What’s Up in San Antonio - Weekend of December 2-5, 2021

San Antonio — College football

FRI:WESTERN KENTUCKY HILLTOPPERS@UTSA ROADRUNNERS CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP 6PM

SAT: IWC CARDINALS@SAM HOUSTON STATE BEARKATS 2PM(ROUND 2 OF THE PLAYOFFS)

NFL

THURS: COWBOYS@SAINTS 720PM

SUN:

COLTS@TEXANS 12PM

BRONCOS@CHIEFS 720PM

MON: PATRIOTS@BILLS 720PM

SPURS

THURS: SPURS@ TRAIL BLAZERS 900PM, SAT: SPUSR@WARRIORS 730PM, MON: SPURS@SUNS 8PM, TUES: KNICKS@SPURS 730PM, THURS: NUGGETS@SPURS 730PM

THURS- FRI

Las Nuevas Tamaleras

The popular comedy, Las Nuevas Tamaleras ‚written by playwright Alicia Mena, is back after having to cancel the 2020 Season due to COVID-19 concerns. This year they will hold performances at the Carver Community Cultural Center at 226 N. Hackberry, San Antonio, Texas 78202. The charming Christmas play has entertained audiences in San Antonio for 26 years and is considered as much a tradition as, “The Nutcracker”, “A Christmas Carol, and " It’s a Wonderful Life” with many families making it part of their annual holiday ritual with fans anxiously awaiting its return year after year! For more than a quarter of a century, San Antonio audiences have enjoyed seeing themselves reflected on stage by the characters of Silvia, Josie and Patsy in their uproariously comical attempt at their first tamalada while the spirits of Doña Mercedes and Doña Juanita add to excitement and drama as they join the new tamaleras in an amusing power struggle about whose recipe makes the perfect tamal. Centered around friendship, family and comradery, the play makes you laugh, makes you cry and makes you proud. Written as a tribute to her mother, playwright, Alicia Mena’s beloved script has truly stood the test of time and year after year leaves the audience filled with true holiday spirit. Carver Community Cultural Center

All tickets $25 and are General Admission 07:30 PM - 08:30 PM, every day through Dec 05, 2021.

FRI-SAT

Winter Sale - Trash and Treasure FREE

Winter Sale - Trash and Treasure at 1602 Thousand Oaks Dr., Event Center, SA TX 78232 | Sponsored by The St. Mark’s Women’s Guild | Fri. Dec. 3 from 8a-2p | Sat. Dec. 4 from 8a-5p | Sun. Dec. 5 from 8a-2p | Sunday is 1/2 price day | We ask that you wear masks due to COVID uncertainty. ----- China, Glassware, Collectibles, Jewelry, holiday items, Small appliances, kitchenware, home décor & more. Free

08:00 AM - 02:00 PM, every day through Dec 05, 2021.

Event Supported By St. Mark’s Women’s Guild, 2194900051, tessgoodwin70@gmail.com

THURSDAY

Outdoor Screening: In The Heights 630PM FREE

Set in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, this musical reveals a close-knit, predominantly Dominican community united in their pursuit of the ‘American Dream’. Bodega owner Usnavi de la Vega (Anthony Ramos), dreams of reviving his father’s business back in the Dominican Republic. Based on the stage musical of the same name, In the Heights features romance, family, sacrifice, and epic dance performances. This film is rated PG-13. Beforehand, check out a scale maquette of In the Heights by Tony-nominated designer Anna Louizos on view in current exhibition Street Scene: Cities on Stage. Blankets, snacks, and lawn chairs welcome. Registration required for this free event; space is limited. This is a program of the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund. McNay Art Museum Free

06:30 PM - 09:00 PM

FRIDAY

ALAMO HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Festival de Navidad | Christmas Community Night & Outdoor Movie! 5PM FREE

Join us for Festival de Navidad—a FREE Christmas community night for the whole family with an outdoor Christmas movie, The Star! Dinner is available at a reasonable cost. 5 p.m.: The night starts with a petting zoo, activities, and cookie decorating. 6 p.m.: A Live Nativity, a retelling of the story of Christmas.

6:30 p.m.: Outdoor Movie Night - The Star, featuring the voices of Oprah Winfrey, Steven Yeun, Kelly Clarkson, Kris Kristofferson, and more! Bring your blankets and chairs to sit in front of the large screen, or watch from the comfort of your car! Alamo Heights United Methodist Church

CASTROVILLE, TX Old Fashioned Christmas Marketplace 6PM FREE

JOIN US IN BEAUTIFUL CASTROVILLE, TX @ 6PM IN HOUSTON SQUARE FOR Largest arts and craft show in Medina County! Vendors will feature everything from crafts, wood work, jewelry, candles food and so much more. Visit with Santa, enjoy the entertainment and shopping and let your children’s imagination run wild in the Kid’s Area.

