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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. 26: The McAllen Convention Center will host the fifth annual “Light Up the Holidays With McAllen” Christmas Tree Lighting from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the McAllen Convention Center's Oval Park, located at 700 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen. There is no charge – and Santa will make an appearance.

Nov. 28-Dec. 20: The Pharr Community Theater, located at 213 Newcombe Ave. in Pharr, will present a “Tejano Christmas Carol, an annual performance that has been localized from the Charles Dickens Classic. Advanced ticket sales and more information will be announced soon. For more information call (956) 600-9463.

Nov. 29: The Harlingen Concert Association presents “Trash” at 7:30 p.m. at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium , 1204 Fair Park Blvd. Trash is entertainment with a conscience. An urban-themed Broadway-style production that performs on custom instruments made from recycled materials. The interactive performance of singing, break-dancing and comedy leave the audience not only entertained but inspired to spread peace, love, and recycling. Visit for tickets.

Nov. 30: The UTRGV Master Chorale and Brownsville Festival Chorus, Orchestra, and guest soloists will perform the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Dr. Sean Taylor at 7 p.m. at the TSC Arts Center, located at 90 Taylor Ave. in Brownsville. The concert will also feature choirs from Pace, Rivera, Lopez, Veterans, Porter, Los Fresnos, San Benito and Harlingen South High School. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for seniors and students and can be purchased at

Nov. 30: A Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at South Padre Island City Hall, 4601 Padre Blvd. A musical performance will take place after the lighting.

Nov. 30: The South Padre Island Christmas Parade will take place starting at Mars St. to Kingfish St. on Padre Blvd.
Nov. 30-Dec. 1: McAllen’s annual Christmas in the Park will be held from 3-11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday at the McAllen Municipal Park swimming pool parking lot located at the corner of Bicentennial and Tamarack. There will be vendors selling a variety of food and artisan handmade items, a carnival, entertainment on two stages and more. Call 956-682-2871.

Nov. 30: The City of Hidalgo Festival of Lights Illuminated Parade will be held at 7 p.m. In front of City Hall Plaza, located at 704 Ramon Ayala Dr., Hidalgo. The event is free to the public. There will be food, music and more.

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. 1: The Port Isabel-South Padre Island Lighted Boat Parade will begin at 6 p.m. at South Point Marina, 500 S. Point Ave., Post Isabel and judging will take place at Jim’s Pier, located at 211 W. Swordfish St. There will be designed viewing areas throughout the route.

Dec. 1-2: Nativity Nights, hosted by St. Paul Lutheran Church, located at 602 Morgan Blvd. in Harlingen, will have performances/events at 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The story of the birth of Jesus comes to life with performers including the shepherds and the Magi. There will be a manger and nativities

Dec. 1-2: The Laguna Madre Art League’s SPI Art Show & Sale will be held at the SPI Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public.

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. 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.