The SouthSide is the place that bridges past, present, and future, with a strong sense of pride and nostalgia and a bright new promise. It’s the place to share, grow, and celebrate family every day. But during the holidays, all the beauty of living on the SouthSide is really on display. Here are 10 reasons you’ll love it even more right now.
1. Holiday decorations and twinkling lights—Driving through the SouthSide, it’s hard not to notice the holiday decorations throughout the area. It’s a sign of how much pride people have in their home, their neighborhood, and their business. At Mission del Lago, festive decorations further transform a community that is being revitalized by a number of important improvements and beautifications.
2. Kono Kares for Kids—This special event at South Park Mall on December 11 and 12 from Kono 101.1 FM and the San Antonio Children’s Shelter raises funds for the homeless children of San Antonio. Come donate in front of Macy's from 5am–7pm. When you’re done, head over to JCPenney to take photos with Santa, open through December 24.
3. The Mitchell Lake Audubon Center’s Christmas Bird Count—This beloved spot for taking in nature offers a fun and educational way for kids to wrap up the holidays. Come out on January 3 from 8am to noon for Binocular Boot Camp, an opportunity to spot as many birds as possible and even learn some bird calls.
4. Tamales, tamales, tamales! Set aside time to hit Tamales at Pearl, the annual holiday festival showcasing 40+ tamale vendors plus music and family fun. It is scheduled from noon-5 pm on Saturday, Dec. 6.
5. Rather make your own tamales? Head to La Tamalada workshop at the Witte Museum from 11am–1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, part of its Time Travel Sunday.
6. Celebrate the life of Mariachi los Camperos leader Nati Cano with a mariachi concert featuring some of the finest Mexican and American musicians. Performance will be at 7:30 p.m. on December 11 at the Aztec Theater. Purchase tickets at ARTS San Antonio’s website here.
7. Free Sundays at the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC)—Admission is free on Sunday, Dec. 14 from 1-3 p.m., when the ITC and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church present “Los Pastores,” a classic play about Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. A workshop with the troupe is available for families, and every child in attendance will get a copy of “Rosita’s Christmas Wish” by Mary Ann Smothers Bruni.
8. Light the Way at the University of the Incarnate Word—See a million twinkling lights, either by foot or by car in this two-decade-old holiday tradition. This free event is going on until January 6.
9. Celebrating with family in style. The holiday season is time for family get-togethers. This year, those who live in Mission del Lago are celebrating in style—and with space to spare! The premier master-planned community on the SouthSide, Mission del Lago is at the heart of the regeneration of the area and is providing a beautiful way of life for both those who grew up here and are seeking to raise their children in the area they love, as well as those who are new to the area and are looking for a valuable place to live that is easily commutable to their job at Eagle Ford Shale or the San Antonio Toyota Plant. Mission del Lago offers the best in SouthSide living, with attainable new homes from the $150s and an array of master-planned amenities.
10. Move-in ready homes! Mission del Lago's move-in ready homes from D.R. Horton and Lennar Homes give homebuyers a unique opportunity to purchase a brand-new home in the community without the wait of construction. These homes feature well-designed floorplans with spacious family areas, cook’s kitchens, and bedrooms for every member of the household. Many of these homes are also upgraded with appliances and desirable features throughout.
For more information about living in the fastest-growing neighborhood in South San Antonio, download our Guide to Buying a New Home in SouthSide San Antonio.