Here’s what’s going on in and around El Paso this weekend, December 12 – December 14, 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

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, Chris Baker (acoustic rock, country).

El Paso Rhinos Hockey – El Paso’s Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Springfield Express. 7:30 p.m. at the Sierra Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. 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

SATURDAY:

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing – The “producers only” market features area farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans selling organic and pesticide-free vegetables, locally-made goat cheeses, natural free range chickens and eggs, native plants for home and yard, fresh-baked breads and salsas. 7:30 a.m. to noon. FREE admission. (575) 589-0653, ext. 3

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

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

Freedom Crossing Family Play Date – The fun begins at 10 a.m. with a showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Grand Theatre. FREE for the first 228 guests. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. FREE activities will be available on the promenade by the play area, including holiday photo booth, magic show, an appearance by Mrs. Clause, and more. More Details

Santa at the Zoo - Santa is helping the El Paso Zoo celebrate Christmas, and he’s bringing the Grinch along. Visit with Santa and his buddy and take a photo with one or both for $6 each. Zoo admission is also required. Proceeds from the photos will benefit the El Paso Zoological Society.10:30 a.m. at the El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano. 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

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

El Paso Rhinos Hockey – El Paso’s Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Springfield Express. 7:30 p.m. at the Sierra Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Ticket prices vary. More Details

An Evening with Art Alexakis of Everclear – “Songs and Stories” is a special evening of fan favorite songs and stories with the ‘90s alt band lead singer. 8 p.m. at Lowbrow Palace, 111 E. Robinson. Ticket prices vary. 356-0966

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

SUNDAY:

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

Zin Valle Vineyards Free Music Sundays – Bring your family and friends, pack a picnic and enjoy the afternoon at Zin Valle Vineyards. FREE entry, wine tasting and music. 12 Noon to 5 p.m. Entertainment by James Springer. 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

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

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

El Paso Rhinos Hockey – El Paso’s Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Springfield Express. 4:30 p.m. at the Sierra Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. 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. 2 p.m. at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket prices vary. 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

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