Where Can I See San Antonio Christmas Lights? (2024)

One of our absolute most favorite things about the Christmas season is the décor. It’s nearly impossible not to be in the holiday spirit when everywhere you look are festive trees, inflatable reindeer, and vibrant lights. It’s eye candy at its very best. And here in San Antonio, we have some of the most beautiful and unique places in Texas to take in the sights of Christmas, including ALL THE LIGHTS. From the tasteful and elegant to the flashy and garish, there is something for everyone to see and enjoy. Below is our list of some of the best places for San Antonio Christmas lights. 

Christmas Lights in San Antonio

*If you are interested in more than just seeing lovely Christmas lights, there are a number of holiday events and activities occurring in and around greater SA. For a complete rundown of all our favorite Christmas happenings (including SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration and Six Flags Fiesta Texas Holiday in the Park), check out our ultimate guide to holiday events in San Antonio.

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San Antonio Christmas Lights

Holiday Lights on the River Walk

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Christmas lights on the San Antonio River Walk

There is no place in San Antonio more enchanting at Christmas than the River Walk. The combination of boats floating peacefully down the river, carolers serenading the visitors to the restaurants and shops, and 100,000 twinkling lights dangling from the magnificent cypress trees make for true Christmas magic. A mug of hot chocolate and a stroll along the river may just be the best thing you do all year long. 

Bonus: From December 2-17, you can enjoy the added magic of the Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias. For three weekends only, 2,000+ luminarias will light up the banks of the San Antonio river enhancing the glow and beauty of the Christmas celebration.

Dates: November 24 – January 7, lighting ceremony will take place on November 24 at 7pm

Cost: Free

Event Information: Here

WEBSITE | 849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205

Alamo Lights

The Alamo San Antonio at Christmas

The Alamo Historical Mission celebrates Christmas every year with a beautiful lights display and an imposing tree in the Alamo plaza. The Oak and Pecan trees that dot the grounds of the Alamo will be wrapped in shimmering twinkle lights and will be accompanied by a number of lighted ground installations featuring famous historical figures such as Davy Crockett and Juan Seguín. 

Dates: November 24 – January 2, 6 pm to 8 pm

Cost: $5/adult and $4/12 and under, reserve your tickets online in advance.

Event Information: Here

WEBSITE | 300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

Lightscape at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

Christmas Lights in San Antonio
Christmas Lights in San Antonio

Now in its third year, Lightscape at the San Antonio Botanical Garden is a holiday lights display unlike any other. Guests to Lightscape will stroll the 1-mile lighted trail to the sounds of beloved Christmas music while enjoying more than 1 million lights, glowing light installations, and dramatic lighting shining on the flora of the gardens.

In addition, guests will have the opportunity to purchase festive food and drinks and roast some s’mores. This is one of the most popular San Antonio Christmas light events! Many nights last year sold out, so be sure to purchase your tickets online in advance.

Parking Info: Parking is always a challenge for Lightscape. A limited number of first-come first-served parking spaces will be available in the Botanical Garden Main Lot for $20. These will fill up almost instantly. Additional overflow parking will be available on Old Austin Rd. for free. 

Parking Lot A at the Garden is being reserved for ride share drop-off and pick-up and this will likely be the easiest way to visit Lightscape this year.

Dates: Select nights November 18 – January 1, entry times between 5:30 pm and 9 pm

Cost: $24 - $28/adult, $15 - $18/ages 3-12, 2 and under are free.

Ticket Information: Here

WEBSITE | 555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209

Zoo Lights at the San Antonio Zoo

Christmas Lights in San Antonio

The annual Zoo Lights tradition returns to the San Antonio Zoo this year with acres of lights, holiday snacks, displays, and photo opportunities. New happenings this year include the Lakeside Laser Lightshow and an exhibition of NBA All-Star Tony Parker's personal collection of FAO Schwartz animals.

And of course, don’t forget to take some time to meet Santa and then go for a ride on the Zoo train’s Polar Express.

Parking is free at the San Antonio zoo in the surface lots and in the San Antonio Zoo Parking Garage.

Dates: November 18 – December 31

Cost: Standard zoo admission covers entry to Zoo Lights, $31.99/adults, $27.99/kid ages 3-11, and under 3 are free.

