Tree Lighting, Old Fashioned Nostalgia, Holiday Entertainment, Traditional Luminarias and Fiestas in and around Las Cruces.
Mark your calendars now for a month of holiday festivities and fun.
Kick off your holiday with some traditional family fun at the Old Fashioned Holiday Display. Holiday music, model train displays, hot chocolate, festive decorations, and of course, Santa!
December 1 – Old Fashioned Holiday Display
There’s no better place to kick off your holidays and “get in the spirit” than at the Railroad Museum. We’ll welcome Santa to town, enjoy the magical holiday model train displays, sip on holiday refreshments and soak up the spirit of the season with holiday music, children’s craft activities, and fabulous festive decorations. (The merriment does not stop here! Head over to the City’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Plaza de Las Cruces from 6-8pm.) Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla St. 1-4pm (new times). Free. 574-528-3444.
Join in the excitement as we light up the Plaza with this year’s perfect Christmas Tree. (And say hello to the “big guy” in red while you’re here!)
December 1 – Christmas Tree Lighting — A Christmas in Cruces Holiday Staple
The Christmas in Cruces Tree Lighting Extravaganza returns to the Plaza for a magical and fun-filled family event. Bundle up and enjoy some cider with Santa. Join in the caroling and family activities, rock around the tree to the sounds of Unlyshed, and snap a photo with the Grinch with your donation of a canned good item. The festivities are FREE and open to all, hosted by Visit Las Cruces and The City of Las Cruces. A free shuttle provided by RoadRUNNER Transit will have a route from parking lots at Las Cruces City Hall, Thomas Branigan Library and Third Judicial District Courts to bus stops on Water St. and Church Street, running until 8:15pm. Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St. 6-8pm. Lighting tree 7pm. Free. 575-541-2444.
Experience the recorder performed as never before with the amazing music of world-renowned musician Horacio Franco at the Rio Grande Theatre.
December 7 – Mexican Cultural Series – Horacio Franco
Franco, who has studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico, has changed the vision of the recorder across the world, breaking stereotypes by transforming what was normally considered a school, or amateur instrument into a truly amazing and professional instrument. He has more than 25 recordings in Mexico, Europe, and Israel. Enjoy the sound Franco brings to the historic Rio Grande Theatre at no cost. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street. 7pm. Free. Doors open at 6 PM, show at 7 PM. Concessions served including snacks, refreshments, beer, wine and spirits. 575-541-2290.
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tortugas: More than Tradition
December 10 – 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta at Tortugas
The Feast is a cultural mix of Native American and Hispanic customs and traditions, where devotees of The Virgin of Guadalupe come together in a pilgrimage to climb Tortugas Mountain. The 3-day event celebrates the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Virgin Mary) to the Indian San Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill, near Mexico City. The Feast is a unique experience in faith and gratitude, and includes the opening procession, the pilgrimage, dance and feasting. Tortugas Village, NM, south on Main St. Free. 575-526-8171, 575-526-5675.
Tinsel-town: Murder, mystery and merriment. The Rio Grande Theatre presents a holiday “Whodunit.”
December 14-15, Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT
It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. It is then up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays. Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. Fri 7pm, Sat. 2pm & 7pm. $10. 575-541-2290.
Brighten your holiday season with the light of 800 glowing candles, holiday music and a cozy campfire.
December 15 – Las Noches de Las Luminarias
Join us for this moving Southwest tradition as over 800 glowing candles surround the ruins of historic Fort Selden. Enjoy holiday music, cozy up to the campfire, or sip on a warm cup of cocoa as you tour the grounds. Make your own holiday decorations while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Please dress warmly. All activities are free Sponsored by the Museum of NM foundation. Fort Selden State Monument, north on I-25, exit 19, Radium Springs. 6-9pm. Free. 575-202-1638, 575-526-8911