Friday, December 19, 2014
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Brownsville’s Holiday Village, now in its fourth year, has become a popular holiday spot for people across the Rio Grande Valley. According to Sheri Conner, there are now 27 tiny Christmas cottages on display in Dean Porter Park to aid in the Holiday spirit.

“We are delighted to see our village grow each year and to have so many people coming to Brownsville to view this new holiday tradition,” said Conner.

20141204 Brownsville-Holiday-Village 02The lights were turned on Monday and the cottages are lit from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, for viewing, and 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Dean Porter Park, located across from the Gladys Porter Zoo, is open during the day so those who may not want to drive at night can still see the cottages without the lights on. Best of all, the exhibit is free of charge.

Cottages representing the historic Stillman House, the Village Diner, Gingerbread Bakery and Santa’s Hunting and Fishing Lodge are favorites back on display again this year. These favorites are joined by several new ones, including the Village Accountants Cottage, the North Pole Clinic, Holiday Mart and Home Sweet Home to add to the fun this year.

Conner said there will be entertainment on weekends including local school groups, mariachis and, of course, opportunities to have pictures taken with Santa.

Dean Porter Park is at 501 Ringgold Street across from the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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