Best Cheap and Free Holiday Events in San Antonio

Ring in the holiday season: it’s here, y’all! You won’t want to miss one minute of the free, fabulous, family-friendly holiday fun happening in the Alamo City this year. Check back often as we’ll continue to add free holiday events in San Antonio as we find them.





San Antonio Zoo Lights

Presented by Whataburger, San Antonio Zoo Lights allows you to see the Zoo in a whole new light… pun intended! From now until December 31, you can visit the zoo after hours when the animals tuck in for a breathtaking experience. Stroll through the lights, sip on hot cocoa, eat s’mores, and even decorate cookies with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

And right now, you can get 20% off tickets for Zoo Lights! See our full guide for more information.

Cirque Musica Presents: Holiday Wishes

On December 23rd at 7 pm, see the Cirque Musica acrobats clad in festive garb perform outstanding feats to festive holiday tunes like “O Holy Night” at the Tobin Center. Music will include pieces from The Polar Express and The Nutcracker. It will be an experience you don’t want to miss.

Hurry and get up to 24% off tickets now!


Old West Christmas Lights Fest

What could be better than two million holiday lights? How about an entire town? To make even more Christmas dreams come true, Christmas Light Fest is bringing the holiday event everyone knows and loves to a new location, Enchanted Springs Ranch in Boerne. The beautiful 86-acre ranch is home to a true Texas Old West town, featuring more than 40 buildings brought to life in a holiday wonderland.

Activities include face painting, cookie decorating, a light maze for littles, a scavenger hunt, ornament decorating and holiday games to create twinkling memories – perfect for the kids!

Tickets purchased online are $15 . Children under 6 are free. Military members/first responders and their families can get a $5 discount. Group rates available as well. Lights run through Christmas.

Editor’s Note: Coming from out of town? Don’t miss our guide to unique hotels in Boerne, TX.




Friday, December 13- Saturday, December 14: Arneson River Theater, 418 Villita St. 
Free Admission to Holly Daze Rock. Enjoy a musical performance by the Take Note Band featuring seasonal pop and rock favorites along the San Antonio River Walk. For information call (210) 207-3132 or go to

Saturday, December 7: Juarez Plaza, 398-498 Villita St, San Antonio, Texas 78205, San Antonio, United States
Join Slab Cinema for a holiday movie. The movie is Muppet’s Christmas Carol. Get there early for a good spot. The event will start at 6:00 PM.

Friday, December 6- Sunday, December 8, 13- 15 & 20-22: San Antonio Riverwalk, dusk
Ford Fiesta de las Luminaries: Experience the Holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 2,000 Luminaries. Warmly glowing candles in sand-filled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the “lighting of the way” for the Holy Family. This century’s old tradition begins at dusk Friday, Saturday & Sunday only.

Saturday, December 7, Main Street, Boerne, TX 78006, 6:00 p.m.
Head out to Boerne for the 2019 Weihnachts Parade. This long standing tradition features 100 lit floats traveling down Main Street. It’s free, and you’ll find various options for paid refreshments down the Hill Country Mile.

Saturday, December 7- Sunday, December 8: Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, 78201, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Looking for art, collectibles, toys, and more? Find something at the Nerdtacular Christmas Comicon! Jack is coming down from Halloweentown for Christmas Pictures and more! Free admission and free parking.

Sunday, December 8: Christmasville, Texas, 2220 NW Military Hwy, 78213, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Christmasville, Texas is a family-oriented event that is full of seasonal fun and festivity. It is an environment where all are welcome and community relationships are fostered. This is our hometown Christmas celebration. All entrance fees are $2. Featured attractions include: Santa, Snow Slide, Carousel, Train rides, Food and more!

Thursday, December 14: Quarry Village, 300 E Basse Rd, 78209, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free Holiday Block Party at Quarry Village! Enjoy the 4th annual Holiday Block Party at Quarry Village on Thursday, December 14 from 6 – 9 p.m. This free, family-friendly event features a 15 x 15 foot play zone filled with REAL snow, a gorgeous Christmas tree lighting, live Christmas carolers, a Santa photo station, complimentary bites by area restaurants, wine, cocoa, with beer provided by Weathered Souls Brewing Co., a DJ, plus holiday sales and giveaways. MBP Photobooth Co. will be providing complimentary photos with Santa (and he’s pet-friendly!). Just bring a Toys for Tots donation for your photo print out.


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