Holidays on Houston kicks off on Friday with Christmas lights, special events

Holiday market planned for Dec. 15-17

SAN ANTONIO – Houston Street will be the newest holiday hangout in downtown San Antonio.

Centro San Antonio, the City of San Antonio and Visit San Antonio announced Holidays on Houston, a new holiday spectacle that will feature twinkling lights, festive decorations, live entertainment, and special offerings from local businesses.

Holidays on Houston kicks off on Friday in conjunction with the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony. It will run through Jan. 2.

During that time, Houston Street between Legacy Park and Alamo Street will be dazzled with holiday lights and oversized ornaments and wreaths.

There will also be free movies shown at Legacy Park on Friday nights. Here’s the schedule, according to Visit San Antonio:

  • Dec. 1: “Die Hard”
  • Dec. 8: “It’s a Wonderful Life”
  • Dec. 22: “Home Alone”
  • Dec. 29: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”

The Holidays on Houston Fun Run is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 19. It will include a one-mile fun run and a 5K, and the registration price starts at $25.

There will also be a block-long Taste of Houston Street Community Dinner at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12. Meals for two including drinks start at $150, and participating restaurants include Range, Sojourn, Poblano’s, Double Standard and The Palm. Click here for more information.

On Dec. 15-17, there will be a holiday market with carolers, food and drink booths, photo opportunities, a light show, pop-up shops and more.

“Downtown San Antonio will sparkle this holiday season with the launch of what will no doubt become a time-honored holiday tradition for residents and visitors,” Centro said in an email, adding that the event will be “set against the backdrop of one of the city’s most historic and charming promenades, Houston Street.”

Visit San Antonio stated this could help the hospitality sector of our local economy, and the Holidays on Houston combines lighting displays and decor with entertainment, shopping, and dining. This signature event promises to become a beloved annual tradition for both San Antonians and visitors.

See the video above for a press conference that announced the event.

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