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River Walk Christmas Lights 2020-2021

The most magical time of the year in San Antonio

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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

Thousands of San Antonio families wait impatiently for the beginning of November, when the spectacular Holiday Lights on the River Walk turn this beautiful promenade into the winter wonderland. The favorite shopping and restaurant destination for many locals, San Antonio River Walk or Paseo del Río is about 15 mi (24 km) long. Its major highlights include the Arneson River Theatre, Marriage Island, HemisFair Park, the Tower Life Building, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the city's five Spanish colonial missions, listed as World Heritage Sites.

Hilton Palacio Del Rio in December 2020
Hilton Palacio Del Rio in December
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Christmas Lights display on the River Walk is among the most impressive in Texas. It features over 100,000 lights (2,250 strings) arranged over the trees and buildings lining the River Walk. The lights on the river stay on from 6 pm to 8 am. The River Walk is a public space, and visiting the display is free. However, you can take a paid river cruise on an illuminated boat to fully experience the magic of the season.

In addition to holiday illumination, the River Walk hosts various concerts, shows, and Christmas events such as Ford Holiday Boat Parade and Caroling, the Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias, and the Holiday Artisan Show.

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