When you live in Texas, it’s a pretty huge deal to have the largest holiday lighting display in the state. But, that’s what you’ll find in Hidalgo at the city’s award-winning holiday event, the “Hidalgo Festival of Lights”. Located in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, Hidalgo has been hosting this celebration since 1991, and it has become one of the area’s most beloved traditions.
- Gingerbread Village at the Pumphouse. For $5, you can visit adorable gingerbread houses where you can try your hand at making festive ornaments and decorating Christmas cookies.
- Superhero Training Academy. This year, the theme of the festival is Superheroes, and for $15, kids can learn what it takes to be one at the Superhero Training Academy at City Hall Plaza. They’ll also get certified…the crowning glory for any budding superhero! What a cool photo op!
- Carnival Court. Exciting rides and delicious carnival foods amp up the festival fun.
Snow Play Days. On Dec. 17 and 23, the festival will offer kids of all ages the opportunity to frolic in the snow. That’s right, there will be snow in South Texas, and for $10 visitors get the chance to make snowballs, snow angels, and even slide down an actual snow slide. Don’t forget to bring along some snow-appropriate clothing, like waterproof jackets, shoes and gloves.