[minti_image img="20774"]As 2018 comes to a close, we reflect with gratitude on a year of memories, music and adventure in Las Cruces. From exploration of our natural wonders, world class fine arts and music, film festivals, a kickin’ Country Music Festival, and record-breaking nachos, 2018 in Las Cruces had it all. We are grateful for our many friends who have shared the adventure, wonder and excitement of the year and send our most sincere wishes for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2019.[minti_spacer height="20"][vc_column]

A New Year State of Mind

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Jazzy Send-Offs, A Giant Chile Dropping from the Sky, and End-of-the-Year Parties Happening All Around. Read about how to jazz up (and spice up) your end of the year in Las Cruces below.

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Jazz Up the New Year

[minti_image img="20770"][vc_row top_padding="25"][minti_spacer height="20"]Ring in the New Year early 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.

An eclectic ensemble comprising five of the finest performer/composers at work in the New Mexico area today, the LCJAZZ Collective’s mission is to perform fresh arrangements of works tailored to the inspirations of the members in the group honoring the jazz tradition and newly composed pieces by each Collective member.

Join us for an energetic and exciting performance in the historic Rio Grande Theatre as LCJAZZ reminds us that jazz is a living, ever-relevant art form.

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  • Saturday, December 29, 2018

  • $10 per person

  • Doors open at 7 pm, show at 8 pm

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Drop it like it's Hot

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The Las Cruces Chile Drop

A 400-pound chile will drop from the sky

The big state question is Red or Green--and on December 31st, every person attending the Las Cruces Chile Drop will also be asking themselves what color the chile will be. The 5th Annual Las Cruces Chile Drop will feature live entertainment by “Caliente”, food and drinks, dancing, free party favors, a Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery Beer Garden, and a 19-foot, 400-LED-light-illuminated chile that rings in the new year. The event is from 9pm to 12:30 and is free to the public at the Plaza de Las Cruces at 100 N. Main St.[minti_spacer height="20"]

Over 2,000 attendants gather each year to see the 400 pound, 19-ft long chile drop to celebrate the new year.

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A New Year in New Mexico

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The New Year's Kiss

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Where will you be for your New Year's Kiss?

Champagne Showers, New Year's Even Dinners, A Black & White Ball, and all the parties in & around town can be found on our Events Page. Up to you what kind of trouble you'd like to get into this coming Monday night...

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A New Year in New Mexico

[minti_image img="20767"]We've had an incredible year in Las Cruces relaying information about this incredible place to locals and welcoming new friends to our great city! We're looking forward to an amazing year of great music festivals, arts & cultural events, adventurous outdoor activities, local cuisine, wine tours, the prospect of space tourism, and of course...more green chile.

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

-Your Friends at Visit Las Cruces

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