The month of December can be crazy, chaotic, exhilarating, and fun all at the same time. If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, take a step back to remember what the season is all about. Some of the best ways to enjoy your time are to take part in community activities. That being said, here are five ways you can celebrate the holidays in the area around our Shadow Valley Apartments:

Visit With Family and Friends

While it’s easy to get caught up in the more consumerist aspects of the holidays, take time to remember that you’re going through all the effort to please your family and friends. Instead of getting stressed out over a big party or what feels like a mountain of presents, host a small gathering of those people you love the most. Take advantage of the mild winter weather and have a barbecue at our Leon Valley apartment complexes. Sit out by the pool and enjoy delicious food and each other’s company. Use our green spaces to play games like touch football and corn hole. You’ll be happy to have a relaxing afternoon with people you care about.

Ford Holiday Boat Caroling

Every night until December 18, you can take part in the Ford Holiday Boat Caroling festivities. Churches, schools, local businesses and choral groups cruise down the river and sing traditional Christmas carols. You can enjoy the experience from one of the many renowned Leon Valley restaurants along the river or from one of the shop entrances. Sing along or listen to the others and have a great time.

Holiday Pets Make & Take Event

If you have a fur baby that you want to pamper this holiday season, go to a fun DIY class where you can make a present for your pooch. Located just 10 minutes away from The Place at Shadow Valley, Martha’s Mexican Restaurant is hosting the Holiday Pets Make & Take event where you will learn how to make amazing smelling chemical bath and body products. You can choose what scent you’re going to make and have a fun gift to give your pet. Bring some friends and enjoy the scents of Christmas.

Breakfast With Santa at Maggiano’s

What gets you more in the Christmas spirit than Santa? Take your kids to Maggiano’s in Little Italy so they can sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they want for Christmas. You can take pictures of their happy faces and then enjoy a delicious meal together. Be sure to make a reservation so you don’t miss out!

Zoo Lights

For a fun and family-friendly event that’s sure to put you in the holiday spirit, take a trip to the San Antonio zoo. Until New Year’s Day, the zoo will be filled with beautiful twinkling lights, an ice skating rink, and camel rides. You can see all the animal exhibits decorated in lights and then warm up with a cup of  hot chocolate and s’mores. Whether you’re on a date night or out with the kids, this event is sure to bring you some Christmas cheer.

The Place at Shadow Valley is in a prime location to participate in all the holiday activities Leon Valley has to offer. Just a short distance from great restaurants and shopping, you can take part in the valley’s events and get involved in the community. No matter what you decide to do, we know you’ll be singing ‘tis the season to be jolly in no time.

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