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10 FOOD & DRINK
by Edmund Tijerina
by Dawn Robinette
14 KIDS & FAMILY
My Magical Elf Family Finds Downtown Delightful
26 HISTORY & CULTURE Wishing You a Spiritual December
by Carole Miller
18 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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Lights, Football & THE Party of the Centuries
Food & Drink
Arts & Entertainment
Museum Reach & King William
by Denise Richter
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30 HEALTH & RECREATION
Greater San Antonio
by Gabriela M. Mata
by Susan Yerkes
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ON THE COVER The Westin Riverwalk hotel is home to a team of fabulously talented culinary professionals led by Executive Chef Jeff Foresman. His pastry chefs, Martin Mackenzie, Johanna Sanchez, and Anna Arjon created these beautiful and delicious Christmas cookies for our cover. The hotel will be serving these holiday sweet treats along with hot chocolate at Cafecito on the lobby level and at Zocca Cuisine D’Italia inside or on the patio throughout the month of December. RIO Magazine is the official publication of the San Antonio River Walk Association. All expressions of opinions and statements of supposed facts are published on the authority of the writer and cannot be regarded as expressing the views of the San Antonio River Walk Association or its Publisher. Advertisements do not imply sponsorship or endorsement by the San Antonio River Walk Association or its Publisher.
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MY HOW TIME FLIES Has it really been 300 years? I wish I had a time machine and could visit 1718 to see the plants and the river and the Native Americans living in what is now San Antonio. I also wish I could travel back to the late 1930’s when Robert Hugman’s design of the River Walk was built and again 30 years later when the World’s Fair brought masses of people and attention, to his sleepy River Walk. I marvel at the vintage photos when people picnicked on grassy banks of the river while others passed by on paddle boats and gondolas. Simpler times, yes, but I like where we are today too. A vibrant city filled with a variety of cultures and languages, holidays and traditions. Where food, music, and festivals are as varied as the people who call San Antonio home. On December 31, 2017, San Antonio will kick-off a yearlong celebration, our city’s Tricentennial, with a New Year’s Eve party to rock downtown and the ages. All of the River Walk’s 2018 events are included as official Tricentennial celebrations. I invite you to explore the River Walk and celebrate a city and a river 300 years in the making. Warmly,
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Lucky for you, this tasty Texas fare is all available downtown and around the River Walk. And by the way, what exactly is figgy pudding? I’ll tell you at the end of the story and you’ll be extra glad you’re in San Antonio instead of London. EGGNOG AND CHOCOLATE When the temperatures dip, people start craving gelato. Yes, the holidays are some of the busiest time of the year for Rio de Gelato. Owner Richard Pisano shared that more people come downtown when it’s chilly outside, and then they see a sign for hot chocolate and coffee, come in for something warm and decide to get a holiday-flavored gelato, too. One of the most popular flavors is an eggnog gelato, a family recipe, Pisano said. Chocolate walnut biscotti is also a big hit, and so is a candy cane gelato. Sometimes, customers will even request the holiday flavors in the middle of the summer. WE ALL SCREAM Just north of downtown on the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River, Lick Honest Ice Creams is offering several holiday-themed flavors, including its own take on eggnog. This one is spiked, featuring local, pasture-raised eggs and a shot of brandy. And no matter what the song says, you’ll forget about roasting chestnuts when you have Candied Pecan and Bourbon flavor featuring Texas pecans and Garrison Brothers bourbon, distilled in the Hill Country town of Hye. Also at Lick, the richness of buttery sugar cookies accents cinnamon ice cream in Cinnamon Sugar Cookie, while Orange Chocolate Fresh features Rio Grande Valley oranges with Austin-based SRSLY Chocolate. Meanwhile, Peppermint Bark features SRSLY chocolate for a flavor that’s a gift all by itself.
MÉXICO MEETS ITALY At the downtown location of La Panadería, pastry chef David Cáceres has brought the best of Mexico and Italy together in one inspired pastry. It’s called the Concha Panettone and it tops a light panettone with a slightly crunchy concha, complete with the traditional sugar topping. When you think about it, the textures of both breads are somewhat airy, lightly sweet and go great with coffee and other warm beverages. La Panadería is offering the culinary mashup in chocolate and vanilla varieties. Just imagine tearing off a piece and dipping it into either a cappuccino or a Mexican hot chocolate. It’s the holidays — try them both. UNWRAPPING THESE GOODIES Although you can find tamales all year around, making and enjoying them is a special tradition during the holidays in San Antonio. Restaurants and tortilla factories all over the city gear up to have plenty of extra tamales on hand. In this part of the country, the tamales are usually shredded pork in a red chile sauce. Sometimes, they’ll include shredded chicken in a green salsa or mashed pinto beans. These are different from the ones in central Mexico, where they will include all kinds of fillings and salsas, and even some vibrantly colored fruit tamales. So in downtown Left page: Omni La Mansion San Antonio, the place to get del Rio; Right page: Zocca tamales is Mi Tierra restaurant. The restaurant that never closes is selling tamales by the dozen, and offering buñuelos, the crisp cinnamonsugar pastries that seem to evaporate as soon as you take a bite. Or if you just want a couple of tamales, stop inside Mi Tierra and order a combo plate with a couple of pork tamales. They’re topped with San Antonio chili gravy and served with rice and beans.
PERFECT WHILE STROLLING While you’re walking along the River Walk, taking in the lights and sounds of the holiday, stop in at the Westin Riverwalk. The hotel is offering a selection of holiday cookies and hot chocolate in its Zocca restaurant and in its street-level Cafecito, a grab-and-go shop featuring items made in house and Starbucks coffee.
FRENCH GOOD TASTE Even though tamales, buñuelos and eggnog are wonderfully satisfying, sometimes the holiday season calls for different flavors, like French macarons. At Bakery Lorraine, these delicate pastries look like they should sit in a jewelry case, but they taste just as good as they look.
“In our Cafecito, we like to fill the display case with cookies, cakes and confections and we try to theme that to the holiday,” said the hotel’s executive chef, Jeff Foresman. “For the holidays, we have fun.”
The always-packed bakery is offering holiday flavors, and will have an everchanging array of flavors available. Also, the bakery is offering holiday pies by pre-ordering.
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La Boulangerie. Photo courtesy of La Boulangerie
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JOYEUX NOËL, Y’ALL! At La Boulangerie, native Parisians Sylvie and Sylvain Nykiel will offer a Bûche de Noël, or what’s otherwise called Yule log. In true French fashion, this one offers intense chocolate flavor, and has just the right amount of sugar. The log receives a dusting of powdered sugar, to resemble a snowfall. If you don’t have time to order a log, come into the bakery and snag an assortment of whatever pastries they’re offering. CHOOSE AN ASSORTMENT If you can’t decide on one particular goodie to enjoy or give as a gift, head over to Larder at the Hotel Emma. The culinary shop offers all kinds of artisan products and will make a custom basket just for you. Pick your
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treats and they’ll package it together with the tasteful elegance the hotel is known for. By the way, figgy pudding is a sixteenth century British dessert containing grated suet (white animal fat with a high melting point), molasses, cream and other sinful ingredients as well as chopped figs. Once combined it is steamed for three hours. Hmm...a couple of tamales, candy cane gelato and Mexican hot chocolate sound better, anyway. WRITERS BIO Edmund Tijerina is an award-winning food writer and editor, and a one-time restaurateur whose favorite meals are the ones he cooks with his wife and son. Catch his latest recommendations at SanAntoniosBestRestaurants.com and find out more about him at EdmundTijerina.com.
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Kids & Family
By Carole M
As the mother of the only elf-tuplets in the world: Joy, Buddy, Frosty, Nicky, Candy, and Melody. Naturally, we have our own reality show, “Sudden Six Pack,” and are quite famous in the Arctic Circles. So it’s nice to get away from all the North Pole paparazzi for a little holiday R&R. Each of my elf-tuplets has different interests so Downtown San Antonio is our go-to destination.
