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WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and various winter events through Jan. 1 in Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas. This year’s ice rink offers interactive features, along with holiday shopping, seasonal food and drinks, lights, décor and more. Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger); spectator admission is free; $1 skating discount for military personnel. Open seven days a week. Season passes; $35 starting Nov. 1, good for one session per day. Tickets online at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600 or winterfestep.com.
Discount days include $2 off Tuesdays with canned good donation. Skating fee with small toy donation through Dec. 3.
New to the event this year is a mural on the El Paso Museum of Art’s exterior wall creating a photo opportunity for guests.
Also featured is a giant inflated snow globe, Electric 25 holiday tree, Warming Tent, Kringle Kafé, Winter Market Shoppes (featuring Mini Donut Depot, Delicious Mexican Eatery, and other local vendors), and numerous lights and décor.
Special Thursdays events include Ice, Ice, ‘80s Party, Skate with Santa, and Let it Snow Day.
Free holiday movies offered at the Plaza Theatre Sundays, Nov. 26-Dec. 31 (no movies Dec. 17). See “Film Scene” for schedule.
Skating hours (subject to change):
• 4-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 3.
• 4-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 2-5 and 8-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Dec. 4-10.
• 4-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Dec. 11-17.
• 4-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, noon-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Dec. 18-24.
• Noon to 6 p.m. Christmas Day, noon-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, noon-10 p.m. Thursday through Friday, and noon to 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve, Dec. 25-31.
• Noon to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1.
Dickens Style Walkabout — In-COG-nito Steampunk Group hosts the Victorian style Downtown and bar walk 7 p.m. to midnight Friday, Dec. 1, beginning at downtown skating rink around the Downtown ice rink and surrounding establishments, to sing some Christmas carols and visit some local watering holes, and expect and appearance by the Ghost of Christmas present. Dickens “A Christmas Carol” style attire required. All activities outside of the drinking establishments are family friendly. Admission is free. Information: 241-4359 on Facebook at incognitoep.
El Paso Mineral and Gem Society Show — The annual mineral, gem, jewelry and bead show is Dec. 1-3 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. The show features hundreds of gems, minerals, fossils, beads, silver jewelry, tools and equipment, door prizes, and more. Admission is free. Information: 544-2717 or epmgs.com.
Celebration of Lights Christmas Tree Lighting — The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and evolve Federal Credit Union present the 82nd annual evolve Credit Union “Celebration of Lights” Christmas tree and displays Saturday, Dec. 2, at San Jacinto Plaza. Information: 212-0092 or on Facebook at El Paso Parks and Recreation.
The program starts at 4:30 p.m. counting down to the Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Celebration of Lights Parade.
Parade begins north of Campbell on Main Street, and proceeds left on Mesa Street to Overland, and left on Campbell to Myrtle.
Eastlake Christmas Parade — The Eastlake Lions Club’s Christmas Parade, is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. This year’s theme is “American Folklore.” The parade starts at Darrington and Ryderwood, heads down Horizon to Kenazo, and ends at Carrol T. Welch School on McMahon. Information: 581-2994 or horizoncity.org
The Horizon City Christmas Tree Lighting is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Parade float judging will be at 6 p.m.
PBS Kids Fiesta — KCOS, El Paso’s PBS station, hosts the 3rd annual event for area children noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the El Paso Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, with photo ops with Curious George and Buddy from “Dinosaur Train,” live music, dance performances, and many educational activities and games. Admission is free. Information: 590-1313 or kcostv.org.
Pecan Harvest Festival — The 15th annual family harvest festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3, at Ramirez Pecan Farm, 13709 North Loop in Clint. Country store will be open with pecans in and out of shell as well as pecan candies, gift baskets and tins, and craft vendors. Admission is free. Information: 851-2003 or on Facebook at Ramirez Pecan Farm LLC.
Holiday Extravaganza — El Paso Parks and Recreation hosts weekend activities at downtown’s San Jacinto Plaza 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec 8-9, and Dec. 15-16, with live entertainment, food, and arts and crafts vendors and children’s activities. Admission is free. Information: 252-9031 or elpasotexas.gov/parks-and-recreation.
Magoffin Holiday Open House — The annual holiday season event at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, is 5 to 8p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with music, cookies and cocoa, and free activities for kids. Ticket information: 533-5147, visitmagoffinhome.com or on Facebook.
‘Navidad on the Border’ — The 23rd annual musical homage to the community’s Mexican Navidad and American Christmas traditions is 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at EPCC’s Administrative Service Center Auditorium, Building A. Presented by El Paso Community College Senior Adult Program. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Complimentary tickets available through the Seniors Adult Program: 831-7801.
‘Winter Around the World on Ice’ — Sun City Blades Figure Skating Club presents the holiday ice skating show 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the Hospitals of Providence Event Center, 4100 E. Paisano (behind El Paso County Coliseum). Tickets: $3. Information: 525-4504, elpasohockey.org/scb or on Facebook.
Navidad de La Fe Luminarias — La Fe Clinic will light up Scenic Drive with more than 4,000 luminarias for its 25th annual event 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Admission is free, but sightseers are invited to donate canned and dry goods or cash or checks (made to “Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe” to benefit families served by La Fe. Information: 545-7190.
Scenic Drive will be open only to one-way traffic during the event, accessible from Richmond/Alabama streets in Central El Paso. Vehicles drive slowly westward along Scenic Drive — past campfires manned by event volunteers, and toward Santa Claus. Old St. Nick will be joined by Mrs. Claus, Santa’s cousin Pancho Claus, their elves, and a live nativity scene. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be collecting canned foods or cash donations to help El Paso families in need.
For safety reasons, participants are asked to remain inside their vehicles at all times.
St. Anthony’s Seminary Posada — The seminary, at Crescent and Hastings in Central El Paso, celebrates the traditional custom of the posada at about 6:30 p.m. nightly Dec. 16-23, with rosary, songs by Los Franciscanos and procession, followed by the breaking of piñatas. The posada is conducted in Spanish. The seminary’s famous Nativity scene will be on display through Christmas Day. Information: 566-2261.
Posadas Celebration and Luminaria Lighting Festival — The San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society hosts the traditional Christmas luminarias 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23. The lighting of more than 5,000 luminarias in the San Elizario Historic District will take place shortly after sundown, and they will remain lit throughout the evening. Admission is free. Information: 851-1682 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.org.
The presentation will begin at Veterans Memorial Plaza in San Elizario, followed by live music, the traditional Christmas Piñata ceremony and Cultural Dance presentations.
Hyundai Sun Bowl — The 84th annual football classic begins at 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 29. Teams, to be announced Dec. 4, will come from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences. Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Captain’s Club: $652. Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or sunbowl.org.
Pre-game fan party is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with food and drinks, live music, giveaways and university bands. Location to be announced.
VIP Tent party also planned at 9 a.m.
The Hospitals of Providence Rotary Sun Bowl Team Luncheon is 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at the Convention Center. Tickets: $50 (Corporate tables $500-$600). Information: Arlene Carrion (Rotary Club), 504-9013.
Price’s Give “Em Five Cheer Camp is 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at El Paso Convention Center. Information: Wayne Thornton, 541-4331.
The 21st annual Fan Fiesta is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at El Paso Convention Center, with live performances, Battle of the two University bands, activities for kids and more. Admission is free. Activity wristbands: $5.
Mount Cristo Rey Hike Through Time — A guided hike is at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, at Mount Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, N.M. Length: 5 miles round trip (2-3 hours). Cost: $5 ($2 for children) donation requested for the Mt. Cristo Restoration Committee. Information: 542-1422. No reservation is required.
The hike is led by El Paso Scene Editor Randy Limbird, who will provide commentary on area history and geography. A brief talk on the history of the monument will be given at the summit.
The four-story-tall statue of Christ on the cross was built in 1938-40 by sculptor Urbici Soler. The mountaintop is 4,576 feet above sea level, in Sunland Park, N.M., near the junction of Mexico, Texas and New Mexico.
The hike is sponsored by Destination El Paso and El Paso Scene. Security is provided along the trail and in the parking lot.
The 5-mile hike is easy to moderate, and is suitable for all ages.
Meet at the large parking lot at the trailhead to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe — The annual three-day religious festival in Tortugas, N.M. is Sunday through Tuesday, Dec. 10-12. The festival is the biggest event of the year in Tortugas, a small village near Mesilla Park that’s home to the Tortugas Indians. Events are centered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Information: (575) 526-8171 or olgturtugas.com.
