This weekend’s guide of the best things to do in San Antonio is brought to you by Traders Village. Now through November 25, take the kids to San Antonio’s first and only Corny Maze on any weekend to experience 10 acres of pure fun!
Happy weekend after Thanksgiving! With the kids out of school, there are plenty of chances to get out and explore! There are so many free and cheap things to do in San Antonio. Check out our guide for events across the city for every day of the week!
Traders Village Corny Maze
What: It’s the final weekend to see San Antonio’s first and only corny maze! Head out to Traders Village this weekend for 10 acres of fun with 3 trails for kids of all sizes. There’s an easy trail for the littlest kids, and medium (30 min-1 hour to complete) and hard (1.5-2 hours to complete) trails for the bigger kids. Other activities include a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, food & drink, entertainment, and more! Kids 2 and under are free to get into the maze (does not apply to other rides), while maze admission for all others is just $10. Or you can get a maze and all-day ride wristband for just $15. Group rates are also available for groups of 20 or more, but must be purchased online.
When: November 24-25 (click here for detailed hours)
Where: 9333 Southwest Loop 410, San Antonio, Texas 78242
The holiday tradition is back! San Antonio Zoo Lights is a dazzling display of more than two million holiday lights presented every night throughout the holiday season. The Zoo turns into a winter wonderland that’s fun and exciting for the whole family. And right now, you can get 25% off tickets for a limited time through Groupon!
Read on for a list of free and cheap events in San Antonio this weekend:
North Star Mall Annual Holiday Parade
What: San Antonio is invited to join Santa and Mrs. Claus for the Christmas Celebration Parade. The parade will start in front of Dillard’s and wind its way through the mall to Santa’s home for the season in front of Macy’s at IT’SUGAR.
When: November 23, 10:00 a.m.
Where: 7400 San Pedro Ave., 78216
H-E-B Christmas Tree Lighting at Travis Park
What: Kick off the Christmas season at the Annual H-E-B Christmas Tree Lighting. The 55-foot White Fir tree will be lit up with over 250,000 lights and custom-made ornaments. It all starts at 3 p.m. – live entertainment, food trucks, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, giveaways and a movie screening of “Elf.” And the Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 6 p.m.
When:November 23, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: 301 E Travis St., 78205
Bulverde Christmas Tree Lighting
What: The 28th Annual Bulverde Christmas Lighting will be held in the Old Village of Bulverde. Check out the vendor booths, visit with Santa, enjoy entertainment, music and more.
When: November 23, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: 2355 Bulverde Rd., Bulverde, 78163
FantasyLand at Milam Park
What: Fantasyland is a day-long festival to kick off the holiday season. Enjoy arts & craft vendors, Santa visits, children’s choirs and dance groups, train rides, face painting, food trucks and more! Classic vintage cars will be staged, too. The lighting of a holiday tree will happen at dusk to commemorate the beginning of the holiday season, with hot chocolate & cookies to follow.
When: November 24, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: 500 W Commerce St., 78207
Holiday Market with Santa at Trader’s Village
What: Santa will make an appearance at Traders Village for a meet and greet. Kids of all ages can have their photo taken with Santa for a small donation to charity. Get into the spirit of Christmas with thousands of dealers who are selling holiday gifts and more for all tastes and budgets.
When: November 24, 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: 9333 SW Loop 410 near Old Pearsall Road
Cost: Free but parking is $4
Holly Daze at Arneson Theater
What: San Antonio’s pre-professional dance troupe Alamotion and dance students will perform to pop and seasonal favorites to get everyone in the spirit of the holidays.
When:November 24, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where:418 Villita St., 78205
Santa’s Arrival at Stone Oak Village
What: After Santa arrives on a carriage, join him for cookies and milk, crafts and photo opportunities inside the space next to Ulta/Woven Boutique. Please bring a new toy valued at $10 or more to benefit The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation.
When: November 24, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: 22610 US Highway 281 N, 78258
Cost: Free with the donation of a toy (minimum value $10)
San Antonio | The Saga at Main Plaza
What: The free video art installation, created by Xavier De Richemont, plays three times a night, weather permitting, on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays on the facade of San Fernando Cathedral. The 24-minute show tells the story of San Antonio from its beginning to today.
When: November 24, 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Where: 115 N. Main Ave., 78205
Family Fun Run at Walker Ranch Heritage Park
What: Bring the whole family out for this fun event! The fun run will cover the 1/2 mile loop in scenic Walker Ranch Park.
When: November 25, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: 12603 West Ave., 78216
Botanical LEGO Brick Challenge
What: Create your own nature-inspired sculpture and enter the Botanical LEGO® Brick Build Challenge. Entries will be selected based on creativity, skill, innovation, presentation, and interpretation of the nature-inspired theme.
When: November 25, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: 555 Funston Pl., 78209
Cost: Free with admission
Any other things to do in San Antonio this weekend that you’re excited about? Let us know by commenting below.