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Central Texas Medical Center: News

Santa will land at CTMC Nov. 28 to kick off annual Sights & Sounds of Christmas activities
SAN MARCOS, TX – This year’s Sights & Sounds of Christmas activities will kick off Nov. 28 when Santa returns to Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) via a helicopter landing at 5:30 p.m.. CTMC invites area families to come enjoy this event with hot chocolate, cookies and candy canes. Free books will be handed out to small children.

Upon arrival, Santa will sit in a large chair and read The Night Before Christmas to attendees before flipping the switch to turn on the CTMC holiday lights. From there, he will board the helicopter once more and head to the Sights & Sounds event downtown, where Family Night will take place from 5 to 11 p.m.

The annual Sights & Sounds celebration, which will run through Dec. 1, 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.

Additional Sights & Sounds festivities will include:

Thursday, Nov. 29:

• Texas State Night, 5 to 11 p.m.
Employees, faculty and staff enjoy special pricing with Texas State I.D.

Friday, Nov. 30:

• Musical Performances, 5 to 11 p.m.
Enjoy acts on the Friday night main stage.

Saturday, Dec. 1:

• 5K and 1K Run
Registration will take place at 7:30 a.m. The 5K will start at 9 a.m., and the 1K race will start at 10 a.m.

• Special Music, 5 to 11 p.m.
Special guests and artists from around the community join in on the festival fun.

For more information about Santa’s landing at CTMC, visit To get details on Sights & Sounds of Christmas pricing, vendors, parking and shuttle information, performance schedules or to view a map of the event, visit

About CTMC
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 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011. 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, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.


Central Texas Medical Center
1301 Wonder World Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666