Santa Claus is coming to San Marcos, Buda, Kyle

Get into the holiday spirit with these festivities in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. (Courtesy city of Kyle)
Get into the holiday spirit with these festivities in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. (Courtesy city of Kyle)

Get into the holiday spirit with these festivities in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. (Courtesy city of Kyle)

Santa is coming to town, BudaFest is back and more festivities in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle.

Dec. 1: 25 Days of Christmas in Kyle

To celebrate the completion of construction and the reopening of Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park, the city will host a ribbon-cutting on Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. The ribbon-cutting will be followed by the annual arrival of Santa for photos, a tree-lighting ceremony and holiday music sung by local school choirs. Dec. 1 is also the start of the city of Kyle’s 25 Day of Christmas celebration, which will feature nightly live music, vendors, photo opportunities with Santa and more. 4:30-9 p.m. Free. Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park, 101 S. Burleson St., Kyle. www.cityofkyle.com/recreation/25-days-christmas-kyle

Dec. 2: Tree Lighting in Downtown San Marcos

Head to the downtown square for a holiday lighting countdown, photos with the Grinch and vendor markets. There will also be holiday musical performances by the San Marcos High School marching and mariachi bands, Elm Grove Elementary School choir and more. 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Hays County Historic Courthouse, 111 E. San Antonio St., San Marcos. www.hayscountytx.com/2021/11/17/holiday-lighting-at-the-historic-courthouse/


Dec. 2-4, 9-11: Sights N Sounds

The six-day holiday festival begins Dec. 2 and is slated to include ice skating, a petting zoo, carnival rides, food vendors and more. Santa’s gift shop will also be open and full of holiday gifts and cookies. Free (age 12 and younger), $5 (per night), $14 (six-day pass). 5:30-11 p.m. 401 E. Hopkins St., San Marcos. www.sights-n-sounds.org

Dec. 3-5: BudaFest

The annual holiday festival in Buda returns to its full, in-person format to offer a variety of activities to residents and visitors. The festival kicks off Dec. 3 with a tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. followed by the ornament market, musical performances and more. The weekend’s festivities include food and craft vendors, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, fireworks and the Reindog Parade and closes out with a viewing of "A Christmas Story" at the Buda Amphitheater on Dec. 5 at 5:45 p.m. 6-9 p.m. (Dec. 3), noon-9 p.m. (Dec. 4), noon-5:45 p.m. (Dec. 5). Downtown Buda, Greenbelt, City Park and Amphitheater. www.budafest.org
By Zara Flores
Zara joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in August 2021. Prior to CI, she interned at Picket Fence Media in Southern California and graduated from Cal State Fullerton where she was assistant news editor for the Daily Titan and copy editor for Tusk Magazine. Zara covers education, business, government and more for Buda, Kyle and San Marcos.