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We all enjoy the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. And with the holidays come early advertising and news deadlines, as well as special delivery times.

The Winter Texan Times will be delivered one day early – on Wednesday, Dec. 23 – to give our staff time off on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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Hidalgo Festival of Lights continues

Even though there are just a few more days to enjoy the entertainment at this year’s Hidalgo Festival of Lights, the 3 million Christmas lights on 550 fixtures will remain lit up until Dec. 31 for all to enjoy.

From the lighted rocket ship seen at the entrance of Hidalgo City Hall where most festivities are centered, to old favorites that have been around for years, it is worth the time to drive the streets of Hidalgo. Better yet, park the car and take a stroll through this wonderland of Christmas adventure. Take in the beauty and creativity of the many lighted scenes on the grounds of city hall and along many of the small town’s streets. Hidalgo is a little town with a strong Christmas spirit it is not afraid to express.

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Brownsville Holiday Village adds new cottages

New cottages have been added to the ever-growing Brownsville Holiday Village located in Dean Porter Park. There are now 29 cottages on display to see this year. From the traditional replica of the Immaculate Conception Church and the historic Stillman House, each cottage is uniquely decorated with a variety of themes.

The new yellow school bus of “Elfamentary” is sure to be a hit with the younger crowd just as Golden Rule Elementary still reminds children of school. The town library where Mrs. Santa reads books to the children is a winner.

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Port Isabel offers something for everyone

Whether you enjoy fishing, dining (preferably with a seafood appetite), shopping, exploring historical artifacts and sunken treasures, or simply taking a walk while enjoying the fresh sea breeze, Port Isabel is one place Valley visitors must see.

Because of its mainland location near South Padre Island, Port Isabel has long been an important site in Texas. The site has been strategic since the days of the Karakawas, fierce Indians known for cannibalism, who used the narrow channel waterway between the island and the mainland to trap their enemies.

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FUMC hosts live nativity Dec. 19-20

LA FERIA – First United Methodist Church of La Feria will host its annual Live Nativity on Saturday, Dec. 19 and Sunday, Dec. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. At the Live Nativity, the church street and parking lot transform into the town of Bethlehem. Visitors can drive or walk through the village and see the story of Joseph and Mary and the arrival of Jesus Christ.

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Winter Texan competition begins

The Mission area Winter Texan Activities Association is once again planning a series of competitions for Winter Texans in several sports beginning Dec. 14. Competitions include shuffleboard, billiards, golf and bowling. In addition, the Arts & Crafts Show is planned Feb. 28.

Shuffleboard competition will be held at Bentsen Grove Resort beginning Dec.14.   Categories of competition are mixed doubles, men’s and ladies’ doubles, and men’s and ladies’ singles. Registration for all categories st arts at 8:30 a.m. Look for mixed doubles tournaments on Dec. 14 and 18; men and ladies doubles, Jan. 4 and Jan. 8; men’s and ladies’ singles on Jan. 11 and Jan. 15. Any questions about the categories or events should be directed to chairmen Howard Adams at (217) 895-2240, or Hugh Ross (810) 656-7338.

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