Santa will land at CTMC Dec. 4 to help kick off annual Sights & Sounds of Christmas activities
SAN MARCOS, TX
– This year’s Sights & Sounds of Christmas activities will unofficially kick off Dec. 4 when Santa returns to Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) via a helicopter landing. CTMC invites area families and children of all ages to come enjoy this free event featuring hot chocolate, cookies, candy canes, musical entertainment, photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a free book for small children.
Festivities will begin at 4:45 p.m., and Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to land at the CTMC helipad at 5:10 p.m. Upon arrival, the pair will spend approximately 30 minutes getting up close and personal with the crowd. At approximately 5:45 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will move to the stage to sit in large chairs and read “The Night Before Christmas” to attendees before flipping the giant switch to turn on the CTMC holiday lights. At 6:15, the pair will again board the helicopter and head to the Sights & Sounds opening events downtown.
The annual Sights & Sounds celebration, which will run Dec. 4 – 7 in downtown San Marcos, features the largest carnival to hit San Marcos, opportunities to take free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, arts and crafts from more than 30 local vendors, a diverse food court, pony rides, a Town of Bethlehem exhibit and two stages for live entertainment from local artists and community schools.
Attendees of Sights & Sounds will have a chance to browse through a forest of CTMC’s two dozen decorated holiday Giving Trees that have been adorned by local residents and organizations. Visitors will be asked to vote for their favorite tree by putting tokens in buckets. Proceeds will go to the San Marcos Education Foundation.
Upon the closing of Sights & Sounds, the Giving Trees will be on display as part of a silent auction from Dec. 9 - 12 that will conclude the night of the 12th at the CTMC/San Marcos Chamber of Commerce holiday mixer, taking place in the CTMC Main Lobby. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the CTMC Foundation.
Additional Sights & Sounds festivities will include:
Wednesday, Dec. 4:
• 5 to 11 p.m. - Family Night
Enjoy half price carnival rides with the entire family.
Thursday, Dec. 5:
• 5 to 11 p.m. - Wear your Texas State University t-shirt and enjoy $1 drinks. TXST faculty, staff and students may show school I.D. for discount.
Friday, Dec. 6:
• 5 to 11 p.m. – Enjoy live performances on the Sights & Sounds main stage.
Saturday, Dec. 7:
• 5K and 1K Run
Registration will take place at 7:30 a.m. The 5K will start at 9 a.m., and the kids 1K will start at 10 a.m.
• 10 a.m. - Parade in downtown San Marcos
The San Marcos Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association will partner with Sights & Sounds of Christmas to host a Blue Santa Parade.
• 5 to 11 p.m. – Special Music
Special guest artists from around the community join in on the festival fun.
For more information about Santa’s Landing at CTMC or the Giving Trees fundraiser, please call 512-753-3818.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.
In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011 and became an accredited Primary Stroke Center in 2013. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care provider in the nation. Today, Adventist Health System supports 44 campuses and employs 79,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more than 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.