Back when my and my wife's son were much younger and hanging out with the 'rents on weekends was all there was for them to do, about this time of the year we would fill up a thermos with hot chocolate, jump in the car, crank up a Christmas C.D. and drive around taking in the Christmas light displays El Paso had to offer. Sadly, we're all older now and jobs and school and other commitments have gotten in the way, but one thing that has remained a constant is the festive lights and displays available for viewing.

Fred Loya Christmas Light Show - Only a handful of opportunities to take in the choreographed light show remain, starting with tonight at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. Additional shows are scheduled for Saturday, Sunday, Monday (Christmas Eve), and Christmas day.

Mr. Loya’s house is located on the East side at 120001 Paseo de Oro, one block north of Montwood, off Bob Mitchell. Parking is available at Montwood High School, and Cross Point Church, 11995 Montwood.

Cumberland Circle - Luminarias and Christmas lights adorn the circle each Christmas Eve in the central El Paso neighborhood. From I-10, take Trowbridge northwest to Pennsylvania Ave. Pennsylvania leads directly into the circle.

Eastridge Christmas lights - The residents of the Eastside subdivision of Eastridge have been participating in the neighborhood-wide holiday lights display for many, many years. The subdivision is off McRae Blvd; turn west on Eastridge.

San Jacinto Plaza - The plaza’s spectacular Christmas tree and displays have lit up the downtown night for many, many decades. Although taking in the lights as you drive by isn't a bad thing, it's best to park and stroll through the plaza. The holiday music playing just adds to the ambiance.