San Pedro Creek Culture Park’s Annual Holiday Event

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Last Updated on March 31, 2023

As part of our commitment to safe, clean, enjoyable creeks and rivers, the San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) maintains more than 500 acres of parks along the San Antonio River’s 240-mile course. The San Pedro Creek Culture Park, located on the western edge of downtown San Antonio not far from The Alamo, exemplifies beauty with purpose, as it serves as vital infrastructure for a growing downtown.

The River Authority is responsible for the operations and maintenance of the new park, which includes creating park programming and events for community engagement. Due to precautions related to COVID-19, we are not hosting our annual holiday event, Illume: Making Spirits Bright, in-person this year; however, we are producing a special virtual video presentation featuring culinary demonstrations and musical performances that highlight our community’s diverse culture. Learn more about this year’s holiday virtual event and how you can tune in to take part in this cultural celebration!

***In accordance to CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic, mask wearing and social distancing are strongly encouraged while on our facilities, parks, and trails.***

3rd Annual Illume: Making Spirits Bright 

It’s that time again to celebrate the holidays with Illume: Making Spirits Bright, a one-night event highlighting the food, dance, music, and art of our diverse and festive community. 2020 has impacted everyone’s lives, but this annual event will still go on – virtually. On Dec. 12, 2020, San Pedro Creek Culture Park will hold the 3rd annual event which will be available on the park’s Facebook page and will feature holiday-favorite cooking demonstrations and performances from around the world. Although this year’s event is virtual, the park remains open and accessible to everyone during the holiday season. Visit by Jan. 3, 2021 to see the festive light displays.  Free parking is available at the Christopher Columbus Italian Society at 201 Piazza Italia.

2020 Virtual Event Lineup 

  1. Samba Vida – Brazilian dance performance
  2. Eklectic Eats – Puerto Rican holiday recipe: Pernil and Arroz con Gandules
  3. A look at artwork at San Pedro Creek in partnership with Luminaria
  4. Compañía Folklórica del Álamo – Mexican folkloric dance performance
  5. Timeless Sweets – Buñuelo “chips” and Mexican chocolate ganache recipe
  6. Texas Bhangra – Indian dance performance
  7. Mr. A Ok’s Kitchen – Black-eyed peas recipe

For more information regarding San Pedro Creek Culture Park, don’t forget to download the San Pedro Creek Culture Park mobile app and follow San Pedro Creek on Facebook and Instagram.

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