Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Christmas Lights of Hidalgo

Very close to our RV Park in Mission Texas is the City of Hidalgo, Texas.

Hidalgo is known for two things:

Firstly, calling themselves the Killer Bee Capital of the United States and celebrating the fact that their town is the spot where killer bees first crossed the US border in October, 1990.

And, secondly,  for its amazing Festival of Lights, the largest Christmas light display in Texas. The light display is free but for $12 they offer musical entertainment by a local group, a roast beef dinner and a trolly tour to visit all the city light displays. What a bargain!

So, one evening last week, a group of people from our RV park headed out to see all that Hidalgo had to offer.

We caravaned in our cars and met in the parking lot just before sunset.
Dinner was served on the veranda of city hall:
Which was beautifully decorated for the occasion:
Each evening a different organization from the town prepared and served the dinner as a fund raiser. On this night it was the local high school. After dinner we were entertained by the Sweet Adelines.

Then we hopped on the tram for a tour of the town:

I think it is important to note here that Hidalgo has a population of about 11,000. What an amazing feat it is to stage this event when you consider that the light display, dinner and  tram tours are offered every night during the month of December.

And wait until you see the light displays: (Left click to enlarge the photos)

In front of City Hall:

These two homes were across the street from city hall:

This is the home of grammy award winning Mexican entertainer Ramon Ayala
And then around the town:

aliens from outer space where there

The biggest alligator we've seen
The National Butterfly Centre is just down the road from our RV park
The Candy Workshop
Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach
Dinosaurs were everywhere
Chinese Christmas Display

A ladybug for Ruby
A Killer Bee, of course
Visitors from the North Pole:
Are there penguins there?
Including the big man himself:
Santa brought his house - a fellow RVer?
RV Transporter some day?
Apparently wild peacocks wander around Hidalgo

This is but a very small sample of the displays we saw. A truly amazing display of community participation and pride.

From Mission, Texas Arch and I wish you a very happy holiday, Merry Christmas and to all:

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  1. Merry Christmas to you both. Terrible ice storms in the Maritimes, sorta validates your choices, eh? Have a great time!

    1. Merry Christmas to you, Desy and Norman. We are following the ice storms on Facebook. I remember them well. Mother Nature doing some housecleaning I guess. When we were living in Ontario there was one that destroyed most trees on our property and we had no power for 6 days. Sunny and 68F here today, same tomorrow.

  2. What a wonderful light display and with dinner and entertainment. Great bargain!

    Happy Holidays!!

    1. Happy Holidays to you. Enjoy the Florida sunshine.

  3. Great pictures of the light displays. Happy New Year!


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