Kick off the first weekend in December with a big dose of holiday cheer. Here are more than a handful of fun and festive things you and the kids can do this weekend in El Paso, Friday Nov. 30 - Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.

LIGHT SHOWS & TREE LIGHTINGS

Fred Loya El Paso Christmas Light Shows – The 8 minute laser and light show features over 450,000 multicolored lights set to music. FREE hot chocolate and cookies, and picture opportunities with Santa before and after each show. Friday-Sunday. FREE. More Details

Cookies, Cocoa and Holiday Cheer at Texas Tech El Paso -  A light show, Santa, characters from the movie 'Frozen' and free cookies and cocoa will be part of the festivities. Friday. FREE. More Details

Holiday of Heroes - Annual tree-lighting ceremony at Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss. Festivities include a special visit from Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause. Friday. FREE. More Details

Lights on the Lake Lighting Ceremony -The Christmas lights return to Ascarate Park. The opening lighting ceremony includes Jolly Ole St. Nick and a lakeside showing of "The Santa Clause". Saturday. FREE. More Details

FREE CHRISTMAS MOVIES

'Elf' at the International Museum of Art – Will Ferrell's modern day Christmas classic for FREE. Saturday. More Details

HOLIDAY MARKETS

Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Holiday Market – More than 100 vendors selling a variety of handmade gifts and crafts, plus photos with Santa. Sunday. FREE admission. More Details

ICE SKATING

Holidays on Ice – Slide 'n glide in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. Friday-Sunday in the Sierra Providence Event Center, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. More Details

Winterfest - The Arts Festival Plaza in Downtown El Paso has transformed into a Winter Wonderland with an outdoor ice skating rink. Friday-Sunday. More Details

STAGE

El Paso Youth Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’ – The 10th annual presentation of the classic ballet featuring original choreography by the dance company. Friday-Sunday at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. More Details

El Paso Playhouse presents ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ – El Paso’s longest running Community Theater presents "one of the best Christmas stories ever - and certainly one of the funniest". Friday-Sunday. More Details