What’s Up in San Antonio - Weekend of December 10, 2020

San Antonio — NFL

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College Football:

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USPS to post letters to Santa online; public can adopt letters, send gifts

For over a hundred years children have been sending letters to Santa via the United States Postal Service. The USPS understands that the pandemic has hit some families pretty hard this year and that some of those letters really need to get to Santa...and that’s where Operation Santa comes in. “This year has been a struggle for so many people in more ways than one and Christmas and the holidays are weighing so heavily on so many minds. This is a way for the United States Postal Service to help Santa and reach as many families and children as possible,” Christina Moreno, public relations for San Antonio with the USPS said.

Moreno explains that Operation Santa has been around for years, but only in certain cities digitally. This is the first time it’s digitally available across the country to anyone. It allows children to write letters to Santa, and the USPS will post those letters on its Operation Santa website, where people can adopt letters and send children gifts.

Here’s how it works:

Write your letter before Dec. 15.

Put it in an envelope. Write in your full name, street address, city, state and zip code in the top left corner of the envelope. In the middle of the envelope write in Santa’s address: Santa Claus, 123 Elf Road, North Pole 88888. Use a USPS first class stamp, drop in the mailbox. Once received, that letter will receive a QR code when it’s posted online. “The QR code goes to the recipients, so the customer who is buying the gifts never sees the address so it keeps the child safe,” Moreno said. “Then those adopting a letter, can purchase gifts, wrap them and send them back via USPS before Christmas.”

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, 11-13, and 18-20, Mission Outdoor Theater, 3100 Roosevelt. $50-$100, sanantonioyouthballet.org.

SATURDAY

CALVARY HILLS BAPTIST CHURCH FOOD & BIBLE GIVEAWAY 10AM

Free non-perishable food bags & a Bible till supplies last.

Oak Creek Green Space, 11511 Rousseau St. 78251

Come by and visit our Food Pantry in between events mon-Thurs. 9am – 2pm

www.calvaryhillsbaptist.org

Huebner Oaks Farmers Market 9AM FREE

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

THE PEARL FARMERS MARKET SAT/SUN 9AM FREE

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, 11-13, and 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

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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