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Christmas Lights in San Jacinto Plaza, circa 2013

El Paso Parks and Recreation begins Decorating San Jacinto Plaza for the Holidays

The El Paso Parks and Recreation Department has started decorating and preparing San Jacinto Plaza for the Celebration of Lights that makes its return to the plaza after a three year absence.

This year the City will celebrate the continuing century old tradition of gathering with friends and family in downtown and enjoying the holiday season with a brand new display that will have everyone talking.

Parks and Recreation contracted Arnett Marketing Inc. to develop a new design based on the expanded version of the new San Jacinto Plaza. Work crews started hanging lights on trees, railings, and columns on October 27, and will continue through November.

The holiday light display at San Jacinto Plaza will be bigger, better and brighter with new electrifying displays that will charge up the season. The public can expect some big improvements with vibrant colors that match El Paso’s regional flavor with more than 400,000 mini-lights adorning 120 trees.

A 30-foot tower tree with holiday decorations will be included this year, along with several large, interactive, lighted displays that will provide for great photo opportunities.

Plans to decorate the newly renovated plaza began back in June with a presentation to the El Paso City Council regarding the design, purchase and installation of new lights and decorations at the plaza. With the contract for professional installation, the City will spend less money and will provide a stellar display worthy of historic downtown San Jacinto Plaza.

“We are excited to bring a brand new lighting display to historic downtown San Jacinto Plaza! This year we will celebrate the 101st anniversary of the park, and will celebrate the holidays with this new version of lighting,” said El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser.

The City’s holiday season officially begins with the evolve Federal Credit Union Celebration of Lights on Saturday, December 3, at San Jacinto Plaza. The celebration will include a lighting ceremony followed by the City’s only light parade, and entertainment from 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The plaza will remain decorated with holiday lights through January 8, 2017.

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