Holiday Events for El Paso Families: A Festive Calendar

Embrace the magic of the winter holiday season in El Paso! ❄️🎄

Get ready for a joyful and festive time with our lineup of upcoming activities and events that are perfect for families, locals, and visitors alike. 🎅🎉

From dazzling holiday light displays and enchanting winter markets to heartwarming performances and ice skating adventures, El Paso has it all! 🌟✨

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, create cherished memories, and experience the warmth and joy that this season brings. 🎁❤️

Bundle up, sip on hot cocoa, and join us as we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. 🌟🎅 Don't miss out on the winter wonderland awaiting you in El Paso! ❄️🌟

Here are the upcoming activities and events in El Paso for families, locals, and visitors:

Holiday Lights on the Lake
– Date: Nov. 24 – Jan. 6
– Time: 5:30 – 10 p.m. (Daily); 6 – 9 p.m. (Fridays to Sundays until Dec. 24)
– Location: Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta Drive
– Details: Walk-through or drive-through holiday lights display with synchronized light shows on selected days. Free admission; food trucks available.

Magic of Lights
– Date: Nov. 24 – Dec. 31
– Time: 5:30 – 9 p.m. (Mon-Thurs); 5:30 – 10 p.m. (Fri-Sun until Dec. 7); Until 10 p.m. daily from Dec. 8
– Location: Camp Cohen, 9700 Gateway North Blvd.
– Details: Drive-through holiday-themed illuminated displays. Tickets start at $25 per vehicle.

WinterFest 2023
Sunny Santa Paws
Winterfest Holiday Movies

– Date: Nov. 18 – Jan. 1
– Time: 5 – 10 p.m. (Mon-Thurs); 5 – 11 p.m. (Fridays); Noon – 11 p.m. (Saturdays); Noon – 10 p.m. (Sundays)
– Location: San Jacinto Plaza and Arts Festival Plaza
– Details: Lights displays, ice-skating, music, entertainment, arts, food vendors, and more. Ice rink open daily. Admission fees apply.

Eastridge Neighborhood Lights
– Date: Ongoing
– Location: Eastridge neighborhood
– Details: Festive holiday lights display in the Eastridge neighborhood. Best viewing times on weekends from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Santa at Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops
– Date: Ongoing
– Location: Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops
– Details: Book an appointment for a free photo with Santa.

Holiday Performances at El Paso International Airport
– Various dates in December
– Details: Enjoy festive performances at the airport, including orchestras, choirs, and an opera.

Magoffin Home Events Calendar – December 2023
– Location: 1117 Magoffin Ave, El Paso, Texas

Outlets Grand Tree Lighting
– Date: Friday, November 10
– Time: 6 PM
– Details:  Santa, KTSM's Natassia Paloma, Monica Cortez, a Grinch performance by Canutillo Drama, music with DaVinci School, and more festive activities to kick off the holiday season.

City of Socorro WinterFest
– Date: Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m.
– Location: Begins at Sanchez Middle School, ends at Rio Vista Community Center
– Details: Lights parade, food vendors, games, rides, art, crafts, live entertainment, and pictures with Santa.

Holidays in Sunland Park
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony:
– Date: Friday, Dec. 1
– Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
– Location: City Hall Campus on McNutt Road
– Details: Join the City of Sunland Park for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, featuring music, activities, and the magical illumination of the Christmas tree.
Christmas Parade:
– Date: Saturday, Dec. 9
– Time: 11 a.m. to noon
– Route: Starts on Futurity Drive (next to Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino) and ends at City Hall
– Details: Experience the joy of the season with the Sunland Park Christmas Parade, winding its way through the city and spreading holiday spirit.

Clint Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration
– Date: Friday, Dec. 1, 5:30 PM
– Location: Clint Town Hall, 200 N San Elizario Rd., Clint, TX
– Details: Includes a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, pictures with Santa, candy bags for children, and celebration.

Rae's “ENCANTO” of Light
– Dates: Friday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 3, 6 PM – 8:30 PM
– Location: 1356 Gema Maria Pl.
– Details: Free public event with a captivating display of lights.

Luminarias by the Lake at Keystone Heritage Park
– Date: Dec. 1-2, 6 – 9 p.m.
– Location: Keystone Heritage Park, 4200 Doniphan Dr.
– Details: Festive holiday stroll, luminarias, hot beverages, cookies, vendors, and music.
Holidays at Hotel Paso Del Norte
– Date: Dec. 2, 4:30-6:30 pm
– Location: 10 Henry Trost Court
– Details:  Tree Lighting Ceremony with cookie decorating, Santa Claus, Elves, s'mores, kids choir performance, a LIFESIZE gingerbread house for photos on display in the hotel lobby.

