Christmas Lights in San Antonio - Best Holiday Lights 2022

Looking for Christmas Lights San Antonio 2022? You are in the perfect place!

Whether you are googling “Christmas lights near me”, “Christmas light show near me”, or “Christmas drive through lights near me” we have you covered! 

There are tons of places in San Antonio to get some Christmas cheer. Whether you’re looking for something local or drive-thru extravaganzas, we’ve got you covered. There are plenty of options, including free displays like the super-popular San Antonio Riverwalk Christmas lights, as well as ticketed events like Zoo Lights.


Editor’s Note: Our staff tries to bring you the latest information. However, all information in the article below is subject to change. As always, please confirm before you head out. 


Christmas Lights San Antonio 2022 – Zoo, Alamo & River Walk Light Shows 

San Antonio Zoo – Zoo Lights

San Antonio Zoo Lights

Image Credit: San Antonio Zoo

Bigger, brighter, and WILDER than ever before – Zoo Lights, powered by CPS Energy, is almost here for the holiday season at San Antonio Zoo! Experience acres of dazzling lights, festive holiday snacks, and drinks for adults and kids, plus larger-than-life displays and photo-ops across miles of trails! 
When:  November 19, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Where: 3903 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212
How Much: Zoo Lights is included with Standard Admission and is FREE for Members

Check out our detailed guide on San Antonio Zoo Lights 2022!


Holiday Lights on the River Walk

Christmas Light in San Antonio

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Experience the spectacular display of over 100,000 lights (2,250 strings of light) draped over the towering bald cypress trees that line the River Walk. Visiting the River Walk to enjoy the spectacular holiday lights is free. The River Walk is a public park and is open every day of the year, 24 hours a day. Holiday lights are on the downtown portion of the River Walk.
When: November 25, 2022 – January 9, 2023 (at dawn) | 5:30 pm – 8:00 am nightly
Where: 849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205
How Much: Free


The Alamo

The Alamo Lights

Image Credit: TheAlamo.org

The Alamo is always free- and donations are always accepted! Take advantage of the extended hours (until 7 pm) during the holiday season and see the grounds adorned with lights. The Alamo Lights will be up starting Friday, November 19th to Monday, January 3rd. 
When:  Friday, November 25, 2022 – Monday, January 2, 2023 | 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: 14651 FM 1725, Cleveland, Texas 77328
How Much: Adult $5 | Child (12 and under) $4 | Friends of the Alamo Member/Adult Military (w/ID) $4 
Friends of the Alamo Member/Child Military (12 and under w/ID) $3


H-E-B Tree Lighting Celebration at Travis Park

Christmas Tree Lights at Travis Park

Christmas Lights at Travis Park Image Credit: Travis Park Facebook Page

The 38th Annual H-E-B Tree Lighting Celebration will take place at Travis Park. The tree lights will be illuminated for the first time at 6:20 pm. Be sure to stick around after the lighting for a free screening of “The Polar Express” at 7:00 pm!

The free community celebration is open to the public and will feature activities such as holiday crafts, free giveaways, letters to Santa, and live musical entertainment as well as a special visit from Santa.
When: Friday, November 25 | 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: 301 E Travis St, San Antonio, TX 78205
How Much: Free


Light up Windcrest

Christmas tree in Windcrest, San Antonio

Nestled near San Antonio is the City of Windcrest. Each year, the neighborhoods in Windcrest light up their homes with holiday displays that encourage visitors from San Antonio and other parts of Texas to come out to visit. 
When: December 3, 2022 | 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: City of Windcrest, TX
How Much: Free


Christmas Lights San Antonio 2022 – Light Displays in North San Antonio Areas

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

Six Flags Fiesta Texas Holiday Lights

Image Credit: Six Flags Fiesta Texas FB page

Seeing the enchanting Christmas lights at Six Flags Fiesta Texas is included with the price of admission. Enjoy Christmas Lights, live music, photo ops in a gigantic ornament, and more. Save on admission to Six Flags and other San Antonio Holiday Lights Destinations!
When: November 19, 2022 – January 1, 2023 | 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: 17000 W I-10, San Antonio, TX 78257
How Much: Starts at $44.99


