San Antonio Holiday Lights and Fun You Can Still Enjoy

Looking at the calendar and wondering what you can still fit in this holiday season? There are plenty of San Antonio holiday lights and activities you can still enjoy. Get out and see why so many people consider a visit to the Alamo City a must during the holidays.

trees and holiday lights in San Antonio
There’s nothing prettier than San Antonio in holiday lights. Photo credit Dawn Robinette

San Antonio holiday lights and fun you can still enjoy this season include:

Windcrest Light Up: Through December 31, put the kids in their jammies, load up the car, and delight in Windcrest Light Up. The best way to enjoy it is to grab a map at 8601 Midcrown Dr. and then make sure to see this year’s award winners.

white lights on a tree in a garden
Courtesy of The Alamo

Alamo Lights: Alamo Lights allows you to walk the beautiful Alamo grounds, decorated with festive lights throughout that illuminate the gardens and larger-than-life light-decorated figures of Alamo Defenders and a few other surprises. Open through January 2.


Skating Fun: The Rotary Ice Rink is in Travis Park through January 16. There’s something different to enjoy each night, with live ice sculpting on Mondays, movies on Tuesdays (and discounted tickets, so make it family night), live jazz on Wednesdays (date night), snow flurries on Thursdays, and food trucks on Fridays.

San Antonio’s Official Christmas Tree: Take great pictures with your family in front of the city’s official Christmas tree while you’re enjoying fun in Travis Park.

holiday lights on downtown buildings in san antonioRiver Walk Lights: Roam the River Walk or take a boat tour of the lights that everyone loves on the river. The lights are on through dawn on January 9, so there’s plenty of time left to enjoy a Hallmark-movie-worthy scene with amazing lights in the Alamo City.





trees in white lights reflecting in a lake
The trees on the Museum Reach at the Pearl—Photo credit Dawn Robinette

Museum Reach Lights: Go beyond the River Walk and explore the Museum Reach. The lights around the Pearl are beautiful and make a fantastic photo backdrop.



a giraffe in lights at the zoo

San Antonio Zoo: Zoo Lights light up the San Antonio Zoo through January 1, with live music, sleigh rides, and a lakeside light show.




a field of electric lights that look like flowersLightscape: The San Antonio Botanical Garden has more than one million lights and festive artistic displays as “Lightscape” fills the garden. Set to joyful music, the outdoor illuminated one-mile walking trail showcases new installations and some favorites from last year. (The bluebonnet field is a must!) Available to enjoy on select evenings through January 8.

UIW Light the Way: Through January 6, you can drive through (or walk around) the lights at the University of the Incarnate Word. For maps and more information, visit here.

North Star Boots: Can you be a true San Antonian if you don’t take a picture in front of the world’s largest cowboy boots outfitted in Christmas lights? On nightly until early January, park, be careful around traffic, and get a picture with the boots.

SeaWorld Christmas: Check out millions of lights at SeaWorld’s annual celebration through January 2.

Looking for more lights? Check out our lights list. For more ideas on events and fun to check out, bookmark our online calendar.

An Army brat who came to Texas for college and ultimately managed to make the Lone Star State her permanent home, Dawn became a mom “AMA” (advanced maternal age), giving her the opportunity to use a stroller vs. a walker as she navigates the world of motherhood. Her growing up way too fast native Texan loves all things Star Wars, Legos, dinosaurs and keeping his parents on their toes. When she’s not busy parenting the original strong-willed child, Dawn runs Tale to Tell Communications, a San Antonio-based PR and marketing agency. An award-winning writer, Dawn also contributes to San Antonio Woman, Rio Magazine and Texas Lifestyle Magazine. She and her family enjoy exploring all that San Antonio has to offer, going on adventures and playing tourist together as much as possible. Favorite Restaurant: Clementine Favorite Landmark: The beauty of the River Walk, especially La Villita Favorite San Antonio Tradition: Celebrating anything and everything with color, music and food