Alamo Heights Chamber presents its 37th annual Holiday Parade, sponsored by H-E-B and other local establishments, on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 5:30 p.m. Participants will include the Shriners, baton twirlers, Magik Theatre, bikers, Texas Corvette Club, dog walkers, Santa’s Rolling Reindeer and colorful floats with loads of holiday lights that will dazzle the crowds. D’Anthony Salon, a repeat winner, is always a crowd pleaser and judge’s favorite among the 40 entries. Check for information on the parade route and wrap-up party at the Stewart Center, where awards will be presented, along with entertainment and refreshments for all. After the parade, stick around for the 28th annual Light the Way, “A Cardinals Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Behold, the University of the Incarnate Word will be transformed into a blaze of holiday lights. This free celebration will include musical and dance performances by students from the University. End the evening with a cup of hot cocoa following the beautiful candle-lit

Focus on the overall experience of entertaining by giving guests an interactive and social environment. Learn about the cocktails and at the same time mix and shake amongst new friends. The chef will tell how the plates are prepared to complement each individual cocktail. Guests will walk away with cocktail recipes and a parting gift. The price is $60 for three cocktails paired with three dishes, and seating is limited. Nov. 8, 7 p.m. Visit for more details.

Texas’ oldest and largest Christmas tree lot opens Nov. 28 at 10 a.m. The Alamo Heights Optimist Club Tree Lot at 200 Austin Highway (the same location since 1954) offers the perfect USDA Grade 1 noble firs from Oregon, the best tree you can purchase. Even better, 100 percent of the money raised on this tree lot will support local charities in and around our city. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. till all the trees find a happy home. There’s nothing like the smell of a fresh Christmas tree to get you in the mood for the holidays!

Did you receive a formal invitation for an event on Nov. 14? Read on. New York fashion designer Marisol Deluna, who’s a San Antonio native and a graduate of Alamo Heights High School, will mark her 25th anniversary in the fashion industry with a runway show and cocktail party. Hosted by the Marisol Deluna Foundation and partners, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the mayor’s office, the black-tie optional event on Friday, Nov. 14, at the McNay benefits the launch of the Marisol Deluna Foundation Fashion Initiative (MDFFI) to support the mentoring of Texas students and young aspiring designers interested in fashion and the design arts. The Marisol Deluna Foundation’s Fashion Initiative is designed to support the next generation of fashion designers and expand Texas garment manufacturing. Tickets are $100 per person and may be purchased through the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The evening soiree includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a fashion show. Even if your invitation was lost in the mail, you’re still invited.

The annual Patron Party for the McNay, on Thursday, Nov. 20, honors McNay patrons for their continued support. This year’s celebration marks the 30th anniversary of the Tobin Wing of the McNay, where the spectacular Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts is exhibited. Patrons will be treated to a special evening at the new Tobin Center. Also at the McNay: Free College Night, Friday, Nov. 21, 8-11 p.m. What do you get when you mix college friends with art, live music, free food and more? Attend the McNay Mixer and find out!



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