Many Mexicans celebrate throughout a long holiday season, with traditional posadas (reenactments of Mary and Joseph’s search for an inn), the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe, church services, and Three Kings Day. Perhaps no other event, however, captures the spirit of joyous anticipation during the holidays as La Noche Buena. Translated literally, the holiday means “The Good Night” and refers to the night before Christmas Day. Marked by large gatherings of family and friends, La Noche Buena includes traditional foods, adornos or decorations, and an air of festive anticipation.
In the spirit of La Noche Buena, celebrate the holiday season with plenty to do and enjoy at the museum’s Fiesta de Noche Buena. Families will enjoy learning about holiday traditions with a children’s book read-aloud by Book Buzz of UTRGV. Books will include “La Nochebuena South of the Border” and “Twas Nochebuena.” Guests will also hear, “The Legend of the Poinsettia,” which tells a story of why this Mexican plant—sometimes called flor de nochebuena—became a symbol of Christmas around the world.
For those in a shopping mood, artisans will offer a variety of goods perfect for holiday gift-giving. The Museum Store will also be open—and FRIENDS of MOSTHistory receive a 10% discount. Bring your appetite and savor a number of holiday favorites from local food vendors. Enjoy performances, make a Noche Buena craft, and take plenty of memorable photos with costumes, face painting and other photo opportunities. And, befitting a border celebration, enjoy a little blend of traditions, including a 12-foot tall Fiesta Tree and Cowboy Santa.
Whatever you hope for this holiday season, come join MOSTHistory in celebrating family, friends and traditions with a border twist—at Fiesta de Noche Buena, Dec. 10!