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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 comes 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!

  • Saturday, November 22nd – Wednesday, December 31st
  • Cost: Complimentary
  • When: Nightly shows from 6:30pm – 10pm (check Experience Calendar for exact times)
  • Location: Crooked Branch Patio
  • Inaugural Lighting Ceremony – Saturday, November 22nd at 5:30pm – Santa will flip the switch to begin the JW holiday Illumination for the season!

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Holiday Experiences 2014

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:


  • Yuletide Carolers - Strolling throughout the resort Saturday evenings in December.
  • Rudolph Radio - Keep the holiday spirit on your guest room FM radio with our simultaneous broadcast of the JW Illumination soundtrack, nightly from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


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

Gingerbread Village

An artfully crafted gingerbread house wonderland ready to delight all ages is currently on display in the main lobby and open to locals and resort guests. The festive wonderland includes 19 doll-sized gingerbread houses all themed after popular holiday stories that include A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Polar Express, Frozen, The Nutcracker, Frosty The Snowman, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Up, Harry Potter, Calvin and Hobbes and Despicable Me.

Keep Calm and Plunge On Contest

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 to not heat this winter. Prizes will be given for the wackiest plunge and for any selfie shared at #JWMARRIOTTSANANTONIO.


  • Cost: Complimentary (T-Shirts available for purchase)
  • When: Check the Experience Guide Schedule for Dates and Times
  • 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 2015 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: Check Experience Guide Schedule for dates and times

Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus

Enjoy breakfast at 18 Oaks with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Don't forget to bring your camera!


  • Cost: $38 Adults, $24 Children ages 5 – 12 (Tax & Gratuity included)
  • When: Saturday mornings, Check Experience Guide Schedule for times
  • Location: 18 Oaks – Reservations required at 210-483-6622

Holiday Parties

Let us help you plan your holiday party. Book early for special offers. For more information call us at 210-483-6644.

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Elf Tuck-In

Our playful elves are ready to make a special visit with your child and tuck them into bed.  Reservations are required, 210-483-6622.

  • Cost: $20 per child
  • When: Saturday Nights
  • Location: Guest rooms
  • This available for children ages 0 – 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, Check Experience Guide for times

Gingerbread Craft Workshop

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


  • Cost: $15 - $45 for gingerbread crafts
  • Gingerbread Cookie or House decorating
  • When: Daily
  • Check our Experience Guide for details

Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus

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
  • Formal family portrait available by appointment only. Call 210-483-6647 for reservations.

Making of a Certified JW Marriott San Antonio Elf

Come learn the secrets of the magical and mischievous lives of Santa's elves. All good girls and boys will be named honorary JW Elves for the 2014 holiday season.

  • Cost: $35, including holiday keepsake
  • When: Check the Experience Guide Schedule for Dates and Times
  • Location: Texas Library

Kids' Night Out

While the parents are away, the kids will play! Range Riders Kids' Club will be transformed nightly into a different fun filled themed party and dinner. From 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., children will enjoy creative activities and games, and receive a special keepsake.

  • Cost: $65 per child with dinner included, ages 4-12
  • When: Check experience schedule for dates
  • Location: Range Riders Kids' Club – Reservations recommended


Experience a real Texas tradition with a holiday twist. Gooey marshmallows, graham crackers and sweet peppermint bark chocolate!

  • Cost: Complimentary
  • When: Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: North Fire Pit

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

Fall Seasonal Special:

  • Texas Pecan Body Scrub: a 50-minute body exfoliation treatment featuring ground pecans, pecan oils and brown sugar to exfoliate and soften your skin.
    $140. Offered October – December.

December Special

  • Hot Ginger Cocoa Manicure and Pedicure: please call the spa for additional details.
    Valid December only.


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