December 2018

Note: the following are just the events listings in the Roundup.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe
Church programs
Let There Be Lights
New Year's Eve

Southern New Mexico
West Texas
Bazaars & Fairs
Something for everyone
For a good cause
Fort Bliss
Club news
Juarez events
Area Attractions

Socorro Winter Fest — The Festival is 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Rio Vista Community Center, 901 N. Rio Vista, Socorro, Texas, with games, rides, arts and crafts and Santa photos. Parade begins at 6 p.m. starting at Escontrias Elementary School, 205 Buford. Information: 860-8615 or on Facebook.

Eastlake Christmas Parade — The Eastlake Lions Club’s Christmas Parade, is 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. This year’s theme is “Horizon at 30.” 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
  The Horizon City Christmas Tree Lighting is 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Corky Corcoran Park. Parade float judging will be at 6 p.m.

Magoffin Holiday Open House — The annual holiday season event at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1120 Magoffin, is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, with music, cookies and cocoa, and free activities for kids. Admission is free. Information: 533-5147, or on Facebook.

PBS Kids Fiesta — KCOS, El Paso’s PBS station, hosts the 4th annual event for area children noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at El Paso Convention Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, with photo ops with Curious George and Nature Cat, live music, dance performances, and many educational activities and games. Admission is free. Information: 590-1313 or

Pecan Harvest Festival — The 16th annual family harvest festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, at Ramirez Pecan Farm, 13709 North Loop in Clint, where families can pick pecans from the orchard. Country store will be open with pecans in and out of shell as well as pecan candies, gift baskets, 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. Thursday through Sunday, Dec 6-9 and Dec. 13-16, with live entertainment, food, and arts and crafts vendors and children’s activities. Admission is free. Information: 212-1731 or

El Paso Mineral and Gem Society Show — The annual mineral, gem, jewelry and bead show is Dec. 7-9 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 vendors from across the United States offering designer jewelry, crystals, gemstones, equipment, geodes and more. Free gem identification Saturday and Sunday. Flint knapping, gold prospectors club and kids spinwheel, food on grounds. Admission is free. Information: 544-2717 or

‘Navidad on the Border’ — The 24th annual musical homage to the community’s Mexican and American Christmas traditions is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 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 through the Seniors Adult Program: 831-7801.

Navidad de La Fe Luminarias — La Fe Clinic will light up Scenic Drive with more than 4,000 luminarias for its 27th annual event 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Admission is free, but sightseers are invited to donate canned and dry goods. Cash or checks (made to “Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe”) also taken 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, and exit a Rim Road. 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 donations.

‘Island of Misfit Toys On Ice’ — El Paso Figure Skating Club presents the holiday ice skating show 3:30 t 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $3 by Dec. 10, $5 at the door; free for age 3 and younger. Information: or on Facebook.

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, Las Posadas celebration and Christmas bazaar noon to p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, with Christmas music, annual bike giveaway, reenactment, and cultural presentations. 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. Information: 851-1682 or

Mount Cristo Rey Hike Through Time — A guided hike is at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 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.

Hyundai Sun Bowl — The 85th annual football classic begins at noon, Monday, Dec. 31. Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Captain’s Club: $652. Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or
  Announcement of teams is around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.
Pre-game fan party is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. with food and drinks, live music, giveaways and university bands, at the corner of Glory Road and Sun Bowl Drive. VIP Tent party also planned.
  YMCA Sun Bowl Basketball Skills Camp is 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Dec. 21, at UTEP’s Memorial Gym for selected area youth. Information: Wayne Thornton, 541-4331.
  The 57th annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21-22, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Games are 5 and 7 p.m. both days. UTEP hosts East Tennessee State, Wyoming and Norfolk. Tickets: (available Dec. 3): $13-$22 for two game package; $22-$44 four game package.
  Hyundai 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. Sunday, Dec. 30, at El Paso Convention Center. Information: Wayne Thornton, 541-4331.
  The annual Fan Fiesta is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at El Paso Convention Center, with live performances, Battle of the two University bands, activities for kids and more. Admission is free. Activity wristbands are $5 for unlimited inflatables and interactive games.

WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and various winter events through Jan. 6 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. Open seven days a week. Season passes; $35, good for one session per day. Tickets online at Information: 534-0600 or
  Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Sundays (2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and Jan. 6), 4 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays Dec. 4-19; noon to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 26-Jan. 3), 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 7 and 14, noon to 11 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 21-Jan. 4 and Saturdays.
  Holiday hours are noon to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, 4 to 10 p.m. Christmas Day, noon to 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve and noon to 10 p.m. New Year’s Day.
  Specials include Military Monday (half off skating for military and family with ID), Chico’s Tiny Tuesday mini skating sessions at 4 and 4:30 p.m. for kids 5 and under only ($2 kids skate rentals), Warm Wednesday $2 off skating and free mini bag of donuts with warm clothing donations, Student Thursdays $2 off with student ID or school apparel, Fiesta Fridays with live entertainment, Social Saturdays (chance for prizes when using #EPWinterfest in pictures), and Sunny Sundays holiday music from Sunny 99.9.
  The Holiday Cafe events include Princes party Thursdays, cookie and gingerbread house decorating Fridays, and breakfast with Santa and Stories with Mrs. C Sundays.
  El Paso Streetcar fares are free every weekend through Jan. 6.
  The WinterFest express shuttle runs every 10 t 15 minutes 6 to 11 p.m. Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, with free pick up at Father Rahm & El Paso and drop off at corner of El Paso and Overland.
  El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival and El Paso Live are teaming up to show free Holiday Movies selected Sundays at the Plaza Theatre as part of the 3rd annual WinterFest. See “Film Scene” for schedule.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration — St. Mark Catholic Church; 11700 Pebble Hills, hosts its annual celebration Dec. 8-12, with several events open to the community. Admission is free. Information: 333-0891 or
  The Guadalupe Parade is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Tamales served afterwards.
  A theatre performance is 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, and the “Serenade to Our Lady” is 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.
  Misa con Mananitas a la Virgen Menudo is 6:30 a.m. (menudo served after) and an English language Mass celebration is 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, followed by tamales and coffee.

Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe — The annual three-day religious festival in Tortugas, N.M. is usually held 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 on Facebook at Tortugas Pueblo.
  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 Monday and Tuesday from the hall to the church.
  A Mass for the Virgin de Guadalupe will be celebrated Wednesday 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.

Virgen de Guadalupe art gala — A gala opening and awards presentation is 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, for the 21st annual juried art award exhibit at La Galeria de la Misíon de Senecú, the Ysleta ISD gallery at 8455 Alameda. Folklorico dance and mariachi student groups will perform. Admission is free.
  The exhibit is on display Dec. 3-Jan. 14 (closed for Christmas break). Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 434-9703, 434-9711, or on Facebook at YISDFineArts.

Church programs

‘Venite!’ — Coronado Baptist Church, 501 Thunderbird, hosts its annual Christmas music presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 7 and 9. Orchestra prelude begins a half hour before event. Admission is free; early arrival recommended. Information: 584-3912 or
  Audiences can be part of an interactive musical dramatization of the Christmas story from the wise men’s point of view.

‘Living Christmas Tree’ — First Baptist Church, 805 Montana, presents the 54th annual Christmas concerts at 7 p.m. Friday, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7-9. Doors open one hour prior to each performance. Tickets: $5 at the church office; $6 online. Tickets available at the door if seats available. Information: 533-1465 or
  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.

Sun City Ringers — The community handbell choir presents the Christmas Concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Bethany Christian Church, 10453 Springwood. Admission is free. Information: 592-5977.

‘O Holy Night’ — Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest presents its Christmas Celebration services at 5 p.m. Saturday, and 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22-23, with Christmas music and worship songs, communion, candlelight and message from pastor Charles Neiman. Nursery and preschool available. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543 or
  Special New Year’s Eve services are 5 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31. Fireworks follow the evening service.

Living Christmas Cards — Harvest Christian Center, 1354 Harvest Place, hosts a luminaria-lit drive through of Christmas 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Dec. 21-23, with live actors and animals. Admission is free. Information: 585-9934 or

Christmas Celebration — CrossPoint Church, 11995 Montwood, presents its annual Christmas presentation for all ages at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and 5 and 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-15, with music, dance and a live nativity. Admission is free. Information: 857-7492 or

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 Nov. 30-Dec. 23, plus Monday and Tuesday, Christmas Eve and Christmas nigh 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 13th year, is a winner of “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 2,500 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. 7-8, with holiday music,
sweet treats and hot cocoa. Proceeds benefit the park. Characters will stroll the gardens in Victorian costume. Admission: $4 ($1 children). Information: 581-7920 or

Lights of Love — Ronald McDonald House, 300 E. California, hosts its annual Christmas lights celebration at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, presented by Providence Children’s Hospital. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Information: 542-1522 or
  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 Jan. 6. Food vendors available on weekends. Park closes at 11 p.m. Car entry fee is $2. Information: 771-2380 or on Facebook at epcountyparks.
  The 4th annual Lighting Ceremony is Saturday, Dec. 1, with free family activities including a snow patch, Santa’s arrival, food trucks, music and other entertainment and a showing of “The Santa Clause.” Winter wonderland fun zone begins at 4 p.m., lighting at 6 p.m.
  The Jingle Bell Jog precedes the lighting at 3 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.

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 beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, with a four-course menu, live music and champagne toast at midnight. Reservations recommended: (575) 589-0653, ext. 6, or

Forum Ballroom New Year’s Eve Dance — Tejas Band headlines the New Year’s Eve dance 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at The Forum, 3800 Mattox (at Hawkins). Cost: $50; 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 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, with live music from Aquarius and Boombox Heroes playing hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Dinner served at 8 p.m. Guests encouraged to dress like their favorite decade of the past. Tickets: $125 (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 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, celebration. Admission is free; age 21 and older only.
  The casino is at 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Information: (575) 874-5200 or

El Maida New Year’s Eve — El Maida Shrine, 6331 Alabama, hosts a New Year’s Eve show celebration Monday, Dec. 31, with music by Phat Soul. Cost: $25 ($40 couple). Event offers $1,500 balloon drop, door prizes and raffles. Information: 562-1444 or

Las Cruces Chile Drop — The 5th annual New Year’s Eve Festival is 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, in Plaza de Las Cruces, with entertainment, food, beer, dancing, and the Chile Drop at midnight. Free party favors at 11 p.m. while they last. Admission is free. Information: (575) 640-8283 or on Facebook at Las Cruces Chile Drop.