Ticket information or to reserve your photo op with Santa: Click Here

Photo Credit: Facebook

WEBSITE | 3903 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212

Windcrest Light Up

Christmas Lights in San Antonio

For decades now, the city of Windcrest (which lies just outside the I-35/410 loop interchange) has been a premiere Christmas light viewing destination for residents of the Alamo city. Each year, the homeowners of Windcrest pull out all the stops to decorate their homes with brilliant lighting and extravagant displays as they vie for the coveted first-place win in the local “People’s Choice Awards.”

Visitors can drop by the Windcrest Volunteer Fire Department at 8601 Midcrown to pick up a map of the neighborhood and lights. This event is free and has long been held to be one of the best places to see Christmas lights in San Antonio.

*A few other neighborhoods worth visiting to see Christmas lights include Monte Vista and Alamo Heights. While these neighborhoods do not offer officially sanctioned public light displays, the residents do a remarkable jobmaking seasons bright with their colorful lights and holiday decorations.

Dates: December 2 – 31

Cost: Free

Event Information: Here

Photo Credit: Emily A. Yelp

WEBSITE | Windcrest, TX 78239

Santa’s Railroad Wonderland

Christmas Lights in San Antonio

Occurring on select dates in December at the Texas Transportation Museum, Santa’s Railroad Wonderland is the perfect place to bring the littles to gawk at both the lovely Christmas lights and towering trains. Each year, the TTM decorates every square inch of the museum from the model train displays to the full-size locomotives, creating a distinctly magical experience for young children who will marvel as they stroll around the grounds with a cup of hot chocolate in hand.

Visitors, who are sure to see some snow, will also enjoy train rides, photo ops, and a meet-up with Santa Claus. It's a veritable winter wonderland and a great family activity for those with kids.

Dates: December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 from 5:30 pm to 9 pm

Cost: $12/adult, $10/child ages 4-10, and children under 4 are free.

Ticket Information: Here

Photo Credit: Facebook

WEBSITE | 11731 Wetmore Rd, San Antonio, TX 78247

Old West Christmas Light Fest

Christmas Lights in San Antonio

For those interested in the whole holiday package – dazzling lights, delicious food, Santa Claus meet and greets, photo opportunities, shopping, mechanical bull rides, and more (much more!) – the Old West Christmas Light Fest is the perfect place to take the family to ring in the season.

Located at Enchanted Springs Ranch in Boerne, TX, the Old West Christmas Light Fest transports families back in time as they wander through the 6-acre old West Christmas town, aglow in thousands of shimmering lights. While there, don’t forget to stop by and wish a Merry Christmas to Santa’s Holly Jolly Herd of Texas Longhorn.

Dates: Select nights November 24 – December 23, from 5-10pm.

Cost: $25/per person, ages 6 and up. Discounts are available for military, first responders, and family groups.

Ticket Information: Here

Photo Credit: Facebook

WEBSITE | 242 TX-46 unit c, Boerne, TX 78006

Light the Way at the University of the Incarnate Word

University of the Incarnate Word Christmas Lights in San Antonio

One of the all-time most popular places to see Christmas lights in San Antonio is at the Light the Way Holiday Event at the University of the Incarnate Word.

This annual tradition is in its 37th year and packs a celebratory punch with music, food trucks, shopping, meet and greets with Santa, and more than a million shining lights illuminating the campus. Fireworks cap off the evening, making for a wonderful way for you and yours to have a merry little Christmas. 

Parking will be available in three locations with info and a map available here

Dates: November 18 – January 6

Cost: Free

Event Information: Here

Lights Alive!

Christmas Lights in San Antonio

If seeing lights from the comfort of your climate-controlled car is more your speed, then this one’s for you. Located in Alamo Ranch off of 1604 and Culebra, Lights Alive! touts itself as a 100% computer-controlled, musically synchronized, mile-long, drive-thru Christmas light experience.

At the end of the drive-thru route, guests can park, exit their vehicles and enjoy holiday-themed activities and food including Christmas crafts, a gingerbread escape room, inflatable axe-throwing, and more.

Dates: November 17 – December 31

Cost: $36.95-$42.95 per vehicle, to avoid crowds and pay the cheapest price, look for ticket availability on Sunday-Thursday evenings through the middle of December

Ticket Information: Here

Photo Credit: Facebook

WEBSITE | 5931 Roft Rd, San Antonio, TX 78253

Santa’s Ranch

Christmas Lights in San Antonio

Another drive-thru light show occurs annually at Santa’s Ranch in New Braunfels, TX. This mile-long experience takes visitors through meandering country roads with thousands of gleaming lights and Christmas displays. Guests can purchase homemade hot cocoa, kettle corn, and other snacks to munch on as they enjoy the brightly lit ranch from their personal vehicles.

