El Paso Scene Weekly for Dec. 18, 2017 - Jan. 1, 2018
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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.
OTHER El PASO SCENE FEATURED EVENTS
‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ — The Moscow Ballet presents the 25th anniversary performances of the holiday classic at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, and noon Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets start at $28 (Ticketmaster). Group discounts and VIP packages available. Information: nutcracker.com.
This year marks Moscow Ballet’s 25th consecutive year touring North America.
The performance features 40 Russian dancers performing Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. The “Great Russian Nutcracker” tells the traditional story of a young girl meeting her prince and includes a tribute to world peace and harmony.
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.
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.
Free screening of “Frozen” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Plaza Theatre.
Skating hours (subject to change):
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
CRAZYTOWN — The band behind the hit “Butterfly” performs at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at Rockhouse Bar and Grill, 9828 Montana. Tickets: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Information: 591-7625 or on Facebook at RockHouseDiveBarKitchen.
The Dirty River Boys — The Austin indie bluegrass band originally from El Paso performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson. Tickets: $12-$15. Surcharge for ages under 21. Tickets at lowbrowpalace.com.
New Year's Music Festival — El Paso Choral Society and Orchestra hosts two nights of performances at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 30-31, at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Information: 259-4999. Tickets: $20-$60; available through Ticketmaster.
• Saturday, Dec. 30: The family opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” a family-friendly, fully-staged opera performed by a 100-voice choir, professional orchestra, and professional soloists. Amahl, a shepherd boy, attempts to tell his mother about an unusual star that he has seen outside. Through his generosity and selflessness, all become witness to a miracle. El Paso Brass will also perform festive holiday music.
• Sunday, Dec. 31: The orchestra, singers and chorus will perform a Viennese New Year's Eve Concert, with famous waltzes, favorite operatic arias, and an exciting chorus performed by a 100-voice choir, professional orchestra, and professional soloists. Directed by Prentice Loftin.
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.
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.
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.
A Drag Queen Christmas: The Naughty Tour’ — The show starring contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race on VH-1 is 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at the Plaza Theatre. Tickets: $20-$50 (Ticketmaster). Meet and Greet VIP packages available: DragFans.com.
The evening of holiday songs and drag performances with favorite queens features Season 9 Drag Race winner, Sasha Velour, runner-up Trinity Taylor as host, Shea Coulee, Aja, Latrice Royale, Naomi Smalls, Chi Chi Devayne and Kim Chi.
El Paso Comic Strip —1201 Airway. Dec. 21-23: The Greg Wilson. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $6 Thursday, $12 Friday and Saturday; $8 Sunday, unless otherwise listed. Closed Dec. 17, 24-25. Age 17 and older admitted. VIP Booths $10 more. Information, reservations: 779- 5233, laff2nite.com or on Facebook.
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.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
Live racing is Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday Dec. 15-April 17. Post time for the season is 12:30 p.m. Nine races will be carded each day.
• Saturday, Dec. 30: La Señora Stakes and Lou Wooten-Sydney Valentini Handicap
• Sunday, Dec. 31: Sunland Park Juvenile Championship, Bold Ego Handicap, 4 Rivers/John Deere Stakes.
WestStar Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational — The 56th annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Thursday and Friday, Dec. 21-22, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. UTEP hosts Howard University, NC-Wilmington, and North Dakota State. Games begin at 5 and 7 p.m. both days. Tickets: (available Dec. 1): $22-$22 four game package; military, UTEP student discounts offered. information: 533-4416 or 747-5234 (UTEP Ticket Center). Website: sunbowl.org.
The tournament is the nation’s oldest collegiate holiday basketball tournament.
Other UTEP Men’s Basketball homes games (all at 7 p.m.):
• Tuesday, Dec. 19: Incarnate Word
• Thursday, Dec. 28: North Texas
• Saturday, Dec. 30: Rice
Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
Southern New Mexico
FLYING J WRANGLERS — The regional favorites perform their holiday show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Spencer Theater for Performing Arts, Airport Hwy 220 in Alto, N.M. The show features rich melodious western yodeling, vocals, fiddle and guitars in a program of traditional and spiritual favorites, and new and classic western/cowboy Christmas songs. Tickets: $29-$39. Information: (575) 336-4800 or spencertheater.com.
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.
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.