New Year’s at The Lodge — The resort in Cloudcroft hosts New Year’s Eve events 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31, with adult party at the Lodge Pavilion. Champagne toast at 10 p.m. and midnight, free snacks all night, cash bar. Cost: $30 per couple, $15 for single 12 and over. Information: 1-800-395-6343 or

Southern New Mexico

‘Rock of Ages’ — The living history guided tours are 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30-Dec 15, at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 160 miles east of El Paso, off the Carlsbad Highway (U.S. 62-180). Information: (575) 785-2232 or Dressed in historic costumes, park staff will guide visitors on a lantern-lit tour of the front half of the Big Room. Cost: $10 ($5 ages 5-16); no children under 5 admitted. Reservations required; space is limited. Reservations, tickets: (575) 236-1375.
  This annual tradition, brought back in 2000, gives visitors the chance to “meet” some of the men and women who helped weave the fabric of the park.
  The tour will feature a re-creation of the historic Rock of Ages Ceremony, which was regularly conducted in the Big Room from 1928 to 1944. Visitors will be immersed in total darkness as mysterious voices fill the cavern, singing the hymn “The Rock of Ages.”

Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival — The festival is noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 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). Age 21 and older only. Information: Helping Hands Event Planning, (575) 522-1232, or on Facebook.
  A VIP Party is 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Admission: $25 (VIP tickets sell out early).

Christmas in Cloudcroft — The Sacramento Mountain community’s holiday season events include:
• The Christmas Tree lighting is Saturday, Dec. 1 at dusk (around 5 p.m.) on Burro Avenue, in front of High Altitude, with bonfires, hot chocolate and cookies, stores open for shopping, Santa pictures, and a performance by the Cloudcroft High School Choir. Bring an ornament to decorate the tree.
• Santa Land, presented by Cloudcroft Light Opera Company and Kiwanis Club is 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in Zenith Park behind the Chamber of Commerce. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at the Cloudcroft Pavilion at 5 p.m. with and cookies, hot chocolate and cider, bonfire marshmallow roasting, games including Santa Bingo, prizes, holiday lights and vendor. Admission is free.
  Information: (575) 682-2733 or 1-886-874-4447 or

‘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. 1, 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 WinterFest 2018 — The annual Las Cruces tree lighting festivities are 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main. WinterFest activities are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, with food trucks, vendors for last minute shopping, special pricing for Kiddo shopping, carolers, and free picture opportunity with Santa in exchange for canned goods, gloves, socks or flashlight donations. Information: (575) 541-2444 or
  A “Christmas in Las Cruces” event hosted by Las Cruces Main Street and Calvary Baptist Church is 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, with Christmas music, hot chocolate, and a candlelight service. The plaza will be adorned with over 500 luminarias. Admission is free. Information:

Electric Light Parade — The annual holiday season parade is 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, along Main Street (from College to 3rd Street) in Roswell, N.M. This year’s theme is “Honoring All Who Served.” Information: (575) 420-5718 or

Luminarias on the Plaza — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host its 14th annual arts stroll is 4 to 8 p.m. p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 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 or
  Parade is 6 p.m. along California Street with the theme “Christmas in Toyland.”
  Socorro Fire Department’s 5th annual fundraising Matanza is 4 to 8 p.m. on the plaza
  The city’s official Christmas tree lighting is 7 p.m. on the plaza, with appearance by Santa on the gazebo.
  Winter Wonderland on the Plaza is 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, with luminarias, lights and decorations in the Historic District surrounding the Plaza.

Ruidoso Festival of Lights — The annual “Parade of Lights” is 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 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 “It’s A Wonderful Life.”
  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

Tamal Fiesta y Mas — The 5th annual fiesta is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, along Bayard Street in Santa Clara, N.M., hosted by the Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce, with tamale and craft vendors and other traditional Christmas and Borderland favorites such as capirotada, bizcochos, Mexican hot chocolate and red-chile kettle corn. Information: (575) 537-2443 or 575-654-9889, or on Facebook.
  Santa Clara is about 8 miles east of Silver City along U.S. 180.

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. 1, 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 during the day, as well as Pueblo Indian social dances. Admission: $5 per vehicle. Information: (575) 524–4068 or
  Visitors enjoy sunset, gathering around several warm campfires in an outdoor amphitheatre, 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.

Yuletide in Chloride — The historic ghost town of Chloride’s 13th annual holiday event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1-9, at the Monte Cristo Gift Shop and Gallery, on Wall Street in Chloride. Many of the community’s original 1880s buildings will be decorated for the Christmas season. Chloride is off NM 52, 40 miles northwest of Truth or Consequences. Information: (575) 743-0190 or

Holiday at the Ranch — Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wines, 288 U.S. Hwy 54/70 in Alamogordo, N.M., hosts its annual holiday event 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, with photos with Santa, children’s games, craft, hay rides, and treats. Admission is free; Santa photos, games and crafts for a nominal fee. Information: (575) 434-0035, or on Facebook at New Mexico Pistachios.

Las Cruces Festival of Trees — The 3rd annual holiday family celebration benefiting local nonprofits is Dec. 6-8 at Centennial High School, 1950 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd., Las Cruces. Tour dozens of whimsically decorated trees and vote for favorites, as well as see a gingerbread village, meet Santa, and enjoy crafts and live music. Hours are 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Select trees available for auction and raffle. Admission: $5 ($3 students, kids; under age 2 free) Information: or on Facebook at lctreefestival.
  Special events:
• Senior Day for age 55 and older is 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. Tickets: $2.
• Movies with the Trees event is 8 to 10 p.m. Friday featuring holiday B-movies, B-Movie Bingo, nerf-gun alien shoot-off and other games. Tickets: $3.
• Teddy Bear Tea is 8:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, with treats, a private tour of displays, and interactive story-time with Santa. Each child guest receives a commemorative Teddy Bear as a memento. Space is limited; recommended for ages 2-10. Tickets: $10 ($35 family of four); available at
  A VIP wine a cheese auction for the trees is planned for Saturday; raffle winners will named at event. Details and tickets to be announced.

