from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., $25 gift card giveaways to one winner every half-hour from 5:30 – 7:30, free Santa stocking craft from 6-8pm, and free cookies and McStevens hate chocolate while supplies last. View the full schedule of FREE fun at Bass Pro Shops this holiday season!

Saturday, November 18: Broadway St., 78209, 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Come out and enjoy the 40th Annual Holiday Parade by the Alamo Heights Chamber

Friday, November 18: downtown New Braunfels, TX, 6:00 p.m.
New Braunfels annual downtown Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Santa’s Arrival. Downtown Lighting Ceremony and Santa’s Arrival is a free event celebrating the spirit of the season in Historic Downtown New Braunfels. This event is hosted by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and the Downtown Association. The event is free, however the Downtown Association will be selling treats and photo opportunities with Santa on the bandstand.

Saturday, November 19 – Sunday, November 20: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Old Gruene Market Days: 100 vendors offer Christmas gifts, uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Free admission.

Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20: Historic Market Square, 514 W. Commerce, 78207, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Market Square Tamalada! This two-day event offers free classes about the history of the tamal as well as showing you how to make it from scratch. Local tamale vendors will be on hand and there will be live entertainment, and arts and crafts booths.

Saturday, November 19: On Broadway in Alamo Heights (Cambridge Elementary School, proceeds down Broadway, and ends at the Stewart Center (The Lion and Rose), 5:30 p.m.
39th annual holiday parade in Alamo Heights, presented by the Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce. This year’s parade will step off smartly at 5:30pm from Ogden Lane adjacent to Cambridge Elementary School. The parade will proceed south on Broadway, and ends at Broadway and Barilla. Everyone is welcome to an after-parade party for kid-friendly fun in the parking lot located on the corner of Broadway and Grove Place behind Nothing Bundt Cakes.

Saturday, November 19: JW Marriott San Antonio, 23808 Resort Parkway, 78261, 5:30 p.m. (and every evening through December 31)
The JW Hill Country Holidays! The JW Marriott Resort’s Light Up The Night begins on November 19 at 5:30 pm. Santa and Mrs. Claus will welcome the holiday season as he flips the switch for the 2016 light show set to holiday music. The show plays nightly through December 31 and guests of the resort as well as local residents are welcome to come and enjoy the thousands of twinkling lights. Santa will also be at the resort for pictures every Saturday in December for an additional cost. Details about all of the JW’s holiday events can be found here.

Friday, November 19: Travis Park, 301 E Travis St, 78205, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Centro San Antonio presents: Holiday Lighting in Travis Park. Free hot chocolate, LIVE ice sculpting, live performances, local artisan vendors, food trucks and FREE family activities! At approximately 8:15 p.m., the 250,000 lights adorning the park will be turned on.

Saturday, November 19: University of the Incarnate Word, Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium, 4301 Broadway, 7:30 p.m.
30th Annual Light the Way: This free holiday celebration kicks off at 7:30 p.m. The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) has been hosting Light the Way annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, kicking off the holiday season in San Antonio for the past 30 years. The event features entertainment for all ages, including student performers from members of the UIW Brainpower Connection, Incarnate Word High School, St. Anthony Catholic High School and St. Peter Prince of the Apostles School, guest performance from famous Tejano singer Patsy Torres and a visit from our special friend from the North Pole. The evening culminates with the official flip of the switch, illuminating the entire campus with nearly one million twinkling lights.

Friday, November 25: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
FREE admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art the day after Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 25: North Star Mall, 7400 San Pedro, 10:00 a.m.
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Brackenridge High School Marching Band under the direction of Alfonso Alvarado; stilt-walking juggler; mascots from Think Geek; Build-A-Bear; Great American Cookie Company; Cricket; Chick Fil A; Disney and Wendy’s; Elf Louise Elves; the NESA School of the Arts Theatre students and more characters officially kick off the Christmas Season. The parade starts in front of Dillard’s and marches throughout the mall arriving at Santa’s sugary home, by Macy’s. There will be candy for all those on the good list along the parade route with and a special gift available for all the kids who visit Santa.

Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26: Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
922 San Pedro, 78212, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
27th Annual International Peace Market. This 27th annual market brings together more than 100 international and local artisans offering handmade items including hand woven rugs, hand crafted pottery, hand crafted textiles, hand-embroidered clothing, paintings, sculptures and  more. There will also be live music and food. Parking will be at the SAC parking lot and there will be go-carts to drive you from the parking lot to the Mercado.

Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26: Main Street in Boerne, Texas, 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Taking place on Thanksgiving weekend each year (Friday and Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.), this year’s 17th annual Dickens on Main invites you and your family to welcome the holiday season on the Hill Country Mile in downtown Boerne with a free, family-friendly festival full of the sights, sounds, tastes, wonder, and delight of Christmas.

Friday, November 25: Alamo Plaza, 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
32nd annual HEB tree lighting in Alamo Plaza. The City of San Antonio kicks of the holiday season with the HEB Tree Lighting Celebration in Alamo Plaza. The celebration is free to the public.

Saturday, November 26: Comfort, Texas, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Christmas in Comfort: A full day of arts and crafts vendors, food, shops, live entertainment, a visit with Santa, fireworks, and a parade.

Saturday, November 26: Arneson River Theater, 418 Villita St, 7:00 p.m.
Free admission to Holly Daze Dance Performances! Enjoy holiday dance performances performed by San Antonio Parks and Recreations Dance Troupes. For information call (210) 207-3132 or go to SAParksandRec.com.

Saturday, November 26: Milam Park, 500 W Houston St, 78207, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fantasyland at Milam Park, presented by Jefferson Bank will combine an old family tradition and our beloved tree lighting to create a magical FREE event for children and adults alike. There will be various children’s entertainment groups, face painting, train rides, and of course… visits with Santa Claus himself! The lighting of the Christmas tree, takes place at dusk. One lucky child in attendance will be chosen to help Santa Claus pull the switch for the first lighting of the holiday season. Cookies and hot chocolate provided by Mi Tierra’s to follow.

Sunday, November 27: N New Braunfels Ave, 78209, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Holiday Magic Market at the Garden Center: free admission and parking for this one of a kind event with unique items by local artisans! Art, wines, gourmet foods – and so much more! Hourly free mini-workshops on herbal topics. Story telling too! Come find that special gift and learn about the San Antonio Herb Society too!
For Vendor inquiries, email sanantonioherbs@gmail.com.

Tuesday, November 29: Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Central Academic Building Courtyard, One University Way, 78224, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Join this University community for the lighting of Main Campus as they celebrate Lights of Esperanza! Take a magical spin on the ice skating rink, play in real snow on the snow playground and take a selfie in a human snow globe. Need a break? Grab some free refreshments all evening! Free admission, and open to the public!

Wednesday, November 30 – Sunday, December 18: San Antonio Riverwalk, 6:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Ford Holiday Boat Caroling: more than 185 school, church, company, and civic choral groups ring in the holidays by singing traditional carols on cruising boats. Viewing is free to the public. Starts at Embassy Suites (River Level). Barges will make 1 lap around the River Walk horseshoe bend.

Thursday, December 1: downtown New Braunfels, TX, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wassailfest: this annual holiday event boasts music, food, shopping, twinkling holiday lights and free wassail for sampling.

Friday, December 2: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the corner of UTSA Blvd. and Valero Way, 6240 UTSA Blvd., 7:00 p.m.
Free performance of Handel’s Messiah. Kids welcome! Two wiggle rooms will be set-up in the back of the church for children who wish to use their voices or move around. Audio for the performances will also be available in these rooms. The performance runs 90 minutes and prelude performances will begin 20-30 minutes before each Messiah performance.