Joy is quiet and shy. She and her best friend Rudolph love to gaze at all the holiday lights and watch holiday movies together. One of their favorite things to do in San Antonio is visit Travis Park because it turns into a magical winter wonderland with more than 250,000 twinkling holiday lights. And the larger-thanlife, 55-foot white fir H-E-B Christmas Tree is adorned with more than 10,000 lights and custom-made ornaments. During Holiday Movie Nights at Travis Park, they can watch “National Rudolf The Red-Nosed Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” Reindeer: The Musical at the Tobin Center “Elf” or “Frozen.” There are also family activities before the showings and they love to bring home a handmade craft for mom and Santa. And when Santa goes with them to the park (in disguise, of course), he enjoys parking his sleigh for free at City-owned lots, garages and meters after 5 p.m. every Tuesday. Buddy is my foodie. He’s always cooking up something delicious with Mrs. Claus in her kitchen back at the North Pole. (He even knows that Santa’s favorite pizza is deep dish). The food trucks in Travis Park are one of their favorite places to visit while in the Alamo City.
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Another favorite event for my foodie fella is Gran Tamalada at Market Square, an annual community workshop that honors the tradition of making tamales. This free event blends storytelling, the history of the tamalada and promotes cultural pride and lifelong learning. Children and adults participate in this hands-on opportunity to learn about the ingredients, recipes and cooking methods used in making this culturally iconic dish and take home both knowledge of and appreciation for the techniques that have been passed from generation to generation. Frosty, the sports nut, is always on the move. He loves Fitness Boot Camp at Travis Park where he can take his workout outdoors every Tuesday. Classes include a variety of activities geared toward increasing his endurance, power, strength, stamina, and speed and they are free and open to the public. During the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Frosty can take a running tour through San Antonio with live entertainment along the course. When he finishes he meets his brother Nicholas for the celebration concert and festival at the finish line.
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Nicky, the party animal of the group, loves to attend any and every festival. Obviously, he loves to visit San Antonio. Fiesta Navidena at Maverick Plaza is a family-friendly, all-day event with free activities, live Tejano music, autograph sessions and a kids’ talent search. Grupo Siggno, Chiquis, Sunny Sauceda y muchos mas will perform live at Maverick Plaza in La Villita Historic Arts Village.
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At the Battle of the Bejar, La Villita is transformed back in time with historical walking tours, period clothing, arms and skill demonstrations. Nick loves to relive the thrilling battle for San Antonio and Texas during the San Antonio Living History Association’s spectacular free reenactment of the Battle of the Bejar and the Capitulation of General Cos. Chanukah on the River brings the Chanukah Celebration of Light to the Arneson River Theatre on the River Walk. One of the largest Jewish events in the State of Texas, it features the famed Chanukah Boat Parade with interactive entertainment, Menorah lighting, special guests and a live concert. Candy is the drama queen of the group. She plans on seeing every show in town while she’s here. At the top of her must-see list are: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the Magik Theatre, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” at the Empire Theatre, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and “Bah Humbug—A One-Man Christmas Carol” at the Arneson River Theatre. Melody, my musical elf, always has a song in her heart. She plays several instruments in her school band back at the North Pole and loves to attend concerts when traveling. She also loves to joke around and says her favorite kind of music is “wrap” music. (That joke kills back home.) Melody loves to visit the Arneson River Theatre in December for live musical performances. “Holly Daze Rock!” performed by San Antonio Parks and Recreation department’s pre-professional youth band “Take Note,” is a high-energy holiday rock and pop concert that gets everyone in the spirit of the season. Or Carols by Candlelight is a free concert highlighting everyone’s favorite holiday tunes. And during Tubameister Christmas, Melody, along with all tuba, euphonium, and baritone horn players are invited to participate. Merry Elfin’ Christmas, everyone! WRITER’S BIO Carole Miller is actually a human mother of three delightful elves (Sydney, 27; Nick, 21; and Faith, 18). She has been “elfemployed” as a local freelance writer for 20 years. After interviewing Carole the Elf, she discovered that it truly is a small world after all.
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San Antonio is known as “Fiesta City” for good reason. Folks here know how to throw a spectacular party—the bigger the better; from the annual ten-day Fiesta San Antonio celebration where the Friday day parade creates a public school holiday to the nationally recognized seventeen day-long San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Combine those events with sports teams and countless cultural, music, and arts festivals that bring visitors and residents together for good times. But this year, as a kickoff for a year-long 300th birthday celebration, the New Year’s Eve bash is going to be the biggest EVER.
You may hear boats full of holiday carolers, or stroll through the soft flickering light of thousands of luminarias set out to greet the season. And you won’t have to worry about packing massive suitcases full of down and fleece insulation to enjoy it all since holidays here are famously mild.
New Year’s Eve is the opening event of a year-long, citywide commemoration and celebration. The usual annual Celebrate San Antonio New Year’s Eve event in the heart of downtown is consistently ranked one of the best places in the U.S. to ring in the New Year, so can you imagine!
Feeling like a big splurge for New Year’s Eve? You can opt to enjoy a sumptuous feast on the River Walk or dine and dance at one of many venues around town. But come 6 p.m. that night, downtown is definitely the place to be, as Celebrate 300 opens to all.
Tricentennial is nearly a decade in the planning. Top party planners have been prepping a yearlong cavalcade of events celebrating our colorful history and cultures and showcasing the best of the present and future.
“This will truly be the experience of a lifetime,” says Tricentennial Events Director Tonya Baum – and even better, it’s free. The party will spread over 8 acres in the Hemisfair area, from Commerce Street to Cesar Chavez Boulevard, with an 80-foot Ferris wheel towering over it all.
The party has already gotten off to a “soft” start, and the pace cranks up to high later this month when college football fans flood into town for the annual Valero Alamo Bowl Dec. 28, which matches the top teams in the Big 12 and Pac-12. Participating teams are announced December 3 and tickets sales rev up exponentially with the announcement. Don’t delay with purchasing tickets. The Alamo Bowl is an indoor arena so weather doesn’t come in to play. As the big game excitement winds down, the New Year’s Eve excitement will be heating up.
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Throughout December, the famous River Walk will be an illuminated wonderland, with hundreds of thousands of multi-colored holiday lights reflected in the water. Shops, bars, and cozy cafes will be decked out in their festive best to welcome all.
Three main areas will cater to a wide range of party animals. The main attraction is the big concert stage, where hot bands and “surprise” performers will amp up the crowd and rock the night away. It’s free to all, but those who want to go big may purchase $300 tickets to an indoor-outdoor area right at the main stage, with tables, chairs, and free food and drink throughout the evening. Besides the hottest concert in town, the party grounds will be swarming with free entertainment for all in different areas. For the youngsters and the young at heart, the Tricentennial Garden will offer free movies, arts, and crafts and all kinds of interactive activities for kiddos and their parents. Budding artists can put their own flourishes on a RIO Magazine
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The separate Connect 300 party zone is aimed at millennials and mature hipsters, with an “active” dance floor that throbs with light as you dance on it, and a big social media wall where your tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagram pics will be displayed on the giant screen. Party planners have even built in space for less congested, open areas. “There’s kind of a safe zone so if you don’t feel like being in a big crowd of concert-goers you can relax. We’re telling people to bring a blanket, bring some folding chairs, just hang out and be part of it,” Baum says. And of course, you can nosh your way through the night. Food for every taste and budget will be on hand throughout the park. A decorated food court, food trucks, and booths throughout the grounds will offer everything from iconic festival fare like hot, juicy turkey legs and funnel cakes to elegant gourmet grazing, prepared by top chefs from the town’s hottest restaurants. To top off the city’s biggest-ever party night, a massive fireworks display from the Tower of the Americas and another on the grounds nearby will bring in the New Year with brilliant bangs and sparkles -- expect a lot of “ooh” and “aah” moments. And as the countdown to 2018 begins, and a bodacious New Year’s ball descends from the top of a towering, illuminated hotel, the curtain will rise on San Antonio’s 300th year. Let the fun begin! WRITER’S BIO Susan Yerkes is a San Antonio-based journalist, travel writer, and veteran of literally thousands of parties, large and small, around the world – but never to a “puro San Antonio” lollapalooza like this one. Rock on!
