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December 2019


The following events are just some of the events coming up this month. We generally post this list a month in advance, and do not update afterward so we can focus on the print edition instead. We leave the past monthly lists on the website just to give you some idea of what generally happens that month

WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating through Jan. 5 in Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Special holiday hours to be announced. Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger). Tickets at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600,winterfestep.com, or on Facebook.

Desert Crossing Holiday Market — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing will host its 15th annual market 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, in the Sunset Hall, featuring more than 100 local artists, craftspersons and vendors, as well as cooking demonstrations and live music. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext.3, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at ArdovinosDC.

Christmas Street Gala — The 46th annual fundraiser for the Paso Del Norte Children's Development Center is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at El Paso Country Club. Information: christmas.street@pdnchildrens.org or pdnchildrens.org.

UTEP Men’s Basketball - Ticket information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• The Miners travel to Las Cruces for a return match against NMSU at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.
• The Miners host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.
• The WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 16-17, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Monday: Kent State vs. UC Irvine at 5 p.m. and North Carolina A&T vs. UTEP at 7 p.m. Consolation Game is at 5 p.m. Tuesday, followed by Championship Game at 7 p.m.

‘Dogfight’ — UTEP Dinner Theatre presents the musical as part of its Side Dish Student Production at 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Dec. 3-7, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. No meal served.(Ticketmaster). Information: 747-6060 or utep.edu/udt.

UTEP Department of Music — Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Information: 747-5606 or music.utep.edu.
• UTEP Horn Choir Concert is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Admission is free.
• Orchestra Concert presents “American Friends” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra — Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, presented by the Hallmark Channel. The “rock holiday tradition for a new generation” will showcase their unique combination of storytelling, musicianship and spectacular production effects. Tickets: $38.25-$72.25 (Ticketmaster).

Lowbrow Palace — 111 E. Robinson. Information: Facebook at lowbrowpalace.
• Scarlett O’Hara — The Welcome Back to the Brodeo Tour is 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, featuring Sleep Walker and SomewhereToCallHome. Tickets: $15.
• Beach Bums — 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Tickets: $10.
• Motel Radio — The New Orleans rock and folk band performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. Tickets; $12.

UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center.  Ticket information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5: Weber State
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Arizona
• 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, Tulsa.

The Monstercat Uncaged Tour — The Monstercat Uncaged Tour electronic indie music label tour featuring Gammer, Riot and Tokyo Machine is 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Green Door, 8750 Gateway East. Age 17 and older admitted. Tickets: $10; eventbrite.com.

‘A Christmas Carol en la Frontera’ — The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents an original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ holiday season classic by Jay Stratton and Adriana Dominguez Dec. 5-13, in UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Wise Family Theatre. Showtime is 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13; plus 4 p.m. matinees Dec. 7-8 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. Student matinees are 9:30 a.m. and noon Tuesdays through Thursdays, Dec. 11-12, and Dec. 17-19, and Monday Dec. 16. Tickets: $12-$18 (All seats $10 on Dec. 5). Information: 747-5118, theatredance.utep.edu or on Facebook.

‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet — El Paso Ballet Theatre and UTEP’s 10th annual presentation of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet is 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6-8, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets: $20-$35 (Ticketmaster). Information: 760-6002 or elpasoballettheatre.com.

La Casa Holiday Bazaar - The annual charity bazaar featuring regional vendors is Dec. 6-8 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Avenue, Las Cruces. Hours are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per day; $12 for a weekend pass; free for children under 12. Information: (575) 526-2819 or lacasainc.org.

El Paso Mineral and Gem Society Show — The annual mineral, gem, jewelry and bead show is Dec. 6-8 at El Maida Auditorium, 6331 Alabama. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Information: 544-2717 or epmgs.com.

Las Cruces Festival of Trees — The 4th annual holiday family celebration benefiting local nonprofits is Dec. 6-7 at Centennial High School, 1950 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd., Las Cruces. Hours 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Admission: $5 ($3 students, kids; under age 2 free) Information: lctreefestival.weebly.com or on Facebook at lctreefestival.

