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Hidalgo’s Christmas tradition lights up the night sky

HIDALGO – It’s now a long-standing Valley tradition. This little Valley city’s residents believed they could—and they did.        

One of the largest arrays of holiday decorating to be found, the switch is turned on and the show begins at sunset every night in December for Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights. A wide range of events keep the party going all month long.

The displays, music and programs are centered at the city grounds at 704 E. Texano Dr., but extend to other areas of the city. Trolley and horse and carriage tours allow visitors to take in the multiple sites of Christmas displays around the city or personal vehicles can be used.

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2015 Holiday Calendar

All month – Brownsville’s Holiday Village in Dean Porter Park, featuring 29 cottages of Santa’s helpers getting ready for the big holiday will be open daily. It will be lit from 6 to 10 p.m. weekdays and 6 to 11 p.m. weekends.

All month -- Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights continues with dinners, entertainment, and 3 million lights in displays. Nightly entertainment, except Dec. 16, which is Posada.

All month -- Brownville Historical Museum will host its annual Nacimientos exhibit featuring nativity scenes from Latin America.

Dec. 10 -- “Dean Canty Big Band Christmas Concert” will be held at Quinta Mazatlan WBC, 500 Sunset Drive, McAllen, 6 p.m. Admission is $5; tickets sold at the door. Arrive early for good seats.

Dec. 10 -- Mission Historical Museum will host its annual Poinsettia Christmas luncheon in the annex building at 200 E. Tom Landry. Ticket are $12. Call (956) 580-8646 for reservations.

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Christmas House celebrates 30th season

The Christmas House is now in its 30th year of being open for public tours. Visiting the house, which is just north of Falfurrias, has become a holiday tradition for many Valley residents. It is owned and operated by three sisters, Janie, Esther and Dorothy Minten, who are quite possibly Santa’s best elves, because they love Christmas so much!

Yes, they actually live in The Christmas House!

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Performances added to Brownsville Holiday Village

Since its beginning in 2010, Brownsville’s annual Holiday Village has grown each year thanks to the efforts of many volunteers who make this Christmas tradition happen. According to Laurie Ray, the idea for a Holiday Village came to Brownsville residents after reading about a similar village in a small town 1000 miles away.

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Edinburg welcomes Winter Texans

Edinburg Chamber of Commerce hosted a “Welcome Back” Winter Texan fiesta last Thursday, Nov. 19, with residents of Edinburg parks filing all the tables.  Keys and Strings played a variety of music including country western and some lively polka music for visitors to dance.  The chamber served barbecue sandwiches and drinks, then brought two large cakes with the words “Welcome Back” to serve to the crowd.

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Historical Museum brings history to life

Mission Historical Museum is one of the best small town museums in the Rio Grande Valley. With Director Luis Contreras at the helm and his talented staff, the museum has a range of exhibits, events and displays planned for the winter season.

The museum has a historical exhibit depicting life in the early days of the city and on the ranches nearby, along with the Shary Room honoring John Shary, known as the Father of the Texas Citrus Industry.

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