Celebrate the Holidays in Hill Country With Festive Lights, Parades, and Shopping
Whether you’re searching for a small town magical Christmas celebration or a traditional parade with a Texas twist, the holidays in Hill Country are a wonderful time of year. In addition to the extra time you get to spend with family and friends, the area is filled with a variety of wonderful events, such as those you’ll find on this list.
Holiday Parade on Broadway
Broadway from Ogden Lane to Barilla, Alamo Heights
Kick off the holiday season with the annual Holiday Parade on Broadway
in Alamo Heights. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and finishes with an after-parade party filled with family-friendly fun.
San Antonio Zoo
November 17 – December 31
Head to the zoo any evening this holiday season to enjoy festive lights, hot chocolate, s’mores, camel rides, and a light show by the lake at the annual Zoo Lights
event at the San Antonio Zoo.
Holiday River Parade
Downtown River Walk, San Antonio
This Texas holiday event is an annual favorite, and for good reason! It’s a fantastic traditional start holiday celebrations. This year, the Holiday River Parade
will feature live music at the Arneson River Theater, a lighting ceremony, and a live parade featuring floats filled with lights, costumed float riders, and holiday music.
Dickens on Main
Main Street, Boerne
November 23 – 24
Dickens on Main
is a Boerne holiday tradition that you shouldn’t miss! This annual holiday event gives families a chance to shop for unique holiday gifts, play in the snow (it features a 60-foot snowslide and ice sculptures), and enjoy live musical entertainment and Dickens-era theatrical performances.
Holiday in the Plaza
Village Shops and Plaza, Castle Hills
There is so much holiday fun to enjoy at Holiday in the Plaza
this year. In addition to a tree lighting ceremony, this event also includes photo ops with Santa and his Christmas monkey, live reindeer, toy soldier drummer boys, a trackless train, and a petting zoo.
Holiday Boat Caroling
River Walk, San Antonio
November 30 – December 21
Enjoy Holiday Boat Caroling
every Tuesday through Saturday throughout the month of December on the River Walk in San Antonio. Boats traveling along the river will be decorated with lights and feature popular Christmas music and binders filled with lyrics for your holiday enjoyment.
Christmas in the Village
Plaza Park, Fair Oaks
Enjoy an old-fashioned Hill Country holiday at Christmas in the Village
. This unique event features a variety of arts and crafts vendors, food from local restaurants, pictures with Santa, holiday music, and a Christmas light parade.
Holidays in Bloom
San Antonio Botanical Garden
December 1 through December 31
Celebrate the season at the Botanical Gardens’ Holidays in Bloom
. This annual event transforms the Gardens into a winter wonderland, complete with garlands, red ribbons, ornaments, and lights.
The Christmas Town
Vanguard Institute, Boerne
December 7, 8, 14, and 15
With live Christmas music, a living nativity, shopping, food, and hayrides, The Christmas Town
at the Vanguard Institute is a festive Hill Country event for the entire family.
Cowboy Christmas Parade
Old Town Helotes
Enjoy a Texas-style Christmas in Old Town Helotes at the annual Cowboy Christmas Parade
. This year’s event begins at 7:30 p.m. with the theme, “Songs of Christmas.”
Wherever you end up this season, have yourself a merry little Hill Country holiday!