Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post
Holiday lights, festive attractions, and spectacular events are just a few ways to celebrate the Holiday Season in downtown El Paso throughout December.
The City of El Paso invites residents and visitors to partake in WinterFest festivities that officially begin on Saturday, December 2. Families are encouraged to create family traditions enjoying the following activities.
New this year, Mills Street and Sheldon Court between Oregon and Santa Fe will be part of the WinterFest pathway decorated with festive lights, archways and vendor booths and will be closed to traffic.
The downtown holiday season provides everything from shopping, outdoor ice skating, live entertainment, visits from Santa Clause, holiday movies and performances, and lights to a holiday café, delicious food and much more!
A schedule of all festive activities happening in downtown is posted on the city’s website, under the WinterFest banner.
- The Downtown Art and Farmers Market special “Holiday Market” from noon to 8 p.m. on the Pedestrian Pathway between Santa Fe and Durango and on Main Street behind the El Paso Museum of Art. Visitors can find unique gifts from the region’s talented artists and local food and treats. The market includes holiday crafts for children, live music and a food truck garden.
- The Parks and Recreation Department “Holiday Bazaar” from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the parking lot on Main Street across from San Jacinto Plaza. The bazaar includes a variety of holiday vendors, food, holiday crafts, and pictures with Santa on the stage at San Jacinto Plaza.
- The Museum of History will have activities including writing letters to Santa, making stamped ornaments and hot chocolate starting at 2:30 p.m. The Museum of Art will have extended hours with Indie rock band, SETS, performing at 8 p.m.
- “Celebration of Lights” San Jacinto Plaza lighting ceremony and parade from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at San Jacinto Plaza. Mayor Dee Margo and Dayra Jacquez, Candlelighters of El Paso patient, will flip the ceremonial switch to light the plaza at 5:55 p.m. Visitors can enjoy vibrant regional colors with more than 400,000 mini-lights adorning 120 trees and a 30-foot holiday tower tree. The display and events will continue through January 2.
- “Celebration of Lights” Parade starts at 6 p.m. immediately after the lighting of San Jacinto Plaza. The parade route runs through downtown and includes marching units, bands, and lighted floats.