El Paso Scene Weekly for Dec. 23, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020 Click here for other weekly digests
El PASO SCENE FEATURED EVENTS
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. Live Racing season returns Thursday, Dec. 26, with first post time at 12:25 p.m. Other December race days are Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 28-29, and Tuesday, Dec. 31.
The Championship at Sunland Park stakes race is Sunday, Dec. 29. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
Beginning in January, race days are Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. The live racing season runs through April 21.
Mount Cristo Rey Hike Through Time — A guided hike is at noon Monday, 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), between Paisano and Racetrack Drive.
Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl — The 86th annual football classic begins at noon, Tuesday, Dec. 31. This is the first year under the new sponsorship. Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Captain’s Club: $652. Some military discounts offered. Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or sunbowl.org.
This year’s half time performers are Christian nu metal band P.O.D., whose hits include “Alive,” “Youth of the Nation,” “Boom,” “Beautiful” and their No. 1 single, “Lost In Forever.”
The 22nd annual Fan Fiesta is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, 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.
Pre-game fan party is 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 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.
ALSO THIS WEEK
WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating and various winter events through Jan. 5 in Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas. San Jacinto Plaza and El Paso Street will be decorated with holiday lights, and food trucks and the Holiday Cafe will offer treats for purchase.
Regular ice skating hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, and 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1.
Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger). Spectator admission is free. Season passes; $45, good for one session per day. Tickets online at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600,winterfestep.com, or on Facebook.
Fiesta Fridays are 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday with live music at the ice rink.
Loya Light Show — The brilliant display of 450,000 holiday lights choreographed to music is featured in the annual display at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Fridays through Sundays through Dec. 22, plus Tuesday and Wednesday, Christmas Eve and Christmas night 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 is a winner of “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” competition, sponsored by ABC television. The 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.
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.
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 Tuesday, 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.
New Year’s Eve
Forum Ballroom New Year’s Eve Dance — Tejas Band headlines the New Year’s Eve dance 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday, 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.
Ardovino’s New Year’s Eve Bash — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, will ring in 2020 beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, with a five-course dinner, dancing, live and DJ music and champagne toast at midnight. Cost per person: $100, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations and festive attire recommended: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, or ardovinos.com.
Inn of the Mountain Gods New Year’s Eve — Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino in Mescalero, N.M. will host its “Denim & Diamonds” New Year’s Eve Bash with gourmet dinner and concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, with tribute performers including Derek Spence as George Straight, John Lilly as Hank Williams Sr. and Kelly Vohn as Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain or Faith Hill. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner 6 to 9 p.m. Champagne toast at midnight. Tickets: $125; minors must be accompanied by an adult. (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. Tuesday, Dec. 31, celebration, at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, 1200 Futurity Drive, in Sunland Park, N.M. Admission is free (includes party favors); age 21 and older only. Information: (575) 874-5200, sunland-park.com or on Facebook.
New Year’s Eve Dance — GDP Pool Hounds host the New Year’s dance 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Gary Del Palacio Recreation Center at Album Park, 3001 Parkwood, featuring music by Little Mike and the Blue Kings. Admission: $25. Information: 204-2056.
Speaking Rock Entertainment Center — 122 S. Pueblo Rd. A free New Year’s Eve concert and celebration starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, featuring performance by rock band P.O.D. Champagne and party favors included. Admission is free; age 18 and older admitted. Information: 860-7777, speakingrock.com or on Facebook.
Las Cruces Chile Drop — The 6th annual New Year’s Eve Festival is 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tuesday 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.
Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 19th annual market is open Saturdays at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local farmers, meat producers, honey, salsa, jams and jellies, and local artisans. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3, email@example.com, ardovinos.com or on Facebook at FarmersMarket.
Game Garden offers bocce ball, horseshoes, cornhole and washer toss.
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.
Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the Hobby Lobby parking lot, 7930 N. Mesa. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.
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.
UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $5 general admission. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, Tulsa.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2: Florida International
• 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4: Florida Atlantic
Public Ice Skating — “Holidays on Ice” public skating hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 3 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and noon to 3 p.m., at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 Paisano. All ages welcome. Admission: $12; $10 military (skate rental included). Spectator admission is free. Information: 479-PUCK (7825), elpasohockey.org. or on Facebook at El Paso Hockey Association.
Additional holiday hours include 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 23-Jan. 6. No evening session Dec. 24; closed Christmas Day.
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