Christmas Tree Lighting - Alamogordo’s 2nd annual community tree lighting event is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Washington Park, 100 Washington Ave., with food, contests, music and family activities. Admission is free. Information: (575) 437-6220, or
  The annual Christmas Parade of Lights is 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

Mesilla Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting — The community tree lighting is Friday, Dec. 7, 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, with Christmas Caroling, hot chocolate & cookies compliments of Salud de Mesilla. 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. 7, 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 along Broadway at 6:15 p.m. Information: (575) 740-3902 or
  Artisans and vendors open at 6:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center. Pictures with Santa available. Hay rides begin at 6:45 p.m. throughout Downtown.
  Elephant Butte’s luminaria beach walk and parade begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.

Elephant Butte Beach Walk and Floating Light Parade — Elephant Butte State Park’s annual luminaria walk is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. 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) 744-5923, or
  The Floating Lights Parade and RV Lighting Contest is 6:30 p.m. at the Marina del Sur.

Pancho Villa Luminaria Tour — Pancho Villa State Park, Columbus, N.M. at State Roads 11 and 9. Tours are 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. 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. Regular entrance fee applies. Information: (575) 531-2711.

Dickens’ Tea & Fashion Show — Doña Ana Arts Council volunteer Sherry White (Queen Cherie de la Colletage of the Renaissance Arts Faire) hosts the tea 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, in Mesilla’s Bulletin Plaza. Tickets: $10 ($5 children under 12). Space is limited, early registration encouraged. Information: (575) 523-6403 or
  The tea will feature food familiar to Dickens’ 19th century era, and a fashion show of period clothing.

Victorian Christmas Evening — The 34th annual event is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Silver City Museum, 312 W. Broadway in the historic H.B. Ailman House with decorations, costumed characters, activities, and entertainment representative of when the Ailman family built the house in 1881. Admission is free. Information: (575) 538-5921 or
  Musical guests will perform holiday and other traditional music. Christmas cookies and warm spiced cider will be served in the kitchen. Children can participate in holiday activities and visit with Father Christmas.
  New this year is Scrooge’s Gift Swap. Visitors are encouraged to bring a small wrapped gift to put under the tree, and to take one in exchange.

‘Las Noches de Las Luminarias’ — The annual holiday event is 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 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) 202-1638 or
  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).

Nacimiento Open House — The Taylor-Mesilla Historic Property Nacimiento Open House with J. Paul Taylor is 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2346 Calle Principal on the Old Mesilla Plaza. View more than 175 nacimientos (nativity scenes) from Taylor’s collection from all over the world. Admission: $5. Information:

Las Cruces Winterfest — The holiday celebration is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, on the Plaza de Las Cruces on Main Street, with food trucks, vendors, special pricing for “Kiddo shopping,” free picture opportunity with Santa in exchange for canned goods, gloves, socks or flashlight donations. Information: (575) 541-2444 or

Luminarias and Christmas Carols on the Plaza — Old Mesilla, N.M., turns into a wonderland of music, light and caroling beginning at dusk Christmas Eve Monday, Dec. 24, at San Albino Church and the surrounding historic plaza. About 6,000 luminarias will be set up. Shops will stay open for last-minute gifts.
  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. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116.

Luminarias at Lincoln — The streets of Lincoln, N.M. and Lincoln Historic Site, 1027 Calle de La Placita in Lincoln, N.M. will be adorned with luminarias 4:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, with Santa Claus arriving on a longhorn steer. Hot chocolate served. Information: (575) 653-4082 or

Luminarias in Tularosa — Luminarias line the streets of Tularosa at sunset Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24. Visitors are asked to slow down to 15 mph, and to watch for Santa, who will be escorted through town by the Fire Department after dark. Information: (575) 629-0787 or

Roswell Christmas Railway — The holiday train rides are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, through Dec. 30, 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:

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. No tours offered Christmas Eve.
  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 on Facebook.

West Texas


Bazaars and Fairs

La Casa Holiday Bazaar - The 28th annual bazaar featuring regional vendors is Nov. 30-Dec. 2 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 $5 per day; $12 for a weekend pass. Proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. shelter for victims of domestic violence. Information: (575) 526-2819 or

Christmas Craft Fair — Park East Club House, 1725 Mosswood, hosts a craft fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, featuring handmade jewelry, antique glassware, wood crafts, knitted scarves, wreaths, weighted blankets, jams and jellies, glass plate garden flowers, estate jewelry, mosaics, doodling art and more. Admission is free. Information: 588-2735.

‘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. 1, along with a blood drive. Sponsored by the Pebble Hills PTO. Information: 434-5605.

Silver City Holiday Market — The 5th annual artisan market is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1-2, at Grant County Conference Center on Hwy 180 East, featuring shopping from several local artisans. Food available for purchase at the Duck Stop. Information: or on Facebook at SilverCityHolidayMarket.

Sportscard and Toy Collectible Show — The trading card and toy shows are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and 22, at Sunland Park Mall, hosted by J & M Sportscards, with sportscards and toy collectibles of all kinds. Admission is free. Information: 238-4573 or 222-5458.

Desert Crossing Holiday Market — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing will host its 14th annual market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the Sunset Hall, featuring more than 100 local artists, craftspersons and vendors from the Farmers Market and guest artists, as well as cooking demonstrations and live music. Santa will be on hand for pictures. Admission is free. Information: (575) 589-0653, or on Facebook at ArdovinosDC.

