best christmas lights in san antonio

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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. San Antonio has plenty of options, including free and ticketed events.

Check out our list of the best places to see Christmas Lights in San Antonio this year:

 

CENTRAL

San Antonio Zoo

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

Open daily now through December 31st from 12 noon to 9 pm, Zoo Lights has tons of activities, plus you get to see the animals! There is hot cocoa, festive eats, and fun activities. Admission begins at $23.99, but Groupon has an offer for 25% off right now!

The San Antonio River Walk

849 E Commerce St
San Antonio, TX 78205

Open now through January 6th, 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.

The Alamo

300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205

The Alamo is always free- and donations always accepted! Take advantage of the extended hours during the holiday season and see the grounds adorned with lights. The Alamo closes at 8 pm through the end of December. They’re closed Christmas Day.

Travis Park

301 E Travis St
San Antonio, TX 78205

The public park has lights and a bright red Christmas tree, already lit!. Check out the lights any time from dusk til dawn. Entrance is free but parking might cost you.

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.

 

NORTH

Six Flags Fiesta Texas

17000 W IH 10
San Antonio, TX 78257

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. Tickets start at $49.79, but you can get 40% off right now through Groupon.

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 December 8 and the display lasts through New Year’s Eve. Lights are turned on at dusk.

University of Incarnate Word

9729 Datapoint Dr. #100
San Antonio, TX 78229

The University’s annual Light The Way festival is going on now through January 6th. The lights are turned on nightly and you are free to roam the pathways, no entrance fee.

Morgan’s Wonderland

5223 David Edwards Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78233

Enjoy your favorite Morgan’s Wonderland rides with Christmas Lights in the background. There are also visitors from the North Pole, Complimentary cookies and hot chocolate, $5 photos with Santa, and holiday entertainment. The lights are on select nights from 4- 9 pm: December 1, 8, 16, and 21- 23. Tickets start at $11.

 

WEST

Seaworld

10500 Sea World Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78251

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. Tickets start at $45.

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 $27. They’re open every night until December 30th from 6:30- 10 pm.

 

SURROUNDING AREAS

Santa’s Ranch

9561 IH 35 North
New Braunfels, TX 78130

This local attraction is open now through December 30th from 6 pm until 10 pm. They’re open until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets run $28 per vehicle but once you go, you’ll want to get the Season Pass for just $56. Don’t miss the concession stand!

Christmas Lights Fest at Don Strange Ranch

242 SH 46 West
Boerne, TX 78006

What’s better than Christmas lights? Christmas lights in the Old West! The Old West Christmas Light Fest at Enchanted Springs Ranch is open Thursday through Sunday until December 16th. From December 20th through 30th, they’re open every night from 6- 10 pm. Tickets run $10- $45 and they also offer a season pass! The displays are drive- thru only but don’t miss the Old West Fun!

Natural Bridge Caverns

26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78266

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. The Christmas Village is open to the public at no charge. Entrance fees begin at $11 and are always cheaper when you purchase in advance.

Christmas on the Island

Son’s Island – 110 Lee St.

Seguin, TX 78155

Many have called this Trail of Lights the best in the whole San Antonio area. Located on Son’s Island in Seguin, this display offers a tropical trail of lights, live entertainment, pictures with Santa, food & drinks, and a whole lot more.

Gruene

1281 Gruene Rd.
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Open now 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.

Helotes

12951 Bandera Rd.
Helotes, TX 78023

Open now through January, the City of Helotes is all lit up! Check out Old Town Helotes for the prettiest lights in the city. Lights are on from dusk til dawn.

Boerne 

108 Oak Park Dr.
Boerne, TX 78006

Boerne is home to several Christmas events throughout the season. Don’t miss Dickens on Main, Oma’s Christmas Craft Fair, Weinachts Parade, A Walk in Bethlehem, Christmas Market Days, and more.

Downtown New Braunfels

Main Plaza
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Downtown New Braunfels is adorned with lights galore. You can view the lights every night starting at dusk. Don’t miss their upcoming events, like WassailFest on December 6th. Strolling around downtown is free!

 

Where are you going to see Christmas Lights in the San Antonio area? Let us know in the comments below. And don’t forget to check out our full guide to holiday events in San Antonio.