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Holiday fun kicks off in San Marcos

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos is kicking off the winter season with several family-friendly events this weekend.

The city will host its 20th annual “Lighting of the Tree” ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Holiday celebrations will continue to Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1 pm with San Marcos’ annual holiday parade presented by the Kiwanis Club of San Marcos.

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Additionally, from Saturday to Sunday Santa’s Magical Village will be located at 3 Civic Center Drive. The two-day event features visits from Santa and Rudolph, carolers, arts and craft vendors, cookie decorating, gourmet food trucks, a recycled ornament contest, and free outdoor entertainment.

Families can also enjoy a pancake, sausage and egg breakfast with Santa Claus from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday. No reservations are required and tickets are available at the door for just $5 for adults and $4 for children.