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Some people stress about all that needs to be done and question how this is the most wonderful time of the year. But when you know the best places to always find the perfect gift, holiday shopping is never a chore. San Antonio offers an array of options to fill your gift list and more, but some of my favorites are holiday markets that offer shopping with holiday fun thrown in. If you like your holiday shopping with a side of holiday lights and true River City cheer, look no further than the Holiday Artisan Show on the River Walk. Nestled amongst the sparkling lights of the River Walk extension close to the Shops at River Center, the Artisan Show features handmade crafts from 40 vendors. Paintings, photography, glasswork and woodwork are waiting to be discovered, along with jewelry, clothing, soaps and candles. There’s something for everyone on your list and many items can be personalized onsite. Others, such as jewelry featuring tiny micro-roses hand grown and encased lockets, rings and pendants, are unlike anything you’ll find on your typical shopping excursions. Make the December market a must to land great gifts for everyone, including yourself. For a real taste of San Antonio, you can’t get more authentic than the beloved River Walk and the San Antonio River Walk Association has everything you need to make someone feel as if www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com
they are here. Visors, tees, water bottles and the coolest playing cards you’ll ever see, featuring a different picture of the River Walk on every card so you have a deck of memories to share— all of the merchandise is officially licensed River Walk gear. You’ll even find options for your favorite four-legged friend. The collection includes a darling metal ornament that adds a pop of papel picado—the brightly colored, intricately cut paper decorations that help decorate San Antonio year-round—to anyone’s tree. Even better: purchases support the River Walk, helping to maintain one of San Antonio’s most beguiling treasures and favorite spots for holiday merry-making. You can check everything out by visiting the River Walk’s flagship store at the Wyndham River Walk. Shopping hint: order online to have some great gifts before you visit the River City, or if you forgot to pick up some goodies while you were here (we promise not to tell). All of downtown San Antonio seems to glow during the holidays and thanks to the OPEN Program, the holiday lights shine on extra shopping opportunities this month. The City of San Antonio hosts pop up tenants in various spots along Houston Street during the holiday season. The OPEN Holiday Market takes place over two weekends, December 8-10 and December 15-17, adding a fun weekend shopping must. Some of my favorite shops found their roots as OPEN pop ups, so it’s a good bet that this year’s participants are sure to please. And Houston Street is bedecked in lights, making your shopping even more merry. Be sure to visit Eye Candy Boutique, an OPEN alum, while you’re
out and about on Houston Street. For more OPEN, visit La Villita, a shopping spot that always brings smiles and great finds. Walking beneath the trees of La Villita, you’ll relax away holiday stress. Along with OPEN alums Bird and Pear, Capistrano Soap Company and Chic’tique, check out Camel Corps and Huipul Market. Housed in one of my favorite old homes at La Villita, Camel Corps offers refined lifestyle goods with a masculine edge, and a selection of Texas merchandise that includes apparel, accessories, apothecary and gourmet condiments. Huipul features unique, handmade, Fair Trade goods and a variety of vibrant, one-ofa-kind accessories, hand-embroidered bags and handcrafted jewelry. Pearl is another fantastic destination that makes shopping a joy. Every Thursday in December, stop by the Parquito, one of Pearl’s lovely green spaces surrounded by restaurants and shops, for a holiday night market. Featuring Pearl Farmers Market vendors, additional craft vendors, live music and holiday activities, the night market is a great excuse to shop and stroll among Pearl’s holiday lights, then enjoy a bite at any one of Pearl’s terrific restaurants and check out the view of the River Walk’s Museum Reach. The holiday lights make the river even more dazzling than usual. Pearl is also known for its shops and their variety can help you find something for everyone on your list. Explore and enjoy The Sporting District, Roo & Me, The Twig Book Shop, The Tiny Finch, Adelante Boutique, Ten Thousand RIO Magazine
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Villages, LeeLee Shoes, Dos Carolinas, Leighelena and Niche Boutique, but fair warning: you might have a hard time sticking to your list. Adelante’s selection alone is enough of a challenge—don’t miss their jewelry, fantastic ornaments, pillows or handbags, and be sure to laugh at their whimsical tea towels. There’s attitude and sass enough for everyone who needs a holiday smile. And the selection at The Twig will warm any bookworm’s heart.
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Lists? Who needs lists? Thanks to Popmarte, you might just want to throw your gift list out the window. A rotating, multi-brand pop-up retail store at Pearl through December 23, Popmarte offers a curated collection of goods from local, regional and national designers. You’ll find fashion, accessories, home, beauty, kids, tech, travel and more. Each week, five to seven select brands will have their own shop-in-shop, keeping options new and fresh. Stop in to catch national and local brands including Mignonne Gavigan, Dawson+Hellman, Cruz Ortiz and Snake Hawk Press, Rica Bath and Body, Mimilore, Bib & Sola and Uwila Warrior, La Maree, Boyd’s of Texas, Mi Cocina of Ubi-Ind Denim and Angelina Mata’s new line Sonsuz. Two of my personal favorites: the amazing products and scents from Boyd’s and the denim kitchen gear from Mi Cocina gives cooking a fresh look. With all of these shopping options, don’t be surprised if you run into Santa picking up a gift or two: the North Pole has nothing over the River City! WRITER’S BIO An award-winning writer, communications expert and military spouse who likes exploring and shopping in her adopted hometown, Dawn Robinette loves to tell stories. You can read more of her work at Alamo City Moms Blog.
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For many, the final month of the calendar year isn’t all about shopping for presents, holiday parties and over-the-top food and drink. Instead, it’s a time to reflect on what gives life meaning. Fortunately for San Antonio’s visitors and residents, getting in touch with your spiritual side is easily accomplished. By Denise Richter
Nativity and Wreath. Photo courtesy of San Fernando Cathedral
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Light the Way. Photo courtesy of the University of the Incarnate Word.
Celebrating Chanukah on the River San Antonio.
LIGHT THE WAY, UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD lightthewaysa.com Dec. 1 through Jan. 6 at dusk, FREE The University of the Incarnate Word, located at 4301 Broadway at Hildebrand, doesn’t want downtown San Antonio to have all the holiday fun. Each night through January 6, nearly one million twinkle lights hung in trees across campus light up the night sky. This year marks the thirty-first year that the campus has offered visitors self-guided tours of its holiday lights.
SAN FERNANDO CATHEDRAL Founded in 1731 by 15 families originally from Spain’s Canary Islands, San Fernando Cathedral is in the heart of downtown San Antonio, and is the oldest cathedral sanctuary in the nation. It provides a quiet—and beautiful—refuge in the center of a bustling city from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. Upon entering, your eyes will be drawn to the multi-tiered retablo behind the altar. It is covered in fifteen thousand 24-karat gold leaf sheets and features the New Testament writers Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. On Monday, Dec. 11, San Fernando will host a Serenata (Serenade) to Our Lady of Guadalupe from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. followed by a Midnight Mass given by Archbishop Gustavo GarcíaSiller. Throughout the course of the evening, well-known performers serenade a portrait of Mary, patroness of the Americas, and lay roses at her feet. KWEX, Channel 41 (Channel 8 on cable), will broadcast the Serenata and the Mass. Both will also stream live on Catholic Television San Antonio’s Facebook page. From 10 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., the broadcast is local. At 10:30 p.m., the broadcast goes international, featuring San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio; St. Patrick’s
Cathedral in New York City; and the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The Cathedral is packed during the serenade, and patrons line up hours ahead of time to secure a seat. For those who would like a sneak preview, the musicians and singers begin practicing around 6 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 17, La Gran Posada, a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn (una posada), begins at Milam Park at 6 p.m. and processes through Market Square, City Hall, and the Bexar County Courthouse before the couple finds shelter at San Fernando Cathedral around 7:15 p.m. There, Mary and Joseph will be greeted by the Cathedral’s Mariachi Choir.
