Holiday Lights in the San Antonio Area

Here’s a list of places to view holiday lights.

The River Walk
100 Villita St, San Antonio, TX 78205
November 29-December 31, 2019

Travis Park
301 E Travis, San Antonio, TX 78205
November 24-December 31, 2019

8601 Midcrown Dr, Windcrest, TX 78239
December 5-December 31, 2019

University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209
November 18, 2019-January 6, 2020

Santa’s Ranch
9561 I-35 North, New Braunfels, TX 78130
November 8, 2019-January 4, 2020
$28 per vehicle or $56 per vehicle season pass
(830) 743-1293

Christmas Lights Fest at Don Strange Ranch
103 Waring Welfare Road, Boerne, TX 78006
November 28-December 31, 2019
$27 per vehicle or $60 per vehicle season pass
(830) 537-3156

Six Flags Fiesta Texas
17000 W IH 10, San Antonio, TX 78257
November 18, 2019-January 5, 2020
Tickets start at $52.99 per person
(210) 697-5050

1287 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130
December 2-31, 2019

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
10500 SeaWorld Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78251
November 23, 2019-January 5, 2020
Tickets start at $65 per person
(210) 520- 4732

San Antonio Zoo
903 N Saint Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212
November 18-December 31, 2019
Tickets start at $18.99 per person
(210) 734-7184

Natural Bridge Caverns
26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266
December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, & 23, 2019
$9.99-&22.99 per person
(210) 651-6101

Morgan’s Wonderland
5223 David Edward Dr, San Antonio, TX 78233
November 24-25 & December 1-2, 2019 | 4-9pm
December 15-23, 2019 | 8-9pm
Tickets start at $11 per person
(210) 495-5888

14391 Riggs Rd., Helotes, TX 78023
December 1-31, 2019
(Cowboy Christmas Parade | Dec. 14)

Enchanted Springs Ranch
242 State Hwy 46 W Unit C, Boerne, TX 78006
November 28-December 25, 2019
(210) 570-7669

Son’s Island on Lake Placid in Seguin
110 Lee St. Seguin, TX 78155
November 21-December 30, 2019 (Select Days)
Tickets start at $25 per person
(888) 993-6772

Winter Wonderland at the Circuit
9201 Circuit Of The Americas Blvd, Austin, TX 78617
December 1-2 & December 8-30, 2019
Admission is $16 per person

Austin Trail of Lights
2400 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746
December 10-23, 2019 (Zilker Tree Lighting: Nov. 26)
General Admission from Free-$3
(512) 970-8891

Downtown New Braunfels
110 Main Plz, New Braunfels, TX 78130
December 7-31, 2019

Elf Acres
1475 Grosenbacher Rd, San Antonio, TX 78245
November 10-December 30, 2019
$25 per vehicle | $50 for fun pass
(210) 643-8662

Posted on November 26, 2019 at 10:09 pm
Deborah Elwood | Posted in Uncategorized |

Holiday Photos with Santa

Check out this list of locations for holiday photos with Santa.

Bass Pro Shops
17907 W IH 10, San Antonio, TX 78257
December 2-24, 2019

Lighting of the Lights
Helotes City Hall:
12951 Bandera Road, Helotes, TX 78023
December 6, 2019 | 6-9pm

Lexus at Dominion
21531 W Interstate 10 Frontage Rd, San Antonio, TX 78257
December 21, 2019 | 11am-1pm

Mammen Family Public Library
131 Bulverde Crossing, Bulverde, TX 78163
December 20, 2019 | 2-4pm

Cookies with Santa
San Antonio Garden Center:
3310 N New Braunfels Ave, San Antonio, TX, 78209
December 1, 2019 | 2-5pm

Santa’s Wonderland
Texas Transportation Museum:
11731 Wetmore Road, San Antonio, Texas, 78247
December 8-22, 2019(Sat. & Sun.)