Horizon City Christmas Parade
– Date: Dec. 2, 10 a.m.
– Location: Starts at Darrington and Ryderwood roads, ends at McMahon and Biglon streets.
– Details: Hosted by the Centennial Lions Club, with tree lighting on Dec. 1.

City of Las Cruces Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
– Date: Dec. 2, 6 – 8 p.m.
– Location: Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main Street
– Details: Tree lighting, live music, entertainment, food trucks, and activities. Free admission.

Magoffin Holiday Open House
– Date: Saturday, Dec. 2, 12 PM – 4 PM
– Location: Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1117 Magoffin Ave, El Paso, Texas
– Details: Free admission, hands-on activities, historic cooking class, and more.

Christmas at the Museum
– Date: Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 AM – 2 PM
– Location: War Eagles Air Museum, 8012 Airport Road, Santa Teresa, NM
– Details: Santa arrival by helicopter, live music, vendors, food trucks, photos with Santa, treats, and games. Entry fee is $12.

– Date: Dec. 1-3
– Location: UTEP Magoffin Auditorium
– Details: El Paso Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker. Ticket prices vary.

Lighting Campus for Hope
– Date: Dec. 1, 6 – 8 p.m.
– Location: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, 5001 El Paso Dr.
– Details: Annual lighting event with mascot dance-off.

Make Atole
– Date: Dec. 2, 1 p.m.
– Location: El Paso Museum of History, 510 N Santa Fe St.
– Details: Children's activity to make atole, a Mexican corn-based drink.

Gingerbread Wonderland Mommy Mercadito
– Date: December 3, 2023
– Time: 11 am – 4 pm
– Location: Events Center, 12301 Rojas Dr Ste A6
– Details: Free for the community! Christmas gifts, jewelry, arts & crafts will be available. 🥰

Free Carriage Rides
– Date: Dec. 2
– Location: Outlets Shoppes at El Paso
– Details: Free carriage rides, visit with Santa in the Center Court, and snow at 6 p.m.

Holiday Concerts
– Date: Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.
– Location: Various locations
– Details: Fort Bliss’ 1st Armored Division Band Holiday Concerts. Free admission.

Coffeehouse Christmas
– Date: Dec. 8, 7 p.m.; Dec. 9, 5 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 10, 9 and 11 a.m.
– Location: Crosspoint Church, 11995 Montwood Drive
– Details: Coffeehouse Christmas production with cookies, hot chocolate, and coffee. Free event.

Grinchmas Carols with El Paso KIDS-N-CO Show Choir
– Date: Saturday, Dec. 9, 5 PM
– Location: 1374 George Dieter Drive
– Details: Features singing Christmas carols, reading of The Grinch, hot cocoa, and Christmas cookies. Free event.

Anthony, TX Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
– Date: December 8
– Time: Begins at 6:00 PM
– Location: Corporal Miramontes Park, 1400 Antonio Street, Anthony, Texas 79821
– Details:  Free hot chocolate.

Fabens After Christmas Celebration Parade
– Date: December 8, 2023
– Line up: 4 PM
– Start time: 5 PM
– Location: Fabens Veterans Park, 602 4th St NE
– After the parade: Christmas celebration and toy gifting organized by Family Diaz & Family Renteria.

San Elizario Christmas Tree Lighting / Parade of Lights
– Christmas Tree Lighting: Dec. 9, 6 p.m., 1500 Main Street, San Elizario
– Parade of Lights: Dec. 15, 6 p.m., ending at Veterans Memorial Plaza
– Details: Holiday market, food trucks, vendors, arts, crafts, and music.

VFW 10354 Tree Lighting
– Date: Dec 9, 2023, 6-8 pm
– Location: VFW 10354, 9170 Cananea Ln
– Details: Tree Lighting event with opportunities for pictures with Santa and the Grinch, Christmas tree decoration, indoor seating, beer buckets available, and a food truck on site.

Christmas in the Village of Vinton
– Date: Saturday, Dec. 9, 6 PM – 8 PM
– Location: Dr. Applegate Park
– Details: Drive-thru style event with the first 200 children receiving cookies, hot chocolate, and a toy from Santa. Free hot chocolate available.

