The Christmas season is upon us and there will be many festivities this week for Winter Texans to take part in to enjoy the season. Following are some of this week’s activities we thought might be of interest to our readers.
Thursday, Dec. 5
Tonight, the Arroyo Holiday Lighting takes place in McKelvey Park in Harlingen. Everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair and come out and enjoy the festivities at 6 p.m.
In McAllen, “All about Women,” a Christmas shopping event sponsored by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce will be held at the chamber headquarters, 1200 Ash Ave. There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music, door prizes and plenty of shopping opportunities. This is a very popular event for the ladies so get there early.
In Port Isabel the annual Port Isabel Community Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at Beulah Lee Park, 213 Yturria Street, at 6 p.m. Look for Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, enjoy the live music and Christmas caroling, and get a bite to eat from one of several food booths to be present.
The Rio Grande Valley Concert Band will present its first concert of the season, a Christmas Concert, on Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. Winter Texans will join Valley musicians to present a program of favorite holiday music.
Under the direction of Gene Goede and Gary Meidt, the concert program includes “The Toy Trumpet,” with trumpet solo by Gary Meidt, co-director. Also included is “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with narrations, and an audience sing-a-long called “Merry Christmas, Everyone.”
The concert will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1105 W. Fern in McAllen and is open to the public. A free will offering will be taken.
After Christmas, the band will put away holiday music and concentrate on marches, show tunes, music from the civil war and more.
Both activities are free and open to the public, with an entry deadline of Dec. 31. Winners of the Favorite Window Display and the Name That Song contests will be announced on Jan. 9. Prizes are gift certificates to Downtown Harlingen businesses.
In order to participate, Winter Texans should visit Downtown Harlingen between Dec. 1 and 31 to vote for their three favorite window displays. The 38 participating businesses also will display posters with lines from popular Christmas songs in their windows. Entrants must guess the names of the songs and write them on the contest entry form. At least 18 Christmas songs must be correctly identified in order to be eligible for the prize drawing. No purchase is necessary but only one entry per person is allowed.
Contest rules and entry forms are available at Downtown Harlingen businesses and on the website, www.downtownharlingen.com (click on “Events” for Holiday Contests information).
Vance Greek will be performing at the American Military Support Christmas Concert to be held at Marine Military Academy, 320 Iwo Jima Blvd., in Harlingen on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. The concert, which will feature music from “Home for the Holidays,” will be held in Yeckel Hall on the MMA campus.
Mike Johnson, champion guitar picker, will be special guest performer during the concert.
Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Harlingen Chamber of Commerce, 311 E. Tyler, Harlingen; RGV Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 3313 N. McColl, McAllen; San Benito Barber and Style Shop, 161 W. Rowson in San Benito; and Green Beret Army Supply, 2213 N. 10th in McAllen. They may also be purchased via PayPal at www.americanmilitarysupport.com. Tickets are $12 at the door.
Brownsville’s Holiday Village, a holiday tradition that is becoming one of the most popular attractions in the Rio Grande Valley, opened for the season on November 25 and will remain open through January 1.
Located at 501 Ringgold in Dean Porter Park in the Mitte Cultural District across from the Gladys Porter Zoo, the village has grown from 12 original cottages to a total of 22 this season. The exhibit opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends. Admission is free.
These quaint little cottages are completely decorated inside and out, and will be lit up brightly so the public can view each one as they stroll the grounds of Dean Porter Park in the center of Brownsville. There will be entertainment on the weekends by local choirs, bands, mariachis and dance groups. Plus, visitors can even have their picture taken with Santa at the Village on weekends.
Rich Bellert will once again act as emcee for the event, which will open at 12:30 p.m. with a pre-show featuring children from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School.
Four groups will entertain starting with 12-String Tim & Sharon, who do a variety show with country, blues, rock and comedy. Also performing will be the Texas Outlaws, a group consisting of Francis Hahn, Troy Adams and Mick Morrow.
Leo Pena Placita Park is located in downtown Mission on Conway Avenue next to the railroad (across from H-E-B).
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