With a high temperature in the 80s and sunny skies, it didn't quite feel like the holiday season on November 8, 2023. But drivers heading through downtown may have been fooled into thinking it was a cool winter day if they caught sight of the dozens of City employees, taking on extra duties as Santa's elves, tying jumbo-sized red bows and wrapping light fixtures in fluffy green garland. It was part of the Main Street Program's annual effort to bring cheer to the heart of the San Marcos community.
An estimated 35 employees from numerous City departments volunteered several hours decorating the area, which included sidewalks adjacent to The Square, CM Allen Parkway, and the Downtown Mobility Hub on East Hutchison Street. Among the volunteers were SMTX Utilities crews that used bucket trucks to reach the tops of tall lamp posts. Staff at ground level prepped branches of garland to look fresh and realistic.
We’re extremely grateful for the help from our colleagues to install garland and bows on the downtown lamp posts,” said Downtown Manager Josie Falletta. “Our goal is to create a festive downtown and encourage our community to support local businesses as they do their holiday shopping this year.
This was the second year in a row that Administrative Services Manager Hayden Migl volunteered his time to help install the decorations.
"It gives me an opportunity to beautify our community and start getting into the holiday spirit," said Migl. "It also gives me a chance work with employees from other departments who I may not get to interact with on a regular basis."
While the decorating event doubles as a team building opportunity for City staff, the main mission is to encourage residents to visit the area and support local businesses by creating a festive and “Instagram-able” experience.
"I hope the decorations help visitors get in the holiday spirit and add to their enjoyment of our great Downtown," said Migl.
Community members have plenty of time to check out the decorations and support local businesses in the downtown area. The decorations will remain in place until early January. We invite you to see the work City staff put in to help create a festive atmosphere and stick around to find a one-of-a-kind gift for your loved ones.
To learn more about the San Marcos Main Street Program and for a list of downtown businesses and events, visit the Main Street Program website. You can also connect with them at @DowntownSMTX on Facebook and Instagram.