San Antonio is a magical city to live in during the Christmas holiday, especially once the lights are up on the river walk! Spending an evening downtown can actually make you feel like you’re on vacation somewhere exotic. Strolling along the river, stopping for dinner and drinks or simply some fudge and a caramel apple from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is a special winter treat, but there are plenty of other delights to be found this season:
Windcrest Light Up
If you’ve lived in San Antonio for long, then you have probably already had the pleasure of driving through the Windcrest neighborhood on the northeast side of town to see all the Christmas lights. If not, then make this a new tradition. They’ve been delighting families since the 1950’s. We recommend bringing some hot cocoa (in safe containers) and cookies for the slow drive through the twinkling lights! Windcrest is adjacent to the Interstate 35/Loop 410 interchange, just 15 minutes from downtown San Antonio.
Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Besides enjoying the almost 2 million lights that illuminate the river walk each Christmas season, downtown is also a hub of Christmasy activity throughout the month of December. One of the more popular events is the Holiday Arts & Crafts show that takes place on December 11th from 11 am to 11 pm on the river walk (extension) near the Chamber of Commerce. You can shop for pottery, jewelry and other fine art made by local artisans. http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/
Christmas Music & Other Fun
When it comes to live Christmas music, The Tobin has got San Antonio covered. This year, they will be showcasing a number of performances, including Conspirare Christmas with special guest Matt Alber on December 8, Robert Earl Keen’s ‘Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee’ on December 15, the San Antonio Symphony’s ‘Holiday Pops,’ on Dec. 18-20, and everyone’s favorite, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (the musical) on Dec. 21-24. For more details on these and other events, visit their website. www.tobincenter.org
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People often forget the importance of winterizing their homes, especially in San Antonio where we sometimes enjoy 80 degree weather in January, like we have already in 2015. Still the weather fluctuates and it’s best to be prepared for the temperatures to drop again. Regular maintenance of your home keeps your house in tip top shape and helps you save money in the long run. Here are a few smart tips on easy things you can do to guarantee the efficiency and longevity of your beautiful home:
- Set Your Ceiling Fans to Run Clockwise. By moving the hot air towards the floor you’ll save money on your energy bill.
- Replace Filters. We often forget to do it, but it’s a simple and inexpensive way to save money and protect your heating and cooling system.
- Insulate Cracks in Doors and Windows. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, up to 30% of energy is wasted due to drafts. This will also help you save money in the summer months as well. Consider installing storm doors and windows, using window insulation film or, in a pinch, rolled up towels or scraps of fabric to block out drafts from underneath the doors.
- Flush Your Water Heater. At least once a year, you should flush the build-up of sediment that collects in your water heater to maximize your unit’s efficiency. A build-up of hard minerals is a problem in South Texas and could result in expensive repairs or replacements. It’s also a good idea to lower the temperature on the water heater to 120 degrees F. If you’re considering transitioning to tankless water heaters, check out our recent blog to learn more.
- Programmable Thermostat. Many people have these already but don’t use them. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you save up to 3% on your energy bill. Programmable Thermostats do the work for you, so you don’t forget to adjust the temp during the day when you’re not at home and at night.
- Keep Your Gutters Clean. We don’t generally see much ice and snow, but allowing water drainage to flow freely not only avoids ice dams but prevents potential water damage during torrential rainfalls, which we are quite familiar.
You can also avoid all the messy hassle of winterizing an old home and consider a fresh start with a brand new custom built home from Stone Creek Custom Homes. We’re here when you’re ready! Call us at 210-494-5400.