One of the best things about the holiday season in El Paso is that there are lots of things for families to do. From photos with Santa to checking out the holiday lights, it’s all in this handy-dandy Holiday Event and Activities Guide.

Friday December 19:

Holidays on Ice– Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. Hours vary. Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Admission varies. More Info

Photos with Santa at Freedom Crossing - Get your photo taken with Santa in the Freedom Crossing Food Court, right next to the Marketplace area. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Packages and pricing varies. More Info

Fred Loya House Light Shows – The nine minute laser and light show features over 450,000 multicolored lights set to music. Show times are 6, 7, and 8 p.m. at Mr. Loya’s house, 12001 Paseo de Oro. FREE. More Info

Eastridge Christmas lights – Many of the residents of the Eastridge subdivision have been participating in the neighborhood-wide holiday lights display for many, many years. Around 60 homes are decorated this year. You can walk around the neighborhood or drive through in your car. Eastridge is off McRae Blvd; turn west on Eastridge. FREE

Downtown Christmas lights – Because the San Jacinto Plaza is currently being renovated, the holiday lights and decorations have moved to Cleveland Square, between the El Paso Museum of History and the downtown library. FREE

El Paso Youth Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet – El Paso’s very own ‘Nutcracker’ presented by The El Paso Youth Ballet. 7:30 p.m. at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Ticket prices vary. 747-5234

El Paso Playhouse Presents ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ – El Paso’s longest running Community Theater presents the holiday favorite ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’. The story revolves around the Herdmans, who bully their way into the main roles in a church play and come to realize the true meaning of the holiday, while also giving the gift of a new perspective on the Christmas story to regular church goers. 8 p.m. at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket prices vary. More Info

Saturday December 20:

Photos with Santa at Freedom Crossing - Get your photo taken with Santa in the Freedom Crossing Food Court, right next to the Marketplace area. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Packages and pricing varies. More Info

Holidays on Ice– Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. Hours vary. Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Admission varies. More Info

Santa at the Fountains – Santa and his elves will be strolling the center, accepting letters to the North Pole, and handing out candy canes. 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West

Santa at the Tramway - The Wyler Aerial Tramway hosts an afternoon visit with Santa. Have you photo taken with St. Nick on top of Ranger Peak. 12 noon to 3 p.m. at Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park, 1700 McKinley. Ticket prices vary. 562-9899

Story Time with Santa at the Fountains - Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a special reading of a classic Christmas story. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Promenade Amphitheater. FREE

Luminarias Festival/Posadas along the Mission Trail – Around 5,000 luminarias will be lit and line Socorro Road from the Ysleta Mission past the Socorro Mission, then to the San Elizario Plaza. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Posadas beginning at dusk. FREE. 851-1682

Navidad de La Fe Luminarias – The 23rd annual event put on by La Fe Clinic will light up Scenic Drive with more than 4,000 luminarias. Drivers will also get to view Santa and his elves and a live Nativity scene. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. FREE, but you are encouraged to donate canned and/or dry goods or cash to benefit families served by La Fe. 534-7190

[Note: Scenic Drive will be open only to one-way traffic during the event, accessible from Richmond/Alabama streets in Central El Paso. Cars proceed slowly westward with lights off to view the luminarias and the city lights of El Paso and Juárez.]

Eastridge Christmas lights – Many of the residents of the Eastridge subdivision have been participating in the neighborhood-wide holiday lights display for many, many years. Around 60 homes are decorated this year. You can walk around the neighborhood or drive through in your car. Eastridge is off McRae Blvd; turn west on Eastridge. FREE

Downtown Christmas lights – Because the San Jacinto Plaza is currently being renovated, the holiday lights and decorations have moved to Cleveland Square, between the El Paso Museum of History and the downtown library. FREE

Fred Loya House Light Shows – The nine minute laser and light show features over 450,000 multicolored lights set to music. Show times are 6, 7, and 8 p.m. at Mr. Loya’s house, 12001 Paseo de Oro. FREE. More Info

‘A Christmas Carol‘- The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents the Charles Dickens Christmas classic. Show time is 7:30 p.m., Wise Family Theatre, 2nd Floor Fox Fine Arts Center on the UTEP campus. Ticket prices vary.747-5118

El Paso Youth Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet – El Paso’s very own ‘Nutcracker’ presented by The El Paso Youth Ballet. 7:30 p.m. at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Ticket prices vary. 747-5234

El Paso Playhouse Presents ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ – El Paso’s longest running Community Theater presents the holiday favorite ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’. The story revolves around the Herdmans, who bully their way into the main roles in a church play and come to realize the true meaning of the holiday, while also giving the gift of a new perspective on the Christmas story to regular church goers. 8 p.m. at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket prices vary. More Info

Sunday December 21:

Santa at the Tramway - The Wyler Aerial Tramway hosts an afternoon visit with Santa. Have you photo taken with St. Nick on top of Ranger Peak. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park, 1700 McKinley. Ticket prices vary. 562-9899

