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San Antonio Holidays Bring Luminarias, Tamales, River Walk Caroling and More

July 23, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The holiday season in San Antonio is an especially magical time with an array of activities and events.

In this cultural and historic city, visitors can relax with a cup of Mexican hot chocolate while beautifully decorated river barges parade along the River Walk. Bazaars and markets sell one-of-a-kind gifts. Plus, a popular tamale festival provides the most delicious treats of all.

Thousands of holiday lights adorn the River Walk while many cultural festivities promise an unforgettable getaway. Along the river, almost 200 trees are decorated with twinkling lights and 20 street bridges are colorfully illuminated with various patterns. The City of San Antonio holds a Light Up Downtown Holiday Contest that encourages downtown business owners to compete for the most decorative and creative use of LED lights. The result is a lit up river and street that combines for one magical holiday destination.

The River Walk is also home to the Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias. This centuries-old tradition takes place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays fromDecember 6-December 22, when the River Walk is lined with 6,000 luminarias (small paper lanterns) to symbolically light the way for the Holy Family. Another River Walk favorite among others is the Ford Holiday River Boat Caroling. From December 4 – December 22, more than 185 choirs ring in the holidays by singing traditional carols on cruising barges. The eclectic mix of participants includes bell choirs, folk groups and Latino ensembles.

For more details and to discover the many events in San Antonio, go to or call (866) 517-7779.

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