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JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

23808 Resort Parkway · San Antonio, Texas 78261 USA




JW Hill Country Christmas

Christmas at our resort is a magical time indeed! From lights, music, and themed events for all ages—come see how we transform our warm, family-friendly environment of simple sophisticated elegance into a captivating holiday wonderland.

JW Holiday Illumination

The spirit of the holidays come alive in our own backyard!  Enjoy thousands of twinkling lights choreographed to joyful holiday sounds as you stroll through our outdoor wonderland with a cup of rich hot cocoa.  It’s the perfect companion to a wintry night!

  • Sunday, November 24th – Tuesday, December 31st
  • Cost: Complimentary
  • When: Nightly shows from 6:30pm – 10pm (check Experience Calendar for exact times)
  • Location: Crooked Branch Patio
  • Inaugural Lighting Ceremony – Sunday, November 24th at 5:30pm – Santa will flip the switch to begin the JW holiday Illumination for the season!

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Holiday Experiences 2013

JW Sounds of the Season

Start your holiday tradition with the sounds of the season at our hotel. Enjoy the following festivities at our hotel:


  • Angel Chorus - Local school choirs to perform select weeknights in December.
  • Yuletide Carolers - Strolling throughout the resort on Friday and Saturday evenings in December.
  • Holiday Name that Tune – Test your seasonal song knowledge, and compete for prizes.
  • Keep the holiday spirit with JW Hill Country Holidays seasonal soundtrack broadcast on your guest room FM radio.


Check our Experience Schedule at our front desk for times and locations at the resort.

Polar Plunge & Lifeguard Events

Freezing water + Freezing weather = the perfect scenario for a Polar Bear!  Or…for those who are brave enough to jump into the one pool we decided not to heat this winter.  


  • Cost: Complimentary to participate, $20 for a t-shirt
  • When: Saturdays from 12pm and 4pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 12pm
  • Location: River Bluff Water Experience – Adult Pool
  • Some of Santa’s helpers will be hanging out poolside just in case!

Santa’s Workshop

Write a special letter to Santa and he may just respond with a special note during your stay!  Create a masterpiece depicting your favorite JW Hill Country Holiday memory and enter the Holiday Card Contest.  Select artwork will be chosen to grace a JW Christmas Card Collection next year and families will be invited back to join us in 2014 for the JW Hill Country Holiday season!


  • Cost: Complimentary
  • Meet with the JW Elves
  • Write a letter to Santa
  • Enter the JW Holiday Art Contest
  • When: Saturdays 6pm – 8pm

Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Enjoy breakfast at 18 Oaks with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The JW Elves will be there, as well as balloon artists, and a special gift for every child. Don't forget to bring your camera!


Reservations Required at 210-483-6622.

Elf Tuck-In

Our playful elves are ready to make a special visit with your child and tuck them into bed.  Reservations are required, 210-483-6653.

  • Cost: $15 per child
  • When: Saturday Nights
  • Location: Guest rooms
  • This available for children ages 4 – 12


Storytime with the Elves

The North Pole has sent some expert story readers to share memorable holiday books with little listeners.  

  • Cost: Complimentary
  • Location: Santa’s Workshop
  • When: Friday nights at 8pm, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20 and, Tuesday, 12/24


Gingerbread Craft Workshop

Join us for popular holiday crafts and cookie decorating in our scrumptious Gingerbread Craft Workshop!  


  • Cost: $15 - $30 for gingerbread crafts
  • Gingerbread Cookie or House decorating
  • Ornament decorating
  • When: Daily
  • Check our Experience Guide for details


Pictures with Santa

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus for a photo with Santa!  Photos will be available to purchase, so bring the whole family!  


  • Cost: $25 for a flash drive containing up to five photos
  • When: Saturday Nights (Check our Experience Calendar for exact times)
  • Location: Texas Library


Holiday Spirit to Serve Event

Holiday trees will be decorated by the Living Through Giving Organization. Please come and see the beautiful trees and learn about their philanthropic mission in our community.

Lantana Spa Specials

  • Chocolate Candy Cane Pedicure – 50 minutes, $75.00
  • Sugar Cookie Body Scrub – 50 minutes, $99.00
  • Gift Certificate Special – “A gift for those who give” Buy a gift certificate for someone you care about and receive an invitation to come to the spa yourself at a $25 reduced rate.


Advanced reservations are recommended.  Contact Lantana Spa at 210-276-2300 to book appointment times or for more information.