Heart of Texas Magazine

San Antonio River Walk: The Iconic Texan Holiday Experience

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Ford Holiday Boat Caroling takes place from December 5-22, 2019, Monday to Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and Friday to Sunday, 6 – 9:30 p.m. Guests can “sing in the holidays” caroling with family and friends aboard a River Walk tour boat from GoRioCruises.com. Charter a tour to carol in this fashion along the beautiful River Walk and experience the full power of the 100K Christmas lights like never before! Monday to Thursday, group rates are set at $125, and Friday through Sunday, they increase to $150. And, even if you’re not participating on a boat tour, you can join in the singing for free from the river bank or while seated at your dining locale on a restaurant patio.

Speaking of restaurants, several selections from family-friendly to fine dining are readily available at the River Walk. San Antonio holds nothing back when it comes to experiences in eating out which are unlike any other. River boat dining, pet-friendly locales, and casual dining opportunities ranging in variety of price points and a number of culinary styles are readily available. Fine dining and the traditional Texas steak house experience in true Hill Country fashion are also top choices and can be planned and reserved readily. The St. Anthony Hotel, the Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar, as well as Boudro’s Texas Bistro are all great selections for special experiences.

See the San Antonio River Walk Transformed with Christmas Lights!

Photo: Facebook/The San Antonio River Walk

Wrapping the night up with dancing and live music, special entertainment, or simply a fantastic happy hour in a hotel or restaurant bar is never a hard thing to accomplish on the River Walk. San Antonio’s downtown core is synonymous with a nightlife you’ll want to share on all your social media streams – with singers, bands, drink specials, a great selection of wines and beers, and cocktails to keep you in the celebrating spirit. It’s a great way to spend the holidays, with vibrant décor, an amazing lineup of entertainment, and a non-stop party-type atmosphere, it’s hard to find yourself in a Scrooge-like mindset!

And, not only do the Christmas holidays bring tidings of great joy to the area, but New Year’s Eve is a one-of-a-kind celebration in and of itself! Enjoy amazing holiday accommodations in San Antonio, in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, as you set out for a New Year’s Eve lunch or dinner, followed by dancing, toasting to a wonder year ahead, and spending time with loved ones. Everything you need to celebrate the launch of a new decade is right at your finger tips at the River Walk. Stay in a boutique hotel or luxury at its finest. Visit the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, the Wyndham Garden River Walk, or the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk for accommodations that get you close to the action or close to the most comfort possible in a home-away-from-home setting. All-you-can-eat New Year’s Eve lunch and dinner buffets are available at the Rio Rio Cantina Buffet as well as delicious lunch and dinner selections at Paesanos on the River Walk. And, New Year’s events in San Antonio rank second-to-none, including live music, a party atmosphere, and a stellar display of fireworks to ring in 2020! Celebrate in style at the River Walk in San Antonio and experience the beginning of a new decade in true celebratory fashion.

Originally published in the Winter Issue of Heart of Texas Magazine.

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