The weather is cooling off, the leaves are falling and the holidays are approaching. Winter is here. And with the new season comes new festivals and events to enjoy around San Antonio. Here are some of our favorites for the months of November and December:

November Festivals and Events

Diwali San Antonio Festival of Lights

When: November 5

Where: 418 Villita Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205

What: Diwali is an Indian festival that symbolizes the victory of good over evil. It attracts over 15,000 people from all over Texas to come experience traditional Indian culture. The festival has classical Indian dances, Bollywood Zumba, live music, a river barge parade, and Diya ceremony. There also will be plenty of vendors selling food, jewelry, and henna tattoos.

Luminaria Arts Come to Light

When: November 9-12

Where: Hays Street Bridge, Carver Community Cultural Center, and the Dignowity & Lockwood Parks

What: Celebrate the arts with this San Antonio festival that draws more than 300,000 visitors. There will be performances and work presented by actors, comedians, filmmakers, dancers, poets, musicians, composers, and visual artists. These artists are inspired by the luminaria, which is a traditional lantern that represents energy, warmth, illumination, movement, and tradition. We hope you find as much inspiration from the festival as the artists do.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas: Holiday in the Park

When: November 19-January 2

Where: 17000 IH-10 West, San Antonio, Texas 78257

What: Six Flags will transform into a winter wonderland to celebrate the holiday season. They will deck the halls with millions of colorful lights, Christmas decorations, and even appearances from Santa Claus. Along with the beautiful decor, there will be a Holiday Express train ride through Fiesta Texas, singing Christmas trees, and a new play called “The Majesty of Christmas.” Bring the whole family and enjoy the holiday spirit.

Light the Way at the University of the Incarnate Word

When: November 19

Where: Benson Stadium, UIW Campus, 4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209

What: For the last 30 years, UIW has hosted the Light the Way festival to kick off the holiday season in San Antonio. This year there will be performances by students in the community, Tejano singer Patsy Torres, and a special guest traveling all the way from the North Pole. All of the entertainment leads up to the big event of flipping the switch, which turns on nearly a million lights around the campus.

Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony

When: November 25

Where: River Walk

What: This water-filled parade happens every year the day after Thanksgiving. Twenty-eight decorated and sparkly floats glide down the river and the bridges light up to put on a show for San Antonians. Just be sure to get your tickets early because space fills up quickly. But if you would rather skip the crowds, you can still catch the event on TV (channel CW85) from 7:00-8:00.

December Festivals and Events

A Christmas Carol

When: December 2-19

Where: Playhouse San Antonio, 800 W. Ashby Place, San Antonio, Texas 78212

What: Bah Humbug! This classic Christmas story by Charles Dickens is a staple for every family. It embodies the Christmas spirit of giving and learning more about yourself and others. Get inspired by the play and give back a little something after you enjoy the show.

Tamales! Holiday Festival at Pearl

When: December 3

Where: Pearl Brewery, 303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 300, San Antonio, Texas 78215

What: Pearl Brewery is putting on this festival for the seventh year to provide the community with delicious treats from over 40 tamale makers. There also will be activities for the kids, live music, and performances.

Valero Alamo Bowl

When: December 29

Where: 100 Montana Street, San Antonio, Texas 78203

What: Remember the Alamo Bowl! This winter event moves away from the holidays and into the world of college football. With record-breaking television ratings and huge crowds, the Alamo Bowl hosts the number one Pac-12 team and the number one Big 12 team. Cheer on your favorite along with millions of other fans and enjoy the winter celebrations.

Instead of hiding out under the blankets this winter, get out and explore all the great festivals and events San Antonio has to offer. Let us know what your favorite winter festivals are below!

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