It’s that time of year again, and as usual, the Schertz area does not disappoint. Our little community is brimming with holiday cheer, and events celebrating the season abound throughout November and December.
Looking for a great way to ring in the holiday season? Here are some of the area’s top attractions:
Festival of Angels
When: Friday, Dec. 1 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Hal Baldwin Municipal Complex, 1400 Schertz Parkway
Schertz’ premier holiday celebration, the Festival of Angels is an exciting, winter-themed extravaganza for all ages. The event features a tree-lighting ceremony, a parade, pictures with Santa, holiday music performances, food, drinks, crafts and Mount Schertz, a snow-covered hill perfect for sledding and sliding.
Tales of Christmas Eve
When: Saturday, Dec. 16 – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 17 – 2 p.m.
Where: Schertz United Methodist Church, 360 Roy Richard Drive
See your favorite holiday stories come to life at Schertz UMC’s “Tales of Christmas Eve” performance Dec. 16 and 17. The presentation features tales from “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A Christmas Carol” and more.
Christmas Light Fest 2017
When: Nov. 23 through Dec. 31 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Don Strange Ranch, 103 Waring Welfare Road in Boerne
Price: $27 per vehicle, $15 per hayride
Get the full holiday experience at Don Strange Ranch’s Christmas Light Fest, going on from Thanksgiving on through New Year’s Eve. The event transforms the ranch into a veritable holiday theme park, filled with dazzling lights, activities, shopping and pictures with Santa Claus. There are also hayrides that take you through more than two miles of twinkling lights.
When: Sunday, Dec. 3 – 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Where: Rolling Oaks Mall, 6909 N. Loop 1604 E.
Designed specifically for children with special needs and spectrum disorders, Sensitive Santa offers a stimuli-free photo experience with Saint Nick. Children enjoy calming music and are invited to wait at activity tables before sitting down for a picture with Santa Claus. The event is free, though photo packages vary in cost, and is hosted by Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy group.
Christmas Double Feature
When: Friday, Nov. 30 – Sunday, Dec. 9 – 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Where: Steele High School Auditorium, 1300 FM 1103 in Cibolo
Price: Adults $10, Students $5
See Steele Theatre present two Christmas classics – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” all in one sitting. The event is family friendly and perfect for all ages.
When: All November and December, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends
Where: Santa’s Ranch, 9561 I-35 North in New Braunfels
Price: $28 per car or $56 for a season pass
The ultimate holiday adventure, Santa’s Ranch offers full mile of lights, animated displays and festive décor. There are also snacks, hot cocoa, souvenirs and more to keep the kiddos entertained all night long.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Screening
When: Saturday, Dec. 9 – 15 minutes after sunset
Where: Schertz Ball Park, Community Circle Drive
Bring the whole family out to Schertz Ball Park to catch the 2000 adaptation of the Dr. Suess classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Starring Jim Carrey, the movie is entertainment for all ages and members of the family.
Christmas Tree Lighting
When: Monday, Dec. 5 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Cibolo City Hall, 200 S. Main St. in Cibolo
Watch one of the area’s biggest evergreens light up in style at Cibolo’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 4. The event will also feature special appearances by the Cibolo City Ballet and the Wiederstein Elementary School Choir, and Santa Claus will be on hand to give out treats to the little ones. Refreshments will also be available.
A Wonderland Christmas
When: Friday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Dec. 3 – 7 p.m.
Where: Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards in San Antonio
Price: Varies depending on age and day
The area’s best family-friendly theme park is ringing in the holiday season with a nightly celebration throughout November and December. See an interactive puppet show, a musical variety show, dancing, live music, an acrobatic dog show, magicians, choral groups and a performance by the Children’s Ballet of San Antonio. The Wonder Squad, the park’s on-site super heroes, will also show up to entertain audiences.
From The Claus Team family to your, happy holidays. We hope you have a great season!