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SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 7, 2018) – Celebrate the holidays at Historic Market Square, La Villita, Milam Park and Plaza Guadalupe this month! Enjoy free, family friendly events, and shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for your loved ones.
Market Square Events (514 W. Commerce Street)
La Gran Tamalada
Saturday, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., FREE
Join us at La Gran Tamalada for a cultural culinary tradition at Historic Market Square! La Familia Cortez has once again partnered with the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center to move the event from its original home at the Guadalupe Theater to Historic Market Square for an expanded cultural experience. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.
College Football Fan Fiesta
Thursday, Dec. 27 – Sunday, Dec. 30, 12-6 p.m., FREE
Come out to The Historic Market Square for all your pre-game and post-game festivities during the Valero Alamo Bowl Fan Fiesta! Experience a taste of San Antonio’s Fiesta while wearing Iowa State, Washington State, or your local favorite college sportswear. We'll have food vendors, our favorite local bands, and working artists out on the plaza. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the Facebook event page.
Alberto Mijangos Exhibit at Centro de Artes Gallery
Tuesdays – Sundays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Journey through the life and work of one of San Antonio’s most prolific artists, Alberto Mijangos (1925-2007), in the first-ever comprehensive retrospective of the artist in a new exhibit at Centro de Artes Gallery, 101 S. Santa Rosa in Historic Market Square. This free exhibit is presented by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, and closes January 13, 2019. More information is available on the Centro de Artes webpage.
La Villita Events (418 Villita Street)
Battle de Bejar
Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., FREE
The San Antonio Living History Association, in partnership with the Center City Development & Operations Department, presents the Battle de Bejar and the Capitulation of General Cos. This free history reenactment will feature props and a walking history tour of the village. The signing of the Texas Article of Confederation in front of the Cos House will follow the reenactment battles. For additional information, visit www.salha.org.
Last-Minute Holiday Gift Market at La Villita
Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., FREE
The Boho Market, produced in partnership with La Villita Historic Arts Village and the Center City Development & Operations Department, is producing a Holiday Market for last minute shoppers! We are so excited to be back in San Antonio as we partner with the artisans and entrepreneurs at La Villita Historic Arts Village! The Boho Market will host local makers, curators and artisans along the historic Villita Street. Enjoy local shopping, food, live music, games and more! FREE admission! For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
40th Annual TubaMeister Christmas Concert
Saturday, Dec. 15, 12 p.m., FREE
Local favorites, the TubaMeisters, present their annual holiday favorite at the Arneson River Theatre, featuring holiday tunes played by full stage of brass instruments and musicians. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Univision’s Fiesta Navideña 2018
Saturday, Dec. 15, 3-11 p.m., Ticketed event
Univision presents their annual, holiday concert event in Maverick Plaza. Celebrate the season with music, food and fun for the entire family. Tickets are available here. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Carols by Candlelight; Arneson
Sunday, Dec. 16, 5:30 p.m., FREE
The Mission Point Christian Church presents a holiday concert showcasing the talent of their youth and adult church choirs. This 16th annual event is free and open to the public and will take place at the Arneson River Theatre.
2018 Valero Alamo Bowl Village Tailgate
Thursday, Dec. 27, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., FREE
Join us in La Villita’s Maverick Plaza for food, fun, live music, and more! Featuring San Antonio’s own Bobby Joe Harlow Band, local tailgate grub and barbecue, and more, La Villita partners with the Valero Alamo Bowl to host this fan fest right off the River Walk! Stroll through the La Villita boutiques for unique, local gifts, while jamming to classic tunes and playing games in the interactive video game truck. FREE and open to the public for all Alamo Bowl fans and locals. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Paseo de Chocolate
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2-6 p.m., Ticketed event
The 2nd annual Paseo de Chocolate will take you through La Villita Historic Arts Village where you will visit the unique shops, galleries and restaurants to pick up your decadent chocolate treats. Your ticket to this La Villita Chocolate Tour includes a list and map of participating businesses, a commemorative bag to collect your sweet pleasures, discounts on purchases, an entry into the grand prize drawing for great gifts, and, of course, the heavenly chocolates offered at each tour stop! Tickets can be purchased here. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Celebrate SA! San Antonio's Official New Year’s Eve Celebration
Monday, Dec. 31, 6 p.m. – 12:15 a.m., FREE
It’s time to CELEBRATE San Antonio! The San Antonio Parks Foundation will host San Antonio’s official New Year’s Eve downtown celebration, CELEBRATE SA! The largest free New Year’s Eve festival in the state of Texas, CELEBRATE SA draws over 50,000 excited revelers each year. This live music event and fireworks show takes place at Hemisfair and inside La Villita’s Maverick Plaza in downtown San Antonio. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Plaza Guadalupe (1327 Guadalupe Street)
Plaza Guadalupe Movie Night: “The Polar Express”
Friday, Dec. 21, Activities begin at 7 p.m.; movie begins at dusk, FREE
Bring the family for a movie night at Plaza Guadalupe! This FREE outdoor, family friendly event features a movie, snacks, and pre-movie entertainment! Parking is available onsite. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Milam Park (500 W. Commerce Street)
CCDO Presents: Movie Night in Milam Park: “Gremlins”
Tuesday, Dec. 18, Activities begin at 5 p.m.; movie begins at dusk, FREE
Join us for a Movie Night in Milam Park for a screening of “Gremlins” presented by the Center City Development & Operations Department and Centro San Antonio! Coloring station and activities begin at 5 p.m., and the movie starts at dusk. Snacks, lawn chairs and blankets are welcome! Grab a bite to eat at the food trucks who will be set up at the park. This event is FREE and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the City’s Downtown Tuesday program, which offers free parking in City-owned lots, garages and meters on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Lunch Break on Houston Street (In front of the Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston Street)
Friday, Dec. 14, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Join us for a Holiday Lunch Break on Houston Street in front of the Majestic Theatre! We’ll have holiday tunes playing, food trucks, free sodas and more! For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
A full list of City-owned garages, lots and meters can be found here. In addition, there are numerous non-City owned lots and garages in the area where visitors can park for a fee. For a map, click here.