BATTLE OF THE BEJAR, LA VILLITA sanantoniolivinghistory.org Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., FREE The San Antonio Living History Association will reenact the Battle of the Bejar and the capitulation of General Cos. Co-sponsored by the City of San Antonio Center City Development and Operations Department and The Alamo Chapter of the Sons of the Republic, La Villita will be transformed into that era of history with walking tours, period clothing, arms and skill demonstrations.
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The first Gran Posada took place soon after the founding of San Fernando. Almost 300 years later, the pilgrimage continues, and it is a muchloved tradition of San Antonio’s heritage.
guadalupeculturalarts.org/ hecho-a-mano Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 & 3, NOON to 6 p.m.; $2 entry or free with donation of two canned goods.
Midnight Mass. On Dec. 24 begins at 11 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a Christmas Carol Singalong with the Cathedral’s Classic Choir and the Archdiocesan Choir. The singalong and Mass will also stream live on Catholic Television San Antonio’s Facebook page.
Hecho a Mano (Made by Hand) offers a unique holiday shopping experience. This one-of-a-kind market features an array of fine art and handmade items by local artists. For more than 30 years, Hecho a Mano has celebrated San Antonio’s vibrant artisan community.
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Above and right: La Gran Posada. Photo courtesy of Veronica Markland – Today’s Catholic.
Blessing of the Animals. Photo courtesy of the City of San Antonio CCDO
People who are out and about in downtown San Antonio, enjoying the lights along the River Walk, are welcome to wander into the Cathedral just as Mary and Joseph’s found a welcoming sanctuary. FORD FIESTA DE LAS LUMINARIAS Starting at dusk on the weekends of Dec. 1-3, Dec. 8-10, and Dec. 15-17, visitors to the San Antonio River Walk will be enchanted by more than 2,000 luminarias, traditional Mexican Christmas lanterns, along a 3-mile stretch of the San Antonio River. The original luminarias were candles set in sand inside a small paper bag. With the help of technology, the flame doesn’t go out these days. The luminarias provide a peaceful addition to the brightly colored twinkle lights in the trees along the river. Make sure your singing voice is in fine form so that you may participate in the Ford Holiday Boat Caroling. Angel wings are optional.
Above and right: La Gran Posada. Photo courtesy of Veronica Markland – Today’s Catholic.
CHANUKAH ON THE RIVER Chabad Lubavitch of South Texas will present their 20th Annual Chanukah on the River on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at the Arneson River Theatre. This event began in 1998 as a hopeful dream between two rabbis. Their first event began with forty people and one river barge. It is now one of the largest Jewish events in the State of Texas. For $6 per person, visitors may enjoy an Interactive Chanukah Cruise Experience from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. that departs from the Arneson. From 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., guests will enjoy a concert by Moshav, an Israeli-American rock group, and a menorah lighting. The menorah is a candelabra that is lit on the eight nights of Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, representing light, wisdom and divine inspiration. Close to one thousand people attend this annual event that celebrates religious freedom, unity and pride.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS Bring your furry, scaly or feathered friends to receive a special blessing at Historic Market Square. Pets of all kinds are welcome on Saturday, Dec. 9. The free event begins with a pet parade at 1 p.m., followed by a group blessing at 1:30 p.m. and individual blessings at 2 p.m. CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT The 15th Annual Carols by Candlelight will be hosted by the Mission Point Christian Church on Dec. 10. This free concert will feature some of your favorite carols at the scenic Arneson River Theatre on Sunday, Dec 10, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WRITER Denise Barkis Richter, Ph.D., author of “100 Things To Do in San Antonio Before You Die,” has been blogging about San Antonio at facebook.com/SanAntonioTourist since June of 2010. Her love affair with the Alamo City began at HemisFair in 1968. San Antonio during the holidays is one of Denise’s most favorite things in life. She hopes that everyone gets to experience the magic at least once.
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Explore the Art, History, and Heritage of the American West
Located on the River Walk, the Briscoe Western Art Museum houses nine galleries of painting, sculpture, photography, and historical artifacts. Highlights include Pancho Villaâ€™s saddle, a diorama of the Alamo conflict, an authentic Chuck Wagon, and Santa Annaâ€™s sword. 210 W. Market Street | San Antonio, TX 78205 BriscoeMuseum.org | 210.299.4499
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The best thing about the upcoming cooler days is you can spend more time outside. This is an added bonus if youâ€™re visiting from the northern states where December temperatures go below the teens.
Explore the city streets by B-cycle.
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THE GREAT OUTDOORS Time to grab a jacket and lace up those hiking boots and start exploring. From finding out about the people that set up the missions to escaping to the wilderness outside of San Antonio there is a multitude of places to just lose yourself for a couple of hours. The first place to start is by checking out B-cycle. With over 60 stations located throughout the city and 600 bikes, this is one of the best options not only to explore the city streets but also to go from mission to mission and enjoy the crisp winter air. For as little as $12 a day or $18 a month you can enjoy the freedom of riding a bike. Personally, this is my favorite time of the year to go on the Mission Trail and just cruise. Are you up for a thirty-minute road trip? Take a ride on 1-35 North of San Antonio for 29 miles and explore the beauty underneath the earth’s surface at the Natural Bridge Caverns. Here you will be dazzled by science and the effects of water underneath ground over millions of year. Become educated on stalagmites and stalactites, mine for gems, get lost in a maze and even zip line through the sky. The biggest thing to remember is that regardless of the temperature outside, the underground caverns remain a year-round constant temperature of 70-degrees with a constant 99 percent humidity rate. It’s the perfect escape from the city. If the underground isn’t for you and you’d rather breathe in the fresh air topside simply head 27 miles west to explore
Government Canyon. Wake up early and get your hiking boots on so you can discover the wilderness. Birdwatchers are encouraged to bring binoculars and be ready to try and catch a glimpse of the endangered golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo along with other kinds of wildlife like jackrabbits, feral pigs, coyotes and even bobcats. Be warned that the park is only open Friday through Monday and some trails might be closed due to the weather. There are also opportunities to camp out on Friday and Saturday nights so you can have a unique experience under the stars.
Natural Bridge Caverns’ namesake limestone bridge
GROUP ACTIVITIES With holiday yummies tempting you throughout the month comes the need to jump-start the traditional new year’s resolutions to get or stay active. As mentioned, you can rent a bike from B-cycle and ride about town or explore Southtown just to the south of downtown. Bikes have roomy baskets for carrying home found treasures as your explore this super hip part of town.
And if you’re feeling extra frisky check out the fitness in the park! From Zumba to yoga and tai chi, this has to be the social event of the morning and best of all they’re totally free. This totally beats the hotel gym. If you miss ice skating or have possibly never been check out the Ice & Golf Center at Northwoods about 16 miles north of San Antonio. While the rink is used for hockey and other icerelated sports they do offer public ice time so it’s perfect if you want to be able to enjoy the ice and not have snow piled on your car when you return to the parking lot.
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Government Canyon’s Cactus-overlook
All these fun activities are better when shared, so grab your friends, or travel partners and enjoy together.
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GO INTO THE LIGHT Of all the things to do in San Antonio, by far my favorite is strolling under the lights on the River Walk. It instantly puts me in the spirit of the holiday season. Pick up a cup of hot cocoa and stroll along the San Antonio River and just take in the sites. You can also take a ride on the new colorful river boats and enjoy the sites via a taxi ride or a tour. If you live locally, December is a great month to buy a monthly pass for $25 (available year-round) and ride the taxi as often as you like.
If you’re like me and grew up decorating your house for Christmas then you have to check out the homes in Windcrest located just 12 miles Northwest of San Antonio. The whole neighborhood takes their house decorating seriously and when I say seriously I mean it. People go all out with elaborate stories, light sets ups, and even music. This is one thing you surely can’t miss on your visit. The last suggestion on the list is Santa’s Ranch in New Braunfels about 44 miles north of San Antonio. Now, this has everything a child could ask for and I speak of this from personal experience being a child at heart. Here is where you take a mile long drive through winding country roads and experience the lights all around you. Sip on hot cocoa or munch on some kettle corn to get more in the holiday spirit.
