Holiday List of Events in Las Cruces (Nov 29- Dec 2)

November 28, 2018 Carlos Arreola

Here’s a quick look at the events going on in the Las Cruces area the weekend of Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2018.

Thursday, Nov. 29

Thursday’s live music schedule includes singer-songwriter Danny Sanchez at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).

Friday, Nov. 30

A beloved seasonal tradition in Las Cruces, the three-day 28th Annual La Casa Holiday Bazaar begins Friday, Nov. 30 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.

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. For more, visit

This is the final weekend of performances for the New Mexico State University Theatre Arts Department and American Southwest Theatre Company production of the madcap holiday satire “Inspecting Carol,” with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts.

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.

Tickets are $17 adults, $14 seniors and NMSU faculty/staff, $10 students ages 3-17 with ID, $5 high school students.

For tickets and more, visit

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way — a practically perfect musical —  as Las Cruces Community Theatre opens its production of “Mary Poppins” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

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. 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. For tickets and more, visit

Friday’s live music schedule includes Verde Ale House at Red Hawk (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.); The Game and The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Dead Like Disco performing pop and rock from the ’80s and ’90s at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Wild Horse at Pecan Grill and Brewery (7 to 10 p.m.).

Saturday, Dec. 1

Celebrate Winter Solstice at Leasburg Dam State Park at “Turning Back the Sun-Winter Solstice” from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Guests will enjoy live demonstration of traditional Pueblo adobe oven bread baking — and sample it too — and Pueblo Indian social dances during the day. Right before sunset, gather around several warm campfires in an amphitheatre and enjoy traditional Coyote/Winter Stories from Dine, Apache and Pueblo and Blackfeet Peoples — stories which can only be told during the winter months. Sample real buffalo stew with oven-baked Pueblo bread and hot chocolate. After sunset, enjoy the quality night sky of Leasburg Dam State Park and look through several types of telescopes, including the observatory’s 16-inch research-grade telescope.

Admission is free with paid day use or camping fee — visit for more.

Children and adults can welcome Santa to Las Cruces, enjoy holiday model train displays, delicious refreshments, holiday music, children’s craft activities and festive decorations at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum’s Old Fashioned Holiday Display, on display from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. A great place to spend the afternoon before the city’s tree-lighting display! Admission is free. For more, call 647-4480.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The annual Las Cruces Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, set for 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at Plaza de Las Cruces, will include food trucks, music, free activities and giveaways for children and an appearance from Santa. Admission is free.

The Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra Classics II concert is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall.

The program features Neapolitan Art Songs performed by guest soloist Alex Richardson, Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” and Holiday Festival Encores.

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Saturday’s live music schedule includes The Game and The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); La Maldita Union and their dancing cumbia bolero flamenco folkie-foxtrot at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).

Sunday, Dec. 2

Chabad jeish Center of Las Cruces invites the public to “light up downtown” during the Grand Menorah Lighting and Concert, set for 4:30 Sunday at Plaza de Las Cruces, featuring live music by Aaron Holder with traditional Hanukkah treats, moon bounce and crafts for kids, and lots of holiday giveaways and surprises.

Admission is free; visit or call 5247-1330.

The historic Rio Grande Theatre will host Feliz Navidad Christmas in Song and Dance at 2 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy the pageantry of a traditional border-cultural celebration of Christmas through the universal language of song and dance. Admission is $15 adults, $10 kids 12 and younger.

For more, visit

The 34th Annual Noche de Luminarias — one of the most iconic holiday sights in the Southwest — is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday on the New Mexico State University campus. More than 6,000 luminarias illuminate NMSU in one of the largest luminaria displays in New Mexico.

The candle-lit paper bags will begin at the Educational Services Building, follow along the International Mall, surround Corbett Center Student Union, extend down to Barnes and Noble, and line McFie Circle.

Visitors can enjoy trolley rides provided by Frontier Adventures along the luminaria route, as well as free refreshments inside Corbett Center. Activities and entertainment will be held at various locations inside Corbett Center. There will also be pictures with Santa available.

This event is free and open to the public. For more, call 646-3200.

Sunday’s live music schedule includes singer-songwriter Travis James Manning strumming original acoustic, folk and rock at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).

Next Weekend: Dec. 6-9

Next weekend, the holiday spirit rolls on with the Mesilla Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony; the debut of No Strings Theatre Company’s production of seasonal satire “Life and Beth”; the Mesilla Valley Chorale’s annual holiday concert “Ring Those Bells”; and the arrival of worship-music mega-show The Roadshow Christmas Tour to the Pan American Center.

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