Where to See Holiday Lights in San Antonio

One of my favorite memories from childhood is getting in the car, cranking up the holiday music, and driving around with my family as we oohed and ahhed over twinkling holiday lights. With the holiday season upon us, I am excited to continue this tradition with my own little family and have done quite a bit of research to find the best holiday lights in San Antonio! There are many great ones, and if I missed any, let me know in the comments. Happy holidays!

Where to See Holiday Lights in San Antonio

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Christmas Light Fest at the Don Strange Ranch

  • Where: 103 Waring Welfare Rd., Boerne, TX 78006 | (210) 434-2340
  • When: November 23–December 31, Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays, 6:00–10:00 P.M., and Sundays–Thursdays, 6:00–9:00 P.M.
  • Cost: $27 per vehicle or $60 for a season pass
  • There are more than two million lights at Don Strange Ranch, making it one of the best displays of holiday lights in South Texas. Located just north of San Antonio in Boerne, Christmas Light Fest is an experience your child won’t forget! Besides admiring the lights, there are plenty of activities and food for both children and adults. Drive-thru or enjoy a hayride under the stars as two miles of holiday lights dazzle and entertain you, then enjoy a stop at Santa’s Village for your fill of holiday flavors and fun.
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Zoo Lights: Merry & Bright and Wild at Night!

  • Where: San Antonio Zoo3903 N. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, TX 78212 | (210) 734-7184
  • When: November 18–January 1, 6:00–10:00 P.M. (closed December 24–25)
  • Cost: Free for members of the San Antonio Zoo; $16.50 for adults, $13.25 for children 3 and up, free for children ages 2 and under.
  • Thousands of lights adorn the San Antonio Zoo to create a magical holiday experience. There are games and activities for the kids as well as a chance to have your child’s picture taken with Santa and decorate cookies with his significant other, Mrs. Claus. 

Ford Fiesta De Las Luminarias

  • Where: The River Walk | (210) 227-4262
  • When: December 1–17, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only, at dusk
  • Cost: Free
  • Ford Fiesta De Las Luminarias features more than 6,000 luminarias, which are candles in sand-filled bags, along the San Antonio River. These are part of the Mexican Christmas tradition of “lighting the way” for the holy family. Teams of volunteers make this display possible for the citizens of San Antonio to enjoy every holiday season.

Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony

  • Where: The River Walk | (210) 227-4262
  • When: November 24, 6:00–9:00 P.M.
  • Cost: Tickets range from $15–$30 per person; children two and under may sit on the laps of their parents
  • There is something so special about the entire city of San Antonio coming together to celebrate the holiday season through this annual River Parade and lighting of the River Walk. This year’s parade theme is “Christmas at the Movies,” and floats will depict holiday cinema classics. A trip downtown to see this parade is a great way to kick off the holiday season. If you can’t make the parade, don’t worry—the lights will be up through December for everyone to enjoy.

Windcrest Light Up: Enjoy the Lights of Windcrest

  • Where: City of Windcrest8601 Midcrown, Windcrest, TX 78239 | (210) 655-0022
  • When: December 1–31, nightly
  • Cost: Free
  • The Windcrest Light Up holiday light display is truly one of a kind. For 58 years, the residents of Windcrest have been outdoing themselves with intricate and awesome holiday lights and decorations. Houses are decked to the nines, and there are several competitions including “Best Mailbox” and “Most Creative Lighting.” There is an opening ceremony the night of December 9. The theme for this year is “Enjoy the Lights of Windcrest.”

Light the Way at the University of the Incarnate Word

  • Where: University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 | (210) 829-6001
  • When: Nightly through January 6
  • Cost: Free
  • The holiday lights at University of the Incarnate Word are truly stunning. The entire campus is covered in sparkling lights, and the public is free to take a walking tour through the beautiful buildings and trees. If you haven’t been on the campus, it’s a good idea to check out a map before you go. This 130-year-old tradition is worth a trip!

Santa’s Ranch

  • Where: Santa’s Ranch, 9561 I-35 N., New Braunfels, TX 78130 | (830) 743-1293
  • When: November 3–December 31, Sundays–Thursdays, 6:00–10:00 P.M., and Fridays and Saturdays, 6:00–11:00 P.M.
  • Cost: $28 + tax per vehicle or $56 + tax per vehicle for a season pass
  • Located in New Braunfels, Santa’s Ranch is a drive-through holiday light display situated on over a mile of country road. There are lights as well as animated displays. This is a perfect option for a cold winter night! Food and beverages are available for purchase.

Christmas in Cuero

  • Where: 201 Leonard Roy Harmon Dr., Cuero, TX 77954 | (361) 275-8178
  • When: November 20–January 1, nightly from 6:00–10:00 P.M.
  • Cost: Free (donations are accepted)
  • The 17th annual Christmas in Cuero kicks off with an event, Christmas in the Park, on Monday, November 20. The self-guided driving tour features more than 130 holiday light displays! Every Thursday in December is a Free Hot Chocolate night, and there is a live nativity display Wednesday, December 20–Saturday, December 23. You can find out more info on the Christmas in Cuero Facebook page.

Holiday Lights in Travis Park

  • Where: 301 East Travis St., San Antonio, TX 78205 | (361) 275-8178
  • When: November 24–January 1, nightly 
  • Cost: Free 
  • H-E-B’s Christmas Lighting Ceremony takes place on Friday, November 24. There will be food trucks, photos with Santa, and local entertainment. The festivities start at 3:00 P.M., and the lighting of the tree will be at 6:00 P.M. More than 250,000 lights will be on display through the holiday season. 

Six Flags' Holiday in the Park

  • Where: 17000 IH-10 West, San Antonio, TX 78257 | (210) 697-5050
  • When: November 18–January 7, varying days and times
  • Cost: Prices start at $52.99 for a single-day pass; free for season pass holders
  • Six Flags’ Holiday in the Park is a huge celebration with tons of holiday lights and festivities. There are two new attractions in 2017: Winter Wonderland and Hometown Holidays.

Sea World's Christmas Celebration

  • Where: 10500 Sea World Dr., San Antonio, TX 78251 | (210) 520-4732
  • When: November 18–January 2, varying days and times
  • Cost: prices start at $55 for a single day pass; free for annual pass holders
  • SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration features 8 million sparkling lights and is the largest display of lights in South Texas. There are many fun festivities including a special dinner with Santa and a variety of Christmas shows.

Boerne's Parade of Lights

  • Where: A map to participating businesses will be available here
  • When: December 13–January 1, nightly
  • Cost: Free
  • Businesses and residential homes in Boerne are part of an annual Parade of Lights throughout the city. Bundle up your family and enjoy the self-guided tour!

Elf Acres

  • Where: 1475 Grosenbacher Rd., San Antonio, TX 78245 | (210) 643-8662 
  • When: November 10–December 30, Fridays and Saturdays, 6:00–11:00 P.M., and Sundays–Thursdays, 6:00–10:00 P.M.
  • Cost: $25 for one vehicle drive-through, $50 Fun Pass for three drive-throughs during the 2017 holiday season
  • Elf Acres is a 15-acre light display that was established in 2015. It has grown bigger each year and now features pictures with Santa, carriage rides, and more.

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One Response to Where to See Holiday Lights in San Antonio

  1. nydia castaneda November 25, 2017 at 8:11 am #

    All the posted information is very helpful. Thank you