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Christmas festivities return to downtown San Antonio, delighting thousands

From the Ford Holiday River Parade, to the HEB Christmas Tree Lighting at Travis Park, spectators have been keen to catch a glimpse of every dazzling occasion.

SAN ANTONIO — Downtown San Antonio got here alive Friday with the return of Christmas festivities.

From the Ford Holiday River Parade, to the HEB Christmas Tree Lighting at Travis Park, spectators have been keen to catch a glimpse of every dazzling occasion.

KENS 5 caught up with households within the coronary heart of the town on this thrilling event.

“This is our first [river parade] down here. We’ve only lived here for a couple of years,” mentioned River Parade attendee, Brent Cooper, who introduced household from Kansas to the River Walk Friday. “I think it’s very clear people are anxious to get back out in public and enjoy the festivities.”

The fortieth Annual Ford Holiday River Parade, canceled final year due to COVID-19, made its triumphant return Friday.

“I can’t wait to see all the people and all the boats on the river,” mentioned Hannah Hill, visiting San Antonio from Kansas. “Especially with the vaccine and everything, hopefully everybody can return back to normal as much as possible so we can all enjoy different events.”

The theme this year: “40 years of magic”. Each customized float illuminated the River Walk, delighting first-timers.

Just blocks away from the Christmas celebration on the river, HEB’s Christmas Tree Lighting attracted a whole bunch to Travis Park.

The Concolor Fir, introduced to San Antonio from Northern Michigan, stands 50 toes tall. It’s adorned with dozens of colourful, handmade ornaments and 10,000 white lights.

“The ornaments are huge!” mentioned Kamron Shafer, who attended the tree lighting along with his household.

“I think the star is almost as big as me!” famous Layla Thompson, who additionally joined her household for the occasion.

“The ornaments are the size of my head!” mentioned Layla’s brother, Jean-Paul.

Layla and Jean-Paul’s mom, Gabrielle, says she was delighted to hear about Friday night time’s celebration – and had to take the youngsters to catch a glimpse of the enormous tree.

“I told them that it’s a 50-foot tree. We’ve always seen the one in New York and we’re like there’s one in our town, so why not come see it!” she mentioned.

This is the thirty seventh year for the HEB tree lighting on the park.

“I just like people! Spending time with people I love,” mentioned Joshua Fiore, who got here to the celebration with pals. “It’s lovely. Wonderful. It’s really nice!”

Free reward luggage, dwell leisure and an look from Santa preserve the occasion rising every year.

“The ice skating, the little goodie bags they gave, all the music, it’s nice!” mentioned attendee, Summer Robertson, who joined pals for the event.

But the most effective half, households advised us, is the fellowship and the enjoyable.

“Spending time with my family,” mentioned Kaitlyn Shafer, who liked the Santa Claus she obtained in her HEB goodie bag.

“After the year everyone’s had, to be able to gather here and be outside…being able to be around other people, I know it’s helped me and hopefully it helps a lot of other people, too,” mentioned Layla and Jean-Paul’s father, Paul Thompson.

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