Sunday with Santa
San Antonio A&M Club
6205 West Ave, San Antonio, TX 78213
December 8, 2019 | 12-3pm

Breakfast with Santa at Maggiano’s
17603 IH 10W, San Antonio, TX, 78257
December 12-23, 2019 | 9:30-11am

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration
10500 SeaWorld Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78251
November 16, 2019-January 5, 2020

Elf Acres
1475 Grosenbacher Rd, San Antonio, Texas, 78245
November 20-December 29, 2019
Sunday-Thursday: 6:30-10pm, Friday-Saturday 6:30-11pm

Holiday Art Market
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
100 Auditorium Cir, San Antonio, TX, 78205
November 23, 2019 | 10am-6pm

Boerne’s Dickens on Main
100 S Main Street, Boerne, Texas, 78006
November 29-30, 2019 | 4-10:30pm

Downtown Lighting & Santa’s Arrival
550 Landa, New Braunfels, Texas 78130
November 22, 2019 | 6-9pm

Santa Photo Experience
Ingram Park mall:
6301 Northwest Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78238
November 8-December 24, 2019 | Website for Times

North Star Mall
7400 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216
November 8-December 24, 2019 | Website for Times

Winter Fest & Reindeer Run
North Central Baptist Hospital
520 Madison Oak Dr, San Antonio, TX 78258
December 7, 2019 | 10am-3pm

Santa Express at Traders Village
9333 SW Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78242
November 30-December 22, 2019
Weekends:g 12:30pm-4:30

The Shops at La Cantera
15900 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78256
November 8-December 24, 2019 | Website for Times

South Park Mall
2310 SW Military Dr, San Antonio, TX 78224
November 8-December 24, 2019 | Website for Times

Alamo Quarry Market
255 E Basse Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209
November 12-December 24, 2019 | Website for Times

Santa’s Railroad Wonderland
11731 Wetmore Road
December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 | 6-9pm

The Witte Museum
3801 Broadway St, San Antonio, TX 78209
December 7, 14, 21 | 10am-12pm
December 8, 15, 22 | 12-2pm

J.W. Marriott
23808 Resort Pkwy, San Antonio, TX 78261
Saturday nights in December | 6-8pm

SixFlags Holiday in the Park
17000 W IH 10, San Antonio, TX 78257
November 23, 2019-January 5, 2020

Posted on November 26, 2019 at 10:05 pm
Deborah Elwood | Posted in Uncategorized |

This Weekend – October 5 and 6

Saturday, October 5 it’s The 20th Annual Huevos Rancheros Gala and Silent Art Auction. Location is the Guadalupe Plaza, 1327 Guadalupe St 78207 and time is 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This event is hosted by San Anto Cultural Arts and supports after school art programs. There will be live music, art for sale and of course Huevos Rancheros! Cost is $10.00 per person. Click here for tickets and more information.

Oh My! It’s Bark in the Park this Saturday, October 5. This is an annual pet costume contest taking place at the Sunken Garden Theater. Time is 4:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. There will be food trucks, music, a kid’s zone and much more. To enter your dog, the cost is $7.00 with prizes up to $1,000. Click here for more details.

Legoland Discovery Center (Lego Land in River Center Mall) is hosting the Halloween themed Brick or Treat during October. Their usual exhibit is transformed into a Halloween attraction.  This weekend their expert model builders will be building a giant witch and there will also be other activities for the kids. Click here for discounted online tickets ($19.00 versus $22.00) and more information.

The Corn Maze is open at the Graff 7A Ranch in Hondo. There is much more than the maze. There’s a slide mountain, hay rides, good eats and a lot more! General admission is $17.50. Click here for more information and the purchase tickets.

Posted on October 4, 2019 at 7:33 pm
Deborah Elwood | Posted in Uncategorized |

What’s On This Weekend – September 28 and 29

12th Annual SNIPSA Race for the Rescues The 5K event includes competitive and non-competitive races. Race alone or with your dog! Saturday at the Alamo Heights Swimming Pool. The money raised benefits homeless and abandoned animals in our city.  Registration begins at 6:15 am and the race starts at 8:00 am. Participation cost is $35.00. Click here for details.

Starting Friday at 5:30 pm and continuing through the weekend, it’s the Alamo Beer Company Annual Oktoberfest. Come for the German music, German food, cloggers, and more. Admission is free, children are welcome, and the beer garden is dog-friendly. Click here for details.

The 39th Annual Cajun Festival is this Saturday from 11a to 10p at Medina Lake with live music, a gumbo cook-off, and lots of other great food. Entrance fee is $12 and kids under 10 are free! Click here of details on the fun and revelry.