36th Annual Light the Way Holiday Festival

Christmas Light in San Antonio - UIW 2021 Light The Way 2795

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The annual Light the Way Holiday Festival at the University of the Incarnate Word is back this year with all the in-person traditions you know and love. Join them for live music, food trucks, Shoppers’ Lane, children’s activities, meet and greets with Santa, and of course, a million twinkling lights and fireworks display to end the night.
When:  Saturday, Nov. 25, 2022 | 3:00 – 9:30 pm
Where: 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209
How Much: Free


Morgan’s Wonderland

Morgan's Wonderland Lights

Image Credit: Morgan’s Wonderland FB Page

During the holiday season, Morgan’s Wonderland transforms into a winter wonderland with holiday shows, Christmas light displays, pictures with Santa, and more! Guests can enjoy hot cocoa and warm cookies as they explore the park and enjoy their favorite rides and attractions.
When: Opens November 25 | 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: 5223 David Edwards Dr, San Antonio, TX 78233
How Much: Guests with Special Needs Free | Children 2 & Under Free | Children Ages 3-17 $13 | Adult Ages 18-61 $19 | Military with Valid ID $13 | Seniors 62+ $13


Christmas Lights San Antonio 2022 – Light Shows in West San Antonio

Lights Alive

Lights Alive - Drive Thru Light Show

Image Credit: Lights Alive FB Page

This is a drive-through light show that is completely computer-controlled and musically synced. The nearly mile-long exhibit is the first of its type in Texas, and it boldly displays cutting-edge new lighting technology that will enthrall and enchant visitors of all ages.

Family-friendly, the intense and immersive experience is set to a one-of-a-kind soundtrack that includes modern high-energy, upbeat, non-traditional remixes as well as popular Christmas classics.
When:  November 18, 2022 – January 1, 2023 (Including Holidays!) | Sundays – Thursdays 6:00 pm – 10:00pm | 
Fridays & Saturdays – 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: 5931 Roft Rd, San Antonio, TX 78253
How Much: $36.95 – $46.95


Seaworld

Sea World Holidays Santa With Family

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If you’re looking for the Largest Christmas Light Display in Texas, look no further than Seaworld. Over 9  million twinkling lights in 15 different themed lands are spaced out over 250 acres. Get up to 36% discount on admission to Sea World.
When: November 10 – January 2, 2023
Where: 10500 SeaWorld Dr, San Antonio, TX 78251
How Much: Free


Elf Acres

Christmas Light in San Antonio - Elf Acres

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Get ready to experience the magic of the holiday season as you wind your way thru the 1-mile trail of Christmas lights and animated displays and sing along to your favorite Christmas music on our Elf Acres radio station! Then come play at Santa’s Village, a walkable area where you can see a synchronized light show on 3 mega trees, take a photo with Santa, delight in our delectable treats, and shop cool light-up toys and gifts. It’s the perfect family tradition!
When:  November 18, 2022 – January 8, 2023, Including Holidays/rain or shine | Sundays – Thursdays 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Fridays & Saturdays – 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: 1475 Grosenbacher Rd. San Antonio, TX 78245
How Much: $30 – $70


Best Christmas Lights Near San Antonio

Santa’s Ranch

Santa's Ranch Light Trail in New Braunfels
Santa’s Ranch mixes dinosaurs, pickup trucks, and Bible stories with keen enthusiasm (Credit: Santa’s Ranch)

Dinosaurs, space shuttles, and giant pickup trucks! The wacky-lit exhibitions alone should be enough to justify a trip to New Braunfels. Take a mile or so of winding country roads via Santa’s Ranch. More than 1.5 million lights are a-glowing in animated, custom-made displays.

You never know what kind of light show will appear around the next bend. Is this a nativity scene? Angels in a choir? Is it possible that you’re an alien? Is he a cowboy? At Santa’s Ranch, anything is possible.

