‘Tis almost the season for a slow ride through Eastridge.

Before Winterfest and Fred Loya's synchronized light show there were the lights of Eastridge. El Pasoans have been making the Christmas-time trek to the normally quiet neighborhood near Eastwood High School for over half a century.

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2021 will mark the 57th year residents of the east El Paso subdivision adorn their homes and yards in holiday lights and displays for the enjoyment of the entire community – a tradition that began as a friendly competition between two neighbors back in 1964.

The long-standing holiday drive-thru has become a beloved part of the magic of Christmas in El Paso.

El Paso Museum of History
El Paso Museum of History

Year after year I and my family are among the parade of cars waiting in the line on a chilly December night for our turn to cruise the neighborhood located just off McRae.

It may not have the wow-factor of Loya's synchronized light show or be as romantic and photo-friendly as downtown's Winterfest displays, but I for one appreciate the old school decorations and all the time and effort the residents who continue the holiday tradition put in to share their Christmas spirit with us.

While some in the neighborhood flip the switch on the multi-colored lights, inflatables, and yard decorations on Thanksgiving weekend, most usually wait until sometime during the first week of December, then keep it going through the beginning of the year.

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