Good news, lovers of colorful Christmas lights. The decorations and lights at Ascarate Park have been strung up and hung and are ready for socially distanced holiday cheer.

While the pandemic has resulted in the cancellations of some of El Paso's annual Christmastime events, the festive elves at El Paso County Parks and Recreation Department have found a way to keep “Lights on the Lake” lit. The annual tradition at the county park is being presented as a drive-through only event.

Beginning Saturday, Dec. 12, through Wednesday, January 6, those looking to get out of the house and into their car can check out the lights and decorations along Ascarate Lake from the comfort and relative safety of their vehicle.

Because it is strictly drive-thru, there won’t be a lighting ceremony, music and entertainment, food trucks, or photos with Santa this year. But what is included is a little Christmas magic with the kids or that special person in your life. One of things we've all learned from the challenging year that has been 2020 is how much the little things like time with loved ones matter.

So, fill up a mug with hot chocolate, grab a few sweet treats and cruise the park.

El Paso County Parks & Recreation

What to Know Before You Go

Lights on the Lake will light up the holidays from December 12 to January 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Lights on the Lake will be a drive-thru only event. Please do not exit vehicles to walk and view the lights as in the past. Free entry.

How to Get to Lights on the Lake

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