NATURAL BRIDGE CAVERNS Naturalbridgecaverns.com GOVERNMENT CANYON tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/government-canyon FITNESS IN THE PARK sanantonio.gov/ParksAndRec/ProgramsClasses-Fun/Programs-Classes/Fitness/Fitnessin-the-Park ICE AND GOLF CENTER AT NORTHWOODS Northwoodsice.net CITY OF WINDCREST LIGHT UP windcrest-tx.gov/index.aspx?NID=190 SANTA’S RANCH santasranch.net
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SANTIKOS ENTERTAINMENT More Than a Movie Theatre. It’s a Mission! San Antonio based Santikos Entertainment was founded in 1911 and currently operates eight movie theaters locally. In 2015, Santikos became the only theatre company in the country to operate as a social enterprise benefitting its local community. Operating as a social enterprise carries a great responsibility – meaning, Santikos Entertainment serves a higher purpose of giving back to the community in a meaningful way. In fact, Santikos operates as a forprofit company that generates income for the sole purpose of giving it back to non-profits in the San Antonio area. While other companies say they “give back,” Santikos Entertainment is the only movie theatre company that gives everything back to San Antonio. Every dollar spent at Santikos goes toward providing San Antonio area non-profits with transformative funding today for a brighter, more prosperous tomorrow. Santikos Entertainment is so much more than a movie theatre; it is an integral part of our community, making a lasting impact on the lives of all San Antonians. This year we plan to execute our mission and distribute $26 million to various San Antonio area charities through the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation (a Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation). Since Santikos operates exclusively in San Antonio, we understand the community better and are more invested in the lives of our fellow San Antonians.
Santikos Entertainment continues to set the standard by which San Antonians experience entertainment by looking for innovative ways to provide the best experience for our customers which, in-turn, allows Santikos to give the most money back to the community. As a service-driven enterprise, it’s Santikos Entertainment’s mission to honor the gift of John L. Santikos by generating more funding that benefits the community. Santikos employees take great pride in knowing that the work they do, whether in theatres or at headquarters, makes a lasting positive impact in San Antonio. At Santikos Entertainment our success is measured by the lives we impact in the San Antonio community. It will be felt in the community at Santikos Entertainment sponsored events. It will be heard in the way our community talks about who Santikos Entertainment is and what the brand stands for. Finally, it will be experienced at each Santikos location, as guests see how their entertainment dollar is supporting the San Antonio community. At its core, Santikos is an integral part of the San Antonio community today, tomorrow, and far into the future. San Antonio and Santikos. We are inseparable.
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CHECK THIS OUT! The River Walk welcomes over 12 million people a year to stroll on her lush banks. The month of December is perhaps the most magical when nature combines with man-made bling to create overthe-top ambiance. Experience the sights and sounds of the Christmas on the San Antonio River Walk, the number one attraction in the state.
FORD FIESTA DE LAS LUMINARIAS 12/1–3, 12/8–10, 12/15–17 Experience the holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 2,000 Luminarias at night. Bags containing warmly glowing lights is a century’s old Mexican Christmas tradition. thesanantonioriverwalk. com/events/ford-fiesta-de-las-luminarias
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Decorated boats carry Christmas carolers throughout downtown River Walk. Stroll the banks to enjoy the joyous music or book a boat for your own group. Details at thesanantonioriverwalk. com/events/ford-holiday-boat-caroling
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We invite you to experience the spectacular display of 100,000 lights (2,250 strings of light) draped over the towering bald cypress trees that line the River Walk. The lights are free to enjoy as you stroll along the banks of the river. thesanantonioriverwalk. com/events/holiday-lightson-the-river-walk1
Holiday wedding ceremonies are truly magical and add even more sentimental value to an already joyous time of year. Aside from the romantic aspect of a holiday ceremony, getting married during the holidays is ideal for couples looking to save money by taking advantage of venues already decked-out for Christmas. An added bonus is that family and friends are more readily available during the holiday season. Consider one of these San Antonio holiday spots and let Everlasting Elopements San Antonio, a premier small wedding service provider, help you plan a magical and affordable Christmas wedding. [ 1 ] Marriage Island - The intimate island is nestled in the most romantic portion of the world-famous San Antonio River Walk. Here, the romance of the river shines brightly, where couples are often cheered on by tourists enjoying a boat ride under millions of twinkling
holiday lights. A beautifully hand-crafted wrought iron altar is the perfect backdrop for your nuptials; while up to six of your closest family and friends look on from the banks of the river. Ceremonies on Friday-Sunday evenings are even more vibrant, as thousands of luminarias are set out along the river banks. [ 2 ] La Gloria Waterfalls or Overlook Pavilion You’ll want to take advantage of this beautiful time of year by booking a beautiful outdoor venue for your ceremony. The La Gloria Waterfalls and the Overlook Pavilion, located in Pearl Brewery on the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River Walk are the ideal locations for a holiday ceremony. Their picturesque waterfall is highlighted by the thousands of twinkling lights along the tree-lined river. Lights are even placed at the bottom of the River shinning up through the waters for even more ambiance. [ 3 ] Convent Park on the River Walk - Located in the heart of the River Walk and the new Museum
Reach on the northern part of the river, Convent Park is nestled in a private area of the River Walk shaded by gorgeous trees with amphitheater seating. Away from the towering hotels and bustling office buildings, the lights in the trees shine brighter at Convent Park. This location offers the intimate feeling of a private, secluded location away from visitors and tourists. [ 4 ] Milam Park - Located downtown near beautiful and historic Market Square, Milam Park is ideal for medium-sized wedding ceremonies. The park features a 26-foot copper-domed gazebo with cast iron columns. It’s the perfect location to celebrate your union, then enjoy the surrounding restaurants and Spanish culture. [ 5 ] Tower of the Americas - Located within the newly-redesigned HemisFair park. The 750-foottall Tower of the Americas provides guests the most spectacular view of the city. The plaza, directly underneath, is surrounded by beautiful fountains and waterfalls and it doesn’t require a permit fee. It’s a small area surrounded by water and is perfect for very intimate ceremonies.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL EVENTS 12/1-3 THE NUTCRACKER BY BALLET SAN ANTONIO Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Join Ballet San Antonio and delight in the fantastic world of Clara and the Nutcracker King. Watch in amazement as toys come to life and defeat the evil Mouse King set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.