The fiesta traditionally begins on its first day with a procession taking the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the little chapel to the community house rosary and vigil.
The pilgrimage to the Tortugas “A” Mountain usually follows on the second day with a procession at 5 a.m. from Casa del Pueblo to the church. At sundown, pilgrims will light luminarias along the mountain path.
A fiesta Mass will be held followed by dances, traditional dinner and afternoon procession. Call for schedule.
To get there: Take Interstate 10 to Las Cruces, exit on University Avenue and go under the freeway; turn left at the stop sign and continue on Main, going through two signals. Turn left on Tortugas Drive and then turn right on Parroquia.
Piro-Manso-Tiwa Indian Tribe of Guadalupe Pueblo — Events celebrating the Virgin of Guadalupe are Dec. 10-12 at St. Genevieve’s Church and Parish Hall, 100 South Espina and 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave., in Las Cruces. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-9649.
A procession of the virgin is Sunday and Monday from the hall to the church.
A Mass for the Virgin de Guadalupe will be celebrated Tuesday, followed by dancing by the matachines (Los Danzantes) and Piro-Manso-Tiwa Tribe members.
The Virgin de Guadalupe figure is kept in the church until New Year’s Day, when she will be taken out at 2 p.m. in a procession accompanied by dancing and pageantry. The figure is then taken home until next December.
St. Anthony’s Festival for Our Lady of Guadalupe — St. Anthony’s Seminary, Crescent and Hastings in Central El Paso, will host events in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 10-12, including pilgrimages, masses and a bazaar. The public is welcome. Information/times: 566-2261.
‘Venite!’ — Coronado Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird, will host its annual Christmas music presentation, based on “The Star of Bethlehem” documentary by Rick Larson, at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, 8, and 10. Admission is free; early arrival recommended. Information: 584-3912 or coronadobaptist.org.
Take a look into the ancient heavens through the lens of Scripture and the Hubble telescope, as the wise men of old follow the Star leading them to the Christ Child.
‘Living Christmas Tree’ — First Baptist Church, 805 Montana, presents the 52nd annual Christmas concerts at 7 p.m. Friday, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9-10. Doors open one hour prior to each performance. The event usually sells out early. Tickets: $5 at the church office; $6 online. Tickets available at the door, only if seats available. Information: 533-1465 or fbcep.
The concerts are complete with a live Christmas chorus comprised of over 160 students and adults, performing traditional and new holiday music. It is one of the longest-running events of its kind in the country.
Coffeehouse Christmas — CrossPoint Church, 11995 Montwood, presents its annual holiday gift to the community at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8-10, with music, dance and holiday treats. Separate Christmas celebration offered to kids age 9 and younger. Admission is free. Information: 857-7492 or crosspointelpaso.com.
Let There Be Lights
Loya Light Show — The brilliant display of 450,000 holiday lights choreographed to music is featured in the 12th annual display at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays Dec. 1-24, plus Monday, Dec. 25, at 12001 Paseo de Oro (one block north of Montwood, off Bob Mitchell). Please park at Montwood High School, and not in the surrounding neighborhoods, or church parking lot. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at El Paso Christmas Lights.
The 7-minute spectacle, now in its 12th year, won a $50,000 grand prize last year as the best family Christmas light display in the country in “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” competition, sponsored by ABC television. The Eastside home is the residence of El Paso businessman Fred Loya.
Families are welcome to take photos and selfies with Santa Claus and his elves, and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies provided after every show.
Luminarias by the Lake — More than 2,000 luminarias will line the walking paths at Keystone Heritage Park and El Paso Desert Botanical Gardens, 4200 Doniphan, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 8-9, with sounds of the Holidays,
sweet treats and hot cocoa available. Proceeds benefit the park. Characters will stroll the gardens in Victorian costume. Admission to be announced. Information: 581-7920 or keystoneheritagepark.com.
Lights of Love — Ronald McDonald House, 300 E. California, hosts its 31st annual Christmas lights celebration at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, presented by Providence Children’s Hospital. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Information: 542-1522 or rmhcelp.org.
The open house and lighting ceremony includes Santa Claus, Ronald McDonald, music, choir, refreshments and more.
Lights on the Lake — The display of holiday lights at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, runs through early January. Food vendors available on weekends. Park closes at 8 p.m. Car entry fee is $2. Information: 771-2380 or on Facebook at epcountyparks.
The 3rd annual Lighting Ceremony is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with food trucks and musical entertainment, followed by a showing of “A Christmas Story.” Bring chairs and blankets. Santa and his elves arrive in the park on his Santa Ship float provided by the El Paso County Juvenile Probation Department. They will be available for photos with visitors. Admission is free.
The Jingle Bell Jog precedes the lighting at 5 p.m. for people of all ages and pets, to run, walk or stroll in their craziest holiday outfits around the 1.5-mile path around Ascarate Lake.
Cumberland Circle — Luminarias and Christmas lights adorn the circle each Christmas Eve in the central El Paso neighborhood. From I-10, take Trowbridge northwest to Pennsylvania Ave. Pennsylvania leads directly into the circle.
Eastridge Christmas lights — The residents of the Eastside subdivision of Eastridge participates each year in an elaborate neighborhood-wide holiday lights display. Lights are usually lit around the first week of December, and run through the holiday season.
The subdivision is off McRae Blvd; turn west on Eastridge.
Southern New Mexico
Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival — The festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 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. Tickets available from the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. Admission: $10 in advance; $12 at the door (includes 10 tastings and souvenir glass). Information: Helping Hands Event Planning, (575) 522-1232 or carlsbadwinterwine.com.
A VIP Party is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Admission: $25 (VIP tickets sell out early).
Holiday Open House — Las Cruces Railroad Museum in the Santa Fe train depot, 351 N. Mesilla (at Las Cruces avenue west of the Downtown Mall), hosts its 13th annual open holiday event 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, with a visit from Santa, special holiday model trains. extravagant decorations throughout the building, including five beautiful Christmas trees, free crafts for kids, holiday music; and cider and cookies for all. Holiday music 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. by the Good Time Singers and accordionist Veronika Barnes. Light refreshments will be served. Decorations will be up through Jan. 6. Admission is free; donations encouraged. Information: (575) 647-4480 or museums.las-cruces.org.
Christmas in Cloudcroft — The Sacramento Mountain community’s holiday season events include:
• The Christmas Tree lighting is Saturday, Dec. 2 at dusk; stores on Burro will be open late for holiday shopping.
• Santa Land Bonfires are 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in Zenith Park behind the Chamber of Commerce. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive with and cookies, as well as a bonfire, roasted marshmallows, cocoa and more. Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-886-874-4447 or coolcloudcroft.com.
‘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. 2, at the Hillsboro Community Center, with a wide array of vendors selling specialty arts and hand-crafted gifts. Admission is free. Information: (575) 894-1698.
The event includes the popular $49.99 Art Show and Sale, which began many years ago as a way for Hillsboro’s many artists, authors, and craftspeople to give back to the community at Christmas time. Each item in the Art Show will be sold for $49.99 to a winning ticket holder, and all items are guaranteed to be worth more than that.
Proceeds support several nonprofit organizations serving Hillsboro and the surrounding areas.
Hillsboro’s Main Street merchants will celebrate the day with food, music, and special holiday offerings. Signs, holiday greeters in Santa hats, and village maps will direct visitors to Christmas in the Foothills and other village holiday events.
Hillsboro is on Highway 152 about 17 miles west of I-25 at exit 63.
Downtown Tree Lighting and Holiday Extravaganza — The annual Las Cruces tree lighting festivities are 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main, with a Winter Wonderland setting, family activities, strolling carolers, food trucks, music and more. Information: (575) 541-2444 or visitlascruces.com.
Electric Light Parade — The annual holiday season parade is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, along Main Street (from College to 3rd Street) in Roswell, N.M. A Christmas Caroling Contest precedes the event 4 to 6 p.m. Information: (575) 420-5718 or mainstreetroswell.org.
Luminarias on the Plaza — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host its 13th annual arts stroll 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, on the historic plaza and several surrounding shops in Socorro. The event features, live music, artwork, hay rides food and beverages. Admission is free. Information: (575) 835-8927.
