Winter holiday festivities are hitting the borderland early this season. 

There’s plenty of holiday lights, Santa, cocoa and more – including the El Paso WinterFest with the tree lighting ceremony, parade and ice skating Downtown, as well as the annual Thanksgiving Day parade down Montana Avenue.

From El Paso to southern New Mexico, El Paso Inc. has you covered for the holidays:

SUN. NOV. 17

The Grinch at Upper Valley Market

7930 N. Mesa

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Grinch meet and greet, shopping, dog and kid friendly. Upper Valley Artist & Farmer Market on Facebook


SUN. NOV. 21 - DEC. 24

Santa Photo Time

Cielo Vista Mall

8401 Gateway Blvd. West

Various times

Reserve your fast pass online & skip the line


THU. NOV. 21- DEC. 19

Very Merry Movies at Sunland Park Mall

Sunland Park Mall

750 Sunland Park 

6-8 p.m. Thursdays thru Dec. 19

Backyard Cinema inside The Greenery. Free admission; snacks will be served.


FRI. NOV. 22

Fort Bliss / Freedom Crossing

Tree Lighting Ceremony

1611 Haan on Fort Bliss

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Music, cookies, cocoa, photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Grich

@freedomcrossingatFortBliss on Facebook


SAT. NOV. 23

El Paso WinterFest

Noon: Ice rink opens at Arts Festival Plaza

5:30 p.m. Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

5:55 p.m. Scherr Legate Celebration of Lights Parade.

San Jacinto Plaza and surrounding area. Lights, ice skating and other activities remain through Jan. 5.

@elpasowinterfest on Facebook.

@epwinterfest on Instagram.

@ElPasoTXGov on Twitter


Santa’s Arrival 

Bassett Place

6101 Gateway Blvd. West

1-5 p.m.

Holiday performances, games with Santa’s winter wonderland friends, gingerbread decorating, face painting, balloon twisting, ugly sweater contest, photos with Santa

Bassett Place on Facebook



SAT. NOV. 24

Pet Photos with Santa

Cielo Vista Mall

8401 Gateway Blvd. West

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Bring your pet for photos with Santa.


THU. NOV. 28

83rd Annual Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso Sun Bowl Parade

10 a.m. 

Montana Avenue, Ochoa to Copia streets

Grand Marshal: Ron Stallworth

Theme: ‘Bobbleheads on Parade’


FRI. NOV. 29

Fred Loya Light Show

12001 Paseo de Oro

Interactive light show with music

6, 7, 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday though Dec. 25

El Paso Christmas Lights on Facebook


Santa’s Workshop on the Lawn

Fountains of Farah

8889 Gateway Blvd. West

Times vary through Dec. 24

Photos with Santa

The Fountains of Farah on Facebook


Santa’s Arrival at White Sands Mall

White Sands Mall

3199 N. White Sands

Alamogordo, N.M.

10:30-11:30 a.m.

Parade, visiting with Santa

White Sands Mall on Facebook


Christmas on the Pecos

711 Muscate

Carlsbad, N.M.

40-minute light show/boat ride

More than 100 Pecos River homeowners and businesses decorate for this event.

Boat rides between 5:30 and 9:45 p.m. through Dec. 31 (Closed on Dec. 24)



Cloudcroft Christmas Market 

(also on Nov. 30)

Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce

Cloudcroft, N.M.

1-5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Handcrafted gifts


SAT. NOV. 30

5th Annual Lights on the Lake

Ascarate Park

6900 Delta Drive

4-11 p.m.

Holiday lights, jingle bell jog, music, food trucks. @AscaratePark on Facebook


15th Annual Holiday Market 

(also on Dec. 1)

Ardovino’s Desert Crossing

1 Ardovino

Sunland Park, N.M.

11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Vendors, pictures with Santa, live music, food. Ardovino’s Desert Crossing on Facebook


Motown’s Jingle Jam

El Paso County Coliseum

4100 E. Paisano

Temptations, Four Tops, Lenny Williams perform hits and holiday songs

8 p.m.



