Downtown visitors should plan ahead for traffic, detours and parking

Published on December 14, 2023

City of San Antonio Center City Development and Operations Department 

SAN ANTONIO (December 14, 2023) — Downtown San Antonio will welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to experience holiday lights, events and festivities over the coming weeks. Visitors are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and arrive early to downtown events to avoid expected disruptions related to traffic, construction projects and parking. The weekend of December 15-17 will be especially busy. 

Visitors should consider using public transportation or ride-share, biking, walking, or consulting a navigation and traffic app, such as Waze or Google Maps. Visitors who choose to drive should give themselves plenty of time, plan where they will park in advance and enter the address of the parking facility as their destination address in the navigation app. Please celebrate responsibly and plan a sober ride.


The City of San Antonio offers convenient and affordable parking at its parking garages and lots. The St. Mary’s Garage (205 E. Travis St.) and the City Tower Garage (117 Commerce St.) are located just steps from the River Walk, Houston Street and Travis Park, and they generally have a large availability of public parking spaces. 

A map showing a full list of City-owned garages and lots can be found on the City’s SAPark website.

Downtown Tuesday offers free parking on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. in City-owned parking facilities, and City Tower Sundays offers free parking on Sundays from 7 a.m. to midnight at the City Tower Garage (117 Commerce St.).