The city’s official Christmas tree lighting is 7 p.m. on the plaza, with appearance by Santa on the gazebo.
Ruidoso Festival of Lights — The mountain village of Ruidoso hosts the following events though the Christmas season. Information: 1-888-71-LIGHTS (714-4448) or ruidosonow.com/festival-of-lights.
The annual “Parade of Lights” is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in downtown Ruidoso (from Sudderth/Mechem to Pizza Hut), featuring floats packed with seasonal decorations and lights. Toys for Tots will have a float for the event; parade-goers are encouraged to bring a toy to donate. This year’s theme is “Christmas Candyland.”
Christmas in the Park is 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Schoolhouse Park. Admission is free.
Mesilla Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting — The community tree lighting is Friday, Dec. 8, in the plaza. The Mesilla Mayor will switch on the tree at 6 p.m. Shops will be open until 8 p.m. for holiday shopping that day, refreshments and some locations; Christmas music will be performed by Zia Middle School. The tree will be decorated with ornaments created by students from an area school. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116
Old-Fashioned Christmas — MainStreet Truth or Consequences’ annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Downtown Tree Lighting is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in Evelyn Renfro Park with an art hop, bonfires, parade, wagon rides, carolers, prize drawings, Santa Claus and refreshments at downtown Truth or Consequences businesses. Tree lighting begins at 6 p.m. with light parade at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free. Information: (575) 740-3902 or torcmainstreet.org.
Artisans and vendors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center, with pictures with Santa and hay rides beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Elephant Butte’s luminaria beach walk and parade begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
Deck Your Halls Holiday Blitz - All four museums in the Las Cruces Museum system will host holiday activities 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, with crafts, learning about holiday traditions and more. Each family will be given a holiday blitz badge, available at any of the museums. Get the badge stamped by all four museums to receive prizes. Information: las-cruces.org/museums or on Facebook.
• Branigan Cultural Center, Branigan Building, 501 N. Main, (Downtown Mall):(575) 541-2154.
• Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main in the Las Cruces Downtown Mall: (575) 522-3120.
• Las Cruces Museum of Art, 491 N. Main (Downtown Mall): (575) 541-2137.
• Las Cruces Railroad Museum in the Santa Fe train depot, 351 N. Mesilla (at Las Cruces avenue west of the Downtown Mall): (575) 647-4480.
Elephant Butte Beach Walk and Floating Light Parade — Elephant Butte State Park’s annual luminaria walk is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. The event features about 3,000 luminarias, a boat and RV parade, host 25 campfires with free refreshments like hot cider, chili and posole, Santa Claus, hayrides, caroling and more. Cost: $5 per car. Information: (575) 740-1777, (575) 744-5923 (state park), or ebcocnm.com.
The Floating Lights Parade and RV Lighting Contest is 6:30 p.m. at the Marina del Sur.
‘Las Noches de Las Luminarias’ — The annual holiday event is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Fort Selden Historic Site, 1280 Fort Selden Road in Radium Springs, 13 miles north of Las Cruces. The trails and ruins of the 19th-century fort will be lit by 800 luminarias, and visitors will be treated to hot chocolate, a warm campfire and decoration making and more. Admission is free that evening. Information: (575) 526-8911 or nmmonuments.org.
From Las Cruces, take I-25 North to Exit 19. The monument, which preserves the ruins of the 19th century fort, is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $3 (age 16 and under free).
Pancho Villa Luminaria Tour — Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, N.M. at State Roads 11 and 9. Tours are 5 to 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9. Meet in front of the Exhibit Hall, for cookies, hot chocolate and coffee, and enjoy a
luminaria display, and annual free raffle of five baked hams. Star party begins at 6:15 p.m. at the group shelter. Regular entrance fee applies. Information: (575) 531-2711.
Astronomer John Gilkison with the National Public Observatory will give a laser guided bright star and constellation tour ending at 7:45 p.m.
Turning Back The Sun — The winter solstice celebration hosted by Friends of Leasburg Dam, Astronomical Society of Las Cruces and members of various Native American communities is noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at Leasburg Dam State Park, Radium Springs, two miles off Interstate 25 at Exit 19, with live demonstration and sampling of traditional Pueblo adobe oven bread baking, Pueblo Indian social dances, during the day. Admission: $5 per vehicle. Information: (575) 524–4068 or nmparks.com.
Visitors enjoy sunset, gathering around several warm campfires in an outdoor amphitheater, as well as traditional Coyote/Winter stories from Dine, Apache, Pueblo and Blackfeet peoples. Sample of Buffalo stew and oven baked Pueblo bread and hot chocolate - as long as they last. Night Sky viewing with ASLC-Astronomy Society of Las Cruces.
Victorian Christmas Evening — The 33rd annual event is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway in the historic H.B. Ailman House with holiday music, Christmas treats, children’s craft activities, live music and a visit from St. Nicholas. The house will be decorated in Victorian style. Admission is free. Information: (575) 538-5921 or silvercitymuseum.org.
Luminarias and Christmas Carols on the Plaza — Old Mesilla, N.M., turns into a wonderland of music and light beginning at dusk Christmas Eve Sunday, Dec. 24, at San Albino Church and the surrounding historic plaza. About 6,000 luminarias will be set up. The Mesilla Singers will lead singing of Christmas carols from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Mesilla is southwest of Las Cruces. Take I-10 West to the Avenida de Mesilla exit. The plaza is off NM Highway 28 (Avenida de Mesilla) south of I-10. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116.
Roswell Christmas Railway — The holiday train rides are 5 to 9 p.m. selected nights, through Dec. 24, at Spring River Park & Zoo, 1306 E College Blvd, Roswell N.M. Ride the railway to St. Nicholas Station for an evening of Christmas magic with lights, pictures with Santa Claus, entertainment, food, shopping, playing and more. Admission: $12; $8 age 3-14; free for children under 3. Information, schedule: roswellchristmasrailway.com.
Dummy Gelunde and Torchlight Parade — Ski Apache and Inn of the Mountain Gods host the 10th annual dummy ski jump event 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27. on Ski Apache in Mescalero, N.M. Participants build their best skiing or snowboarding dummy and send it down the mountain over a giant ski launch. Cash prizes up to $1,500 for winners. Deadline to enter is 2 p.m. day of event at main ticket office: Entry fee, $25. Spectator admission is free. To enter: (575) 464-3630 or email@example.com. Information: skiapache.com.
The gelunde is followed by the annual Torchlight Parade at dusk down Capitan Trail and a fireworks show.
Christmas on the Pecos — One of America’s top holiday traditions, the boat tour along the Pecos River runs through Dec. 31 in Carlsbad, N.M. The 26th annual event showcases the winter wonderland of more than 100 festively decorated houses. Twelve to 15 tours are offered nightly 5:30 to 9:45 p.m.; ticket office opens at 4:30 p.m.
The 40-minute tours depart from Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel. The village includes a gallery full of Southwestern gifts and refreshments and holiday lights. Ticket are $15 Sunday through Thursday and $20 Friday and Saturday; $10 and $15 for ages 5-12 (4 and younger free with lap pass). Discounts for Eddy County residents. Tickets should be purchased in advance; many dates are sold out. Information: (575) 628-0952; Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at (575) 887-6516 or christmasonthepecos.com.
New Year’s Eve
Ardovino’s New Year’s Eve Bash — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will ring in 2018 Sunday, Dec. 31. Live music during dinner. DJ and dancing begins at 11 p.m. Cost for the five-course dinner is $100 per person plus gratuity. Festive dinner attire. Complimentary midnight champagne toast and party favors. Reservations recommended; space fills quickly. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or ardovinos.com.
Noche de Rumba 2018 InternacionALl — The New Year’s Eve dinner-dance party is Sunday, Dec. 31, at Tuscany Ballroom, 8600 Gatway East, Ste A. Entertainment includes a tribute to Juan Gabriel and Show Tropical Entertainment. Tickets are $60-$120, includes dinner. Presented by Olvioli Enterprises. Information: 493-3725 or 493-3224.
Forum Ballroom New Year’s Eve Dance — Tejas Band is featured at the Sunday, Dec. 31, dance, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Forum, 3800 Mattox (at Hawkins). Cost is $50 per person, which includes party favors, beer and set-ups, door prizes and menudo. Information: 598-4220.