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, presents its adaptation of the classic film celebrating the true spirit of Christmas  Dec. 6-21. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 seniors, students, military and teachers; $9 children). Information: 532-1317 or elpasoplayhouse.com.

‘Surviving Your Family at Christmas’ — No Strings Theater Company presents the Christmas comedy Dec. 6-20, at Black Box Theater, 430 N. Main in Las Cruces. Showtime is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday). Information: (575) 523-1223 or no-strings.org.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony — The Grammy Award winning cutting edge rap group performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano, made up of Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone, Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone and Flesh-N-Bone. Tickets at Ticketmaster.

Cristela Alonzo — The comedian, actress, writer and producer brings her “My Affordable Care Act” stand-up comedy tour to El Paso at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at the Philanthropy Theatre, in the Plaza Annex. Tickets: $40 (Ticketmaster).

Musical Jams and Jokes — T.K. Kirkland, the “Underground King of Comedy,” headlines the music and comedy show at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Northgate Optimist Club, 4201 Skyline, hosted by Tommy Black, with comedy by Mando Man and musical guest Uplift Muzik Band. Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the door. VIP table seating is $40. Tickets through Nov. 6 are $20 general admission; $30 VIP. Available at eventbrite. Information: 241-6457 or 204-8028.

Paulina Rubio —  The singer’s Ellas Mandan Tour is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center, with guest Ivy Queen. Tickets: $30-$120 (Ticketmaster).

Luminarias by the Lake — Thousands of luminarias will line the walking paths at Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens, 4200 Doniphan, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, with holiday music, and refreshments Proceeds benefit the park. Admission: $4 ($3 military, $1 children). Information: 581-7920 or keystoneheritagepark.com.

Steve O — The comic and stuntman who first gained fame on MTV’s stunt-based reality show “Jackass” performs at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at the Comic Strip, 1201 Airway.  Tickets: $30; $40 VIP; $50 Front 50.Information: 799-LAFF (5233) or laff2nite.com.

‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Moscow Ballet presents its “Gift of Christmas Tour” at 7 p.m. Friday, and 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6-7, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $29-$99(Ticketmaster). Group discounts and VIP packages available. Information: nutcracker.com.

Guild and Friends Luncheon — El Paso Opera Guild and Friends hosts a winter luncheon at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Anson 11, 303 N. Oregon. Cost: $30. RSVP by Dec. 3 at info@epopera.org.

Magoffin Holiday Open House — The annual holiday season event at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, is 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, with live music, performers, cookies, hot cocoa, and free activities for kids. Admission is free. Information: 533-5147, visitmagoffinhome.com or on Facebook.

PBS Kids Fiesta — The 5th annual event is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the El Paso Convention Center. Presented by KCOS TV. Information: kcostv.org.

Gage Schroeder Memorial Wrestling Tournament — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at El Paso County Coliseum. Donations benefit scholarships. Information on Facebook at The Gage Memorial Wrestling Tournament.

Pearl Harbor Triathlon — White Sands Missile Range Bell Gym presents the 5K Run/30K Bike/400M Swim is 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at White Sands Aquatic Center, Building 462 Flagler Street. Cost: $60 individual through Nov. 25; $65 after. Team fee: $70 through Nov. 25; $75 after ($10 military discount). Registration at itsyourrace.com.

Chinese Acrobats of Hebei — The performance is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. Tickets: $20-$60. Information: 1-877-277-5677 or innofthemountaingods.com.

Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival — The festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel, in Carlsbad, N.M. (site of Christmas on the Pecos boat rides). Features wines from New Mexico wineries, arts and crafts, holiday entertainment. Admission: $10 in advance; $12 at the door (includes 10 tastings and souvenir glass). Age 21 and older only. Information: (575) 522-1232, carlsbadwinterwine.com or on Facebook.
  A VIP Party is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Admission: $25 (VIP tickets sell out early).

