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Candlelit nights and historic sites, tree lightings, a visit from Santa, some amazing old fashioned traditions and holiday fun.

[minti_spacer height="25"]Christmas is about traditions, whether you’re celebrating old ones or creating new ones. 

We’ve planned lots of holiday fun with activities for all. ‘Tis the Season![minti_spacer height="25"][minti_image img="23982"][minti_spacer height="25"][vc_row bg_color="#dd3333" top_padding="25" bottom_padding="25"]

Welcome Santa to town and have a fun-filled festive day!

[minti_spacer height="25"][minti_image img="23983"][minti_spacer height="25"]Old Fashion Holiday Display at the Railroad Museum - December 7

First stop? Kick off the day with a family visit to the Las Cruces Railroad Museum where you’ll welcome the big guy in the red suit to town. He’ll be heading down from the North Pole on his magic sleigh and hopping on a BNSF locomotive for the final leg of his journey to the Museum. [minti_spacer height="25"][minti_image img="23984"][minti_spacer height="25"]Nothing says Christmas like model trains, festive displays, crafts and holiday treats. The kids will love the special children’s crafts, holiday music and old-fashioned holiday decorations at this FREE Holiday Open House. 

Free shuttle service will be running between downtown and the Railroad Museum.

Head on back downtown after and catch the tree lighting!

FREE Event

Saturday, December 7, 2019  1pm - 4 pm

Las Cruces Railroad Museum

351 N. Mesilla Street

For more info call 575-528-3444

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Light Up the Plaza!

[minti_spacer height="25"]Las Cruces Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festivities - December 7

Come on down and kick off the season with your family, friends and neighbors as we light up the Plaza. You’ll be rocking around the tree with live music by UnLyshed. Enjoy caroling, great food trucks and lots of free activities for the kids and family. And be sure to get your picture taken with Santa. Don't be late - the tree will be lit at 7pm sharp!

This FREE family friendly activity is hosted by Visit Las Cruces and City of Las Cruces.

FREE Event

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Festivities start at 6pm. Tree lighting is at 7pm. 

Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces

100 N. Main Street, Las Cruces

For more info call 575-541-2444 or get social with us at:https://www.facebook.com/events/421557655184920/[minti_spacer height="25"][minti_image img="23987"][minti_spacer height="25"][vc_row bg_color="#dd3333" top_padding="25" bottom_padding="25"]

An Historic Site and Candlelit Night!

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Experience true holiday magic as you celebrate a very special Southwest tradition. Enjoy the glow of over 800 candles beneath the New Mexico sky around the ruins of Fort Selden. This amazing tradition dates back to when the Pueblo Indians lit small fires outside of their homes to light their way to church on Christmas Eve. The luminarias are paper lanterns made from candle and set in the sand within a bag. 

This is truly an enchanting evening that will become part of your family traditions. Enjoy holiday music, a warm cup of cheer and tour the grounds. Make your own holiday decorations as you enjoy the sights and sounds of the season. Cozy up to the campfire and prepare to be amazed!

Dress Warmly!

Sponsored by the Museum of NM Foundation.

December 14, 2019

6pm - 9pm

Historic Fort Selden

1280 Fort Selden Road, Radium Springs NM

$5 for adults, Children 16 and under are free.

For more info: 575-202-1638


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Tradition Continues in Mesilla!

[minti_spacer height="25"]Lighting of the Luminarias at the Plaza in Old Mesilla - December 24, 2019

Tradition continues in the historic village of Old Mesilla with the lighting of the luminarias. The village will be aglow with thousands of luminarias and alive with Christmas caroling. Food and craft vendors will be on hand. Join in this wonder-filled evening. 

December 24, 2019 6pm - 8pm

2170 Calle De Parian Mesilla 




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Want to kick off the holidays a little earlier? Join in the annual holiday event at NMSU!

[minti_spacer height="25"]Noche de Luminarias - December 1, 2019

Light up the sky with over 6,000 luminarias at NMSU's annual holiday event

December 1, 2019  6:00 - 9:00 

Corbett Center Student Union NMSU Campus NMSU




The holidays in Las Cruces are in full swing. 

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