Join us for some traditional family holiday fun, or grab that special someone for an unforgettable date night at the newly renovated Historic Rio Grande Theatre–the jewel of downtown Las Cruces.
Kick off your holidays with a very special performance by a world-renowned recorder musician.
Experience the recorder performed as never before in this final event of the 2018 Mexican Cultural Series. Franco, who trained at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico has transformed the vision of the recorder and elevated it to a new level. Experience the sounds of Horacio Franco at the intimate Rio Grande Theatre in this free performance.
- Friday, December 7
- Admission: FREE
- Doors open at 6pm, performance at 7pm
The Polar Express
Pajama Party at the Rio Grande! Come dressed in your robe and PJ’s, cuddle up, and experience the timeless magic of this holiday classic.
On Christmas Eve, a doubting young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, that becomes a journey of self-discovery as he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. Based on the beloved children’s book, this inspiring adventure features the voice of Tom Hanks for numerous characters for this fairy-lit holiday tail.
- Saturday, December 8, 2018
- Admission: $1 (cash only at door)
- Doors open at 4pm, show at 5pm
The Mesilla Valley Chorale performs “Ring Those Bells”
Holiday Favorites performed by The Mesilla Valley Chorale singers are sure to inspire and ignite the holiday spirit in you.
The 45 year old Mesilla Valley Chorale, directed by Nancy Ritchey, presents Ring Those Bells, a beautiful 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. Be entertained and inspired as the Rio Grande comes alive with these passionate and beautiful voices.
- Sunday, December 9, 2018
- Admission: $10 (available at door only)
- Doors open at 2pm, show at 3pm
The Game’s AFoot
Murder, mystery and merriment in this fun, holiday “Whodunit.”
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 holiday season.
- Friday, December 14, 7pm
- Saturday December 15, 2pm & 7pm
- Admission: $10
- Doors open 1 hour prior to show time
One of America’s most beloved and enduring Christmas Classics at the historic Rio Grande Theatre – The perfect date night!
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.
- Saturday, December 22, 2018
- Admission: $8
- Doors open at 6pm, movie at 7pm
The Las Cruces Jazz Collective
A spirited and unique way to ring in the New Year.
Ring in the New Year with a night of contemporary jazz at the Rio Theater with the Las Cruces Jazz Collective – some of the Southwest’s premier musicians. Featuring Abby Nayra on vocals, Orlando Madrid on saxophone, Jesus Fuentes on piano, Adriel Hernandez on bass, and Derrick Lee on drums. Join us for an energetic and exciting performance that will kick start your New Year.
- Saturday December 29
- Admission: $10
- Doors open at 7pm, concert at 8pm
- Concessions served including snacks, refreshments, beer, wine, and spirits