‘Christmas in the Foothills’ — The historic Black Range town of Hillsboro, N.M. invites Christmas shoppers for a holiday studio walk 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Hillsboro Community Center. Information: (575) 894-1698 or awama123@gmail.com.

Dickens’ Tea & Fashion Show — Doña Ana Arts Council volunteer Sherry White hosts the 19th century tea and fashion show 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado. Tickets: $15 ($5 children under 12). Information: (575) 523-6403 or daarts.org.

Ruidoso Festival of Lights — The annual “Parade of Lights” is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in downtown Ruidoso (from Sudderth/Mechem to Pizza Hut). This year’s theme is “A Disney Christmas.”  The Parade After Party follows at Wingfield Park, with food and drinks, Santa photos and a showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Information: 1-888-71-LIGHTS (714-4448) or ruidosonow.com/festival-of-lights. 

Holiday Craft Fair — Most Holy Trinity School, 10000 Pheasant, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-8, in the school gym. Information: 751-2566 or mhtcrusaders.org.

Silver City Holiday Market —10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-8, at 3031 Silver Heights, in Silver City. Information: scholidaymarket@gmail.com or on Facebook.

LCSO with Barbara Padilla — Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lonnie Klein, presents a compilation of great arias from Italy, Mexico and Venezuela  with guest soprano Barbara Padilla at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-8, at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall. Tickets: $41-$51. Information: (575) 646-3709, lascrucessymphony.com or on Facebook.

‘A Christmas Story’ — Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall presents the musical based on the classic movie Dec. 7-22. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $17 ($14 senior, student and military; $10 groups and children). Information: (575) 523-1200 or lcctnm.org.

Christmas Extravaganza — Escamilla Fine Art Gallery, Studio and Gift Shop hosts the annual holiday show and sale 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Information: 851-0742 or albertoescamilla.com.

Holiday Concert — Mesilla Valley Chorale’s annual holiday concert is 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main in Las Cruces. Information: (575) 647-2560 or riograndetheatre.com.

‘Navidad on the Border’ — The 25th annual musical homage to the community’s Mexican and American Christmas traditions is 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center Auditorium, Building A, with song, dance a Nativity and photos with Santa. Presented by El Paso Community College Senior Adult Program. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Complimentary tickets available at 831-7801.

John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons — Actor/comic Leguizamo brings his Tony-nominated one-man Broadway show to El Paso at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $37.50-$67.50 (Ticketmaster).

Natti Natasha — The rising pop star performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $40 (Ticketmaster).

Krampus Fest — Kaleidoscope Art Space hosts its 3rd annual Art Show & Market 7 to midnight Friday, Dec. 13, at the German Pub, 9530 Viscount, Suite 2K. Information on Facebook.

El Paso Wind Symphony — The wind symphony opens its season with a Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Tickets: $10; $5 students, military, seniors. Information: elpasowindsymphony.com or on Facebook.

‘Jack, Sally and Sandy Claws — at the Zoo’ — El Paso Zoological Society hosts a “Nightmare Before Christmas” inspired evening Friday, Dec. 13. Information: 212-0966, elpasozoo.org, or on Facebook at ElPasoZoo.

El Paso Rhinos - El Paso’s Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Steamboat Wranglers at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13-15, at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $5-$30. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com.

Candy Mayer Studio Open House — El Paso artist Candy Mayer and photographer Charlie Mayer will host their 5th annual open house at her home studio at 1317 Tierra Roja 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15. Information: 581-4971, candymayer.com or on Facebook at Candy Mayer Art.

Happy Hippie Holidaze Open House — The Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, hosts its 49th annual Happy Holidaze Open House arts and craft fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec.14-15, with local vendors, appetizers, and live entertainment. Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com.

Edge of Texas Wrestling — Saturday, Dec. 14, at El Paso County Coliseum.

Lady of the Mountain — The 6th annual Half Marathon, 10K and 5K runs begin at Saturday, Dec. 14, at Griggs Field, Fairgrounds Road and N. Florida in Alamogordo. Half marathon and relay races begin at 8 a.m. with 10K and 5K runs at 8:15 a.m. Kids 1-mile fun run begins at 10 a.m. Information: ladyofthemountainrun.com.

