Travelers near and far flock to the warmer weather of places like Texas throughout the year, many opting to spend their Christmas break somewhere warm. Once you’ve settled on Texas for your Christmas respite, point your compass to San Antonio. There are plenty of things to do and see that will keep you as busy as you like during your Christmas in San Antonio stay, whether you spend your time indoors or out.
While it may be “lights out” for many of the zoo’s residents, the grounds are flooded with light and holiday cheer for you to enjoy. The stars of the show are the bright, 32-foot-tall LED trees. Take a trip around the zoo on the Holiday Sing-Along Express train. You’ll see life-size illuminated animals, including a 15-foot-tall giraffe in the “Starry Safari” themed area of the zoo. Roast marshmallows, sip hot cocoa, and admire the glow of lights through a light tunnel. Make sure to stop by the Lakeside Light Show – a pixel technology show combined with a custom Christmas and Latin song soundtrack.
SeaWorld San Antonio
Enjoy a winter wonderland with the largest light displays in Texas and Christmas activities in San Antonio! Walk through nine million twinkling lights in jolly and festive displays. “O Wondrous Night” is a new stage show that tells the story of the Nativity through the eyes of the animals, and features puppetry, over 30 carols, and more. The SeaWorld Christmas Celebration also includes meet-and-greets with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a Sesame Street Christmas Parade, Elmo’s Christmas Wish Show, and more! Watch acrobatic elves balance the nice list and stack up cheer during the “Elves Christmas Story” and much more. Details and tickets are available at the park website.
San Antonio River Walk
Stroll, shop, or dine along the winding path that hugs the San Antonio River. There are vintage and historical sites dotted along the way, as well as new attractions, modern boutiques, and more. The 15-mile path of the River Walk is the largest urban ecosystem in the U.S. Float down the river on a special narrated tour that hits all the highlights. Make sure to take in the holiday light show along the river, complete with millions of twinkling lights from the day after Thanksgiving through the first weekend of January.
“Remember the Alamo!” Add some history to your festivities. The 1836 battle at the Spanish mission is what many know the historic site for. Built in 1731 and originally called Mission San Antonio de Valero, it is the first of five missions the Spanish built while trying to solidify their claim to Texas. It eventually became a frontier military outpost for Spain, Mexico, Texas, and the U.S. Take a guided tour, study the exhibits, or enjoy hands-on demonstrations about life in the 1830s. The hour-long tours are daily at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m. Children 12 and under are $30 and adults are $40. There is a discount for Friends of the Alamo members, military, and their family.
Begin at the famed Alamo and follow the winding pedestrian route along the San Antonio River, passing the four other historical missions. The San Antonio Missions National Historic Park houses the trail, and each mission in the park boasts its own unique visitor areas. Each location is 2-3 miles away from the nearest neighbor, so you’ll get a workout, followed by a rest as you explore the area around each mission. Make sure to check out the Spanish colonial demonstration farm at Mission San Juan, and the official park visitor center at Mission San Jose.
Escape Room San Antonio
Work together with your group members to solve a series of clues and puzzles and break out in 60 minutes to win the game. There are different themed rooms to choose from, with varying degrees of difficulty and number of players needed to solve the clues. Choose the topic or difficulty that’s right for you and make sure to book in advance. Themes include Murder at Mardi Gras, Tomb of the Red Queen, and Rescue from VooDoo Island.
Christmas in San Antonio
When you stay in a vacation rental in San Antonio provided by Renter’s Club this Christmas, you’ll enjoy easy access to the many area attractions, shopping, dining, and more to make a winter respite to remember. We offer small condos for a more intimate stay, up to large single-family homes with multiple bedrooms in the San Antonio area for your larger group. Prepare a meal in the fully equipped kitchen and enjoy it in a spacious dining area. Afterward, spread out in an open living space. Enjoy a private balcony or patio or spend some time near the pool. For a premium experience, choose a unit with bonuses like multiple flat screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more.
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