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America's Largest Digital Christmas Tree in McAllen Transforms into the World's Largest Catrina Light Show

by Office of Communications | Oct 09, 2023

“Ca-Tree-na” for Fiesta de Palmas

In a spectacular transformation that is set to dazzle audiences far and wide, McAllen, Texas is taking its annual festival, Fiesta de Palmas, to a whole new level. The city's beloved and iconic Digital Christmas Tree, recognized as the largest of its kind in the nation, is undergoing a magical metamorphosis into the world's largest Catrina light show, aptly named "Ca-Tree-na." 

La Catrina is a sacred symbol rooted in Mexican culture that symbolizes the way Mexican people see death and the afterlife. La Catrina represents the choice Mexican people make to honor and celebrate the lives of those they've lost instead of focusing on the fact that they are gone forever.

Fiesta de Palmas, known for its rich cultural celebrations and vibrant traditions, will now feature this extraordinary fusion of holiday spirit and Mexican folklore. The Ca-Tree-na promises to be a visual spectacle that will leave festivalgoers awe-inspired and enchanted.

McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos expressed his excitement about this unique transformation, saying, "McAllen has always been at the forefront of innovation, and the Ca-Tree-na is a testament to our city's creative spirit. This dazzling fusion of cultures is a true reflection of our diverse and vibrant community."

The Ca-Tree-na light show will showcase intricate and colorful Catrina-inspired designs, paying homage to the Mexican holiday tradition of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The transformation of the Digital Christmas Tree will be a marvel of technology, with thousands of LED lights synchronized to create mesmerizing patterns and animations.

"We wanted to honor our Mexican heritage while continuing to spread holiday cheer," said Joe Vera, McAllen Assistant City Manager. "The Ca-Tree-na is a symbol of unity, celebrating the rich traditions of both Christmas and Dia de los Muertos in a truly one-of-a-kind way."

Fiesta de Palmas attendees can look forward to nightly light shows set to music, creating an immersive and enchanting experience for visitors of all ages. The Ca-Tree-na promises to be a focal point of the festival, capturing the hearts of residents and visitors alike.

The Ca-Tree-na transformation is the result of collaborative efforts between the McAllen Convention Center, McAllen Parks and Recreation Float Studio and McAllen Public Works teams who have worked tirelessly to bring this unique vision to life.

Fiesta de Palmas, with the Ca-Tree-na as its centerpiece, will run from October 20 to October 22, 2023 at the McAllen Convention Center. The festival will feature an array of cultural performances, food vendors, artisan markets, and family-friendly activities, making it a must-attend event for everyone in the Rio Grande Valley.   For tickets, schedule of activities, and more information visit or follow Fiesta de Palmas on social media for the latest news.

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Worlds Largest Ca-TREE-na at MCC Oval Park 2023

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