"We have all this community coming together to support us," said Hays County judge Ruben Becerras. "This is a community effort. We’re most grateful to see a unified front in this effort, and this is what it’s about: uniting us."
The family-friendly celebration included live entertainment.
The Holiday Lighting Ceremony is just the first in a series of celebrations that will take place at the courthouse.
A special guest from the North Pole came by. With Christmas being a little more than a month away, kids made sure to tell Santa what was on their list.
"Barbie car, makeup, earrings and bracelets," said Rebelle, one of Santa's visitors.
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The Grinch was even spotted at the lighting ceremony. It may be a challenge for the Grinch to steal Christmas this year in Hays County, where the holiday spirit is strong.
"I love everything festive," Jamie Barnard, a San Marcos resident, said. "The parties, Christmas, everything; it's beautiful."
Local leaders say there will be a lot more holiday celebrations going on in Hays County in the coming weeks.