Saturday from 10a-3p, “Síclovía is a free, bi-annual event, organized by the YMCA of Greater San Antonio, that turns city streets into a safe place for exercise and play.” Broadway will be closed for you and your family from Funston St to Travis Park. Take your bikes or any other self-powered transportation down the middle of the street! Free to the public, activities for children, treats for pets, and more! Click here for details.

Sunday the German Heritage Festival 2019 Parktoberfest in Breckenridge Park at the Kohler Pavilion from 3p-6p. Free event with samples of German beer, German food, music and more! Click here for more information.

Posted on September 27, 2019 at 5:28 pm
Deborah Elwood | Posted in Uncategorized |

Fun This Weekend September 20-22

Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21 it’s Jazz’SALive. This is San Antonio’s official Jazz Music Festi­val. This free event is held at Travis Park and includes festival food, craft vendors, live music and much more. For more details and a full list of musicians click here.

Also, Friday, September 20 the Beethoven Maennerchor, are having Beethoven Gartenfest the Real “Oom-Pah-Pah”! This event runs from 5:00 to 11:45 P.M. They will have a 25-piece brass band from Germany, cold pours of Octoberfest brews, and delicious German food available. Tickets are $20.00. Click here for more information.

Saturday, September 21, the Congenital Heart Walk takes place at the San Antonio Zoo. Registration opens at 7:30AM, sign up is $15.00, and all proceeds will go to support research for congenital heart failure. Music, food, games, and much more will also be available. Click here for details.

Sunday, September 22, from 1:00P – 5:00P the Social Spot on Broadway is having the 6th annual Queso Bowl. Local chefs will be serving samples of their Queso creations. While you’re there enjoy the live music and, of course, cold beer. Tickets for this kid and pet-friendly event are $30 and all proceeds go to cancer research. For more information and tickets click here.


Posted on September 20, 2019 at 4:37 pm
Deborah Elwood | Posted in Uncategorized |

This Weekend September 14 and 15

Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-6, 9/14 & 15 it’s the Morphinominal Expo! This event for all the Power Ranger fans out there and is at the Wonderland of Americas. There will be actors portraying the Power Rangers as well as movies. Everything Power Ranger will be at this event. Free for the entire family with free parking. Click here for more details.

Saturday, 9/14 from 6p-10p, it’s Brews and Blooms at the Botanical Gardens. They will have over 40 craft beers, live music, food and so much more! Member tickets are $35, and non-member tickets are $40. Bring a blanket or chairs to relax in the garden as you enjoy this event. Click here for tickets and more information.

Are you looking for an indoor activity? The Northstar Mall is holding its 14th Annual Canstruction contest. Teams from the local architectural and engineering industry have used over 30,000 cans to create amazing sculptures. The event is free. Visit during mall hours until September 21. Click here for additional information.


Posted on September 13, 2019 at 5:05 pm
Deborah Elwood | Posted in Uncategorized |

Weekend Activities September 7 & 8, 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019, a Vinyl Record Show is at the Schertz Civic Center from 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Search for hard to find records and newer ones as well. Get in early with a $10.00 admission or at the standard price of $5.00. Click here for information and tickets.

The Pickerell Park Pool in Schertz, TX is open on Saturday, September 7, 2019, with their Paws in the Pool event. Swim with your pet from 12:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. Limit to 2 dogs and admission is $3.00. Click San Antonio Current for details.

Free event this Sunday from 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. for the fans of Downton Abbey. You’ve likely seen that it is returning to the big screen this weekend. But there is a tea party taking place at the Pan American Library off Hwy I-35 to celebrate with adult coloring and photo opportunities. Some people will be dressing up as characters from the show, and you are invited to do the same. Click here of details.

Another free H-E-B Outdoor Family Film movie is playing at the Mission Marquee Theater. Disney’s 2019 remake of Dumbo is playing and starts 15 minutes after sunset. Bring your chairs, food, and drinks. You can even bring your pet and parking is also free! Click here for information.

Posted on September 6, 2019 at 7:33 pm
Deborah Elwood | Posted in Uncategorized |

Ready for the Labor Day Weekend?

Are you staying in town for the 3-Day Labor Day weekend? Make your choice from among these activities.


