Yes, Christmas is coming and there is so much to see and do. If you take part in only a few of the festivities, there is no doubt you will be in a Holiday Mood. Just imagine - beginning on December 3 - this Friday - you can choose almost any town in the Rio Grande Valley and see a grand Christmas Parade. The biggest and most impressive of all the parades might easily be the one in McAllen at the football stadium where giant helium filled characters adorn the floats. This parade is on Saturday, December 4 and begins at 7 p.m. There is an entry fee for this event. Tickets can be purchased at the McAllen CVB and will run anywhere from $10 to $25 depending on where you want to sit in the stadium. Check your local museums regarding the possibility of a Christmas Tree Forest display where locals have decorated trees with special Christmas themes. Some museums will ask for a donation, others will have a small entry fee.
The Mission Health and Wellness Fair will be held next week, Wednesday, December 8 and Thursday, December 9, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Mission Event Center, 200 N. Shary Rd.
The event is free to the public and will provide free screenings, blood tests and doctor-led webinars.
To receive the blood test, you must make an appointment by calling the Mission Chamber office at (956) 585-2727 and a 12 hour fast is required.
The Mercedes Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their Annual Welcome Back Winter Texan Reception at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Showgrounds Youth Center. The event will be held on Wednesday, December 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
The Event has been hosted by the chamber for over 30 continuous years and has become a huge opportunity for the area businesses to thank and welcome back our Winter Texans to the Valley.
The new South Pole Illuminated Festival is bringing back magical experiences for the holidays.
The McAllen Convention Center cordially invites the community to help kick-off the Christmas Season at the 9th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony taking place at the McAllen Convention Center Oval Park on Wednesday, December 1, starting at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy holiday musical performances right before the 64-foot, pre-lit Christmas tree will light up Oval Park, along with millions of lights that will be featured in South Pole Illuminated Festival.
The McAllen Holiday Parade organizers recently announced more exciting news to celebrate the Christmas season in the official South Pole of Texas, this time with a Rio Grande Valley musical spectacular that will air across the country. A line-up of 13 of the region’s top high school marching bands from McAllen, Donna, Edinburg, La Joya, Pharr, and Santa Rosa will be “Rockin’ Around the South Pole” as they perform in this year’s parade line-up.
The Palm Gardens Ladies Luncheon group started off this season catching up with old friends, getting to know some of the new residents, while enjoying a great lunch at the New York Deli in downtown Harlingen. After a nice, leisurely lunch, the group of 18 ladies ventured out to the streets to view the more than 20 larger-than-life-size murals which depict various aspects of the Rio Grande Valley’s history and culture. In addition to the amazing murals that are part of the walking tour, there are many more wonderful murals to see in the downtown area.
While some may think it is still a little early to unpack the holiday decorations, The Salvation Army has been hard at work, planning Christmas programs for several months. Now, as the red kettles are appearing outside stores, and Angel Trees are being set up, volunteers are needed to help ensure men, women, and children in need throughout our community experience the joys of Christmas.