Best Christmas Lights San Antonio

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

There are tons of places in San Antonio to get some Christmas cheer. Whether you’re looking for something local or a 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.

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Christmas Lights in Central San Antonio

San Antonio Zoo

3903 N St. Mary’s St.
San Antonio, TX 78212

San Antonio Zoo Lights

Image Credit: San Antonio Zoo

Open November 19 through January 2 starting around 5:30 pm or so, Zoo Lights has tons of activities, plus you get to see the animals! There is hot cocoa, festive eats, and fun activities. You can save on admission tickets here. Check out the complete guide to San Antonio Zoo Lights 2021 including FAQs

The San Antonio River Walk Christmas Light Display

849 E Commerce St
San Antonio, TX 78205

best christmas lights in san antonio

Source: thesanantonioriverwalk.com

Starting from November 12, through January 12th, see the River Walk all lit up. The fantastic light display is free and open to the public except for during special events. Boat tours are also available for a fee. Lights are on from dusk to dawn. We recommend you not miss San Antonio Riverwalk Christmas lights, as this is one of the most beautiful displays in town.

The Alamo

300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205

The Alamo Lights

Image Credit: TheAlamo.org

The Alamo is always free- and donations 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. 

Travis Park

301 E Travis St
San Antonio, TX 78205

Christmas Tree Lights at Travis Park

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

The public park has lights and a bright red Christmas tree donated by H-E-B! Check out the lights any time from dusk til dawn.

Monte Vista

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.

 

Christmas Lights in North San Antonio

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

17000 W IH 10
San Antonio, TX 78257

Six Flags Fiesta Texas Holiday Lights

Image Credit: Six Flags Fiesta Texas Facebook page

Seeing the enchanting Christmas lights at Six Flags Fiesta Texas 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! 

Windcrest

8601 Midcrown Dr.
Windcrest, TX 78239

The Annual Windcrest Light Up is a decades-old tradition where the local homeowners deck the halls and light up the neighborhood. There’s even a contest! The light up ceremony is mid-December and the display lasts through New Year’s Eve. Lights are turned on at dusk.

University of Incarnate Word

4301 Broadway,
San Antonio, Texas 78209

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 for live music, food trucks, Shoppers’ Lane, childrens’ activities, meet and greets with Santa, and of course, a million twinkling lights and a fireworks display to end the night.

Morgan’s Wonderland

Morgan's Wonderland Lights

Image Credit: Morgan’s Wonderland Facebook 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.

5223 David Edwards Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78233

 

Christmas Lights in West San Antonio

Lights Alive

5931 Roft Rd
San Antonio, TX 78253

Lights Alive - Drive Thru Light Show

Image Credit: Lights Alive Facebook 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, up-beat, non-traditional remixes as well as popular Christmas classics.

 

Seaworld

10500 Sea World Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251

Sea World Holidays Santa With Family

Image Credit: Groupon

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.

Elf Acres

1475 Grosenbacher Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78245

This 15 acre drive thru Christmas light venue features walkable areas, photos with Santa, funnel cakes, and more. Tickets start at $30. They’re open every night until December 29th from 6:30- 10 p.m. (11 p.m on weekends).

 

Best Christmas Lights in Near San Antonio

Santa’s Ranch

9561 IH 35 North
New Braunfels, TX 78130

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.

Santa’s Ranch is open now through Jan. 2, 2022. Visit from 6-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6-11 p.m. Friday through Saturday. Cost is $35 per car or $70 for a one-car season pass. Trailers, limos, RVs, and buses are not allowed because they wouldn’t be able to navigate the winding turns.

 

Old West Christmas Light Fest at Enchanted Springs Ranch

242 SH 46 West
Boerne, TX 78006

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)

Tickets are $15/adult, $10/military and first responder, and $10/children age six and up. Children five and under are free. Family packs for five people are $60.

Old West Lights Fest is open on specific days between Thursday through Nov. 25 through Dec. 24, 2021.

Natural Bridge Caverns

26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78266

Christmas lights san antonio

Image courtesy: 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. Entrance fees begin at $14 and are always cheaper when you purchase in advance.

Christmas on the Island

Son’s Island – 110 Lee St.

Seguin, TX 78155

Unfortunately, this is not going to reopen this year.

Gruene

1281 Gruene Rd.
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Open through January 1st, you can sip- n- shop, get photos with Cowboy Kringle, and more in Gruene. Downtown is decorated to the nines, open to the public every night.

Boerne 

Main Street
Boerne, TX 78006

Boerne is home to several Christmas events throughout the season. Unfortunately, Dickens on Main and Weinachts Parade are canceled this year. But hopefully there will still be Christmas Market Days and more great fun for kids! You can even just drive down Main Street and check out the lights for free.

Downtown New Braunfels

Main Plaza
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Downtown New Braunfels is adorned with lights galore. This year there will be a virtual tree lighting on November 20th at 6:15 pm. Strolling around downtown is free!

 

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