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20151202 WEB BrownsvilleHolidayVillage 20151202 0159Now in its seventh year the very popular Brownsville Holiday Village held annually during the holidays in Dean Porter Park is now open and runs through Jan. 1. The display is free to the public and will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

The Winter Texan Times first spoke to Melena Conner, long-time committee member, who said there will be a total of 30 houses on display including three new ones. The new offerings include Brownsville’s Cameron County Courthouse, an Elf’s Bunkhouse and a Christmas Tree farm.

Other favorites like the Village Bank, the historic Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Celaya House and Stillman House, the Gingerbread Bakery, Frosty Treats, Village Sleigh Sales & Service, the Golden Rule Elementary School, and many other already popular cottages will be returning for additional sightings.

According to Jeannie Hughston, public relations director, the grand opening will be held on Monday, Nov. 21. The lighting ceremony will have music by 88 Problems, a three-piece piano, drum and bass band. The celebration begins at 6 p.m. with the actual lighting at 7 p.m. There will be 1000 Krispy Kreme donut given out to those who come and participate in the lighting ceremony.

Hughston stated there would be free entertainment on weekends and some week nights. Highlights Hughston felt might be of special interest to Winter Texans included the opening night ceremonies on Monday, Nov. 21 beginning at 6 p.m. In addition, she suggested the First Baptist Church Choir on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.; the revival of Cultural Arts Children’s Choir String Ensemble on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. and the Central Baptist Church Choir on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

20151202 WEB BrownsvilleHolidayVillage 20151202 0171In addition to these several Brownsville school choirs will be singing throughout the holiday season at 7 p.m. Check the website at holidayvillagebrownsville.com for dates of school entertainment and who is providing it.

In addition to the entertainment there will be food, drink and craft vendors every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Each year this free event in Brownsville attracts more tourists to enjoy the Christmas season. For those who hesitate to drive at night, the houses can still be viewed during the day without lights. Hughston said the lights will be turned on for viewing at 7 p.m. nightly.

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