Inn of the Mountain Gods New Year’s Eve — Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. will host its “Decades of Fun” New Year’s Eve Bash with gourmet dinner and concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, with music by 1960s band Paperback Writer; 1970s band Disco Inferno, 1908s band Spazmatics and 1990s band Blockbusters. Guests encouraged to dress like their favorite decade of the past. Tickets: $130 through Oct. 31; $140 Nov. 1-30 and $150 Dec. 1-31 (Ticketmaster). Information: 1-800-545-9011.
New Year’s Eve at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — El Paso’s Fungi Mungle, the “superstars of disco” perform at the Sunday, Dec. 31, celebration. The party is 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with free party favors and prize drawings. The casino will be open until 2 a.m. No cover.
The casino is at 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
New Year’s Eve Dance — Christ the Savior Catholic Church, 5301 Wadsworth, hosts its New Year’s Dance 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, in the church hall as a church building fund fundraiser. Music provided by the New Star City Band. Admission: $40 (includes free setups, party favors and champagne at midnight). BYOB for liquor bottles only; munchies are allowed. Cash bar provided. Menudo available at the end of the dance. Information: 821-3766 or christthesaviorep.org.
New Year’s at The Lodge — The resort in Cloudcroft hosts New Year’s Eve events, Sunday, Dec. 31, with adult party at the Lodge Pavilion, with champagne toast and midnight breakfast buffet. A special New Year’s Eve buffet and New Year’s Day brunch also offered. Call for reservations and cost. Information: 1-800-395-6343 or thelodgeresort.com.
Bazaars and Fairs
Arts and Craft Show - Bethany Christian Church, 10453 Springwood, hosts its show and sale 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1-2. The juried show and sale features original works by several area artists, as well as a Trash to Treasure sale. Admission is free. Information: 592-5977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Casa Holiday Bazaar - The 27th annual holiday bazaar featuring regional vendors is Dec. 1-3 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Avenue, Las Cruces, with booths of homemade arts and crafts; raffles; holiday treats and more. 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 $6 (free for children under 12). Proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. shelter for victims of domestic violence. Information: (575) 526-2819 or lacasainc.org.
Christmas Extravaganza — Impressionist artist Alberto Escamilla hosts the annual holiday show and sale 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3 at the Placita Madrid Building, 1445 Main Street, in Placita Madrid in historic San Elizario. Escamilla will feature his newest paintings. Admission is free. Information: 851-0742 or albertoescamilla.com.
This year’s event includes all the galleries and shops in the building including Escamilla’s Fine Art Gallery, Dozal’s Fine Art Gallery, Café Arte “Mi Admore” and House of Positive Karma, with special discounts, guest vendors, Christmas music, and refreshments. There will be Christmas art decorating events for children.
German School Christmas Market — The annual market, organized by the German School of El Paso, is 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Hangar 747, Carter Road, at Fort Bliss, with German cakes, Christmas cookies, bratwurst and hot Glühwein and Christmas punch. Raffle prizes offered. Twenty-five percent of proceeds benefit charity. Information: SoerenWiebe@Bundeswehr.org.
‘It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas’ Craft Fair — Pebble Hills Elementary School, 11145 Edgemere, hosts its annual holiday arts and crafts fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, along with a Winter Carnival, blood drive and health fair. Sponsored by the Pebble Hills PTO. Admission is free. Information: 434-5605.
Putnam Holiday Fair — Putnam PTA hosts the holiday fair noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at Putnam Elementary School, 6508 Fiesta, with more than 25 local vendors showcasing jewelry, art, woodworking, bake sale, face painting and free crafts for children, pictures with Santa and performances by the Putnam Falcons. Information: 203-4683 or putnam.episd.org.
Desert Crossing Holiday Market — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing will host its 13th annual market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Sunset Hall, featuring more than 100 local artists, craftspersons and vendors from the Farmers Market and guest artists. Santa will be on hand for pictures. Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-0653, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at ArdovinosDC.
There is also an additional tent with more vendors on the new Camino Real Deck, as well as cooking demos by Chef Patrick Rosser from El Paso Community College.
Moms on Board Holiday Event — Moms on Board hosts the holiday shopping event with 40 vendors and 3 food trucks noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at EPIC Railyard, 2201 E. Mills. Kiddie corner with free picture with Santa Claus, a kiddie library with story time, booths focused on kid activities, and a silent auction. Firetruck on site 2 to 3 p.m. Admission is free; donations welcome at the door. Information: 920-7200 or on Facebook.
Proceeds benefit the Moms on Board fund focused on bringing more family-friendly amenities and businesses to El Paso.
St. Pius X Bazaar — St. Pius X English Evangelization Ministry hosts its annual arts and crafts fair 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at St. Pius X Parish Community Center, 1050 N. Clark, with jewelry, baked items, and handicrafts made by resident artists. The annual Blessing of the Cribs will also be held. Information: 929-1034.
Winter Festival — The Hernando Middle School PTA presents the 2nd annual evening of shopping, holiday entertainment, activities and games, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the school, 3541 Rich Beem. Information: 937-9800,
Festival of Trees — Guadalupe Montessori School’s 5th annual celebration of creativity, and community is Friday through Sunday, Dec. 8-10, and Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 14-17, at the Old Curious Kumquat, 111 E. College in Downtown Silver City. Live trees, handmade crafts and bake goods will be for sale. Information: guadalupemontessori.org.
Christmas Art and Craft Fair — The Christmas fair is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10, at Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery, 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M., with local artists and crafts, wine and several classes hosted throughout the day. Admission is free. Information: (915) 309-7219 or Sombraantigua.com.
Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Fall and winter hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Upper parking lot for Handicap Parking only. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, email@example.com, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarketatADC.
Yoga 9 to 10 a.m.; with massage 9 a.m. to noon by certified massage therapist.
Weekly events include kids’ coloring booth and tent activities, educational talks, Master Gardener talks and live music. A Book Exchange is held the first and third Saturday of the month.
“You Shop We Ship” shopping booth is open Dec. 9 and 16.
The Market will have “stocking stuffers galore” Dec. 23, including dog treats, jewelry, candy and more.
A Fitness Faire and cooking demonstration by Chef Patrick Rosser of El Paso Community College is Jan. 6.
Happy Hippie Holidaze Open House — The Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, hosts its 47th annual Happy Holidaze Open House arts and craft fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9-10, with 25 local vendors, appetizers, and live entertainment. This year’s event also features original art by Tom Lea. The 2018 “Amor Sin Fronteras” calendars available for $5. Visitors are encouraged to come in hippie garb. Admission is free. Information: 533-9090 or halmarcus.com.
Live entertainment includes Gene Keller, the Beamers, Jorge Guzman, Cowboy Gospel Band, Brandon Bailey Johnson (Saturday only) and Nienna.
Christmas Craft Fair — Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso, 4425 Byron St., will host its annual bazaar and craft fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, with a variety of crafts, gifts, music, and goodies will be for sale. Admission is free. Information: Kathy Anderson, 241-9456, or uuelpaso.org.
Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists and regionally grown agricultural products is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market — More than 230 permanent vendors in arts, crafts, produce, baked goods and other food items are offered at the market 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays along a 7-block area of Main Street, Downtown. Information: (575) 541-2288 or lascrucesfarmersmarket.org.
Punk Rock Flea Market — El Paso’s family friendly punk rock market is 5 to 11 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, at 1710 Joe Battle, with art, vinyl, retro, vintage, rockabilly items, collectibles, horror, punk-themed items, antiques, kitsch, band shirts, natural beauty products, comics and more. All ages and pets welcome. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.
The market hosts additional events on selected dates; see Facebook page for updated schedule.
Tabla Pop Up Mercado — The mercado is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first and third Saturday of each month (during the Downtown Farmer’s Market), at 115 S Durango, Suite D, with art, music, fashion, baked goods, pet goodies, soaps, skincare, handmade objects, food and more. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at tablapopupmercado.
Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.
Something for everyone
Santa mall appearances — Santa’s annual Christmas season mall photo opportunities include:
• Basset Place Mall — 6101 Gateway West. Santa will appear daily through Dec. 24. Full list of hours at shopbassettplace.com.
• Simon Malls — 8401 Gateway West, through Dec. 24, and Sunland Park Mall, 750 Sunland Park Drive. Full schedule on Facebook at Cielo Vista Mall or Sunland Park Mall. Guests can avoid lines at Cielo Vista by making reservations via simon.santasfastpass.com.
