THE BRISCOE’S COWBOY CHRISTMAS ON THE RIVER WALK ADDS WESTERN FUN TO THE HOLIDAYS
Pre-Reserve Virtual or In-person Visits and Story Time with Cowboy Claus
There may not be snow in San Antonio, but holidays here take on their own special glow. And thanks to the Briscoe Western Art Museum, a touch of Western fun. Enjoy the holidays in a new way at “Cowboy Christmas on the River Walk”, unfolding 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., December 19, with the Briscoe brimming with holiday cheer. And for those who pre-book a visit, that includes a virtual or in-person story time and a personal visit with Cowboy Claus. Cowboy Christmas on the River Walk is included in Briscoe general admission. With safety in mind, visits and story time with Cowboy Claus are ticketed separately and limited to those who pre-reserve.
Cowboy Christmas features a day of family fun exploring the museum, made even sweeter because December 19 is Locals Day at the Briscoe. All Bexar County residents receive half off of general admission to enjoy the day. The Briscoe’s halls are decked, carols are quietly echoing in the Briscoe’s McNutt Sculpture Garden and holiday fun and flavor await with San Antonio food truck favorites Lady Picoza, and Saweet Cupcakes onsite offering tasty holiday treats to enjoy in the sculpture garden. A special 12 Days of Christmas scavenger hunt will lead you through the Briscoe’s fantastic collection and there will be Christmas crafts and coloring sheets to enjoy onsite or take home. And of course, a stroll through the sculpture garden is the perfect path to enjoy the River Walk and all of its holiday beauty.
For those shoppers looking for the perfect gift, the Museum Store is offering special deals during Cowboy Christmas, including 10% off all holiday, home décor, and gifts for men, women and children. As always, children 12 and under receive free admission at the Briscoe, as do active duty members of the military, making the museum a terrific spot for local families to enjoy and find fantastic gifts to take home.
Virtual Cowboy Claus
Nothing can stop Santa from visiting with his favorite Lil Partners, so the Briscoe is offering both virtual and in-person contactless visits with Cowboy Claus. For the virtual Cowboy Claus option, morning and afternoon private, personalized sessions are available and include four children per family. Through a Zoom visit, Cowboy Claus will meet and greet each Lil Partner and their family in a 10-minute private visit, featuring one-on-one family time with the man of the season as he visits with your Lil Partners in your home before he comes back in person on Christmas Eve. Santa will know your Lil Partners’ names, favorite things and more, thanks to the magic of the pre-reservation information you provide. The session also includes story time with Santa and a digital activity pack including coloring pages, a Santa countdown calendar and more. Virtual visit families will also receive a fun and engaging children’s craft activity delivered before the big day, as well a 20% discount code to shop online or in person for the perfect gifts in the Briscoe Museum Store and two general admission tickets to enjoy the museum any time you’d like to visit. Virtual visits are $45 per family of four children and $35 for museum members and can be booked online.
In-person “Contactless” Cowboy Claus
Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis to guarantee a safe, socially distanced event and tickets must be purchased in advance. Virtual visits with Cowboy Claus must be pre-reserved by December 13and in-person time by December 18. No sessions will be sold the day of the event.
Head West in the Heart of Downtown
The Briscoe’s collection of Western art and artifacts showcases the stories of the West through visual art. Collection highlights include Santa Anna’s sword, works by Frederic Remington, Pancho Villa’s last known saddle, a fantastic Alamo diorama and artifacts, contemporary and historic paintings, sculptures, an impressive spur collection, and other cowboy and Native American relics, weapons and photography. The museum’s health and safety protocols require that both staff and guests wear masks. Temperature checks are also conducted.
The museum is open Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Briscoe is located on the south end of the River Walk, near the Arneson River Theatre and La Villita, with convenient parking at the Riverbend Garage directly adjacent to the museum or one of many downtown surface lots. Museum hours, parking and admission details are available online.