Christmas in Cruces

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate in Cruces Country

Experience a full month of fun-filled holiday events and activities for everyone!

Las Cruces


December 1 – January 19

Four Generations, Four Languages Exhibit

Branigan Cultural Center, 501 N. Water St.
Tues – Sat 10am – 4:30pm. Free. 575-541-2154.
This exhibit features Mexican artists of different generations whose works reflect the influences and trends popular when they were developing their individual styles and creating their own artistic language.

December 7 – 23

Play: Life And Beth

Black Box Theatre, 430 N Main Street. $10-15. 575-523-1223.

December 21

Food Truck WinterFest

Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St. 5-9pm. Free. 575-571-5399.

Food Truck Fiesta and the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership are proud to bring your Winterfest 2018 on the Plaza de Las Cruces from 5-9pm on Friday Dec 21st. 10 Food trucks, tons of vendors for last minute shopping, special pricing for Kiddo shopping, Free Picture Opportunity with Santa in exchange for canned goods, entertainment, carolers, and more! Bring the whole family and head downtown for this awesome holiday event!

December 22

Movie: White Christmas

Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. 7pm. $8. (door/box office discounts for children under 12, seniors, and students and military with ID). 7pm.

Admission $8 (door and box office discounts for children under 12, seniors, and students and military with ID). Doors open at 6pm, movie at 7pm. Concessions served including snacks, refreshments, beer, wine and spirits. A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. Rated PG.

December 24

Christmas Carols and 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 in Las Cruces/Calvary Baptist Church

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

Dec 26, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Holiday Series

La Llorona Park, 3440 W. Picacho Ave. 7am, optional early start 6am. Check website for current pricing. 575-644-1663.
Running/walking event. Marathon, half-marathon, 50K, 10K and 5K. Walkers welcome, no time limits, no runner left behind.

December 29

Las Cruces Jazz Collective

Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. 8pm. $10. 575-541-2290.

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.

Lake Lucero Tours

The tour will begin at the Small Missile Range Gate intersection with US Highway 70, 25 miles west of White Sands National Monument headquarters, between mileposts 174 and 175. 10am-1pm. $8 for 16 and older, and $4 under 15. 575-479-6124, ext. 236.

Hike with the ranger to the source of the sands and learn about the dunefield. Reservations required and accepted one month in advance on our website. White Sands National Monument. The trip will return to the Small Missile Range Gate three hours after the start time.

December 31

Chile Drop/DLCP

Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St. 9pm-12:30am. Free. 575-640-8283.
The Downtown Las Cruces Partnership is proud to bring you the Fifth Annual Las Cruces Chile Drop on Monday December 31st. Ring in the new year downtown with entertainment, food, beer, dancing, and the Chile Drop at midnight!! Free party favors at 11pm while they last.

Map of Best Christmas Light Displays in Las Cruces 2018

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