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

November 30 – December 2

La Casa Holiday Bazaar

Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.
Hours: Fri 4:30-7:30pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm.
A 3-day shopping extravaganza filled with local art, handcrafted goods, home-baked treats and raffle prizes.  Admission: $5 for One Day Pass or $12 for Weekend Pass.

December 1

Old Fashioned Holiday Display

Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla St. 1-4pm
Free. 574-528-3444. lascruces.org/museums or rrm@las-cruces.org
Welcome Santa to Las Cruces at the Railroad Museum! Enjoy holiday model train displays, refreshments, holiday music, children’s craft activities, and festive decorations. Continue your day of merriment and head over to the City’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Plaza de Las Cruces from 6-8pm

Downtown Tree Lighting & Holiday Extravaganza

Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St.
6-8pm. Lighting tree 7pm. Free. 575-541-2444
Come have fun with your family and enjoy some hot chocolate with Santa. Live Music by Unlyshed. Free Giveaways.

Movie: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St.  riograndetheatre.org
8pm. Doors open at 7:00pm $5. 575-541-2290
The Griswold family’s plan for a big family Christmas predictably turns in a big disaster. Rated PG-13. Concessions served including snacks, refreshments, beer, wine and spirits.

December 1 – 2

Classics 2, Alex Richardson, Tenor

NMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave. Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm. $40-50. 575-646-3709. lascrucessymphony.com/#events
“Tenor Alex Richard of the Metropolitan Opera had a voice that was so powerful he could summon Neptune from the Sea”. Princeton Found. Neopolitan Art Songs, Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty, Holiday Festival Encores.

Fiesta Series

Llorona Park, 3440 W. Picacho Ave.
7am, optional early start 6 am. Check website for current pricing. 575-644-1663. deadrunning.net

Running/walking event. Marathon, half-marathon, 50K, 10K and 5K. Walkers welcome, no time limits, no runner left behind. Day 3, Dec 2, 2018, features 50-mile, 100K, 100-mile, and 24-hour races. See website for full details, and continuation from November 29 and 30th.

Play: Inspecting Carol

NMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave.
Sat at 7:30pm, Sun 2 pm. $5-18. 575-646-4515, 575-646-1420. nmsutheatre.com

Once upon a time, in a fishing village along the Amazon, there lived two sisters struggling to find their happily-ever-after. Helena is dreading her sister Belmira’s wedding. The groom, Duarte, should have been hers. And she knows that her sister only wants to escape their sleepy Brazilian town for an exciting new life in the city. But three days before the wedding, fishermen pull a mysterious stranger out of the river – a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future. Brazilian folklore and lyric storytelling blend into a heartrending tale of true love, regret, transformation, and the struggle to stay true to your family while staying true to yourself.

December 1 – 16

Play: Mary Poppins

Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St.
Fri – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm. $11-25. 575-523-1200. webmaster@lcctnm.org

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. las-cruces.org/museums
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 2

Noche de Luminarias

NMSU Campus Corbett Center Student Union on Jordan St.
6-9pm. Free. 575-646-3200. nmsu.edu

More than 6,000 luminarias will light up the campus at the Corbett Center Student Union. “Noche de Luminarias,” or “Night of the Lights,” is a means for the university and community to begin the holiday with celebrations and amusement. Along with the display of luminarias, there will be activities and entertainment held inside Corbett Center first floor west end. Visitors can enjoy trolley rides, sponsored by Frontier Adventures, along the McFie Circle portion of the luminaria route and free refreshments.

December 6-8

Las Cruces Festival of Trees

Centennial High School, 1950 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.
Thurs/Fri 4pm, Sat 11am. Fri Movie: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians from 8-10pm. 575-527-9540. facebook.com/events/317751032369580/

December 7

Lighting of Christmas Tree and Shopping Late in Mesilla

Old Mesilla Plaza, south on Highway 28. Call for time. Free. 575-526-3262 ext. 116/ext. 117.
Thousands of luminarias will light up the plaza surrounding the streets in Mesilla. Several shops will stay open late.  No alcoholic beverages, smoking or pets are allowed. mesillanm.gov/

Downtown Art Ramble

Downtown Main Street. 5-8pm. Free. 575-525-1955. downtownlascruces.org 
Main Street Downtown Ramble through galleries, shops, businesses and restaurants. Enjoy art openings, exhibits, music, entertainment, open mic opportunities, shopping, refreshments and more. The Ramble is held the first Friday of each month.

Mexican Cultural Series – Horacio Franco

Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street. 7pm. Free. 575-541-2290. riograndetheatre.org
Franco has transformed the vision of the recorder – usually considered a school or amateur instrument – into a professional one. He has more than 25 recordings in Mexico, Europe, and Israel. Doors open at 6pm, show at 7 pm. Concessions served including snacks, refreshments, beer, wine and spirits.

