Here’s a quick look at events in the Las Cruces area the weekend of Dec. 20-23, 2018.
Thursday, Dec. 20
Thursday’s live music schedule includes High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, Dec. 21
The Food Truck Fiesta and the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership are partnering for Winterfest 2018, set for 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Plaza de Las Cruces. The annual holiday event features food trucks, vendors for last-minute shopping, special pricing for kids shopping, free photos with Santa, canned goods drive, entertainment, carolers and more. Admission is free for the whole family — visit bit.ly/2D6PJ05 for more.
No Strings Theatre Company’s “Life and Beth” enters its final weekend with a special discount performance at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Black Box Theatre, with shows continuing throughout the weekend.
All tickets for this special Thursday performance are $10.
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.
Remaining showtimes of “Life and Beth” are 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20; 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 21 and 22; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23. Tickets for performances Friday through Sunday are $15 adults, $12 seniors and students.
For tickets and more, visit no-strings.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes Verde Ale House at Red Hawk (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.); Perfect on Paper at The Game and Eli James Band The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); blues/rock/Americana trio Daisy Blue & The MF Rhythm at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and Pecan Grill and Brewery (7 to 10 p.m.).
Saturday, Dec. 22
The final Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces before Christmas — set for 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Downtown Las Cruces — is the perfect place to find a unique gift for that hard-to-shop-for someone on your list. Stroll Downtown Main Street, filled with a variety of local produce, farm-raised meat, fresh bread, pastries, coffee, arts and crafts, along with live music, entertainment and more — with a holiday twist. Visit farmersandcraftsmarketoflascruces.com.
A campfire might seem like an unlikely place to make Christmas cookies, but… let’s do it. The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will host a Campfire Christmas Cookies program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Visitors can participate in the age-old art of making cookies using a vintage Pizzelle iron from the 1800s. We’ll use traditional cookie cutters, and have all the fixins and decorations ready. Bring your appetite and enjoy a sweet taste of history.
While you’re at the museum, stick around for this week’s Crafts for Kids: Reindeer Bookmarks, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Children are invited to make their own reindeer bookmark in celebration of the season.
Both programs are free with regular museum admission of $5 adults, $4 seniors and $3 children ages 4-17. For more, visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.org or call 522-4100.
Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney star in Irving Berlin’s classic Christmas tale “White Christmas” screening at the historic Rio Grande Theatre at 7 p.m Saturday.
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. Visit riograndetheatre.org.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Frontera Jazz at Sombra Antigua Winery (2 to 6 p.m.); The Mixx Band at The Game and Tanner Huston at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); salty and sweet harmonies and blues-inspired folk covers with Ricky and Emily at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.); and Dan Lambert at Pecan Grill & Brewery (9 p.m.).
Sunday, Dec. 23
Sunday’s live music schedule includes David Huerta at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); and Bruce Miles at Vintage Wines (3 to 5 p.m.).
Monday, Dec. 24
The weekend might be over, but the Christmas cheer in the Mesilla Valley is just getting started, with special events set in the area for Christmas Eve.
Outdoorsy types in search of a unique way to spend the holiday can Discover Leasburg Dam State Park from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Christmas Eve. Join a ranger-led hike and learn about the unique geology, hydrology, geothermal and plant and animal activity along this stretch of the Rio Grande. The hike is easy to moderate, approximately 2.5-mile round trip with an elevation gain/drop of about 200-feet from campground down to riverbed. Find out about what the Rio Grande and the Mesilla Valley have in common with only four other river valleys in the world, and learn about ranger led efforts to restore native flora and fauna.
For directions to the park, visit emnrd.state.nm.us. Guests can meet the ranger at the Park Visitor Center at 10 a.m. A day-use fee of $5 per vehicle applies. For more, call 524-4068 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calvary Baptist Church of Las Cruces’ Annual Christmas Eve Service in downtown Las Cruces is set for 5 to 6 p.m. at the scenic Plaza de Las Cruces. Among the Christmas decor and up to 500 luminarias, Calvary will have a large gathering with Christmas music and message, followed by a group candle lighting. It’s looking like Las Cruces will actually have a winter this year, so bundle up, and plan for an hour-long service. Visit cbclascruces.org.
Mesilla will host its beloved annual Christmas Carols & Luminarias on the Plaza beginning at 6 p.m. Monday. Thousands of candlelit luminarias line the plaza and town, and many businesses stay open to join the fun. Get there early for free hot chocolate! Admission is free.
After visiting the plaza, make your way to Vintage Wines for its tradition-in-the-making Christmas Eve Palooza, from 7 to 11 p.m. Amazing local musicians provides the music, Vintage provides the beer and wine — and free green chile posole, while it lasts — and you provide the holiday cheer. Visit nmvintagewines.com.
Next Weekend: Dec. 27-30
Next weekend, the Las Cruces Jazz Collective — Abby Nayra on vocals, Orlando Madrid on saxophone, Jesus Fuentes on piano, Adriel Hernandez on bass and Derrick Lee on drums — will give an eclectic performance at the Rio Grande Theatre; the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s Crafts for Kids program will have children making paper-plate snowglobes; Leasburg Dam State Park’s December Night Sky program invites the Astronomical Society of Las Cruces and their telescopes for an out-of-this-world viewing experience; and downtown gets ready for its New Years Eve tradition, the Fifth Annual Las Cruces Chile Drop!
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