Here’s what’s going on in and around El Paso this weekend, December 5 – December 7, 2014. Some events are free, some will cost you a few bucks:

FRIDAY:

Horse Racing – The live horse racing season is now underway at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Post time is 12:15 p.m. FREE general admission and parking. More Details

Ice Skating at the Promenade Ice Pond – Skate the Ice Pond at the Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West Blvd. 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission varies. More Details

San Elizario ChristKindle Market - San Elizario’s annual holiday market features handcrafted and unique Christmas gifts, as well as traditional German food, beer, and hot, spiced wine. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the historic Main Street plaza. FREE admission. More Details

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 Details

Friday at the Fire – Live music by local bands set against the ambiance of the Freedom Crossing at Ft. Bliss outdoor fireplace. 6 – 11 p.m. FREE. Tonight, Locomotion (rock).

Holidays on Ice – Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Cost: $8, $6 Military. Admission includes skate rental. More Details

El Paso Wind Symphony Holiday Concert - El Paso Wind Symphony opens its “Season of Service” with a special holiday music concert and toy drive. 7:30 p.m. at UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Ticket prices vary. More Details

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 Details

Carlos Mencia - The comedian, actor, and Comedy Central regular returns to El Paso with all new standup material. Showtimes are 8:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. at the Comic Strip, 1201 Airway. Ticket prices vary. More Details

SATURDAY:

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market – The market offers the chance to shop for original arts and crafts and regionally grown produce in an outdoor setting while enjoying entertainment featuring local artists, food vendors and free activities for the entire family. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Union Plaza District (near The Garden Restaurant) along Anthony Street. FREE admission and FREE parking. More Details

Pecan Harvest Festival – Pick your own pecans at the annual harvest festival. Pony rides, and other family activities will take place, plus handmade crafts, and pecan gift baskets available. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ramirez Pecan Farm, 13709 North Loop in Clint. FREE admission. More Details

Ice Skating at the Promenade Ice Pond – Skate the Ice Pond at the Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West Blvd. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission varies. More Details

San Elizario ChristKindle Market - San Elizario’s annual holiday market features handcrafted and unique Christmas gifts, as well as traditional German food, beer, and hot, spiced wine. Noon to 8 p.m. on the historic Main Street plaza. FREE admission. More Details

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

Horse Racing – The live horse racing season is now underway at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Post time is 12:15 p.m. FREE general admission and parking. More Details

Holidays on Ice– Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. 12 noon to 3 p.m. in the Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Cost: $8, $6 Military. Admission includes skate rental. More Details

UTEP Women's Basketball – The Miners host Houston Baptist. Tip-off time is 2 p.m. at the Don Haskins Center. Ticket prices vary. More Details

Celebration of Lights Christmas Tree Lighting – The city Christmas tree and displays light up downtown beginning today at Cleveland Square Plaza, between El Paso Museum of History and El Paso Library. The festivities begin at 4:30 with the actual lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. The lighted Christmas parade and fireworks display will follow . FREE. More Details

Christmas On Ice - The sun City Blades figure skating club’s annual Christmas show will feature a medley of different Christmas songs and stories performed on ice. 5 p.m. at the Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano, next to the County Coliseum. $6, children under 3 free. 820-2955

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 Details

Holidays on Ice – Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Cost: $8, $6 Military. Admission includes skate rental. More Details

1st Armored Division Band Holiday Concert – “An American Holiday Festival” will feature a variety of music, from concert-band holiday classics to festive big band jazz selections as performed by the 1st Armored Division Band. 7:30 p.m. at Stayton Theater, 2495 Ricker Road, Fort Bliss. FREE and open to the public. More Details

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 Details

Lita Ford - The rock guitarist and vocalist best known as the former lead guitarist for The Runaways, and her solo ‘80s hits “Kiss Me Deadly” and “Close My Eyes Forever” performs along with guests Stephen Pearcy and L.A. Guns. 8 p.m. at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 125 S. Pueblo Rd. FREE admission 18 and older. More Details

Carlos Mencia - The comedian, actor, and Comedy Central regular returns to El Paso with all new standup material. Showtimes are 8:30 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. at the Comic Strip, 1201 Airway. Ticket prices vary. More Details

SUNDAY:

Ardovino’s Desert Crossing Holiday Market – The 10th annual holiday market will feature more than 90 vendors selling a variety of handmade gifts and crafts, plus photos with Santa. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1 Ardovino Drive, Sunland Park, N.M. FREE entry. 575-589-0653 ext. 6

Pecan Harvest Festival – Pick your own pecans at the annual harvest festival. Pony rides, and other family activities will take place, plus handmade crafts, and pecan gift baskets available. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ramirez Pecan Farm, 13709 North Loop in Clint. FREE admission. More Details

La Viña Farmer’s and Crafters Market - La Viña Winery hosts a dog and family-friendly farmer’s market featuring farm fresh, local produce. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., one mile north of Vinton Road. More Details

Ice Skating at the Promenade Ice Pond – Skate the Ice Pond at the Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway West Blvd. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission varies. More Details

San Elizario ChristKindle Market - San Elizario’s annual holiday market features handcrafted and unique Christmas gifts, as well as traditional German food, beer, and hot, spiced wine. Noon to 8 p.m. on the historic Main Street plaza. FREE admission. More Details

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

Horse Racing – The live horse racing season is now underway at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Post time is 12:15 p.m. FREE general admission and parking. More Details

Holidays on Ice – Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. 12 noon to 3 p.m. in the Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Cost: $8, $6 Military. Admission includes skate rental. More Details

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 Details

1st Armored Division Band Holiday Concert – “An American Holiday Festival” will feature a variety of music, from concert-band holiday classics to festive big band jazz selections as performed by the 1st Armored Division Band. 3 p.m. at Stayton Theater, 2495 Ricker Road, Fort Bliss. FREE and open to the public. More Details

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 Details

Holidays on Ice – Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Cost: $8, $6 Military. Admission includes skate rental. More Details