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6 Couples Things to Do in San Antonio for Christmas

Imagine the sound of caroling carrying downriver as you stroll hand in hand along the river banks. That’s just a small snapshot of Christmas in San Antonio. Though you’ll likely spend the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas buying gifts and preparing meals for loved ones, you should also make time to just be together. Hold hands, sip mulled wine, eat all the peppermint-flavored things your stomach can stand. 

After all, the holidays are meant to be a time of connection. The festive songs and cozy meals just dress up a season that, at its core, celebrates the magic that comes from love and togetherness. While we can’t speak for other cities, we can tell you that it’s this spirit that inspires the festivities in San Antonio and the Hill Country

Entire towns transform into Christmastime meccas, with even the libraries and courthouses dripping with lights. The River Walk isn’t spared, either, as boats full of carolers paddle the river all season long. Arm-in-arm with the one you love, see the holidays in a new light through these six things to do in San Antonio for Christmas. 

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Stroll Along The River Walk

The night-time lights give the San Antonio River Walk an intimacy it lacks during other times of the year. Luminarias line the banks and boats of carollers float downriver, bringing holiday cheer to an already festive locale. The River Walk is also the nexus of most of San Antonio holiday traditions. 

The Ford Holiday River Parade kicks off the holiday season, and the Ford Holiday Boat Caroling and Fiesta de Las Luminarias are both calling cards for Christmas in San Antonio. If you want to experience something unforgettable with your partner, this is the place to be. 

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Step Into Christmastime in Fredericksburg 

Year after year, Fredericksburg tops the list of Texas Christmas destinations, and for good reason. Not only is this charming town in the heart of Texas wine country (hello, wine tastings), but it also embodies a quintessential German Christmas town. Christmastime in Fredericksburg begins with the Light the Night Christmas Parade, and is rounded out with attractions like a wooden Christmas tree and festively decorated shops.

You’ll also find countless ways to grow closer between Fredericksburg’s seemingly endless Christmas lights. Skate side-by-side on the town ice rink, or dance the night away at the Tannenbaum Ball. 

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Watch the Weihnacts Parade in Boerne

If you’re looking for a long-standing Christmas celebration, head to Boerne. Nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Boerne transforms come Christmas into a holiday-themed village. Now in its 33rd year, the Weihnacts Parade sees up to 100 lit floats make their way down Main Street. 

Watch the parade with hot cider in hand, then peruse the town’s quaint shops. The unique boutiques stocked with locally made goods will make all your Christmas shopping dreams come true. 

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Enjoy a Holiday Dinner at Signature

Food is the centerpiece of most holidays. Whether it’s grandpa’s mincemeat pie or auntie’s turkey stuffing, there’s likely a dish it wouldn’t be the holidays without. While Signature might not serve up your holiday must-have’s, they’ll take the responsibility of cooking off your plate so you can fill your evening with conversation, connection, and an exquisite glass of wine. Take your dessert out on the patio for unforgettable views of the Texas Hill Country.

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Shop the Kristkindlmarkt

Rowdy and romance can go hand-in-hand. Just ask Beethoven Maennerchor. This beer garden on the River Walk brings a little bit of Germany into the heart of Texas. Their Christmas market is as authentic as any holiday market you’ll find in the states. 

Sip on their diverse selection of beer as you shop artisan goods, either as keepsakes for each other or presents for your friends and family back home. At the Kristkindlmarkt, you’ll discover that there’s nothing quite like shopping beneath twinkling lights. 

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Witness the Holidays in Bloom

Gardens are romantic by nature. From the vibrant, blooming flowers to the luscious, well-groomed pathway, each peaceful space makes it easy to focus on you. Though the winter is a season of slow growth, Holidays in Bloom injects a little more magic into the San Antonio Botanical Garden.

Meander through the garden, each plant lit with thousands of twinkly lights. Wreaths and red bows decorate trees and bushes throughout, as do festive poinsettias. Don’t miss the giant Christmas tree, one of the most impressive you’ll find in all of San Antonio. 

The holidays won't celebrate themselves. Though spending couples time together during the holidays is easier said than done, it'll be well worth it to go into the new year closer than ever. Rediscover the Christmas magic you loved as a kid with your chosen partner by your side. These San Antonio Christmas activities are just icing on the holiday cake. 

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