Downtown El Paso is popping nightly thanks to WinterFest, and there's still plenty to do, see, eat and shop while celebrating the holidays.

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I live in downtown El Paso a couple of blocks away from the ballpark and see the troves of people caravan every weekend, as families sometimes ten deep happily embark on their holiday adventure.

But did you know that you can also enjoy the WinterFest activities during the week as well? While most of the main festive events take place on weekends, visitors who drop in on a whim can still enjoy an almost crowd-less San Jacinto Plaza throughout the week.

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Better yet, with plenty of planning, you can book an ice skating session on the faux rink or indulge in some holiday cheer and a nosh inside the Stanton House Winter Igloos any day of the week.

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There is plenty to see and do if you still haven't been, including the return of Trolley Tracks, where local musicians serenade passengers onboard Streetcar #1511 for free every Saturday, as well as the return of the Holiday Movies at the Plaza Theatre, plus so much more.

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WinterFest Family-Friendly Activities and Events Through December

Holiday Fiestas: Free, live music and entertainment at San Jacinto Plaza

  • Every Friday through Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. (Free pictures with Santa Claus – 6 to 9 p.m.)

Holiday Fiestas Food Fest: Local food trucks, vendors, free live music, and entertainment at San Jacinto Plaza.

  • December 23, 30, and 31 from 6 to 11 p.m.

Merienda Talks: Holidays on the Border – Winterfest Holiday Edition of Merienda Talks at the El Paso Museum of History

  • December 16 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Family Day: Winter Holidays – Celebrate and learn about winter holidays in our region at the El Paso Museum of History.

  • December 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Bucket Hat Painting Workshop: Design and paint a bucket hat inspired by designer Todd Oldham's bright, colorful, eclectic design aesthetic at the El Paso Museum of Art.

  • December 11 from Noon to 3 p.m.
  • $30 admission

Scarf Print Patterns: Make a scarf and design a pattern inspired by Missoni's knitting ensembles at the El Paso Museum of Art.

  • December 18 from Noon to 3 p.m.
  • $30 admission

To keep up with WinterFest activities or for more information, visit epwinterfest.com.

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