A local holiday destination that has been sharing its neighborhood yuletide tradition with El Pasoans for over half a century is ready for the nightly deluge of people on foot and in their car.

Every December, traffic in the normally quiet east El Paso subdivision more than doubles from the Christmas obsessed enjoying one of our city’s time-honored traditions; what I like to call the slow-ride through Eastridge.

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This Christmas will mark the 57th year residents of the neighborhood near Eastwood High School adorn their homes and yards in colorful lights and handmade and store-bought features and displays for the enjoyment of the entire community.

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

Even now all these decades later, cars still line up on many a chilly December night waiting their turn to cruise the neighborhood located just off McRae.

What to Know If You Plan to Ho, Ho, Ho

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The neighborhood will light up this year from December 2 through January 4, 2022.

Sunday through Thursday are the least busiest nights. Friday and Saturday are when there is the most car and foot traffic, especially the last two weekends of December. More so this year since Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve and New Years Day fall on consecutive Fridays and Saturdays.

Most homes flip the switch at sundown, which this time of the year is around 5 p.m., and keep the lights and displays on until around 10 p.m. although it is not uncommon for them to stay on later.

Entrances

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The most common entrance is to take McRae and turn on Cartway, but there are two other entrances that are usually less traveled.

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Deby Lewis, which is behind Eastwood High School, is the first. Take Deby Lewis until it intersects with Glemmway then take Glemmway into the Eastridge neighborhood.

Deby Lewis along Eastwood High is also a good place to park and walk if you want to check out the homes on foot. The third way to access the subdivision is to take Wedgewood and turn into Fenway.

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