Ron Stallworth as the grand marshal for 2019

Thanksgiving Holiday information, closures and events

As is tradition, the Thanksgiving holiday features plenty of closures and plenty of events. Below is a partial list of information from around the Sun City for the holiday week.

INFO –  City of El Paso Closed for Thanksgiving  Holiday Schedule

In observance of Thanksgiving, El Paso City Hall and all administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29.

City Hall and all administrative offices will reopen and resume regular business hours on Monday, December 2.

The complete list of Thanksgiving holiday closures and shedules are posted on the “Thanksgiving Holiday Closures” banner on the city’s website.


EVENT – 83rd Annual Sun Bowl Parade
Date: Thursday, Nov. 28 • Thanksgiving Day
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Begins at Montana and Ochoa streets; ends at Montana and Copia streets
Tickets for Review Stand: $10 at the Sun Bowl Office beginning in early November. Tickets can be purchased at Circle K and the Sun Bowl Association office. Review stands are located at Emergence Health Network (1600 Montana)
Theme: Bobble Heads on Parade


EVENT – 43nd Annual YMCA of El Paso TURKEY TROT

November 28nd, 2019, Thanksgiving Morning 7:15 am.  5k Competitive Run/3k Fun Walk/5K Team Challenge

Race Packet Pick Up & Late Registration: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 12:00-7:00 PM Westside Family YMCA (7145 North Mesa) Race Day Packet Pickup and Day of Race Registration: Thursday, November 28, 2019 5:45-6:45 AM Montana and St. Vrain (near the starting line) Both Day of Race Registration and Packet Pickup will end promptly at 6:45 AM.

Where: Corner of Montana and Virginia in central El Paso.  Check out the course map online at

Awards: Trophies will be given to the top three male and female overall finishers in the 5k Run as well as the top three teams in each team category.  Medals will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in each individual category.

Age & Team Categories: 5k Individual Categories (Male & Female) 10& under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

5K Team Challenge Categories-(Teams of 4) Male Open: no age restriction Female Open: no age restriction CoEd Open: 2 males & 2 females High School /College Coed: 2 males & 2 females in high school. Team Code is required. Begin the registration process and you will be given the team code. Then you can pass it off to your other team members.

Race Shirts: T-shirts and nylon bags are available to the first 1,500 participants who register.  Shirt size guaranteed if registered by October 25, 2019

Where To Register:

Course Route: RUN: Montana & St. Vrain to Williams to Rio Grande, Right Rio Grande/Grant to Rosewood, Turnaround Grant/Rio Grande to Williams, Left Williams to Montana, Right Montana to Finish Line at St. Vrain WALK: Montana & St. Vrain to Willows, Turnaround Montana to finish at St. Vrain

Cost: Individual: $25 through November 22, 2019 / $30 November 23-26, (noon) 2019 Westside and Metro Kiosk only. / $35 on Race Day … Kiosk TEAM:$80 per team(20 per person). All teams must register together in person or online through November 22, 2019 prices are for teams of 4 only. Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Race Packet Pick Up & Late Registration: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 12:00-7:00 PM Westside Family YMCA (7145 North Mesa) Race Day Packet Pickup and Day of Race Registration: Thursday, November 28, 2019 5:45-6:45 AM Montana and St. Vrain (near the starting line) Both Day of Race Registration and Packet Pickup will end promptly at 6:45 AM.


INFO – Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips​

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, each year, fire departments across the nation respond to an estimated 2,400​ house fires on Thanksgiving Day; causing multiple injuries, deaths and millions of dollars in property loss.

By following a few simple safety tips, you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safe.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and children should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure children stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear of any items that might pose a slipping or tripping hazard.
  • Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

The use of turkey fryers – which use a large amount of cooking oil at high temperatures – also pose a significant danger and can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. If you decide to fry your own turkey, watch our public safety advisory video at first to assist you in preparing your equipment, turkey and ensure you take the proper safety steps during this process.

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INFO – UTEP Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 28-29

The University will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Classes will resume Monday, Dec. 2.