Palo Alto College

The drive-thru light display will be open for community members daily from December 3 through December 23. Visitors will enjoy thousands of lights across a variety of magical displays throughout the Palo Alto College campus. Enter from Villaret Boulevard. This year’s event is drive-thru only, so please remain in your vehicle.

Lighting of the Lights FROM HELOTES, TX 6PM FREE

The annual Lighting of the Lights event at City Hall will take place on Friday, December 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event features performances by local elementary school choirs and the Helotes Area Community Band. You will not want to miss the lighting of the City’s Christmas Tree. It’s a beautiful sight!

Trinity University Christmas Concert 7PM FREE

Trinity University Department of Music presents its gift to the community with an evening of seasonal music by the Trinity Choirs, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Handbell Ensemble, and Jazz Band. Live-streamed on www.trinity.edu/live

SATURDAY

Huebner Oaks Farmers Market 9AM FREE

Located in: Huebner Oaks Center Address: 11745 I-10W

THE PEARL FARMERS MARKET 9AM FREE

Christmas in the Village 10AM FREE

Come celebrate the Christmas season on Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, 2021 at the inaugural ‘Christmas in the Village’ holiday festival in the La Villita Historic Arts Village. The celebration will include interactive activities with Santa & Mrs. Claus at the life-size gingerbread house, Ice Fishing for prizes at the Igloo with Elves, playtime Snow Flurries, Christmas Caroling by local children’s choirs, Face Painting, Yard Games, Artisan Shops, plus food and beverage booths featuring holiday treats of traditional holiday song and rhyme including Chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Wassil.  La Villita Historic Village, Free 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM,

CASTROVILLE, TX OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS MARKETPLACE 10AM FREE

JOIN US IN BEAUTIFUL CASTROVILLE, TX @ 6PM IN HOUSTON SQUARE FOR LARGEST ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW IN MEDINA COUNTY! VENDORS WILL FEATURE EVERYTHING FROM CRAFTS, WOOD WORK, JEWELRY, CANDLES FOOD AND SO MUCH MORE. VISIT WITH SANTA, ENJOY THE ENTERTAINMENT AND SHOPPING AND LET YOUR CHILDREN’S IMAGINATION RUN WILD IN THE KID’S AREA.

3RD ANNUAL SAN ANTONIO TAMALES FESTIVAL “2021″ 11AM FREE

The 3rd Annual Tamales! Holiday Festival will be in December centered around San Antonio Tradition with tamales, culture, music and fun for the whole family. With several different tamales vendors, a kid’s craft area, and live music and entertainment Tamales! A celebration of family, food and fun that San Antonians have come to associate with the holidays.

We hope you will join us for the 2021 celebration on Saturday, from 11am to 6pm. At 6750 US HWY 87E, San Antonio, TX 78263. Guests will enjoy live music and performances, activities for children, and good food. The event is FREE and open to the public, no ticket necessary. Food and beverage prices vary per vendor. So come on out!!!! #SATAMALESFEST2021 @SATAMALESFEST

Kaleidoscope of Colors: 2021 A Christmas Odyssey in Windcrest 6PM FREE

The city of Windcrest is lighting up for a decades-old tradition on Dec. 4. A contest is held to pick the most beautifully decorated homes in various judging categories and the public is invited to drive along neighborhood streets to view the brightly-lit displays. Maps of the locations to visit are provided for a small donation and can be found at any of the three entrances to the city on Crestway, I35 frontage road or Eagle Crest.

6th Annual Pecan Harvest 6PM FREE

American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions (AIT-SCM) will hold its sixth annual Pecan Harvest gala to celebrate the aboriginal people of this land and their ancestral practice of harvesting pecans in the late fall. We are thrilled to provide a savory buffet of pecan-themed foods and beverages, a presentation of the AIT Dance Theater, the Mission Heritage Awards, and time in community. The gala will be held Saturday, Dec. 4 from 6-9 p.m. at Progreso Hall and is a fundraiser for the array of AIT-SCM programs which include education, family health and wellness, Indigenous arts, and civic engagement.   We invite you to join this year’s Pecan Harvest and celebrate Indigenous heritage with us! Progresso Hall Free

06:00 PM - 09:00 PM on Sat, 4 Dec 2021

SUNDAY

THE PEARL FARMERS MARKET 10AM FREE

Christmas in the Village 10AM FREE

Come celebrate the Christmas season on Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, 2021 at the inaugural ‘Christmas in the Village’ holiday festival in the La Villita Historic Arts Village. The celebration will include interactive activities with Santa & Mrs. Claus at the life-size gingerbread house, Ice Fishing for prizes at the Igloo with Elves, playtime Snow Flurries, Christmas Caroling by local children’s choirs, Face Painting, Yard Games, Artisan Shops, plus food and beverage booths featuring holiday treats of traditional holiday song and rhyme including Chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Wassil.  La Villita Historic Village, Free 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM,

Interested in volunteering? The San Antonio Food Bank needs your help

The San Antonio Food Bank is asking the community to help sign up for volunteer shifts throughout the summer to keep up with the demand for food assistance.