Story Time & Cookies with Santa

Barnes & Noble

705 Sunland Park

11 a.m.-noon

Storytime, holiday traditions

Barnes & Noble, Sunland Park on Facebook



Christmas Tree Lighting

Inn of the Mountain Gods

287 Carrizo Canyon, Mescalero, N.M.

1-6 p.m.

Treats, pictures with Santa, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” 

Inn of the Mountain Gods on Facebook



Trans-Siberian Orchestra

UTEP Don Haskins Center

151 Glory Road

7:30 p.m.




Cookies, Cocoa & Holiday Cheer

Texas Tech Medical Education Building lawn

5001 El Paso

6-8 p.m.

Light show, holiday fun

@ttuhscep on Facebook


Socorro WinterFest

Rio Vista Community Center

901 N. Rio Vista

6-10 p.m. 

Parade, live entertainment, tree lighting 

915-860-8615; City of Socorro on Facebook 



Santa at the Zoo (and Dec. 8)

10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

El Paso Zoo

4001 E. Paisano

Snow, letter writing to Santa, crafrs, more


Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

1 Civic Center Plaza

1 p.m.



Star Wars Christmas

The Boardwalk Market

1773 Pali Drive at Zaragoza

6-10 p.m.

All things Star Wars, photos with Santa, food trucks, vendors

The Boardwalk Market on Facebook


Cloudcroft Tree Lighting & Annual Parade

Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce

Cloudcroft, N.M.

5-8 p.m.

Lighted parade, Santa, live music 

Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce on Facebook 


Old Fashioned Holiday Display

Las Cruces Railroad Museum

351 N. Mesilla, Las Cruces

1-4 p.m.

Santa and his elves, holiday train displays, children’s crafts, holiday music

Las Cruces Museums on Facebook   


Olde Fashioned Christmas

800 & 900 Block of New York

Alamogordo, N.M.

4-9 p.m.

Entertainment, vendors, Santa’s Village, horse drawn trolley, contests, pageant

Alamogordo MainStreet on Facebook



Caring Santa

Cielo Vista Mall

8401 Gateway Blvd. West

Private photo experience for children with special needs and their families



FRI. DEC. 13

Alamogordo Christmas Tree Lighting

100 Washington, Alamogordo, N.M.

6-9 p.m.

City of Alamogordo-Government on Facebook


SAT. DEC. 14

La Fe Luminarias

Scenic Drive

off Rim Road / Richmond Drive

6-10 p.m.

More than 4000 luminarias. Info: Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe on Facebook


A Drag Queen Christmas

Abraham Chavez Theatre

1 Civic Center Plaza

8 p.m.

Holiday performances by contestants from reality TV show on VH1



Holiday Market

Undisputed Craft House

1881 Saul Kleinfeld 

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Local artists & vendors, food, drinks

El Paso Punk Rock Flea Market on Facebook


Movie Nite on the Lawn

Fountains of Farah

8889 Gateway Blvd. West

7-10 p.m.

“The Santa Clause”

The Fountains of Farah on Facebook


Yelp’s Ugly Sweater Holiday Party

Undisputed Craft House

1881 Saul Klenfeld

7-9 p.m.

Ugly sweater contest, karaoke, food


SUN. DEC. 15

II Divo: A Holiday Song Celebration

Plaza Theatre

125 Pioneer Plaza

7 p.m.



MON. DEC. 16

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour

Plaza Theatre

125 Pioneer Plaza

7 p.m.



TUE. DEC. 17

A Christmas Carol

Flickinger Center for Performing Arts

1110 New York, Alamogordo, N.M.

Original production with special effects

7-9 p.m.



THU. DEC. 19


Twas the Night Before Christmas

Plaza Theatre

125 Pioneer Plaza

7 p.m.

The classic Christmas program live on stage



FRI. DEC. 20

A Merry-achi Christmas

Plaza Theatre

125 Pioneer Plaza

Mariachi Sol de Mexico performs Mexican and American Christmas songs and carols

7:30 p.m.



SAT. DEC. 21

Christmas Music Sing Along

Rio Grande Theatre

211 N. Main, Las Cruces

2-4 p.m.

Rio Grande Theatre on Facebook


SUN. DEC. 22

Last Minute Christmas Market

Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market

7930 N. Mesa

11 a.m.-3p.m.

Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market on Facebook