Festive Holiday Events

Quinta Mazatlan will celebrate Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 13, with a Big Band Concert in the Park featuring the 18-piece Dean Canty Band. Canty is an alumnus of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. As a first trumpet he has played with Bob Hope, Julio Iglesias, Vikki Carr, Jerry Lewis and many others.

The band plays music in the style of Harry James, Woody Herman, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, the Dorsey Brothers and other well-known bands.

The band has performed locally, nationally and in Mexico, for over thirty-five years backing such groups as the Platters, Four Diamonds, Four Aces, Four Lads, Gene White Show from Las Vegas, and four Wunnerful Girls from the Lawrence Welk Show.

The Dean Canty Band will play on the front lawn of McAllen’s White House with Santa Claus, cookies and cider. The concert is $5 per person with tickets at the door; please dress for the weather. For more information contact Quinta Mazatlan at (956) 681-3370, located at 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen.

Ralph Kuster will perform a Christmas concert at 2 p.m., Dec. 13, 14, and 15 at the Border Theatre, 905 Conway, Mission. Admission: $7 per person.

South Padre Island Holiday Parade, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., on Padre Blvd.

The Winter Texan Orchestra Christmas Concert will be held Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church/School, 300 Pecan, McAllen. The group will perform a third Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Golf View Estates, 7424 Couples Circle, in Mission.

The First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of La Feria will host its annual Live Nativity on Saturday, Dec. 15 and Sunday, Dec. 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. At the Live Nativity, the church, street and parking lot transform into the town of Bethlehem. Visitors can drive or walk through the village and see the story of Joseph and Mary and the arrival of Jesus Christ. The Live Nativity will present a full cast of townspeople, angels, wise men, kings, soldiers, shepherds and live animals. The event will also feature live Christmas music. The Live Nativity is free and open to the public. FUMC is located at 331 S. Main St. in La Feria, seven blocks south of Expressway 83. For more information, call FUMC at (956) 797-1393.

On Friday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. Brownsville Better Block will host a Christmas on the Square, a temporary block demonstration of the historic Market Square Block. Enjoy Christmas bazaar booths, carolers, sidewalk cafes, festive foods, public art, and special holiday performances. On Sunday, events will be held from 1 to 5 p.m.

Resaca de la Palma State Park, 1000 New Carmen Avenue, Brownsville, will celebrate the holidays on Dec. 14 by inviting visitors to take a hike on their “Trail of Light” and take a merry hayride around the park singing Christmas carols. Hot chocolate and apple cider will be served with Christmas cookies. Admission is $4 for adults. Call (956) 350-2920 for information.

On Dec. 16, the Museum of South Texas History will host a Holiday Handbell Concert with the Glory Bells. Using handbells, the Glory Bells create a special sound that is beautifully magnified in the museum’s Grand Lobby. Historic information regarding the carols will be provided. Also, a portion of the program will feature chime music. This special holiday concert starts at 2 p.m. Admission.

The South Texas Youth Symphony will perform their Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m., at the Edinburg Auditorium, located at the intersection of 7th and McIntyre. Tickets are $10 at the door for adults and $5 for senior citizens.

On Dec. 20, the Mid-Valley Lighted Christmas Parade will be held at 6 p.m. on Texas Boulevard in Weslaco. It runs between Pike Street and 6th Street. Alfresco Weslaco will be held in downtown Weslaco from 6 to 9 p.m. The event includes live jazz, sidewalk sales and food vendors.

On Dec. 22, Estero Llano Grande State Park, Weslaco, will celebrate the holiday season with Bunuelo Bites and Christmas Lights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy the traditional Mexican holiday bunuelos (fried flour tortillas with cinnamon and sugar) and hot chocolate. Then enjoy a tinseled trolley ride through the lighted forest.

The lighted cottages of Brownsville Holiday Village will be on display through the end of December. The display is in Dean Porter Park, across from the Gladys Porter Zoo. Free admission.

Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights, “A Victorian Christmas,” featuring three million lights on 500 displays will continue through Dec. 31. Meals and entertainment will continue until Dec. 19 with the exception of the annual Posada on Dec. 18. The drive to see the lights is free. There is a small fee for the meal, trolley ride and entertainment seating. Call (956) 843-8686 for information.

The Christmas Window Contest on Jackson Street in Harlingen continues through Dec. 28. Merchants are sponsoring a Name That Song Christmas Contest with decorated windows. Visitors can pick up a ballot in one of the 34 participating businesses. Each business is to have a window decorated representing a popular Christmas song. Visitors must name the song the decorated window represents. Ballots may be turned in at the Downtown Harlingen Office, 209 W. Jackson. They can also be faxed to (956) 216-8037 or emailed to cheryllaberge@myharlingen.us.

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