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Annual Navidad de La Fe Luminarias set for December 16

The Christmas spirits of hope and giving will come alive when 4,000 luminarias will be lit aglow at nightfall along El Paso’s Scenic Drive during the 26th Annual Navidad de La Fe Luminarias.

The annual event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

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, Santa’s cousin Pancho Claus, their elves, and a live nativity scene. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be collecting 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 said, “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 receives 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.

 

Canned foods can be dropped off at the top of Scenic Drive with Santa and Mrs. Claus. 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.”

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.

Vehicles will exit Scenic Drive at Rim Road. Drivers are asked to dim their vehicle’s lights and proceed slowly and cautiously along the event route. For safety reasons, participants are asked to remain inside their vehicles at all times.

For more information, the public can call (915) 545-7190.

Saturday’s the Night for the 25th Navidad de La Fe Luminarias On Scenic Drive

The Christmas spirits of hope and giving will come alive this Saturday night, when 4,000 luminarias (sand-filled paper bags with a candle) will be aglow at nightfall along El Paso’s Scenic Drive during the 25th Annual Navidad de La Fe Luminarias.

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, his cousin Pancho Claus, their elves, and a live nativity scene.

Santa and Pancho Claus will be collecting 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 said, “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 will 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. Vehicles can enter Scenic Drive at Richmond Avenue (eastside of the mountain) beginning at 6 p.m.  Vehicles will exit Scenic Drive at Rim Road. Drivers are asked to dim their vehicle’s lights and proceed slowly and cautiously along the event route.

For safety reasons, participants are asked to remain inside their vehicles at all times. Display time runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.

Canned foods can be dropped off at the top of Scenic Drive with Santa or Pancho Claus. 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.

Luminarias to Light up NMSU Campus Sunday

New Mexico State University will be illuminated from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, during the 32nd annual “Noche de Luminarias.”

“Noche de Luminarias,” or “Night of the Lights,” has been a university tradition since 1984 when it was started as the President’s Holiday Reception. The event is a means for the university and community to commence the holiday season with festivities and entertainment.

With more than 7,100 luminarias on display, the event will be one of the largest in New Mexico. The candle-lit paper bags will be set up starting at the Educational Services Building, move along the International Mall, surround the Corbett Center Student Union, extend to Barnes & Noble and finish at the University Museum. The display will be set up by the Las Cruces High School band.

In addition to the luminarias, the event will have horse-drawn carriage rides provided by Frontier Adventures, body art, balloon artists, flip book and photo booths, pictures with Santa, kid crafts and some performances from local community members.

“Noche de Luminarias” is sponsored by NMSU Campus Activities, the Associated Students of New Mexico State University, Aggies Activities Council, Auxiliary Services, Barnes & Noble at NMSU, Corbett Center Student Union and the University Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Campus Activities at 575-646-3200.

Author: Peter Foreman –  NMSU

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