RGV Holiday Events 2015


RGV Holiday Events 2015

2015 Guide to Holiday Events Across the Rio Grande Valley


Holiday VillageHoliday Village Lighting Ceremony (NovemBer 23, 2015 | 7PM | Dean Porter Park)
Come to the grand opening of the Holiday Village 2015, and watched the first lighting of the cottages this year! Bring the whole family for food, fun and festivities. Get your free Krispy Kreme doughnuts and refreshments, and see performances by local groups as well as Tejano star Veronique!

Holiday VillageHoliday Village (Nov. 23, 2015 – Jan. 1, 2016 | 8AM-10PM | Dean Porter Park)
Just in time for the holidays Brownsville’s Holiday Village officially opens to the public Monday, November 23 on the grounds at Dean Porter Park and stays open ‘til the end of the year. Come to the grand opening of the Holiday Village 2015, and watched the first lighting of the cottages this year! Bring the whole family for food, fun and festivities. Get your free Krispy Kreme doughnuts and refreshments, and see performances by local groups as well as Tejano star Veronique!
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McAllen Tree LightingLight Up the Holidays with McAllen: 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony (Tuesday, December 1, 2015 | 6pm | McAllen Convention Center)
Join us for McAllen’s 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the McAllen Convention Center’s Oval Park
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Zoo nights and lights 4Zoo Nights & Lights (Friday, December 4&5, 2015 | 6-9PM | Gladys Porter Zoo)
Enjoy a holiday event for the whole family. More than 800 luminaria bags will adorn the pathways, over 135 lighted animal and holiday fixtures, church and school choirs, arts & crafts show in the special events building, hot chocolate, churros and more. Event Page

Weslaco Christmas Tree Lighting (December 11, 2015)



Hidalgo Christmas ParadeHidalgo Christmas Parade (Tuesday, December 2, 2015 | 6PM | 704 E Texano Drive, Hidalgo, TX)
Kids big and small are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Star Wars character for the televised Hidalgo Christmas Parade! The official kick-off to the Festival of Lights, the parade offers food booths, fun, and entertainment for the whole family!
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Edinburg Night of LightsEdinburg Night of Lights Parade & Festival (Friday, December 4, 2015 | 6pm | University Drive)
Night of Lights kicks off with the lighting of the tree, live family entertainment, music, food booths, games and more.
Also, don’t miss the beautiful lighted parade, full of brightly decorated floats, plus the ever popular visit from Santa Claus!
The parade takes place on a Friday, beginning on the corner of University Dr. & Sugar Rd. and ending at the Hidalgo County Courthouse Parking lot (Town Square).
Call 956-383-4974 for more information, or check our calendar for scheduled dates
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McAllen Holiday Parade Featuring Enrique Iglesias

McAllen Holiday Parade Featuring Enrique Iglesias Live in Concert (Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 2pm | McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium)
Tickets to stadium festivities start at $15.
Doors open at 2:00 p.m.
Enrique Iglesias starts at 5:00 p.m.
McAllen Holiday Parade 6:00 p.m.
Your ticket to the concert will give you prime seating to see the opening of the McAllen Holiday Parade. Only 15,000 seats will be available for the stadium festivities.
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28th Annual Lighted Boat Parade (Saturday, December 5, 2015 | 6pm | Port Isabel)
Celebrate Christmas coastal style with our 28th Annual Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 6 @ 6 p.m. Viewing areas on the shores of the Laguna Madre Bay! Hosted by: Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored in part by: Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce • Port Isabel / South Padre Press & Parade • Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation
Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce. (956)943-2262
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Brownsville Christmas Parade63rd Annual Brownsville Christmas Parade (Monday, December 7, 2015 | 7PM | Elizabeth Street)
Come Celebrate A Brownsville Tradition! Parade Route: Down Elizabeth Street through Historic Downtown Brownsville *In case of inclement weather the parade will be rescheduled, only once, on Monday, December 14, 2015.

Charro Days Parade (Thursday, February 25, 2016 | 2:30PM)

Illuminated Parade (Friday, February 26, 2016 | 7PM)

Grand International Parade (Saturday, February 27, 2016 | 1PM)


2015 Turkey Trot2015 RGV Cycling Turkey Trot (Thursday, November 26, 2015 | 7:30-10am | Bentsen Palm Park, 801 S Inspiration Rd, Mission, TX)
The RGV Turkey Trot is the largest Thanksgiving day event in the RGV. It has grown into a family tradition and the “Valley’s Way to Begin Thanksgiving Day” for hundreds of locals as well as those who travel to share in our great event.
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#optoutside Hike (Friday, November 27, 2015 | Estero Lllano, Weslaco)
Take a breath of fresh air on Black Friday on a nature hike with the family!

Read more: Alternative Ideas for Black Friday Fun with the Family!