December 7 – 23

Play: Life And Beth

Black Box Theatre, 430 N Main Street. $10-15. 575-523-1223. no-strings.org

December 8

Annual Candelight Vigil/Mesilla Valley DWI Resource Center

Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St. 6-7pm. Free. 567-639-8453.
mesillavalleydwi.org/?page_id=8

The Annual Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance and Hope for DWI Victim’s Families and Survivors of Homicide will be held in December, check back for more information to be posted. The Annual Candlelight Vigil includes a candlelight walk, loved ones remembered, survivors share their stories followed by a reception dinner.

Family, friends and community members are invited. Donations greatly appreciated.

Movie: The Polar Express

Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. 8pm. $5. 575-541-2290. riograndetheatre.org
On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. Come dressed in your robe and PJs! Doors open at 4pm, show at 5p. Concessions served including snacks, refreshment.

December 9

Mesilla Valley Chorale

Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. 3-5pm. $10. 575-541-2290. riograndetathre.org

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.

The Mesilla Valley Chorale is an outstanding venue for experienced singers who share a passion for performing choral music. Known for its excellence and diverse programs, this community chorale features four-part music from Classical to Pops.

  • Doors open at 2 pm, show begins at 3 pm
  • Admission: $10; available from Chorale members, at the door, or contact Nancy Ritchey at (575) 647-2560
  • Concessions, including beer, wine, and spirits available


The Roadshow Christmas Tour

NMSU Pan American Center, 1810 E. University Ave. 6pm. $20-55. 575-646-1420. panam.nmsu.edu/ or facebook.com/events/2201368686814272/

From the creators of The Rock & Worship Roadshow comes the all-new holiday-themed musical extravaganza, “The Roadshow Christmas Tour.” Featuring Matthew West, Matt Maher, Building 429, Plumb, Josh Wilson and Leanna Crawford, “The Roadshow Christmas Tour” is sure to get you into the holiday spirit when it arrives at the Pan American Center at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. Please note that the original start time of 7 p.m. has been moved up one hour. Unlike previous Roadshows where tickets were only available at the door. NMSU Pan American Center Ticket Office, 575-646-1420, toll free 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com/event/0C00552FB456534D

December 10 – 12

Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta at Tortugas

Tortugas Village, NM, south on Main St. Free. 575-526-8171, 575-526-5675
A three-day celebration with dancing, food and a pilgrimage up Tortugas “A” Mountain.

Virgin de Guadalupe Fiesta at St. Genevieve’s

St. Genevieve’s Parish Hall, 1025 E. Las Cruces Ave. Free. 575-524-9649
Piro-Manso-Tiwa Tribe of Guadalupe Pueblo of Las Cruces.

December 14

Vos Vaqueros Singers

Trinity Lutheran Church, 2900 Elks Dr. Time: TBA. Free. 575-523-4232. https://www.facebook.com/VVofLasCruces/

December 14 – 15

Ken Ludwig’s THE GAME’S AFOOT

Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. Fri 7pm, Sat. 2pm & 7pm. $10. 575-541-2290. riograndetheatre.org

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.

December 14 – 16

“The Nutcracker” and Holiday Spectacular

NMSU Atkinson Music Recital Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe Cir. $22. Fri/Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm. 575-527-1893. lascruceschamberballet.org/events/ or lascruceschamberballet.org or michelesdanceacademy.biz

This beloved holiday classic is the most popular highlight of New Mexico’s oldest running Ballet Company. The Las Cruces Chamber Ballet Company is all set to showcase the talent of their seasoned dancers.

December 15

Artisan Fair

Mesilla Valley Artisan/Crafters Guild , 205 E. Lohman Ave. 9am-3pm. Free. 915-269-4736. crucescreatives.org or bluegeckosw@msn.com
Crafts, music, food, games fun! Vendor spots available.

Las Noches de Las Luminarias

Fort Selden State Monument, north on I-25, exit 19, Radium Springs. 6-9pm. Free. 575-202-1638, 575-526-8911. newmexicohistoricsites.org

Join us for this Southwest tradition as over 800 glowing candles surround the Fort ruins. Enjoy holiday music, a cozy campfire, and a warm cup of coca 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.

December 16

Taylor-Mesilla Historic Property Nacimiento Open House with J. Paul Taylor

Taylor family home, 2346 Calle Principal. 1-4pm. Free. 575-202-1638. newmexicohistoricsites.org

Join us for a fascinating afternoon as you view more than 175 nacimientos (nativity) scenes on display in the Taylor family home. Mr. Taylor’s collection includes nacimientos from all over the world. This impressive collection is a joy to see and the open house has become a local holiday tradition. The home is located at 2346 Calle principal on the Old Mesilla Plaza.

December 21

Food Truck WinterFest

Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St. 5-9pm. Free. 575-571-5399. facebook.com/events/678496392536242/

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. riograndtheatre.org

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. mesillanm.gov/
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. christmasinlascruces.com/

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. deadrunning.net
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. riograndetheatre.org

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. nps.gov/whsa/index.htm

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. facebook.com/events/281122872491736/
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.

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