What’s Up in San Antonio - Weekend of December 17, 2020

San Antonio — NFL

SUN: TEXANS@COLTS 12PM, 49′s @ COWBOYS 12PM

College Football:

SAT: TEXAS A&M@TENNESSEE 11AM

Free, asymptomatic COVID-19 testing now available on Saturdays on South, West sides

Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointments and no proof of insurance are required.

FRIDAY

Nutcracker Under the Stars: San Antonio Youth Ballet presents a drive-in version of the classic Christmas tale. Live performance will be projected onto a movie screen. Gates open 5:30 p.m., performance starts at starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 18-20, Mission Outdoor Theater, 3100 Roosevelt. $50-$100, sanantonioyouthballet.org.

SATURDAY

Huebner Oaks Farmers Market 9AM FREE

Located in: Huebner Oaks Center Address: 11745 I-10W

THE PEARL FARMERS MARKET SAT/SUN 9AM FREE

Hemisfair will turn into a winter wonderland with snow for holiday drive-thru event Saturday

Parts of downtown San Antonio will turn into a Christmas wonderland this weekend.

A free drive-thru event taking place from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Hemisfair will include real snow and Santa Claus, according to a release issued Monday by the urban parks district and Centro San Antonio. Organizers are creating the magic of snow with 110,400 pounds of ice, courtesy of Mireles Ice. Vehicles should enter the event at 623 E. Hemisfair Blvd. to begin the experience. For more information, follow @hemisfair and @centrosanantonio on social media or visit hemisfair.org/events.

Woodlawn Theater Holiday Family Night

The Woodlawn Theater are doing an Holiday Family Night at the historic Cool Crest Golf Beirgarten on December 20th.

Enjoy Holiday fun for the entire family in a safe and social distanced outdoor space with live music, miniature golf, food trucks and more plus a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Woodlawn Theatre COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Here is the link: https://www.woodlawntheatre.org/family-holiday-night-at-cool-crest

Nutcracker Under the Stars: San Antonio Youth Ballet presents a drive-in version of the classic Christmas tale. Live performance will be projected onto a movie screen. Gates open 5:30 p.m., performance starts at starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 18-20, Mission Outdoor Theater, 3100 Roosevelt. $50-$100, sanantonioyouthballet.org.

SUNDAY

Huebner Oaks Farmers Market 9AM FREE

Located in: Huebner Oaks Center Address: 11745 I-10W

THE PEARL FARMERS MARKET SAT/SUN 9AM FREE

You can begin ordering Girl Scout cookies on Monday

Starting Monday, you can reach out to a Girl Scout and ask for an online link, where you will be able order all the cookies you want for delivery. The organization will not conduct in-person cookie sales this year because of the pandemic. If you don’t know a Girl Scout, visit girlscoutcookieflavorfest.org and fill out an iWantCookies form. On the website, customers can also make donations or ship cookies directly to others in a gift box.

Kids, teens can receive free snacks at 6 San Antonio libraries during the winter break

Snack Paks 4 Kids will be available for pick up at 6 libraries from Dec. 16-Jan. 30

he San Antonio Public Library and San Antonio Public Library Foundation will introduce the Snack Pak 4 Kids program this winter break to help children and teenagers stay fed while they’re out of school.

The program launches on Wednesday at six SAPL locations, and will continue through Jan. 30. It is for children and teenagers aged 4-18, and they do not need a library card to pick up their packs. SAPL officials say this year’s launch is a pilot program to also help families facing food insecurity due to the pandemic.

The libraries participating in the program include:

Bazan Branch Library at 2200 W. Commerce St.; 210-207-9160

Carver Branch Library at 3350 E. Commerce St.; 210-207-9180

Central Library at 600 Soledad St.; 210-207-2500

Collins Garden Branch Library at 200 N. Park Blvd.; 210-207-9120

Memorial Branch Library at 3222 Culebra Road; 210-207-9140

Westfall Branch Library at 6111 Rosedale Ct.; 210-207-9220

Snack packs can be picked up from noon-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesdays through Saturdays.

The foundation will also be providing a drawstring backpack with a free book and activity sheet.

