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December 5, 2018 - Valley Calendar

Nov. 28-Jan. 1: The Brownsville Heritage museum presents the 2018 Holiday Village, located at Dean Porter Park, 501 E. Ringgold St., in Brownsville. Dean Porter Park will have new residents and a tiny village of Christmas-themed cottages. Admission is free, and the park is open from 8 a.m.- 10 p.m. weeknights, and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Call (956) 548-1313 for questions.

Nov. 28-Dec. 20: The Pharr Community Theater will present a “Tejano Christmas Carol, an annual performance that has been localized from the Charles Dickens’s Classic. For more information call (956) 600-9463.

Dec. 1-Jan. 1: The Hidalgo Festival of Lights headquarters will be hosted at Hidalgo City Hall grounds, located at 704 E. Ramon Ayala Dr. Visitors can explore the nine-mile illuminated wonderland on a train or trolley tour — or enjoy the journey in the comfort of their own vehicle (*tune your radio to 91.1). The festival also offers a dinner, concert, and a trolley tour package that includes a roast beef supper, complete with musical entertainment and a trolley or train ride through the lights.

Dec. 6-8: “Mamma Mia” musical performed by Mission’s Veterans Memorial High School’s talented Harlequins. The final show dates for this year’s production are Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at the Veterans Memorial High School Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are 7 p.m., nightly; doors open at 6:30 p.m. This lighthearted musical and dance showcase has delighted audiences on Broadway for 14 years. Tickets are available at the door or at the VMHS front office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seating is limited. Ticket prices are $10 for adults. Call 956-323-3000 for information.

Dec. 6-8: “Sister Act” musical performed by McAllen Memorial High school, located at 101 E. Hackberry Ave., McAllen. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6-7, and 2 p. m., Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling 956-632-5258.

Dec. 6: Lighting of the Arroyo, hosted by the City of Harlingen and the Harlingen CVB will take place at 6:30 p.m., at the Harlingen CVB's McKelvey Park, located at 311 E. Tyler Ave., Harlingen. This is the 32nd annual lighting of the Arroyo where the park is transformed into a Christmas Wonderland. There will be Christmas performances, food vendors, and a special appearance from Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Dec. 6: The Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum, located at 2425 Boxwood St., will present the Christmas Tree Extravaganza and Exhibit beginning with an opening reception Thursday, Dec. 6. Several trees and wreaths decorated by community organizations will be on display. There is no admission fee.

Dec. 7: The Valley Symphony Orchestra presents Concert III – “A Touch of Frost” at the McAllen Performing Arts Center, 801 Convention Center Blvd. from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $40, $50 and $60 per person and may be purchased at the McAllen Convention Center Box Office, online at or at For questions, call the VSO Box Office to 956-661-1615.

Dec. 7-9: Zoo Nights & Lights at Gladys Porter Zoo. Admission is $2.50 or donate an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. Nightly from 6 to 9 p.m. For information, call 956-547-7187.

Dec. 8: Weslaco Mid-Valley Lighted Christmas Parade. The parade starts at 6 p.m. on Texas Blvd. in Weslaco and the theme of this year’s parade is “A Very Disney Christmas,” and will feature decorated, lighted floats, marching bands, classic cars and more.

Dec. 8: The next Sunset Live concert begins at 6 p.m. at the Oval Park outside of the McAllen Convention Center. Featuring regional and national bands ranging in style from Indie to Blues playing on one stage, it includes outdoor activities, food trucks, beverages and local artisans. For more information on the full line-up and concert series, visit

Dec 9: The Rio Grande Valley Concert Band will kick off its 2018-2019 season with a Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, located at 1105 W. Fern, McAllen. Winter Texan and local musicians will perform all types of Christmas music. The concert is open to the public with no admission fee. A free will donation will be collected.

Dec. 14: The McAllen Wind Ensemble will present its second concert of the season with “How the McAllen Wind Ensemble Stole Christmas” with Santa, carols and holiday fun at 7 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center, located at 799 Convention Center Blvd. in McAllen. Tickets start at $8 and can be purchased at the McAllen Convention Center Box Office, from, at the door or through an order form online at

Dec. 14: “A Tejano Christmas Carol,” by the Pharr Community Theater, will be performed at 7 p.m. on tour at El Valle Del Sol (Peppermint Palace), 2500 E. Business Highway 83, Mission. For more information call 956-585-5704. Admission is $7. Tickets are available at the door. Doors open one hour prior.

Dec. 15: Santa’s Enchanted Forest at Quinta Mazatlan – The event, designed for families and children, will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Quinta Mazatlan, 600 Sunset in McAllen. Tickets are $5 per child and $3 per adult and are available that day at Quinta Mazatlan or in advance at or at the McAllen Convention Center Box Office. Elementary school choirs will perform traditional Christmas classics, plus Las Palmas Folklorico will perform traditional Mexican dances. For more information, call 956-681-3370.