Just because San Antonio experiences mild winters, doesn’t mean they have watered down holiday celebrations. In fact, this time of year marks the beginning of a long list of winter events that roll out over the next few months, including harvest festivals, decked out light displays, and visits from Mr. Clause himself. If you’re the type that likes to enjoy the traditions of Christmas and New Years without the fear of frostbite, San Antonio might just be the best holiday destination for your upcoming vacation plans. Temperatures in wintertime still hover around the 60’s, making it the perfect mix of cool and warm to take a pleasant night stroll along the River Walk and indulge in a tangy cup of hot cider.
Dia de Los Muertos
To kick off the fall festivities, start by embracing one of San Antonio’s most popular holidays, the Day of the Dead, also known as Dia de Los Muertos. With the city’s strong ties to Mexico and a large chunk of the population being made up of Chicanos, it’s only natural that there would be numerous Day of the Dead parties happening in and around San Antonio. If you’re looking to keep the Dia de Los Muertos fiestas alive beyond November, then take a visit to Centro de Artes Gallery, where they are showcasing art inspired by this iconic day until January 19th. The exhibition aptly named “The Day of the Dead in Art,” spans over 50 artists and 100 artworks that convey unique perspectives on Dia de Los Muertos over the centuries.
When we think of an autumn harvest, we think of beautiful artisan crafts, delicious homemade food, joyful music, and plenty of family time. Nothing does all of that quite like a local arts and crafts market. Ready to take care of that Christmas shopping? Find a one-of-a-kind gift at Bloom Handmade Market, where you can peruse detailed handiwork from local artists. This market takes place on November 9th from 10 am – 5 pm and showcases a more intimate base of artisans. If you can’t make that date, take a stroll through the Holiday Art Market at the Tobin Center on November 23rd. This outdoor market specializes in fine art and high-end crafts that range from home decor to gourmet food. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy live music, try tasty holiday treats, and have a chance to meet Santa Claus!
A World of Dr. Seuss
If you find yourself skipping ahead to December events on your holiday calendar, then you’ll want to make some room for two of San Antonio’s most popular holiday traditions – the Annual Tree Lighting Show and How the Grinch Stole Brunch. On December 4th starting at 7pm, Plaza San Saba will transform into Dr. Seuss’ favorite town, Whoville! During the tree lighting there will be live music from national jazz musician, Will Donato, and appearances from the Grinch and the Grinchettes. Themed cocktails and kid-friendly activities make this event a great time for the whole family. If you still haven’t had your fill of the grinch, head over to Sweetfire Kitchen at La Cantera Resort & Spa where they’ll be hosting How the Grinch Stole Brunch on December 7th from 10 am – 3 pm. During the brunch there will be readings of Dr. Seuss’ famous tale, narrated by the Grinch himself.
The Number One Resort in Texas
Need a place to lay your head during your holiday trip? At La Cantera Resort & Spa, you’ll feel truly pampered with luxurious suites and villas, beautiful heated pools, a destination spa with a top-notch menu, and two world-class golf courses. Splash around at the pool during the day and then sit back and relax with your family during their Sunset S’mores from 6:30 – 8 pm. Did we mention that the resort was named #1 Resort in Texas and the Southwest and #8 Resort in the United States? Celebrate their victory by booking their Condé Nast Traveler Celebration Offer, where you’ll get exclusive savings and perks during your stay!