Things to do in San Antonio with kids this Weekend of December 8 The Polar Express Experience, Holiday in the Garden & more!

Things to do in San Antonio with kids this Weekend of December 8 The Polar Express Experience, Holiday in the Garden & more!

Our top choices for fun things to do in San Antonio with kids this weekend of December 8, 2023, include The Polar Express Experience, Holiday in the Garden at Hemisfair, SAMA Holiday Market with Family Fun, Santa’s Wonderland, and more!


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Things to do in San Antonio with kids this weekend of December 8, 2023 – Friday

The Grinch | H-E-B Cinema on Will’s Pizza

Another Christmas classic is playing!

Bring your kids to Will’s Plaza and watch the animated The Grinch under the night sky.

When: Friday, December 8, 2023, 6:30 pm
Where: The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX 78205
How much: Free


The Polar Express Experience

The Polar Express Experience

Image credit: Brauntex Theatre Facebook

This Christmas classic is coming to life! Make your way to the Train Museum next door where you and the little ones can meet Santa and take a festive photo with him. Then, the kids will get their Golden tickets at the door. They might get some enchanting surprises with those prized passes.

Wear your comfiest pajamas and hop aboard for a great adventure. Snuggle up in the comfortable seats and watch The Polar Express on the big screen! 

When: Friday, December 8, 2023, 7 pm
Where: Brauntex Theatre of Performing Arts, 290 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels, TX 78130and New Braunfels Railroad Museum, 302 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels, TX 78130
How much: $5 donation that will benefit the New Braunfels Railroad Museum and the Brauntex ArtReach Program


The Children’s Nutcracker and Holiday Market

Introduce your kids to the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker. Watch them be immersed in the enchanting story as they follow Clara, the Nutcracker, and all their magical friends defeat the Mouse King.

But there’s more! Take photos with Santa and the cast. Fill up on plenty of sweets and treats. You’ll all get an unforgettable experience straight out of the sugarplum dream.

In the Holiday Market, you’ll find tons of goodies, from dress-up items– wands and swords– to home decor and Christmas ornaments.

When: Friday, December 8, 2023, 7 pm
Where: Lila Cockrell Theater, 900 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205
How much: $35 – $55


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Best Things to Do in San Antonio with Kids on Saturday, December 9, 2023

Winter Wonderfest: A Magical Holiday Experience

The DoSeum is giving you an unparalleled Christmas experience!

The museum is going to be transformed into an interactive wonderland that’s never been done before. Let the Christmas spirit fill you as you explore the musical wall installations, the stunning festive lights, and more.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus are also going to delight us with their presence, bringing the enchantment to San Antonio straight from the North Pole. You can take photos with Santa and listen to heartwarming stories by Mrs. Claus.

When: Saturday, December 9, 2023, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209
How much: Free for kids under 3; $22 Early Bird Tickets


SAMA Holiday Market with Family Fun

Things to do in San Antonio with kids this weekend

Image credit: San Antonio Museum of Art Facebook

Visit SAMA and complete some Christmas shopping with the whole family. With over 50 local artists and vendors, they’ll surely point to a few things they’ll like, giving you great ideas for their presents.

Stationery, botanical art, jewelry, prints, stickers, and food products are just some of the awesome things you’ll find there.

More than that, participate in family-friendly activities, like artmaking, listening to live music, and indulging in tasty bites.

When: Saturday, December 9, 2023, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones Ave, San Antonio, TX 78215
How much: Free admission


Christmas Fest at Toyota Field

Toyota Field is playing host to a massive holiday celebration!

Indulge in holiday-themed food and drinks, write letters to Santa, get your face painted, get fun gifts from balloon artists, and meet and greet some Christmas characters– those are just some of the activities you can expect today!

Of course, Santa Claus will be there to snap some photos with you (for $10 per picture).

When: Saturday, December 9, 2023, 4 pm | December 9, 16 & 21, 2023
Where: Toyota Field, 5106 David Edwards Dr, San Antonio, TX 78233
How much: $16 – $60


Breakfast with Grinch

Santa might not be available, but you can still have some Christmas fun with the Grinch!

Enjoy a delicious meal and have a blast with some holiday activities. These include photos with the Grinch, cookie decorating, coloring, holiday music, and a giveaway for the kids!

To make things even more festive, dress in PJs!

When: Saturday, December 9, 2023, 9 am – 11 am
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, 111 W Crockett St, San Antonio, TX 78205
How much: $20 for kids; $30 for adults


Holiday in the Garden at Hemisfair

Holiday in the Garden at Hemisfair

Image credit: Hemisfair

Whip out your family holiday sweaters for Holiday in the Garden. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, everyone will have a festive and fun time at Hemisfair.

This event bridges holiday traditions, connecting all kinds of people and bringing them together this holiday season.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus flew in from the North Pole to take some photos with you. Also, meet Rudolph, let carolers delight you with songs, and watch mini Nutcracker performances. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with milk and cookies.

In addition to that, get your faces painted and join the craft activities celebrating Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas. SAAACAM will host a storytime too, which all kids can join.

When: Saturday, December 9, 2023, 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Hemisfair, 434 S Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205
How much: Free


Check out the highly-rated Hopscotch Immersive Art Experience!

hopscotch immersive art experience in San Antonio

Discover a one-of-a-kind 20,000-square-foot immersive art experience in the heart of downtown San Antonio. On our patio, you can enjoy fourteen collaborative displays, specialty cocktails, and rotating food trucks. Hopscotch enables artists to showcase their work in innovative and sustainable ways, encourages them to be inspired by new mediums, and enables them to reach new audiences.

Get all the details and book your Immersive Art Experience TODAY!!!


Best things to do in San Antonio with kids this weekend of December 8, 2023 – Sunday

Miss Anastasia’s Member-Only Story Time

Once a month, DoSeum members get to enjoy a fun storytime!

The whole family will listen to Miss Anastasia’s signature storytime. Catch her at the Reading Lab!

When: Sunday, December 10, 2023, 11:30 am – 12 pm | Once a month
Where:
The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209
How much: Free


Santa’s Wonderland

Things to do in San Antonio with kids this weekend

Image credit: Family Fun Edmonton Facebook

You can start your Christmas celebrations today! Make your way to Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s to fill your days with Christmas spirit. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported right to the North Pole!

Make your reservation today and get to meet the big man himself! You’ll have a lasting token of the moment with a picture.

When: Sunday, December 10, 2023, Various days & times | Until December 24, 2023
Where: Bass Pro Shops, 17907 I-10, San Antonio, TX 78257
How much: Free


Deal Alert – Dino Safari – San Antonio: Discounted Any Day Flex Admission

Enjoy discounted admission any day, any time for Dino Safari: A Walk-Thru Adventure! Feel the thrill of standing next to giant moving dinosaurs from all over the world on a walk-through expedition for the whole family. Great for gifts!

Get more information and check out the Dino Safari – San Antonio: Discounted Any Day Flex Admission TODAY!!!


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