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Grinch (Abram Three Garza) leads the Whos of Who-ville in a spoken word recitation of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” for the assembled crowd on the main stage at last year's opening night of Sights & Sounds of Christmas. Daily Record file photo.

Sights & Sounds of Christmas begins tonight

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The 33rd annual Sights & Sounds of Christmas begins Wednesday night at San Marcos Plaza Park. 

The festivities kick off at 5 p.m. Wednesday’s entertainment will feature performances from Bonham Elementary, Hernandez Baile Folkórico, Hernandez Ballet, Hernandez Choir, San Marcos High School Band and Jazz Band. Headlining the night will be country singer/songwriter Cory Morrow. 

Sights & Sounds originally took place at the Hays County Courthouse Square in Downtown San Marcos but has since expanded to Plaza Park, where it spans on both sides of the river. Alongside live entertainment, the festival features carnival rides, food booths, hand-crafted gifts, a petting zoo, ice skating and a spot for photos with Santa. The annual Jingle Bell Run — a staple of Sights & Sounds — will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14. To register for the 5K or Kids K, visit

Rebecca Rounds, Catherine Marler, Tommy Curtis, Jason Mock and Brian Olson stuff swag bags for the annual Jingle Bell Run. Daily Record photo by Lance Winter

For the first time, Sights & Sounds of Christmas will implement a clear bag policy for those entering the festival. 

The following bags will be allowed: clutch purses smaller than 5.5 inches-by-8.5 inches, clear bags smaller than 12 inches-by-6 inches-by-12 inches, and one-gallon plastic freezer bags. An exception will be made for medically necessary items and diaper bags after proper inspection at the entrances. All bags will be subject to inspection.

Prohibited bags include but are not limited to: backpacks, camera cases, mesh bags, purses, tinted plastic bags, oversized tote bags, binocular cases, and printed pattern bags. This policy is subject to change. 

H-E-B and Amazon, two local sponsors, have clear bags available for purchase.

Sights & Sounds spans two weekends from Dec. 4-7, and Dec.11-14. Admission for kids 12 and under is free, $5 for adults. An eight-day wristband is available for $15. Credits for food, rides and games can be purchased through the Magic Money application. 

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