‘A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour’ — The show starring contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race on VH-1 is 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. The queens perform in their biggest holiday costumes with back-up dancers and a full stage production. Tickets start at $35; VIP packages are $150 (Ticketmaster).

‘The Beginning of Advent’- Bruce Nehring Consort hosts its holiday concerts Dec. 13-15, at Zion Lutheran Church, 2800 Pershing. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 at the door, or in advance at brucenehringconsort.org. Information: bwnehring@msn.com.

Il Divo — The tenor group presents “A Holiday Song Celebration” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $49.50-$109.50; with VIP packages $277-$553 (Ticketmaster).

Styx — The rock ’n’ roll renegades celebrate their new album “The Mission” with a special winter tour that comes to El Paso’s Abraham Chavez Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. Tickets: $39.85-$69.75; VIP packages $176-$347. (Ticketmaster).

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas — The Grammy-nominated saxophonist and El Paso favorite presents his 22nd annual “A Smooth Jazz” Christmas show at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the Plaza Theatre. This year’s guests include Melissa Manchester, Michael Lington, Chris Walker and the popular Jonathan Butler.Tickets: $45-$117 (Ticketmaster).

‘A Christmas Carol’ — The popular musical production of the Dickens classic is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York, in Alamogordo. Tickets: $17, $32, $42. Information: (575) 437-2202 or flickingercenter.com.

Donnell Rawlings — The stand-up comic who has frequently toured with Dave Chappelle performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19-21 at El Paso Comic Strip, 1201 Airway. Tickets: $20; $25 VIP. Information: 779-LAFF (5233) or laff2nite.com.

‘’Twas the Night Before Christmas’ — Ken Ludwig’s modern twist on the classic tale is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Plaza Theatre. When Santa’s naughty and nice list goes missing, a few dancing mice, a little girl, and a wacky elf need to save the day before Santa boards his sleigh. Tickets: $25-$50(Ticketmaster).

A Merry-Achi Christmas — Mariachi Sol de Mexico brings back its holiday show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at the Plaza Theatre, with traditional carols played by the 13-piece ensemble, and featuring Ballet Folklorico Quetzales. Tickets: $26.50-$62.50 (Ticketmaster).

Up and Running Jingle Bell Run — The 13th annual 5K run/walk benefitting El Paso High School girls track is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at Up and Running, 2322 N. Mesa (Rudolph Plaza). Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.

Kayzo — The DJ brings his “Unleashed” Tour to El Paso  at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at El Paso County Coliseum. Doors open at 8 p.m.; all ages show. Tickets: $20 general admission; $40 VIP floor (Ticketmaster).

Sesame Street Live ‘Let’s Party’ — Showtimes are 1 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21-22 \, at the Abraham Chavez Theatr\. Tickets: $22-$45 (Ticketmaster). Pre-show experiences begin one hour prior to each performance; Tickets are $50 (separate from performance). Information: 231-1100 or sesamestreetlive.com.

‘The Nutcracker’ — Dalí Ballet Company’s adaptation of the Tchaikovsky Christmas classic is 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21-22, at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts, 108 Spencer Road (off Airport Hwy 220) in Alto, N.M. Tickets: $35. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.

Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl — The 86th annual football classic begins at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 31. Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Captain’s Club: $652. Some military discounts offered. Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or sunbowl.org.
  Selection Sunday team announcements is around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.
  Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge is Friday, Dec. 28, at Vista Hills Country Club, 2210 Trawood. Information: 592-6565.
  Price’s Give “Em Five Cheer Camp is 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at El Paso Convention Center. Information:  Wayne Thornton, 541-4331.
  The 22nd annual Fan Fiesta is 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, at El Paso Convention Center. Admission is free. Activity wristbands are $5.
  Pre-game fan party is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Glory Road and Sun Bowl Drive, with food and drinks, live music, giveaways and university bands.








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