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Hill Country Holidays

Getting in the holiday spirit!
Getting in the holiday spirit!
by Susan Rauch

With the holidays approaching what better way to spend a Texas holiday then to attend some great holiday displays.   One event NOT to miss is the Sights and Sounds of Christmas in San Marcos, Texas.  This year the event will be held: December 3 - 5, 2009.  Past events were free, but this year there is a slight charge of $2 to offset costs.  The event started 22 years ago and includes rides, entertainment, food, and Nativity and Old Bethlehem, and marketplace.   A bit of a warning for those attending from out of town, traffic along I-35 could get a little congested, so get an early start out to this very popular event. 
Another Hill Country favorite is my all time NOT TO MISS favorite located in San Antonio, Ed Clark's Christmas House.  Ed has memorialized his wife's memory by opening up his house year-round to a Christmas extravaganza.  His house oozes Christmas from yesteryear to present inside and out.  He hands out candy to children and invites guests to peruse his home and gaze at the head to toe decorations he has accumulated throughout the years.  This is a must on anyone's Christmas to-do list, and it is FREE!  My photos are archived, but I plan to post a photo when I get a chance, which does not give the house justice to its full appearance. 

I would like to invite my readers to visit Sights and Sounds and/or Ed Clark's Christmas House.  Send me your pics so I can include them in a slideshow for others to enjoy. 

Sights and Sounds:
For directions and parking information:
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly
$2 = 11 years old and up, $1 = aged 2 - 10
under 2 years FREE

Ed Clark''s Christmas House
Address:14106 Short Horn St., San Antonio, TX
Directions:Northeast edge of the city. Drive northeast on Nacogdoches Rd/Hwy 2252. When you cross Oconnor Rd. make the first left (at the Arby's) onto Cattleman Drive and then the first left onto Short Horn St. The House is at the end of Short Horn, on the corner Rambowlette Drive.


  • Rachel 5 years ago

    Do you have contact info for Ed Clark's Christmas house? Want to film a segment there.

  • Susan 5 years ago

    Sorry, I never get these comments via email. No, I don't but I drove by and it is still up and his car in drive but I think he was out of town cause it looked kinda quiet. He used to have it 365 days a year, but during off season he opens it for whomever and not sure he does the lights every night still. I don't live in SA anymore to keep tabs on it.