Sights & Sounds of Christmas

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Approved Bags

Bags smaller than 5.5 inches tall by 8.5 inches wide

Bags Smaller than 5.5” × 8.5”

A clear bag measuring 12 inches tall, 12 inches deep, and 6 inches wide

Clear Bags Smaller than 12” × 6” × 12”

Clear Backpack

Clear Backpacks

A 1-gallon plastic freezer bag

1-Gallon Plastic Freezer Bags

A medically necessary bag

Medically Necessary and Diaper Bags

Bags Not Allowed into Sights & Sounds


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Camera Cases

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Mesh Bags

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Seat Cushions

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Tinted Plastic Bags

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Over-sized Tote Bags

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Binoculars Cases

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Printed Pattern Plastic Bags

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Folding Chair Bags
(folding chairs not allowed)

Experience the
Sights & Sounds of Christmas!

We’re excited to welcome you to one of the most anticipated holiday events in San Marcos – The Sights & Sounds of Christmas! Every year this family-friendly Christmas festival brings the holiday spirit to San Martians and visitors from across Texas and beyond.

Are you the parent or guardian of one of this year’s performers? Use the link below to view a print-ready PDF with helpful information about parking and entering the venue.

Title Sponsor

City of San Marcos logo

Official Lighting Sponsor

Decor IQ logo

2023 Presenting Sponsors

La Cima San Marcos, Texas logo
Chuch Nash Auto Group logo
Christus Health logo
Christus Santa Rosa Hospital San Marcos logo
The Children's Hospital of San Antonio logo

Family Fun

There are plenty of events for families with children of all ages. A favorite attraction for younger visitors is the furry friends at the festival petting zoo. Children also have the opportunity to meet Santa at the festival and even take a picture with him.

One of the carnival rides at Sights & Sounds of Christmas

Carnival Rides

Every year this holiday event features popular carnival rides for all ages. Kids will enjoy spinning, flying, and racing along on rides throughout the park. A full sized ferris wheel gives riders a bird’s eye view of the thousands of sparkling Christmas lights that decorate the park.

Fried mini-doughnuts served at the food court.

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

Come hungry and try the delicious food that appears at the festival. From full plates to funnel cakes, a tasty array of festival food can be found at the various stalls that line the park every day of the event. Look for vendors offering hot chocolate and apple cider while you’re there! New for 2021, look out for the adults-only “Merry Lounge” right next to the carnival.

Community Performances

Sights & Sounds works with many community organizations to make the event better every year. Many groups even participate in the festival, such as local vendors and scout troops. A live nativity put on by dedicated community members is a highly anticipated attraction each year.

…And Even More!

Explore our website for more information about what you’ll find at Sights & Sounds of Christmas this year. We look forward to helping you and your family enjoy the holiday season!