Firefighters answer an alarm about 1 a.m. for a fire at the Fiesta Theater at 221 W. Houston and find nine containers of gasoline. The blaze did minimal damage to the seats and projection area.
The city first begins displaying Christmas lights along the Riverwalk.
Sister Mary Anne Holmes of the Ursuline Order announces at a somber news conference that the Ursuline School will close in May due to increasing debt and decreasing enrollment. The sisters founded the school in 1851.
For the first time in the history of the event, heavy rain forces the cancellation of the Holiday River Parade after it begins. Twelve floats made it down the river before the cancellation. Earlier in the evening, the 10,000 lights on the 55-foot white fir in Alamo Plaza were turned on. The tree is decorated with silver and black ornaments as a tribute to the Spurs.