This family, staff, and even the neighbors all seem to enjoy this Christmas custom. 

North Pole at Santa's Ranch in New Braunfels, TX
Drive through a sea of Christmas lights (Credit: Santa’s Ranch)

Once you’re in, stop by the concession stand for traditional treats like hot cocoa and kettle corn.

When: November 11, 2022 – January 1, 2023 | Sundays – Thursdays 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | Fridays & Saturdays – 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Where: 9561 I-35 North New Braunfels, TX 78130
How Much: $35 – $70


Old West Christmas Light Fest at Enchanted Springs Ranch

Enchanted Springs Ranch Christmas Event
Enchanted Springs Ranch puts a new spin on the old west (Credit: R. Mewborne Photography)

This holiday haven is at Enchanted Springs Ranch in Boerne, northwest of San Antonio. If you love the Old West, then this one’s for you. Old West Christmas Light Fest has more than 40 Old West buildings decorated with more than 3 million Christmas lights.

Upon entering Old West Christmas Light Fest, you drive through some lights, including a tunnel. They didn’t have cars in the Old West, though, so the Christmasy town is an in-person experience. Walk through and see all of the lights and special decorations up close! 

Plus, Old West Christmas Light Fest has many other activities, including new attractions this year like Christmas escape rooms, cookie decorating classes, and even laser tag. Yes, you heard me, LASER TAG among the Christmas lights. Giddy up!

Texas Longhorn at Old West Christmas Light Fest
Santa and his Jolly Herd of Texas Longhorns will be on Enchanted Springs Ranch every night the Old West Christmas Light Fest is open (except Christmas Eve and Christmas, because they’ll be delivering gifts across Texas and then resting)

When: November 24 – December 24, 2022 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: 242 State Hwy 46 W. Boerne, TX 78006
How Much: Starts at $15


Natural Bridge Caverns

Christmas lights san antonio

Image Credit: Natural Bridge Caverns

The Natural Bridge Caverns are a short drive out of San Antonio city limits. This one-of-a-kind Christmas celebration includes Caroling in the Caverns, a hayride, The Amaze’n Reindeer Roundup, canopy zip lines, Christmas lights, and more.
When: December 3,4,10,11,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23 | 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266
How Much: Christmas Admission: Adult $23.99 – Child $17.99


Gruene Town Lighting

Watch as Cowboy Kringle rides into town on horseback and lights Gruene for the holidays. Grune will be celebrating with live music, festival food, and beer/wine available for purchase.
When:  Saturday, December 3 | 5:00 pm – onwards
Where: 1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130
How Much: Not specified


Downtown Lighting & Santa’s Arrival 

The lights are going up and downtown New Braunfels will soon be glowing! This year there will be hot dogs, chips, hot chocolate, and water available for purchase. Your family can also visit Santa on the bandstand and have a digital photograph taken by Party Photo People for $10 (cash only).
When:  November 18, 2022 | 6:00 pm – onwards
Where: 500 Main Plaza, New Braunfels, TX 78130
How Much: Free


Monte Vista (No updates yet for 2022)

The Monte Vista neighborhood a little north of Downtown San Antonio is always beautifully decorated for the holidays. The homes boast gorgeous lights and lawn decorations, making this a good area to cruise around in the car while enjoying some Christmas music on the radio.

Since the lights in Monte Vista aren’t an official display, the entire neighborhood of Monte Vista is great for light viewing. If you put the zip code 78212 into your GPS, you will be taken to the right location and can start driving down any street that catches your eye. For additional details check out our Monte Vista Christmas Lights 2021 guide.


Boerne Christmas Lights 

Hinjosa Family Lights in Boerne

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Main Street
Boerne, TX 78006

Boerne is home to several Christmas events throughout the season. Notable light displays include the Jones’ Christmas Lights, Old West Christmas Light Fest, Christmas on the Ranch, Hinjosa Family Lights and more! 
When: November 24 – December 31, 2022 | 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day
Where: 14651 FM 1725, Cleveland, Texas 77328


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