Holiday decorations and events are in full swing! Look no further for the best free and cheap things to do in San Antonio this week! Our guide includes free or inexpensive activities for the whole family – all across the city – for every day of the week!
San Antonio Zoo Lights
San Antonio Zoo Lights is one of the city’s best places to see Christmas lights this holiday season. Each night, the Zoo turns into a winter wonderland shining bright with two million lights and elaborate displays. Groupon is running a 25% off deal now for a limited time!
Six Flags Holiday in the Park
Experience the magic of the holiday season with this great family event at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. There’s a variety of exciting interactive activities that perfectly capture the holiday spirit. Open select days, so check their calendar. Right now, Groupon has tickets for about 40% off!
Read on for a list of free and cheap events in San Antonio this weekend:
The Christmas Town
What: The Christmas Town was created as a gift for families to step out of the bustle and step into a peaceful, merry town in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, welcoming you to remember the joy of Christmas. From building the walk-through “Town of Bethlehem” on the night of Christ’s birth to carefully choosing the smaller details of unique and delicious foods, the volunteer town’s people will bring back the memory and atmosphere of this amazing season.
When: December 14, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: 43360 IH 10 W Boerne, 78006
Lucha Libros at the San Antonio Public Library
What: Of all the things you’d expect to find at the library, a live Mexican wrestling match probably isn’t one of them. Am I right? The Central Library will be transformed into a high-flying show with LIVE MATCHES by River City Wrestling. Attendees will meet outrageous luchadores and experience the loco side of the library. Great for all ages.
When:December 14, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: 600 Soledad St., 78205
H-E-B Cinema on the Plaza
What: H-E-B Cinema on the Plaza is a free outdoor event for all ages! Patrons of all ages can enjoy a great cinematic experience on the 32ft video wall of the Will Naylor Smith Plaza at The Tobin Center. Tonight’s event includes a variety of Holiday Shorts (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Year without a Santa Claus). No outside food or drink allowed as concessions are available for purchase. Chairs are provided but attendees are encouraged to make the space their own. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs.
When: December 14 7:00 p.m.
Where: 100 Auditorium Circle, 78205
Weekened Big Blue Blocks at Yanaguana Garden
What: Big Blue Blocks on the Great Lawn at Yanaguana Garden is the perfect way to spend the morning! Big Blue Blocks allow for creativity and use of fine motor skills besides being tons of fun.
When: December 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Where: 434 S. Alamo St., 78205
Super Saturday at the Witte Museum
What: Come out for Super Saturdays at the Witte to create keepsakes, test experiments, meet the experts, and explore exhibits. So much fun to be had!
When: December 15, 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Where: 3801 Broadway St., 78209
Cost: Free with museum admission
Dinner with Santa at Chick-fil-A on Babcock at Huebner
What: There will be free photos with Santa, holiday crafts and fun family memories to make while enjoying dinner! There are multiple seating times and reservations are required* (Bring a $10 cash deposit to Chick-fil-A Huebner & Babcock and fill out our reservation form. Deposit will be given back the night of the event.)
When:December 15, 5:00 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.
Where:5803 Babcock, 78240
Cost:$10 cash deposit | photos with Santa are free
Christmas in the Park – Live Oak
What: This is a fun holiday tradition! Christmas in the Park fun will offer holiday hayrides, cookies for Santa, marshmallow roasting and special visits from Frosty and Rudolph! Santa will arrive for photos at 6:30 PM.
When: December 15, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: 18001 Park Dr., Live Oak, 78233
Cost: Free (but pictures with Santa available for purchase)
Community Nativity in Old Town Helotes
What: The true meaning of Christmas began with the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary. Come and share this special moment with your family and make the journey as we follow Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem and see some of the important events unfold as they did so many years ago.
When: December 15, 6:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Where: 12951 Bandera Rd., Helotes, 78023
North Pole Village at Oxford United Methodist Church
What: A festive, family-friendly event that will get you in the holiday spirit! There will be food, fun, crafts, vendors, pictures with Santa Claus, and more.
When: December 16, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: 9739 Huebner Rd., 78240
Free Photo with Santa at Santikos Northwest
What: Get a free photo with Santa! The Coca-Cola Caravan will be at Santikos Northwest.
When: December 16, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 7600 W Interstate 10, 78230
Christmasville, Texas in Castle Hills
What: Christmasville, Texas is a family-friendly event – 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. Fee will include attractions like Santa, a snow slide, ferris wheel, chair swings, train rides, snow play areas, food and more!
When: December 16, 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Where: 24135 IH-10W, 78257
Cost: $2 per person
Any other things to do in San Antonio this weekend that you’re excited about? Let us know by commenting below.