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It’s Christmastime in the City of Hidalgo

201081205 Festival of Lights Parade Miller IMG 5808The Festival of Lights has turned the small City of Hidalgo into the Valley’s biggest, glowing Christmasland just in time for the Christmas season. The lights are now on display every night through the month of December.

The city transforms from a mid-size town to a Christmas Wonderland as it puts up more than 500 huge light displays totaling more than five million lights. Narrated guided tours of the city’s festive light displays start at city hall and continue through the month of December – with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas day, the day of the Ramon Ayala Posada (Dec. 20), and New Year’s Eve.

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Razz Ma Tazz performing Christmas shows

20181205 Razz Ma Tazz Miller IMG 3223 FEATEighth period Razz Ma Tazz.

Sound familiar? Probably not. Going to school “back in the day” was loaded with classes like math, English and social studies. Maybe some “wild stuff” like shop or home economics or even band and choir would make that schedule.

Today, however, with so many options for students and so many after-school activities there are some very specialized classes.

And if you watch the McAllen Rowe High School singing and dancing group Razz Ma Tazz, you'll undoubtedly know why they have a special class – because, well, they are that special.

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Mission celebration kicks off Christmas season

20181128 Mission LightsNDelights PR Tree2The City of Mission will kick off the Christmas season with a festive celebration Friday, Nov. 30, with the traditional Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony beginning at 5:45 p.m. at the newly-renovated Leo Pena La Placita Park. The park is located in downtown Mission on Conway Ave. at Business 83, across from the H-E-B.

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Chanukah Concert & Festival planned in McAllen

The annual Chanukah Concert and Festival will be celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Archer Park in downtown McAllen. The festival begins at 5 p.m. and a concert by the world-acclaimed Jewish band 8th Day will begin at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Chanukah, an alternative spelling for Hanukkah, is the Jewish eight-day holiday commemorating the victory of the Jews “against Greek persecution and religious oppression,” according to This year, Chanukah is celebrated Dec. 2-10.

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VMHS Harlequins bring ‘Mamma Mia’ to Mission

20181128 VMHS Mamma Mia JB 5One of Broadway’s longest-running musicals, “Mamma Mia” is now coming to Mission under the direction of Mission Veterans Memorial High School drama director James Hodgson. The VMHS Harlequins are producing the show with show dates set for Nov. 29, 30, Dec. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at the Veterans Memorial High School Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are 7 p.m., nightly, and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This lighthearted musical and dance showcase promises to be the biggest show in the Valley this season. “Mamma Mia” has delighted audiences worldwide and has been a fan favorite on Broadway for 14 years.

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VSO ‘Touch of Frost’ returns Dec. 7

20181128 Touch of Frost VSO w ChoraleA “Touch of Frost” is in the forecast for the Rio Grande Valley.

But, before you rush outside to cover the plants and bring the animals indoors, this is a musical “Touch of Frost,” as the Valley Symphony Orchestra prepares to present its holiday concert Dec. 7 at the McAllen Performing Arts Center.

The concert, featuring beloved music for the holiday season, is the third in the VSO’s 2018-19 season.

Joined by the Orchestra Chorale directed by Dr. David Means, the symphony will perform many seasonal favorites, including “Sleigh Ride,” selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” and Handel’s “Messiah.” Soloist Nereida Garcia (soprano) will perform Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and David Sadlier (tenor) will perform Finkelstein’s “Yah Ribon.”

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TubaChristmas concert to make world-record attempt Dec. 2

The 30th annual Rio Grande Valley TubaChristmas Concert will try to make it official this year by establishing a Guinness World Record.

“Last year we had more than 600 performers which is more than the present Guinness World Record,” Coordinator Jim Egger, McAllen ISD’s Fine Arts Director, said. “This year, we have applied with Guinness to establish the Rio Grande Valley TubaChristmas Concert in McAllen as the new record for the largest tuba ensemble.”

This free performance will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, at the McAllen Convention Center (700 Convention Center Blvd.) in McAllen. It is a unique and entertaining concert of Christmas music.

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