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JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa

23808 Resort Parkway · San Antonio, Texas 78261 USA

  • 210-276-2500

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 Lights

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 19th - Saturday, 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 21st at 5:30pm – Santa will flip the switch to begin the JW Holiday Lights for the season!

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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 performing select nights 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 on display in the main lobby and open to locals and resort guests.

JW Marriott Polar Plunge Contest

Freezing water + freezing weather = the perfect scenario for a Polar Bear! Or … for those who are brave enough to splash down the water slide into the chilly pool.

  • Cost: Complimentary (T-Shirts available for purchase)
  • When: Check the Experience Guide Schedule for Dates and Times
  • Location: River Bluff Water Experience - Pedernales River Slide
  • 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 with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Don't forget to bring your camera!

  • Additonal cost, check back for details. Includes a keepsake for each child.
  • 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.

  • Additional cost, check back for details. Includes keepsake for each child.
  • When: Friday and 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!

  • Additional cost, check back for details.
  • 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!

  • Additional cost, check back for details. Includes a flashdrive with up to 5 photos.
  • When: Saturday Nights from 6pm - 8pm
  • Location: See Experience Guide for location
  • 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 2015 holiday season.

  • Additional cost that will include a holiday keepsake, check back for details.
  • 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 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 bacon and sweet peppermint bark chocolate!

  • Cost: Complimentary
  • When: Friday and Saturday evenings from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: West Fire Pit


New Year's Eve

What better way to ring in the New Year than at the largest JW Resort ever built. The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa is ideal for families, couples or even a private day to yourself at our spa. See the Monthly Experience Guides for exact times, days and locations. Water Attractions are open, weather permitting. Hours vary by season and may change without notice.

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.