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'Tis The Season: Holiday Lightings Across San Antonio On Friday And Saturday

Dozens of San Antonio parks, businesses and organizations are holiday lights beginning this weekend, and since holiday lighting ceremonies are scheduled all over downtown both Friday and Saturday, you can avoid heavy traffic and problems parking by going to some smaller celebrations.

In addition to Alamo Plaza, the city is lighting up Main Plaza and City Hall, Travis Park, Milam Park, Market Square, La Villita, and of course, the River Walk. Ford is sponsoring the big river parade, and the lights will be turned on the length of the river at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23.

The Friends of Milam Park will light up their tree Saturday in a family event that starts at 4 p.m. and  Hemisfair comes to life Saturday evening. Volunteers from the Urban Land Institute will string the lights for the mayor’s contest, Light Up Downtown, which has more than 50 entries so far. 

If you’re looking for lights after turkey dinner, the University of the Incarnate Word offers a magical drive through. The Light the Way ceremony was held last Saturday, and the lights will remain up until Jan. 6.