3 Places to see Christmas lights for free in San Antonio

I love the Christmas season and although this year has been a bit different due to Covid, we are still trying to make the best of it for our girls. We have been going to see Christmas lights throughout the city and I thought I would share some of the places that we have been able to see Christmas lights for free!

The City of Windcrest

This neighborhood has been known for their Christmas light displays for years! My family and I used to go when I was younger and it was always so much fun. It was great to take the girls to see some of these lights. We had heard from a few friends that went on a Saturday night that there were so many people in line waiting to see the lights. We decided to go on a Monday night. We waited in line to drive thru the neighborhood for about 15 minutes. We paid a small donation for a map (totally optional) and drove thru the neighborhood. Here are a few pictures from our adventure. The fun part about seeing these lights was that some people had little photo opportunities set up in their yards! Windcrest is a nice option because if you are practicing social distancing, you can stay in your car throughout the whole thing. We felt comfortable getting off of our car for a few pictures!

We saw so many Charlie Brown displays, but this was our favorite one dedicated to Healthcare Workers!
This was our favorite. We love Whataburger so we had to get off for a picture!
I love how these houses really get into the spirit of the holiday.
This house was all decked out with wooden displays, there was hardly a clear space on their lawn!
They won’t be getting a photo with Santa this year but these cute wood cutouts are the next best thing! The girls had so much fun dressing in their PJ’s and slippers for this adventure!

The City of Leon Valley

We live in Leon Valley and we couldn’t be more proud of our little city. We have been here for about a year and a half now and it has been so nice. The community is great and this little set up of lights is in our “city square” near the community center and library. We have been here a few times now to see these lights and our girls love it! And each time there is hardly any people so we are able to socially distance comfortably. I really don’t understand why there’s not many people because it really is beautiful. The only reason I can think of is because no one knows about it! So if you’re reading this and haven’t been, I encourage you to check it out one night! We plan on walking here either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Night to see the lights again. Parking is available in the library parking lot and you can get off and walk to see the displays, very easy access!

My girls loved walking through this bright blue tunnel, I did too. It was magical!
There’s cute little displays like the elf and candy canes throughout the city square.
Our girls loved dancing in the strobe light display on the ground near the huge Christmas Tree.

The Historic Pearl/Riverwalk

We love The Pearl, we love the Riverwalk but we haven’t been to either of these places since Covid started. We have been very safe and careful in practicing social distancing. For good reason, I was pregnant for most of the pandemic and now we have a four month old! But we felt comfortable checking out the lights this week. Again, we went on a Monday night in the hopes that there wouldn’t be as many people. Luckily we were right! We wore our masks and we were able to enjoy some time on the River Walk near The Pearl. Our girls were so happy! And talk about easy access, we hadn’t been down to The Pearl since before Covid but they have so many easy access parking lots. We parked in the Pearl Brewery West Parking Lot and it led us straight to the River Walk by The Pearl.

These huge trees are lit up all along the River Walk
Cute holiday light displays along the River Walk
This is the River Walk area near The Pearl, so beautiful and nostalgic
Amphitheater near The Pearl and River Walk

Let me know if you have visited any of these places or if you know of any other free places in the comments!

2 thoughts on “3 Places to see Christmas lights for free in San Antonio

  1. We haven’t been to any of these, but they seem so nice! I feel like we would all enjoy it…and quite frankly-I think we need it. Thanks for the info!

    1. I know you guys have been just as careful as we have during this time and we felt comfortable going to all of these places! The Leon Valley one would be great to check out since it’s so close to you guys too!

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