Ford Holiday River Parade and River Lighting Ceremony 2022

Friday, November 25, 2022
6:00-9:00 pm

Seating at Arneson River Theatre & on a 4-mile route on the River Walk  

5PM – Gates open for access to the River Walk 

6PM – Parade begins at the Tobin Center 

6PM – 7PM – Pre-parade show for ticket holders in the Arneson  

7PM – Lighting of the River Walk 

7-8PM – Televised Parade – Santa on last float   

Parade on the River Walk is ticketed 

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Santa waving from his river float

Santa and Mrs. Claus are back in 2022 with more glitter, glee, and toys to carry on this wonderful tradition of turning on the holidays!

The 41st Annual Ford Holiday River Parade is a San Antonio tradition that offers a spectacular one-hour parade along the San Antonio River Walk. This themed parade is a San Antonio tradition that kicks-off the lighting of the River Walk and the holiday season.

It features 28 illuminated floats, and 100,000 lights (2,250 strands) are illuminated to kick-off the parade. The lights remain on the trees and are turned-on from sundown to sunrise everyday till shortly after New Year’s Day.

Always held the day after Thanksgiving, the ticket prices range from $15-$40 and are sold on-line beginning in early July at Free seating areas are on the parade route (bring your own chair). The majority of River Walk restaurants offer dinner packages.

This ticketed parade begins Friday, November 25, 2022 at 6 p.m. and is broadcast live at 7 p.m. at the Arneson River Theatre. 

Several free viewing areas are offered on the parade route (bring your own chair). This space is available on a first-come basis: East side of the River Walk between Pecan Street and Richmond Ave. 

Children 2 years of age or older will need a ticket.

Strollers and carriers are not allowed on the River Walk for this event.

ADA tickets are available in certain areas of the parade.

Tickets are non-refundable/non-exchangeable.

Interested in Volunteering?

We are looking for volunteers for the following positions:
  • Ushers
  • Ticket takers
  • Area Coordinators

If you or your organization are interested in volunteering, or would like more information, please email us at