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Newest River Walk Tradition a San Antonio Success: Lanterns on the Water

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San Antonio introduced “Lanterns on the Water,” the beginning of its newest River Walk tradition in 2018, bringing together locals and tourists alike to enjoy the beauty of these artfully crafted and visually appealing lanterns as they floated down the river. From February 17 – March 3 of this year, the River Walk became something of a glowing appeal!

A Texas treasure, the River Walk is home to some of the best eateries and entertainment in the Lone Star State. Now there’s an added annual event that will offer you the chance to be mesmerized by these “…magically-illuminated enormous lanterns such as a dragon, adorable pandas, pinatas, and other objects,” according to its website. The YouTube video below from “The San Antonio River Walk” highlights the Confucius Wishing Lanterns on the Water which made its appearance at this year’s festival.

The magic of these beautiful 26-foot long floats took place each night during the two week period, from 7-9 p.m. when dusk was setting in. Anywhere along the downtown portion of the River Walk was a great place to catch a glimpse of these unique floats as they illuminated the night sky.

Some of the floats that participated in the 2018 event (as shared on its website) included:

Dragon Float, Presented by Omni La Mansion del Rio & Mokara Hotel & Spa

Panda Float, presented by UTSA Confucius Institute

Pinata Float, presented by The Original Mexican Restaurant

Fan Float, presented by the San Antonio River Walk Association

Texas Float, presented by KABB Fox29 & WOAI TV Channel 4

Umbrellas Float, presented by the San Antonio River Walk Association

So, make plans to visit this newest family tradition in its second year, in 2019, in the heart of San Antonio. For planning purposes and for more information visit