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December 1

  • The annual holiday favorite, “A Touch of Frost,” returns for its 23rd year with the Valley Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Peter Dabrowski. It features the Valley Symphony Chorale conducted by Dr. Sean Taylor, director of choral studies at UTRGV. The holiday program will include the Symphony’s signature arrangement of Feliz Navidad, along with selections from “The Nutcracker” and Handel’s “Messiah.”  It takes place at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. To become a VSO sponsor, contact the VSO office at 956-661-1615 or via email at hello@valleyorchestra.org. Tickets range from $25 to $69 and are available at valleyorchestra.org/event/a-touch-of-frost-2023.

December 1

  • The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce will host its Night of Lights Parade, themed “Santa’s Workshop,” starts off from Richard R. Flores Stadium at 7 p.m. The parade route will follow Closner Boulevard from the corner of Mark S. Pena Drive and end at W. McIntyre Street. Spectators can set up chairs along the parade route. Vendors at the Edinburg Christmas Market will re-open from 6 to 10 p.m. on the parade night. For more information, go to edinburg.com.

December 1-3

  • The UTRGV Department of Theater will have its first return to a musical with Fun Home. This Broadway and Off-Broadway hit musical memoir centers around cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s memories of her childhood and early years in college as she reflects on her father’s life and legacy. The content carries LGBTQ+ themes and is geared for audiences 18 and over for strong language and adult themes. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday matinee has ASL interpretation. Ticket prices are $20 and $10 for UTRGV students, faculty and staff with a valid ID. For more information, visit utrgv.edu/theatre or contact the Theatre Box Office at 956-665-3518 or via email at theatreboxoffice@utrgv.edu.
  • South Padre Island lights up for Christmas in a weekend of events when the 34th Annual Christmas Street Parade takes off at 6 p.m. on Friday, running from Mars to Acapulco streets. Visitors should set up their beach chairs on the east side of the medians only. On Saturday, the bay will be filled with vessels for the Lighted Boat Parade at 6 p.m. The route begins at Sea Ranch Marina where illuminated boats of all sizes cruise through the Laguna Madre Bay. Designated areas throughout the route offer free public viewing. Judging will take place at Jim’s Pier. Also on Saturday, visit with Santa at the kid zone featuring bounce houses, a snow machine, a trackless train, and more from 5 to 10 p.m. It takes place at the Cameron County Amphitheater. On Sunday, it’s pancake breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. at the South Padre Island Convention Center. For details on all the events, visit sopadre.com/event-calendar.

December 1 – January 1, 2024

  • The cottages of Holiday Village Brownsville are back at Dean Porter Park for the 14th annual yuletide event. There are 34 fully-decorated cottages lining the sidewalks this year. Returning this year is Fritter, the Holiday Village elf. From the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, join in the fun of finding Fritter and enter to win daily and weekly prizes. There will be treats from a variety of food vendors, and performances by local dance groups, choirs, school groups and more, throughout the six-week long event. Admission is free all day every day, and the cottages are lit at 6 p.m. each evening. Santa Claus will be in the gazebo and available for free pictures every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night through Dec. 23. More information, entertainment schedules and Elf on the Shelf contest rules can be found at HolidayVillageBrownsville.com.

December 2

  • The 2023 McAllen Holiday Parade, the largest illuminated holiday and helium balloon parade in Texas, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a “South Pole Dream Land.” The parade steps off at 6 p.m. from McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium. There will be ticketed and free seating along the 1.5 mile parade route to enjoy over 50 illuminated and animated floats. Also returning again in 2023 is the MHP Sweepstakes, which will offer prizes, a free Park & Ride, festival and Christmas in the Park, that features food, games, carnival, local community performances and free concerts.

December 6

  • The Merry & Bright Christmas concert featuring the VSO Chorale and Holiday Brass Quintet will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle, 400 Virgen de San Juan Blvd. 90 minute concert includes intermission, is perfect for the whole family. Tickets range from $18 to $32. For tickets, go to valleyorchestra.org/event/merry-bright. For information, call 956-661-1615 or email hello@valleyorchestra.org.

