Here’s what’s going on in and around El Paso this weekend, Dec. 11-13, 2015. Some events are free, some will cost you a few bucks:

FRIDAY:

El Paso Zoo – 35 acres of fun and adventure featuring exotic animals from around the world and family attractions such as the African Star Train, the Hunt Family Desert Spring splash pad, and the Foster Tree House Playground. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4001 E. Paisano, across from the County Coliseum. Admission varies. More Details

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

Wyler Ariel Tramway – Take in the beauty of our city and surroundings from 5,632 feet above sea level. Once on top there are several viewing areas, a gift shop, and Swiss-made gondolas that will take you on a soaring 4-minute ride above the canyon. 12 noon to 7 p.m. at Franklin Mountains State Park, 1700 McKinley. FREE entry. Tram Ride, $8 adults, $4 children 12 and under. More Details

Fred Loya El Paso Christmas Light Shows – The nine minute laser and light show features over 450,000 multicolored lights set to music. FREE hot chocolate and cookies, and picture opportunities with Santa and his elves, and the Grinch before and after each show. Show times are 6, 7, and 8 p.m. at 12001 Paseo de Oro. FREE. More Details

Eastridge Neighborhood Christmas Lights - An El Paso Christmas tradition for more than 50 years. Around 60 of the East side subdivision residents adorn their homes and yards in lights and holiday displays. You can walk the neighborhood or drive through in your car. Lights go on beginning at sundown. FREE. More Details

Downtown Christmas Lights - The City of El Paso’s official Christmas display lights up Cleveland Square Plaza, between El Paso Museum of History and El Paso Library, beginning at sundown. FREE to see.

Friday at The Fire Ugly Christmas Sweater Night - Live music by local bands set against the ambiance of the Freedom Crossing at Ft. Bliss outdoor fireplace. Wear your ugly Christmas sweater, and enjoy the music of from Chris Baker. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. FREE. More Details

‘A New Beginning - The Living Christmas Tree’ - The annual Christmas concert features a a live "Christmas Tree" chorus made up of over 160 students and adults performing holiday songs. 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 805 Montana. Tickets: $5 or $6 online. More Details

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

‘The Spirit of Christmas’ - Cielo Vista Church’s annual Christmas production featuring Bible stories in a musical presentation. 7:30 p.m. at Cielo Vista Church, 3585 Lee Trevino. Tickets $5. More Details

El Paso Playhouse presents ‘Picasso At the Lapin Agile’ – El Paso’s longest running Community Theater presents the Steve Martin play featuring the characters of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein just before each man introduces the work that would make him famous. Showtime is 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 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. 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

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. 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. FREE admission. More Details

Santa at the Zoo – Santa is helping the El Paso Zoo celebrate Christmas, and he’s bringing the Grinch along. Goodies, activities, musical entertainment, and photos with Santa and his buddy The Grinch. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano. Zoo admission required. More Details

'The Grinch' at Freedom Crossing - The fun begins at 10 a.m. with a showing of “The Grinch” starring Jim Carrey at the Grand Theatre. The first 228 get in FREE. Activities will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the promenade by the play area, including photos with The Grinch and Mrs. Clause. Kids can also write letters to Santa. FREE. More Details

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

Wyler Ariel Tramway – Take in the beauty of our city and surroundings from 5,632 feet above sea level. Once on top there are several viewing areas, a gift shop, and Swiss-made gondolas that will take you on a soaring 4-minute ride above the canyon. 12 noon to 7 p.m. at Franklin Mountains State Park, 1700 McKinley. FREE entry. Tram Ride, $8 adults, $4 children 12 and under. More Details

Holidays on Ice Public Ice Skating – 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

‘The Spirit of Christmas’ - Cielo Vista Church’s annual Christmas production featuring Bible stories in a musical presentation. 4:00 p.m. at Cielo Vista Church, 3585 Lee Trevino. Tickets $5. More Details

Magoffin House Holiday Open House - The Magoffin Home State Historic Site comes alive with the sights and sounds of Christmas as you wander through the rooms. The evening's festivities includes choirs, refreshements, activities for the children, and a visit from Santa. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1120 Magoffin Ave. $2 admission. More Details

‘A New Beginning - The Living Christmas Tree’ - The annual Christmas concert features a a live "Christmas Tree" chorus made up of over 160 students and adults performing holiday songs. 4:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 805 Montana. Tickets: $5 or $6 online. More Details

Lights on the Lake Lighting Ceremony -The Christmas lights return to Ascarate Park. The opening lighting ceremony starts at 6 p.m., and will include food trucks, Christmas carols, and a Mini Cooper car parade featuring Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and elves. $2 per car entry fee. More Details

Eastridge Neighborhood Christmas Lights - An El Paso Christmas tradition for more than 50 years. Around 60 of the East side subdivision residents adorn their homes and yards in lights and holiday displays. You can walk the neighborhood or drive through in your car. Lights go on beginning at sundown. FREE. More Details

Downtown Christmas Lights - The City of El Paso’s official Christmas display lights up Cleveland Square Plaza, between El Paso Museum of History and El Paso Library, beginning at sundown. FREE to see.

