One of San Antonio’s greatest upsides is the variety of “things” to see and do at any given time. This holiday week is no exception as a variety of different events take place in and around the city. No effort is needed, ten of the best fun things to do in San Antonio this week are already described below. Hopefully, this list will make researching for this weekend’s Friday celebration, date night, or family outing a little more simple.
1. Catch a Show with Mannheim Steamroller
Mixing rock and roll with holiday cheer, Manheim Steamroller is one of the most recognizable bands on the radio throughout the Christmas season. The Majestic Theatre provides the perfect backdrop for a show that is bound to be equal parts entertaining and awe-inspiring. Mannheim Steamroller released their first Christmas album 31 years ago, jump starting a generational shift in the holiday music category. Since that time the public perception of what constitutes Christmas music has shifted to allow new classics and new genres to take part, thanks in large part to Mannheim Steamroller!
When: Saturday at 8pm.
Where: Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston St, San Antonio
2. Enjoy Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Since 1996 The Moscow Ballet has performed the Great Russian Nutcracker at various locations throughout the United States. This year, San Antonio is fortunate to host the ballet in the middle of the holidays. While most have seen The Nutcracker, few have seen it as presented by The Moscow Ballet. The ballet features incredible dancers making for an outstanding production. In addition, the second act of the Great Russian Nutcracker is actually completely different than that of the traditional Nutcracker. In the Russian version, the second act features a trip to the Land of Peace and Harmony instead of a visit to the Sugar Plum Fairy, providing a hopeful take on our world. Don’t miss out on a show sure to be one of a kind!
When: Sunday at 1pm and 5pm.
Where: Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston St, San Antonio
3. Spend Christmas Eve Atop Tower of the Americas
Looking to spice up the routine a little bit this Christmas Eve? Why not spend the evening overlooking the entire city of San Antonio! The view from the top of the Tower of the Americas is second to none, and possibly most impressive after dark and during the holidays. Lights around the city can be seen from the top, including the famously beautiful Riverwalk lights. The Tower features a traditional observation deck, but also features a top of the line restaurant at the top. Here’s a tip, take the elevator to Bar 601 during happy hour for a free elevator ride, and great food/drink deals at the top!
When: Thursday from 11am to 11pm.
Where: Tower of the Americas, 739 E Cesar E. Chavez Blvd, San Antonio
4. Celebrate at A Wonderland Christmas
Morgan’s Wonderland is a place that showcases the best San Antonio offers. The amusement park opened in 2010 and caters specifically to children and adults with special needs. This week celebrate Christmas at the wonderland with “A Wonderland Christmas”! The park will host a variety of special activities including a comedy puppet and magic show, classic carols with a country twist, Christmas traditions from around the world, and more! The park is sure to be decorated to match the festive occasion and as always will be full of smiles and kindness!
When: Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm.
Where: Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Dr, San Antonio
5. Check out Christmas in a Cave
If you have yet to take a trip to Natural Bridge Caverns this year, you are in for a holiday treat. This weekend check out Christmas at the Caverns! The festivities are sure to be exciting and full of holiday cheer! The area will be decked out in decorations while the caverns themselves will play host to live caroling and the Journey to Bethlehem show. If you’re hoping to stay above ground there is even a Christmas Village to enjoy. There’s something for everyone this weekend at Natural Bridge Caverns!
When: Wednesday from 5:30pm to 10pm.
Where: Natural Bridge Caverns, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio
6. One Last Chance to Look at Lights
Haven’t made the annual family trip to a drive-thru Christmas light show yet this season? There’s still time to take a trip to Don Strange Ranch! The light display encompasses the beauty and wonder of the season as thousands of lights dance along to cheerful music. The Ranch will also host hayrides and Santa’s Village featuring plenty of treats to eat and drink. From Rudolph to Santa, make sure to spot your favorite holiday celebrity at Don Strange Ranch!
When: Wednesday 6pm to 9pm, Thursday-Sunday from 6pm to 10pm.
Where: Don Strange Ranch, 103 Waring Welfare Rd, Boerne, TX
7. Holiday Brunch at Omni San Antonio
Want to celebrate this holiday season without cooking and cleaning? Head on down to the Omni La Mansion Del Rio for a full size holiday brunch this Christmas. The brunch will include all you could hope to eat on a holiday morning including omelets and prime rib. The Omni La Mansion Del Rio is beautifully decorated for the holidays and positioned perfectly on the banks of the Riverwalk, creating the perfect backdrop for a beautiful holiday meal. Meet up to make mealtime memories at the Omni this Christmas Day!
When: Friday from 10am to 8pm.
Where: 112 College St, San Antonio, TX
8. See Rudolph Come to Life
If you’ve yet to see a showing of Rudolph the Red–Nosed Reindeer on television this holiday season, then make your way to the Tobin Center for a live performance version of the holiday classic! Follow Rudolph on his journey as he encounters the abominable snowman and travels through the island of misfit toys. The whole family is sure to be entertained by this holiday classic acted out live on stage!
When: Wednesday at 2pm and 7pm, Thursday at 2pm.
Where: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX
9. Attend a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Whether you subscribe to a particular religious affiliation or not, there are few events that have the impact of a Christmas Eve candlelight service. Join together in song with friends and neighbors aided only by the light of candles. A Christmas Eve Candlelight service is a go to tradition for many area families to celebrate Christmas together without all the holiday season distractions. Many churches throughout the area will offer services including singing and a retelling of the Christmas story. Stop by to celebrate on Christmas Eve!
When: Thursday, Various Times.
Where: Various Churches throughout San Antonio.
10. Refocus with A Charlie Brown Christmas
A beloved holiday tradition, A Charlie Brown Christmas follows the entire Peanut gang as they navigate the meaning of Christmas and celebrate with family and friends. Follow the gang as they perform their usual shenanigans and attempt to find the perfect Christmas tree to help celebrate. The performance will take place at the Magik Theatre, which is known for local, high quality, family-friendly shows. Take the family to the Magik for a show you won’t want to miss!
When: Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.
Where: The Magik Theatre, 420 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205