Celebrate a newly imagined tradition

The Museum of South Texas History (“MOSTHistory”), a museum chronicling the heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico, invites you and your family to Fiesta de Noche Buena from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13.

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Fiesta de Noche Buena is a Spanish phrase translated as “party of good night” and refers to a traditional Christmas Eve feast after a religious mass that is observed in Mexico. Among the holiday foods and decorations are poinsettias, also known as noche buenas, which are indigenous to Mexico. The legend associated with the poinsettia, or noche buena, is that of a poor Mexican girl who presents weeds to the infant Jesus and miraculously turn into beautiful, red rich flowers – noche buenas.

Celebrate holiday traditions while creating cherished memories that reflect South Texas culture at this inaugural event, to be held inside the museum. Just beyond the mesquite double doors at the front entrance, visitors can experience traditional pan dulce, Bavarian roasted nuts, freshly brewed coffee, hot tea, atole and champurrado. For the unfilled stomachs, enjoy fajita tacos or tamales, followed with a delicious dessert – arroz con leche, cookies or buñelos.

Families can document the holidays with multiple photograph opportunities that include a 12-ft tall fiesta tree, a holiday-themed wagon full of gift boxes and Cowboy Santa with a saddle. Participate in fun activities such as free ornament crafts that can be added to a tree in the museum or taken home. If there is still last minute holiday shopping, the museum’s Annex Hallway will be lined with artisan vendors selling handmade crafts ranging from flower headbands, wooden holiday houses, jewelry, and cuadros (paintings) to decorated crosses, birdhouses, corn husk dolls and more. The Museum Store also offers a beautiful selection of gift items sure to please.

Live entertainment will be provided by award-wining storyteller and folksinger Rickey Pittman, “The Bard of the South”. Visitors will also experience traditional folklórico performances by Grupo Folklórico RGV from Mission, Texas. Come and enjoy an afternoon filled with dance, music, photograph opportunities, food, drink and holiday shopping.

The Fiesta de Noche Buena event is included in regular museum admission: $7 adults (ages 18+); $5 seniors with ID (ages 62+) and students with ID (ages 13+); $4 for children (ages 4 to 12); free for children ages 3 and younger. FRIENDS of the Museum are admitted free as a benefit of FRIENDship. For more information on the event or becoming a FRIEND of the Museum, call +1-956-383-6911. The Museum of South Texas History is located at 200 N. Closner Blvd. on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square in downtown Edinburg.

About Museum of South Texas History
The Museum of South Texas History is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. It is located in downtown Edinburg at 200 N. Closner Blvd. on the Hidalgo County Courthouse square. Hours of operation are from 1–5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday. Founded in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the 1910 Hidalgo County Jail, the museum has grown over the decades through a series of expansions to occupy a full city block. In 2003 following the completion of a 22,500 square foot expansion, the museum was renamed the Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its regional scope. Today, the museum preserves and presents the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico through its permanent collection and the Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archives and exhibits spanning prehistory through the 20th century. For more information about MOSTHistory, including becoming a FRIEND, visit MOSTHistory.org, like us on Facebook, follow on Twitter, connect on LinkedIn, find on Google+ or call +1-956-383-6911.