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Enjoy the Sights & Sounds of Christmas in San Marcos

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Every first weekend of December, for over 30 years, the Sights & Sounds of Christmas has spread Christmas joy along the San Marcos River. This four-day event includes a carnival, arts and crafts, pictures with Santa, local school performances and entertainment, food court, local vendors, and more. The event kicks off this year on November 29 through December 2. This year, the event is stretched out a little longer now and will also include the weekend of December 6 through 9.

Ice Skating, Carnival, and Petting Zoo

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Photo: Facebook/Sights & Sounds of Christmas

There are activities for the whole family at The Sights & Sounds of Christmas. Enjoy skating in the large, simulated ice skating rink. Go round and round with family and friends, surrounded by millions of Christmas lights and holiday music. And, if you’ve ever wondered what it was like living in the time of the three wise men visiting Bethlehem, you can explore the Town of Bethlehem and learn past traditions, work with arts & crafts, touch real camels, and make historical desserts.

Enjoy the spectacular thrills at the largest carnival in San Marcos at the Sights & Sounds of Christmas event, then let the kids get crafty in the free arts and crafts area, where they can make mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa special holiday crafts and ornaments. If you have animal lovers in your family, then they’re sure to head directly to the free petting zoo. The petting zoo is a fun place for children and adults to experience close-up encounters with beautiful, unique animals and pony rides.

Making a Difference in the San Marcos Community

Sights and Sounds violin
Photo: Facebook/Sights & Sounds of Christmas

San Marcos Sights & Sounds of Christmas is a charity based in beautiful San Marcos, Texas. Started in 1987, Sights & Sounds was established to bring the community together to celebrate the holiday season, and to create a place for local area non-profits to raise money for their causes. Each year Sights & Sounds sets fundraising goals, and in the last 3 years, the organization has helped local area non-profits raise over $300,000! Sights & Sounds hosts smaller events throughout the year, boasting the city’s largest 5K and Kid-K holiday run that winds its way through the heart of Historic San Marcos.

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