12/9 @ 8 p.m. THE WOOD BROTHERS Empire Theatre The Wood Brothers, an American folk band consisting of brothers Chris and Oliver Wood along with Jano Rix have been hailed by Rolling Stone for songwriting “that hits both the heart and head” and praised by American Songwriter for its “spry, soulful folk-rock.” Their music is a unique mix of blues, Bluegrass, country and jazz that is heating up the charts
12/27-28 @ 1 p.m. FAMILY FILM FEST: THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS McNay Art Museum Stay warm and enjoy the classic film. Learn about stop-motion animation on a tour of the exhibition “Behind the Screen: Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas,” and enjoy popcorn and hot cocoa as you visit Christmas Town, USA. 40 RIO Magazine
SPECIAL EVENTS & FESTIVALS 11/18-12/31 Sea World’s Christmas Celebration Sea World San Antonio 11/25-1/7 Holiday Lights River Walk 11/26-12/2 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Downtown
12/27 @ 8:30 p.m. Jose Sarduy Improv Comedy Club 12/28-31 Darren Carter Improv Comedy Club KIDS & FAMILY Every weekend in October Zoo Boo! San Antonio Zoo 11/18-1/2 Christmas Celebration Sea World San Antonio
12/1-12/22 @ 6:15 p.m. Ford Holiday Boat Caroling River Walk
11/18-1/7 Holiday in the Park Six Flags Fiesta Texas
12/1-17 Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias River Walk
11/24-31 Holidays in Bloom San Antonio Botanical Garden
12/2-3 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon Downtown
11/27-12/30 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Magik Theatre
12/8-10 @ 11 a.m. Holiday Artisan Show River Walk
12/9-10 Blessing of the Animals Market Square
12/17 @ 6:15 p.m. La Gran Posada San Fernando Cathedral
12/9-23 Santa’s Railroad Wonderland Christmas Extravaganza Texas Transportation Museum
12/31 @ 5 p.m. Celebrate San Antonio Downtown Through 12/31 Zoo Lights San Antonio Zoo Through 1/7 Holiday Lights on the River Walk River Walk
COMEDY Through 12/3 Matt Holt Improv Comedy Club 12/6 @ 8:30 p.m. Quinn Hudson Improv Comedy Club 12/7 @ 8 p.m. Gabriel Iglesias FluffyMania Tour AT&T Center 12/7-12/10 Matt Iseman Improv Comedy Club 12/13-17 Justin Rupple Improv Comedy Club 12/20-23 Anthony Torino Improv Comedy Club
12/21-30 Magik Theatre presents A Charlie Brown Christmas Empire Theatre 12/22-23 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Through 12/23 A Wonderland Christmas Morgan’s Wonderland Through 1/6 Science Fiction, Science Future The DoSeum
KID’S & FAMILY 12/3 @ 7 p.m. Peace for All with the Children’s Chorus of SA Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 12/3 @ 8 p.m. Ricardo Montaner Majestic Theater 12/4 @ 7:30 p.m. Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
12/6 @ 8 p.m. Clint Black Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
12/26-27 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Majestic Theater
12/18 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers AT&T Center
12/8 @ 7:30 p.m. Preservation Hall Jazz Band Creole Christmas Empire Theatre
12/26-27 Shen Yun 2018 Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
12/26 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Brooklyn Nets AT&T Center
12/10 @ 7:30 p.m. Conspirare Christmas with Carrie Rodriguez Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
12/30 @ 2 p.m. Lightwire Theater A Very Electric Christmas Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
12/28 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. New York Knicks AT&T Center
12/13-14 @ 7:30 p.m. Tommy Emmanuel Classics and Christmas Tour Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 12/15-17 San Antonio Symphony presents Holiday Pops Tobin Center for the Performing Arts 12/22-23 Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas with the San Antonio Symphony Majestic Theater 12/23 Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Ghosts of Christmas Eve AT&T Center 12/30@ 8 p.m. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Majestic Theater
PERFORMING ARTS 11/24-12/23 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Woodlawn Theatre 11/29 @ 8 p.m. The Hip Hop Nutcracker Majestic Theater
SPORTS & FITNESS 12/1 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Iowa Wild AT&T Center 12/2 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Iowa Wild AT&T Center 12/4 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Detroit Pistons AT&T Center 12/5 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Bakersfield Condors AT&T Center 12/6 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antoio Spurs vs. Miami Heat AT&T Center 12/8 @ 8:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Boston Celtics AT&T Center 12/9 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Bakersfield Condors AT&T Center
12/2 @ 8 p.m. Alamo Vaudeville Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater
12/10 @ 3 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Ontario Reign AT&T Center
12/8-9 Cirque Dream Holidaze Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
12/14 @ 7 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Cleveland Monsters AT&T Center
12/12-17 Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical Majestic Theater
12/15 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Rockford IceHogs AT&T Center
12/16-17 The Nutcracker presented by Alamo City Performing Arts Association McAllister Auditorium
12/16 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks AT&T Center
12/19-20 @ 7:30 p.m. Sister’s Christmas Catechism The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater
12/28 @ 8 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl Alamodome 12/29 @ 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Texas Stars AT&T Center 12/31 @ 3 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. San Diego Gulls AT&T Center
VISUAL ARTS Through 1/7 2theXtreme Witte Museum Through 12/31 Art in the Garden— George Tobolowsky San Antonio Botanical Garden Through 12/31 International Artist-In Residence Exhibition Artpace Through 12/31 Lift: An Exhibition of Kites Artpace Through 12/10 THAT DAY: Pictures in the American West Briscoe Western Art Museum Through 10/18 Brewing Up Texas Institute of Texan Cultures Through 1/14 Chuck Ramirez: All This and Heaven Too McNay Art Museum Through 1/7 Texas in the First World War Institute of Texan Cultures
12/17 @ 3 p.m. San Antonio Rampage vs. Rockford IceHogs AT&T Center
SHOPPING ALAMO PLAZA SHIRTS 325 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-2347 Shirts ALAMO QUARRY MARKET 255 East Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 824-8885 www.quarrymarket.com Shopping Center THE ALLEY ON BITTERS 555 W. Bitters Rd. San Antonio, TX 78206 (210) 494-3226 www.TheAlleyOnBitters.com Unique collection of shops and artists BONITA RITA’S 245 E. Commerce, #100 San Antonio, TX 78205 CALIENTE HARLEY DAVIDSON 7230 NW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78245 (210) 681-2254 www.calienteharley.com Harley Davidson Rentals CASA SALAZAR 216 E. Houston San Antonio, 78205 210-472-2272 themajestic.com/casa Fine Mexican Imports THE COLLECTION 7959 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 826-3130 thecollectionsanantonio.com Shopping Center CLASSIC OLD TIME PHOTOS 123 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-475-9899 Photos DEL SOL OF SAN ANTONIO 321 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-231-0900 www.delsol.com Clothing DOS CAROLINAS 303 Pearl parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 224-7000 www.doscarolinas.com Custom Handmade Guayaberas EL MERCADO 514 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78207 210-207-8600 www.sanantonio.gov/marketsquare Traditional Mexican Market FIESTA ON MAIN 2025 North Main Avenue San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 738-1188 www.alamofiesta.com Mexican cultural gifts, pinatas 42 RIO Magazine
THE FIESTA STORE 2611 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78215 210-227-5191 www.fiesta-sa.org FIVE & DIME GENERAL STORE 101 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-233-0166 fiveanddimegs.com General Merchandise
NORTH STAR MALL 7400 San Pedro San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 340-6627 www.northstarmall.com Shopping MalL PARIS HATTERS 119 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-3453 www.parishatters.com Cowboy Hats - p50 6
GALLERY VETRO CREATIVE ARTGLASS 250 E. Houston San Antonio, TX 78205 210-354-0001 Glass Art, Jewelry, Gifts
PENNERS DOWNTOWN 311 W. Commerce San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-2487 www.pennersinc.com Iconic Men’s Clothing Store
GARCIA ART GLASS 715 South Alamo San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 223-1400 www.garciaartglass Hand Blown Glass