Arts and Craft Festival — Bethany Christian Church, 10453 Springwood, hosts its annual juried show and sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, with original works by several area artists, as well as a Trash to Treasure sale. Admission is free. Information: 592-5977 or

Christmas and Yule Log Celebration —Boardwalk Food and Truck Market, 1773 Pali Drive, hosts its holiday food truck celebration 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, with vendors, seasonal music, ugly sweater contest, photos with Santa and a classic holiday movie. Pets welcome. Information on Facebook at The Boardwalk Market.

Christmas Extravaganza — Escamilla Fine Art Gallery, Studio and Gift Shop hosts the annual holiday show and sale 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, with a children’s art decorating station, special discounts, music by Rocio Manriquez and other, guest vendors, appetizers and refreshments. Information: 851-0742 or

Christmas Festival & Market — The 2nd annual festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Substation on Doniphan at Sunset, with music, giveaways, games, pictures with The Grinch, food, and more. Admission is free. Information: or on Facebook.

OES Craft Fair — Wallace Hughston Chapter #1100, Order of the Eastern Star hosts a craft fair 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Wallace Hughston Masonic Lodge, 5502 Hondo Pass. All proceeds support local charities. Information: 740-6174. Vendors reservations: $20 (must supply own table).

Punk Rock Flea Market — 5 to 10 p.m. the first and third Saturday of the month, 100 Pitt Street (in front of Whole Foods). Information: or on Facebook.
  The annual Eff The Mall holiday market is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. The Grinch will be available for photos 3 to 5 p.m.

Putnam Christmas Fair — Putnam PTA hosts the holiday fair noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Putnam Elementary School, 6508 Fiesta, with local vendors, bake sale, live music and more. Information: 236-3225 or

Christmas Craft Fair — Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso, 4425 Byron St., will host its 49th annual bazaar and craft fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, with a variety of crafts and holiday gifts including crochet, decoupage pottery, sterling silver jewelry, art clay creations, Baltic amber, food and treats, original music CD's and metaphysical items. Admission is free. Information: 562-4001 or

St. Pius X Bazaar — St. Pius X English Evangelization Ministry hosts its annual arts and crafts fair 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at St. Pius X Parish Community Center, 1050 N. Clark, with jewelry, baked items, and handicrafts made by resident artists. Information: Letty, 929-1034.
  The annual Blessing of the Nacimentos (Nativities) will also be held.

Westside Welcome Club Holiday Bazaar — The club’s bazaar is 9:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Dec. 12, at El Paso Country Club, 5000 Country Club Place, featuring local vendors and artisans. Information:

Krampus Fest — Kaleidoscope Art Space hosts its 2nd annual Art Show & Market 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the German Pub, 9530 Viscount, Suite 2K with local artists and artisans, food, live performances and the Krampus Walk with a “Krampus King and Queen” crowning. Information on Facebook at Kaleidoscope Art Space.

Winter Festival — The Hernando Middle School PTA presents the 3rd annual event 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the school, 3541 Rich Beem, with local vendors, live entertainment, food and family activities. Information: 937-9800, or

Artisan Fair — Mesilla Valley Artisan/Crafters Guild hosts its inaugural craft fair 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Cruces Creatives Makerspace, 205 East Lohman. with handmade clothing and accessories, riveted jewelry, pendants, quilts, pottery and other handmade items. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-5744, or
  Also featured is holiday music by local performers, children's craft activities, photo op with Santa, face painting, quilt raffle, and food trucks.

Clendenin Christmas Craft Fair — The Clendenin Elementary School PTA hosts its 17th annual fair 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the school at 2701 Harrison, with food, crafts, music and more. Admission is free. Information: 236-5300.

Happy Hippie Holidaze Open House — The Hal Marcus Gallery, 1308 N. Oregon, hosts its 48th 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. 15-16, with local vendors, appetizers, and live entertainment. Visitors are encouraged to come in hippie garb. Admission is free. Information: 533-9090 or
  Vendors include Kathy Anderson, Vicki Drennan, Cactus Mary, Gene Keller, Sandra Lee, Soozen Lee, Lolly Rancich, Barbara Burgess & Friends, Veg Society of El Paso, Chino & Yoli Zapata, Rebecca Ayers, Harry Schulte, Leah & Mary Wood, Chance, Shelly & Brandon Bailey Johnson, Nienna, Eric Boseman & associates, Ben and Terri Avalos, Mo Malone, Estela Flores and Mae Nelson.
  Marcus’s calendars for 2019 are available for $5.

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

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3,, or on Facebook at FarmersMarket.
  Yoga classes are 9 to 10 a.m. every week. Cost: $10; bring a mat.
  Christmas Cookie Decorating for kids is 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 8.

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

River Run Craft, Farmers and Kids Market — The market featuring local produce and crafts if 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through December at River Run Shopping Plaza, 1071 Country Club. Admission is free. Cost of booth for vendors $15. Vendor information: Clara’s Brass Teapot, 300-0688.

Tierra de Vida Community Farm — La Mujer Obrera and Centro Mayapan’s farmer’s market events are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, at Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas Avenue. Information: Information: 217-1126.

Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 11 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

Decoration Classes — Event Creators, the new design studio at 12673 Zulema, hosts a series of design workshops 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. selected Saturdays. Spaces are limited. Information: Marilu Aleman, 502-0244 or my
Dec. 1: Wreath Decoration Workshop. Cost: $45.
• Noon to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8: Christmas Paper Flowers. Cost: $45.