Pet photos with Santa are 8:30 to 9 p.m. at Cielo Vista, and 6 to 8 p.m. at Sunland Park Mall Sunday, Dec. 10.
• Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Santa’s Workshop, located at Suite 1902, in front of the Christmas tree, is open noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 24. Souvenir photo packages start at $19.99.
• Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss — 1611 Haan Road. Santa will be returning for pictures with guests through the season. See Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss for schedule at freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com or on Facebook.
The annual “Holiday of Heroes” tree lighting event is 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, with entertainment, crafts and other activities.
• Outlet Shoppes at El Paso, 7051 S. Desert — Santa will make mall appearances on selected dates through the season. Information: theoutletshoppesatelpaso.com or on Facebook.
• Cabela’s at West Towne Marketplace — 6450-10 N. Desert. Santa’s workshop is 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 2-23. Photos are free.
• Mesilla Valley Mall — 700 S. Telshor in Las Cruces. Santa photos are noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 24. Breakfast with Santa and “Paws & Claus” Night pet photo events are also scheduled. Information: mesillavalleymall.com
“Santa Cares” photos with special needs children are offered in special sensory-friendly environment. Children can also enjoy coloring and free snacks. Participants encouraged to RSVP at SantaCares.com.
• 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Cielo Vista Mall
• 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at Sunland Park Mall.
‘The Fountains of Dream: Women in Business’ — El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Border Business Center, 2401 E Missouri, host the luncheon 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Ruth’s Christ Steak House, 889 Gateway West Ste 400 (Fountains at Farah). The luncheon will focus on women behind successful organizations. Cost: $30 advance, $35 day of event. RSVP: Addriana, 566-4066.
‘Holidazzle’ — One Sisterhood hosts its popular “Girls Night Out” Christmas event Friday, Dec. 1, at Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest, with, shopping fair, fashion show, holiday ideas, munchies, and more. Shopping begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free; child care provided. Information: 532-8543 or theonesisterhood.com.
How to Heal with Japanese Techniques — The Bhumi community, 1208 Cincinnati, hosts an initiation on Level 1 and 2 of the Komyo Reiki Do System 6 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 1-3. Donations welcome. Information: 226-4502 or (213) 925-2471.
Laughter Yoga Club of El Paso — The club meets 1 to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 2 and 9, at Dorris Van Doren Library Family Room, 551 Redd, as a way to relax, let go of stress and boost one’s attitude, energy, and immune system with gratuitous laughter. Admission is free. Information: Luther or Susan at 217-8028.
Hop Chemistry — Dr. Stephen Taylor, professor of Brewing Chemistry at NMSU, and Carlos Guzman, head brewer of El Paso Brewing, will demystify the wide world of beer chemistry at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at El Paso Brewing Company, 810 Texas, Suite B, as part of Insights and UTEP’s Centennial Museum’s new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education mission, “Nerd Nights.” Age 21 and older welcome. Tickets: $8 (includes a four-beer flight) available at insightselpaso.org.
UTEP Alumni Holiday Party — UTEP Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations host the El Paso Chapter Holiday Part from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at The Venue Events and Ballroom, 6633 N. Mesa Suite 400. Cost is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7 and dancing from 8 to 11. Door prizes, cash bar, silent auction. Cocktail attire. Advance tickets through Dec. 5 at alumni.utep.edu or call 747-8600.
Non-perishable food items will be collected for the UTEP Food Pantry.
Munson Center Christmas Dance — Munson Center, 975 S. Mesquite, hosts two Christmas dances for senior adults in Las Cruces, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. Tickets: $3; can be purchased the week of the dance. Information: (575)541-3000.
Breakfast with Santa — Painted Dunes Golf Course, 12000 McCombs, hosts the family event 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 10, with a waffle station, photos with Santa and crafts for kids. Seatings at 10 and 11 a.m. and noon; reservations required. Cost: $14.99 ($9.99 kids); includes free photo. Information: 821-2122 or painteddunes.com.
Breakfast with Santa — Dave and Buster’s, 8101 Gateway West, hosts a morning of family entertainment 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, with breakfast, Christmas crafts, a present hunt in the Million Dollar Midway and a chance to take a photo with Santa. Tickets: $22.49 in advance only at ticketbud.com. Some additional activity charges may apply. Information: 304-5406 or daveandbusters.
Chamizal Junior Ranger Saturday — Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial, invites families to explore various world cultures for kids age 5 to 11 at 11 a.m. to noon the third Saturday of the month (Dec. 16). The 45-minute Junior Ranger program offers a different activity such as games, walks, experiments or craft. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Information/reservations: 532-7273 or nps.gov/cham.
This month’s activity will focus on the first Thanksgiving in El Paso and highlight Native American Heritage month.
Wreaths Across America National Veteran’s Remembrance Day — Exchange Club of El Club and other civic organizations will host the ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Rostrum at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery, 5200 Fred Wilson. This year’s theme is “Remember, Honor and Teach” with laying of wreaths beginning as soon as the trucks arrive a couple of hours before the ceremony. Public should arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. to avoid parking and crowds. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Information: Mike De Frank,859-5279, Linda Cox at (914)590-2975 or exchangeclub2278.clubexpress.com.
Wreaths Across America is a National Non-Profit Organization that furnishes live wreaths each year for the National Remembrance Ceremony at over 1000 locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and national cemeteries on foreign soil. Sponsorship wreaths may be purchased from El Paso Exchange Club.
Last year 7,000 wreaths were laid on Veteran's graves and hundreds of volunteers helped commemorate this event.
Geeks Who Drink — The homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK, host quiz nights at various locations in El Paso. Themed quizzes also held periodically. Participation is free for most events. Information, registration: geekswhodrink.com.
Schedule subject to change:
• Glass Half Full Tap Room at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo, 5 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Tuesdays
• Forma Pizzeria, 7130 N Mesa, 7 p.m. Tuesday
• Dead Beach Brewery, 406 Durango, 7 p.m. Wednesday
• Black Orchid Lounge, 6127 N Mesa, 7 p.m. Wednesday
• Craft & Social, 305 E Franklin, 8 p.m. Thursday
• Thunderbird Taproom at Whole Foods, 100 Pitt, 7 p.m. Thursdays.
1 Million Cups — Local entrepreneurs can meet and present their startups to the El Paso community 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, at the Hub of Human Innovation, l500 W Overland, Suite 230. The event is free to everyone; coffee served. Information: 321-3123, hubep.org or 1millioncups.com/elpaso.
Every Wednesday two entrepreneurs will present their business to mentors, advisors and other entrepreneurs.
Beginner’s Yoga — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, hosts free beginner’s yoga facilitated by Linda Bustamante 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the foundation’s classroom. Information: 562-7660 or rgcf.org.
‘Corner of Hope’ Resource Center — Rescue Mission of El Paso has opened a resource center on the corner of Cotton and Magoffin, providing showers, laundry facilities, access to counselors and a refuge from the weather for anyone experiencing homelessness. For more information, or to tour or see the facility, call Megan Pratt, Director of Marketing, at 532-2575.
El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group final meeting of the year is 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Dec. 19) on the campus of Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, in the Paul Foster Education Building, Room 211. Parking available next to the clinic. Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, email@example.com.
Faith & Grief Luncheon — People of all faiths are welcome to monthly luncheons for those experiencing the loss of a loved one noon to 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month, at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison.
Admission and lunch is free; reservations strongly encouraged. Donations welcome. Registration: 562-7660 or FaithandGrief.org.
GED classes — High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and UTEP host free GED classes and tests for migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their immediate families Mondays through Fridays at UTEP’s Graham Hall, Room 206, 500 W. University. Class times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (flex times). Open enrollment. Information: 747-5567 and studentaffairs.utep.edu/hep.
Holiday Sleigh Rides — Grindstone Stables hosts its holiday horse-drawn sleigh rides beginning at 5:30 p.m. weekends Dec. 1-16, and nightly Dec. 17-31 and Jan. 5-6, through historic Upper Canyon in Ruidoso. Rides depart from Martha’s Fabrics’ parking lot at the top of the “traffic circle,” at the west end of Sudderth Drive. Santa Claus visit on Christmas Eve. Blankets furnished for all riders. Cost: $20 ($10 age 12 and under). Reservations (575) 973-3533. Information on Facebook at GrindstoneStables.
