SAN ANTONIO – Although Thanksgiving is just around the corner, Christmas preparations are officially underway in San Antonio.
The River Walk has already been adorned with holiday lights, and now, the annual H-E-B Christmas tree has arrived in downtown’s Travis Park.
The tree arrived from Northern Michigan just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
This year’s tree is a nearly 50-foot Concolor Fir, and not long after its arrival, it will be decorated with more than 10,000 lights and dozens of colorful, handmade ornaments, according to H-E-B.
“In total, H-E-B commits more than $250,000 each year to the transportation, decoration and lighting of the tree for all of San Antonio to enjoy,” H-E-B said in a release.
An in-person celebration for the tree’s arrival will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 26. The lights will be lit up at 6:20 p.m.
There will also be free VIA bus rides available to the tree lighting and free ice skating for attendees from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Guests can also take part in holiday crafts, free giveaways, letters to Santa, live music, a holiday movie screening and a visit from Santa. The event is free and open to the public.