It's the #1 tourist attraction in Texas with over seven million annual visitors from around the world. And with countless thousands of 'luminarias' - paper sacks filled with sand and a candle placed inside - lining both sides of the river for the holiday season, there is a warmth and charm found here that is unusual to Find in such a large city.


Welcome to the San Antonio River Walk, a great attraction regardless the season but one that seems to come alive beginning around Thanksgiving.


San Antonio's signature event, The Ford Holiday River Parade & Lighting Ceremony, was unfortunately cancelled this year, the first time in the 34 year history of the event, because of heavy rains and flooding that made conditions unsafe to operate the boat floats. But other traditional holiday events are still scheduled to take place now that the weather has calmed.


There are a lot of other holiday activities along the River Walk. Nightly carolers can be found along the Riverwalk, and the festive holiday theme is carried out by hotels, restaurants and shops all along the banks of the river, making the attraction a favorite among travelers who have come near and far to experience the unusual and spirited event.  San Antonio offers the perfect romantic getaway for the winter as well. Shopping, dining, dancing, music, food and seasonal fun await all throughout the month of December.


FORD Holiday Boat Caroling

December 2, 2015 6:00PM - December 20, 2015 8:15PM

Joyous caroling fills the evening air along the San Antonio River Walk as more than 185 school, church, company, and civic choral groups ring in the holidays by singing traditional carols on cruising boats. The eclectic mix of participants includes bell choirs, folk groups, Latino ensembles, and hearing impaired performers. Join visitors from around the world in impromptu sing-a-longs from the patios of River Walk restaurants.



River Parade and Lighting Ceremony

November 27, 2015   Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PM

CANCELLED FOR 2015 DUE TO HEAVY RAINS, FLLODING AND WEATHER. Normally the Annual Ford Holiday River Parade is a San Antonio tradition. It offers a spectacular one-hour parade on the San Antonio River Walk featuring 28 illuminated floats decorated for the  holiday theme; which changes each year. Lavishly decorated floats include celebrities and music and festive-costumed participants.


FORD Fiesta de las Luminarias

December 4, 2015 7:00PM - December 20, 2015 10:00PM

Experience the Holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 6,000 luminarias. Warmly glowing candles in sand filled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the "lighting of the way" for Holy Family. This centuries old tradition begins at dusk Friday, Saturday & Sunday only.


Another pinnacle of the seasonal celebrationon the River Walk is a candlelight procession known as Las Posadas. The pageant takes place in early December on a Sunday at dusk along the River Walk, which is parallel to both sides of the San Antonio River. In 1966 San Antonio's Conservation Society began hosting costumed carolers who reenacted the Holy Family's search for shelter, which ends in La Villita Plaza. The community has participated for over 200 years in merrymaking in the square, which includes music, pinatas, hot chocolate and bunuelas (Mexican cookies) for everyone.


If you're planning a Riverwalk getaway, you'll find plenty of hotels and inns along in the central city, a great experience if you're wanting to emerse yourself in the culture of historic downtown San Antonio.  Over 150,000 people are expected to watch the event along the parade route. From the Arneson River Theatre a live telecast will be broadcast in San Antonio and many other national markets representing millions of households.


And regardless whether your visit is during the winter holidays or some other time of the year, you're in for a real treat on America's premiere river attraction. Viva la Rio!


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