OUT WEST 215 1/2 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, Texas 78205 Phone (210) 224-8804 Clothing & Gift Shop
HUEBNER OAKS 11745 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX 78230 shophuebneroaks.com Shopping Center KATHLEEN SOMMERS 2417 North Main San Antonio, TX 78212 (210) 732-8437 kathleensommers.com Local Fashions & Jewelry KENDRA SCOTT 310 East Basse Rd. #101 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 591-7180 www.kendrascott.com Jewelry LOS PATIOS 2015 NE Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78217 (210) 655-6171 www.lospatios.com Unique local shops LUCCHESE BOOT COMPANY 255 East Basse Rd #800 San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 828-9419 www.lucchese.com Custom Boots and Western wear MELISSA GUERRA 303 Pearl Parkway#104 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 293-3983 melissaguerra.com Latin Kitchen Market MERCADORITA’S 245 E. Commerce & Bonita San Antonio, TX 78205 210-286-7432
SAN ANGEL FOLK ART 110 Blue Star San Antonio, TX 78204 (210) 226-6688 www.sanangelfolkart.com Mexican Cultural Arts SAN ANTONIO VISITORS CENTER 317 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-6871 www.visitsan antonio.com SHOPS OF LA CANTERA 15900 La Cantera Pkwy San Antonio, TX 78256 (210) 582-6255 theshopsatlacantera.com Shopping Mall 77T’S SOUVENIRS & T-SHIRTS 207 Alamo Plaza San Antonio, TX 78205 210-549-1279 www.77tshirts.com T-Shirt TEXAS ACCENT GENERAL STORE 803 S. Zarzamora San Antonio, TX 78207 210-435-2446 General Merchandise
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THE TWIG BOOK SHOP 306 Pearl Parkway #106 San Antonio, TX 78215 (210) 826-6411 thetwig.indiebound.com Locally Owned Book Store THE UNOFFICIAL BEST OF TEXAS 101 Alamo Plaza, #3 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-0242 THE VINEYARD 1207 North Loop 1604 W San Antonio, TX 78258 thevineyardshoppingcenter.com Shopping Center WYNDHAM SAN ANTONIO RIVERWALK 111 E. Pecan Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-489-9768 www.sawyncom THE WESTIN RIVERWALK 420 W. Market Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-413-9731 www.westin.com
TIENDA LA GARZA 110 Broadway, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX 78205 (210) 222-2133 Mexican Folk Art, Books and Apparel TPJ GIFT SHOP 849 E. Commerce #673 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-212-9066 TRESOR 310 E. Houston SanAntonio, TX 78205 210-994-5545 www.tresorllc.com p50 52
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55 The Republic of Texas
72 San Fernando Cathedral
57 Briscoe Western Art Museum
54 Paesanos Riverwalk
38 Bes Arte
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38 B & C Leather
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38 Plaza Taxco
36 Bier Garten
28 Little Rhein Steak House
36 The Improv at Rivercenter 38 La Villita
27 Tex’s River Walk Sports Bar
24 Las Ramblas
51 Mokara Hotel & Spa 52 Hyatt Regency T. YS Suites & Hotel 54 Homewood INC U E QWestin Riverwalk 55 58 Hilton Palacio Del Rio 60 Wyndham River Walk 64 Menger Hotel 82 Grand Hyatt 86 Hotel Contessa
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LOCATIONS LISTING RESTAURANTS
21 Tienda La Garza
1 Ristorante Pico de Gallo
22 The Amazing Mirror Maze
2 Rio de Gelato
23 San Antonio General Store
3 Mi Tierra Cafe Y Panaderia
Restaurant & Oyster Bar
5 Denny’s 18 Francesco’s Gelato 20 Pat O’Brien’s 26 Schilo’s 27 Texas De Brazil 28 Houston Street Bistro 36 Augies Alamo City BBQ Steakhouse 37 Bohanan’s
44 Bourbon Street Seafood Kitchen River Walk Downtown
30 Ripley’s Haunted Adventure/ Tomb Rider 3D
31 Guiness World Records Museum 32 Ripley’s Believe it or Not/
Louis Tussaud’s Wax Works
33 The Alamo 35 Tobin Center 38 Angelita’s 40 VFW Post 76 41 Market Square 42 Spanish Governor’s Palace
48 Alta Vista Skate Shop
46 Thai Lao Orchid
50 Nectar Wine Bar and Ale House 51 Biga on the Banks ATTRACTIONS & SHOPPING 38 Plaza Taxco 6 Paris Hatters 7 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum 8 The Pearl 9 Shops at RiverCenter
29 Aztec Theatre
4 La Margarita Mexican
10 Tower of the Americas/
Chart House Restaurant
HOTELS 12 Wyndham Garden River Walk 15 Crockett Hotel 16 Gunter Hotel 17 Menger Hotel 24 El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel 43 Marriott Plaza San Antonio MISCELLANEOUS 34 CitySightseeing Double Decker Tour
13 San Antonio Museum of Art
14 Institute of Texan Culture
68 SegCity Segway Tours
18 Yasmin’s Boutique
69 San Antonio Public Library
19 Out West
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DINING. Villita is home to more than 20 artisan shops, galleries and savory restaurants. Modern artisans, romantic tree-lined walkways and architecture dating back 300 years offer a unique ambiance of a rich past and a vibrant present. Our historic grounds also offer the perfect location for special private and corporate events. Please call (210) 207- 8614 for information on venue rentals. Join us for a day of shopping, a bite to eat, or a celebration at our year-around cultural events.
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LA VILLITA LA VILLITA 418 Villita Street San Antonio, TX 78205 210-207-8614 www.lavillita.com Collection of Unique Local Shops - p44 38 ANGELITA La Villita - Bldg. 2 San Antonio, TX 78205 210- 224-8362 www.lavillita.com Womens Fashions & Jewelry p44 38 B & C LEATHER DESIGNS & UNIQUE FINDS La Villita - Bldg. 24 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-724-8521, 210-464-1126 p44 38 BES ARTE La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, Texas 78205 Bes Arte-La Villita/Facebook.com 210-232-0661 p44 38 CASA MANOS ALEGRES La Villita - Bldg. 6 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-313-7293 www.lavillita.com Mexican Cultural Gift p44 38
COPPER GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 11 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.271.3856 www.thecoppergallery.com Art Collectibles - p44 38 EQUINOX GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 4 San Antonio, Texas 78205 www.alejandrosifuentes.com 210-281-0706 Jewelry Metal Gallery p44 38 LITTLE STUDIO GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 23 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-227-8893 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38 MUSTANG GREYâ€™S La Villita - Bldg. 17 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.222.1894 www.lavillita.com - p44 38 PLAZA TAXCO La Villita, Bldg.16B San Antonio, TX 78205 210-994-5259 www.plazataxco.com - p44 38 POPULUX COMMISSARY/ HOUSE PAINT La Villita - Bldg. 3 San Antonio, Texas 78205
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RIVER ART GROUP La Villita - Bldg. 14 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-8752 www.rivergroup.com Art Gallery - p44, p50 38 SCENTCHIPS USA La Villita - Bldg. 21 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.223.2267 www.lavillita.com Candles - p44 38 STARVING ARTIST GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 12 San Antonio, TX 78205 210.226.3593 www.lavillita.com Art Gallery - p44 38 VILLAGE GALLERY La Villita - Bldg. 10 San Antonio, TX 78205 210-226-0404 www.waltglasspottery. net Art Gallery - p44 38 VILLITA STAINED GLASS La Villita - Bldg. 1 San Antonio, Texas 78205 210-223-4480 www.sparkleonsa.com Art Gallery - p44 38
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15 Paesanos - Lincoln Heights
1 The Rim
16 Paesanos - 1604
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas
26 Augies Barbed Wire
3 The Shops at La Cantera
28 Joe’s Crab Shack -
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4 SeaWorld of San Antonio
5 North Star Mall
12 San Antonio Botanical Garden
6 The Forum Shops
17 K1 Speed
21 The Alamo
7 Vineyard Shopping Center
18 San Antonio Aquarium
22 Mission Conception
8 Alamo Quarry Market
19 Morgan’s Wonderland
23 Mission San José
20 The DoSeum
24 Mission San Juan
10 Alamo Helicopter Tours
27 Flipz Trampoline Park
25 Mission Espada
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Applies to Cheese or Pepperoni slices. Cannot be combined with other offers or coupons. Available for delivery and in-house.
One coupon per table. For dine in guests only. Expires 12/31/2017.
Visit Us At The Republic of Texas Restaurant and receive a complimentary order of Chips & Queso. 526 Riverwalk • 210-226-6256 www.therepublicoftexasrestaurant.com Minimum purchase of $25.00. Not valid with any other offers. Subject to Blackout Dates. One Coupon per table. Expires 12/31/17
(Excluding Sales Items)
Tasha Polizzi • Dian Malouf • Consuela • Free People Virgins, Saints & Angels • Juan Antonio • Cut Loose Flax • XCVI • Sterling and Turquoise by Gundi
Chef’s Surprise Appetizer
CHIPS & QUESO
Crockett at Navarro (210) 293-7482 |www.pizzaritas.com
with purchase of TWO – ONE LITER BIERS
at any of these La Villita locations
One per table, please. Dine in only. Expires 12/31/2017.
