They say necessity is the mother of invention. This year the pandemic has necessitated changes not just to how we all go about our daily lives, but how organizations modify events in the time of COVID.

The Junior League of El Paso is one of those groups that has had to adjust to the current conditions.

After announcing in August it was canceling A Christmas Fair, one of El Paso’s longest running in-person Christmas-time events, in the best interest of public health, the non-profit organization said it was working on a modified event that would work within the confines of current health mandates and guidelines.

The result is a re-imagined, mostly online A Christmas Fair featuring virtual events, gift deliveries, and holiday photo sessions. Photos with Santa at the “Ski Village” is the only in-person event this year.

“Get lost in this one-of-a-kind wintery forest and take your time strolling the beautiful trees as you make your way to the top of the mountain, where a magical experience with Santa on the slopes awaits you,” is how the description reads. The event is free, but the photo session with Santa will be a by-appointment-only event and the photos will have to be purchased.

Online events include a video call with Santa in which he will read them a Christmas book, the Kids Sugar Plum Fairy Ballet Class with the El Paso Ballet Theatre teaching your little ones the Sugar Plum Fairy dance, and a virtual happy hour with the team at Kendra Scott in which they will debut their new holiday collection.

You can check out details about all the events, dates, times and pricing at

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