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Where to see holiday lights in San Antonio and surrounding areas

Feeling festive? These mild shows flip up the holiday cheer

The immersive holiday mild show Lightscape will return to the San Antonio Botanical Garden this November. (Richard Haughton, San Antonio Botanical Garden)

Viewing sparkly lights is a favourite holiday pastime for a lot of and the latest chilly climate has me feeling festive.

I’ve already been ready to take a look at a number of of those points of interest and they don’t disappoint.

If you’re prepared to get in the holiday spirit, I’ve curated an inventory of locations the place you may see holiday lights. Some places even have meet-and-greet alternatives with Santa. 🎅

From drive-thru mild parks to an outdated Hollywood movie set in Boerne, listed here are among the locations you may take a look at lights in San Antonio and the surrounding areas:

  • The Light Park in Selma – The drive-thru holiday mild show generally known as the Light Park is returning to the San Antonio space for a second year. A 700-foot animated LED tunnel will likely be one of many park’s fundamental options. There may also be a light-weight present synced and choreographed to holiday music on a music station explicitly designated for the Light Park. The exhibits began Nov. 4 and run by Jan. 1.
The Light Park will open in Selma on Nov. 3. (The Light Park)
  • SeaWorld San Antonio – The annual Christmas celebration at SeaWorld San Antonio returned on Nov. 10. Referred to because the “largest light display in Texas,” SeaWorld San Antonio will likely be lit up by Jan. 2. There may also be alternatives to see Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
  • Lightscape – You can mild up your holiday season with kinetic hues and a flower forest — two new immersive installations that will likely be on the Lightscape holiday mild show on the San Antonio Botanical Garden. The one-mile strolling path will likely be illuminated with a whole lot of 1000’s of lights and varied artwork shows from Nov. 11 to Jan. 8.
  • Santa’s Ranch in New Braunfels – This family-friendly drive-through takes visitors by greater than a mile of winding nation roads lit up with holiday lights and Christmas shows. Santa’s Ranch is already open and will likely be accessible by Jan. 1.
  • Travis Park – The Rotary Ice Rink offered by Valero will open on Nov. 18 at San Antonio’s Travis Park. There will likely be greater than 350,000 lights illuminating the park and the rink, which will likely be practically double the scale from earlier years at 5,000 sq. toes. The City of San Antonio Christmas tree may also mild up the park.
  • Walkway of Lights in Marble Falls – The thirty second annual holiday celebration will likely be open nightly beginning at 6 p.m. from Nov. 18 to Dec. 31 at Lakeside Park, positioned at 305 Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls. Attendance is all the time free, nonetheless, guests are inspired to give financial donations to assist assist the occasion and native nonprofits.
Marble Falls Walkway of Lights (Look Think Make)
  • Crumbling Castle Lights – This mile-long drive-thru mild show is positioned in Comfort, simply north of Boerne. Crumbling Castle will likely be open from 6-10 p.m. nightly from Nov. 18 by Jan. 1.
  • Lights Alive! in Alamo Ranch – This immersive mild expertise opens Nov. 18 and will likely be open by Christmas evening. It’s a drive-thru occasion at 5931 Roft Road, two miles outdoors Loop 1604 and Culebra. Entry charges are priced per car. At the top of the drive, there’s a Park & Play Wonderland the place you may exit your automotive and get pleasure from Christmas confections, create holiday crafts, take images with Santa or program your individual mild present on a 50-foot animated mild present tree.
  • Elf Acres – This one-mile path of lights at 1475 Grosenbacher Rd. will open on Nov. 18 and be up till Jan. 8, 2023. Animated shows will mild up the evening and visitors may go to Santa’s Village, a walkable space the place you may see a synchronized mild present on 3 mega timber, take a photograph with Santa and eat candy treats.
  • Light the Way – The University of the Incarnate Word will have a good time its thirty sixth annual Light the Way competition on Nov. 19 from 3-9:30 p.m. KSAT anchor Steve Spriester will emcee the occasion, which features a show of 1 million holiday lights and a fireworks present. There may also be stay music, meals vans, distributors, youngsters’s actions and meet and greet alternatives with Santa.
  • San Antonio Zoo – The San Antonio Zoo’s annual Zoo Lights shows will return on Nov. 19. Zoo Lights is included with normal zoo admission and will likely be accessible by Jan. 1. There will likely be a 124-foot mild tunnel, 32-foot LED tree and alternatives to meet Santa.
  • Old West Christmas Light Fest in Boerne – You can go to with jolly ol’ Saint Nick whereas exploring an outdated Western city decked out with twinkling lights. The annual occasion is coming back from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 24 by Dec. 24 on choose dates. The outdated west city is definitely a part of an outdated Hollywood movie set on Enchanted Springs Ranch which is often closed to the general public.
  • Ford Holiday River Parade – The Ford Holiday River Parade is about to happen on Nov. 25 alongside the San Antonio River Walk. The theme for the forty first annual parade is “Tastes and Traditions Around the World.” Tickets for the parade at the moment are on sale solely on-line at SanAntonioRiverWalk.com.
  • San Antonio River Walk – The well-known River Walk holiday lights will return nightly beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 25. There are greater than 2,250 strings with 100,000 lights that line the River Walk every year for the vacations. This holiday season the lights will keep up till daybreak on Jan. 9.
Christmas lights on the San Antonio River Walk. (KSAT)
  • Alamo Lights – The Alamo will mild up from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 25 by Jan. 2. The lights will likely be positioned all through the Alamo grounds and there may also be installations together with David Crockett, Juan Seguin driving on horseback and a number of different surprises.
  • Fiesta de Navidad in Windcrest – The metropolis of Windcrest is lighting up for a decades-old custom on Dec. 3. A contest is held to choose probably the most superbly adorned properties in varied judging classes and the general public is invited to drive alongside neighborhood streets to view the brightly-lit shows. The occasion runs by Dec. 31.
  • Trail of Lights in Austin – This year’s Trail of Lights in Austin will mild up Zilker Park from Dec. 8-23, excluding Mondays. The Trail of Lights will showcase greater than 2 million lights, 90 lighted holiday timber and greater than 70 different shows and tunnels.
Austin Trail of Lights. (Courtesy, Austin Trail of Lights)

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