Noche Buena - Annual Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 3

4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Main Plaza, 115 N Main

"Main Plaza Conservancy will host a celebration of the holiday season with Noche Buena, our annual tree-lighting event. Live music will ring through the plaza with performances by Mariachi Las Altenas, The Victorian Secrets, and OPERA San Antonio. With the help of volunteers from The Junior League of San Antonio, you can add your own magic to the Main Plaza Conservancy Christmas tree with our free 'Create Your Own Ornament' craft. At 6pm, a magical visit from Santa will light the 20ft tree, donated by HEB, after some words from important members of our community. Photo opportunities with Santa will be free..."

Movie Night

Tuesday, December 13

7:00 PM

Travis Park, 301 E Travis

"Join Centro and Slab Cinema for FREE seasonal classics, snacks and more! Enjoy discounted ice rink tickets on Cheap Skate Night." Tuesday's featured film is the holiday classic 'Home Alone', starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, and Daniel Stern.

Christmas Movie in the Park

Saturday, December 10


Tower of the Americas in Hemisfair

"Grab a blanket and enjoy a free family-friendly movie under the stars..." Saturday's featured film is 'Shrek The Halls', an animated film featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz. The movie starts at sunset and food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Cinema on Will's Plaza

Friday, December 9

7:30 PM

Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle

You are invited to a screening of the Christmas classic 'Elf' starring Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Edward Asner and Mary Steenburgen. "After accidentally falling into Santa Claus' gift sack, a human baby is raised at the North Pole, growing up to believe he is an elf. Due to his large size, the "elf" causes chaos in Santa's workshop, forcing Kris Kringle to send him on a mission to find his human roots."

Charcuterie Class by Tim the Girl

Wednesday, December 14

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Ivy Hall, 1127 S St. Mary's

"Say cheese! Join in at Ivy Hall for a fun & delicious charcuterie class hosted by the Tim The Girl Catering Crew! Class includes a beautiful board to take home + 2 glasses of wine. Class Run Time: 1 1/2 hours."

Riverwalk Holiday Haunted History Tour

Through Thursday, December 22

7:30 PM

King William Historic District

"Get a glimpse of the holiday lights along the riverwalk, the King William District and Main Plaza as tour guides share the riverwalk's haunted history with stories about indigenous burial and life along the river, bizarre murders and executions, San Antonio’s red light district, haunted bars and clubs as well as tragic floods that changed the course of our city’s history. This tour begins in King William Park and ends in downtown San Antonio. We will end in front of the historic Esquire Tavern for those who want to enjoy drinks at a haunted bar after the tour."

From Aretha to Beyoncé: Queens of Soul

Saturday, December 10

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Grand Hyatt San Antonio River Walk, 600 E Market

"During the event professional musicians from San Antonio and the region will perform a variety of Soul hits. The hotel’s culinary team will also prepare a special concert menu featuring a charcuterie board, fruit and cheese board, a chips and trio of dips, complemented by themed cocktails available at an additional cost. The menu also includes a dessert board option with an assortment of petite cakes and crème brulee, as well as a full bar with a selection of signature cocktails, beer, and wine."

La Gran Tamalada

Saturday, December 10 & Sunday, December 11

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Historic Market Square, 514 W Commerce

"Join us at La Gran Tamalada for a cultural tradition at Historic Market Square hosted by La Familia Cortez Restaurant! At this family-friendly event, learn the history and traditions of tamales, enjoy storytelling, take photos with Pancho Claus, and Abuelita hot chocolate sampling and giveaways, and listen to live music! "

Savoy Swingtet

Friday, December 9

7:15 PM

Hermann Sons Dance Hall, 525 S St. Mary's

You are invited to this Holiday Swing Dance Night featuring Savoy Swingtet with Nick Brown. Bring your partner or friends or come on your own. Enjoy a dance lesson with Rob & Diane followed by the dance. Get ready for some "Finger Snapping, Toe Tapping fun!"

On Your Feet!

Friday, December 9 thru Sunday, December 11

Various times

Majestic Theatre, 224 E Houston

"On Your Feet! is the inspiring true story about heart, heritage and two people who believed in their talent—and each other—to become an international sensation: Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Now their story is an all-new exhilarating original musical winning the hearts of critics and audiences alike, with the Chicago Tribune declaring 'It's a hit!' and The New York Times cheering, 'The very air in the room seems to vibrate in this undeniably crowd-pleasing musical!' On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century..."

Brian Regan Live

Thursday, December8

7:30 PM

Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N St. Mary's

"Having built his 30-plus year career on the strength of his material alone, Brian’s non-stop theater tour continuously fills the most beautiful venues across North America... Critics, fans and fellow comedians agree: Brian Regan is one of the most respected comedians in the country with Vanity Fair calling Brian, 'The funniest stand-up alive,' and Entertainment Weekly calling him, 'Your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian'..."

The Music of a Charlie Brown Christmas

Wednesday, December 14

7:30 PM

Tobin Center, 100 Auditorium Circle

"Join Doc Watkins and His Orchestra for an unforgettable night at the Tobin Center. Doc will perform new arrangements of Holiday Big Band favorites, along with classic selections from a Charlie Brown Christmas."

Arts & Entertainment Events

LNF Weekly publishes a free weekly newsletter that alerts you to all the arts and entertainment events going on in the neighborhood and the broader downtown area, by which we mean everything from The Pearl to Lone Star. Each newsletter covers more than one hundred events, including art gallery openings, live music, festivals, and theater.

In addition, on this page, we highlight a dozen or so events coming up soon that we think you might especially enjoy. We update this list every day to keep it current.