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Light Up the Holidays with McAllen- Inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting at the McAllen Convention Center

by Public Information Office | Nov 21, 2014

Light Up the Holidays with McAllen! Everyone in the community is invited to join Mayor Jim Darling and McAllen’s City Commissioners in the first ever lighting of the spectacular new 64’ Christmas tree to be on display at the McAllen Convention Center’s Oval Park.  This inaugural ceremony will take place Monday, December 1, 2014 at 6:00 PM.  Musical entertainment will be provided by local students, highlighting the event with Christmas cheer. 


This grand tree is the newest and biggest addition of holiday décor displayed around town, just one of the traditions McAllen is celebrating this Holiday Season. The tree will be on display for the public to enjoy in the McAllen Convention Center’s Oval Park throughout the month of December.   Already a popular location to visit at Palms Crossings, the added attraction of the tree to the Oval Park will make those visits even more magical.


Continuing the 31 days of Holiday activities in McAllen’s Oval Park, are the McAllen Holiday Express Train and Paddle Boat Rides that will be available throughout the month of December for children and adults of all ages.  This fun sized train will travel around Oval Park with views of the beautiful water features, sparkling Christmas lights throughout the park as well as the majestic Christmas tree.  Paddle boats will also be available to share these views in the Oval Pond.  The fee for each ride is $5 per person.

The McAllen Convention Center along with the McAllen Public Library will also be hosting the first ever A Very Merry Storytime at Oval Park, a series of children’s book readings, to be held Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month of December.  Each scheduled storytime will feature holiday themed readings with fun interactive songs, dancing and get-on-your-feet excitement for everyone. On Saturday, December 13th the McAllen Public Library will be featuring selections from their electronic book collection at 4:30pm. Come for A Very Merry Storytime and stay for Sunset Live which will feature live music, food, an artisan market and much more.  A Very Merry Storytime will finish its series December 21st with a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.  We invite you to cozy up for a reading of this classic holiday story in your favorite Christmas pajamas.

To find out more up-to-date information and schedules for each of these events, please visit the McAllen Convention Center’s Website ( and Facebook page or call 956.681.3800.   

McAllen’s Christmas tree will be on display until after the New Year’s Eve Bash (January 1, 2015).

WHO:              City of McAllen, McAllen Convention Center


WHAT:            Light up the Holidays- Inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony


WHEN:            December 1, 2014 at 6:00 PM


WHERE:          Oval Park- McAllen Convention Center 700 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen



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