If you’re thinking of spending Christmas in a warm location, Texas is a great place to go! The Lone Star State is full of fun during Christmas time. Here are our favorite destinations to go in Texas for the Christmas holidays, and some of the fun things that you can do there.
Historic Market Square
They have lots of interesting stores, food stalls, restaurants, and other touristy types of things to go through. It is a fun stop to spend a couple of hours while you are in San Antonio. Most of the places take credit cards, but bring some cash just in case. Most of the stores, have most of the same, but I still managed to find a couple cute pairs of earrings and a butterfly wall hanging. The parking garage I found only took cash, which was a bit strange considering if I hadn’t been on vacation I wouldn’t have cash on me.
Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery
We loved the fun decorations and the festive feel of the place. The waitstaff was unfailingly friendly, a bit less so when the place got really busy. Everything we had to eat was excellent, including the best chicken tacos I’ve had. The fresh tortillas and all the baked goods are wonderful. We had good food elsewhere in the city as well, but this was our favorite overall experience.
La Margarita Restaurant
This was a great place to stop after a late evening. The food was great, had the beef enchiladas, and I was very happy. The service was good, the food was great. The tortillas are great, and then they have a good assortment of sweets for a late night sweet tooth.
River Center Mall in San Antonio
This indoor mall is just like any other mall but is within the riverwalk. Pretty and everyone seems respectful and friendly. The ground floor has a food court if you want an easy and quick fix food. The strip of the river walk has plenty of restaurants to choose. Whether you want to shop, wine or dine, you will surely have a good time. They also have river tours where you buy tickets and get on the boats there that do a lap around the entire river bend.
Seaworld Christmas Celebration
November 18 – January 2
SeaWorld San Antonio is decking out the halls for its annual Chrstmas Celebration, an extraordinary holiday event. This wintery, watery wonderland features Christmas shows, holiday lights, festive foods, Santa Claus and more! he park is covered with 8 million lights, the largest Christmas light display in Texas, and guests can meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends. ‘Tis the season to create family memories, only found at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. For more information please click here
Merry & Bright and Wild at Night!
November 18 – December 31 from 12:00 – 9:00 p.m.,
Zoo Lights is a nighttime holiday tradition for the whole family! Stroll under an array of twinkling lights while you sip hot cocoa, roast s’mores, ride camels and enjoy our Lakeside Lightshow. Plus, visit Santa and tell him what’s on your Christmas wish list. Plus, a new dining experience is coming to town! Book in advance to have a catered dinner with Mrs. Claus and her helpers, the elves! For more information please click here
Santa Ranch in New Braunfels, Texas
November 3 – December 31, 2017
A drive-thru Christmas Light Park is located just 15 minutes north of San Antonio on I-35.
Bring your friends and family and enjoy one of the best holiday light exhibits in the state! You’ll take a drive through over a mile of winding country roads while taking in the beautiful lights, animated Christmas displays, and enjoying homemade hot cocoa, kettle corn, and snacks. For more information please click here
Tower of the Americas
The Towers of the Americas was such a great experience! we have visited other observation decks, but this was such a wonderful experience especially with the included 4D theater experience.
A Breathtaking View at the Tower of the Americas
Located in downtown San Antonio, the 750-foot-tall Tower of the Americas provides guests the most spectacular view of the Alamo City. Enjoy the gorgeous panorama from the Tower’s revolving Chart House Restaurant, take in the scenery from the Observation Deck or experience the thrilling 4D Theater Ride. For a taste of the best dining and fun that San Antonio Riverwalk restaurants have to offer, come take a flight with the Tower of the Americas.
San Antonio River Walk
The famous holiday lights on the River Walk are turned on each year the day after Thanksgiving and remain on from dusk to dawn daily till just after the first of the New Year. This year the lights will remain on through the night of January 7th. Experience the spectacular display of 122,000 lights (2,500 strings of light) draped over the towering bald cypress trees that line the River Walk.
Visiting the River Walk to enjoy the spectacular holiday lights is free. The River Walk is a public park and is open every day of the year, 24 hours a day. The lights are a gift to the public from the San Antonio River Walk Association and the City of San Antonio. Holiday lights are on the downtown portion of the River Walk.
Festival of Lights and the DaVinci Exhibit at Moody Gardens
Perched on picturesque Galveston Island, Moody Gardens possesses a storied history that complements its scenic surroundings. More than two million visitors a year get to live part of that history, drawn by the 242-acre park’s three towering pyramids. After exploring walking and bike trails lined with nearly 20,000 plants and trees, guests can take their expedition underwater at the Aquarium Pyramid. There, a host of aquatic animals including penguins, sharks, and tropical fish swim and frolic in their natural habitats. Nature is also on display at the Rainforest Pyramid, which takes guests on a quest through the rainforests of Asia, Africa and the Americas.(Check for deals here)
In addition to embracing the wonders of nature, Moody Gardens also incorporates adventures in mankind’s world of science. Guests can broaden their minds with traveling exhibits at the Discovery Museum, or immerse themselves in the towering worlds of the MG 3D Theater or 4D Special FX Theater. The tourist destination also thrills families with water attractions, including a wave pool and a lazy river. No matter the reason for the visit, guests can also rest their heads at the recently-renovated (and nearby) Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center.