FESTIVA EVENTS — Friday, Dec. 15 – Sunday, Dec. 17

HAVE AN EVENT COMING UP? Submit your information to tcupples@themonitor.com by 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for the following Friday.

FRIDAY

LAS POSADAS: ROAD TO CHRISTMAS

St. Paul Lutheran Church remembers the first Christmas journey of Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus. Enjoy meeting Christmas characters, caroling, crafts, food and petting animals.

WHEN 5 to 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE St. Paul Lutheran Church, 300 Pecan Blvd., McAllen

I SLEIGH: A BEYONCE CHRISTMAS PARTY

The party will include holiday Beyonce tunes from the Destiny’s Child Christmas album and Santa hats.

WHEN 10 p.m. Friday

WHERE Tres, 301 S. 17th St., McAllen

CALL FROM THE HILLTOP AND BENNY YBARRA

The artists will perform live.

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE The Prelude, 113 E. Jackson Ave., Harlingen

COST 25 cents

IGDA RGV MONTHLY MEETING

Meet with local game development companies and bring ideas on how to expand the gaming industry in the RGV. Everyone gaming related are more than welcomed to come and see what the IGDA has to offer.

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main St., McAllen

BEGINNING BIRDER SERIES: INTRO TO SHOREBIRDS

Interested in birding but don’t know where to start? Join us for our Beginner Birder Series, where a variety of bird groups will be explored, and tips for their identification will be discussed to elevate your birding game game. Seating is limited. Registration required.

WHEN 2 p.m. Friday

WHERE Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center, 714 S. Raul Longoria Road, Edinburg

COST $2 for non-members, free for members

SUNSET YOGA

We provide personalized instruction and custom poses to work for any body type and skill level. Yoga will support you in your journey to greater calm, joy, and awareness in all that you do.

WHEN 5 p.m. Friday

WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S. Business 83, McAllen

COST $1 suggested donation

‘HAPPY DAYS’

The Edinburg High School Dramaticats present “Happy Days,” which is based on the Paramount Pictures television series created by Garry Marshall.

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE Edinburg High School Performing Arts Center, 2600 E. Wisconsin Road, Edinburg

COST $8 per person

‘THE WOLVES’

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girls indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE PSJA Southwest High School Theatre, 300 E. Rancho Blanco Road, Pharr

YOUNG ADULTS UGLY SWEATER PARTY

Have some pizza and compete in an ugly sweater contest with prizes for multiple categories.

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE Palm Valley Church Young Adults, 1720 E. Griffin Parkway, Mission

JACK DANIELS RYE TASTING

Enjoy complimentary samples and learn more about this unique variation on Jack. This is a free event and no reservations are needed.

WHEN 6:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE Bob’s Steak & Chop House, 613 E. Trenton Road, Edinburg

CHRISTMAS COMMUNITY FAIR

Join us at the Donna Public Library to learn more about our community and what it has to offer! We will be having free Santa pictures (pictures will be developed Monday, Dec. 18) and much more.

WHEN 5:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE Donna Public Library, 301 S. Main St., Donna

CHARLES HEARN

The artist and his quartet will perform live with special guest Hilda Lamas.

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE Colletti’s, 202 S. 1st St., Harlingen

2017 HOLIDAY VILLAGE

Brownsville Holiday Village offers a village of adorable

little cottages completely decorated inside and out for the holidays.

WHEN 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday

WHERE Dean Porter Park, 501 E. Ringgold St., Brownsville

SANTA CLAUS AT THE OUTLETS

Take a photograph with Santa.

WHEN Noon to 5 p.m. Friday

WHERE RGV Premium Outlets, 5001 E. Expressway 83, Mercedes

JUAN VILLAREAL COMEDY TOUR

For more than 22 years, Juan Villareal has been entertaining audiences from coast to coast with his own flavor of stand up comedy. With stories of family, growing up, getting old and other life experiences, Juan guarantees that every performance leaves the crowd wanting more.

WHEN 3 to 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE Top Box Entertainment, 1616 N. Jackson, Pharr

COST Tickets at topboxtickets.com

SATURDAY

MOVIES AT THE PARK: ‘POLAR EXPRESS’

The McAllen Convention Center is hosting a Holiday Movie in the Park featuring “The Polar Express” in Oval Park. Bring your blankets, chairs and hot cocoa. Get cozy and enjoy the evening with friends and family.

