- The Hidalgo Festival of Lights, “2020 – Season of Hope,” is a drive-thru experience this year.
Pricing is $21 with only one ticket needed per vehicle. The festival runs from 6 to 11 p.m. each evening and will be staged at Payne Arena, 2600 N. 10th St. in Hidalgo. Go to hidalgofestivaloflights.com to purchase tickets.
- Brownsville’s Holiday Village is coming to everyone’s home this year with their new Virtual Village. The Virtual Village will include 31 cottages from the live village to explore, and the website will also have coloring pages, games and other activities, including finding the elusive Fritter hide in a different cottage each day as the Village is updated throughout the month. Go to www.holidayvillagebrownsville.com to participate.
- The annual McAllen Holiday Parade will be broadcast television production with no spectators in attendance. The parade begins at 6 p.m. from Oval Park at the McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd. It can be watched live on TV and via streaming options including McAllen Cable Network Spectrum Cable 1300 for McAllen residents; on the McAllen 3-1-1 mobile app or over the air antenna channel KAZH-HP 57.1. Viewers may also watch the parade on Azteca Valle, CBS-4, Telemundo 40, Telexitos and Unimas. Parade organizers will keep all of the elements of the previous six presentations of the parade, including the colorful, animated and iconic illuminated floats and the giant character and specialty helium and cold-air balloons, including bands and celebrities presented in unique ways.
December 18 & 20
- The next Valley Symphony Orchestra concert is a variation of the orchestra’s seasonal tribute, “A Touch of Frost.” The virtual performance features the VSO Holiday Brass and Harp. The premier can be found live on Facebook at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, and on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. there will be an encore broadcast on KRGV Channel 5. For more information, go to valleyorchestra.org or call the VSO office at 956-661-1615.