Lighting Up The Night! -

It’s finally here! Now that we’ve gotten the minor holidays out of the way, the big ones loom large and that means lights. Lots of lights. Christmas lights, Solstice lights, Hanukkah candles,  luminarias, and more. Let’s take a look at the various ways our fair city is decking itself out for the holidays this weekend and beyond.

The Town of Mesilla starts December off with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, on the historic Mesilla Plaza, Friday, December 3, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. The plaza will glow with hundreds of luminarias when the annual tree lighting ceremony lights up the night, complete with Christmas caroling, hot chocolate and cookies compliments of Salud! de Mesilla. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Facebook page.

The City of Las Cruces follows suit the next night with its annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, at Plaza de Las Cruces, Saturday, December 4, 2021, 7 p.m. Live music, giveaways, refreshments and activities for the entire family will be offered, from 6 – 8 p.m. Food trucks will also be on site. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website, or call 575-541-2444.

The New Mexico State University campus lights up the night for the annual Noche de Luminarias, along the International Mall, Sunday, December 5, 2021, 5 – 8 p.m. Back after the pandemic hiatus of 2020, NMSU will be decorated with hundreds of twinkling lights and more than 7,000 luminarias lining the International Mall and Corbett Center Student Union. Horse-driven carriage rides, hot cocoa, caroling and more will welcome visitors back to the campus. This show of lights is one of the largest luminaria displays in New Mexico, and is available to the public free of charge. For more information, call 575-646-3200.

The twinkling joy continues throughout the month, too! If you haven’t yet visited downtown El Paso to take in the WinterFest lights, you should definitely do so. Thousands of lights have been hung at San Jacinto Plaza and throughout downtown, turning the area into a winter wonderland of holiday displays. Find out more about it by visiting the website.

Or, you can take a drive up I-25 to Truth or Consequences, where they’ll be celebrating their Old-Fashioned Christmas with a Tree Lighting ceremony, Friday, December 10, 6 – 9 p.m. The evening begins with the Tree lighting at Evelyn Renfro Park, after which all can enjoy bonfires, carolers, and other performers, along with plenty of holiday refreshments. There’s a rumor that Santa Claus may even make an appearance! For more information, visit the website.

And you won’t want to forget about the 25th Annual Elephant Butte Festival of Lights, Saturday, December 11, 2021, 5 – 8 p.m. Held at the dirt dam south of Marina del Sur, the festivities include a luminaria beach walk and a floating lights parade, alongside campfires, food, caroling, and visits with Santa Clause. For more information, call 575-755-5923.

For more information on what’s happening in and around Las Cruces, visit our comprehensive events calendar.

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