Nov 17, 2023 - News

Guide to San Antonio's Christmas light displays and events

A tree with neon lights wrapped on its limbs shines in front of a silhouette of three people holding hands.

One of the many illuminated trees at Lightscape. Photo: Courtesy of San Antonio Botanical Garden

San Antonio's holiday season is brimming with enchanting events, whether it's a new happening, a cost-free date night or a cherished tradition.

What's happening: We've rounded up a guide to some of the city's biggest events.

ğŸŽ„ Lightscape

The San Antonio Botanical Garden's holiday event transforms the grounds into a dazzling light show after dark with rows of bright bluebonnets, a canopy of poppy flowers and more picture-perfect installations.

  • Tickets start at $18.
  • Lightscape starts Friday and runs through Jan. 1.

🌟 Light the Way

Wandering through the millions of twinkling lights covering trees throughout the University of the Incarnate Word campus is a nearly 40-year tradition, and it's free.

  • The light switch flips on Saturday at dusk and will be celebrated with a free festival from 3-9:30pm.
  • The lights will stay on until Jan. 6. During this time, guests have the opportunity to take self-guided tours through the campus to enjoy the display.

⛸ Rotary Ice Rink

Downtown's newest holiday tradition starts Frid at Travis Park and lasts until Jan. 15.

  • General admission is $15 for 75 minutes and includes skate rentals.
  • Tickets are available online.

🐻 San Antonio Zoo Lights

Starting Saturday, the zoo will become a winter wonderland with laser light displays, twinkling trails and installations like a Holiday Sing-a-Long Express.

ğŸŽ¢ Six Flags Fiesta Texas' Holiday in the Park

The theme park's annual event starts Saturday. Highlights include a 60-foot Christmas tree, Santa visits, themed shows and light displays throughout the property.

  • Tickets start at $45.

What's next: More local traditions are on the horizon. Mark these dates in your cheer calendar.

The intrigue: Centro and the city of San Antonio are introducing a new event poised to become a local tradition. Full details will be revealed on Tuesday, but we do know that Houston Street will be the backdrop for what's expected to be a charming event.

  • It will launch on Nov. 24 and last through Jan. 2.

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