Nov. 16-Dec. 22
Merry at the Meadows
The Meadows Center glass-bottom boat tour is transformed with lights and sounds of the holidays. Pre-registration required; tickets can be purchased online. 5 p.m. $14.
Meadows Center for Water and the Environment
201 San Marcos Springs Drive, San Marcos
Angels and Mistletoe Holiday Market
Enjoy holiday decor, Christmas music, caroling, photos with Santa and shopping with vendors, who will be selling clothing, gifts, home decor, gourmet food, jewelry, arts, crafts, candles and more at this multiday San Marcos market. Fri. 5-9 p.m. (preview party), Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $20 (Friday preview party), $4 (Saturday admission with donation to food bank), $5 (Saturday admission).
Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel, Conference Center & Spa
1001 E. McCarty Lane, San Marcos
Buda’s United Methodist Women hold an annual bazaar in the church Fellowship Hall to raise money for the organization’s global missions. Handmade items and baked goods will be for sale. The event will also feature a silent auction. 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
302 Elm St., Buda
Santa on the Square
This annual event in downtown Kyle features school choirs performing holiday songs as well as activities, food and a visit from Santa Claus, who will be available for photos. 4:30-9 p.m. Free.
101 S. Burleson St., Kyle
Texas State University’s Jazz Ensemble, along with dancers from the Texas State Division of Dance, will perform Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” 7:30 p.m. $12 (general admission), $10 (students and seniors), $5 (Texas State students).
627 N. LBJ Drive, San Marcos
Dec. 4-7, 11-14
Sights and Sounds
An annual San Marcos tradition that runs over the course of two weeks, the Sights and Sounds festival celebrates the holiday season with lighted displays, photos with Santa Claus, a petting zoo, carnival rides, holiday vendors, food and more. 5-11 p.m. Free (12 and under), $5 (adults), $15 (8-day pass).
Sights and Sounds Jingle Bell Run 5K and Kids K
Mark the end of the festival with holiday music along the route—through downtown San Marcos—of the 5K adult race or the 1K children’s version. 9 a.m. (5K), 10 a.m. (kids 1K). $10 (kids 1K), $35 (adult 5K until Dec. 7), $40 (adult 5K on Dec. 7).
San Marcos Plaza Park
401 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos
Dec. 6-8, 13-15, 21-23
Trail of Lights at Stagecoach Park
Historic Stagecoach Park will be illuminated by displays from local businesses and organizations. Meet Santa Claus and purchase hot beverages from the Santa Cruz Catholic School, Project Graduation, the Boy Scouts and other groups. 6-10 p.m. Free.
880 Main St., Buda
Local Market Days
Hosted by Better Together Vendor Events and Bucks Backyard, this kid- and dog-friendly Christmas-themed event includes works for sale from dozens of local artisans as well as drinks, food and play areas. There will also be a spot to make donations to the Buda Food Bank. 1-5 p.m. Free to attend.
1750 S. FM 1626, Buda
Starlight Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
The regional community orchestra performs its annual interactive, family-friendly holiday concert. Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m. Free.
Hays CISD Performing Arts Center
979 Kohler’s Crossing, Kyle