The Christmas spirits of hope and giving will once again come to life, high above El Paso on Scenic Drive during the 28th Annual Navidad de La Fe Luminarias.
From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, approximately 4,000 luminarias (sand-filled paper bags with a candle) will be lit aglow at nightfall along El Paso’s Scenic Drive..
The luminarias’ amber light will guide vehicles slowly westward along Scenic Drive — past the serenity of campfires manned by event volunteers — and toward Santa Claus.
Old St. Nick will be joined by Mrs. Claus, his cousin Pancho Claus, their elves, and a live nativity scene. Santa and Mrs. Claus are asking all participants to bring canned foods or cash donations to help El Paso families in need.
Each Christmas season, more than 100 Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. (La Fe) staff members and volunteers work together throughout the day to stage this beloved holiday tradition.
La Fe CEO Salvador Balcorta MSSW shares, “This is our organization’s gift to El Paso. Luminarias are traditional, shining beacons of hope for peace and social justice. They are a symbol of the commitment that La Fe has had to our community’s families since 1967.”
The 4,000-plus Navidad de La Fe Luminarias symbolize much more than just La Fe’s Christmas spirit.
“These luminarias represent La Fe’s hope that every El Paso child and family gets peace, health, quality housing, education, and social justice in the New Year. It’s up to each of us to work together to make that happen. It is what La Fe’s founders believed in 1967. It’s what we believe today,” Balcorta added.
The event is free and open to the public. Beginning at 6 p.m., vehicles can enter Scenic Drive at Richmond Avenue (eastside of the mountain).
Traffic will enter Scenic Drive at Richmond Avenue and head westbound in a single lane. Drivers are asked to dim their vehicle’s lights and proceed slowly and cautiously along the event route. Vehicles will exit Scenic Drive at Rim Road.
For safety reasons, participants are asked to remain inside their vehicles at all times.
Canned food and non-perishable food items should be dropped off at the top of Scenic Drive with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves. Cash donations to help feed El Paso families in need are also welcomed.
Checks can be made out to “Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe” or to “La Fe.” For more information, the public can call (915) 545-7190.