Fun Family-Time Things to Do Every Christmas Holiday in El Paso – Our Top Six
Every year around this time, El Paso lights up with tons of fantastic things to see and do with the entire family. From the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's annual Christmas show in the area, to the lighting of the big Christmas tree downtown, to local light shows!
Here are a few of our favorite things still to come this holiday season!
Eastridge Christmas Lights
The residents of Eastridge have been participating in their annual home displays for years now! Beginning the first week of December and running throughout the holidays, you can drive through the Eastridge area with your family and see all the beautifully decorated homes.
On McRae, turn west onto Eastridge. Enjoy!
Navidad de La Fe Luminarias
La Fe Clinic light up Scenic Drive with thousands of luminarias on Saturday, December 17th from 6 to 10 p.m.
Admission is free, but sightseers are invited to donate canned and dry goods or cash or checks (made to “Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe” to benefit families served by La Fe.
Scenic Drive is only open one way for the night, and you can only get in from the Richmond/Alabama entrance. For more information call 534-7190.
In Central El Paso, take Trowbridge to Pennsylvania, which will lead you to Cumberland Circle so you can see the Luminarias and Christmas lights. It's a beautiful holiday setting for the entire family that you should see every year.
Hyundai Sun Bowl
The annual Hyundai Sun Bowl is one of the longest running bowl games, and the only one that's been on CBS forever! This year, it's the ACC vs the PAC-12, with Georgia Tech and Utah taking the field.
There are tons of activities for the family leading up to the actual game, including:
• The 50th annual Bank of the West Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is Dec. 28-29 at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Wednesday’s games: UTEP plays Colorado State at 7 p.m. Arkansas-Pine Bluff plays Jacksonville State at 9 p.m. Thursday: Consolation game is 5 p.m. with championship game at 7 p.m. The tournament is the nation’s oldest collegiate holiday basketball tournament. Tickets: $20-$40 four game/two night package; $12-$22 two-game/one night package. Information: 533-4416 or 747-5234 (UTEP Ticket Center).
• Rotary Sun Bowl Football Team Luncheon is Friday, Dec. 30, at the El Paso Convention Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. The starting line-ups from both teams are introduced at 11:30 a.m. and the head coaches are highlighted as well. Tickets: $50; tables for eight $450 (eight guests, or six guests plus two football player from each team).
• The 14th annual Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta is 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at the El Paso Convention Center, with live music by Fungi Mungle and other local bands, activities and games for kids 6 and younger, face painting, balloon animals, Battle of University Bands and Cheerleaders, food and drink for purchase, and a fireworks display at 8 p.m. Admission is free; interactive game tent wristbands are $5.
• Pregame activities begin at 11:30 a.m. in the stadium, and the Sun Bowl Fun Zone activity area for children is open 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of the stadium’s east concourse.
Fred Loya’s Home Light Show
Fred Loya's house has become a huge attraction every year for it's amazing choreographed light show. As Mike Martinez wrote, “The annual light show , which has become a Christmas tradition for many, is every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night at 6 with additional shows at 7, and 8 p.m. through Christmas Day. The nine minute shows feature 230,000 colored lights set to music.
Mr. Loya’s is located on the East side at 120001 Paseo de Oro. Parking is available at Montwood High School, and Cross Point Church, 11995 Montwood.”
Downtown Christmas Tree and Lights
Every year, the city lights its giant Christmas Tree and lights up downtown with beautiful displays and scenes for the holidays. If you haven't taken a stroll downtown through the displays, you should grab the family and head out before Christmas and get everyone into the spirit of the holidays! You won't regret seeing it!