December 9

  • The International Museum of Art & Science, 1900 Nolana Ave., McAllen, hosts a gallery talk on Natural Expressions: Collected Landscapes from the IMAS Vault from 2 to 3 p.m. The program celebrates visual artists who observed the scenes of nature. The program explores the beauty of those works of art presented by guest curator Mary Nettie Rodriguez. The guided art talk and tour is included with general admission and is free for IMAS Members. Go to theimasonline.org for more information.

December 10

  • Get ready for an evening of vibrant melodies and cultural celebration as the Gelman Stained Glass Museum presents “Serenata a la Virgen,” a mariachi concert with the sounds of traditional Mexican music among the vibrant stained glass art of the museum. It begins at 6:30 p.m. with the performance by renowned Mariachi 7 Leguas. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The museum is located at 411 Virgen De San Juan Blvd. Tickets range from $35 to $75 and are available for purchase online at gelmanmuseum.org. Call 956-601-0838 for more information.

December 15

  • The McAllen Wind Ensemble Christmas concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $7 to $17 and can be purchased in-person at the McAllen Performing Arts Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, or go to ticketmaster.com. Additional fees may apply. For more information, contact info@mcallenwindsemble.org. For more information about the organization, visit mcallenwindensemble.org.

December 21

  • Gelman Stained Glass Museum, 411 Virgen de San Juan Blvd. in San Juan, presents “A Merry Little Christmas” live organ concert by Tom Hoehn. It begins at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.Tickets are $55 VIP, $45 reserved; and $35 general admission. Get tickets at gelmanmuseum.org. Call 956-601-0838 for information.

2024

January 18

  • Clayton Stephenson, 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition finalist, performs at 7 p.m. at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg. For tickets, go to www.showpass.com/m/patron-of-the-arts. For information, email cofa@utrgv.edu.

February 13

  • The next McAllen Wind Ensemble concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $7 to $17 and can be purchased in-person at the McAllen Performing Arts Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, or go to ticketmaster.com. Additional fees may apply. For more information, contact info@mcallenwindsemble.org. For more information about the organization, visit mcallenwindensemble.org.

February 22

  • The STC Theatre & Dance continues their seaon with Antoine De Saint-Exupéry’s “The Little Prince,” an adaptation by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar. The Little Prince is about a lonely, little prince who journeys through the universe in search of enlightenment and finds the strange, narrow-minded world of grownups. It will be held at STC’s Cooper Center for Performing Arts at the Pecan Campus, 3200 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. General admission tickets for the Main Stage and Black Box Studio productions are $5. The group rate for 10 or more guests is $3. Tickets can either be purchased online at southtexascollege.edu/go/theatre using a credit card or on the day of the performance or at the box office with cash. For more information, call Johanna Leal at 956-872-2301 or via email at jleal5@southtexascollege.edu.

February 23

  • The Valley Symphony Orchestra season continues with the third concert of the season, “Lyrical Legends,” featuring the VSO’s Assistant Principal cellist Patrick Hopkins performing “Variations on a Rococo Theme.” Under the direction of Maestro Peter Dabrowski, the concert features family-friendly selections including “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Stravinksy’s Firebird Suite. To become a VSO sponsor, contact the VSO office at 956-661-1615 or via email at hello@valleyorchestra.org. For general information or tickets, go to valleyorchestra.org.

February 23 & 24

  • Jasminne Mendez, playwright, translator, and award-winning author, speaks on Feb. 23 in Edinburg at the Dustin Michael Sekula Library at 6 p.m. and Feb. 24, 2024 at the UTRGV Ballroom at 9 a.m. For information, email cofa@utrgv.edu.

February 28

  • FLY Dance Company, street dance with classical choreographic principles, performs at 7 p.m. at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg. For tickets, go to www.showpass.com/m/patron-of-the-arts. For information, email cofa@utrgv.edu.

