What's Open on Christmas Day in San Antonio

Your Guide to Where to Do Basic Errands or Fun Family Activities

The San Antonio River Walk with people eating on the river front and christmas lights in the trees.

 The San Antonio River Walk

On Christmas Day, nearly all businesses are closed in San Antonio and throughout the state of Texas. However, not all of them are. If you and your family are looking for somewhere to dine out for Christmas or just something fun to do in the afternoon, you have some options in San Antonio.

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The River Walk

San Antonio River Walk with christmas lights in all the trees

 The San Antonio River Walk

849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
Phone +1 210-227-4262

San Antonio's trademark River Walk is open every day of the year, and 24 hours a day. Although many of the restaurants and bars will be closed on Christmas Day, you can still stroll through the area for a fun Christmas Day activity, where you and your loved ones can enjoy the twinkling holiday lights.

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San Antonio Zoo

San Antonio Zoo's Zoo Lights sign with a tree covered in multiple colored christmas lights.

 San Antonio Zoo

3903 N St Mary's St, San Antonio, TX 78212-3173, USA
Phone +1 210-734-7184

Christmas afternoon or night is a splendid time to visit the San Antonio Zoo and experience Zoo Lights. You will be treated to sparkling lights, a Lakeside Lightshow, a crackling fire to warm up and roast marshmallows, and hot chocolate.

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Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Dining room at The Grand Hyatt San Antonio

 Grand Hyatt San Antonio

600 E Market St, San Antonio, TX 78205, USA
Phone +1 210-224-1234

The Grand Hyatt San Antonio is just a short walk from the River Walk and is open all day on Christmas. For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can dine at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in the hotel, and then make a stop at Bar Rojo for a specialty cocktail and enjoy a few small plates.

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Movie Theaters

Park North, 618 Northwest Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78216, USA
Phone +1 210-677-8500

For many, it's become a tradition to go to the movies on Christmas afternoon. Hollywood has taken note and now regularly releases blockbusters on Christmas Day.

You should expect most if not all theaters to be open on Christmas Day, and whether you choose the homegrown ​Alamo Drafthouse, IMAX, or a traditional multiplex, you are sure to find a theater that suits you and your companions. Due to the popularity of this activity, you might want to reserve seats in advance for this favorite Christmas Day activity.

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Planning an Outing on Christmas Day in San Antonio? Here's What's Open