After a one-year hiatus, the organizers of Sights & Sounds of Christmas and the hugely popular Jingle Bell Run are back in 2021 with several new attractions.
Among them, the addition of a train screen, new lights and an RGB tunnel, according to event president David Case. But the biggest addition will be the “Christmas Spirits” location.
Christmas Spirits will be a fully enclosed bar area, located in the city’s recreation room, where festival-goers can wet their whistles with an adult drink during the two-week event.
“This will only take place at the recreation room and there will be a blanket charge of $ 5 the first week of entry,” said Case. “The second week, the cover charge will be $ 10. It is important to note that people will not be allowed to leave the establishment with their alcoholic beverage.
Case said it would be done well and it would be a very comfortable setting with radiators and full service bathrooms.
“The cover charge alone will be worth the heated room and the bathrooms,” he said.
The cost to enter Sights and Sounds remains the same as in previous years, just $ 5 – and kids 12 and under are free.
Some of the attraction’s guests can expect to see a carnival, open Thursday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. It will include bumper cars and a Ferris wheel, something for everyone. Visitors can try their luck at one of the many games or get a rare view of the park from above on one of the rides. Purchases can be made with Magic Money bracelets.
The McCoy Children’s Zoo is back and continues to be free to all Sights & Sounds attendees. Take this opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of animals including llamas, lambs, goats, rabbits and more.
Kids and kids at heart can enjoy a life-size game of Jenga, Giant Connect 4, Tic-Tac-Toe and more at the Reindeer Games station. This free attraction is the perfect place for those looking to take a break from the many other festival activities.
Take a trip back in time as you explore the ancient traditions of old Bethlehem. Watch pottery being made, candle making, and the opportunity to learn about the history of Bethlehem.
If you are looking for a unique holiday gift, Santa’s Gift Shop has a variety of options with over 30 different vendors. With items like decorated cookies, clothing, home decor and more, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list.
If the fun of the evening has whetted your appetite, over 25 different food vendors will be on hand to satisfy a variety of cravings during your visit to the festival.
“This will be a great time for families to get out and have fun together,” Case said. “It will be a memory they will have all their lives.”
Near the end of Sights and Sounds will be Santa’s Jingle Bell Run 5K and Kids K.
This is the opportunity to participate – at your own pace – and see some of the beautiful neighborhoods of San Marcos.
“It’s the biggest fun race in Hays County,” said founder Brian Olson. “We will have over 1,000 runners coming from all over to participate in the race. “
The race, scheduled for December 11 from 9 a.m., marks its 10th anniversary and was established to offset the reduced cost of admission for Sights & Sounds to provide an affordable event for all.
“We will have over 15 volunteers and 21 agents that we are paying to help with the event,” Olson said. “Runners can register now for just $ 35 through December 1.”
This will be the last time for Olson to help the event as he hands the reins to Matt Worthington.
“I ran this race a few times and loved it,” said Worthington. “That’s when I started helping Sights and Sounds with some things and decided that was where I wanted to volunteer my time.”
Sights & Sounds of Christmas takes place on two weekends in December: Thursday December 2 to Saturday December 4 and Thursday December 9 to Saturday December 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Visitors can enter the park at 401. E. Hopkins St.