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Free Holiday Movies Return to Plaza Theatre Starting November 18

The free Holiday Movies at the Plaza Theatre return for the eighth year as part of the third annual WinterFest!

The movies are sponsored by Texas Gas Service in partnership with the El Paso Community Foundation, the Plaza Classic Film Festival and El Paso Live.

Volunteer organists Ken Fedorick, Richard Garven and Laurie Koval will perform on the Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ before each program.

The series opens with Elf, starring Will Farrell, at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 18, followed by a double bill of the 1966 TV special How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Robert Zemeckis’ animated The Polar Express, starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 25.

The movies continue two weeks later with 1947’s Miracle on 34th Street, starring then child-actor Natalie Wood, at 3:30 pm Sunday, December 9, followed by a double bill of 1983’s A Christmas Story at 1 p.m. and Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 16.

The series concludes with two wintry titles, Disney’s Frozen at 1 p.m. and Ice Age at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 6, the last day of WinterFest.

Additionally, 2019 Festival Passes will be on sale for the discounted price of $175 from Black Friday (November 23) to New Year’s Eve (December 31). Next year’s Plaza Classic Film Festival runs August 1 through 11. Keep an eye on their website for details.

Go to and for more information.

Here’s the schedule:

Sunday, November 18

2:30 p.m. — Organist Laurie Koval

3 p.m. — Elf (2003)


Sunday, November 25

2:30 p.m. — Organist Richard Garven

3 p.m. — How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)

3:30 p.m. — The Polar Express (2004)


Sunday, December 9

3 p.m. — Organist Ken Fedorick

3:30 p.m. — Miracle on 34th Street (1947)


Sunday, December 16

12:30 p.m. — Organist Ken Fedorick

1 p.m. — A Christmas Story (1983)

3 p.m. — Organist Richard Garven

3:30 p.m.It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)


Sunday, January 6

12:30 p.m. — Organist Laurie Koval

1 p.m. — Frozen (2013) 

3 p.m. — Organist Richard Garven

3:30 p.m. — Ice Age (2002)

Registration Open for WinterFest Celebration of Lights Parade

The Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting applications from organizations that would like to participate in this year’s Winterfest Celebration of Lights Parade.

The annual Celebration of Lights Parade takes place on Sunday, November 18.

There are only 60 slots available for the parade and business and groups interested in participating are required to complete an application.

The parade, scheduled to begin at 5:55 p.m. from San Jacinto Plaza, is the only light parade in the city and, along with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, draws nearly 85,000 people to the downtown area.

The parade is part of El Paso WinterFest presented by The Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital which returns to the borderland for its third year with a bigger, better and brighter season from November 18 through January 6, 2019.

For more information on the parade and/or application process, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (915) 566-1217.

WinterFest Returns, Expands for 2018 Holidays

El Paso WinterFest returns to the borderland for its third year with a new theme that city officias say is “bigger, better and brighter” for the season.

The event, presented by The Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, runs from November 18 through January 6, 2019.

“Each year we aim to expand this holiday celebration, and with the collaboration of various community partners, we will create an exceptional, memorable experience for our community’s families and their extended family and friends who might be visiting our city for the first time,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez.

Preparations are underway to officially kickoff the season on Sunday, November 18, with the traditional Celebration of Lights Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony at San Jacinto Plaza.

WinterFest has been expanded and will encompass the downtown area including the Arts Festival Plaza, located between the El Paso Museum of Art and the Plaza Theatre, San Jacinto Plaza and soon to be renovated Paseo de Las Luces.

This year, WinterFest is going “Winternational,” actively inviting visitors from across the border and the region to join in on the holiday fun. Travelers visiting the El Paso International Airport will be welcomed with the holiday season as WinterFest has expanded into one of the gateways to the city.

The event will once again feature an ice skating rink, a life-size snow globe and a winter-themed café. In addition, there will be a host of winter-themed attractions, holiday shopping, and seasonal food and drinks, as well as holiday lights, and more.

“The City continues to be focused on improving quality of life and quality of place. Providing entertainment, recreational activities and exceptional amenities for our community to enjoy is a priority,” said Deputy City Manager Cary Westin.

“Winterfest also supports our local economy because it draws families and visitors to the downtown area and introduces them to businesses that are unique to El Paso.”

San Jacinto Plaza will light up the heart of downtown El Paso and will host holiday entertainment every Thursday through Sunday of the season. Also, new features will be incorporated into this year’s annual celebration and will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

El Paso Live and the City of El Paso have partnered with the El Paso Downtown Management District (DMD), and the El Paso Central Business Association (CBA). Both the DMD and CBA are instrumental in expanding and including more downtown businesses while engaging cross-border shoppers to participate and enjoy in the WinterFest festivities.

More information on WinterFest is available online at online.

Video+Story: Downtown Mistletoe Returns with Chances to Win Holiday Prizes

The Downtown Management District (DMD) is once again celebrating the Christmas season with a sprig of mistletoe and a dollop of downtown tradition for the fourth year in a row.

For 2017, the DMD is teaming up with Winterfest this holiday season. The mistletoe is located near the festivities in Arts Festival Plaza, directly in front of the Kringle Kafe.

Finding the mistletoe means having a chance to win prizes from Starr Western Wear, Krystal Jeans, Hero Athletic, Café Central, Anson 11, and Hotel Indigo El Paso, through December 20, 2017.

In addition, the DMD is the official sponsor of the Wintermarket at Winterfest, where you will find great food and gifts to purchase from local businesses as you enjoy the festivities.

For a chance to win simply follow these instructions:

1.) Find the mistletoe in Downtown El Paso at Winterfest and kiss a loved one underneath it!

2.) Post your pic of the kiss on Facebook or Instagram! (Make sure your privacy settings are set to “public”)

3.) Tag us @DowntownElPaso for a chance to win a weekly prize

For more information, click Downtown Mistletoe.

WinterFest Returns, Holiday Movies at the Plaza Begin November 26th

The Holiday Movies at the Plaza Theatre are back for the season and admission is free.

The El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival is teaming up again with WinterFest and Texas Gas Service to show six movies over four Sundays.

In addition to the movies, El Paso Live will again be hosting the WinterFest, presented by The Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital.

Downtown Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas will come to life November 18th through January 1st with lights, food, holiday shopping, festivities and the coolest thing of all, an outdoor ice skating rink located near the Plaza Theatre.

Nov. 26
1 pm: A Christmas Story
3:30 pm: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Dec. 3
1 pm: Elf
3:30 pm: The Polar Express

Dec. 10
6 pm: It’s a Wonderful Life

Dec. 31
2:30 pm: Frozen

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