Activities at the Walker Ranch Senior Center — Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Hot meals served daily from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for qualifying seniors and their spouses. Exercise, field trips, bingo, loteria, movies, arts and crafts, free health and wellness screenings vary daily. 835 W. Rhapsody 78216; 210-207-5280.
Shooting leagues and classes – Days and times vary. Introduction to firearms, CDL classes, date nights, kids’ classes, men’s events and shooting sports leagues for all skill levels on an indoor range. Buck and Doe’s Mercantile, 24250 U.S. 281 78258;
The Velveteen Rabbit at the Magik Theatre Through Saturday, Dec. 24, days and times vary. Live theater production of the classic story of a child and his beloved stuffed rabbit. The Magik Theatre, 420 S. Alamo St. 78205; www.magiktheatre.org.
Lightscape at the Botanical Gardens
Through Sunday, Jan. 8, 5:30-9 p.m. Entry times available every 15 minutes. Behold the Winter Cathedral's 100,000 lights, roast s'mores in the Fire Garden, and delight in a shimmering field of Texas bluebonnets. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place 78209; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rotary Ice Rink at Travis Park – Through mid January, Monday -Thursday 5 – 10 p.m., Friday, 5 -11 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.- 11 p.m., Sunday, noon - 8 p.m. Fun and festive recreational activity for the family throughout the holiday season. 301 E. Travis St. 78205; www.rotaryicerink.com.
Zoo Lights – Through Monday, Jan. 2 – Lights illuminate at dusk. Zoo grounds awaken with magical lights at dark, including a 15-foot-tall giraffe. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary's St. 78212; www.sazoo.org.
Ford Holiday Boat Caroling – Thursday, Dec. 1- Thursday, Dec. 23, Monday -Thursday, 6-8:15 p.m.; Friday- Sunday, 6 – 9:30 p.m. Sing in the holidays with family and friends from a boat on the Riverwalk. International Center Building, 203 S. St. Mary’s St. 78205; www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com.
Old West Christmas Light Fest – Thursdays – Sundays, Dec. 1- 24, also Dec. 19-22. Weeknights, 6 – 9 p.m., weekends, 6-10 p.m. Synchronized light and music show, Lighted maze, Christmas carols, shopping, and Santa’s Holly Jolly Herd of Texas Longhorns. Enchanted Springs Ranch, 242 SH46 West, Boerne 78006; www.christmaslightfest.com.
A Dickens Celebration in Boerne Weekends, Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, times and activities vary. A Hill Country Christmas event of epic proportions, Boerne’s Main Street transforms into a vintage Christmas experience complete with great shopping, visits with Santa Claus, children’s craft activities, unique vendors, food trucks, snow on Main Street, ice sculpting, music, theatrical performances and an amazing 60-foot snow slide for sledding. Main Street, Boerne 78006; www.dickensonmain.com.
WinterFest San Antonio – Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Stone Oak festival with Santa Claus, elves, rocking Christmas music, carnival, food, and 50,000 pounds of snow. North Central Baptist Hospital, 502 Madison Oak 78258; www.winterfestivalsa.com.
12th Annual Holiday Hunger Run
Saturday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. ‘Tis the season to help others. Run a 5K to benefit Provisions Outreach. Prizes awarded for best Holiday costume. Bulverde Community Park, 29815 Bulverde Lane, Bulverde 78163; www.provisionsoutreach.org.
San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Races: marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K – Saturday, Dec. 3, Sunday, Dec. 4, times and courses vary. Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio has become the famous historical landmark-lined course that tours the Tower of the Americas, The Alamo, Mission Concepcion, San Fernando Cathedral and more. Enjoy a finish line concert and live bands. Start on East Commerce St. 78205; www.runrocknroll.com/san-antonio.
Concordia's Annual Drive-Thru Nativity Saturday, Dec. 3, Sunday, Dec. 4, 5-9 p.m. Travel with the wise men though Bethlehem and enjoy the story of Christmas from the comfort of your vehicle. Seven decorated sets, more than 60 actors, angelic choirs and live animals. Concordia Lutheran Church, 16801 Huebner Road 78258; 210-479-1477.
