The holiday season is in full swing. That means a sleigh-full of events throughout El Paso, from Christmas concerts and holiday shows to light displays and ho, ho, ho's. Our official handy-dandy Christmas Events and Activities Guide is your winter wonderland of yuletide happenings guaranteed to get you in a festive Christmas mood.

Thursday, Dec. 17:

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

Traditional Mexican Posada at El Paso Museum of History - Event program includes performances by Gayle Force Quartet and the Fort Bliss Hand bell Choir, as well as tamales and hot chocolate while supplies last. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe St. 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 to see. 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.

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. FREE to see. 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 from Ft. Bliss. 7:30 p.m. at the Plaza Theatre, Downtown. FREE to see. More Details

El Paso Playhouse Presents ‘It's a Wonderful Life’ - El Paso’s longest running Community Theater presents the holiday favorite ‘It's a Wonderful Life’ in two acts. The play is based on the classic film revolving around George Bailey and the guardian angel sent to save him from despair. 8 p.m. at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket prices vary. More Info

Friday, Dec. 18:

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

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

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.

Holidays on Ice Public Ice Skating - 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

‘A Christmas Carol’ – The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents their annual adaptation of the Charles Dickens Christmas classic. 7:30 p.m. in the Wise Family Theatre, 2nd Floor Fox Fine Arts Center on the UTEP campus. Tickets $9-$14. More Details

‘Tis The Season for Opera’ - El Paso Opera's inaugural holiday concert featuring arias and scenes from well-known operas presented by alumni from the world-famous Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer’s Program. 7:30 p.m. at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Ticket prices vary. More Details

El Paso Playhouse Presents ‘It's a Wonderful Life’ - El Paso’s longest running Community Theater presents the holiday favorite ‘It's a Wonderful Life’ in two acts. The play is based on the classic film revolving around George Bailey and the guardian angel sent to save him from despair. 8 p.m. at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket prices vary. More Info

Saturday, Dec. 19:

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

Holidays on Ice Public Ice Skating - Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 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

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. 562-9899

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 to see. 851-1682

Navidad de La Fe Luminarias – The annual event lights 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 to see, but you are encouraged to donate canned and/or dry goods or cash to benefit families served by La Fe Clinic. 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.]

Lights on the Lake at Ascarate Park - The Christmas lights at the iconic Lower Valley park are back. 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

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.

Holidays on Ice Public Ice Skating - 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

‘A Christmas Carol’ – The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents their annual adaptation of the Charles Dickens Christmas classic. 7:30 p.m. in the Wise Family Theatre, 2nd Floor Fox Fine Arts Center on the UTEP campus. Tickets $9-$14. More Details

El Paso Playhouse Presents ‘It's a Wonderful Life’ - El Paso’s longest running Community Theater presents the holiday favorite ‘It's a Wonderful Life’ in two acts. The play is based on the classic film revolving around George Bailey and the guardian angel sent to save him from despair. 8 p.m. at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket prices vary. More Info

Sunday, Dec. 20:

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 12 noon at Wyler Aerial Tramway State Park, 1700 McKinley. 562-9899

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

Holidays on Ice Public Ice Skating - Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 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 ‘It's a Wonderful Life’ - El Paso’s longest running Community Theater presents the holiday favorite ‘It's a Wonderful Life’ in two acts. The play is based on the classic film revolving around George Bailey and the guardian angel sent to save him from despair. 2 p.m. at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket prices vary. More Info

‘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

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

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

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.

Holidays on Ice Public Ice Skating - 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