Santa at the Fountains – Santa and his elves will be strolling the center, accepting letters to the North Pole, and handing out candy canes. 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West

Holidays on Ice– Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. Hours vary. Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Admission varies. More Info

Photos with Santa at Freedom Crossing - Get your photo taken with Santa in the Freedom Crossing Food Court, right next to the Marketplace area. 12 noon to 5 p.m. Packages and pricing varies. More Info

‘A Christmas Carol‘- The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents the Charles Dickens Christmas classic. Show time is 2:30 p.m., Wise Family Theatre, 2nd Floor Fox Fine Arts Center on the UTEP campus. Ticket prices vary.747-5118

El Paso Youth Ballet Presents ‘The Nutcracker’ Ballet – El Paso’s very own ‘Nutcracker’ presented by The El Paso Youth Ballet. 2:30 p.m. at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Ticket prices vary. 747-5234

El Paso Playhouse Presents ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ – El Paso’s longest running Community Theater presents the holiday favorite ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’. The story revolves around the Herdmans, who bully their way into the main roles in a church play and come to realize the true meaning of the holiday, while also giving the gift of a new perspective on the Christmas story to regular church goers. 2 p.m. at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket prices vary. More Info

Fred Loya House Light Shows – The nine minute laser and light show features over 450,000 multicolored lights set to music. Show times are 6, 7, and 8 p.m. at Mr. Loya’s house, 12001 Paseo de Oro. FREE. More Info

Downtown Christmas lights – Because the San Jacinto Plaza is currently being renovated, the holiday lights and decorations have moved to Cleveland Square, between the El Paso Museum of History and the downtown library. FREE

Eastridge Christmas lights – Many of the residents of the Eastridge subdivision have been participating in the neighborhood-wide holiday lights display for many, many years. Around 60 homes are decorated this year. You can walk around the neighborhood or drive through in your car. Eastridge is off McRae Blvd; turn west on Eastridge. FREE

‘A Christmas Carol‘ – The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents the Charles Dickens Christmas classic. Show time is 7:30 p.m., Wise Family Theatre, 2nd Floor Fox Fine Arts Center on the UTEP campus. Ticket prices vary.747-5118

Monday December 22:

Holidays on Ice– Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. Hours vary. Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Admission varies. More Info

Eastridge Christmas lights – Many of the residents of the Eastridge subdivision have been participating in the neighborhood-wide holiday lights display for many, many years. Around 60 homes are decorated this year. You can walk around the neighborhood or drive through in your car. Eastridge is off McRae Blvd; turn west on Eastridge. FREE

Downtown Christmas lights – Because the San Jacinto Plaza is currently being renovated, the holiday lights and decorations have moved to Cleveland Square, between the El Paso Museum of History and the downtown library. FREE

Tuesday December 23:

Holidays on Ice– Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. Hours vary. Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Admission varies. More Info

The Moscow Ballet presents ‘The Great Russian Nutcracker’ – The Moscow Ballet’s 21st Anniversary production of the holiday classic featuring a cast of 40 dancers. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Plaza Theatre, Downtown. Ticket prices vary. More Info

Downtown Christmas lights – Because the San Jacinto Plaza is currently being renovated, the holiday lights and decorations have moved to Cleveland Square, between the El Paso Museum of History and the downtown library. FREE

Eastridge Christmas lights – Many of the residents of the Eastridge subdivision have been participating in the neighborhood-wide holiday lights display for many, many years. Around 60 homes are decorated this year. You can walk around the neighborhood or drive through in your car. Eastridge is off McRae Blvd; turn west on Eastridge. FREE

Wednesday December 24:

Holidays on Ice– Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. Hours vary. Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Admission varies. More Info

Eastridge Christmas lights – Many of the residents of the Eastridge subdivision have been participating in the neighborhood-wide holiday lights display for many, many years. Around 60 homes are decorated this year. You can walk around the neighborhood or drive through in your car. Eastridge is off McRae Blvd; turn west on Eastridge. FREE

Downtown Christmas lights – Because the San Jacinto Plaza is currently being renovated, the holiday lights and decorations have moved to Cleveland Square, between the El Paso Museum of History and the downtown library. FREE

Christmas Day:

Downtown Christmas lights – Because the San Jacinto Plaza is currently being renovated, the holiday lights and decorations have moved to Cleveland Square, between the El Paso Museum of History and the downtown library. FREE

Eastridge Christmas lights – Many of the residents of the Eastridge subdivision have been participating in the neighborhood-wide holiday lights display for many, many years. Around 60 homes are decorated this year. You can walk around the neighborhood or drive through in your car. Eastridge is off McRae Blvd; turn west on Eastridge. FREE

Fred Loya House Light Shows – The nine minute laser and light show features over 450,000 multicolored lights set to music. Show times are 6, 7, and 8 p.m. at Mr. Loya’s house, 12001 Paseo de Oro. FREE. More Info