San Antonio's Mission Marquee Plaza transforms into festive holiday market this weekend
Thanksgiving may still be ahead of us, but it's not too early to get a head start on your holiday shopping list — especially if you're looking to shop local. Thankfully, the City of San Antonio’s World Heritage Office is set to host its sixth annual Holiday Market this Saturday, November 19 from 9 am to 2 pm, part of the 2022 Mission Marquee Plaza’s programming season.
“The Mission Marquee Holiday Market, much like the Outdoor Family Film and Cultural programs, is a wonderful community event,” said Colleen Swain, director of the World Heritage Office. “The holiday market is part of the growing number of free events and programs hosted at Mission Marquee Plaza. We’re excited to welcome you and hope that you will return in the spring.”
According to a release, the plaza will transform into a festive holiday marketplace featuring a locally sourced farmers market with more than 30 local artisans and vendors selling specialty, handcrafted items for the holidays. The event will kick off with a free Zumba class at 9 am, followed by a tree giveaway from San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department (available on a first come, first serve basis).
Festivities continue throughout the day, with highlights including a ¡Qué Sabor! Loteria, emceed by San Antonio Poet Laureate Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, hands-on art activities for kids by San Antonio artist Terry Ybañez, and Mano y metate corn grinding demos by Casa Navarro.
Other entertainment includes live music by Conjunto Heritage Tall, a tamal-making class by Familia De La Torre (presented by the San Antonio UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy), and a demonstration of the Chili Queen recipe by Cocinitas de Tejas.
Attendees will also receive door prizes, and more information on the full event schedule — including the music lineup — are available at sanantonio.gov.