South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is struggling

The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center is struggling to bring in donors as it tries to pull itself out of a blood shortage. The center had 1.78 days’ worth of blood, as of Monday morning, compared to its goal of a three-day supply. STBTC has been trying since Friday to get 500 donors per day in order to catch up on its shortage, which the center said is mostly due to a shortage of donors, though a higher need for blood has played a role. Because of COVID-19, large blood drives at high schools and other community settings have not been possible. Go on-line to register for an appointment https://southtexasblood.org/  or call Toll free: (800) 292-5534

Meet Rudolph, Santa Claus at SeaWorld San Antonio’s annual Christmas celebration

Get ready for some ho-ho-ho-liday fun at SeaWorld San Antonio. The park’s annual Christmas celebration is returning on select dates starting Nov. 20 and ending Jan. 3. Visitors will have the chance to meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus. The park will be open from 1 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 20 – 22, 25 – 29, Dec. 4 – 6, 11 – 13, 18 – 20, 23 -27 and Dec. 30 – Jan. 3. There will be a fireworks finale on Nov. 21 and 28 and from Dec. 10-18 guests can experience the traditional lighting of the menorah for Hanukkah. Kwanzaa will also be celebrated this year and from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1 “guests can experience a joyous time of reflection and celebration of African heritage with the nightly lighting of the kinara,” park officials said. Due to concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year’s celebration has been modified and the park’s visitor capacity will be significantly limited to help maintain physical distancing. Visitors are required to make reservations to visit SeaWorld San Antonio and are encouraged to do so as early as possible. Reservations can be made at www.SeaWorld.com/san-antonio/tickets/reservations/.

6 Flags Fiesta Texas Holiday in the Park

Our Brightest Celebration of the Season!

Experience enchanting holiday magic for the entire family featuring Christmastime cheer like no other! The park is transformed into a winter wonderland with millions of colorful twinkling lights throughout, magical musical shows, and special appearances by Santa. Presented by H-E-B® returns for select days November 21 - January 3. Enjoy millions of lights, our thrilling coasters, and special holiday treats.

44-day celebration lets you walk through 2 million holiday lights in Marble Falls

It’s about to look a lot more festive in Marble Falls as the 30th season of the Walkway of Lights returns Nov. 20. The holiday celebration will run until Jan. 3, 2021 at Lakeside Park and includes more than two million lights covering over 350 sculptures illuminating Lakeside Park. Ice skating at Lakeside Park will also be available. Cost is $10 for kids and $12 for adults with skate rentals included in the price of admission. The Walkway of Lights, which will be open from 6 to 10 p.m. daily, will be closed in cases of bad weather. There is no cost to attend, however visitors are welcome to give monetary donations to help support the event and local nonprofits. Masks are required for all activities when visitors are unable to maintain 6-foot social distancing. To learn more about the Walkway of Lights, visit www.marblefalls.org.

IllumiNight

The AT&T Center is one of the places offering a socially distanced option to get in the spirit. The home of the Spurs is welcoming holiday revelers to the grounds for IllumiNight, the arenas first-ever holiday light display. Guests embark on a mile-long journey of more than 4 million lights in themed displays designed by Decor IQ, a local company. Visitors can enjoy the lights from the safety of their vehicles. The AT&T Center is limiting interaction between customers and employees through a touchless ticketing process. Each attendee must wear a mask or face covering when interacting with people outside of one’s party, like other guests, concessions employees or photographers. The IllumiNight app, which is available in the Apple Store and Google Play, has interactive opportunities, like trivia and a curated playlist with themed music to listen to during the drive. Admission is charged by the carload for $35.50 and must be purchase online, https://www.illumi-night.com/ticketinginfo

The event will last through Jan. 3. The lights start twinkling at 6 p.m.

Traders Village introducing ‘Contactless Country Christmas’ throughout December

Santa Claus is coming to Traders Village — but he’ll still maintain six feet of social distance. Traders Village announced it will continue holiday celebrations in the Coronavirus Age with a “Contactless Country Christmas” every weekend throughout December. It will feature Mr. and Mrs. Claus, but instead of Santa behind in a plexiglass box like other venues, he will sit six feet away from kids without a barrier. Traders Village Marketing Manager Brian A. Billeck said kids will sit on a bench, talk to Santa from a distance and then head to a stage for a photo.

The event will take place at Traders Hall on Dec. 5, 6, 12, 19 and 20. Admission into Traders Village is free, but photo packages start at $5. Parking is $4.

Face masks are required.

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