Introductory Meditation Class — Free introductory meditation classes on The Vajrasattva Purifying Meditation Practice are offered by Eclectic Spiritual Practitioner Eternity Wauls2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Doris Van Doren Public Library Family Room, 551 Redd Road. Information: 490-6440.

Latinas in Progress — Latinas in Progress College Prep program is recruiting high school girls to participate in monthly leadership and college readiness workshops held at local universities 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Clardy Fox Library, 5515 Robert Alva. Admission is free. Information: 219-8554,, or

Project Amistad volunteers — The VISTA Department at Project Amistad seeks volunteers to help with various programs. Volunteers must undergo criminal background check and orientation. Information, requirements: 298-1104 or
• Interns sought to be Peer Support Specialists. Includes a $100 per five-week stipend. Interns must be 18 and undergo paid training.
• Individuals needed to conduct customer satisfaction surveys 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. one or two days a week.
• Guardianship Department volunteers are always needed 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. selected days at 3210 Dyer.
• Companionship Program volunteers needed to visit clients in group homes to perform various tasks.
  Project Amistad serves as the court-appointed guardian of over 350 wards in El Paso County.

Santa mall appearances — Santa’s annual Christmas season mall photo opportunities available through Dec. 24, unless listed otherwise.
• Cielo Vista Mall, 8401 Gateway West. Guests can make reservations via Full schedule on Facebook.
  Caring Santa for kids with special needs is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Register at
  Pet Photo Night is 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9.
• Sunland Park Mall, 750 Sunland Park Drive. Full schedule at
  Sensitive Santa photos for kids with special needs are 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 and 9.
  Pet Photos with Santa are 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.
• Basset Place Mall — 6101 Gateway West. Santa will appear daily. Full list of hours at
• Cabela’s at West Towne Marketplace — 6450-10 N. Desert. Games, crafts and activities scheduled selected days. Photos are free.
• Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West. Santa’s Workshop, located at Suite 1750, in front of the Christmas tree, is open 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, through Dec. 23. Information: 235-3842 or
• Outlet Shoppes at El Paso, 7051 S. Desert — Santa will make mall appearances on selected dates through the season. Information: or on Facebook.
• 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 or on Facebook.
• Mesilla Valley Mall — 700 S. Telshor in Las Cruces. Noon to 7 p.m. daily (noon to 6 p.m. Sundays). Breakfast with Santa and “Paws & Claus” Night pet photo events are also scheduled. Information:

World AIDS Day — Borderland Rainbow Center free hosts movie screenings of “Longtime Companion” at 1 p.m. and “Love! Valour! Compassion! at 2:40 p.m. in observance of Worlds AIDS Day Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon. Snacks provided. Information: 249-0108 or
  An “on the spot” spontaneous fashion show by participating organizations is 4 p.m. followed by a remembrance at 5 p.m. and closing prayer at 5:50 p.m.

‘Holidazzle’ — One Sisterhood hosts its popular “Girls Night Out” Christmas event is 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Abundant Living Faith Center, 1000 Valley Crest, with, shopping fair, fashion show, holiday ideas, munchies, and concert by Nicole C. Mullen. Shopping begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543 or

Breakfast with Santa — Dave and Buster’s, 8101 Gateway West, hosts a morning of family entertainment 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8, with breakfast, Christmas crafts, a present hunt in the Million Dollar Midway and a chance to take a photo with Santa. Tickets: $23.36 in advance only at Some additional activity charges may apply. Information: 304-5406 or daveandbusters.

Dinner with Santa — Painted Dunes Golf Course, 12000 McCombs, hosts the family event 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, with dinner, crafts, and free Santa photo; reservations required. Cost: $25 ($8.50 kids). Information: 821-2122 or
  A Breakfast with Santa Event is 9 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9; call for cost.

Creative Community Meetings — AIGA El Paso and Artspace Lofts host the monthly series of meetings for the creative community every third Thursday of the month at Artspace E Paso Lofts, 601 N. Oregon. The event is for artists, writers, illustrators, developers, photographers, marketers, IT specialists, business owners, freelancers, and more. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: or on Facebook.
  Every month includes a special guest speaker or activity followed by announcements from AIGA, the professional association for design.
  A Cocktails with Creatives follows at 8 p.m. at the Gray Dog, 500 N. Oregon for those wanting to connect with other creative minds in a non-stressful situation.

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 the monthly event, 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15. Admission is free, but space is limited. Reservations recommended at: 532-7273 or

Wreaths Across America — Area civic organizations host the National Veteran’s Remembrance Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 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. The ceremony is free and open to the public; arrive by 9:45 a.m. Information

El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (Dec. 18) 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 (on left). Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989,

Open Mic at African Fiesta — African Fiesta Cafe, 1830 George Dieter, Suite 103, hosts an open mic event 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, with poetry, music, dance, book reading an more. Free hot chocolate offered. Admission is free; donations are welcome to support Dr. Kayimbi in DR Congo. To book a spot, call 307-3956. Information on Facebook and Instagram.

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:
  Schedule subject to change:
• Glass Half Full Tap Room at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo, 5 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Tuesdays
• B-17 Bomber’s Oyster Pub, 201 S. El Paso, 7:30 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.

Bridge leagues — Duplicate bridge events are hosted at Decker Bridge Center, Unit 159, 2216 East Yandell. Admission: $6. Information: 544-6565 or Managers: Peggy Craig, 581-0371 or Jack Neumann, 204-8897.