Friday – Sunday, December 2-4: San Antonio Riverwalk, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Ford Fiesta de las Luminaries: Experience the Holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 6,000 Luminaries. Warmly glowing candles in sand-filled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the “lighting of the way” for the Holy Family. This century’s old tradition begins at dusk Friday, Saturday & Sunday only.

Saturday, December 3 – Sunday, December 4: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Green Christmas Market Days: 100 vendors offer Christmas gifts, uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Free admission.

Saturday, December 3: 20644 IH 10 West Exit #554 (Raymond Russell Park – just outside loop 1604), 78257 , 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Winterfest Helotes. This free event, with free parking, includes snow, Santa, horse carriage rides, pony rides, food, entertainment, carnival rides, and more. Bring a new unwrapped toy for Elf Louise Christmas Project.

Saturday, December 3: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave, 78215, 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
San Antonio Museum of Art’s Holiday Fair. It’s artful holiday shopping featuring local artisans with art activities for children, music, and food for sale. Make a day of it! Tamale Festival is just up river at the Pearl.

Saturday, December 3: Pearl, 303 Pearl Pkwy, 78215, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The 7th Annual Tamales! Holiday Festival at Pearl is free to attend. The city’s favorite chefs and restaurants will join over forty tamale makers for San Antonio’s citywide holiday tamalada. The free festival will showcase wide range of tamales, from traditional San Antonio styles to Mexican regional variations and bold, surprising takes on the classic treat. Various Tamales! Festival veterans including Cocina Heritage, Chilito’s and Parioli will join many other vendors to cook up delicious bites for all to enjoy. There will be live music from Mariachi Las Alters, Los Innocents, Ile Bahia de San Antonio (Capoeira), and Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs, entertainment, and a children’s activity area to guarantee a good time for the whole family.

Saturday, December 3: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, Ave, 78215, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
River of Lights Night. See the San Antonio River Authority’s Museum Reach River Lighting with holiday jazz music barges plus the Museum is open with FREE general admission!

Saturday, December 3: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the corner of UTSA Blvd. and Valero Way, 6240 UTSA Blvd., 5:00 p.m.
Free performance of Handel’s Messiah. Kids welcome! Two wiggle rooms will be set-up in the back of the church for children who wish to use their voices or move around. Audio for the performances will also be available in these rooms. The performance runs 90 minutes and prelude performances will begin 20-30 minutes before each Messiah performance.

Saturday, December 3: Gruene, Texas, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Grunt Town Lighting: Watch as Cowboy Kringle rides into town on horseback and lights Gruene for the Holidays. Celebrate with live musical performances with festival food and wine available for purchase. Afterwards, get some holiday shopping done at Gruene’s 30+ stores, cozy up to a fireplace for dinner at the Gristmill, head over to Mozie’s for a cold one, or stop by the Hall for the show that evening.

Saturday, Dec. 3: 510 Brooklyn Avenue, 78215, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
San Antonio River Authority’s Museum Reach River of Lights Kickoff & Deck the River Contest. Join the San Antonio River Authority along the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River and experience the Museum Reach River of Lights and Deck the River contest kickoff celebration. Beginning at the turning basin near Grayson Street and flowing southward to Lexington Avenue, this 1.3 mile stretch of the river will come alive in an array of colors and lighting. Experience over 100 underwater lights, fiber optic lights throughout many of the water features, LED rope lighting crossing from one side of the river to the other, light posts wrapped in LED holiday lights and much more! Take the kids and enjoy FREE photos with Santa at Santa’s Wonderland, enjoy the tunes of holiday music, browse Paseo Del Rio Association’s Holiday Art Market and don’t forget a camera for “selfies” with special guests!  For more information, visit www.sara-tx.org.

Friday, December 9: Arneson River Theater, 418 Villita St, 7:00 p.m.
Free Admission to Holly Daze Rock. Enjoy a musical performance by the Take Note Band featuring seasonal pop and rock favorites along the San Antonio River Walk. For information call (210) 207-3132 or go to SAParksandRec.com.

