San Marcos Like a Local

Family Friendly Holiday Activities

December 4, 2018

Embrace the holiday season in San Marcos by taking a sunset lights cruise, sipping cocoa in Whoville, carnival rides, lots of holiday music and so much more! See a list below of San Marcos’ holiday events which will provide fun for the whole family.


Holiday Movie In Your Park

December 4th

San Marcos Plaza Park

Movies in the park is back with a special holiday showing of A Christmas Story. Movie will start at 5:30pm. Bring your blankets/chairs. There will be free cookies and hot cocoa.


Sights and Sounds of Christmas

December 5th – 8th

San Marcos Plaza Park

Kick off your holiday season with carnival rides, arts & crafts, pictures with Santa, local school performances, live nativity scene and a food court. 


Holiday Wonder Express

December 8th  & 22nd

Wonder World Park

Enjoy heart-warming Christmas music in the cave, hot chocolate on the holiday wonder express train ride through Whoville and grab a photo with the man in red himself!


Jingle Bell Run 5K and Kids 1K

December 8th

San Marcos Plaza Park

Grab your friends and family and race through beautiful downtown San Marcos and the historic district. Enjoy holiday music and the sound of jingle bells along the 5k course. All ages are welcome!


Merry at the Meadows Holiday Boat Ride

December 8th - 9th , 14th - 16th & 21st - 23rd

The Meadows Center

Guest will enjoy a 45-minute sunset holiday lights cruise to see the amazing display at Spring Lake. Complimentary cookies and hot beverages will be provided.


Nightmare Before Christmas Ball

December 14th


The Rattler Orchestra and Studio San Martian are teaming up to bring another night of fun and splendor at AquaBrew, full of beautiful orchestra music, local art, costume contest and other holiday fun!