Super Side Trip: Mission San José (pictured)
15 minutes from River Walk
Go December 26 for Los Pastores, a traditional folk play depicting the shepherds’ journey to see the Christ child. Nearly three hours in Spanish (with narration in English). Free. nps.gov/saan
See the Bright Lights: Windcrest’s “Light Up”
8 miles northeast of downtown on I-35
On December 15, the night of the opening ceremony, displays of lights are illuminated on several hundred neighborhood houses. Some of the homeowners keep their decorations up through New Year’s Eve. For maps visit ci.windcrest.tx.us.