Made from brown paper bags filled with sand and a small candle, holiday luminarias have been a New Mexico tradition for hundreds of years …
Made from brown paper bags filled with sand and a small candle, holiday luminarias have been a New Mexico tradition for hundreds of years dating back to the the original Spaniards who first came to the area. Historically, Roman Catholics believed that the lights would guide the spirit of the Christ child to one’s home, but in recent times, they are seen more as a secular decoration, akin to Christmas lights.
In Las Cruces, in addition to displays around people’s homes, there are large displays on the campus of New Mexico State University, around the plaza in Mesilla, along the trails of the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park, and among the ruins of Fort Selden State Monument which will also have living history re-enactors.
Many of these events will have entertainment and snacks and refreshments for visitors to enjoy as the take in the sights.
Noche de Luminarias or Night of Lights
Date: December 4th
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: New Mexico State University Campus
For more information: (575) 646-4415
Holiday Luminarias at the Park – Luminarias Light up the Desert
Date: December 9th
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park | 56501 N. Jornada Rd.
For more information: (575) 524-3334 | Visit: Holiday Luminarias
Fort Selden Luminaria Tour
Date: December 10th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Fort Selden State Monument | 13 miles North of Las Cruces | I-25 exit 19
For more information: (575) 526-8911, (800) 429-9488 | Visit: New Mexico Historic Sites
Christmas Carols and Luminarias at the Plaza in Old Mesilla
Date: December 24th
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Mesilla Plaza | South of Highway 28
For more information: (575) 524-3262 ext. 116 | Visit: The Town of Mesilla