March 1-3

  • The UTRGV Department of Theater presents Metamorphoses, a poetic retelling of classical Greek and Roman myths by Ovid. Passionate and captivating stories performed in a pool of water, actors will share with tales of love, loss and transformation. Age appropriate for high school level and above, it contains adult themes. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. ASL interpretation will be available for Saturday. Ticket prices are general admission, $17; senior/military, $12; and UTRGV student, faculty, staff w/valid ID, $7. For more information, visit utrgv.edu/theatre or contact the Theatre Box Office at 956-665-3518 or via email at theatreboxoffice@utrgv.edu.

March 2

  • Mariachi Los Campers performs at 7 p.m. at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg. For tickets, go to www.showpass.com/m/patron-of-the-arts. For information, email cofa@utrgv.edu.

March 17

  • Come From Away is the third performance of the Broadway in the Rio Grande Valley Show season. It begins at 7:30 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center.  On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved the world. This stirring and inspiring musical goes into the heart of the remarkable true story of the small town in Newfoundland that opened their homes to 7,000 stranded travelers on 9/11. During that fateful week, cultures clashed, and nerves ran high—but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Celebrate the best of humanity in this moving performance. For more information, visit experiencemcallen.com/broadway.

March 22

  • In its next concert, the Valley Symphony Orchestra presents “Potter and Piano” showcasing music from the Harry Potter films and returning soloist Tanya Gabrielian performing George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. To become a VSO sponsor, contact the VSO office at 956-661-1615 or via email at hello@valleyorchestra.org. For general information or tickets, go to valleyorchestra.org.

April 7

  • The McAllen Wind Ensemble final concert of the season begins at 3 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $7 to $17 and can be purchased in-person at the McAllen Performing Arts Center Box Office, by calling 800-745-3000, or go to ticketmaster.com. Additional fees may apply. For more information, contact info@mcallenwindsemble.org. For more information about the organization, visit mcallenwindensemble.org.

April 19

  • The Valley Symphony Orchestra’s season finale, “Spellbound Symphony,” will include Rimsky-Korsakov’s beguiling Scheherazade, inspired by the tales of “The Arabian Nights.” To become a VSO sponsor, contact the VSO office at 956-661-1615 or via email at hello@valleyorchestra.org. For general information or tickets, go to valleyorchestra.org.

April 19-21

  • The UTRGV Department of Theater ends the season with a rock and roll comedy Airness, a play about competitive air guitar and discovering the air-ness within. Follow Nina as she enters her first air guitar competition and finds out if she has what it takes to become the next champion. Appropriate for high school age and above. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday when ASL interpretation will be available. Ticket prices are general admission, $17; senior/military, $12; and UTRGV student, faculty, staff w/valid ID, $7. For more information, visit utrgv.edu/theatre or contact the Theatre Box Office at 956-665-3518 or via email at theatreboxoffice@utrgv.edu.

April 20

  • The STC Dance Collective’s Transcendence 2024 showcases the combined talents of students, community members, and dance professionals from the Rio Grande Valley. It is a series of visionary works that explore the human experience through raw physicality and storytelling. It will be held at STC’s Cooper Center for Performing Arts at the Pecan Campus, 3200 W. Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. General admission tickets for the Main Stage and Black Box Studio productions are $5. The group rate for 10 or more guests is $3. Tickets can either be purchased online at southtexascollege.edu/go/theatre using a credit card or on the day of the performance or at the box office with cash. For more information, call Johanna Leal at 956-872-2301 or via email at jleal5@southtexascollege.edu.

April 20 & 21

  • Axiom Quartet performs at 7 p.m. on April 20 at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, 1201 W. University Dr. in Edinburg, and April 21 at 7 p.m. at the TSC Performing Arts Center, 90 Taylor Ave. in Brownsville. For tickets, go to www.showpass.com/m/patron-of-the-arts. For information, email cofa@utrgv.edu.

April 26

  • Chicago, The Musical is the fourth and final performance of the Broadway in the Rio Grande Valley Show season. It begins at 8 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. After 25 years, it is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake in a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another and the dancing to match it. For more information, visit experiencemcallen.com/broadway.

 

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