This weekend, San Antonio is gearing up for Christmas – and for Christmas gifts! Shop from the numerous local holiday markets around town, take the kids out to a museum for some brain-stimulating fun, or get moving with Zumba in the Park.

SA Local Merry Mercado

The Pearl is hosting its last Merry Mercado of the season. Shop for last-minute Christmas gifts from more than 80 vendors and local businesses at the Pearl Stable on Friday.
Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Pearl Stable, 307 Pearl Pkway

Toddler Art Play

The McNay Art Museum is putting on its last Toddler Art Play day of the year for children under the age of 5. This Friday’s theme: “I Like Myself.” Make sure you wear clothes that are OK getting messy and painted on because that’s what’s going to happen. The event is free for members and $10 for non-member adults.
Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.

Sketchbook Club – Holiday and New Year’s Cards

The Pan American Branch Library is hosting a gathering of the artistically minded with a Sketchbook Club meeting. Whether you bring your own drawing supplies or use the library’s, come ready to create some great holiday cards.
Friday, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Pan American Branch Library, 1122 W. Pyron Ave.

Centro Holiday Movie Mayhem

Experience six floors of holiday movie fun at the Centro San Antonio holiday party. The adults-only event is free, but register here for your two free drink tickets.
Friday, 6-8 p.m.
Centro San Antonio, 110 Broadway St. Suite 230

Zumba in the Park

Head over to the Tower of the Americas for a free Zumba lesson. Bring your own water bottle, dress warmly and comfortably, and get ready to dance.
Saturday, 10-11 a.m.
Tower of the Americas, 739 E. César Chávez Blvd.

Harry Otter Day at the San Antonio Zoo

This is too good of a pun to ignore – bring your best Harry Potter-themed costumes and head over to the San Antonio Zoo to enjoy “Harry Otter Day.” You can also buy one standard zoo admission ticket and get one free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the front gate. “Harry Otter Day” activities are included with zoo admission and free for annual pass holders. Find more information here.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St.
Included with admission, $16.99-$24.99

5th Annual Brickmas Holiday Market

More holiday shopping opportunities pop up at the Blue Star Arts Complex this Saturday. The 5th annual Brickmas Holiday Market gathers local artisans, makers, and small businesses in the area to display their wares and delicious treats.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, 108 Blue Star

Winter Wonderland

The DoSeum is putting together a wintery celebration with a giant gingerbread houses to decorate, snowflake structures to study, and a performance of The Nutcracker followed by a short ballet lesson from the Terpsichore troupe of the Performing Arts School of Classical Ballet. Attendees will also learn how to reuse and recycle holiday items. Find tickets here.
Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway St.
Included with admission, $0-$14

Hecho a Mano

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center brings Hecho A Mano back to celebrate San Antonio’s artisan community, with tons of art and handmade items to browse. Holiday shoppers can find unique gifts for those hard-to-shop-for people on their list.
Saturday, noon-6 p.m.
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 723 S. Brazos St.

Free Movie Screening: The Santa Clause

Slab Cinema is bringing this Tim Allen holiday comedy to La Villita’s Plaza Juarez on Saturday evening. Bring your own chairs, blankets, snacks, and whatever else you might need for an outdoor movie screening. The film starts after sunset.
Saturday, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Plaza Juarez, 398-498 Villita St.

Noche Azul de Esperanza: World Music

Azul Barrientos, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center’s artist-in-residence, performs this month with the theme of World Music. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased there starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday for $7, “más o menos.” Attendees can purchase concessions at the center as well.
Saturday, 8-10 p.m.
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave.

The Nutcracker

Did you miss Ballet San Antonio’s performances of The Nutcracker? No worries – ARTS San Antonio is bringing the American Midwest Ballet to perform the classic with the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet. Find performance times and ticket information here, though it looks like Saturday’s performances have sold out.
Lila Cockrell Theatre, 900 E. Market St.

Free Pilates

Head to the Good Kind in Southtown to catch a free Pilates class led by an instructor from MBS Fitness. You can even stick around for brunch, but that part’s not free.
Sunday, 9-10 a.m.
The Good Kind Southtown, 1127 S. St. Mary’s St.

Last Minute Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

More last-minute holiday shopping opportunities – vendors at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower will be selling handmade goods including jams, paintings, jewelry, and more.
Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower, 1715 N. Zarzamora St.

Beyond Limits: Holly Jolly Day of Play

The DoSeum Beyond Limits program was designed to meet all children’s needs with an inclusive environment. The museum provides a supportive space, specialized staff, and opportunities to engage every child in a learning environment. Tickets cost $14. Find tickets here.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The DoSeum, 2800 Broadway St.

Chanukah on the River 2019

The Maccabeats are coming to San Antonio! Boats hosting the interactive Chanukah cruise leave from the Arneson River Theatre at 2:45 p.m., featuring performers along the River Walk, music, and gelt. At 4 p.m., the boat ride ends and everyone – including those who didn’t buy boat tickets – can enjoy a menorah lighting and a free live concert from the Maccabeats, the famed American Orthodox Jewish all-male a cappella group. Find tickets to the boat ride and more information here.
Sunday, 2:45-5 p.m.
Arneson River Theater, 418 Villita St.

Free Movie Screening: Elf

Will Ferrell stars as the titular elf named Buddy in this wacky Christmas classic film, where a human boy raised as an elf travels to New York City to find his biological father. The movie is rated PG.
Sunday, 3-4:30 p.m.
Memorial Branch Library, 3222 Culebra Rd.

Anime Holiday Party

The Pan American Branch Library is throwing an anime-themed holiday party on Sunday for all ages. Enjoy crafts, coloring, and treats, all against a Japanese music playlist in the background. Cosplay and holiday accessories encouraged.
Sunday, 3-5 p.m.
Pan American Branch Library, 1122 W. Pyron Ave.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

It’s the Pride and Prejudice (unofficial) sequel starring the quiet and bookish sister Mary Bennet, who explores her own romantic side. Find tickets here.
Classic Theatre of San Antonio, 1924 Fredericksburg Rd.

Dear Evan Hansen

This Tony-award winning show follows a tangled story about high school senior Evan Hansen who just wants to fit in, and gets trapped in a lie that was never meant to be told. This weekend marks the last three days of the tour’s stop in San Antonio, and the shows are almost sold out – find tickets here.
The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St.
$99 and up

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Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang is the local government reporter at the San Antonio Report.