One of the greatest benefits of living in San Antonio is the variety of “things” to see and do. In fact, there are so many San Antonio attractions and events on any given weekend that it can seem overwhelming to choose just one. In this series, all pressure is off! Ten fun things to do in San Antonio will be chosen each week to make researching for the next Friday celebration, date night, or family outing a little more simple. Specifically, during this time, we’re here to make your holiday season more exciting with plenty of activities that are sure to spread holiday cheer!
- 1. Re-live Home Alone
You probably can’t make it through the holiday season without watching the classic Christmas movie, Home Alone. This year, take it up a notch by reliving the iconic movie through the music of the San Antonio Symphony. The music will be performed live as you enjoy the movie in a whole new perspective. Taking place in the Majestic Theatre, you’ll feel especially spirited getting dressed up for a movie night out. Don’t miss out on this fun evening for the entire family!
When: December 22 & 23 @7:30PM
Where: The Majestic Theatre (224 E Houston St.)
- 2. Feast and Be Festive
Whatever you do for the holidays, the common ground among everyone is a delicious meal. This year, you can have a festive holiday brunch on Christmas morning at the beautiful Hotel Contessa. Traditional dishes will be served, as well as breakfast items and delicious desserts. If you’re looking for a way to get out of cooking this Christmas, this brunch is the perfect excuse! Sip on hot chocolate, fill up on turkey, and enjoy the time spent with your family or friends. The hotel does recommend that you make a reservation ahead of time to ensure your seat.
When: December 25 211AM-2:30PM
Where: Hotel Contessa (306 W. Market Street)
- 3. Experience Christmas in the Past
The beautiful house, Steves Homstead, is located in the King William district of San Antonio. This year, the home is decorated with gorgeous authentic German Christmas decorations from over 100 years ago. You can stop by and look at the fresh greenery, traditional Christmas tree, and lovely lights anytime until January 6. Additionally, the home will have a Victorian style flair with its furniture and decorations. The King William area is beautiful at this time of year and after looking at The Steves Homestead, take some time to explore and walk around the other historic homes.
When: This weekend, 10AM-3:30 PM
Where: 509 King William Street
- 4. Exhibit Art
The San Antonio Museum of Art is pleased to share a collection of art from Carlos Merida. As an assistant to Diego Rivera, Merida lived and worked in Mexico City, making most of his work influenced by the Mexican culture, politics, and heritage. Mayan influences can be noticed in his work, as well as abstract art. The exhibit has been open since July and closes in January. Don’t miss this exhibit while it is in town. From murals to small images, the large collection will have you studying art and contemplating the different messages that Merida portrays.
When: Anytime, museum hours
Where: San Antonio Museum of Art (200 West Jones Ave)
- 5. Get Merry
Merry Gentlemen is an original play, written by the San Antonio-based playwright Sheila Rinear. While the play has elements that are inspired by Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, it is a modern Christmas play that is sure to leave you wanting more! Full of laughs and Christmas spirit, it is the perfect activity for this Christmas weekend. Grab a ticket to see this original production and you won’t be sorry! Plan ahead and get any out of town family or guests a ticket as well.
When: December 23 @ 8PM
Where: The Overtime Theater (1203 Camden St.)
- 6. Feel Childhood Nostalgia
Christmas is the time when as adults, we usually grow nostalgic for our favorite childhood memories and traditions. The classic holiday tale, A Charlie Brown Christmas is brought to life this season through the Magik Theatre troop. You’ll love getting to see this cartoon favorite on the stage as beloved characters come to life. This is the perfect holiday event for children and family, young or old. The catchy music, memorable lines, and heart-warming moments will have you feeling the holiday spirit.
When: December 23 @ 6:30PM
Where: Charlie McCombs Empire Theatre (226 N. St. Mary’s St.)
- 7. Drink to the Season
Celebrate the season and all of its holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more! Paramour is opening its doors for a holiday celebration that is non-denominational and open to everyone. Holiday attire is encouraged and guests will have endless options of cocktails to choose from as they raise a glass and drink to the different traditions and religions of the season. Meet new people, socialize, and have a drink as a kick off to Christmas weekend. Don’t forget to dress accordingly!
When: December 23 @7PM
Where: Paramour (102 9th St., suite 400)
- 8. Get Tacky
Ugly Christmas sweaters have become quite the trend this year. Whether it belonged to your grandma, is bedazzled, or has actual flashing lights, ugly Christmas sweaters come in a large variety. Dust yours off this season and head to 151 Saloon for an Ugly Sweater party. There will be judges to see whose sweater is the tackiest. Enjoy live music, drinks, dancing, and appetizers during the course of the evening. Don’t miss out on a festive opportunity to get some wear out of that awesome sweater!
When: December 23 @9:30PM-2AM
Where: 151 Saloon (10619 Westover Hills Blvd.)
- 9. Cheer the Spurs to Victory!
While Tim Duncan may have played his last game, the spurs are just kicking off their season and need your support! Duncan was a crowd favorite and an amazing player; however, there are new team members and outstanding wins to watch! This Christmas, after finishing all of your family festivities, head down to the AT&T Center for a home game! The Spurs will be taking on the Chicago Bulls and need as many supporters as they can get. The season may be young, but the Spurs are ready to play and need their die-hard fans to cheer them to victory this Christmas!
When: December 25 @4PM
Where: AT&T Center (One AT&T Parkway)
- 10. Go Out For Christmas
Have your Christmas dinner out on the town and enjoy a delicious steak at Perry’s Steakhouse at La Cantera this year. The beautiful restaurant has floor to ceiling wine storage, an amazing bar, and an “open concept” kitchen where you can see the chef prepare your food as you dine. Whether you want the famous filet mignon or the surf and turf pasta, Perry’s is the perfect choice for holiday ambiance and exceptional food. Be sure to save room for the flaming bananas foster dessert or the rocky road bread pudding. Whatever your choice is for the evening, you won’t regret going out!
When: This weekend, @ 4PM-9PM
Where: 15900 La Cantera Parkway
*It is recommended that you reserve a table here