Ford Holiday River Parade in San Antonio – 2022 Guide – San Antonio Things To Do

Ford Holiday River Parade in San Antonio - The San Antonio River Walk

Ford Holiday River Parade in San Antonio | Image Credit: The San Antonio River Walk Facebook Page

Santa and Mrs. Claus return in 2022 with more glitter, laughter, and goodies to continue this lovely tradition of turning on the holidays at Ford Holiday River Parade in San Antonio.

Everyone is extremely eagerly anticipating the 2022 Ford Holiday River Parade after having one hell of a time last year at the Ford Holiday River Parade 2021. It is a San Antonio River Parade tradition that presents a beautiful one-hour parade down the San Antonio River Walk for those of you who are unfamiliar with it. The illumination of the River Walk and the holiday season are both inaugurated by this themed parade, which is a San Antonio tradition. Who wouldn’t want to join in this?


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Ford Holiday River Parade in San Antonio – What to Expect

Taking place along the San Antonio River Walk for an hour, the 41st Annual Ford Holiday River Parade is a cherished San Antonio event. The San Antonio custom of ringing in the Christmas season will begin with this year’s theme, Tastes & Traditions Around the World.

We are ecstatic to let you in on the specifics. The Grinch, who has made the special trip from Whoville for this celebration, will act as the Grand Marshal. He will perform in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Broadway in San Antonio the following week! At the Majestic Theater, The Musical.

Ford Holiday River Parade in San Antonio - The San Antonio River Walk

Image Credit: The San Antonio River Walk Facebook Page

The San Antonio thanksgiving parade and river lighting event, which is always held the day after Thanksgiving, will include 28 lit floats and more than 100,000 lights (2,250 strands) will be turned on along the River Walk.

For those of you who are googling “when do the lights go up on the riverwalk?” or “when is the lighting of the riverwalk san antonio”, the lights turn on from sunset to sunrise every day until the weekend following New Year’s Day.


Ford Holiday River Parade in San Antonio – Location & Parking

San Antonio River Walk location: 849 E Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78205, United States

More than 2,000 parking meters exist for you to find just the right space for your vehicle. In any case, you can find parking in the downtown area here. And you can also find your parade gate information here.

You can also view the entire Parade Route along with the parking information on the map below:

2022 Ford Holiday River Parade

2022 Ford Holiday River Parade – Image Credit: thesanantonioriverwalk.com


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Ford Holiday River Parade in San Antonio – Hours for 2022

For anybody who’s been searching, ‘when is the San Antonio river parade?’ or ‘where does the parade start and end?’, the San Antonio holiday river parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 25, 2022 and will go until 9 p.m. It will also be streamed live at the Arneson River Theatre at 7 p.m.

You can view the whole schedule below:

  • 4 pm – River Walk closes to general public. 
  • 5 pm – River Walk gates open for ticket holder access.
  • 6 pm – Parade begins at the Tobin Center and arrives later in other areas. (check map for times)
  • 6 – 7 pm – Pre-parade show for ticket holders in the Arneson.
  • 7 pm – Lighting of the River Walk.
  • 7 – 8 pm – Televised Parade – Santa on last float.

Ford Holiday River Parade 2022 in San Antonio – Tickets

The event is always held the day following Thanksgiving, and tickets can be purchased online for $15 to $40. You can purchase the tickets here. Also, children 2 years of age or older will need a ticket for the Parade. And tickets are non-refundable/non-exchangeable.

Ford Holiday River Parade in San Antonio - The San Antonio River Walk

Image Credit: The San Antonio River Walk Facebook Page

On the parade route, there are a number of free viewing places. This space is available on a first-come basis: East side of the River Walk between Pecan Street and Richmond Ave. 


Ford Holiday River Parade San Antonio Dinner Packages

They’ve got a lot of restaurants providing dinner packages. You can find all the details on the restaurants providing dinner packages here. A lot of these were included in ford holiday river parade 2021 restaurants and we assure you, they’re not going to disappoint this year either. 

So, how excited are you about the San Antonio Christmas Parade? Let us know in the comments section below.


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