Pranic Healing — L.I.G.H.T. (Lotus Integrated Group for Health and Transformation) hosts Pranic healing Clinics at 3 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Unity Church, 1420 Alabama (at Gold). Prompt arrival strongly encouraged. Clinic includes an overview of Pranic Healing, followed by Twin Hearts Meditation. It will require some simple exercises prior to and after the meditation. Services offered on a first-come basis. Provided solely by volunteer efforts of the many El Paso Pranic healers. Donations welcome. Information on Facebook at LightElPaso.
Meditation on the Twin Hearts is also offered at 7 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at Unity Church. Donations welcome.
Pranic healing is a non-touch form of energy healing.
Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, between Robinson and Wheeling, free of traffic from 7 a.m. to noon Sundays. Scenic Sundays give people the opportunity to walk, run, bike, or skateboard along Scenic Drive, and offers views of El Paso and Juárez, Mexico. Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free; road closed to car traffic at this time. Information: 541-4416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UTEP — Classes begin Jan. 29 for the popular UTEP program that offers non-credit classes for ages 50 or older.
The membership program is part of UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts and supported in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation. Registration runs Jan. 9-19, and is $70 for as many courses desired during the 12-week term, plus $25 for the one-time OLLI life membership fee ($25 late fee after Aug. 25).
No exams or papers. College degree is not required.
Members may take as many classes as they want. No grades, no tests, no term papers, no required homework. The fee includes parking permit, UTEP library card and discounts to UTEP events. Classes are open to age 50 or older, and meet weekday afternoons.
The Institute’s office is in Miners Hall, Room 209. Office hours are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A catalog of classes is available at all public library branches. Register by phone, mail or in person. Free parking available in the Sun Bowl Visitors Area. Information: 747-6280. Course list and details at OLLIatUTEP.org.
For a good cause
Chamber of Commerce Gala — The 118th annual Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce gala featuring 80s band Spazmatics! is 6:30 to 11:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at El Paso Convention Center. Tickets: $100. Dress is cocktail attire. Table sponsorships available starting at $1,000. Information/RSVP: 534-0500. Registration at elpaso.org.
Veterans Day Dance — “Legacy of Valor” and American GI Forum-Paso del Norte’s 7th annual dance, “Honoring All Who Served” is 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Dec. 2, at VFW Tigua Post, 8782. Music by Little Mike and the Blues Kings. Call for cost. Information: 255-8877 or email@example.com.
Proceeds provide employment, education, benefits, and business start-up assistance to veterans, active duty military service members and their families.
Christmas Street Gala — The 44th annual fund-raiser for the Paso Del Norte Children's Development Center is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place. Several lavish custom-designed Christmas trees will be on display. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and no host bar. Dinner at 7 p.m. Dress is cocktail attire. Tickets; $100; RSVP by Nov. 27. Information: 544-8484, ext. 101. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or pdnchildrens.org.
A live auction of trees will be held; silent auction of several items also held.
BMW Car Raffle — BMW of El Paso hosts a “Makes a Difference” Car Raffle benefiting University Medical Center and El Paso Children’s Hospital through the Foundation Volunteer Corps’ Volunteer Congress. Winning raffle ticket will be drawn at a dinner hosted by the Volunteer Corps at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. Tickets: $250; includes raffle, dinner and entertainment for two; available from Carolyn Williams at 521-7229, ext. 80528 or email@example.com
‘B-Warm’ Blanket Drive — The Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation’s blanket drive runs through Dec. 16. New blankets, twin size or larger will be collected during “blanket Saturdays” at the B Strong Office in Placita Santa Fe, 5024 Doniphan, #2. Information, additional drop-off sites: 833-0393 or bradenaboud.com.
Mitten Tree/Canned Food Drive — Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho in Las Cruces, will sponsor a Mitten Tree to accept donations of new or clean, gently used hats, mittens and scarves for children and adults Nov. 27-Dec. 21. Information: (575) 528-4000.
The library will donate the items to La Casa, the Gospel Rescue Mission and the Community of Hope after collection ends. Last year, people donated more than 400 items.
Bring in hats, scarves, gloves or mittens to the library and either give them to staff or hang them on the tree located at the front of the building, near the Circulation Desk. Jackets, coats, sweaters and blankets are also accepted.
Winter Solstice Costume party — A “Phantom of the Opera” winter solstice celebration on the longest night of the year is 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at Snow White’s Never Neverland, 5404 Fleetwood, to help benefit Frontera Land Alliance. Information/RSVP on Facebook.
Blanket Drive — El Paso Fire Department and Extreme Weather Task Force is collecting new blankets to very young, elderly and/or ill in need through the winter months. New blanket donations can be dropped off any time at all El Paso Fire Stations. Information: 667-0206 or 834-5772.
Those in need of blankets may call 2-1-1 Texas for assistance. Persons who qualify include infants under one year of age, the ill and disabled and those who qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, SSI and RSDI.
El Paso Humane Society — Regular adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at 4991 Fred Wilson. All pets are spayed/neutered, microchipped, licensed and vaccinated. Adoption fees: $100 (additional $10 for pets four months age or older for city rabies certificate). Information: 532-6971 or hselpaso.org.
Operation Santa Claus — New and gently used toys and bikes for the needy children of the El Paso/Fort Bliss area may be dropped off 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Fort Bliss Op Santa warehouse, Bldg. 1123 or at any El Paso Fire Station, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For a pickup, volunteer information: 568-1010, firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on Facebook at OpSantaClaus.
Donations to “Operation Santa Claus” can be mailed to Op Santa, Inc. P.O. Box 16270, Fort Bliss, TX 79906. All funds are for parts and supplies.
Winter Giving Project Biblioteca Infantil — Warm hats, scarfs and gloves are being accepted for the children of the Biblioteca Infantil library in Rancho Anapra. Toys, school supplies and new jackets and sweaters are also welcomed. Information: Eina Holder 867-1014.
Anyone entering Fort Bliss must have a valid driver’s license, car insurance and registration. Check beforehand to see which gates are open to the public. Public access is available through the Sheridan, Chaffee and Buffalo Soldiers gates to West Bliss, and Biggs and Old Ironsides gates to East Bliss.
Fort Bliss Tree Lighting ceremonies — The annual holiday tree lighting us 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at Center Chapel One, 315 Pershing, with a special appearance by Santa Claus, choir performance by Bliss Elementary School and free refreshments. Information: 568-1519.
Holiday Festival — The family event is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Biggs Park, 1388 Sgt. Major Blvd, on Fort Bliss. This year’s theme is “Gingerbread House,” with free photos with Santa, Gingerbread House Making Contest, snow making, train rides and design-your-own gingerbread cookie. Bring a blanket and chair to watch a holiday movie in the park. Cocoa and coffee offered. Dress for the weather. Public invited. Information: 588-8247.
Holiday Brunch at the Centennial —Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, 11199 Sgt. E. Churchill, on Fort Bliss, hosts its annual holiday feast 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, with breakfast favorites and desserts along with champagne, mimosas and wine. Seating will be available by reservation only. Cost: $22.95 ($11.95 age 5 to 10; age 4 and younger eat free). Reservations: 744-8427.
Family Days at the wall — The Soldier Activity Center, 20732 Constitution Avenue on Central Fort Bliss, is open to all climbers age 6 and older noon to 6 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday. Climbing available on a first-come, first-served basis. Information: 744-1532.
Fort Bliss Historical Association — The group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Fort Bliss museum complex, 1735 Marshall. Information: 269-4831.
Dues are $25 a year ($10 students and junior enlisted soldiers).
Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club — 3730 Roy Johnson Lane. Rifle and pistol shooting competitions are held almost every weekend. Visitors can watch for free. Food available at the clubhouse snack bar. To get there: Take Railroad Drive to Deer; turn right. Information: 568-2983 or blissmwr.com/rodandgun.
Friday at The Fire — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays at the outdoor fireplace. DJ music at 6 p.m. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.
High Stakes Bingo — The Centennial at Fort Bliss hosts a New Year’s Eve Bingo event with a chance to win up to $12,000 in cash prizes at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, with dinner buffet and a cash bar. Doors open at 4 p.m. Ticket buy-in: $50 (includes bingo paper pack, dinner, and a champagne toast to the New Year. Open to all valid DoD ID card holders 18 and older, and guests. Information: 744-8427.
