There is a lot going on in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle this weekend. Here are five events to help get your weekend plans started.

Thurs., Dec. 7

Candlelight Vigil For Officer Copeland

To honor Officer Kenneth Copeland, there will be a candlelight vigil in front of the Hays County Courthouse. Pastor Robin Steele will lead the crowd in a moment of silence and prayer; Mayor John Thomaides and Chief Chase Stapp will speak, and James Warner will provide the bagpipes, which are traditionally played at fire department and police department funerals. Candles will be available while supplies last. Free. 6:30 p.m. 111 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos.

Fri.-Sat., Dec. 8-9

Buda Trail of Lights

The city of Buda puts on its ninth annual Trail of Lights. Dozens of light structures will be on display at the Historic Stagecoach Park for two weekends in December. Santa Cruz Catholic School, Project Graduation and the Boy Scouts will be selling hot concessions at the event, and Santa will taking a quick vacation from the North Pole to visit Buda. Free. 6-10 p.m. 880 Main St. 512-312-0084.

Sun., Dec. 10

Caroling Hayride

Bring in the holiday cheer with First Baptist Church Kyle as the church puts on a caroling event. When the singing is over stick around for the free hot chocolate. Free (bring cookies to share). 5:30-7:30 p.m. 400 W. Center St., Kyle. 512-268-3511.

Sun., Dec. 10

Winter Wonder Fest

Buck's Backyard and Crystal Kilpatrick Group Realtors puts on a winter holiday festival. The event features live music, reindeer rides, pictures with Santa, Christmas shopping and more. Free (Bring an unwrapped present for Brown Santa). 1-4:30 p.m. 1750 S. FM 1626, Buda. 512-312-9456.

Sun., Dec. 10

Yule Witches' Market

The Austin Witches Circle invites locals and visitors to shop locally for handcrafted potions, daggers, candles, amulets, body care treatments and more.  Free. 7 p.m.-midnight. Buzz Mill San Marcos, 194 S. Guadalupe St. San Marcos.
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