INFO – TTUHSC El Paso Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. This includes the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso clinics.

TTUHSC El Paso libraries will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, and will reopen at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2. Classes and regular hours of operation for the rest of the campus will resume Monday, Dec. 2.


INFO – EPCC Celebrates Thanksgiving

El Paso Community College (EPCC) will close in observance of Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th. Classes will resume on Saturday, November 30th and offices will reopen on Monday, December 2nd.


INFO – El Paso ISD Closed for Thanksgiving break

EPISD schools and Offices will be closed Nov. 25-29 for Thanksgiving break. Classes and offices will return  on Monday, Dec. 2.


INFO – Ysleta ISD Closed for Thanksgiving week.

As a reminder, all Ysleta ISD schools and Central Office will be closed Nov. 25-29 for Thanksgiving break. Classes and offices will return to normal schedule on Monday, Dec. 2.


INFO – SISD to be closed for Thanksgiving break

Socorro Independent School District offices and schools will be closed for the Thanksgiving break from Nov. 25 through 29. Offices and campuses will re-open on Dec. 2.


EVENT – Sun Metro Providing Free Rides On Thanksgiving Day  

Sun Metro is making all rides free on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019, to provide everyone with transportation to holiday gatherings.

The free trips will enable the public to participate in the annual El Paso Thanksgiving Day Celebration which provides meals to those in need from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the convention center in downtown.

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, Sun Metro routes will run on a Sunday schedule and the El Paso Streetcar will operate until 6 p.m. All Brio routes and fixed routes normally do not have a Sunday schedule and will not be operational.

Sun Metro’s customer service line (915) 212.3333 will be available between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Fixed Route, LIFT, Brio, Streetcar services and Sun Metro administrative and ticket offices will resume regular scheduled hours on Friday, November 29.

Thanksgiving Day Parade Service Detours

Some routes will be detoured from the start of service on Thanksgiving Day. Detours are expected to be in place until 2 p.m., depending on the length and pace of the parade. Sun Metro supervisors will be monitoring the area to assist passengers as needed. Affected routes:

  • Fixed Routes: 34, 35, 41 & 50
  • El Paso Streetcar: Service will be temporarily suspended on the uptown loop. The downtown loop will proceed with regular service.

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INFO – CBP Works To Facilitate Thanksgiving Travel

U.S. Customs and Border Protection El Paso Office of Field Operations encourages travelers to plan ahead, apply for I-94 travel permits online and utilize Ready Lanes as CBP prepares to implement measures to facilitate Thanksgiving weekend holiday traffic.

“CBP is looking to add staffing at El Paso area ports of entry during those periods where traffic figures historically have climbed for both the Thanksgiving holiday and the Black Friday shopping period,” said El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha. “As always we thank the traveling public for their patience during this busy period and for using available technology to expedite their crossing.”

All El Paso ports strongly encourage travelers to apply for their tourist permits online via Travelers receive a provisional I-94 after submitting their application and payment online.

To finalize the I-94 process, travelers must present themselves at a port of entry within seven days of their application to be interviewed by a CBP officer, submit biometric fingerscans and a photo is taken. For more information about filing an I-94 electronically, please consult the following link.

CBP also encourages travelers to obtain and utilize radio-frequency identification technology (RFID)-equipped travel documents such as U.S. passport cards and the newer versions (i.e. since 2011) of the border crossing card and resident alien card so that they can utilize Ready Lanes.

Processing in Ready Lanes is 20 percent faster than normal lanes and provide a time savings of up to 20 seconds per vehicle. CBP encourages travelers to obtain RFID entry documents to use Ready Lanes and enroll in trusted traveler programs this holiday weekend and at all times.

Members of the traveling public can monitor Border Wait Times via this link or also obtain the BWT app on their smartphone via Apple App Store and Google Play (CBP BWT) so that they can observe the wait times and make an informed decision on which bridge to use. These wait times are updated on an hourly basis.