Fred Loya El Paso Christmas Light Shows – The nine minute laser and light show features over 450,000 multicolored lights set to music. FREE hot chocolate and cookies, and picture opportunities with Santa and his elves, and the Grinch before and after each show. Show times are 6, 7, and 8 p.m. at 12001 Paseo de Oro. FREE. More Details

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

‘The Spirit of Christmas’ - Cielo Vista Church’s annual Christmas production featuring Bible stories in a musical presentation. 7:30 p.m. at Cielo Vista Church, 3585 Lee Trevino. Tickets $5. More Details

El Paso Choral Society presents Handel’s ‘Messiah’ - The El Paso Chorale and Chamber Choir performs Handel’s “Messiah” with 4 guest soloists who all had their first musical training in the El Paso region. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Ticket prices vary. More Details

El Paso Playhouse presents ‘Picasso At the Lapin Agile’ – El Paso’s longest running Community Theater presents the Steve Martin play featuring the characters of Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein just before each man introduces the work that would make him famous. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket prices vary. More Details

Judas Priest Tribute Band – “Hellbent” pays homage to the music of Judas Priest. 8:30 p.m. at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd. FREE 18 and older. More Details

Carlos Mencia – The comedian, actor, and Comedy Central regular returns to El Paso with 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:

Santa at the Zoo – Santa is helping the El Paso Zoo celebrate Christmas, and he’s bringing the Grinch along. Goodies, activities, musical entertainment, and photos with Santa and his buddy The Grinch. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano. Zoo admission required. More Details

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

Wyler Ariel Tramway – Take in the beauty of our city and surroundings from 5,632 feet above sea level. Once on top there are several viewing areas, a gift shop, and Swiss-made gondolas that will take you on a soaring 4-minute ride above the canyon. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Franklin Mountains State Park, 1700 McKinley. FREE entry. Tram Ride, $8 adults, $4 children 12 and under. More Details

La Viña Sunday Market – La Viña Winery hosts the dog and family-friendly farmer’s market featuring handmade products and crafts by local artists, farm fresh, local produce, and Santa Clause. 12 noon 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

Holidays on Ice Public Ice Skating – 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 their annual adaptation of the Charles Dickens Christmas classic. 2:30 p.m. in the Wise Family Theatre, 2nd Floor Fox Fine Arts Center on the UTEP campus. Tickets $9-$14. More Details

‘The Spirit of Christmas’ - Cielo Vista Church’s annual Christmas production featuring Bible stories in a musical presentation. 4:00 p.m. at Cielo Vista Church, 3585 Lee Trevino. Tickets $5. More Details

‘A New Beginning - The Living Christmas Tree’ - The annual Christmas concert features a a live "Christmas Tree" chorus made up of over 160 students and adults performing holiday songs. 4:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 805 Montana. Tickets: $5 or $6 online. More Details

El Paso Rhinos Hockey – El Paso’s Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Tulsa Oilers. 4:30 p.m. at the Sierra Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Ticket prices vary. More Details

Downtown Christmas Lights - The City of El Paso’s official Christmas display lights up Cleveland Square Plaza, between El Paso Museum of History and El Paso Library, beginning at sundown. FREE to see.

Fred Loya El Paso Christmas Light Shows – The nine minute laser and light show features over 450,000 multicolored lights set to music. FREE hot chocolate and cookies, and picture opportunities with Santa and his elves, and the Grinch before and after each show. Show times are 6, 7, and 8 p.m. at 12001 Paseo de Oro. FREE. More Details

Lights on the Lake at Ascarate Park -The Christmas lights return to the iconic Lower Valley park. The light displays, located next to the lake in front of the pavilion, will be lit from sundown to 10 p.m. at 6900 Delta. $2 per car entry fee. More Details

Eastridge Neighborhood Christmas Lights - An El Paso Christmas tradition for more than 50 years. Around 60 of the East side subdivision residents adorn their homes and yards in lights and holiday displays. You can walk the neighborhood or drive through in your car. Lights go on beginning at sundown. FREE. More Details

‘A New Beginning - The Living Christmas Tree’ - The annual Christmas concert features a a live "Christmas Tree" chorus made up of over 160 students and adults performing holiday songs. 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 805 Montana. Tickets: $5 or $6 online. More Details

‘The Spirit of Christmas’ - Cielo Vista Church’s annual Christmas production featuring Bible stories in a musical presentation. 7:30 p.m. at Cielo Vista Church, 3585 Lee Trevino. Tickets $5. More Details