The San Antonio Food Bank’s volunteer opportunities range from being in the sorting room, warehouse, garden, farm areas, community kitchen, and even at the off-site community kitchen at Haven for Hope. Whether you’re an individual, group, or company there are many opportunities to volunteer. Join us and choose a volunteer opportunity at: www.safoodbank.org/volunteer

Blood donations, especially types O negative and positive, are still urgently needed

Health officials said there is not enough blood on hand to treat trauma cases and patients who need emergency surgeries and procedures. The facilities are open during daylight hours. Same-day appointments and walk-in donations are being accepted. Officials said donors can call 210-731-5590 for information or to make an appointment, or they can visit SouthTexasBlood.org.

San Antonio Botanical Gardens

This winter, the San Antonio Botanical Garden unveils a glittery display when Lightscape, a touring light show that first launched to crowds in the United Kingdom and Chicago, comes to town. Guests will be enchanted by magical light displays set along an illuminated one-mile path winding through the Botanical Garden. The captivating illuminations will proudly include installations unique to Texas created by local and international artists. The trail also features a one-of-a-kind experience: the show-stopping Cathedral of Light, an impressive towering cathedral arch tunnel sparking with 100,000 lights. The light display will run from November 19 to January 2, 2022.

LIGHTS ALIVE! 5931 Roft Road, San Antonio

Lights Alive! is a 100-percent computer-controlled, musically synchronized, drive-thru light show experience. The nearly mile-long attraction showcases innovative new technologies that are sure to dazzle and captivate viewers of all ages, according to its website. This year, the attraction will have additional activities such as the Nativity Show, Gingerbread Escape Room Experience, Inflatable Axe Throwing, and Soccer Darts. There is also a large grassy area where guests can take in the beautiful view of the entire drive-thru portion of the show happening down the hill. Lights Alive! is located in Alamo Ranch two miles outside Loop 1604 off Culebra Avenue. The entrance to the venue is 1/4 mile from the intersection of Roft Road and Culebra Avenue. Traffic must enter the venue from Culebra. It will be every day from November 19 to January 2, 2022. Prices vary from $35 to $45 a vehicle, depending on peak days. For more information, visit its website.

San Antonio Zoo

From November 19 to January 2, 2022, the San Antonio Zoo will create a magical wonderland filled with lights and holiday cheer at its facilities.  According to its website, this year is bigger and brighter than ever, with two new 32-foot LED trees that are a must-see for the whole family. There will also be an all-new Holiday Sing-Along Express train ride. Tickets begin at $26.99 each.

University of the Incarnate Word

The annual Light the Way Holiday Festival at the University of the Incarnate Word is back this year with all the in-person traditions you know and love, according to the event’s Facebook page. Join the festival for live music, food trucks, the fan-favorites Shoppers’ Lane and Kids Corner, meet-and-greets with Santa, and a million twinkling lights and fireworks display to end the night.  Gates will open at 3 p.m. with the lighting ceremony starting at 6 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. After the event, the lights typically stay up until the first weekend of January.

SeaWorld San Antonio

The holiday festivities are bigger than ever this year at SeaWorld San Antonio’s Christmas Celebration. This year, the park is dressed up in nine million twinkling lights, which the attraction calls the largest Christmas light displays in Texas. Make your way through the park to see 250 acres of sparkling Christmas lights. The park is sectioned into 12 different lands, each with a different holiday twist, according to its website. As you enjoy your outdoor walking tour of the lights, you’ll discover different areas along the path for perfect holiday ops. Take in a Christmas lights show along the pathway, stroll down the Tunnel of Lights, and and see dancing lit-up fountains. It will run through January 2, 2022.

Palo Alto College

The drive-thru light display will be open for community members daily from December 3 through December 23. Visitors will enjoy thousands of lights across a variety of magical displays throughout the Palo Alto College campus. Enter from Villaret Boulevard. This year’s event is drive-thru only, so please remain in your vehicle.

Six Flags Fiesta Texas “HOLIDAY IN THE PARK”

Millions of magical lights are illuminated throughout the park each night from November 20 to January 2, according to the attraction’s website. Guests frolic through themed holiday zones that are blanketed with the décor of the season, falling snow, and surprises around every corner. Children can also share their wish lists and take photos with Santa Claus before his big journey around the world. You can also take a ride on the Holiday Express train to view all of the sparkling lights throughout the park.

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