My mission this year was to feel the magic of Christmas again. See the lights, listen to the music, decorate early, enjoy shopping at the mall instead of working. Emerge myself in all things Christmas! Most importantly, just slow down and enjoy.
In November I started researching what to do in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. I chose 1 or 2 “Christmassy” things to check out per week.
My very TOP favorite has to be the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park in Austin. If you have time to make the 1.5 hour trip from San Antonio it is absolutely worth it! The last day to attend is December 22nd.
This popular event features more than 50 displays and exhibits, and over 2 million lights. Attendees have been enjoying the Trail of Lights since 1965 and it’s one of the 3 largest events in Austin.
This year the 1.25 mile walking trail includes the North Pole, Santa’s Workshop, the Yule Log, the Ferris wheel, carousel and Candyland. I went with a friend but it’s also great for a date night and is extremely family friendly.
Make sure you are well prepared for the heavy traffic and parking if you decide to go. To park there it costs $15 with a pre-paid parking pass that must be purchased in advance, online. We decided to park in a garage near Republic Square Park and take a shuttle. You can also do this from Burger Center.
General admission is $3 per person ages 12+.
Tickets are $5 per rider. Shuttle Tickets include your gate ticket.
ZILKER PARK | DECEMBER 8-22, 2015
7:00pm – 10:00pm
For something a little closer to home my husband and I decided to drive to the Christmas Lights Fest at the Don Strange Ranch. The ranch is located off IH-10 West, exit 533, just north of Boerne.
This holiday light display, also featuring 2 million lights, is a drive-thru rather than walking trail. It is $27 per car, which we thought was a little on the high end for two people. My suggestion is to pack the car full before you head over!
After we drove the light loop twice we stopped at Santa’s Village for hot chocolate and sausage on a stick. They also offered s’mores. Santa is available for free pictures with the kids through the 22nd. Another fun way to see the lights is by hayride.
If you only have time for ONE Christmas light activity then it has to be checking out the lights on the San Antonio Riverwalk! You can still view the free lights through just after the New Year. Stroll along the banks of the river, stop in for a meal or drink. It’s the ideal way to enjoy the spirit of the season! It’s also fun to take a river barge cruise to see the lights.
And it wouldn’t be Christmas without seeing a performance of the Nutcracker. This year I had the pleasure of seeing the magical ballet for the first time! The Tobin Center is such a wonderful addition to the city of San Antonio and they put on a fabulous production by Ballet San Antonio with live music by the San Antonio Symphony.
As we enter this last week before Christmas remember:
Living with soul,