Eckankar programs — Eckankar in Texas hosts free programs at 3 p.m. selected Saturdays at El Paso Public Library Memorial Branch, 3200 Copper. Information: (703) 434-1196 or
Dec. 1: ECK Light & Sound Service on “How Divine Spirit Works in Our Lives Everyday”
Dec. 15: Spiritual Book Discussion on works by Harold Klemp, “Spiritual Wisdom on Health and Healting.”

El Paso Lupus Support Group — The support group for any individual interested in learning more about lupus meets 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month (Dec. 1) at Life Church’s Community Room, 1580 Joe Battle. Admission is free; friends and family welcome. Information: 319-9427 or on Facebook at KnowLupusElPaso.

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

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

Mustard Seed Community Café — The faith-based, pay-what-you-can café is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays at Westside Community Church, 201 Sunset. Information: 440-SEED (7333), or on Facebook.

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

‘Surviving and Thriving’ classes — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, Suite D, hosts a free multi-session, interactive program for participants whose lives have been impacted by a cancer diagnosis 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays starting in the classroom, led by trained facilitators who bring new approaches to nurturing, positive living and gratitude. Information: 562-7660 or

For a good cause

Christmas Street Gala — The 45th annual fundraiser for the Paso Del Norte Children's Development Center is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at El Paso Country Club. Several lavish custom-designed Christmas trees will be on display. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and silent auction. Dinner at 7 p.m. Dress is cocktail attire. Live auction of trees, plus silent auction of other items, will be held. Tickets; $100; RSVP by Nov. 28. Information: or

AIDS Walk — Border AIDS Partnership’s inaugural fundraising 5K walk is 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Memorial Park, 1701 N. Copia. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; walk begins at 9 a.m. around the area’s historic neighborhoods with health fair at 10:30 a.m. Cost: $25 (includes shirt designed by Diego “Robot Boy” Martinez) at the walk or in advance at Information: 533-4020,, or on Facebook at borderaidspartnership.

‘Holiday Harmony’ — Zaragoza Rotary Club presents pianist Francesco Attesti 7 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Woman’s Club of El Paso. The classical music performance features by Adrian Salas, an opera vocalist at UTEP. Tickets: $100; includes two glasses of wine and hors d’oeuvres ( Information: 474-0113
  Proceeds benefit RotaCare, a free medical clinic in El Paso, as well as other local humanitarian needs.

Spirit of Giving campaign — El Paso Community Foundation’s holiday campaign returns for its 30th year with Spirit of Giving trees adorned with snowflake tags that represent the stories of people in need, including children, elderly, and disabled. Pick a tag, buy a gift and return the wrapped present. Trees located at Cielo Vista Mall, Sunland Park Mall, and GECU/GECU Investment & Trust Services locations at Viscount and Airway; Rojas and Zaragoza; Vista del Sol and Yarbrough; Transmountain and Dyer; and Resler and Helen of Troy.
  Drop-off deadlines:
Dec. 7: GECU/GECU locations
Dec. 19: Cielo Vista Mall
Dec. 20: Sunland Park Mall.

Elks Lodge Toiletries Drive — Elks Lodge 187, 2278 Trawood, Suite C, hosts a drive noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, collecting toiletries to benefit the area’s homeless, veterans, and victims of violence, among other groups in need. Hot dogs for participants, while supplies last. Items also accepted during regular lodge hours, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, plus Fridays after 6 p.m. Information: 532-4441 or
  Items needed include toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and body wash.
  Order toiletries online that will ship directly to lodge at the TTP "Wish List" at

Christmas Pajama Party & Market — The City Magazine hosts an event benefitting Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso and Lee Moor Children’s Home 6 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, 1 Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, with vendors and live performances by Sleepspent, Tribes, Irie Lee, Table Manners, as well as special performances by “Let There Be Rock School” and “Sound Stage Nine” students. All ages event; admission by cash donation and toys for the Lee & Beulah Moor Children’s Home. Information: (575) 589-0653 or

Ribbons in the Sky Gala — The Melting Pot, 8889 Gateway West in Fountains at Farah, hosts their fundraising gala meal with wine pairing is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, benefiting St Jude Children's Research Hospital. Formal attire. Contribution: $125 per person; RSVP by Dec. 13. Information: 206-4647.

‘B-Warm’ Blanket Drive — The Braden Aboud Memorial Foundation’s blanket drive runs through Dec. 22. 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

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 Animal Services blankets — El Paso Animal Service needs blankets and towels to keep the pets warm in winter weather. The shelter goes through hundreds of blankets a day. Gently used blankets, comforters and towels may be brought to the shelter at 5001 Fred Wilson. Information: 212-7297 or

Operation Santa Claus — New donations for this season taken through Dec. 10 of new and gently used toys and bikes for the needy children of the El Paso/Fort Bliss area. Information: or on Facebook at OperationSantaFortBliss.

Winter Giving Project Biblioteca Infantil — Warm hats, scarves 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.

Fort Bliss

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. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Center Chapel One, 315 Pershing, with an appearance by Santa Claus, music by 1st Armored Division Band, choir performance by Bliss Elementary School and free refreshments. Information: 568-1519.

Holiday Festival — The family outdoor event is 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Biggs Park, 1388 Sgt. Major Blvd., on Fort Bliss. This year’s theme is “A Picture Perfect Holiday,” with free photos with train rides, Santa photos and selfie photos at different stations. Bring a blanket and chair to watch a holiday movie in the park. Cocoa and coffee offered. 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, “Polar Express,” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, 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 required: 744-1171.

