December Festival Listing

Fiesta de las Luminarias, Starting December 1st each year and continuing for three pre-holiday weeks. Experience the Holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 6,000 luminarias. Warmly glowing candles in sand filled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the "lighting of the way" for Holy Family. This centuries’ old tradition begins at dusk Friday, Saturday & Sunday only.

Holiday Arts & Crafts Show, usually the second weekend in December. A perfect setting for unique holiday shopping-the banks of the San Antonio River Walk. Local and regional artists, craftsmen, and jewelers offer holiday gift items for that special someone. Located along the River Walk Extension near the Chamber of Commerce, this Arts & Crafts Show displays some of the most unique hand made merchandise available anywhere. Whether it's jewelry, pottery or fine art you are interested in, you can finalize your holiday shopping. Enjoy a stroll along the picturesque River Walk, stop to talk to our vendors who are anxious to share information about their craft, and take home an item that will enhance your home, wardrobe or garden.

The Nutcracker Suite, performed during both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays (except Christmas Day), for available shows & tickets see website 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. Generations of audiences since its beginning in 1892 have enjoyed this perennial Christmas favorite, a charming tale of holiday adventure that follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice. For more info contact (210)404-9641.


The Magik Theatre’s Christmas Production, Magik Theatre at 402 S Alamo, for the whole family. www.magiktheatre.org. Each year this innovative theater troupe selects a different amusing play oriented to children, but also enjoyed by adults. Please check their website for details. Daily in Dec except Suns. Please call for ticket info: (210)227-2751.
Holiday Boat Caroling, starting Thanksgiving weekend and continuing each weekend in Dec, 6:30 pm - 9:45 pm daily. Joyous caroling fills the evening air along the San Antonio River Walk as more than 185 school, church, company, and civic choral groups ring in the holidays by singing traditional carols on cruising boats. The eclectic mix of participants includes bell choirs, folk groups, Latino ensembles, and hearing impaired performers. Join visitors from around the world in impromptu sing-a-longs from the patios of River Walk restaurants. Starts at river level by Chamber of Commerce.

Der Ursprung dieser Weihnachtsfeier, one evening mid-December 5:30pm at Margarite B. Parker Chapel, Trinity University. This wonderful German tradition celebrates the upcoming Christmas. No sermon is preached, and no particular doctrine is advocated. Choirs, bands, and candles all come together to create the spirit of Christmas.  See www.bethanychurchucc.org or call Bethany Congregational Church office at (210)342-6034, or The German Weihnachtsfeier Society at (210)826-0255 or (210)342-5765 or (210)534-4481.

Celebrate San Antonio! Every New Year’s Eve you can 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 or go to www.saparksfoundation.org.

Las Nuevas Tamaleras, Various dates in Dec. 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. Tickets $12 - $25 – call ahead (210)223-2009.  

Bazaar Sabado, usually 2nd Sat in Dec. 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, TBA each December 6pm (annual), at San Fernando Cathedral. 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.

Art.i.copia, Southwest School of Art & Craft, often the 2nd weekend in Dec: Enjoy refreshments while browsing an array of contemporary art in the SSAC’s Gallery Shop on Navarro Campus. Ring in the holiday spirit with creative, unusual gifts for those you love; refreshments and holiday delights are available throughout the day. Special guest artists are invited to join in the merriment. Free and open to the public.

San Antonio Symphony Holiday Pops Concert, check the www.sasymphony.org website for specific dates. Held 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 at (210)554-1010.

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