San Marcos Christmas tradition the Sights and Sound of Christmas will sparkle for four days starting Wednesday and ending Saturday. Photo by Don Anders.
The holiday season begins in earnest each year with San Marcos’ Sights and Sounds of Christmas at San Marcos Plaza Park, 204 North CM Allen Parkway. The event will go for four days this year, starting Wednesday and ending Saturday.
This year’s festival will feature the largest carnival ever at the event, a toy train exhibit, a Lil’ Town of Bethlehem with a live nativity scene and of course, cotton candy and funnel cakes. Santa will arrive each night at 6 p.m. by a variety of transit including helicopter, motorcycle parade, fire engine and classic car parade.
The event will feature arts and crafts, the popular campfire biscuits and holiday musical and dance performances by local schools and organizations. Of course, there will also be thousands and thousands of lights in decoration.
The festival will open each night at 5:30 p.m. and close at 11 p.m. Saturday, the festival opens at 1 p.m. and closes at 11 p.m.
Attendees may choose to park on either side of Bobcat Stadium, 1100 Aquarena Springs Drive, and ride a free shuttle to the festival. The shuttle will operate from 5-11 p.m.
Admission to the festivities is $4 for adults. Children younger than 10 will be admitted free.
A Fast Pass Limited Edition Button costs $10 and will allow the wearer to enter all four nights of the festival. Fast Pass buttons can be purchased at the Parks and Recreation Office in the Grant Harris Jr. Building, 401 East Hopkins. They may also be purchased at the San Marcos Activity Center at 501 East Hopkins Street and Classic Cuts/Premier Cuts at 1515 Aquarena Springs Drive.
Wednesday, December 1
6 p.m.: Bowie Elementary School Chorus
6:30 p.m.: Crockett Elementary School Chorus
7 p.m.: Bowie Elementary Ballet Folklorico
8 p.m.: Texas State University Steel Drum Band
8:50 p.m.: San Marcos High School Salsa Band
9:25 p.m.: San Marcos High School Jazz Band
Thursday, December 2
5:30 p.m.: Hernandez Elementary School Ballet Folklorico
5:50 p.m.: Hernandez Elementary Pre-K Chorus
6:20 p.m.: Hernandez Elementary School Chorus
6:50 p.m.: DeZavala Elementary School Chorus
7:20 p.m.: San Marcos River Bells
7:55 p.m.: San Marcos High School Sign Language Club
8:05 p.m.: Hill Country Youth Chorus
8:35 p.m.: Midnight Breeze Dance Company
9:10 p.m.: Salsa Del Rio
Friday, December 3
5:30 p.m.: First and Second Step Schools Chorus
6:00 p.m.: Mendez Elementary School Chorus
6:30 p.m.: Travis Elementary School Chorus
7 p.m.: Goodnight Middle School Sixth Grade Choirs
7:45 p.m.: Miller Middle School Choir
8:20 p.m.: The Second Class Angels featuring Bel Stuart Howard
9:05 p.m.: Heart of Texas Chorus
9:45 p.m.: NOP Gospel Music Production
Saturday, December 4
5:30 p.m.: New Braunfels Studio of Dance
6 p.m.: J&R Gymnastics
6:30 p.m.: D’Ette & Company Dancers
7 p.m.: Contemporary Cloggers
7:35 p.m.: San Marcos Academy Choir
8:05 p.m.: Flying Free
8:30 p.m: Dripping Springs performance
9:40 p.m.: Kris Kimura Jazz Quartet
In addition to the performances and festivities, a Sights and Sounds of Christmas 5K run/walk will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. starting at San Marcos Plaza Park. Participants may register online at www.Sights-N-Sounds.org or at the San Marcos Activity Center for $20. Registration on the day of the event is $25.