WHEN 6:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen

MOVIES AT THE PARK: ‘HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS’

Bring blankets and snacks but the popcorn is on us.

WHEN 6:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Lorenzo Garcia Park, 205 W. Polk Ave., Pharr

WINTER WONDERLAND FESTIVAL

Enjoy a night of music, art, handmade crafts, and local food! Shop local entrepreneurs, artists, and artisans work from ceramics, crocheting, jewelry, and much more.

WHEN 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Leo Peña Placita Park, Conway Avenue, Mission

TAI CHI IN THE PARK

Tai Chi has positive effects on balance control, fitness and flexibility. Elderly and people with disabilities can also work within their limits. Wear comfortable clothing and flexible shoes, and bring water. Please be prompt. This program is offered every Saturday. In the event of rain, the program will be canceled.

WHEN 8 a.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S. Business 83, McAllen

COST $1 per person suggested donation

SANTA’S ANIMAL FOREST FEST

Enjoy a stroller-friendly trail walk with creatures of the forest, and special inflatable holiday characters. Bring you camera and take pictures with Santa and the kids! Enjoy a special snow flurry machine, holiday arts and crafts, face painting, nature caroling, and more. Families will be treated to various on stage shows from holiday caroling, dancing and more!

WHEN 9 a.m. to noon Saturday

WHERE Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center, 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen

COST $5 per child, $3 per adult

PAWSADA

The event will offer live music, doggie goodie bags, photo shoots for dogs and a possible visit from Santa.

WHEN Noon Saturday

WHERE Coffee with Companions, 1113 Upas Ave., McAllen

GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOPS

Get your kids into the holiday spirit by having them decorate their own miniature gingerbread houses using graham crackers and our fun collection of craft supplies and candy. At the end of the day, the mess will stay here at IMAS and you can take home your child’s yummy creation.

WHEN 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE International Museum of Art & Science, 1900 W. Nolana Ave., McAllen

COST $4 per participant

COOKING IN SEASON

Chef Dickens will demonstrate ways to cook healthy with local fresh organic produce found at the McAllen Farmers Market. From market to table, Chef Dickens will show you that you too can prepare a meal that will a tasty, healthy addition to your family’s meal.

WHEN 10:30 a.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Farmers Market, 4001 N. 23rd St., McAllen

COST Free

ALL FOR THE KIDS FESTIVAL

The event will include music, food and games along with a raffle for a “2017 Nissan Sentra CVT.” Santa will be available for pictures with the kids.

WHEN 5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Edinburg Municipal Park, 714 S. Raul Longoria Road, Edinburg

SONG SWAP

The Song Swap series continues with Alex Quantz hosting this month and welcoming Andy Villela to the stage. During Song Swap, the artists share the stage and play one song after another giving you, the audience, some insight into the thought process of writing certain songs, fun stories, the occasional joke here and there. It makes for a great night of intimate song listening.

WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE The Prelude, 113 E. Jackson Ave., Harlingen

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA COW

Join us for a memorable morning filled with fun holiday activities with Santa Cow and his elf friend. There will be a hot cocoa station, crafts, and kids will have a chance to write letters to Santa.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Chick-fil-A, 2709 W. Nolana Ave., McAllen

CHRISTMAS MARKET & FESTIVAL

Festival attendees will make homemade gingerbread s’mores, sip warm apple cider, enjoy popcorn & a movie on the lawn, decorate Christmas cookies, and write letters to Santa. We’ll also have a special Christmas Market under the barn with Christmas decor, handmade and locally-produced gifts, great food, and more. The market is free to everyone, but only festival ticket holders will be able to participate in the Christmas activities. To purchase tickets, call (956) 535-2117.

WHEN 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Wild August Nursery & Flower Farm, 16802 Garrett Road, Harlingen

WINTER WONDERLAND FESTIVAL

Snow Slide, Moonjump, Train, “Snow” experience, S’mores, Carnival Games, Crafts, and much more.Tamales, Hot chocolate and buñuelos are a few of the items that will be sold!

WHEN 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE IDEA McAllen, 201 N. Bentsen Road, McAllen

LITTLE PAWS STORY TIME

Designed for ages 3 to 8, this program will keep your tot engaged through stories, activities, crafts, and animal interactions!

