For those who relish being out and about, here's a sampling of area events to keep you and your crew busy during the holiday season. As you bake your final pan of cookies, attend the last party, and cross Christmas Eve buys off the gift list, take some time to enjoy a drive through Santa's Ranch, 9561 I-35 North between San Marcos and New Braunfels. The drive-through Christmas-light display features 40 major scenes, including the town of Bethlehem, villages, a toy mill, and numerous cartoon characters. More than 1 million lights illuminate the one-mile drive, which took Santa and four elves about four months to prepare. The park is open every night through January 1; hours are 6-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $12 per vehicle. For more information, visit santasranch.net or call (830) 743-1293.
Football fanatics who have recently adopted the New Orleans Saints as their home team can catch the team's last game in the Alamodome on Christmas Eve, when the Saints take on the Detroit Lions at noon. Tickets are still available and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 224-9600 or at ticketmaster.com. Plenty of revelry and pre-game tailgating events will be happening starting at 9 a.m. in the Sunset Station parking lot.
Relax with family and friends on Christmas Eve while Ácenar, 146 E. Houston in the Hotel Valencia handles all the details of Christmas Eve dinner from 5-9 p.m. Call 222-2362 for reservations.
Ring in 2006 with glamour and style as the Bonham Exchange, 411 Bonham, presents Hollywood - A Night in Black and Gold. The red carpet will be out so dress to impress. Doors open at 8 p.m. and guests can expect plenty of party favors and giveaways throughout the night. Entertaining go-go boys complement the elaborate buffet and Champagne toast at midnight. Starlets and legends are welcome. Admission is $10 for 21 and over, $15 for 18-20. Call 271-3811 for more information. •