With Thanksgiving Around the Corner, San Antonio is Ready for the Holidays

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Hundreds of people walk along the procession through UIW for Light the Way.

Kathryn Boyd-Batstone / Rivard Report

The University of Incarnate Word will light up once more with a million twinkling lights this Saturday.

It’s not even turkey day yet, but the world is already gearing up for Christmas. If you’re already in the holiday spirit, then San Antonio has lots of events to offer this weekend.

Choral Evensong: Feast of Saint Cecilia

Celebrate the feast day of St. Cecilia, patroness of music, with a choral performance at Our Lady of Atonement on Friday evening. Sonoro, the chamber choir of the San Antonio Choral Society, will sing pieces by Handel and Howells written in St. Cecilia’s honor. The San Antonio Recorder Quartet will also perform English consort music of the Renaissance and Early Baroque.
Friday, 7 p.m.
Our Lady of Atonement, 15415 Red Robin Rd.
Free

Dulce: Candy Land

It’s Candy Land, but for adults. The third annual Dulce benefits the DoSeum and features sweet treats, tasty drinks, live performers, local vendors, and a few open museum exhibits. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Find tickets here.
Friday, 7-11 p.m.
The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway St.
$40

Holiday Art Market 2019

The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is hosting its third annual holiday art market, featuring local vendors and high-end artisan products, all in time for Christmas shopping. The open market is free to browse, and shoppers can hear live holiday music, meet Santa Claus, and sample hot drinks and delicious treats.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Cir.
Free

Barksgiving Adoption Event

Stop by SNIPSA’s dog and cat adoption event this Saturday at the Quarry’s Whole Earth Provision Co., and you might find your new furry best friend.
Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Whole Earth Provision Co., 255 E Basse Rd.
Free

Artists-in-Residence at the DoSeum

Local artists Amada Miller and Mark Menjivar are bringing workshops to the DoSeum to challenge kids’ minds and help them appreciate the artistic process. At 11 a.m. on Saturday, Menjivar and the Audobon Society teach kids about native plants and help them make seed bombs. At 1:30 p.m., Miller guides families through a hands-on Play-doh session making their own scented planets. Find museum hours and tickets here. Find the full artist-in-residence schedule here.
Saturday, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway St.
Included with museum admission, $0-$14

Light the Way Holiday Festival 2019

The University of Incarnate Word will light up once more with a million twinkling lights this Saturday as it starts its annual holiday celebration at 3 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy food truck fare, holiday shopping, and kid activities (including selfies with Santa) before lights turn on at 6:15 p.m. Limited parking is available on campus for $10, cash only, so plan accordingly. If you plan on taking an Uber or Lyft, please tell the driver to drop you off at 4119 Broadway St. Find more information here.
Saturday, 3-9 p.m.
University of Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway St.
Free

Light Up the Night

Watch 250,000 lights dance in sync with holiday music at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa on Saturday evening. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to greet all the little boys and girls, and families can see live reindeer and a children’s train parade. Kids can also make holiday slime, ornaments, snow globes, and s’mores. The event is free to attend, but some activities may require fees.
Saturday, 5-10 p.m.
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa, 23808 Resort Pkway
Free

Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade

The Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce’s 42nd annual holiday parade includes a fun run this year. The 0.9-mile course lined with holiday cookie stations, water stations, champagne stations, and a holiday party at the end will benefit the nonprofit Elf Louise Christmas Project, which brings Christmas to kids in need. The fun run starts at 5:30 p.m., and the parade starts after the race ends. The parade itself is free, but the fun run costs $20. You can register here.
Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
Alamo Heights High School, 6900 Broadway St.
$0-$20

Mario Aguilar: Celosa Yo? Jamas!

Mario Aguilar brings his show – which translates to “Me, Jealous? Never!” – to the Aztec Theatre on Saturday. The Mexican vlogger and comedian has more than 11 million “likes” on Facebook and nearly 6.5 million subscribers on Youtube. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 7 p.m.
The Aztec Theatre, 104 N. St. Mary’s St.
$30 and up

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld is decking the halls with plenty of lights and holiday decor starting Saturday. The holiday aesthetic, Christmas shows, festive foods, and Santa Claus will be at SeaWorld through Jan. 5, 2020. Find park tickets here.
Saturday-Sunday, 1-9 p.m.
SeaWorld, 10500 SeaWorld Dr.
Included with admission, $60-$70

Blue Man Group

They’re blue, they’re musically talented, and they say absolutely nothing. The Blue Man Group’s Speechless Tour lands in San Antonio this weekend, and the blue men will perform five shows total. Find tickets here.
Friday-Sunday
Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St.
$40 and up

San Antonio Auto & Truck Show 2019

Check out the newest cars and trucks, enjoy live music and demonstrations, kid activities, and prize giveaways at the 2019 San Antonio Auto and Truck Show. Tickets cost $15 at the door, and tickets online for adults cost $12, $4 for children, and $8 for military members and seniors. Children ages 5 and younger can attend for free. Find tickets here and the full schedule of events here.
Friday-Sunday
Henry B. González Convention Center, 900 E. Market St.
$0-$15

Elf Acres

Load up the car and drive through 15 acres of twinkling Christmas lights and other holiday displays on the Far West Side. Elf Acres offers a walk-around area as well as snacks for purchase along the way, including pork rinds and kettle corn. Each vehicle costs $27, a “fun pass” that grants three drive-thrus costs $54, and military and first responders can get $2 off their tickets. Find ticket information here. The holiday lights are open for viewing every day until Dec. 29.
Friday-Saturday, 6:30-11 p.m.; Sunday, 6:30-10 p.m.
Elf Acres, 1475 Grosenbacher Rd.
$25 and up

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