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Fiesta de Noche Buena

December 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Many Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and other South Texans celebrate the holiday season with traditional events, but perhaps no other event captures the spirit of joyous anticipation than La Nochebuena, or La Noche Buena. Although “noche buena” is translated to “good night” in English, the phrase also refers to Christmas Eve festivities. Marked by large gatherings of family and friends, La Noche Buena includes traditional foods, adornos or decorations, and sharing memories. You and your family can enjoy a blended border-spirit version of La Noche Buena at the Museum of South Texas History.

The special event admission fees are $8 for adults (ages 18+); $6 for seniors with ID (ages 62+), active military and students with ID (ages 13+); $5 for children (ages 4 to 12) and free for children ages 3 and younger. FRIENDS of MOSTHistory are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship and must provide an active FRIENDship card to enter free. For more information on the event or becoming a FRIEND, please call 956-383-6911 or visit www.mosthistory.org/donate-here.

Christmas Mercado

Location: Courtyard Gallery

  • Details & Gifts
  • JRO’s Renegade Art
  • Ilene’s Handmade Items
  • Handmade Mexican Artisan Gifts
  • Iba Sisters Handmade
  • Cielito Lindo Boutique
  • Madre Mia Designs
  • Manos Artesanales/Emma’s Art Decor


Location: Grand Lobby

  • Sodas, water, lemonade, champurrado and Abuelita hot chocolate sold by Boy Scouts
  • Pan dulce, buñuelos and tamales by La Morenita Bakery
  • Elote en vaso, fritturas Mexicanos con queso, marrandas and gummy bears with chamoy by E&B Elotes


Children’s book read aloud by UTRGV Book Buzz:
– “La Nochebuena South of the Border”
– ” ‘Twas Nochebuena”
– “The Legend of the Poinsettia”
Location: Classroom

Free Crafts
– Pinwheel Poinsettia
– Memory Ornaments
Location: Discovery Room

Photo opportunities

12-foot-tall fiesta tree
Location: Reading area on second floor

Cowboy Santa and his saddle
Location: Grand Lobby

Performance Schedule

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.   Holiday Karaoke
2:00 p.m.                       Posada Trail Through Time/Posada Por Tiempo
3:00 p.m.                       Edinburg North High School Mariachi Oro
3:30 p.m.                       Danzart Centro Dancistico
4:00 p.m.                       Posada Trail Through Time/Posada Por Tiempo
4:45 p.m.                       Piñata (weather permitting)


December 9, 2018
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm