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Frequently Asked Questions

Festival FAQ

What Items are restricted at the festival?
Where was the first Sights and Sounds hosted at?
How large is the Festival?
How many lights are on the famous Sights & Sounds tree?
What year did Sights & Sounds start?
What’s the most popular food booth at Sights & Sounds?
Has it ever snowed during the Sights and Sounds of Christmas?
Can I walk to the festival, and where do I park?
What Items are restricted at the festival?
  • NO weapons of any kind are allowed inside the festival, including open and concealed carry, knifes, or any other related items.
  • ONLY clear bags are allowed at the festival.  Please leave non-clear bags at home or in your vehicle.  This includes all size bags.
Where was the first Sights and Sounds hosted at?

It was hosted at the San Marcos Court house front yard

How large is the Festival?

Sights and Sounds span over 25 acres, on two sides of the San Marcos River!  Oh how we have grown from our humble beginnings on the court house lawn.

Has it ever snowed during the Sights and Sounds of Christmas?

Only twice, most recently in 2017! It’s sleeted other times too.

Can I walk to the festival, and where do I park?

While we highly recommend parking at one of the designated lots and riding our FREE shuttle, there is very limited parking near the event that is “walkable”.   Please respect all parking rules and laws.  Again, the easiest and most stress-free experience will be through our park and ride lots.  Check out our “Arrive” page for the most up to date information.

Santa Q&A Trivia

What are Santa’s favorite kind of cookies?
How many reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh?
What is Mrs. Claus’ first name?
What does Santa do in the off-season?
How much does Santa weigh?
Is Santa bilingual?
Is Santa bilingual?

Santa can speak every language in the world, but before he visits San Marcos, he practices his English and Spanish the most.

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