3rd Annual Festival of Lights 5K Fun Night Run-Walk (Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 6:15pm | Hidalgo City Hall)
“Run In the Midst of over 3,000,000 Christmas Lights”
$25, Free T-Shirt for first 100 registrations, Hot Cocoa, Glow Sticks, Award Medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place per/age category, Award for “Best Lit Stroller” “Best Intergalactic/Christmas Costume”
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McAllen Tamale FestMcAllen Tamale Fest (December 4 from 5pm-midnight & December 5 from 11am-midnight | McAllen Municipal Park, 1921 N Bicentennial Blvd, McAllen)
This festival celebrates tamales, traditions and family. The McAllen Tamale Fest consists of a tamale-tasting competition, tamale making classes and the popular tamale eating contest. You can also find live entertainment, children and family activities, artisan booths, tamale and food vendors and a beer tent. Proceeds benefit the BGCM, which serves more than 11,000 club members. “Fun With A Purpose” is our aim for all members who come through its door for afterschool services, sports and summer camp programs.
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Pharr Christmas PosadaPharr Christmas Posada (Friday, December 4, 2015 | 6-10pm | Downtown Pharr)
Join us for the 2015 Christmas Posada in downtown Pharr! This event will be happening on December 4, 2015 from 6 PM – 10 PM. Enjoy live music, food, entertainment, a laser show, and the Lighting of the Pharr Christmas Tree!
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Brownsville Festival of Trees / Holiday Gift Market (Saturday, December 5, 2015) – SANTA!

Jolly Night HikeJolly Night Hike (Saturday, December 12, 2015 | Resaca de la Palma State Park)

Real Snow Day3rd Annual Real Snow Day & Polar Express (Saturday, December 12, 2015 | 11am – 3pm | Children’s Museum of Brownsville)
It’s snowing at the Children’s Museum! Come to Dean Porter Park to play in the snow, drink hot chocolate, make winter crafts, and so much more. Saturday, December 12, 2015.
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Sunset Live Outdoor Concert Series: Holiday Concert (Saturday, December 12, 2015 | 5-10pm | McAllen Convention Center)
FREE Sunset Live Outdoor Concert Series: Held every second Saturday of the month, the outdoor concert series focuses on promoting the arts and giving up and coming artists/musicians a different type of exposure outside of the local bar scene. Sunset Live has grown from 1,500 attendees to nearly 4,000 attributed mainly to social media and word-of-mouth.
With the native palm trees and foliage as the backdrop, the Sunset Live event offers a big city feel with the uniqueness of a Rio Grande Valley sunset to set it apart from all the others.
Grab a cozy blanket and a lawn chair and experience the perfect sunset serenade at the Sunset Live Outdoor Concert series, Saturday, December 12, 2015.
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McAllen Marathon FORSCOTTMcAllen Marathon #FORSCOTT (Sunday, December 13, 2015 | 7am | McAllen Sports Park)
Let’s celebrate Scott Crane’s legacy by running in the McAllen Marathon.
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Santa Dash (Saturday, December 19, 2015 | 5pm | Weslaco)
We want to fill the Streets with Santas! The RGV Santa Dash is the valley’s newest and biggest Santa Claus themed 5K Run/Walk/family-friendly festival of the holiday season. Come enjoy hot cocoa & coffee, LIVE band, Food vendors, and Santa’s Station, where kids and adults can visit Santa! A sight to remember. Dec. 19th, 2015 – Sign up today – 5 piece Santa Claus Suit included!
Sign up at https://mve.webconnex.com/santadash
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32nd Annual Causeway Run (January 9, 2016 | 10am | Port Isabel)
The Annual Event has been known to bring up to 5,000 participants! Run the 10k race or participate in the 5k Walk over the Laguna Madre crossing the historical Queen Isabella Causeway! Awards ceremony at the finish line located at Louie’s Backyard. Finisher medals will be given to all participants!
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The NutcrackerRio Grande Valley Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” (December 5-6, 2015 | 7pm/2pm | McAllen Civic Center Auditorium)
Enjoy this live performance of the classic ballet. Tickets available at $20 or $25. Saturday performance at 7pm. Sunday performance at 2pm.
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Melba's Breakfast with Santa
Melba’s Breakfast with Santa
 (Sunday, December 6, 2015 | 11am | McAllen Convention Center)

Join us for a morning of Holiday excitement featuring Melba’s Company Christmas Show and brunch with Santa and his helpers! Indulge in happy faced pancakes with Santa, enjoy live musical performances, create arts & crafts, and enjoy all there is to see at Melba’s Breakfast with Santa!
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IMAS Gingerbread WorkshopGingerbread House Workshop at IMAS (December 5,6,12, & 13, 2015 | International Museum of Art & Science)
Enjoy special family time and get into the festive spirit during this one-hour workshop. Become a graham cracker architect as you build and decorate your own miniature gingerbread house. At the end of the day, the mess will stay here at IMAS and you can take home your yummy creation.
*Limit 25 people per session. Children must be accompanied by an adult (Limit two children per adult). Advance reservations required. All supplies included.
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La Pastorela and Holiday Bazaar (Friday, December 11, 2015 | 6-10PM Bazaar, 7PM Theatrical Play | Edinburg City Hall Courtyard and Auditorium)
The Holiday Bazaar consists of a plethora of holiday vendors, artists, mexican vendors, Christmas Carolers, and great holiday gift ideas, Santa Clause, Mrs. Santa Clause, Elves, a Holiday Train and much more!
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Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (Wednesday, December 30, 2015 | 7pm | McAllen Convention Center)
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Guide to RGV Holiday markets 2015


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