Christmas at the Caverns – Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18. Weekdays, Dec. 19- 23, 4:30-9 p.m. 30-foot Christmas tree, 1/3-mile trail of lights, Santa “Spelunker” Claus, 500 square-foot outdoor maze, live music, s’mores. Check the website for hours for specific activities. Natural Bridge Caverns, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road 78266;
Cowboy Christmas on the Riverwalk Sunday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saddle up and mosey on down to the Briscoe for holiday fun and pictures with Cowboy Santa, arts and crafts. Briscoe Western Art Museum, 210 W. Market St. 78205; www.briscoemuseum.org.
Single Professionals Networking Meeting
Friday, Dec. 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Join other 55+ widowed, divorced and single mature professionals for conversation, libations and food in a relaxed, social setting. The Roo Pub, 19314 Highway 281 78259 ;
San Antonio Youth Ballet Nutcracker – Weekends, Dec. 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, Friday at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 5, Sundays at 2 p.m. The San Antonio Youth Ballet and the South Texas Symphonic Orchestra perform the famous Nutcracker Suite live. Scottish Rite Theater 308 Avenue E 78205; www.facebook.com/SanAntonioYouthBallet.
Christmas Concert at The Fellowship of San Antonio — Saturday, Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11, 2:00 and 6:30 p.m. A Brand New Hallelujah Christmas concert shares the joyous sounds of the season. The Fellowship of San Antonio, 23755 Canyon Golf Road 78258; www.thefellowshipofsa.org.
Christmas Tea at the Rosemont Mansion Saturday, Dec. 10, 2:00 p.m. Enjoy beautiful harp music while sipping tea and tasting mouthwatering confections. The Rosemont Mansion, 7735 Mockingbird Lane 78229; www.eventbrite.com/e/traditions-of-christmas-holiday-tea-2-tickets-451974256167?aff=erelexpmlt.
Single Professionals Networking Meeting Wednesday, Dec. 14, 5-7 p.m. Join other 55+ widowed, divorced and single mature professionals for conversation, libations and food in a relaxed, social setting. Brick House, 1011 N. Loop 1604 E. 78258; www.spn-sa.org.
Christmas Choral Concert – Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 18, 3 p.m. The Bulverde/Spring Branch Community Chorus will present Celebrate Christmas with a wide selection of Christmas favorites. Bulverde United Methodist Church, 2330 Highway 281 North 78261.
The Stars at Night Races – Saturday, Dec. 17, staggered starts 4:45-5:15 p.m. Half marathon, 10K, 5K. San Antonio’s night races at the JW Marriott Resort on illuminated golf cart paths with fabulous post-race lawn event. JW Marriott Resort, 23808 Resort Parkway 78261; www.starsatnighthalf.com.
NEISD Winter Break - Dec. 19 - Jan. 2, 2023
Single Professionals Networking Meeting – Friday, Dec. 23, 5-7 p.m. Join other 55+ widowed, divorced and single mature professionals for conversation, libations and food in a relaxed, social setting. Don Adolpho’s, 19141 Stone Oak Parkway 78258; www.spn-sa.org.
2022 Valero Alamo Bowl 30th Anniversary Game – Thursday, December 29, 8:00 p.m. Watch the college football match-up between the number one contenders from the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences. Alamodome, 100 Montana St. 78203; www.alamobowl.com/tickets.
High School Football Showcases
Saturday, Jan. 7. Noon and 5 p.m. The All-American Bowl will feature the best high school football players and band members in the country at noon. Stay for the All-Star football game at 5 p.m., which highlights more than 100 of the best football players from Bexar and surrounding counties. Players are nominated through their varsity coaches, and several from Johnson and Reagan High Schools will be included. Alamodome, 100 Montana St. 78283; www.nbcsports.com/allamericanbowl.
River Road Run – Saturday, Jan. 7, staggered starts beginning at 8 a.m. Scallywompus presents the first race in their 2023 Texas Hill Country Half Marathon Series. Half Marathon, 10k or 5k. Hill Country Distillers, 723 Front Street, Comfort 78013; www.scallywompus.com.