McAllen Christmas Tree Lighting, Monday 6:30-8:30pm, McAllen Convention Center. A huge Christmas tree sits in Oval Park and will be lit this Monday. Free and open to the public.
Sirens of Song, Monday 7:30pm, McAllen Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $23 plus fees.
The Manliest Beard Competition / Beards of South Texas Event, Tuesday 6:15pm-midnight, Pepper’s at Uptown. Prizes, awards, plus live music by Land Locked Pirates, And The Hero Prevails, Suicide Drive and Profused. Proceeds benefit those fighting prostate cancer.
RGV Vipers vs Texas Legends, Wednesday 7pm, State Farm Arena (Hidalgo).
Bit Lip (Canada), Wednesday 9pm, Yerberia Cultura. With the debuting Sid Broderius and the Emergency Exit, Ruben Farias and more.
Heart of America Carnival, Thursday-Saturday, McAllen Municipal Park. As part of McAllen’s annual Christmas in the Park, the carnival has $10 unlimited rides on Thursday.
Christmas in the Park, Friday-Saturday, McAllen Municipal Park. Friday: 5-11pm, Saturday: noon-midnight. Free admission and parking. David Lee Garza y los Musicales & Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz perform on Friday at 9pm. The Heart of America Carnival will also be going on all weekend.
RGV FC Winter Cup 2017, Friday-Sunday, H-E-B Park. 2nd annual international soccer tournament for boys (divisions range from U5/6 to U18/19).
Warm Phonics Festival, Friday 8pm, Yerberia Cultura. Pinky Swear, Ruben Farias, Rage & Serenity and more perform at this acoustic showcase. $5, all ages.
Jingle Bell Walk & Run, Saturday 8am, Edinburg. Donate an unwrapped toy to register for this 2 mile fun run/walk hosted by Tropical Texas Behavioral Health.
K-TEX 8th Annual Ten Man Jam, Saturday 12pm, RGV Livestock Showgrounds (Mercedes). This year’s performers: Midland, LoCash, Scotty McCreery, Jerrod Niemann, Chase Bryant, Drew Baldridge, Casey Donahew, Tyler Farr, Russell Dickerson, Devin Dawson – KTEX On The Verge Artist and Danielle Bradbery from NBC’s The Voice. Proceeds benefit the Food Bank of the RGV. Tickets: $10 presale, $20 at the show.
Nightmare Before Christmas Artist Market, Saturday 3-10pm, The Venue House (Edinburg). Shop local artists & vendors for your holiday gifts, plus music, raffles, games and photo-ops for kids and more. Free and open to the public.
McAllen Holiday Parade, Saturday 6-8pm, McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium. The annual parade runs south from Veterans Memorial Stadium on Bicentennial to Business 83. Free parking and shuttle available from STC on Pecan. As we do each year, we ask you to be considerate of your neighbors in the area around the parade route when parking and driving!
RGV Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’, Saturday-Sunday, McAllen Performing Arts Center. Tickets $30/$40/$50 plus fees. Performances Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm.
RGV Barracudas FC vs Turlock Express, Sunday 5:05pm, State Farm Arena. Arena soccer in Hidalgo.
Free Entry Sunday, Sunday 8am-8pm, Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge (Alamo). Every first Sunday of the month is Free Entry Sunday at the beautiful wildlife refuge.
Sunday Speaker Series: RGV Genealogical Society, Sunday 2-3pm, Museum of South Texas History. “MOST History welcomes Mary Torres, the president of the Rio Grande Valley Genealogical Society, to present during the Sunday Speaker Series Dec. 3 at 2 p.m.” Included in regular admission.
Renaissance Cancer Foundation Gala, Sunday 6pm, Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. “Viva Las Vegas” is the theme, headlined by Frankie Moreno. Tickets: call 956-362-2191.
Chamber Music Concert Nights, Sunday 6:30-8pm, McAllen Public Library. Free concert by the McAllen String Quartet, performing music by Philip Glass and more.
The Christmas season is upon us! Make sure to send us your events so we can get the word out: submit events for free here.