Holiday Kid-Friendly Activities
Cooler weather and holiday cheer are keeping us distracted from the fact that soon we will have rambunctious kiddos at home for the holidays. Keeping them occupied can seem like a daunting task since we’ve just only gotten a break from the little angels. Queue in the team at SA Social Calendar. We’ve got a list of things you can do to entertain your kiddos while keeping your sanity.
Holiday Lights on the Riverwalk
Visiting the River Walk to enjoy the spectacular holiday lights is free. The River Walk is a public park and is open every day of the year, 24 hours a day. The lights are a gift to the public from the San Antonio River Walk Association and the City of San Antonio. Holiday lights are on the downtown portion of the River Walk. Our friends at the San Antonio River Authority have added lights North of Downtown in the Pearl District.
Ford Fiesta de Las Luminarias
Experience the holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 2,000 Luminarias at night. This centuries-old tradition begins at dusk Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for three weekends, only in December. Luminarias are a traditional Mexican Christmas lantern originally consisting of a candle set in sand inside a small bag.
SA Riverwalk Kayaking
For the kids that are 6+ years old, get this rare opportunity to kayak on the San Antonio Riverwalk. Only operating in the mornings of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday December 4th through January 31st.
San Antonio Zoo | Whataburger Zoo Lights
When the animals tuck in for the evening, San Antonio Zoo transforms into a wild, winter wonderland filled with a jaw-dropping array of twinkling lights. Bigger and brighter than before, Whataburger Zoo Lights is a must-see for families and is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit!
AT&T Center | Illumi-Night A Magical Drive-Thru Experience
The AT&T Center will transform into a winter wonderland for its first-ever holiday lights drive-thru event. The illumi-Night: A Magical Drive-Thru Experience will deck out the arena’s parking lot with 4 million twinkling lights and will include holiday photo opportunities with Santa, treats, 3-D displays and more in a mile-long drive-thru.
Bring your friends and family and enjoy one of the best holiday lights exhibits in the state! You’ll take a drive through over a mile of winding country roads while taking in the beautiful lights, animated Christmas displays, and enjoying homemade hot cocoa, kettle corn, and snacks.
Lights Alive! is a 100% computer-controlled, musically synchronized, drive-thru light show experience. The nearly mile-long attraction is the first of its kind in Texas and proudly showcases innovative new lighting technologies that are sure to dazzle and captivate viewers of all ages.
Christmas at the Caverns
At Natural Bridge Caverns, we celebrate Christmas unlike anywhere else in the world! Nestled in the scenic Texas Hill Country, we kick our holiday festivities up a notch. Hear your favorite carols echo through Texas’ largest underground cavern. Visit with Santa “Spelunker” Claus, then round up his reindeer in our 5000 square foot outdoor maze. As the sun sets behind our 30-foot Christmas tree, take a stroll through our 1/3 mile trail of lights. Buy ahead and save here!
Ostrich feathers, Zebra ears, and Buffalo noses so close you could touch them! That’s Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch — one of Texas’s most recognized family entertainment attractions. Meander through 450 acres of rolling hills, creek beds, and magnificent live oak trees. Witness the behavior of over 500 animals from more than 40 different exotic, native and endangered animal species from across the globe. Grab your Safari hat, and join us for the adventure of a lifetime — your very own African Safari, Texas Style!
Holiday Camps at The DoSeum
The DoSeum’s Holiday Camps are back! Explore STEM, art, and literacy concepts while keeping your mind at play all day! Design your own fashion collection, build a board game that lights up, or even collaborate with other campers to build a skyscraper! Find your kid’s favorite Holiday Camp today!
Family Flashlight Night | San Antonio Botanical Garden
Friday, December 18 | 6PM to 8:30PM
Bring your flashlight and experience the nocturnal side of the garden with the family. Explore the Botanical Garden by moonlight, find your way through the light maze, as well as enjoy hands-on activities and fun tours. Drinks, food and DIY s’mores kits available for purchase.
C&C Impact Youth Theatre | Holiday in the Garden: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Saturday, December 19 | 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Come spend a day with C&C Impact Youth Theatre at the beautiful San Antonio Botanical Garden. Attend your choice of 2 outdoor performances titled Holiday in the Garden and enjoy the rest of the day exploring. Bundle up, wear a mask then bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy a socially distant event you won’t soon forget. See you soon to kick off the holiday season.
Holiday in the Park: A Drive-thru Experience | Six Flags Fiesta Texas
The Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience will debut November 30 and continue Dec 1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 16, and 17 beginning at 6 p.m. each night.
For the first time ever, Six Flags Fiesta Texas will showcase a drive-through holiday spectacular featuring millions of dazzling lights, festive holiday theming, and seasonal music favorites in an innovative, one-of-a-kind nighttime event for the whole family. This unique holiday experience, offered in conjunction with the park’s traditional Holiday in the Park event, will delight revelers of all ages, and offer guests an exciting and fun way to celebrate the spirit of the season from the comfort and safety of their own cars.
Sea World San Antonio | Christmas Celebration
Now through Jan. 3 – SeaWorld San Antonio is decking out the halls for the largest Christmas celebration in Texas, an extraordinary holiday event. This wintery, watery wonderland features Christmas shows, holiday lights, festive foods, Santa Claus and more!
With so many options to choose from, we hope we have made it easier for you to plan fun activities for your family.