Friday – Sunday, December 9-11: San Antonio Riverwalk, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Ford Fiesta de las Luminaries: Experience the Holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 6,000 Luminaries. Warmly glowing candles in sand-filled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the “lighting of the way” for the Holy Family. This century’s old tradition begins at dusk Friday, Saturday & Sunday only.

Saturday, December 10: Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Theater, 723 S. Brazos St., 78207, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center presents La Gran Tamalada, the annual community workshop that honors the tradition of making tamales on Saturday, December 10, 11am to 1pm, in the Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe St. The free event blends storytelling, the history of the tamalada and promotes cultural pride and lifelong learning. Children and adults participate in this hands-on opportunity to learn about the ingredients, recipes and cooking methods used in making this culturally iconic dish. Participants take home both knowledge of and appreciation for the techniques that have been passed from generation to generation for many years.

For the second year, the Cortez Family, owners of the popular Mi Tierra restaurant, will share their love of family, tradition, and tamales with the community.

Friday, December 9: Arneson River Theater, 418 Villita St, 7:00 p.m.
Free Admission to Holly Daze Rock. Enjoy a musical performance by the Take Note Band featuring seasonal pop and rock favorites along the San Antonio River Walk. For information call (210) 207-3132 or go to SAParksandRec.com.

Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11: Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, 78201, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Meet amazing San Antonio artists in this unique one of a kind Nightmare before Christmas Art Show! The show will be in front of the Santikos Bijou theater where Indie Art meets Indie Theater.

Saturday, December 10: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St, 78205, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Head to Hemisfair for the Holiday Artisans Market, which features locally-made crafts and goods for sale. Food trucks and musicians will add color and flavor to the Market. Take your own photos during an appearance by Santa from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (bring your own camera) and Elf on a Shelf will also be hanging out.

Saturday, December 10: San Antonio Natatorium, 1430 W. César E. Chavez Blvd, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Free, Swim with the Elves event at the San Antonio Natatorium, thanks for the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. Put on your swim suit and head to the Natatorium for holiday swimming fun! Appropriate swimwear required (and kids 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy swimming and:

  • Photos with Santa
  • A synchronized swimming performance by The University of Incarnate Word
  • An ugly sweater contest
  • Pool games like Penguin Races and a Ping Pong Water Challenge
  • Moon bounce
  • Face painting
  • Carnival games

Saturday, December 10: Main Plaza located at 115 N. Main Avenue, 78205, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
9th Annual Silver Bells in the City (rescheduled from December 3). Enjoy a magical evening for the entire family begins with Carolers in traditional Dickens attire strolling throughout the plaza singing holiday songs. Disney “Frozen” Characters; Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, and Olaf will be available for personal photo ops. Then, at 5:30PM the Travis Park Ringers perform special holiday arrangements and don’t forget your family photo with Santa in front of the Bexar County Courthouse from 6:00PM-9:00PM.

Don’t miss out on hot cocoa, bunelos, and pan dulce by La Margarita… all available at Bexar County Courthouse. Other goodies will be available at El Oasis Café and Blue Star on Main Plaza.

Carolers, Disney “Frozen” Characters, and Bell Ringers from 4:00PM-6:00PM. Guest Speakers and Christmas Tree Lighting at 6:00PM sharp and Live Music Performances from 6:30-9:00PM, showcasing Mariachi Corazón de San Antonio and in performance is John Jay School’s Orchestra and Rockn’ Stringz. San Antonio|The Saga to follow at 9:00PM.

Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11: Natural Bridge Caverns, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, 78266, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Make merry memories with your family at Natural Bridge Cavern’s free-to-visit Hill Country Christmas Village, decked out in holiday splendor and colored lights. And everything you see, smell, hear and taste reminds you of Christmas and wraps you up in the magic of the season. Take a picture and make a new memory beneath the 30-ft tall, fully decorated tree – the hub of festivities. Shop for special gifts and crafts. Indulge in freshly baked treats, seasonal candies and holiday delights. After sunset, enjoy a musical light show approximately every 40 minutes, as all the Christmas lights twinkle in a synchronized dance to holiday music.
http://www.naturalbridgecaverns.com/Christmas-Village.aspx

Sunday, December 11: Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., 78205, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
To celebrate the season and the variety of festive occasions around the world, the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host its “Winter Celebrations Around the World” at its December Free Second Sunday. The day includes student displays and ambassadors detailing a variety of cultures and their traditional observances. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church will perform a traditional Pastorela play, a morality tale about shepherds going to visit the Holy Family in Bethlehem and the snares the Devil uses in attempts to dissuade them. The San Antonio Children’s Ballet will have two performances, with suites from their recent rendition of The Nutcracker.

The San Antonio Food Bank will be accepting non-perishable food items to assist in this increased time of need. Additionally, they will offer demonstrations throughout the day, focusing on nutrition, accessing local foods, and making the most of leftovers. Guests will have the opportunity to assemble their own trail mix.

Tuesday, December 13: Barshop JCC, 12500 N.W. Military Highway, 78231, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hands on Chanukah: Celebrate Chanukah with your friends at the J with this free, fun annual event.

Thursday, December 15: Quarry Village, 300 E Basse Rd, 78209, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free Holiday Block Party at Quarry Village! Enjoy the 2nd annual Holiday Block Party at Quarry Village on Thursday, December 15 from 6 – 9 p.m. This free, family-friendly event features a 15 x 15 foot play zone filled with REAL snow, a gorgeous Christmas tree lighting, live Christmas carolers, a Santa photo station, complimentary bites by area restaurants, wine, cocoa, with beer provided by Weathered Souls Brewing Co., a DJ, plus holiday sales and giveaways. MBP Photobooth Co. will be providing complimentary photos with Santa (and he’s pet-friendly!). Just bring a Toys for Tots donation for your photo print out. The first 250 guests receive free swag bags filled with goodies.

Friday – Sunday, December 15-18: San Antonio Riverwalk, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Ford Fiesta de las Luminaries: Experience the Holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 6,000 Luminaries. Warmly glowing candles in sand-filled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the “lighting of the way” for the Holy Family. This century’s old tradition begins at dusk Friday, Saturday & Sunday only.

Saturday, December 17: The Roundup Outdoor Music Venue, 531 FM 3351 N, Boerne, Texas 78006, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Join The Roundup Outdoor Music Venue for the 2nd Annual Christmas in the Park Fundraiser for Toys for Tots! This is a free event to families. Each attendee/family is asked to bring a toy for donation at the door to enter the event. There will be We will have booth vendors, dance performances, live music, Santa Claus pictures, food trucks, playground, 60′ pillow bounce, park lighting ceremony and more!

Saturday, December 17 – Friday, December 23: Natural Bridge Caverns, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road, 78266, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Make merry memories with your family at Natural Bridge Cavern’s free-to-visit Hill Country Christmas Village, decked out in holiday splendor and colored lights. And everything you see, smell, hear and taste reminds you of Christmas and wraps you up in the magic of the season. Take a picture and make a new memory beneath the 30-ft tall, fully decorated tree – the hub of festivities. Shop for special gifts and crafts. Indulge in freshly baked treats, seasonal candies and holiday delights. After sunset, enjoy a musical light show approximately every 40 minutes, as all the Christmas lights twinkle in a synchronized dance to holiday music.

Saturday, December 17: Mission San Jose, 701 E. Pyron, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
The community is invited to a FREE production of “Los Pastores: The Shepherds Play” at Mission San Jose, on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. The event presented by Mission San José Parish, is being underwritten through funds raised as part of the 2016 World Heritage Festival.

Bring the entire family and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas! The presentation is free and open to the general public. Hot chocolate and pan dulce will be available for purchase from the parish. The performance will take place outdoors, so please wear warm clothes and bring blankets and lawn chairs. For more information, please call (210) 207-8612.

