20 Ways to Make the Most of a Snowy Day in San Antonio 

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Practically overnight, San Antonio has been blanketed with wintery snow, and damn was it nice... while it lasted. Most of the snow has already melted and it's as sunny as ever, but this rare sighting has got us in the winter spirit. Fortunately, San Antonio is one festive city and there's plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy in our post-snow excitement.
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Make a tiny snowman in front of the Alamo
There’s a tiny snowman army building in front of the Alamo. If you care to contribute a soldier, you better do it quick — the snow’s melting fast.
Photo via amanda_wells_venegas/Instagram
Sip on warm drinks at a local coffee shop
When it comes to coffee shops, San Antonio has an abundance of spots that are serving up coffee, hot chocolate and other winter drinks all season long. We recommend you keep it local with any of these 25 Coffee Shops You Should Visit in San Antonio That Aren't Starbucks.
Hit the rink
You can head to the Ice & Golf Center At Northwoods, 17530 Henderson Pass, and hit the ice during public skate hours. Bundle up, strap on those skate and stay indoors.
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Get your tamale fix
'Tis the season for unwrapping things — and we don't just mean presents. With San Antonio throwing three tamal festivals this year there's no excuse for not getting your fill.
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Check out the lights at the Riverwalk
If it's not already one of your holiday traditions, start this year and vow to always add it to your list of winter-musts. If you live on the city's North Side, it might be the only time you venture downtown this year, but we promise, it's totally worth it.

RELATED: The Best Places to See Christmas Lights in the San Antonio Area This Holiday Season
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Take a drive through the Hill Country
The leaves are finally falling and turning shades of red, orange and brown. If you haven't taken a drive through the Texas Hill Country in a while, this is definitely the time to do it.
Photo via Instagram, texas_hillcountry
Experience the great outdoors on a hike
Get a big whiff of that fresh wintery air on a hiking trail in the San Antonio area. Not only is hiking a ton of fun that everyone can participate in — it’s damn cheap, too. Check out our guide on local hiking spots here.
Photo via Texas Park & Wildlife
Find the perfect Christmas tree
With Christmas just weeks away it's time to find that perfect Christmas tree. Wether it's an old family tradition or something new to try this year, head out to a Texas farm and choose and cut your own tree to take home. We've even created a handy guide on where to go.
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Cozy up over cocktails
Dim lighting, good company and warm cocktails are essential for celebrating the holidays. Here's a list of San Antonio's coziest bars to keep you warm all winter long.
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Shop at Bookstore Row
There’s loads of bookstores riddling Midtown Broadway and Brackenridge Park. With vintage books, vinyl records and DVDs in stock, this is the place to go if you still need to buy a few unique Christmas gifts.
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Catch a holiday show at the Tobin Center
This year, you'll have several opportunities to catch holiday performances at the Tobin Center, such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. You can find tickets for all events here.
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Run a 5k illuminated by Christmas lights
The Stars at Night event is a half race, half relay run that travels along a path illuminated by Christmas lights. This is San Antonio’s only nighttime race, kicking off at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, December 16.
Photo via Stars At Night Half/Facebook
Shop for gifts at a local craft market
Buying directly from San Antonio artists, artisans, makers, growers, crafters and collectors has never been simpler. Keep your holiday shopping close to home, which is easy with a number of local markets happening before the holidays.
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Stop by Holidays in Bloom at the Botanical Gardens
Check out the poinsettias, wreaths, red bows and a giant Christmas tree as you stroll through San Antonio Botanical gardens this month. You'll be glad you did.
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Celebrate Chanukah on the River
Mark your calendars now: On Dec. 17 at the Arneson River Theater, check out a live performance and the lighting of the Menorah.
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Heat up with a big, steamy bowl of ramen
One can only take so much cold, so warm yourself up with a steamy bowl of ramen. Here’s our list of the 25 essential Asian restaurants in San Antonio.
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Drink seasonal beers at a local brewery
Those fall and winter brews won't be here for long, so stock up now while you can. This list of San Antonio breweries should keep you occupied for the holidays.
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Stop by Fiesta de Navidad
On Friday, December 15, the Lila Cockrell Theater will host the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano for their dance performance. Tickets to this holiday show can be found here.
Photo via Facebook, Fiesta de Navidad. By Edward Benavides.
Take the kids to the Magik Theatre's Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Give the kids some culture and take 'em to see the Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Magik Theater. The show goes until December 30 and you can find tickets on the Magik Theater website.
Photo via Facebook, TheMagikTheatre
Check out Christmas lights at the Zoo
Get Merry & Bright at the San Antonio Zoo this season and stroll under twinkling lights as you sip hot chocolate and check out the zoo's new show. Don't miss on the newly added ice skating rink and camel rides.
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Make a tiny snowman in front of the Alamo
There’s a tiny snowman army building in front of the Alamo. If you care to contribute a soldier, you better do it quick — the snow’s melting fast.
Photo via amanda_wells_venegas/Instagram