San Antonio: Shop local this holiday season at Historic Market Square and La Villita Historic Arts Village!

CONTACT: Kelly Kapaun Saunders, (210) 207-8031

SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 23, 2021) — Celebrate the holidays at Historic Market Square and La Villita Historic Arts Village! Enjoy free, family-friendly events, and shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts for your loved ones while supporting local independent small businesses!

Market Square Events (514 W. Commerce Street)
Celebración Musical
Saturday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Free
Enjoy a festive weekend at Historic Market Square with food vendors, artisans, shopping, and live music! As part of the Santa Cecilia Patron Saint of Music cultural celebration, a non-denominational blessing of musicians will take place Saturday at 11:30 a.m. following a special mariachi performance. For more information, visit the Market Square Facebook page.

La Gran Tamalada

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Saturday, Dec. 11 and Sunday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Free
Join us at La Gran Tamalada for a cultural culinary tradition at Historic Market Square hosted by La Familia Cortez Restaurant! At this family-friendly event, learn the history and traditions of tamales, enjoy storytelling, take photos with Pancho Claus, experience the interactive snow machine and Abuelita hot chocolate sampling and giveaways, and listen to live music! For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

La Villita Events (418 Villita Street)
Play in the Plaza
Saturday, Nov. 27 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Free
Get a start on your holiday shopping, enjoy a meal and stay for Play in the Plaza! Plaza Nacional, one of La Villita's many historic venues, will be set up with a spot to rest your legs, play some games, enjoy art activities with the kiddos and listen to live music from 12 to 2 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

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Christmas in the Village
Saturday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Free
Celebrate the holiday season at the inaugural Christmas in the Village holiday festival hosted by the La Villita Tenants Association. Enjoy interactive activities with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the life-size gingerbread house, Christmas caroling by local children's choirs, activities for children, and holiday treats. Visit the more than 25 shops in La Villita to find a one-of-a-kind gift for everyone on you holiday gift list! For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Chanukah on the River
Sunday, Dec. 5, 4 p.m., Free
The Chabad Center for Jewish Life & Learning will host its 24th Annual Chanukah on the River
at the Arneson River Theater. For more information, visit the event website.

Visitor Parking
A full list of City-owned garages, lots and meters can be found here. In addition, there are numerous non-City owned lots and garages in the area where visitors can park for a fee.

Filed Under: Government, City

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