*Cannot be combined with any other discount or coupon.
Limit one coupon per table. Expires 12/31/2017
BUY ANY GHIRARDELLI SUNDAE, RECEIVE A FREE CHOCOLATE BAR*
One coupon per table per visit. Offer at Riverwalk location only. Must present coupon. Expires 12/31/17.
146 E. Houston St. @ River Walk 210.222.2362 | acenar.com
237 Loyosa, San Antonio, TX 78205 210-223-9374 www.riverrestaurants.com
SHOPS AT RIVERCENTER
126 Losoya St, San Antonio, TX, 78205
In Historic La Villita just steps from the Riverwalk 418 Villita St. • www.angelitasa.com (210) 224-8362
With the purchase of TWO dinner menu entrees.
110 E. Crockett on the Riverwalk 210-277-6300
(excluding sale items and alcohol)
Plaza Taxco See our ads on pages 33 & 53
our regular dinner pricing for up to 8 guests. Not valid on Saturdays or restaurant holidays. Cannot be combined with any additional promotions or discounts. Valid until October 31, 2018.
124 Losoya St., San Antonio, TX 78205
With the purchase of entree during happy hour only. Happy Hour 4-8PM
409 E. Commerce 210-465-UGLY www.coyoteuglysaloon.com
SAVE UP TO
Present this coupon and receive $2.00 OFF each adult and $1.00 OFF each Child’s Full Price Discovery Tour Ticket. Limit 6.
Not Valid With Any Other Discount or Program. Expires 12/31/17. 10124
With a purchase of 2 Entrees & 2 Beverage Riverwalk level of the Hyatt Regency Maddogs.net • (210) 222-0220
ENTIRE GUEST CHECK
One coupon, per check, per visit. Not valid with any other coupons or promotional offers. Coupon has no cash value. No change returned. Taxes and gratuity not included. Alcoholic beverages not included. Valid only 903 E. Commerce St. San Antonio, TX location. Selection and prices may vary. Only original coupon accepted. Photocopied and Internet printed or purchased coupons are not valid. No substitutions. © 2014 DFO, LLC. Printed in the U.S.A. Offer ends 12/31/17
One Coupon per table per visit. Expires 12/31/17.
Harley Davidson Dealer T-Shirt 9/30/17 12/31/17
111 West Crockett Street 210-212-4461 cowboysalamocityharley.com
*Short sleeve t-shirts only. Applies to dealer t-shirt wall only. Limit one coupon per person. Full price items only. 9/30/17Expires 12/31/2017 No additional discounts apply.
Tower of the Americas
Parties of LESS than 8
(seasoned chicken rolled up in a tortilla)
with the purchase of 1 entrée Parties of 8 or MORE
LA PACHANGA APPETIZER (Cup of Queso, beef tacos and flautas)
with the purchase of 2 entrées Coupon not valid with other offers or coupons. Please present coupon to server at time of ordering.
OFF TOWER TICKET
701 Bowie, San Antonio, TX 78205
Toweroftheamericas.com Ticket includes unlimited access to Observation Deck, Flags over Texas & 4-D Theater Ride. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Limit one $2.00 off coupon per person. No cash Value. Expires 12/31/17
an Adult Entrée with this ad Ice Cold Drinks & Good Texas Food
Complimentary House Dessert with order of an entrée.
245 E. Commerce River Level at Navarro & Crockett 210-227-RITA • www.ritasontheriver.com
111 W. Crockett Street, Suite 101 (210) 227-2782 paesanosriverwalk.com
Valid only for lunch and Dinner, coupon good for up to 2 entrees at a table
Not valid with any other offer or discount. Offer only valid at Paesanos Riverwalk location.
ADULT OR CHILD TICKET
301 Alamo Plaza •210-224-9299
Located in Rivercenter Mall on 3rd Level 849 East Commerce 210-229-1420 www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com Not valid with any other offer. Good up to six people. Expires 12/31/17 • ©RIPLEY ENTERTAINMENT INC. - RIO MAG
Not valid with special events. Expires 12/31/17
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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS DINING/RESTAURANTS
Acenar www.acenar.com 210-222-2362
Barriba www.barribacantina.com 210-228-9876 Boudro’s A Texas Bistro on the River Walk www.boudros.com 210-224-8484 Casa Rio & Schilo’s www.casario.com 210-225-6718 www.schilos.com 210-223-6692
Paesanos RiverWalk www.paesanosriverwalk.com 210-227-2782 Pizzaritas www.pizzaritas.com 210-293-7842 Rainforest Café www.rainforestcafe.com 210-277-6300 The Republic of Texas therepublicoftexasrestaurant.com 210-226-6256 Restaurante Pico de Gallo www.picodegallo.com 210-225-6060
Chart House www.toweroftheamericas.com 210-223-3101
Rio de Gelato www.riodegelato.com 210-223-0800
The County Line www.countyline.com 210-229-1941
Rio Rio Cantina www.riorioriverwalk.com 210-226-8462
Denny’s Riverwalk www.dennys.com 210-223-4321
Rita’s on the River www.ritasontheriver.com 210-227-RITA
Dick’s Last Resort www.dickslastresort.com 210-224-0026
Texas de Brazil www.texasdebrazil.com 210-299-1600
Ghirardelli www.ghirardelli.com 210-627-6064
Tony Roma’s www.tonyromas.com 210-225-7662
Guadalajara Grill www.guadalajaragrill.us 210-222-1992 Iron Cactus www.ironcactus.com 210-224-9835 Landry’s Saltgrass Steakhouse www.saltgrass.com 210-222-9092
Phillips Entertainment/Guiness Book of World Records Museum www.alamoplazaattractions.com 210-226-2828 Mirror Maze 210-224-2288 Ripley’s/Waxworks www.ripleys.com 210-224-9299
Alamo SegCity Segway Tours www.segcity.com 210-224-0773 City Sightseeing Double Decker Tour San Antonio www.citysightseeingsanantonio.com 210-224-8687
Howl at the Moon www.howlatthemoon.com 210-212-4770 MadDogs British Pub www.maddogs.net 210-222-0220 BierGarten www.biergartenriverwalk.com 210-212-7299 Naked Iguana www.nakediguanariverwalkbar.com 210-226-8462
Improv Comedy Club www.sanantoniocomedyclubs.com 210-229-1400
Wyndham Resorts www.wyndham.com
The BarWalk www.TheBarWalk.com
B & C Leather Designs & Unique Finds 210-724-8521; 210-464-1126 Market Square www.marketsquaresa.com 210-207-8600
Lonestar Restaurants www.riverrestaurants.com 210-223-9374
Paris Hatters www.parishatters.com 210-223-3453
Maria Mia www.mariamiamexicanbistro.com 210-272-0403
Plaza Taxco www.plazataxco.com 210-212-6733
Mi Tierra Café www.mitierracafe.com 210-225-1262
Shops at Rivercenter www.shoprivercenter.com 210-225-000
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Natural Bridge Caverns www.naturalbridgecavernscom 210-651-6101
Hilton Palacio Del Rio/Durty Nelly’s/ Tex’s Riverwalk Sports Bar www.palaciodelrio.com 210-224-3368
Cowboys Alamo City Harley Davidson on the RiverWalk www.cowboysalamocityharley.com 210-212-4461
The Original Mexican Restaurant & Bar www.theoriginalmexican.com 210-224-9951
Cascade Caverns www.cascadecaverns.com 830-755-8080
Coyote Ugly Saloon www.coyoteuglysaloon.com 210-465-UGLY
Angelita’s www.angelitasa.com 210-224-8362
Landry’s Seafood www.landrysseafood.com 210-229-1010
La Margarita Mexican Restaurant www.lamargarita.com 210-227-7140
San Antonio Conservation Society www.saconservation.org/homestead 210-225-5924
Briscoe Western Art Museum www.briscoemuseum.org 210-299-4499 Buckhorn Saloon & Museum www.buckhornmuseum.com 210-247-4000
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