Be there when the switch is thrown and bask in 122,000 twinkling holiday lights forming a canopy over San Antonio’s River Walk. The Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony is a holiday tradition for many, and serves as the official kickoff to the Paseo del Rio Festivities. The one-hour parade features decorated, illuminated floats with celebrities, bands, and participants in lavish costumes. $10-25, 7pm, River Walk. Ticket info: thesanantonioriverwalk.com or (210) 227-4262.