Christmas in the Valley with Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights

Wintertime has finally arrived in the Rio Grande Valley, and that means Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights and the Hidalgo Ramon Ayala Christmas Posada are just around the corner!

The beloved Christmas traditions that Hidalgo has become known for will make their spectacular return next month bigger and better than ever.

For 24 years now, Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights has brought light and laughter to hundreds of thousands of families who come to experience the magic each year. And the Hidalgo Ramon Ayala Christmas Posada will mark its 15th year of giving back to the community and great entertainment by the legendary norteño star and his friends.

Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights will kick off on Monday, Dec. 1, starting at 6 p.m. with the marvelous spectacle of the Festival of Lights Illuminated Parade, brighter than ever with more floats than ever before.

Featuring more than 3 million lights among its 500+ large displays, the Festival of Lights is the largest Christmas light display in Texas. Visitors can explore the nine-mile illuminated wonderland on a train or trolley tour — or enjoy the journey in the comfort of their own vehicle! The festival also offers a Dinner, Concert, Trolley Tour package that includes a roast beef supper, complete with musical entertainment and a trolley or train ride through the lights. Tickets for the Dinner, Concert, Trolley Tour package are available at the State Farm Arena 2600 N. 10th, Hidalgo or by calling 956-843-5311. Reservations are required.

With carnival rides, the LED Ferris Wheel, ice skating at the Ice Palace and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights is the Rio Grande Valley’s favorite way to celebrate Christmastime.


The Hidalgo Ramon Ayala Christmas Posada will ring in its quinceanera year (15th annual) festivities with an all-star concert of norteno and tejano superstars, headlined by the legendary Ramon Ayala himself. And as children from throughout the Valley know, tens of thousands of free toys will be distributed to one and all.

Mayor Martin Cepeda and the City of Hidalgo wish to thank the generous sponsors who make Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights, the Ice Palace, the Illuminated Parade and the Hidalgo Ramon Ayala Posada possible.

For more information on either event, contact Hidalgo City Hall at (956) 843-2286 or check out our website at

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