Best places to see holiday lights in San Antonio

Posted by Mission del Lago on Dec 12, 2016 9:06:15 AM


Getting out to see the holiday lights is a favorite family activity in San Antonio this time of year, and there’s no shortage of great places to go. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites.

The River Walk

One of the best San Antonio holiday lights displays is minutes from the Southside. It’s just not Christmas without a trip to the River Walk to check out the lights that twinkle along the water. The lights are on every day through January 16 from 9pm to 6am. For an immersive experience, play tourist and take a boat tour.

Alamo Plaza
You have until January 9 to see the thousands of lights in Alamo Plaza, “a tradition that’s been captivating audiences for 35 years,” said KSAT. The 55-foot white fir Christmas tree is the centerpiece of the display, with red and white lights and sparkling gold and silver handmade ornaments. 


This San Antonio neighborhood has been a favorite spot to view Christmas lights for decades. People come from far and wide to see the elaborate displays, which remain up through New Year’s Day. Individual residences receive rewards for their efforts; you can get a map of the winners at Windcrest City Hall or get more info here.

University of the Incarnate Word

The drive-through light display at University of the Incarnate Word, called “Light the Way,” is up until January 6. Now in its 30th year, the festive display features almost a million lights.

Santa's Ranch

A short drive from San Antonio, Santa’s Ranch is New Braunfels is one of Texas’ favorite places to view Christmas lights. The mile-long stretch features twinkling lights and themed displays, as well as homemade snacks and refreshments. The lights are up through New Year’s Day.

The Don Strange Ranch

Open through New Year’s Eve, the Christmas Light Fest in Boerne, just a short drive from the Alamo City, features more than two million lights in its drive-through display. Don’t want to drive your car? No problem. You can take a hayride instead. There is also a Santa’s Village with holiday treats and visits from the man himself.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Never does the park look better than when it’s adorned with more than a million Christmas lights. Holiday in the Park also features festive food and fun to celebrate the season through January 2.


Where’s the largest display of holiday lights in Texas? That would be SeaWorld, with 5 million twinkling lights throughout the park. “This wintery, watery wonderland features Christmas shows, holiday lights, festive foods, Santa Claus and more,” they said. Guests also have an opportunity to meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends.

San Antonio Zoo

This favorite San Antonio destination is even more exciting over the holidays, when the park is transformed by Zoo Lights. This after-hours event goes on until January 1. The twinkling lights are all over the zoo and there’s a brand-new light show, plus guests have an opportunity to sip hot cocoa, roast s'mores, see Santa, go ice skating, and ride a camel.

Morgan's Wonderland

Weekends through December 23, Wonderland Christmas lights up with “Christmas light galore,” along with a petting zoo, ice skating, and pictures with Santa.

Elf Acres

Go West! The newest holiday lights in San Antonio is on the far West Side of the city. The 20-acre drive-through display is open until December 30, with thousands of lights and animated displays, hayrides, snacks, and photos with Santa.

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