Retired Officers’ Wives’ Club — The social club for spouses of retired Commissioned or Warrant Officers hosts its annual holiday luncheon noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, on East Fort Bliss, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the club’s founding. A “White Elephant” gift exchange raffle will be held. Wives and widows of retired officers from any branch of service are invited. Cost: $18. Reservations (by Dec. 14): 472-1979.

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

Friday at The Fireplace — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays at the outdoor fireplace followed by DJ music. Information: 564-5311 or

New Year’s Eve Bash — Monti Warrior Zone at Fort Bliss hosts the New Year’s party 9 p.m. to midnight, Monday, Dec. 31, with a champagne toast to the New Year, music and more. Admission: $5; open to the public, ages 21 and older. Information: 741-3000.

Non-Commissioned Officers’ Wives Club — The club meets 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month (Dec. 4) at the Trading Post (former commissary), 1717 Marshall Road, at Fort Bliss. Social time starts at 9:30, lunch meeting and potluck at 10 a.m. Information: 751-2132 (Leave message with #) or

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.

Club news

Westside Welcome Club — Information:
  The monthly free newcomer coffee is 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Ella Blu, 5410 N. Mesa.
  The monthly luncheon is 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at El Paso Country Club, with Laurie Koval on piano. Arts and Crafts Bazaar precedes the luncheon 9:30 a.m. to noon, with local vendors and artisans. Cost for lunch: $22 (for vegetarian options, indicate with reservation). Send check to WWC, PO Box 13167, 79913, or bring to monthly coffee. RSVP: Paty at 261-7819.
  The social and charitable nonprofit club was established 40 years ago to welcome women to the El Paso community. Open to both newcomers and longtime residents.

Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s annual Christmas Party is at noon Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Underwood Golf Course, 3200 Coe, Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. 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. The “Discover Christmas Party” is noon Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Coronado Country Club. Bring baby items for the Rainbow Room. Information:

El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (Dec. 11) 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.

Singles in the Son - The group develops friendships among Christian singles ages 30 to 50. Bible study held weekly; call days. Weekend events subject to change. All denominations are welcome. Membership is free. Information: Andy, 471-1997, or on Facebook.

El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month (Dec. 13) at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). The nonprofit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, quilters together for various events and projects. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. Ages 18 and older welcome. Information:

International Coin Club — El Paso’s only coin club meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with presentations and auction to follow. Visitors always welcome, and admission free for first-time visitors. Information: 533-6001, 241-6977 or on Facebook.

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 (Dec. 8) of the month, at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. Program presented at 11 a.m. after the meeting; topic to be announced. Anyone age 18 or older interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Information:

Toastmasters clubs — The clubs develop professional leadership and communications skills in a supportive setting with colleagues. Guests always welcome. Information:
• Amigo Club meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, 2000 Transmountain, first floor conference room.
• Eastside Toastmasters — Weekly meetings are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at Pebble Hills Regional Command, 10780 Pebble Hills. Information: Mike, (469) 426-7120.

Area attractions

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
  The 60th season of the live racing runs Dec. 28-May 5: with post time at 12:30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.

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,
  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.

El Paso Streetcars — The restored streetcars are now running daily. The two connected loop routes, covering a total of 4.8 miles, go from Father Rahm in South El Paso to Glory Road in Kern Place. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
  Fares: $1.50 ($3.50 day pass); $1 military and ages 6-18; 30 cents for seniors and disabled with Sun Metro ID.
  Ride the streetcars for free on weekends Fares during El Paso Winterfest through Jan. 6.
  Information: 212-3333, or on Facebook.

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

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

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
  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.

La Viña Winery — 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or
  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.

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
  Free music and wine tasting is 1 to 4 p.m. selected Sundays featuring local talent. Bring a picnic.

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

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:
  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

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
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.

Juarez events

All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.

Centro de Convenciones Anita — Waterfill zone. Information: 6821486 or 6820693. Tickets at Javier Rosas, Los Hijos de Varron and El De La Guitarra perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Tickets: 230-1,490 pesos.

Festival Inernacional del Globo — The hot air balloon festival is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, at Sede Papal El Punto, Calle 5 de Mayo, Chamizal. Gates open at 6 a.m. Admission is 175 pesos. Camping fee is 115 pesos. Tickets at

Centro de Convenciones Cuatro Siglos - Cuatro Siglos Boulevard 8989 (at Florida). Tickets at  Singer, songwriter and accordionist Remmy Valenzuela performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Tickets: 365-2,065 pesos. He was nominated for the "New Artist of the Year" at the 2015 Latin American Music Awards oand his album “Mi Vida en Vida” was nominated for the Best Norteño Album at the Latin Grammy Awards that year.

Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at
• The Voronesh Russian Ballet production of “El Cascanueces” (The Nutcracker) is at Tuesday, Dec. 4. Tickets: 405-805 pesos.
• Conpania Folklórica Baile y Tradicion of Juárez performs at Function Gala at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. Tickets: 115 pesos.

Centro Cultural de la Ciudad - Zona Pronaf, across from the Museo INBA. The Juarez Sinfonia Concertante performs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec 6. Featured soloists: Simon Gollo and Jorge Martinez. Tickets: 200 pesos (230 pesos in advance at Proceeds benefit local charities.

Cibeles Convention Center — Av. Tomás Fernández 8450, between Calle Portales and Antonio J. Bermudez, Zona Campestre. Posada Navideña is at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Admission is free.

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
  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:, or Facebook.


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