Holiday Village – Brownsville, TX
This year, during my Christmas break, Allison and I made sure to take time to visit the Holiday Village in Brownsville, TX. The free to visit display is up every year in Dean Porter Park which is just across the street from the Gladys Porter Zoo. I had seen the display the previous year and was excited to visit it again. When I arrived at the little village the lit up houses popped out in the dark park and really warmed the environment. Each house has a colorful and intimate display that represents not only Christmas but also winter in general and even features a house dedicated Hanukkah.
It took me a while to figure out what I found so neat about these houses. They reminded me of the little Christmas villages people set out in their homes, with the miniature lights. You know the ones? The holiday village in Brownsville is like those little Christmas villages but much bigger! You can peer into each house, similar in size to a garden shed, and see a still moment as if people are frozen in time. They also reminded me of Dickens “A Christmas Carol” where Scrooge gets to peer into various houses and see his past.
The themes sometimes relate to local businesses organizations, such as the Girl Scouts, or a local favorite restaurant Cobbleheads. You’ll also see displays that have a more general sort of Santa, elf, and reindeer type theme.
This is just as interesting as most if not all light displays I’ve seen, and it allows you to get out and stroll past them in person as opposed to in a car. This means you can take your time and marvel at the cute details and the very talented work that went into making each and every little Holiday Village home. Allison and I enjoyed a nice romantic 70 degree winters day walking from house to house.
There is practically never snow in Brownsville so it’s fun to see the decor and figures designed for what appears to be a harsh winter that many locals have never experienced. Santa Claus is dressed the same as always and prepared for a cold sleigh ride from The North Pole. I, personally, was happy in the 70 degrees!
I had not seen anything like this before moving to Brownsville but I’m sure they are done elsewhere. Each house is well thought out and I imagine the people putting the display together had a good time doing so. And again, the craftsmanship alone makes this a worthwhile winter activity.
And who doesn’t love puppets that look like Muppets?
If you are in the South Texas area I’d highly encourage a visit. Adults and children alike enjoy the Holiday Village! I recommend visiting the Holiday Village website as each year there is a schedule of exciting events to take part in. I know we will be going back year after year. Maybe we will see you next year!