Nov. 16 to Dec. 2, ASNMSU Center for the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave.
Behind the scenes of a struggling theatre’s annual slapdash production of “A Christmas Carol,” rehearsals are at a standstill. Tim is no longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Spanish and their funding is on hold pending an inspection. An irreverent homage to Charles Dickens’ tale of a redemptive old miser, “Inspecting Carol” might be the perfect antidote for the grinch seeking to destroy the joys of the holiday season. A wickedly knockabout satire. $17 adults, $14 seniors and NMSU faculty/staff, $10 students ages 3-17 with ID, $5 high school students. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30 and Dec. 1; and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2. nmsutheatre.com.
HomeGrown — A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market
Nov. 17-18, New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road
This fifth-annual, two-day event showcases the food grown in New Mexico. More than 60 vendors from around the state will sell their products and offer free samples as the gift-giving season approaches. Award-winning salsas are featured, as well as wine, pies, cookies, sauces, honey, jerky, cheese, and much more. The museum partners with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture for this event. Admission is $5 per vehicle. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.
28th Annual La Casa Inc. Holiday Bazaar
Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.
This family friendly event will be filled with original art, handcrafted goods, home baked treats and raffle prizes. Browse for that unique and special gift for your loved ones, pick up some delicious baked goods from the Cookie Cupboard or try your luck at the Santa Surprise, where you have the chance to triple your dollar. Admission is $5 for one day, $12 for the weekend. Hours are 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. lacasainc.org.
Nov. 30 to Dec. 16, Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St.
One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, students and military, $11 each groups 10 or more; and $10 children 12 and younger. lcctnm.org. Showtimes are 7:30 pm. Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 6, 7, 13 and 14 and 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2, 9 and 16. lcctnm.org.
Las Cruces Christmas Tree Lighting
6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St.
Annual tree-lighting ceremony includes food trucks, music, free activities and giveaways for children and an appearance from Santa. Free.
34th Annual Noche de Luminarias
6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2, New Mexico State University
More than 6,000 luminarias illuminate the campus of New Mexico State University in one of the largest luminaria displays in New Mexico. Also includes holiday activities and treats, live performances and more. Free.
Mesilla Christmas Tree Lighting
6 p.m. Dec. 7, Mesilla Plaza, Calle de Principal.
Ring in the holidays with the annual tree-lighting ceremony on the historic plaza. Many businesses stay open late. Free.
“Life and Beth”
Dec. 7-20, Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Main St.
It’s Christmas, and Beth Timms is mourning the recent death of her health and safety officer husband, Gordon. Beth’s sister-in-law Connie and son Martin have come to stay, determined to ensure that she should have a stress-free Christmas, but between Connie’s drinking problem and Martin’s unspeaking and emotionally volatile girlfriend Ella, their intentions prove to be short-lived. Only David, the local vicar, provides Beth with any comfort, but when he says a prayer for her bereavement he unwittingly summons Gordon’s ghost to return to the family home. Gordon has been busy implementing health and safety measures in the afterlife and is now determined to stick around to help Beth manage her affairs. It soon becomes apparent, however, that his return is not altogether welcome. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors and students. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 16 and 23; and 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. no-strings.org.
Mesilla Valley Chorale
— “Ring Those Bells” Holiday Concert:
3 p.m. Dec. 9, Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St.
The Mesilla Valley Chorale, directed by Nancy Ritchey, presents 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. $10. 647-2560, riograndetheatre.org.
The Roadshow Christmas Tour
6 p.m. Dec. 9, NMSU Pan American Center, 1810 E. University Ave.
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. Tickets $20 to $55. panam.nmsu.edu.
Ken Ludwig’s “The Game’s Afoot or:
Holmes for the Holidays”
Dec. 14-15, Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St.
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. $10. riograndetheatre.org. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14; and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
Grand Menorah Lighting and Concert
4:30 p.m. Dec. 2, TBA.
Hosted by Chabad of Las Cruces. Concert and live music by Aaron Holder with traditional Hanukkah treats, moon bounce and crafts for kids, and lots of holiday giveaways and surprises. Free. facebook.com/jewish.lc.
5-9 p.m. Dec. 21, Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St.
Food Truck Fiesta and the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership partner for Winterfest 2018, featuring food trucks, vendors for last-minute shopping, special pricing for kids shopping, free photos with Santa, canned goods drive, entertainment, carolers and more. Free. Truck Winterfest.
7 p.m. Dec. 22, Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St.
Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney star in Irving Berlin’s classic Christmas tale. 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. Admission is $8 at the door, with discounts for seniors, students, military and children 12 and younger. Concessions including beer, wine, refreshments, snacks and spirits are available. riograndetheatre.org.
Christmas Carols & Luminarias
6 p.m. Dec. 24, Mesilla Plaza, Calle de Principal.
The historic town of Mesilla hosts Christmas carols and the lighting of thousands luminarias on the plaza and throughout the town. Food and crafts vendors will be on hand. 575-524-3262.
Christmas Eve Palooza
7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 24, NM Vintage Wines, 2461 Calle de Principal.
Amazing musicians and green chile posole (free to customers) while it lasts. A family tradition! nmvintagewines.com.
5th Annual Las Cruces Chile Drop
8 p.m. Dec. 31, Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St.
Ring in the New Year downtown with live music and entertainment, food, beer, dancing, and the Chile Drop — a 19-foot, chrome chile with 400 feet of LED lighting — at midnight. Free. downtownlascruces.org/chile-drop.