Nov 22, 2023 - News

San Antonio's new holiday event lands on Houston Street

Holidays on Houston Street's reveal event. Photo: Madalyn Mendoza/Axios

The Riverwalk has been a longstanding focal point of San Antonio's holiday scenery, but Holidays on Houston Street is poised to be the city's next major Christmas tradition.

What they did: Centro San Antonio, the City of San Antonio and Visit San Antonio collaborated on the inaugural event.

State of sleigh: The historic street will transform into a picturesque promenade with lights, decorations, entertainment and events from Nov. 24-Jan. 2.

By the numbers: 400,000 mini-LED lights will be draped over 80 trees to create a canopy of Christmas glow.

Be smart: While the picturesque display will be up until January, there are a few key dates to keep in mind.

  • Taste of Holidays on Houston Street community dinner will bring people together at a table that stretches down the block under the lights on Dec. 12. Participating restaurants include Sojourn, Double Standard and Range. Tickets are available here.
  • Holidays on Houston Street Market and Holiday Lights in the Sky are headline events for an "enhanced weekend" Dec. 15-17. The market will transform the street into a European-inspired Christkindl. Every evening, guests will enjoy a 15-minute drone show synced to holiday music. There will be shows every 30 minutes from 6:30 to 9pm.
  • Holidays on Houston Street Fun Run will bring costumed runners together for a 5K or 1-mile run on Dec. 19.

What they're saying: Centro San Antonio CEO Trish DeBerry said during a press conference Tuesday that the new event brings "tender love and care" to the street.

  • "Few cities like San Antonio have a soul. Downtown has a soul. We have to revive the heartbeat associated with downtown, and this activation does that."

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