Ever wanted to play at the Doseum without the kiddos? Tonight 7:00-9:00 is Adult Night at the Doseum. There’s music, drinks, bites from local restaurants, and more! What a great time for anyone over 21 to explore the museum. Tickets are $35.00. For details and tickets, click this link.


The Botanical Gardens Big Bugs Event is opening this weekend. The artist David Rodgers has created larger than life sculptures of bugs displayed throughout the Gardens, reflecting the importance of insects to the ecosystem. The price of admission includes the Big Bug Exhibit. For more information, click this link.


Saturday and Sunday at Sunset Station it’s Vegan Fest. Tickets are $8.00 for a single day and $12.00 for 2-day tickets. Enjoy the food, food demonstrations, yoga, Pilates, speakers, and live music. For more information and tickets, click here.


Yum! Watermelon! Saturday, August 31, 3:00-10:00 at the Roundup in Boerne. Lastly, tomorrow in Boerne: Food Trucks, giant slip and slide, water balloon fight, and, of course, watermelon. Kids 12 and under are free, and ages 13 and up are $10.00. For more information and to purchase tickets go to this link.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Posted on August 30, 2019 at 4:49 pm
Deborah Elwood | Posted in Uncategorized |

Are Institutional Buyers (iBuyers) a Good Deal?

The term “iBuyer” may not be familiar to the consumer., but most have heard of OpenDoor, Perch, etc. I like to define “iBuyer” as an Institutional Buyer, aka sharks. They sell convenience to the consumer. If the consumer doesn’t realize their real risk (and most don’t), it can look very tempting.

Here’s a realistic view of what convenience costs for a house selling $270,000.

Institutional buyers are short term investors

The iBuyer isn’t going to make a profit by carrying houses on their balance sheet. These investors are taking advantage of a seller’s market. In San Antonio on average, homes sell in less than two months. Mostly, iBuyers are flippers.

Institutional buyers have all the power in the transaction

In Realtor® represented transactions, the Seller can negotiate repairs after the Buyer inspection. Typically, these repairs cost less—sometimes much less—than $3,000. The Seller can decline. And in our market where multiple buyers are vying for houses, buyers may not ask for any repairs.

With an iBuyer contract, the Seller has already agreed to make any repairs required by the iBuyer. Inspectors are required to note every deficiency, so there will be a lot more expense in meeting iBuyer required repairs. (I also wonder if those repairs get made.) The Seller has signed away their ability to negotiate.

Institutional buyer service charges are higher than Realtor® representation

Just remember that the iBuyer is not working for you and wants to mitigate all costs. I expect those costs include the ones they will incur when they sell your house. A good Realtor® absorbs the marketing costs by being good at their job and earning new business. Regardless, the typical actual service charge is higher than Realtor® representation. (See above: $16,200 versus $23,085.)

Posted on August 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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This Weekend in San Antonio Area August 24-25, 2019

Witte Museum

Tonight, August 23rd, at the Witte Museum, they are having an event called Whiskey Business. It will have dozens of samples of whiskeys, bourbons, and scotches from local distiller­ies, Scotland and more! They will also have sample dishes from many of the hottest restaurants here in town, live music, craft beer, and so much more. It begins at 8:00 P.M. and runs until 11:00 P.M. Tickets start at $60.00, and you must be 21+ years or older to attend. Click here for tickets and more information.


Wishing Lanterns return August 24th from 5:00 – 10:30 P.M. on the Riverwalk. This event has grown through the years so you might want to get there early. The event is free to attend, and if you want a lantern to send out a wish, the cost is $5.00. For more information.

Tobin Theatre

It’s been five years since the magnificent Tobin Theatre opened. This Sunday, August 25th, from 2:00 – 6:00 P.M., they are having an Open House to celebrate their anniversary. This event gives you the chance to see parts of the theater you may have never seen, listen to some pop-up performances and much more. Admission and parking are both free! They will have discount tickets to future shows at the theater also available. Here are the details.

Bat Night

August 24th is International Bat Night. To celebrate this, Elmendorf State Park is holding a Bat Walk from 7:30 – 9:00 P.M. Come to enjoy crafts, live bats present­ed by the Southern Wildlife Rehabilitation and much more! This event is free for the whole family. Look for details here at the Friends of SANA Calendar.

Posted on August 23, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Deborah Elwood | Posted in Uncategorized |