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12.01.2017

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Ford Holiday Boat Caroling

Friday, December 1 – Friday, December 22: 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.

 

City of Helotes Lighting of the Lights

Friday, December 1: Helotes City Hall, 12951 Bandera Rd., 78023, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The City of Helotes will host its annual Lighting of the Lights event at City Hall. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. This free event is perfect for the whole family! Enjoy a concert performed by the Helotes Area Community Band while local elementary school choirs share holiday-inspired performances. You also don’t want to miss our special guests, Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be available for photos.

See the complete schedule of events at visithelotes.com.

 

Handel’s Messiah

Friday, December 1: 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.

 

Ford Fiesta de las Luminaries

Friday – Sunday, December 1-3: 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.

 

A Homemade Christmas

Saturday, December 2: The Alamo, 300 Alamo Plaza, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Join the Alamo as they explore what the holiday season would have looked like on the Texas frontier! A Homemade Christmas will include period crafts for visitors of all ages, living history demos, Christmas storytelling, and more.

Schedule of Events: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Holiday frontier crafts, including corn husk dolls, paper ring garlands, and paper snowflakes
  • Living history demos, such as broom making, period games, weaving, and sewing
  • Live music by Dennis Riedesel
    • 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Christmas storytelling in Cavalry Courtyard

 

Gruene Christmas Market Days

Saturday, December 2 – Sunday, December 3: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Gruene Christmas Market Days: 100 vendors offer Christmas gifts, uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Free admission.

 

Concordia’s Annual Drive-Thru Nativity

Saturday, December 2 – Sunday, December 3: Concordia Lutheran, 16801 Huebner Rd., 78258, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Concordia’s Annual Drive-Thru Nativity. This annual event brings the story of Christmas within reach of each vehicle that comes through – starting from Christmas today, all the way back to the birth of our Savior, Jesus, and the travels of the wise men! Ten beautifully decorated stations, complete with over 60 actors, angelic choirs, and live animals bring the story to life. Admission is free. This fun family event is a great way to kick off the Christmas season!

 

Gruene Town Lighting

Saturday, December 2: Gruene, Texas, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Gruene 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.

 

10th Annual Silver Bells in the City

Saturday, December 2: Main Plaza located at 115 N. Main Avenue, 78205, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

10th Annual Silver Bells in the City. Come join in the celebration and see the beautiful tree light up the plaza. Centered where Elizondo Plaza meets Main Plaza near historic San Fernando Cathedral, you can see the tree light up and shine from all directions. Sharing in this special family event are special guest speakers, music, mariachi, Santa Claus, food, fun and more. Free and open to the public, Main Plaza is family friendly, pet friendly, bike friendly and Christmas holiday season friendly.

 

Movies by the Moonlight at Travis Park

Tuesday, December 5: Travis Park, 311 E Travis St., 78205, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join Slab Cinema for Movies by Moonlight. The movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Get there early for a good spot. The movie will start at dusk.

 

Wassailfest

Thursday, December 7: 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.

 

Holly Daze Rock

Friday, December 8 & 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.

 

Ford Fiesta de las Luminaries

Friday – Sunday, December 8-10: 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.

 

Nerdtacular Holiday Show

Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10: Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, 78201, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

What do you give geeks who have every gadget, gizmo, whatchamacallit and thingamajigy imaginable? Find something at the Nerdtacular Holiday show! Jack and Oggie Boogie coming down from Halloweentown for Christmas Pictures and more! Free admission and free parking.

 

La Gran Tamalada

Sunday, December 10: Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Theater, 723 S. Brazos St., 78207, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 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. The Cortez Family, owners of the popular Mi Tierra restaurant, will share their love of family, tradition, and tamales with the community.

 

1st Annual Sunday Masa

Sunday, December 10: Alamo Beer, 202 Lamar St., 78202, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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: 20+ San Antonio tamales vendors (all samples $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), Local Alamo Beer, Live Music, Cookie decoration corner, Gift wrapping station & MORE!

 

Christmasville, Texas

Sunday, December 10: Christmasville, Texas, 2220 NW Military Hwy, 78213, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Christmasville, Texas is a family-oriented event that is full of seasonal fun and festivity. It is an environment where all are welcome and community relationships are fostered. This is our hometown Christmas celebration. All activities are free. Featured attractions include: Santa, Snow Slide, Carousel, Train rides, Food and more!

 

Holiday Block Party at Quarry Village

Thursday, December 14: Quarry Village, 300 E Basse Rd, 78209, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Free Holiday Block Party at Quarry Village! Enjoy the 3rd annual Holiday Block Party at Quarry Village on Thursday, December 14 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.

 

Ford Fiesta de las Luminaries

Friday – Sunday, December 15-17: 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.

 

Christmasville Texas

Sunday, December 17: Christmasville, Texas, 24135 W I-10, 78257, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Christmasville, Texas is a family-oriented event that is full of seasonal fun and festivity. It is an environment where all are welcome and community relationships are fostered. This is our hometown Christmas celebration. All activities are free. Featured attractions include: Santa, Snow Slide, Carousel, Train rides, Food and more!

 

San Antonio Museum of Art

Tuesday, December 26: 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 Christmas! Please note there is still an additional surcharge for the exhibition The Latino List for those 18 and up.

 

 

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES:

 

Visit the Witte Museum every Tuesday for free!

Every Tuesday from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: 3801 Broadway St, San Antonio, Texas 78209

The Witte Museum is free for you and your CASA kids. Be sure to take advantage of all of the enhanced activities and programs for free!
The Witte Museum is a staple of San Antonio and showcases science, natural history, health, and heritage of early South Texas and the surrounding environments. Free admission includes entrance to all permanent exhibits, the South Texas Heritage Center, and the HEB Body Adventure.

For more information about the Witte Museum and their other events, check their Facebook page HERE!

 

San Antonio Museum of Art

Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: 200 West Jones Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78215

The San Antonio Museum of Art offers free admission twice a week on Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Children 12 and under are always free.
Visit their website for more unique events and opportunities!

 

Slab Cinema Offers Free Outdoor Movies!

Want to take your CASA kid to a unique movie experience? Slab Cinema, a local movie company, offers movies in the unique outdoor locations all over the city that you can take part of! The films are sponsored by local organizations around San Antonio like the San Antonio River Authority, the City of San Antonio, and the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA).

You can find all of the show times HERE!

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