Candlelit nights and historic sites, tree lightings, a visit from Santa, some amazing old fashioned traditions and holiday fun.
Christmas is about traditions, whether you’re celebrating old ones or creating new ones.
We’ve planned lots of holiday fun with activities for all. ‘Tis the Season!
Welcome Santa to town and have a fun-filled festive day!
Old Fashion Holiday Display at the Railroad Museum – December 7
First stop? Kick off the day with a family visit to the Las Cruces Railroad Museum where you’ll welcome the big guy in the red suit to town. He’ll be heading down from the North Pole on his magic sleigh and hopping on a BNSF locomotive for the final leg of his journey to the Museum.
Nothing says Christmas like model trains, festive displays, crafts and holiday treats. The kids will love the special children’s crafts, holiday music and old-fashioned holiday decorations at this FREE Holiday Open House.
Free shuttle service will be running between downtown and the Railroad Museum.
Head on back downtown after and catch the tree lighting!
Saturday, December 7, 2019 1pm – 4 pm
Las Cruces Railroad Museum
351 N. Mesilla Street
For more info call 575-528-3444
Light Up the Plaza!
Las Cruces Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festivities – December 7
Come on down and kick off the season with your family, friends and neighbors as we light up the Plaza. You’ll be rocking around the tree with live music by UnLyshed. Enjoy caroling, great food trucks and lots of free activities for the kids and family. And be sure to get your picture taken with Santa. Don’t be late – the tree will be lit at 7pm sharp!
This FREE family friendly activity is hosted by Visit Las Cruces and City of Las Cruces.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Festivities start at 6pm. Tree lighting is at 7pm.
Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces
100 N. Main Street, Las Cruces
For more info call 575-541-2444 or get social with us at:https://www.facebook.com/events/421557655184920/
An Historic Site and Candlelit Night!
Las Noches de Las Luminarias
Experience true holiday magic as you celebrate a very special Southwest tradition. Enjoy the glow of over 800 candles beneath the New Mexico sky around the ruins of Fort Selden. This amazing tradition dates back to when the Pueblo Indians lit small fires outside of their homes to light their way to church on Christmas Eve. The luminarias are paper lanterns made from candle and set in the sand within a bag.
This is truly an enchanting evening that will become part of your family traditions. Enjoy holiday music, a warm cup of cheer and tour the grounds. Make your own holiday decorations as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Cozy up to the campfire and prepare to be amazed!
Sponsored by the Museum of NM Foundation.
December 14, 2019
6pm – 9pm
Historic Fort Selden
1280 Fort Selden Road, Radium Springs NM
$5 for adults, Children 16 and under are free.
For more info: 575-202-1638
Tradition Continues in Mesilla!
Lighting of the Luminarias at the Plaza in Old Mesilla – December 24, 2019
Tradition continues in the historic village of Old Mesilla with the lighting of the luminarias. The village will be aglow with thousands of luminarias and alive with Christmas caroling. Food and craft vendors will be on hand. Join in this wonder-filled evening.
December 24, 2019 6pm – 8pm
2170 Calle De Parian Mesilla
Want to kick off the holidays a little earlier? Join in the annual holiday event at NMSU!
Noche de Luminarias – December 1, 2019
Light up the sky with over 6,000 luminarias at NMSU’s annual holiday event
December 1, 2019 6:00 – 9:00
Corbett Center Student Union NMSU Campus NMSU
The holidays in Las Cruces are in full swing.
Festivals, Art, Theatre, Music, and of course the Great Southwest Outdoors. See out full events calendar.
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