Joyful Journeys: Free Family-Friendly Holiday Events in San Antonio 2023

by San Antonio MomsDec 1, 2023

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Hey San Antonio Moms!

As the holiday season twinkles into full swing, San Antonio transforms into a winter wonderland, brimming with joyous events perfect for the whole family – and the best part? Many of these festive experiences are absolutely free! Get ready to dive into our handpicked selection of holiday happenings that promise endless fun without breaking the bank.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops San Antonio

Nothing says holiday magic like a visit to Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops. From November 30 to December 24, 2023, immerse your family in a world of festive cheer with enchanting decorations and a chance to meet Santa himself! It’s a perfect spot for those adorable holiday photos and creating memories that last a lifetime. The event’s schedule varies, so make sure to check the timings before you head out​​.

Winter Wonderland at Palo Alto College

Winter Wonderland at Palo Alto College is a must-visit for families looking to experience the joy of the season. Running from November 30 to January 21, 2024, this event offers a spectacular display of lights and holiday decor. Open daily from 6–9 p.m., it’s a great way to spend an evening under the stars, surrounded by the glow of festive lights​​.

Holiday Lights on the River Walk

San Antonio’s iconic River Walk shines brighter during the holiday season with the stunning Holiday Lights display. From November 30, 2023, to January 7, 2024, take a leisurely stroll along the river and bask in the glow of over 100,000 lights draped over the bald cypress trees. This free event is a visual treat for all ages and a perfect backdrop for your holiday pictures​​.

Light The Night Christmas Parade in Fredericksburg

Mark your calendars for a sparkling evening at the “Light The Night Christmas Parade” in Fredericksburg. This event, presented by H-E-B, is a holiday extravaganza taking place on Friday, December 1, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. Over 150 illuminated entries will brighten up the city’s historic Main Street, offering a mesmerizing spectacle for all ages. Grab your lawn chairs and pick a cozy spot along the route for this free, first-come-first-served seating experience. For those who can’t make it in person, catch the livestream on the station’s website and FBG.Live. Enhance your parade experience with a visit to Peppermint Platz for free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, adding an extra touch of magic to your family’s holiday celebrations​​​​​​​​.

Get Ready for Holiday Fun! San Antonio moms, it’s time to bundle up your little ones and step into the festive season! These free holiday events offer a delightful way to celebrate the joy of the season with family and friends. Whether it’s marveling at dazzling lights, singing along with carolers, or sharing a magical moment with Santa, San Antonio has plenty to offer to make your holidays merry and bright.

Don’t forget to share your experiences and holiday snaps with us on Wishing you all a festive and joyous holiday season! 🎄✨


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