Mark Your Calendar for the McAllen Holiday Parade and Christmas in the Park on December 5th, 6th, and 7th!


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Get ready for the largest holiday and helium balloon parade in Texas! The McAllen Holiday Parade will feature tons of celebrity appearances, giant balloons of your favorite characters, over 50 floats, and so much more! While the parade will happen on Saturday, December 7th, get into the holiday spirit at Christmas in the Park and other festive events! Check all of the Christmas events in McAllen below!

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Christmas in the Park

Friday, December 6th from 5:00 PM until 11:00 PM; and Saturday, December 7th from 12:00 PM until 12:00 AM.

Christmas in the Park will be held at the McAllen Municipal Park with activities for the whole family! There will be live entertainment, 30 food vendors, the Heart of America Carnival, Jerry Jones’s private Dallas Cowboys trailer, a marketplace with over 40 craft vendors, and much more!

  • The event will be held on Tamarack between Bicentennial and 23rd
  • Grammy award-winning Tejano group Grupo Siggno will perform at Christmas in the Park on Friday, December 6th.
  • Norteño regional musical group Los Tigrillos will be performing on Saturday, December 7th.
  • Photos with Santa will be available on Friday from 5:00 PM until 11:00 PM and Saturday from 12:00 PM until 4:30 PM and from 9:30 PM until Midnight.

Admission is FREE!

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Heart of America Carnival

Thursday, December 5th from 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM; Friday, December 6th from 5:00 PM until 11:00 PM; and Saturday, December 7th from 12:00 PM until 12:00 AM.

The Heart of America Carnival will return once again with tons of kiddie rides, interactive games, and more!

  • $10 unlimited ride tickets are now on sale at:
    • All McAllen I.S.D. schools
    • McAllen Community Centers
      • 2601 Lark Ave.
      • 1921 N. 25th
      • 3401 W. Jordan Rd.
    • McAllen Chamber of Commerce, located at 1200 Ash Ave.
    • McAllen Parks & Recreation, located at 1000 S. Ware Rd.
  • $10 unlimited rides tickets are valid for Thursday, December 5th at Christmas in the Park.
  • Carnival tickets will be $20 on Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th.

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McAllen Holiday Parade

Helium-filled character balloons, illuminated floats, and a celebrity lineup will all be part of this spectacular event!

  • Join the Opening Ceremony Extravaganza at 4:30 PM inside the Veterans Memorial Stadium. There will be special performances by Mane de la Parra with the McAllen I.S.D. 4th and 5th grade choir, snowfall, and a firework finale! Tickets to view the parade from Veterans Memorial Stadium are on sale at the McAllen Convention Center Box Office, 700 Convention Center Blvd. Or on
  • $8 VIP chair tickets along the parade route are available for sale at the following locations:
    • Lark Community Center, located at 2601 Lark Ave.
    • Palm View Community Center, located at 3401 Jordan Rd. West
    • Las Palmas Community Center, located at 1921 N. 25th
  • Sales benefit the McAllen Senior Citizen Programs and Activities at the Community Centers.
  • Free seating on a first-come, first-serve basis will also be available along the parade route, all kicking off at 6:00 PM from McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium at 2001 N. Bicentennial Blvd. on Saturday, December 7th.

Have a Holly Jolly Time, Explorers!

Take the whole family out and get in the holiday spirit with these events. Don’t forget to tag us in your photos or use #exploremcallen and #mcalleneats to be featured on our social media accounts!



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