Old Fort Bliss — Building 5054, corner of Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. The Old West days of the “Soldiers of the Pass” are relived through replicas of the original adobe fort buildings and military artifacts, Magoffinsville Post 1854 to 1868. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; by appointment only Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 568-4518 or 588-8482 or on Facebook at Old Fort Bliss.
Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held Thursday nights. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, SinglesInTheSon@yahoo.com or on Facebook.
Westside Welcome Club — The nonprofit group is open to both newcomers and longtime residents. Information: westsidewelcomeclub.com.
The monthly free newcomers coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Ella Blu, 5410 N. Mesa. No RSVP necessary.
The monthly luncheon and Holiday Bazaar is Wednesday, Dec. 13, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Road. Bazaar opens at 10 a.m. (set up at 9 a.m.). Luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. Entertainment by Laurie Koval. Newcomers welcome; reservations required. Cost: $22. Information, reservations: 449-2121.
L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and language. Information: 585-1789, 497-2453 (Spanish), email@example.com, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
Celebrate the holiday season with food, French Christmas Carols, and gag gift exchange fun at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at University Presbyterian Church, 244 Resler. Cost: $38 ($30 members).
Event information: 585-1789, firstname.lastname@example.org, afofelpaso.com.
A celebration of Galette des Rois (Epiphany is planned for January 2018. Final date to be determined.
French classes, Spring sessions start Saturday, Jan. 20, and Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 for children and adults, University Presbyterian Church, 244 Resler. Information: 346-3810 or 585-1789.
Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso will hold its annual Christmas Party at noon Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe, Fort Bliss. Information, reservations: 755-5471.
Discover El Paso — The nonprofit group, founded in 1973, is dedicated to promoting things to do and see in and around El Paso. Information: discoverep.org.
The Christmas party is noon Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Coronado Country Club, 1044 Broadmoor. Cost: $23. RSVP by Nov. 29: 598-6376.
El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (Dec. 12) at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 810 N. Campbell (at Montana). Meetings include educational presentations and an auction of materials submitted by club members. Visitors always welcome; admission is free for first-time visitors; $12 annual membership fee. Information: 833-5154.
Military Order of the World Wars — The El Paso Chapter’s annual Christmas Sing-A-Long is 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Great American Steakburger, 701 Mesa Hills, led by Camy. Bring a friend. Information: 755-4038.
Doña Ana Photography Club (DAPC) — The club hosts free photography programs 7 to 9 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month at Southwest Environmental Center, 275 N. Downtown Mall in Las Cruces. The public is invited. Information: (575) 522-1691 or daphotoclub.org.
International Coin Club — El Paso’s only coin club meets at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere. Business meeting starts around 6:30 p.m. Numismatic presentations start at 7 p.m. with auction to follow. Visitors always welcome, and admission free for first-time visitors. Information: 533-6001 or elpasocoinclub.com.
Mesilla Valley Stamp Club — The stamp club meets 6 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, Las Cruces. Guests, beginning and advanced collectors are invited to trade, buy, and sell stamps. Information: (575) 202-1937.
Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday of the month, at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. A program on zippered bags will be presented after the meeting. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Membership is $25 per year. Information: Patti Lyons, 585-2518.
The Guild assists in aiding many charitable organizations, with the main focus on helping wounded warriors by making quilts for them.
Toastmasters Amigo Club — The Toastmasters International club meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, 2000 Transmountain, first floor conference room. The club develops professional leadership and communications skills in a supportive setting with colleagues. Guests always welcome. Information: 691092. toastmastersclubs.org.
Wyler Aerial Tramway — The state park tramway, 1700 McKinley, gives passengers a view of Texas, New Mexico and Mexico from Ranger Peak, elevation 5,632 feet. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 years and under. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday through Thursday. Information: 562-9899 or 566-6622.
A Women-Only is 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, up on Directisimo Trail.
Holiday ornament making is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, as part of Arts in the Parks. All materials provided.
A “pocketsquare survival” and other uses of a bandana demonstration is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 25.
Last Sunday hike is 8 a.m. Dec. 31, up Ranger Peak. Meet in the parking lot for 1-mile hike. Wear sturdy shoes, weather appropriate clothing, hats and sunscreen; bring walking stick. Hike rated as strenuous.
Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park is managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife and is also part of Franklin Mountains State Park. To get there: Take Alabama to McKinley and turn toward the mountain.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
Live racing is Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday Dec. 15-April 17. Post time is 12:30 p.m.
Indian Cliffs Ranch — The working cattle ranch in Fabens offers a children’s zoo, buffalo, longhorns, deer, rattlesnake pit, movie sets and the Fort Apache playground. It’s also home to the famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse. Information: (915) 544-3200 or cattlemanssteakhouse.com.
Ski Apache Wind Rider — The hour-long zip-line adventure at the Alto, N.M. ski resort begins at over 11,000 feet, spanning 8,900 feet in three sections, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. Cost is $75 for adults, $68 children and senior, $62 military. Minimum age is 10; height and weight limits also apply. Reservations required. Information: (575) 464-3633 or skiapache.com.
The Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero, N.M. also offers the Apache Eagle ZipRider, which spans 2,668 feet, lasting about three minutes. Tickets: $40 ($37 ages 10-13 and 60-plus; $41 military); $91 for all-day pass.
Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s activities daily. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
Native American Dances are on the hour 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, made Saturday mornings. Also featured are family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry, pottery and other crafts.
Licon Dairy — The dairy’s gift shop popular for its homemade asadero cheese products is located at 11951 Glorieta Road in San Elizario and is open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The dairy also features an extensive petting zoo and regularly stocked fishing hole. Admission is free, with a nominal charge for fishing hole use. Information: 851-2705 or licondairy.com.
Plaza Theatre Tours — The free weekly tours are noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the Plaza, 125 W. Mills in Downtown El Paso. Meet under the Plaza marquee. Information: 534-0660.
San Elizario Historic District — The district at 1500 Main Street in San Elizario on the Mission Trail features four art galleries, seven artists' studio/galleries, three gift shops, the Historic San Elizario Chapel, the Portales Museum and the Veteran’s Museum. Most locations open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-0041, 594-8424 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.com.
Self-guided walking tours and guided tour of 17 historical sites also offered, including the Chapel, Old El Paso County Jail (where Billy the Kid broke out a friend in 1876), the old Grist Mill, the Lafayette barracks and more. Free guides available at all galleries and museum.
Spaceport America Visitor Center — 301 S. Foch, Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Tours to Spaceport America depart promptly at 9 a.m. Thursday through Monday, returning at 1 p.m. No tours Tuesday or Wednesday. Tour cost: $49.99 ($29.99 age 18 and younger). Information, group reservations: 1-844-7-2SPACE. Discounted admission rates online at spaceportamerica.com/experience.
La Viña Winery — 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.
Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery — 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M. Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Information: (915) 241-4349 or sombraantigua.com.
The winery’s Christmas Art and Craft Fair is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9-10, with arts, crafts and wine. Several classes held throughout the day.
Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tastings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.
McDonald Observatory — The University of Texas at Austin-run observatory is located at 3640 Dark Sky Drive, near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Information: (432) 426-4138.
The observatory offers daytime tours and solar viewing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Twilight programs begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The popular stargazing events are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Reservations required for all programs. See website for prices, schedule: mcdonaldobservatory.org.
To get there: Observatory is 185 miles from El Paso. Take Highway 118 from I-10 south at Kent for a 39-mile drive to observatory. The observatory and Fort Davis are on Central Time.
Self-Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour - Brochures are available for walking tours of historical sites in downtown El Paso amd Juárez. Information: Convention and Visitors Bureau, 534-0600.
Concordia Cemetery - A historic cemetery that now lies in the shadow of El Paso's principal freeway interchange, Concordia is the final home of gunfighters John Wesley Hardin, John Selman and others. The former town "Boothill" can be reached by taking the Copia exit from Interstate 10. To find out about tours or other information, call the Concordia Heritage Association at 755-0000.
Franklin Mountains State Park - The largest urban park in Texas extends north from the heart of El Paso to the New Mexico state line. The highest point is North Mount Franklin, 7,192 feet above sea level. Park rangers give guided hikes on the first and third weekends of the month, beginning at the Tom Mays Unit entrance and last 2-3 hours. Information: 566-6441.
Entry fees are $3 per person, free for age 12 and under (with family). Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, until 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday during summer. The park also offers mountain biking, camping and picnicking.
