Christmas Holiday Events

The Nutcracker Suite, Dec 5th -7th and 12th-14th, 2008. www.balletsanantonio.org This classic Christmas ballet to be presented by Ballet San Antonio, Arts San Antonio, and the San Antonio Symphony at Lila Cockrell Theatre. For more info contact Adrienne Westlake at (210)404-9641.

The Nutcracker, the Comedy, Majik Theatre at 402 S Alamo, www.majiktheatre.org. daily in Dec except Sundays, please call for ticket info: (210)227-2751.

Celebrate San Antonio! Dec 31st www.saparksfoundation.org Enjoy this spectacular display of fireworks, live music on multiple stages, food booths, family activities and much more. Downtown on Alamo Street – free admission. For info call 210/212-8423.

Las Nuevas Tamaleras, Dec 5th – 7th, & Dec 12th – 14th. www.tamaleras.com . Written and directed by San Antonio playwright, Alicia Mena, this is a one act bilingual comedy that captures three contemporary Chicanas in an uproariously comical attempt at making Tamales for the first time. The show erupts when the spirits of Doña Juanita and Doña Mercedes appear on the scene to invisibly guide the younger generation of women. The situation becomes even more outrageous and entertaining when the experienced Tamaleras disagree on the proper way to make the perfect tamal. The new Tamaleras blunder through the daunting task, frustrating their spiritual guides and delighting the audience. At the Guadalupe Theater at 1300 Guadalupe St.

Bazar Sabado, Dec13th, 10 am to 4 pm. www.samuseum.org. SAMA's most popular fundraiser of the year, it is an eclectic global shopping experience and a great way to buy unique gifts. Special shopping trips to Mexico, Central and South America and Asia have stocked the shelves with unique treasures from around the world in a variety of prices to accommodate all your gift-giving needs. Items include unusual African tribal pieces, handbags, fashions and ethnic jewelry from Southeast Asia, Cuna Indian blouses with molas, ceremonial rattles and carved gourd bowls from Panama. Of course, Bazar Sábado favorites from Mexico, Guatemala and Peru such as jewelry and accessories, holiday items, ceramics, textiles, house wares and rugs will be featured in abundance. Adults $3, children 11 and under free.

La Gran Posada, Dec 2008 (annual), at the San Fernando Cathedral at 6pm. The oldest cathedral sanctuary in the United States, San Fernando Cathedral hosts an annual re-enactment of Mary and Joseph's search for a manger prior to the birth of baby Jesus. La Gran Posada has been reenacted every year since the 16th century, and has followed the same processional route beginning in Milam Park, the parade works its way through Market Square, City Hall and past the Courthouse, ending up at the cathedral itself. Marchers hold candles and follow Mary and Joseph as they search for shelter, singing traditional Posada songs and Christmas carols as they go. Local musicians perform in the church after the procession and prayer is complete; truly an otherworldly experience! Free to all.

San Antonio Symphony Holiday Pops Concert, www.sasymphony.org. December 19th – 20th at 8:00 pm, December 21st at 8pm at the Majestic Theatre. Celebrate the holiday season by joining the San Antonio Symphony and the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio for a fun-filled program of singing and singing along. You and your family will feel gleeful together while experiencing San Antonio’s joyful Children’s Chorus! Tickets (210)554-1010.

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