South Pole Illuminated Festival

South Pole of Texas in McAllen

Are you ready to be dazzled by millions of lights?! There is no better way to experience the holiday spirit than at the South Pole Illuminated Festival presented by H.E.B. at the McAllen Convention Center.

The South Pole Illuminated Festival will kick off on Monday, December 7th with the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony. With so many exciting new features PLUS returning fan favorites, this year’s South Pole of Texas is one you will not want to miss.

For tickets click here!

2022 South Pole Illuminated Festival Activities

Experience the Magic of:

  • Largest RGV Christmas Tree in Texas & Beyond – TOWERING OVER 100 FEET!

Christmas Lights at McAllen Convention Center

  • NEW Animated Light Show of Texas
  • Walk through Millions of Lights

lights | Explore McAllen

  • Illuminated Oval Park featuring 24 color changing trees

the McAllen south pole festival at the McAllen Convention Center

  • Over 100 GIANT Illuminated Lanterns
  • Holiday Fireworks (weekends)

Fireworks at the McAllen South pole festival

  • NEW South Pole & Beyond Space Theme Collection

space balloon at McAllen south pole festival

  • Live Holiday Concerts

Holiday musician in concert at McAllen south pole festival

  • Snow Fall
  • Santa’s Castle
  • Christmas Petting Zoo
  • Artisan Market

Artisan Market at South Pole Illuminated Festival

  • NEW NASA Photo Exhibit

Nasa Exhibit at South Pole Illuminated Festival

The following activities may require a fee: 

  • Train Rides

children's train at McAllen south pole festival

  • Holiday Carnival

 Carnival at South Pole Illuminated Festival

Carnival at South Pole Illuminated Festival    

Carnival at South Pole Illuminated Festival

  • Holiday Food Park 

Holiday Food Park at South Pole Illuminated Festival

  • Photos with Santa

Photos with Santa at South Pole Illuminated Festival

  • Gingerbread House 

ginger bread house at McAllen south pole festival

  • Hot Chocolate and S’mores Station 

woman and child cook smores at McAllen south pole festival

  • Private South Pole Christmas Parties (book online) More info coming soon! 

Tickets to South Pole Illuminated Festival

Available now for purchase HERE!