Dates: November 3 – December 31, Sunday-Thursday 6 pm to 10 pm, and Friday-Saturday 6 pm to 11 pm

Cost: $37 per vehicle

Ticket Information: Here

Photo Credit: Johnnie G. Yelp

WEBSITE | 9561 I-35, New Braunfels, TX 78130

Travis Park

San Antonio Christmas Lights Travis Park

Travis Park, located in the middle of downtown San Antonio, plays home to some of San Antonio’s most cherished Christmas traditions including the lighting of the HEB Christmas tree, a 50-foot evergreen bedecked in 10,000 lights, and the Rotary outdoor ice skating rink. Throw in a bunch of food trucks, live music, merry movie nights, outdoor activities, and trees that are filled with Christmas lights, and you have a San Antonio Christmas event built for the whole family. 

Dates: November 24 – January 1

Cost: Free

Event Information: Here

WEBSITE | 301 E Travis St, San Antonio, TX 78205

The Light Park

Christmas Lights in San Antonio

This year, Retama Park will host the popular drive-thru light event, Light Park. This pet-friendly event invites families to load up their minivans and enjoy the sights (millions of lights), sounds (by a DJ spinning Christmas tunes), and tastes (concessions available for purchase) of the holiday season.

Protip: Before purchasing your tickets, be sure to check out the “attendance meter” on the Light Park homepage where info on expected wait times is provided.

Dates: November 3 – January 1

Cost: $25-$49 per vehicle

Ticket Information: Here

Photo Credit: Facebook

The Historic Pearl

The Pearl San Antonio Christmas Lights

The Pearl Brewery offers a number of Christmas events throughout November and December where guests can come and shop, eat, and enjoy the beautiful lights that fill the trees around the historic district.  Be sure to grab a selfie in front of the 25-foot Fraser Fir Christmas tree that will be set up right in the heart of the Pearl.

While there is no charge to visit the Pearl Brewery, parking fees will apply for visits of  2 hours or more. A map of parking options is available here

Dates: November 24 – January 1

Cost: Free

Event Information: Here

WEBSITE | 303 Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78215

Lights Spectacular TX - Hill Country Style

San Antonio Christmas Lights

No one does Christmas lights quite like Johnson City, the “Twinkliest town in Texas.” This Christmas behemoth lies about an hour north of San Antonio and features more than 2 million lights which NASA has reported is visible from space.

Beginning November 24, the city’s main square and historic downtown will be alight with one of the most brilliant displays of Christmas lights in San Antonio, or anywhere in the world. In addition to the display, light gawkers will be rewarded with access to local food, beer, and wine options. 

November 25 plays host to the city’s Lighted Parade which is set to begin at 6:30pm and will take place no matter the weather. This is a super fun and festive way to celebrate the season with your family.

This is one of the most popular lighting displays in the area and crowds can be a significant problem. Try to visit on a weeknight (Sunday-Thursday) to avoid the worst of the crowds.

Dates: November 24 – January 7, lighting ceremony will take place on November 24 and the parade will occur on November 25 

Cost: Free

Event Information: Here

Photo Credit: Facebook Lights Spectacular TX

WEBSITE | Hill Country Style, Johnson City, Texas. 3268

Museum Reach River of Lights

San Antonio Christmas Lights

San Antonio’s river north area gets in on the fun by hosting the Museum Reach River of Lights. The SA River Authority will kick off the event at the lock and dam on Brooklyn Ave. with lots of beautiful lights, food vendors, cookie decorating classes, and photos with Santa Claus.

Be sure not to miss the musical Christmas tree light show which choreographs the sounds of the season to the sites of the season with a 30-ft tall, brightly lit tree.

Dates: December 9, 5pm - 10pm

Cost: Free

Event Information: Here

Photo Credit: SA River Authority

WEBSITE | Unnamed Road, San Antonio, TX 78215

Westover Field of Lights

Westover Hills Church hosts this annual event at the Westover Hills Sports Complex. Guests to the Field of Lights can stroll through a field lit up by more than 300,000 shimmering lights, which have been synchronized to the sounds of the festive Christmas music that is playing. 

Kid-friendly activities, photo ops, food, and games round out the offerings at this free event. Be sure to head to the website to reserve your free tickets and entry time.

Dates: December 1-18, Friday/Saturday/Sunday Evenings Only

Cost: Free, but you must reserve your spot online

Event Information: Here

WEBSITE | 9340 Westover Hills Boulevard, San Antonio, TX

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