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Holiday at the Promenade in Edinburg

The City of Edinburg is bringing back the joy of the holiday season with several fun-filled events. Last week they held their Lighting of the Tree where all the city’s light displays were lit up in the city’s downtown promenade. The tree and lights will remain lit for the entire month of December.

With the light displays at the promenade, the city invites visitors to enjoy the Holiday at the Promenade, with a self-guided tour of the holiday displays throughout the City Hall Promenade that extends from University Drive near 4th Street all the way to 9th Street and around the Edinburg Food Truck Park (Promenade Courtyard) and the Edinburg City Hall. Enjoy the lights all month long with friends and family; the Promenade Courtyard lights will not be available on December 10th due to a private event.

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Only three more shows

Razz Ma Tazz Courtesy webThe delightful, and ever popular, group Razz Ma Tazz only has two more shows this season. They are performing several classic winter hits, such as "White Christmas," "Santa Baby," "Need a Little Christmas," as well as other contemporary versions of classics. In between each song, Razz members tell a fun story through skits. Remaining shows are December 8, Bit O Heaven, 7 p.m.; December 12, Winter Ranch, 2 p.m.; and December 12, Trophy Gardens, 7 p.m.

Golfers in the Mist

20211208 La Floresta Ladies Golf webThe dense fog on December 2nd did not deter the ladies at La Floresta from their scheduled Ladies Day Golf. Marilyn Walters from Ontario, Canada, gets ready to tee off on the #7 Hole.

San Benito lights up

San Benito Christmas HMiller 01 webSAN BENITO – One year ago, children were studying from home, adults were working from home and a new hybrid way of life was taking shape as COVID-19 left an unbridled path of both fear and devastation around the world.

Even Santa stayed begrudgingly cuddled up in his North Pole home along with the Missus, the elves, and the reindeer, knowing full well that all rooftops and chimneys had become off limits, even if he wore a mask.

Last week, however, a much-needed spirit lifter and highly anticipated Christmas tree lighting in San Benito brought nearby and surrounding communities together to Heavin Park in droves. The annual event welcomed more than an estimated 1,000 people, many of whom were excited to return and take part in an activity that was just another step toward reaching normalcy, whatever their normal might be.

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Hidalgo celebrates Christmas

20191206 Hidalgo Festival of Lights ALB 0871 webThe little town of Hidalgo takes center stage every December celebrating in a big way with the Hidalgo Festival of Lights. Festivities began on December 1 with the lighting of the Christmas tree in front of the Arena Box Office. The celebration continues through January 2nd but will be closed on December 24th, December 31st and January 1st.

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December 8, 2021 - Rina's Ramblings

This month seems to be going by fast. Before we know it, the new year is going to be here.

While we wait for that to come, it’s nice driving around and seeing all the lights around town.

Lighted Christmas parades have become a huge thing over the years. I hope you have been able to go out and enjoy one or two near you. Many have already taken place but are keeping their city park lights on throughout the month. So, you have plenty of time to see them.


During the holidays, there are so many of you that are helping your communities, or one close by. It’s a pleasure to hear what you are doing to make others Christmas’ a great one.

Like in today’s paper, Aladdin Villas is helping a community in Penitas. Last week it was Lakewood RV Resort in Harlingen – which their fundraiser dance is this Saturday (you might try calling 956-423-1170). Next week you will hear about a special Santa from Alamo Rec/Veh – Tripp Wright.

And I know there are so many more of you doing such wonderful things for the communities you live in. These are such heartwarming stories, and we love to hear and share them.

If you have one, please send us the information, a contact phone number, and photos. If we need more information, we will contact you. If it is something that hasn’t happened yet, we might try to get someone out there to cover it.

We do our best to share your news.


If you are doing something fun at your park – a sport, an activity that has really taken off, something that brings people together – let us know. Like I said, we love sharing what you are doing at your park and are welcome to receiving all that you want to share.

We want to hear from you!

Send your items to news@wintertexantimes.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Golf Contest deadline is today – go to www.wintertexantimes.com to vote before 4 p.m. today. You will be entered into some drawing for free golf and other prizes.

Quilters fulfill a need in Penitas

20211203 Quilt Ladies Penitas Aladdin Villas HMiller 03 webDee Pemberton sat in her corner, on her own, just plugging away at sewing quilts.

“Then we found out what she was doing,” Catherine Raftery said. “And we joined her immediately.”

Pemberton was using donations of fabric from members at her church to make quilts to donate for the children living in the Tent City in Brownsville. Last December, Raftery, Pemberton and the remainder of quilters from the Aladdin Villas in Mission, donated 72 quilts to the organization Mateo 25:35.

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Angel Tree Program: Making Christmas dreams a reality

Angel TreeThe Angel Tree Program, along with The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettle Campaign, is one of The Salvation Army’s best-known Christmas efforts. More than 100,000 children across Texas will experience the joy of opening presents on Christmas morning thanks to generous donors and the help of The Salvation Army.

“The Angel Tree program provides toys and clothing to children, seniors, and families who might be struggling to afford Christmas gifts this year. As we continue to navigate the lingering pandemic, families are still putting their lives back together and trying to make ends meet,” said Lt. Aguirre of The Salvation Army. “Angels are available for adoption by community members and businesses, who in a small way will deliver the magic and message of Christmas to those in need.”

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MHM accepting quilt entries

20150121 MHM Quilts KO 7171 webThe Mission Historical Museum will soon be accepting entries for its Sixteenth Annual Quilt Show. Entries will be accepted in three categories: Hand-quilted bed quilts, Machine-quilted bed quilts, and Wall hangings. The show is open to all quilters, both Winter Texans and year-round residents.

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