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Magical Holiday Lights in San Antonio You Need To Experience

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“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go.”

The Holiday Lights are twinkling a bit brighter and bigger this year. After all, everything is BIGGER in Texas. Not sure where you can catch the pretty flashing lights? Do you need some cute spots for date night? Unsure about where you and your family can go for some Holiday fun?

UNATION San Antonio has got you covered with THE Ultimate: Holiday Lights in San Antonio Guide! Think of it as a Bucket List for all the Magical Spots with gorgeous Holiday Lights. You’ll want to check them all off your list!

Don’t forget to download your FREE Holiday Lights Maps! All you need to do is enter your first name, add an email, and you’ll have TWO Magical Maps to the Holiday Lights in SA! Keep them on your phone or print them out to plan your fun adventures. 🎄🌟

Reminder: Due to COVID-19, we understand there’s not much going on in our city. But don’t worry, there is still plenty of Stuff to Do in San Antonio that can be done while social distancing. Be sure to double-check for any updates on these Holiday Lights spots before making plans to head out.

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Drive-Thru Lights

Christmas lights, hay rides, and yummy food. It’s all taking place in the heart of the Hill Country. We’re on our way to the 8th Christmas on the Ranch! There will be over 4 million dazzling, twinkling lights that’s sure to put you and your family into the Holiday spirit!

The Christmas on the Ranch celebrations will start November 26th until December 24th. The fun will be on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only. Best part of Christmas on the Ranch? It’s appropriating the beautiful light show display from the comfort of your car. Make sure to tune into FM 98.9 to enjoy synchronized Christmas music! 

Once at the Christmas Ranch you can:

  • 🍭 Visit Santa
  • 🍭 Holiday Shopping
  • 🍭 Drink Hot Cocoa
  • 🍭 Fun Photo-Ops
  • 🍭 Enjoy a family Hayride
  • 🍭 Grab yummy food


BTW: Don’t forget about the Holiday Drive-In Movie experience, just $20 per vehicle. Watch your favorites like The Grinch or Home Alone.

Event Details
🗓 Nov 26 – Dec 24 (Fri, Sat & Sun) 
📍Christmas on the Ranch
🎟 Tickets

It’s a Digital World filled with yummy snacks and we love to see it! 

Lights Alive! is 100% computer controlled. It is musically synchronized with your favorite Christmas classics but also with fun non-traditional remixes. The immersive experience is sure to dazzle everyone!

The mile long attraction is first of its kind in Texas to proudly display innovative new lighting technologies. Lights Alive! is not only a Drive-Thru experience because there’s also a Play-N-Park Winter Wonderland. You can take photos with Santa, enjoy fun Arts & Crafts, and grab some delicious snacks!

New 2021 Fun:

  • 🌟 The Nativity Show @ Park-N-Play
  • 🌟 Gingerbread Escape Room Experience
  • 🌟 Singing Bulb Choir
  • 🌟 Canopy Light Tunnel
  • 🌟 Inflatable Axe Throwing 
  • 🌟 Soccer Darts


Other Drive-Thru Lights In San Antonio:

            Now – Jan 02

           Now – Jan 02

           Nov 19 – Jan 02

           Nov 25 – Dec 24

           Dec 04 – Dec 31

Walk-Thru Lights

You don’t want to miss the FIRST Annual Field of Lights! Enjoy your favorite Christmas tunes and take a stroll through the 300,000 beautiful lights. You won’t have the restriction of being in your car, so you’ll want to take as many photos as you can with the immersive, synchronizing lights. ✨

Additional Merry & Bright Fun:

  • 🎅🏼 Visit Santa’s Workshop
  • 🎅🏼 Free printed photo with Santa
  • 🎅🏼 Fun games
  • 🎅🏼 Yummy and affordable snacks
  • 🎅🏼 Multiple joyful Photo-Ops

Event Details
🗓 Nov 26 – Dec 19 
📍 Westover Field of Lights
🎟 $15 per car

If you’re wanting to celebrate the Holiday Season Texas-style, head on over to the Natural Bridge Caverns! Nestled in the scenic Hill Country, that’s where we’ll be! 

Our favorite part about the Natural Bridge is getting to experience our favorite Christmas carols echoing through Texas’s LARGEST underground cavern. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy a 5,000 square foot maze, perfect to get your steps in and enjoy the fresh air! Did we mention the stunning 30ft Christmas Tree? 😻🎄✨

In case you’re wanting to enjoy the weather and have a hike, CLICK HERE

Other Christmas Favorites at the Caverns:

  • 🎄 Caroling in the Caverns
  • 🎄 Twisted Trails
  • 🎄 Trail of Lights
  • 🎄 AMAZEn’ Reindeer Roundup
  • 🎄 Ice Skating
  • 🎄 Awesome Live Entertainment in the Discovery Village
  • 🎄 Christmas Campfire for yummy s’mores
  • 🎄 Visit with Santa


Other Walk-Thru Lights In San Antonio:

San Antonio River Walk
🗓 Now – Jan 10 | Daily 5:30pm–8:00am
📍 San Antonio River Walk

Tree Lightings

The 35th Annual Light the Way Celebration is back and BIGGER than ever! Make your way to the University of the Incarnate Word for a special Holiday evening filled with magical, twinkling lights. Perfect for a family-fun night, a special date night, or an enjoyable night out with friends. You’re sure to have a night filled with awesome memories. 

Additional Fun Activities:

  • 🎉 Meet and greet with Santa
  • 🎉 Shoppers’ Lane
  • 🎉 Amazing Live Music
  • 🎉 Yummy local Food Trucks
  • 🎉 Fun kid-friendly activities
  • 🎉 And sooo much more

If you’re ready to enjoy a Winter Wonderland in Texas, this is it! Travis Park will be hosting a Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration in honor of the beautiful 50-foot X-Mas Tree. The Christmas Tree will be decorated with handmade ornaments and about 10,000 dazzling red, blue, and white lights!

In case you want to make it an EXTRA special evening, you can make your way to the Travis Park Ice Rink. Trust us, you’ll feel like you’re in New York but with amazing Texas weather! 🌟

Event Details
🗓 Nov 26 | 6:00pm–8:00pm
📍 Travis Park

Holiday Attractions

Looking for MORE Holiday Lights? Make it a fun-filled day at these San Antonio favorites!

Grab some hot chocolate and explore the thrills and chills at Holiday in the Park. Enjoy a stroll and pay a visit to your faves like Timothy and Uma at the Whataburger Zoo Lights. Or have a fun Sesame Street Christmas at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration!

            Nov 20 – Jan 02

           Now – Jan 02

           Nov 20 – Jan 02

🎅🏼 Support Local This Holiday Season 🎅🏼

Up For a Drive? Other Magical Lights in TX! 🤩

Before You Go...

Don’t forget to save or bookmark this guide to the Magical Holiday Lights in San Antonio you NEED to experience.

We know not everyone is ready to be out and about just yet, and we encourage you to do what is best for yourself and your family during this time.  

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Samantha Sanchez

Samantha Sanchez

Samantha is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe for updates and follow be sure to follow us on social!