Tuesday, December 20: JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, 23808 Resort Pkwy, 78261, 2:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Start your 5 day countdown with the JW Marriott Hill Country for the Countdown to Christmas event. Santa’s showing up and so should you-festivities begin at 2pm! All locals welcome.

Please note: Some events/activities are free while others have a small cost.

  • JW Holiday Maze(Complementary)- 2pm to 6pm
  • Gingerbread Men Cookie Decorating ($5)- 3pm to 5pm
  • Holiday S’mores (complementary)- 4pm to 6pm
  • Tinsel’s Treasures ($)- 5pm to 7pm
  • Troubles Tattoos ($10)- 5pm to 7pm
  • Tinsels’ Beauty Bar ($20)- 5pm to 7pm
  • Candy Cane Sommelier ($7)- 5pm to 7pm
  • JW Marriott Presents (complementary): Light up the night- 6pm to 9pm
  • Photos with Santa ($25)- 6pm to 8pm
  • Hot Cocoa Bar ($6) 7pm to 9pm
  • Yule Crack Up Holiday Movie (The Polar Express)- 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Monday, December 26: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones, 78215, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
FREE admission to the San Antonio Museum of Art the day after Christmas! Please note there is still an additional surcharge for the exhibition In the Dust of this Planet for those 18 and up.

Thursday, December 31: South Alamo Street between Market and Cesar Chavez streets, 6:00 p.m. – midnight
Celebrate San Antonio: this free New Year’s Eve celebration features three stages of entertainment food and drink booths, and a fireworks extravaganza off of the top of the Tower of the Americas.

Celebrate San Antonio, the city’s official New Year’s Eve extravaganza known as the largest free New Year’s Eve festival in the state of Texas. Celebrate San Antonio continues to draw over a quarter of a million excited revelers downtown for music, food, carnival games and rides and a spectacular fireworks display.

Party-goers will be treated to live music on three stages, featuring Top 40 tunes at the Bud Light Main Stage, Latin beats at the International Stage and family friendly performers at the H-E-B Family Stage at the Arneson River Theater.

The evening culminates with an incredible fireworks show, an outstanding display of pyrotechnics that is sure to wow the whole family. END 2016 WITH A BANG: San Antonians can bid to detonate the midnight Fireworks Show! The San Antonio Parks Foundation (SAPF) is auctioning off the privilege to ‘light the fuse’ on the fireworks show from the main stage of the event. Bids can be placed on CelebrateSA.org and the bidding ends at 12pm on December 30, 2016.

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  1. King William Association Holiday Home Tour & Fair
    Saturday, December 3, 2016
    FREE Holiday Fair: 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
    Home Tour: 11:00 am-5:00 pm

    Join the Festivities as KWA Prepares to Celebrate its 50 Year Anniversary!

    KWA is “Kicking-Off” its 50th Anniversary with a Holiday Home Tour & Fair. In a nod to past years when the Home Tour & Fair were held on the same day, we are adding a Fair to this year’s biennial tour of seven King William Historic homes.

    The Holiday Fair will take place around the gazebo in King William Park on Turner and King William Streets. The hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. In addition to art & craft vendors, food, beverages, fun activities, Santa, and live entertainment, KWA will be selling collectible holiday ornaments and a 50th Anniversary commemorative medal and T-shirts. The Fair is Free to attend, while the home tour has an admission fee.

    The seven residences on the Home Tour will be conveniently located near the fair. Tour includes: Oge House, Noble Inns-209 Washington; 112 King William; SA Art League and Museum- 130 King William; 202 King William; 203 King William; 208 King William; and Villa Finale Museum and Gardens- 401 King William Pre-sale ($15) tickets for the Home Tour and Food/Beverage Tickets for Holiday Fair are available to purchase here and day of event ($20) tickets will be available for the tour. The Home Tour starts at 11 am and ends at 5 pm.

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