Christmas in Cruces 2019

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate in Cruces Country

Experience a magical month filled with candlelit nights, old fashioned traditions, live performances, and an unforgettable season of holiday festivities and events around the community.

Las Cruces


November 21 – December 8

Live Theatre: A Christmas Carol

NMSU Theatre Arts/American Southwest Theatre Company.  LEARN MORE
Thursday, November 21 – 5:30pm, Nov. 23, Friday & Saturday performances  – 7:30pm (Nov. 22, 23, 29, 30; Dec. 6, 7), Sunday matinee – 2pm (Dec. 1, 8)

Book & Lyrics by Tom Smith, music by Roger Butterly, Directed by Xodia Choate.  

December 1

Noche de Luminarias

Corbett Center Student Union. 6 – 9pm. Free. 575-646-3200

Light up the sky with over 6,000 luminarias at NMSU’s annual holiday event

December 5

Jolly Gingerbread Challenge & Lightshow

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, 3501 Arrowhead Dr. 5:30pm. Free. 575-674-2266. LEARN MORE

Join us for the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine’s first annual Jolly Gingerbread Challenge and Lightshow! This event is free and open to the public. It will feature a gingerbread house decorating competition ($500 Grand Prize); free pictures with Santa; a holiday photobooth; festive food and drinks; and an impressive holiday lightshow.

December 6

Christmas Tree Lighting – Old Mesilla

Old Mesilla Plaza, 5:30pm. Free. LEARN MORE

Tree lighting on the historic plaza.

La Casa’s Holiday Bazaar

Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave., $5-12
Fri: 4:30 – 7:30pm, Sat: 9am – 5 pm, Sun: 10am and 4pm. LEARN MORE

3-day shopping event with local craftsman and vendors of the southwest benefiting La Casa, Inc. The Holiday Bazaar features unique handmade and handcrafted goods, fine art, jewelry, a cookie cupboard, live music and so much more!

Live Theatre: A Christmas Story The Musical

Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St. $10-17. LEARN MORE

A Christmas Story the Musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun.

Live Theatre: Surviving Your Family at Christmas

Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St., $10-15. (575) 523-1223 LEARN MORE

By William Missouri Downs, Directed by Ceil Herman.

2019 KRWG Holiday Benefit Jazz Concert

Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., $15-20. LEARN MORE

Jim Shearer and the Second Line Survivors. The Second Line Survivors specialize in the street beat grooves that made New Orleans music famous and laid the foundations for all modern jazz styles.

December 7

Las Cruces Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Festivities

Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St. 6-9pm. 7pm Tree Lighting. Free. LEARN MORE

Live music, food trucks, craft vendors, free activities for children provided by the City Departments, pictures with Santa and much more!

Movie: ELF

Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. 8pm. $5. 575-541-2290. LEARN MORE

Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa’s elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

Old Fashion Holiday Display at the Railroad Museum

Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla St., Free. 575-528-3444. LEARN MORE

Welcome Santa as he makes his way down from the North Pole to Las Cruces! Each year, Santa heads this way on his magic sleigh and then catches a ride on a BNSF locomotive for the last leg to the Las Cruces Railroad Museum. Bring your kids to take a picture with Santa, enjoy train displays, festive lights, children’s crafts, and holiday treats for the whole family! Free shuttle service operating between downtown and Railroad Museum.

December 8

Holiday Concert – Mesilla Valley Chorale

Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. 3pm. $10. 575-541-2290. LEARN MORE
$10; available from Chorale members, at the door, or contact Nancy Ritchey at (575) 647-2560. Concessions, including beer, wine and spirits available.

The Mesilla Valley Chorale, directed by Nancy Ritchey, presents Ring Those Bells, a holiday concert, featuring: What Star is This?, Silent Night and New Fallen Snow featuring Carol Eberhart on Violin, plus Medieval Noel, Down in Bethlehem, Christmas Bells are Ringing and many more.

December 13

Live Theatre: Miracle on 34th Street

Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. 7pm. $8. 575-541-2290. LEARN MORE

A Live Musical Radio Play.  Presented by A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley. Adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast by Lance Arthur Smith. Original song and arrangements by Jon Lorenz.

December 14

Las Noches de Las Luminarias

Historic Fort Selden State Site, 1280 Fort Selden Rd. 6-9pm. $5 adults, 16 and under free. LEARN MORE

More than 800 luminarias will be lit with holiday music, a cozy campfire, and refreshments. This is a fun night for the whole family!

Classic Film: Miracle on 34th Street

Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St., $8. 7-9pm. 575-541-2290. LEARN MORE

The Miracle on 34th Street is the Christmas episode of the American anthology television series The 20th Century Fox Hour. Broadcast on December 14, 1955, directed by Robert Stevenson, with stars Macdonald Carey, Teresa Wright and Thomas Mitchell as Kris Kringle. This version, now digitally remastered, has been included in several home video releases of the original 1947 film version as a bonus feature.

December 15

Naciemiento Open House with J. Paul Taylor

Taylor family home, 2346 Calle de Principal, Mesilla. $5. 575-202-1638. LEARN MORE

Join us for a fascinating afternoon as you view more than 185 nacimientos (nativity scenes) on display in the Taylor family home.

December 21

A Brief History of Christmas Holiday Sing-a-long

Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. 2-3:30pm. Free. 575-541-2290. LEARN MORE

Andy Mason will present fascinating Christmas History and Trivia through music. It’s an opportunity for the whole family to sing along to their Holiday Favorites and get in the mood to Celebrate the Season.

December 20-22

The Nutcracker

NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe Circle. $22. 575-527-1893
Dec. 20 & 21, 7pm, Dec. 22, 2pm. LEARN MORE

Las Cruces Chamber Ballet proudly presents, Nutcracker 2019 with Michele’s Dance Academy’s “Chaos at Christmas”.  

December 24

Lighting of the Luminarias at the Plaza in Old Mesilla

Old Mesilla Plaza, south on Highway 28. Call for time. Free. 575-524-3262, ext. 116 or 117.
Thousands of luminarias will light up the plaza and surrounding streets in Mesilla. Christmas carols, hot chocolate, Santa and so much more. No alcoholic beverages, smoking or pets are allowed.

Christmas Eve Service on the Plaza

Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St. 5-6pm. Free. 575-522-7900.

A family candle light service with Christmas music.

December 31

Chile Drop/DLCP

Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St. 9pm-12:30am. Free. 575-640-8283. LEARN MORE

Join us for the 6th annual Chile Drop! The night features live music, plenty of local food trucks, and of course the dropping of a 19-foot chrome Chile featuring 400 feet of LED lighting! Help us celebrate the New Year on the Plaza de Las Cruces for a night you won’t forget!

Map of Best Christmas Light Displays in Las Cruces

Download the Visit Las Cruces App and take the Christmas Light Display Tour! Fun, festive & free!