Christmas Lights in San Jacinto Plaza, circa 2013
The City of El Paso and Destination El Paso will host three festive events in downtown that will create buzz, holiday cheer and excitement throughout the day and the entire holiday season.
The Downtown Holiday Fiesta starts the holiday season in El Paso is set to run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, December 3.
The Downtown Holiday Fiesta will come alive with the Holiday Market from the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD), WinterFest from Destination El Paso and the Celebration of Lights from the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department.
The Downtown Art and Farmers Market will host a Holiday Market from noon to 8 p.m. on the Pedestrian Pathway and part of Main Street. Visitors can also stop by the El Paso Museum of History to enjoy the holiday themed Digital Wall and write letters to Santa from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Museum of Art will also host a special “Papel Picado” workshop for families from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Destination El Paso will kick-off its WINTERFEST at noon with entertainment, food, holiday shopping and much more. The main attraction will be an outdoor ice skating rink near the Plaza Theatre, which will be open from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on December 3. WinterFest will run until January 8, 2017.
Additional information and tickets for the ice skating rink may be found at www.winterfestep.com
City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department will host the evolve Federal Credit Union Celebration of the Lights at San Jacinto Plaza, beginning with a holiday bazaar at 11 a.m.
For the first time in three years, there will be a lighting ceremony at the plaza starting at 4:30 p.m.The Celebration of the Lights Parade follows the lighting ceremony at 6 p.m.
The El Paso Downtown Holiday Fiesta events are within walking distance of each other.
Event information and a printable map are posted on the El Paso Downtown Holiday Fiesta banner at www.elpasotexas.gov