The schedule is set for one of El Paso’s most celebrated holiday traditions – the annual Downtown Christmas tree lighting ceremony and parade.

The Celebration of Lights will officially usher in the Christmas season beginning at 4: 30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.

Downtown El Paso will again play host to a full day of holiday entertainment beginning with a Holiday Market at noon and culminating with the spectacular nighttime parade featuring over 50 floats and numerous walking groups all tricked out in colorful lights.

Celebration of Lights Holiday Market

The El Paso Downtown Artist and Farmer's Market takes over the Pedestrian Pathway next to Southwest University Park from Santa Fe to Durango streets with a Holiday Market from noon to 8 p.m. Dozens of local artists and craftsman will be selling their wares along the pathway surrounded by non-stop live entertainment and food trucks.

Brian Wancho via El Paso Downtown Artist and Farmers Market Facebook

2017 Celebration of Lights Schedule of Events

Mayor Dee Margo will flip the switch for his first time on the hundreds of thousands of lights that will set San Jacinto Plaza aglow at 5:30 p.m. The tree lighting will be followed by the annual light parade winding down the streets of downtown

  • 4:30 p.m. First Armored Division Band
  • 5:00 p.m. St. Anthony’s Seminary Franciscanos Choir
  • 5:30 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • 5:55 p.m. Celebration of Lights Parade

2017 Celebration of Lights Parade route:

City of El Paso Parks & Rec

TV Coverage

KVIA ABC7 will broadcast the Celebration of Lights festivities from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Although not a part of The Celebration of Lights, Winterfest extends the Winter Wonderland-like feeling to the Plaza Theatre area with more lights, seasonal festivities, and an outdoor ice skating rink located between the El Paso Museum of Art and the Plaza Theatre.

El Paso WinterFest Facebook