Hueco Tanks State Historic Site - The park is famed for its unique geology and Native American rock art. Unguided access is limited to North Mountain. Rock art tours, hiking tours, and bouldering tours are available Wednesday-Sunday mornings. Reservations recommended: (915) 849-6684.
Admission fee is $4, special rates for seniors; free for children 12 and under. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: 857-1135. To get there: Take Montana Avenue (U.S. Highway 62-180) all the way into the Hueco Mountains, then turn left on Ranch Road 2775. It's about 32 miles from downtown El Paso.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park - 110 miles east of El Paso on the way to Carlsbad, the 86,416-acre park includes the highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749 feet. One of the best examples of a Permian Period fossil reef, the national park offers camping and more than 80 miles of trails. Park headquarters is at Pine Springs, off of U.S. 62-180. McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center, 7 miles east of Pine Springs, offers nature, canyon and geology trails. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free entry. Information: (915) 828-3251.
So. New Mexico day trips
White Sands National Monument - The glistening gypsum dunes are a year-round attraction, offering eerie vistas, relaxing hikes and a wonderful natural playground for kids of all ages. The monument is about 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70.
Ranger-guided Sunset Stroll Nature Walks are offered an hour before sunset.
Lake Lucero tours are offered on the last weekend of each month. Participants drive their own vehicles 17 miles then hike 3/4 mile to the source of the white sands. Advance reservations (beginning two weeks before tour) are required.
Hours: Visitor Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dunes Drive, 7 a.m. to sunset.; expanded hours in summer. Summer events include full moon night programs. Entry fee: $3 for adults. Information: (505) 479-6124 or www.nps.gov/whsa.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park - The caverns open at 8 a.m. daily, and the last elevator down leaves at 3:30 p.m. Visitors can also walk to the main caverns through the natural entrance - last walk-in is 2 p.m. (hours extended 1 1/2 hours in summer). Cost is $6 ($3 for ages 6-15, for seniors with discount card).
Additional tours offered; call for fees and reservations. Information: (505) 785-2232 or www.nps.gov/cave.
The park is 160 miles east of El Paso.
Aguirre Spring Campground - The Organ Mountain recreational area, run by the federal Bureau of Land Management, is off U.S. 70 about 15 miles east of Las Cruces. Fifty-five family camping and picnic sites, plus two group areas. Day use fee is $3 per vehicle. The Baylor Pass (hiking and horseback riding) and Pine Tree (hiking) trails begin at the campground.
Information: (505) 525-4300.
Alameda Park Zoo - Alameda Park, North White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70), Alamogordo. The zoo is part of the park that lines Alamogordo's main highway. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $2.20 adults, $1.10 children and seniors. Information: (505) 439-4290.
City of Rocks State Park - Between Deming and Silver City, four miles east of U.S. 180 off NM 61, is the peculiar formation known as City of Rocks. Erosion has sculpted the "city" out of volcanic material, creating a natural playground for rock climbers. Admission is $3. Information: (505) 536-2800.
Dripping Springs Natural Area - The recreational area is at the base of the Organ Mountains at the end of Dripping Springs Road (eastern extension of University Avenue), about 10 miles east of Las Cruces. The area includes the A.B. Cox Visitor Center, several hiking trails, and La Cueva Picnic Area. The area's entrance gate is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; the visitor center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per vehicle. No pets allowed (except for assistance animals). Information: (505) 522-1219.
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park - Carlsbad, N.M. Living Desert offers visitors an up-close at the mammals, reptiles and birds that inhabit the Chihuahuan Desert. Admission: $3 ($1 ages 7-12, free for 6 and under). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 3:30 p.m.) Information: (505) 887-5516.
Old Mesilla - The largest town between San Diego and San Antonio before the railroad passed it by in 1881, Mesilla has retained its appearance and character as a 19th-century center of the Southwest. The town plaza was the site of the official celebration in 1854 of the Gadsden Purchase. Mesilla also served as a stagecoach stop on the Butterfield Trail.
Many of the adobe buildings, some dating back to 1850, have been restored. Dozens of shops and galleries, scenic San Albino Church, the Fountain Theatre and historic restaurants await visitors.
Stahmann Farms - The world's largest family-owned pecan orchard offers free tasting tours at 2 p.m. Wednesdays through August at Stahmann's Country Store, 22505 Hwy 28 South, La Mesa, N.M. (six miles south of Mesilla). Allow one hour for tour; advance reservations for groups of 8 or more.
The tour is in the heart of Stahmann's 4,000 acres, and includes the shelling and candy plants.
Sample various sauces and condiments off the grill at Saturday culinary samplings, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays through August.
Fort Selden State Monument - Fort Selden, 13 miles north of Las Cruces, was a 19th-century adobe fort. The monument preserves the remaining ruins, and has a visitors center with exhibits of military life at the post. From Las Cruces, take I-25 North to Exit 19. Admission is $3 (age 16 and under free). Information: (505) 526-8911.
All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.
Tequila Discoteque — Pronaf Zone, next to Centro Cultural de la Ciudad. Tour Movimiento Alterado is 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Admission: 100 pesos for women, 110 pesos for men (donboleton.com).
Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Tickets at donboleton.com. The children’s show “Escandalosos” is at 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Tickets: 165, 220 and 275 pesos.
Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at donboleton.com.
• The UACJ Orquestra Sinfonica, Compania Nacional de Danza and Compania Ballet Clasico de UACJ perform “El Cascanueces” (”The Nutcracker”) at 7 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2-3. Tickets 80-200 pesos.
• The Russian State Ballet Voronezh performs “El Cascanueces” (”The Nutcracker”) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5. Tickets 385-715 pesos.
• José María Napoleón brings his “Vive Tour 2017” at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8. Tickets 660-1,485 pesos.
• The play “El Padre,” a drama about Alzheimer’s, starring Ignacio López Tarso, Érika Buenfil, Lisardo, Lucero Lander, Adriana Nieto y Sergio Basáñez, is at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11. Tickets: 350-750 pesos.
• Christmas Fest 2017, presented by El Colegio Bilingüe Anna Freud, is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. Tickets are 90 and 100 pesos.
• La Diablo Squad, comedy show with Christian Meza, Paco Maya and La Mole, is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Tickets: 275 to 693 pesos.
Magno Discotheque — Montes de Oca 339, Zona Pronaf. Information: 656 551 9458. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
• Los Caminantes perform a “gran baile de recuerdo” at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, with guests Los Frontera de Cd. Juarez and Los Monos 70. Tickets: 165, 275 and 385 pesos.
• La Maquinaria Norteña performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, iwth 727 Sin Limito and Los Vagos. Tickets: 165, 275 and 385 pesos.
• Polo Urias y su Maquina Norteña perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23. Guest performers include Cadetes de Linares, Tickets: 165, 275 and 385 pesos.
Teatro de INBA - Circuito Jose Reyes Estrada, Zona Pronaf. The children’s show “La Gallina Pintadita: Celebrando la Navidad” is at 8 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Tickets: 165, 220 and 275 pesos (donboleton.com).
Gimnasio Municipal Josue Neri Santos — Av. Mariscal at Maria Martinez, downtown. Sin Marca Lucha Libre with over 20 wrestlers begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Tickets: 80-600 pesos .
Evolution Discoteque — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Advance tickets at donboleton.com. Octubre Doce performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15. Tickets: 220-550 pesos.
Gimnasio Universitario — Calle Mejía y Montes de Oca in the Zona Pronaf. The stage show “Aventurera,” with more than 50 performers, is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Tickets: 450-1200 pesos (donboleton.com).
Teatro de la Nacion — Costa Rica street at 20 de Noviembre. “Zapatero Busca Sapato,” a play for all ages directed by Clarissa Malheiros, is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20. Admission: 150 pesos (donboleton.com).
Bazar Del Monumento — The weekly bazaar is noon to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Benito Juárez Monument downtown, Vicente Guerrero and Constitucion Avenues. Art, antiques, books and more sold and traded. The event also features live music.
La Rodadora — The interactive children’s museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org.
3D Theater admission: 30 pesos. Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos.
The museum features 120 permanent interactive exhibits. Exhibits include opportunities to explore the origins of life, the formation of the planets, how the deserts were formed, paleontology, history and heritage and traditions, with a focus on art and expression.
Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera (MUREF) — Old Customs House, Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: muref.org, inah.org or Facebook.
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