8 holiday events to check out in the north San Antonio area Dec. 18-19, plus Hollywood Park's parade event scheduled for Dec. 23

Santa Claus will be available to snap photos at the Village at Stone Oak shopping center Dec. 18. (Courtesy Village at Stone Oak)
Santa Claus will be available to snap photos at the Village at Stone Oak shopping center Dec. 18. (Courtesy Village at Stone Oak)

Santa Claus will be available to snap photos at the Village at Stone Oak shopping center Dec. 18. (Courtesy Village at Stone Oak)

Editor's note: This story was updated to reflect a date change for the Hollywood Park parade. On Dec. 16 the event date was postponed from Dec. 18 to Dec. 23.

Santa Claus parading through the streets of Hollywood Park will be among holiday events scheduled in the San Antonio area ahead of Christmas Day.

Accompanied by the Hollywood Park Fire Department, Santa will greet Hollywood Park residents during a parade on Dec. 23.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at City Hall, 2 Mecca Drive, and will spend the rest of the morning passing by homes on all Hollywood Park streets before ending up at the Galleria Oaks shopping center off US 281 North.

For more information, residents may call 210-494-3111.

Here are other area holiday events happening in the San Antonio area this weekend, Dec. 18-19.

Dec. 18: Santa Claus will be available at the Village at Stone Oak shopping center to pose for free photos. See the jolly ol’ elf in between the Loft and Victoria’s Secret stores. Bring a new toy to donate to Soldiers’ Angels, a local nonprofit that serves military members, veterans and their families. noon-4 p.m. Free (admission). 22610 US 281 N. www.facebook.com/events/388920006307477

Dec. 18 and 19: The Arbor Park Pop-Up Market will have several local vendors and artisans with handmade items, seasonal gift ideas and food on two dates at two locations this weekend. Santa will be available for photos at the Dec. 19 market. Dec. 18: 3-9 p.m. Free (admission). Travis Park, 300 E. Travis St.; Dec. 19: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). 17700 San Pedro Ave. www.facebook.com/Arborparkpopupmarket

Dec. 18: Local chamber ensemble Agarita performs an outdoor concert of classical music at McAllister Park. 3 p.m. Free. 13102 Jones Maltsberger Road (Buckhorn Road near the pump track). www.agarita.org

Dec. 18: "Paint with your Pup" offers a chance to be crafty with your dog and create a pet-friendly holiday gift. 12-2 p.m. Free admission ($45 to participate in event). Hops & Hounds, 13838 Jones Maltsberger Road. 210-592-9400. http://Hopsandhoundsllc.com/

Dec. 18: StreetFareSA food truck park hosts a handful of local vendors and encourages visitors to stay for food and drinks. noon-5 p.m. Free (admission). 1916 Austin Hwy. www.facebook.com/events/2722292664731219/

Dec. 18: The Christkindlmarket is Main Plaza’s first German Christmas market. Visitors may get refreshments from the Blue Star Ice House and view a Christmas tree and nativity scene on-site. 4-9 p.m. Free (admission). www.mainplaza.org

Dec. 18: Holiday Market Day at the Tower of the Americas offers homemade crafts, food vendors and music. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). 739 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd. www.facebook.com/events/189214373377317/

Dec. 19: Santa Paws at Little Woodrow’s features dog photo opportunities with Santa Claus as well as vendors with dog food, treats, toys, apparel and accessories. 3 p.m. Free (admission). 606 W. Afton Oaks Blvd. www.facebook.com/events/944526939496087/

Dec. 19: Santa's Railroad Wonderland provides visitors with an opportunity to enjoy a holiday train ride, meet Santa and take a stroll in the railroad garden. 6-9 p.m. $10. 210-490-3554. http://txtransportationmuseum.org/

Dec. 19: The Heart of Texas Concert Band presents “Christmas Across the Pond” with the Dianne Brumley Chorale and the River City Ringers. 3 p.m. Free (admission). Trinity Baptist Church, 319 E. Mulberry Ave. www.facebook.com/events/1046850979222437/

By Edmond Ortiz
Edmond joined Community Impact as a reporter in August 2021, helping to launch new editions in the San Antonio market. Edmond covers various beats in the North San Antonio coverage area. He previously was the main reporter for Local Community News, covering several areas in and around San Antonio, first as a freelancer and then staff member. Prior to that, Edmond was a community news reporter for Prime Time Newspapers and the San Antonio Express-News, including editing two community weeklies. He's a San Antonio native, and studied mass communications at San Antonio College and Texas State University.