The city of El Paso also has cameras at three of the city’s four border crossing which the public can also use as a resource. Those planning to travel east from El Paso may want to consider using the Marcelino Serna/Tornillo crossing while those heading west may explore options at the Santa Teresa port.

Also to avoid any potential delays or fines due to travelers bringing prohibited/restricted agricultural items, CBP encourages travelers to declare all agricultural items to a CBP officer upon arrival and before making their journey to consult the Know Before You Go guide at the following link. This includes the recently announced prohibition on the importation of peppers and tomatoes from Mexico.

Leadership at the El Paso port expects to open as many lanes as possible to facilitate the increase in border crossers and those seeking I-94 documents. The port is also working with the city of El Paso to identify peak periods where the city will support additional inspectional resource allocation.

Travelers going to Mexico at the Presidio port can expect longer than normal waits heading south because of construction.

The Marcelino Serna/Tornillo and Fort Hancock ports will adjust staffing to accommodate expected traffic increase.

Traffic is expected to be heavy at the Santa Teresa crossing. All lanes will be opened as needed and leadership will monitor traffic patterns.

The Columbus port expects to have 2-3 lanes open during critical periods and will add staffing at the remote Antelope Wells crossing to expedite the issuance of I-94 documents.


EVENT – Gobble turkey dinner at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo during Thanksgiving weekend

Special holiday menu is available Thursday, November 28 through Sunday, December 1

Grab those drawstring sweatpants and get ready to scarf down the best Thanksgiving Dinner that Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo has to offer. You won’t have to worry about cooking, cleaning mountains of dishes, or family drama; sit back, watch a movie and dig into some juicy turkey!

The team at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has prepared a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for $20 that will definitely leave you asking for seconds or, even better, saving leftovers for that delicious turkey sammich.

The Thanksgiving Dinner includes, Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, Mashed Potatoes & Sage Gravy, Green Bean Casserole, Cranberry Sauce, and a Dinner Roll. For dessert, the meal includes delicious Pecan Pie with Whipped Cream!

Reserve your dinner by purchasing a film ticket on Thanksgiving Day through Sunday, December 1. Once seats have been selected, an option for the quantity of Turkey Dinners will be available to select. Some Turkey Dinners will be available to order at the theater, but quantities will be extremely limited, so reserving your meal is suggested.

Reserve dinner via this link.


EVENT – Add color to your Black Friday shopping with a special offer from Cirque du Soleil!

OVO back by popular demand to El Paso’s Don Haskins Center March 12-15, 2020

If you’re looking to add some color to your holiday gift giving, Cirque du Soleil has the perfect Black Friday offer! !

Cirque du Soleil returns to El Paso on March 12 – 15, 2020 with OVO. And to put you in the holiday spirit, Black Friday is your chance to save 40 percent on tickets for all performances and price levels. Put a little color in your Black Friday shopping and purchase tickets for this family-friendly show full of thrilling acrobatics in an amazing world of insects.

To redeem the 40 percent off offer use code ‘BF2019’ when you purchase your tickets between now and December 2, 2019.

Tickets are on sale now online.

Cirque du Soleil’s thrilling show OVO is the perfect gift for loved ones of all ages. It features all the acrobatic fun audiences have come to expect from Cirque du Soleil. Rush headlong into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement.

After touring arenas all over North America, Europe and South America since April 2016, OVO returns to El Paso’s Don Haskins Center on the University of Texas at El Paso campus for six performances, March 12 to 15, 2020. OVO made its spectacular debut in El Paso at the Don Haskins Center during a hugely successful eight-show run in 2017 and is now back by popular demand!

Thrilling more than 6 million people worldwide since the show premiered in Montreal in 2009 as a Big Top show, OVO embarked on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, but in arenas in 2016, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town. Since 2016, the arena tour has traveled in 22 different countries, including Germany, Brazil, United States, Canada, Argentina, France, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom and Chile.

Black Friday Information

Save 40% on tickets to all performances and on all price levels, Visit the website or use code: BF2019 to redeem.

This offer is valid until December 2, 2020.