Christmas Cantata – Invitation To A Miracle
– Date: Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023
– Time: 2:30 PM
– Location: Western Hills UMC Sanctuary, 524 Thunderbird Dr., El Paso, TX
– Details: Features a Christmas Cantata by Joseph M. Martin, choir members, full orchestra, and NMSU Liturgical Dancers. Free of charge.

Welcome Penguins
– Date: Dec. 9-10
– Location: El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano Drive
– Details: Penguin Encounter at the El Paso Zoo. The encounter will house Magellanic penguins.

Celebrate Hanukkah
– Date: Dec. 13, 6 p.m.
– Location: San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown El Paso
– Details: Menorah lighting, Festival of Lights event.

 Music on the Lawn – Holiday Edition
– Date: Dec 15, 7 pm; Dec 16, 1-5 pm
– Location: Legacy Ministries of El Paso
– Details: Celebrating the holiday season with musical talent from local high schools.

Photos with Santa
– Date: Dec. 16, Noon – 3 p.m.
– Location: Barnett Harley Davidson, 8262 Gateway Blvd. N
– Details: Free photos with Santa.

Children's Posada
– Date: Dec. 16-17, 6 p.m.
– Location: St. John Paul II Catholic Church, 518 Gallagher St.
– Details: Children's posada with pinata and goodies. Free event.

– Date: Dec. 16, 5 – 9 p.m.
– Location: St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 2301 Zanzibar Road
– Details: Traditional posada. Free event.

Navidad de La Fe Luminarias
– Date: Dec. 16, 6 – 10 p.m.
– Location: Scenic Drive
– Details: More than 4,000 luminarias lighting event by Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe.

Star Wars: A Christmas Edition
– Date: Saturday, Dec. 16
– Time: Starts at 5:00 PM
– Location: The Boardwalk at Ricky's, 1661 N Zaragoza Rd.
– Details: Includes a lightsaber performance by Sol Force Saber Academy, pictures with Santa, and over 12 food trucks. Canopy space available for $30.

Procrastination Celebration
Date: Friday, December 15
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
KTSM Live Broadcast from 5 PM to 7 PM
Manny Flores Choir
Date: Saturday, December 16
Time: 12 PM – 4 PM
Visit with Santa from 12 PM to 4 PM
Montwood Robotics Holiday STEAM Extreme from 1 PM to 5 PM
El Paso Opera – “Making Spirits Bright” at 3:30 PM
KTSM Live News & Free Gift Wrap from 12 PM to 6 PM
Date: Sunday, December 17
Time: 11 AM – 1 PM
Great Purse Giveaway
Date: Sunday, December 17
Time: 12 PM – 4 PM
Visit with Santa
Date: Sunday, December 17
Time: 2 PM – 3 PM
Kahlo Folklorico Dance Studio

Haunted House with a Cause
– Date: December 16, 17, and 30, 2023
– Details: Holiday Fest and Toy Drive featuring pictures with Santa, Christmas movies, elves, kids' rides, Christmas tree, Krampus Run, lights exhibit, live entertainment, live music, full holiday bar, Twisted Christmas Haunt, food trucks, toys/canned food drive, vendors, and more. This is El Paso's only Haunted House with a Venue.

Toy Giveaway at Reach & Relieve
– Date: Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 AM – 12 PM
– Location: 10964 Montwood Dr, El Paso, TX 79936
– Details: Free for the community, with a new “Toy Story” Christmas play, pancakes, hot cocoa, and a photo with Santa.

Christmas Carols North Hills Neighborhood Association
– Date: Dec. 23, 4:50 p.m.
– Location: Los Arcos Del Norte Care Center, 111 69 Sean Haggerty Dr.
– Details: Christmas caroling event. Contact Vanessa Bens at +1 (575) 693-3584.

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta
– Date: Dec. 28, 4 – 9 p.m.
– Location: El Paso Convention Center
– Details: Fan Fiesta celebrating the 90th annual Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl football game. Parade, live entertainment, food vendors, and local shops.

Plunge into the New Year
– Date: Dec. 22, 1 – 3 p.m.
– Location: Ascarate Aquatic Center
– Details: Dive into the cold waters symbolizing a refreshing start to the New Year. Complimentary swim lesson for participants.

Holiday Arts and Crafts at TecH20 Center
– Date: Dec. 22
– Location: TecH20 Center
– Details: Festive arts and crafts event.

These are just some of the events happening in El Paso during the holiday season. Make sure to check the specific details for each event and have a wonderful time!

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