This weekend, you and your family will have the chance to kick off the holiday season a little early in downtown El Paso. WinterFest will have its opening weekend and there are so many things to do and see.

WinterFest means a zillion beautiful lights to see and Instagram with your loved ones. There will also be the annual Celebration of Lights with military bands and church choirs, the lighting of the City's Christmas tree in San Jacinto Plaza, and entertainment throughout the first night on the main stage of the plaza. There is a parade that will wind its way around downtown. You can check out the parade route and schedule by clicking here.

In addition to the opening night WinterFest activities there will also be other activities like the Downtown Artist and Farmer's Market that will fill the Pedestrian Pathway next to Southwest University Park. You can shop dozens of local artists and craftsman and grab something delish from local food trucks.

The outdoor ice-skating rink will open at noon on Saturday and you can wander around the Winter Village, Kringle Kafe, and take the coolest Insta photo inside the life-size snow globe.

The Museum of History will be getting into the WinterFest act with a Holiday Crafts event on Saturday afternoon from noon to 4 p.m. Your beasties can hang out all afternoon and make winter-themed crafts including El Paso-themed holiday cards, and paper star ornaments. Your kiddo will get a free children's book, while supplies last. The Museum of History Holiday Craft event is free and open to the public so check it out while you enjoy downtown El Paso during WinterFest weekend.

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