San Antonio.- The Office of Historic Preservation offers a fabulous “Go! Historic SA Guided Running & Walking Tour” at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, featuring the new energy-efficient and festive holiday LED lighting downtown. Besides seeing SA’s brand new pretty city lights gracing the River Walk and gorgeous trees, participants will see downtown buildings with that holiday glow thanks to Mayor Julián Castro's inaugural “Light Up Downtown Holiday Contest.”
By Angela Covo
That holiday glow will lend an alluring backdrop and shed pretty city light on the city’s time travel adventure during the special guided tour of SA’s historic downtown.
Participants will start and finish the Holiday Lights Downtown Tour at the City's St. Mary's Parking Garage at 400 N. St. Mary's Street. Small guided groups will travel about 2.5 miles to visit historic sites including the recently-restored Casa Navarro, Municipal Plaza, the River Walk, the Crockett Hotel, the Atlee B. Ayers Building, the Weston Centre, Houston Street, Main Plaza and more.
Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome and participants will be divided into small groups according to experience.
The historical tours are a great way to experience San Antonio’s historic places and get fit. At various stops along the route, tour guides will share the stories behind the buildings and sites that make San Antonio unique. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome, and participants will be divided into small groups according to experience.
Mayor Castro hopes this initiative will give tourists and locals another reason to visit downtown SA this winter.
“Each year we ring in the holidays with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree, the Holiday River Parade and we light up the Riverwalk. This season, we’re hoping to bring visitors to the street level to enjoy creative displays of lights with their families,” the Mayor said.
The $15 tour includes a fleece beanie. Register online at www.active.com under the keywords "guided tour." To register by mail, visit www.sanantonio.gov/historic to download a registration form or register in person at offices at 1901 S. Alamo. For more information, call 207-7925.