The Gift That Says San Antonio: Tamales
A holiday tradition, shipped from delicioustamales.com ($7 a dozen with a worth-it wallop for mailing). Tamale order deadline: December 16.
For the Kids: Santa’s Railroad Wonderland
8 miles north of downtown
The Texas Transportation Museum offers nighttime rides on trains and hayrides adorned with lights. Family special: 2 adults and up to 5 children for $30. txtransportationmuseum.org