On the Town: TONS AND TONS OF Holiday Fun

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With so much going on in November and December, there’s no excuse for being a Scrooge. Get into the holiday spirit at these must-attend annual events.

Holiday Fun | Woody Hoffman
November 10 & 11
Holly Day House
The Artists of Picacho Hills hosts this annual art exhibit and sale featuring painting, basketry, jewelry, quilting, woodworking, photography, metal work, ceramics, and much more.
When: Friday, 4pm-7pm;
Saturday, 9am-5pm
Where: Saint Paul’s Methodist Church
(225 West Griggs)

November 16 – December 3
It’s a Wonderful Life:
Live Radio Play

Adapted from the Franka Capra film, this holiday favorite is performed onstage as a 1940s radio broadcast. Whether you’ve seen the original film a hundred times or never before, this play brings to life a nostalgia for a bygone era and an important reminder during the holiday season that our individual lives have the ability to touch many.
When: Fridays, 7:30pm; Saturdays, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sundays 2pm
Where: NMSU Center for the Arts (1000 E. University Ave.)

November 17 & 18
Potter’s Guild Annual Holiday Sale
Find everything from pottery and sculpture to mosaics, textiles and jewelry for sale at this fun annual event that allows you to buy original art from local artists.
When: Friday, 2pm-6pm;
Saturday, 9am-4pm
Where: Peace Lutheran Church (corner of Missouri and Locust)

Holiday Fun | Its a Wonderful Life - NMSU
November 18 & 19
Homegrown: A New Mexico
Food Show & Gift Market

Food grown in New Mexico is showcased at this 4th annual event with vendors from around the state selling their products as the gift-giving season approaches. Sample salsas, pies, cookies, honey, produce, jerky, candy, tortillas, cheese, and much more.
When: Saturday, 9am-5pm;
Sunday 10am-1pm
Where: New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
(4100 Dripping Springs Rd)

December 1 – 3
La Casa Inc.
Holiday Bazaar

Held annually for the past 27 years, this three-day shopping extravaganza offers local art, hand crafted goodies, home baked treats, and raffle prizes.
When: Friday, 4:30pm-7:30pm;
Saturday, 9am-5pm;
Sunday, 10am-4pm
Where: Las Cruces Convention Center
(680 E. University Ave)

December 1
Old Fashioned Holiday Open House
Beautiful decorations and lights—along with crafts, refreshments, and seasonal music—make this a great event for kids. Be sure to stick around for the main event: Santa Claus arrives on a holiday decorated Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotive.
When: 5pm-8pm
Where: Las Cruces Railroad Museum
(351 N. Mesilla St.

December 2
Santa Claus Run
Join in the fun as hundreds of Santas run the streets of Las Cruces. Participants receive a race bib, beard, hat, and long sleeve shirt! Milk and cookies are served at the halfway point and the real St. Nick will be cheering on runners at the finish line.
When: 5pm
Where: Plaza de Las Cruces
(Downtown Main Street)

December 2
Christmas in Cruces Holiday Festivities
Kick off December at the City of Las Cruces’ annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Festivities will include food trucks, music, and free activities and giveaways for children. Santa will also be making an appearance!
When: 6pm-9pm
Where: Plaza de Las Cruces
(Downtown Main Street)

Holiday Fun | woman offering sweets

December 3
Noche de Luminarias
NMSU Campus Activities hosts this well-attended event full of holiday cheer. Expect refreshments, entertainment, photos with Santa, novelties, games, and plenty of traditional luminarias to stroll through.
When: 6pm-9pm
Where: NMSU Corbett Student Union

Holiday Fun | NMSUluminarias

December 5
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Concert
One of America’s favorite traditions for more than three decades, this popular show is back again with Christmas classics in Mannheim Steamroller’s signature, new-age sound.
When: 7:30pm
Where: NMSU Pan American Center
(1810 E. University Ave)

Holiday Fun | A Christmas Story movie cover

December 5
A Christmas Story
Take the family out to see Ralphie and The Old Man on the big screen at a special showing of this beloved holiday classic.
When: Festivities begin at 6pm
Where: Rio Grande Theatre
(211 N. Downtown Mall)

December 8
Mesilla Christmas Tree Lighting
See the Mesilla Plaza come alive with holiday festivities and knock some shopping off your list; the fun and festive stores Mesilla is known for will be staying open late.
When: 6pm-7pm
Where: Old Mesilla Plaza

December 10 – 12
Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta
Steeped in rich cultural tradition, this sacred, three-day celebration kicks off in the village of Tortugas with a candlelight procession. Festivities with traditional dancing are held throughout the night, followed by a pilgrimage up “A” Mountain.
When: “A” Mountain pilgrimage begins at 7:30am on Dec 11
Where: Tortugas
(Access from Stern Dr. or S. Main St.)

December 14
Las Cruces Ukes Holiday Concert
The Las Cruces Ukes, with special guests from their Teen and Kids Clubs, will perform holiday favorites, along with other timeless music from across the decades. Sing along, tap your feet, and clap your hands as you get ready for the holidays with ukulele music.
When: 7:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Rio Grande Theatre
(211 N. Downtown Mall)

December 15 – 17
The Nutcracker
The Las Cruces Chamber Ballet is continuing their yearly tradition of performing a holiday season must-see: The Nutcracker. The whole family will enjoy this evening of dancing, costumes, and music.
When: Friday & Saturday, 7pm;
Sunday, 2pm
Where: NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall (Corner of Espina and Horseshoe)

December 21
Las Cruces Ukes Holiday Concert
The Las Cruces Ukes, a community group of ukulele enthusiasts, will perform a free holiday concert at the Stuckey Auditorium at Good Samaritan. Bring your family and friends for a fun evening of holiday music along with many other favorite songs.
When: 7pm-8pm
Where: Good Samaritan – Las Cruces Village (3011 Buena Vida Circle)

Holiday Fun | tree ligted up

December 24
Christmas Eve on the Plaza
Celebrate the season New Mexican style by strolling through the enchanting Mesilla streets lined with hundreds of traditional luminarias.
When: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Old Mesilla Plaza

Holiday Fun | Indian in costume dancing on the road

December 31
Las Cruces Chile Drop
Forget about watching the ball drop in Times Square on TV. Experience the New Year’s festivities with neighbors and friends at this event that’s put our town on the map.
When: 9pm-Midnight
Where: Plaza de Las Cruces (Downtown Main Street)

Holiday Fun | woman with a hat smiling

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