Night Walk on the River – Christmas 2015

This is the first night walk to view Christmas decorations that I’ve done since 2011. I’ve never done the SA Riverwalk at night. The walk started at the oldest and probably most beautiful VFW Post in Texas.

VFW Post 76 was chartered June 15, 1917. The organizers were veterans of the Spanish American War.

VFW Post 76 was chartered June 15, 1917. The organizers were veterans of the Spanish American War.

 We got there early and saw Ellen chatting with some people in the outdoor seating area.


We got there early and saw Ellen chatting with some people in the outdoor seating area.

Sheri, Linda, Pricilla and Ellen waiting for the start table to open.

Sheri, Linda, Pricilla and Ellen waiting for the start table to open.

Susan stamping books before we head out to walk.

Susan stamping books before we head out to walk.

The archway above the steps leading down to the riverwalk.

The archway above the steps leading down to the riverwalk.

We headed south and soon past the dam and locks.

We headed south on the Riverwalk and soon past the dam and locks.

It was just starting to get dark. Ed with the decorated light pole.

It was just starting to get dark. Ed with the decorated light pole.

Noticed this hands decorating a bridge above us.

Noticed this hands decorating a bridge above us.

Pavilion across the river made of cement but looks like trees.

Pavilion across the river made of cement but looks like trees.

Flowers were blooming along the walkway.

Flowers were blooming along the walkway.

Mosaic portrait of Texas patriot and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Jose Navarro, below the Navarro Street Bridge.

Mosaic portrait of Texas patriot and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Jose Navarro, below the Navarro Street Bridge.

Ed posed for me on "Bernard's Bench" another Mosiac Creation.

Ed posed for me on “Bernard’s Bench” another Mosiac Creation.

We passed a waterfall.

We passed a waterfall.

We climbed the steps from the Riverwalk up to Main Plaza to view the Church and Courthouse.

San Fernando Cathedral

San Fernando Cathedral

Purple Heart Memorial

Purple Heart Memorial

Bexar County Courthouse completed in 1896.

Bexar County Courthouse completed in 1896.

Across from the courthouse.

Across from the courthouse.

Cast Iron Fountain called "Lady Justice" in front of the courthouse.

Cast Iron Fountain called “Lady Justice” in front of the courthouse.

The walk route returned to the Riverwalk.

Moon Flowers in bloom.

Moon Flowers in bloom.

Like most of the San Antonio River Walk, this bridge was constructed by the W.P.A between 1929 and 1941.

Like most of the San Antonio River Walk, this bridge was constructed by the W.P.A between 1929 and 1941.

Grass seating at the amphitheater of the Arseson Theater.

Grass seating at the amphitheater of the Arseson Theater.

We climbed the steps at the Theater and went back to Street Level.

Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas lit up in the distance.

One of the stained glass windows in St Joseph Catholic Church

One of the stained glass windows in St Joseph Catholic Church

Ed with statue outside of Pat O'Brien

Ed with statue outside of Pat O’Brien

Christmas Tree in front of Alamo.

Christmas Tree in front of Alamo.

Ed in front of that same tree.

Ed in front of that same tree.

Toribio Losoya, An Unsung Hero of the Alamo.

Toribio Losoya, An Unsung Hero of the Alamo.

For sale in the window of Garcia Art Glass Studio.

For sale in the window of Garcia Art Glass Studio.

We went back down steps returning to the Riverwalk.

Another beautiful stone bridge.

Another beautiful stone bridge.

Another mosaic this one of the skyline of San Antonio.

Another mosaic this one of the skyline of San Antonio.

Tree covered in white lights.

Tree covered in white lights.

The decorations at the dam and locks are not brightly lit.

The decorations at the dam and locks are not brightly lit.

Back at the finish the VFW brightly lit also.

Back at the finish the VFW brightly lit also.

Looking back at the archway over the entrance as we leave.

Looking back at the archway over the entrance as we leave.

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Night Walk on the River – 12/6/2015

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1st Annual Christmas Lights Night Walk on the River

At Christmas time, the historic streets and famous River Walk will treat you to dazzling displays and breathtaking holiday arrangements. The Starting Point is at the stately VFW Post 76, the oldest VFW Post in Texas. You can enjoy the serenity of the famous River Walk which will be lite by more than 6,000 bulbs.

San Antonio gives you millions of twinkling reasons to make this walking event your new holiday tradition.

This is a SUNDAY Night Walk with a 90-minute Start Window (5:30-7:00 pm). There will be NO CHECKPOINTS. There is a $3.00 participation fee. You do not have to be a club member to participate.

For those who are members: The Director, Southwest Region will stamp all record books IMMEDIATELY after you register and before you walk. Have all of your record books ready for stamping.

Enjoy the Christmas lights along the river without any time restraints. Have dinner or refreshments at one of the restaurants on the river.

The VFW Post 76 is located at 10th ST and Ave B. You are welcome to use the VFW Canteen to purchase an assortment of drinks, including hot chocolate, before and/or after you walk.

Bring a flashlight to read the Walk Directions (there will be a 3 mile or 6 mile option).