WHEN 10:30 a.m. Saturday

WHERE The Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center, 2541 N. U.S. Expressway 83, McAllen

COST $5 per family

PHOTOS WITH SANTA

You and your pets are invited to join Forgotten Friends at Petco Mission for Photos with Santa. One hundred percent of your donation will be used to help a homeless animal.

WHEN 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Petco, 2519 E. Expressway 83, Mission

COST $9.95 donation

IT’S CHRISTMAS! A CELEBRATION OF CAROLS, COOKIES AND SKITS

Proceeds wiill benefit Weslaco’s Warming Station. Event tickets are available online. Purchasing online will reserve your seat for this event. Tickets will also be available one hour before performance at the Tower Theater.

WHEN 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE ITheatre at the Tower, 120 S. Kansas Ave., Weslaco

COST $10 donation

CHRIS RIVERA BAND

Live music

WHEN 10 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Bourbon St. Grill, 4800 N. 10th St., McAllen

SONGBIRD STROLL

How many birds can you spot?

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center, 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen

PADDLE AND PEdAL TOWN LAKE

Bring the family and pedal boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard on Town Lake! Rent one of ours, or bring your own canoe or kayak.

WHEN Noon Saturday

WHERE Town Lake at Fireman’s Park, 201 N. 1st St., McAllen

NATURE TOTS

Tots will have fun playing in the water mist, discovering the sand and sieves, and hearing fun stories in the story tent! Tots will have the ability to play with fun textures and learn new things about the world around them!

WHEN 9:30 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center, 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen

STAND UP PADDLEBOARD WORKOUT

Join us for a 30 minute SUP workout! Use ours, or bring your own. We do about two laps around the lake, with a stationary workout in between.Ages 10 and older.

WHEN 5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Town Lake at Fireman’s Park, 201 N. 1st St., McAllen

COST $10

WESLACO FASHION SHOW

Clothes made out of fruits and vegetables? Learn about the Weslaco Fashion Show and all its wonders.

WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Weslaco Museum, 500 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco

WINTER WALK THROUGH THE THICKET

Deep within the winter forest, among the crisp damp wide, you can find a magic place where all the fairies hide. Come over to Frontera Audubon and take a stroll through the thicket. After, join us on the deck for some holiday cheer! Hot cocoa station, arts and crafts table and more.

WHEN 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Frontera Audubon, 1101 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco

SUNDAY

HEAVEN’S GIFT

A Christmas celebration for Jesus, heaven’s gift, who was born on Christmas Day.

WHEN 11 a.m. Sunday

WHERE 506 E. 6th St., Weslaco

BROOKS AUSBORN CHRISTMAS CONCERT

The Christmas Concert with classical guitarist Brooks Ausborn is an annual event at St. Peter & St. Paul. Bring a friend.

WHEN 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE St. Peter & St. Paul Episcopal Church, 2310 S. Stewart Road, Mission

COST Free; donations appreciated

LA INDIA YURIDIA

The Spanish-language comedian will perform live.

WHEN 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Performing Arts Center, 901 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen

COST Tickets start at $35 at ticketmaster.com

DELTA FIELD PAINTBALL ANNUAL CHARITY PAINTBALL TOURNAMENT

The event raises toys and funds for CASA of Hidalgo County.

WHEN 8 a.m. Sunday

WHERE Delta Field Paintball, 5605 TX-107, Mission

‘MESSIAH’

Edinburg North High School Choir and Orchestra will perform.

WHEN 3:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE 411 N. 8th Ave., Edinburg

SUNSET MEDITATION

We all work more efficiently with a clear mind. In this meditation program we will explore simple techniques to reduce stress and increase well-being. Bring a yoga mat if desired.

WHEN 4:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S. Business 83, McAllen

COST $1 per person suggested donation

PADDLE AND PEDAL TOWN LAKE

Bring the family and pedal boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard on Town Lake! Rent one of ours, or bring your own canoe or kayak.

WHEN Noon Sunday

WHERE Town Lake at Fireman’s Park, 201 N. 1st St., McAllen

‘ELF’ THE MOVIE MINI-BRUNCH AND TRIVIA

Unique and challenging rounds, on making ginger bread houses, eating cookie dough, going ice skating, and maybe even holding hands.

WHEN Noon Sunday

WHERE Suerte Bar & Grill, 301 S. 17th St., McAllen