El Pasoans seeking some much-needed revelry head downtown to San Jacinto Plaza for some holiday cheer.

This year has come and gone, as everyone sheltered indoors and avoided people to help curve the COVID-19 virus.

As the year comes to a close, missing are the lively celebrations of togetherness and will be missing once again as the upcoming holidays near.

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However, an ongoing pandemic hasn’t stopped some El Pasoans from masking up and heading downtown to see the lights and merriment of San Jacinto Plaza. Even though the annual San Jacinto Plaza tree lighting was canceled this year, it was still decked out with thousands of twinkling lights and holiday ornaments.

San Jacinto Plaza has become the safe outdoor reprieve that El Pasoans have been seeking this holiday season.

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Over the weekend, families, couples, and friends made their way to downtown El Paso to walk around and take in the sights. Many strolled and stopped periodically to take pictures in front of the many selfie-worthy spots inside San Jacinto Plaza. Others just cruised the area in the comfort of their vehicles.

While many holiday activities and events have been canceled this year, many people are just happy to have a reason to get all dressed up and have someplace to go to enjoy some good old-fashioned fun.

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Based on these images, it’s going to take more than a pandemic to stop the holiday cheer in El Paso.


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