Getting Into The Spirit -

They say this is the most wonderful time of the year. A time for giving, a time for reflecting, a time for getting out and enjoying the sights and sounds of the holidays. If the events coming up over the next few weekends don’t get you into the holiday spirit, you may need to check your pulse. Either that or prepare for a visitation from a trio of judgmental ghosts. In the meantime, let us help you with a few suggestions…

Speaking of those judgmental ghosts, Las Cruces Community Theatre continues its 2021 season with a solo performance of A Christmas Carol, December 3 – 19, 2021. In the tradition of Charles Dickens reading his own work to 19th-century audiences throughout Britain and America, long-time LCCT Board member and company member Norman Lewis will present his own reading of this beloved masterpiece. Check the website for dates and times, and don’t forget to wear your mask!

La Casa presents its 30th Annual Holiday Bazaar, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, December 3 – 5, 2021. The tradition is back with fine art, raffles and handmade gifts, including jewelry, woodwork, photography, glass work, pecans, salsa, and other edible goodies. All proceeds will benefit La Casa Inc. For dates and times, visit the website, or call 575-526-2819.

The town of Hillsboro invites one and all to their annual Holiday in Hillsboro, at the Hillsboro Community Center, December 4, 2021, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. A pre-Christmas tradition formally known as Christmas in the Foothills, the celebration is marked by decked out homes, downtown merchants, and restaurants, turning the little mountain town into a holiday wonderland. For more information, call 575-895-5457.

The holiday classic The Nutcracker, sweeps majestically across the Magoffin Auditorium stage, December 4 – 5, 2021. This world-renowned production tells the story of a nutcracker who comes to life, taking its owner, Clara, on a fantastical journey through a magical world populated by the rose queen, sugar plum fairies, and an army of evil rats. For dates and times, or to purchase tickets, visit the website.

The community-based Mesilla Valley Concert Band performs the Sounds Of The Season at Atkinson Recital Hall, Sunday, December 5, 2021, 3 p.m. This free holiday concert includes traditional holiday favorites, including Sleigh Ride – a song honoring Hanukkah – The Nutcracker Suite and an audience sing-along of traditional Christmas carols. For more information, visit the website.

The historic Plaza Theatre sets the stage for the outrageous antics of A Drag Queen Christmas, Thursday, December 9, 2021, 8 p.m. Prepare to have your holiday season royally skewered when hosts Trinity “The Tuck” and Monét X Change present a magical night of fun, frivolity, and naughty shenanigans. Featured in the line-up are Jaida Essence Hall, Sasha Velour, Kylie Sonique Love, Shea Couleé, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Miz Cracker, and more! To purchase tickets, visit the website.

The Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra presents Classics 2 at the Atkinson Recital Hall, December 11 – 12, 2021. Guest conductor Richard Lee CPE directs the orchestra in Bach’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major; Mozart’s Symphony in D Major “Paris”; Schubert’s Symphony in B Minor “Unfinished”; and Mahler’s “Adagio” from Symphony No. 10. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the website.

The Mesilla Valley Chorale is back with their annual Christmas concert Carols Old and New, at the Rio Grande Theatre, Sunday, December 12, 2021, 3 p.m. The diverse program includes songs such as The Hanukkah Suite, Mary Did You Know?, You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch, White Christmas and many more. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the website.

The Plaza Theatre brings back a traditional holiday favorite, The Merry-achi Christmas Tour, Sunday, December 19, 2021, 7 p.m. The colorful Mexican celebration – filled with seasonal songs, dance and festive merriment – is a Southwest favorite, featuring the nation’s premiere Sol de México de José Hernández. To purchase tickets, visit the website, or call 915-231-1100.

If none of these do it for you, might we suggest a stroll along downtown Las Cruces, where the Ventanas Vivas are still on display in the windows of 12 downtown businesses? Or how about spending Christmas Eve in the City of Mesilla, with its Luminaria-lit sidewalks and carols by Sarah and the Bah Hum Bugs? Or why not catch a holiday themed movie at the Rio Grande Theatre? They’ve got the Polar Express on Saturday, December 4, at 7 p.m.; then A Muppet Christmas Carol, and It’s a Wonderful Life on Saturday, December 11, at 12 p.m and 7 p.m., respectively.

It’s a pretty good bet that we’ve missed something, but we’re doing our best to be as comprehensive as possible and will be adding more events as they’re announced. For more details on any of the above suggestions, or new ones we may have added, keep checking back with our events calendar. Oh, and have a wonderful holiday month!

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