Get into the holiday spirit with a variety of festive events happening this weekend! Look for the ugliest sweater and party with your friends at the many ugly sweater parties happening in McAllen, Join Bike McAllen’s 2nd Annual Lite Up Your Ride Social on Saturday, and shop for original artwork during the Christmas Art Bazaar at Brewsome on Sunday. Read on for more things to do in McAllen this weekend!
Friday, December 20th
- Join Storytime with The Healthy Texas Youth Ambassadors at the McAllen Public Library beginning at 2:00 PM.
- Make time for the Holly Jolly Holiday Party at Dental Park for music, food, games, prizes, and more. This event will be held from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM.
- Sip, mingle, and shop during Blooms & Bubbly at Southern Roots Flower Market from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM.
- Visit Winter Wonderland at Metro by T-Mobile located at 228 W. Trenton Ste. 300 for free food, toys, and pictures with Santa Claus. While supplies last. This event will be from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM.
- Sara’s Hope 7th Annual Toy Drive will be held at Pepper’s at Uptown from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM. This toy drive will benefit Rio Grande Valley kids battling life-threatening diseases. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate, compete in the Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, and more!
- Ugly Sweater Dance Party with DJ Robert Ceballos will be held at Austin Street Bar beginning at 7:00 PM.
- The McAllen Wind Ensemble Holiday Concert will be held at the McAllen Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:30 PM. To purchase your tickets online, please click here.
- Winter Beats featuring Laidback Luke will be held at The Landmark beginning at 7:30 PM. There will be a Winter Wonderland-themed fashion show with dance acts and performances leading up to an appearance by world-renowned producer Laidback Luke.
- 80’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Party will be held at Deloreans beginning at 8:00 PM.
- Wrestling Revolution: ‘Twas the Fight Before Christmas will be held at Cine El Rey from 8:30 PM until 10:30 PM. There is a $5 general admission at the door.
- E.A. Presents: Mourning Sun at Yerberia Cultura beginning at 9:00 PM. Listen to live music, shop from local vendors and artists, and enjoy some good food.
- Bar Humbug Santa Hat Crawl is happening from 10:00 PM until 2:00 AM and will be held at:
- Suerte Bar and Grill located at 301 S. 17th
- Thirsty Monkey located at 1613 Chicago Ave.
- Parlor Room located at 308 S. 17th St.
- Love Buzz located at 307 S. 17th St.
- The Bearded Lady located at 320 S. 17th St.
- Tres located at 323 S. 17th St.
Photo Courtesy of Bike McAllen
Saturday, December 21st
- The IMAS welcomes families to get into the holiday spirit with their Gingerbread House Workshops. This event is scheduled every Saturday in December with a variety of workshop timeslots. There is a fee of $5 per participant. Click here to register. Note: workshop fees do not include the cost of general admission.
- Try Tai Chi in the Park held at the McAllen Nature Center from 8:00 AM until 9:00 AM. There is a suggested $1 donation fee per person.
- Sensory Saturday at the McAllen Public Library will be held from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM.
- Do some last-minute shopping at the Procrastinators Holiday Market! This event will be held at the McAllen Farmers Market from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
- Practice Yoga at the McAllen Farmers Market from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM.
- Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater during Bike McAllen’s 2nd Annual Lite Up Your Ride Social. The Ugly Sweater Competition will take place at the midpoint. Meet at the McAllen City Hall parking lot across from City Hall, wheels down at 5:30 PM.
- Santa’s Circle Presents: Seuss’ The Grinch (2018) at the McAllen Convention Center’s Oval Park. The movie screening begins at 6:00 PM. Bring your own blanket and the entire family!
- Join the Holiday PAWty for a fun night market full of vegan, pet, and local vendors at Grain to Glass from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM.
- Drop off the kids at Kidz Night Out! This event will be held at Palm View Community Center beginning at 6:30 PM. There is a fee of $15 per child and $5 per additional child, please click here to register.
- Pulguita Nocturna: Ugly Sweater Edition will be held at The Gremlin from 9:00 PM until 2:00 AM. Shop from over thirty vendors and enjoy some live music with your friends!
- Join the Ugly Sweater Party at London Grill & Tavern from 9:00 PM until 2:00 AM.
- Ugly Sweater Party with special guests DJ Static and DJ Gruvman will be held at The White Rhino from 10:00 PM until 2:00 AM.
- Grab a friend and come out to the 4th Annual Dirty Sweater Party happening at The Flying Walrus from 10:30 PM until 2:00 AM.
Photo Courtesy of Brewsome
Sunday, December 22nd
- Enjoy a bike ride with the Sun & Ski Sports Team during their Sunday Sapo Gravel Ride from 7:00 AM until 10:00 AM. Meet at their La Plaza Mall location and don’t forget your helmet and water bottle!
- Visit “FriendsMas” at The Courtyard Plaza from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM.
- STEAMworks: Holiday Science will be held at the McAllen Public Library beginning at 2:00 PM.
- Enjoy some good music and dancing at the Christmas Ceili – Irish Dance Party at the McAllen Creative Incubator from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM.
- Christmas Art Bazaar will be held at Brewsome from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Shop for original paintings, sculptures, and handcrafted ornaments.
- Sunday Funday Christmas Toy Benefit at Yerberia Cultura begins at 8:00 PM. Bring a $6-$10 donation or an unwrapped Toy.
Have a Great Weekend, Explorers!
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