The lights and tree are ready for the 100th annual Celebration of Lights in downtown El Paso.
The free ceremony is set for Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. with the First Armored Division Band performing. At 5:00 p.m., St. Anthony’s Seminary Franciscanos Choir will perform, followed by the tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. The fireworks display begins at 5:55 and the holiday lights parade will begin at 7:15 p.m.
The parade route begins at Florence and Myrtle and turns on Myrtle to Kansas, San Antonio, then North Mesa, and then Main Street, Kansas and Texas.
67,000 spectators attended the event last year, organizers are expecting similar numbers for this year.
Parking will be available for $5 at the Mills parking garage, located off Oregon St. and Main. There are also several free parking locations located around downtown as well, including free meter parking.
Guest Speakers will be Mayor Oscar Leeser; Major General Stephen Twitty, 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Commanding General; Tracy Novak, El Paso Parks and Recreation Director; and Ken Walters, President and CEO of evolve Federal Credit Union and sponsor of this year’s event.
Free Photos + Hot Chocolate
During the Celebration of Lights, staff from the El Paso Museum of History will be on hand to take visitors’ photos at the Holiday Photo Booth. These pictures will be added to the museum’s digital collection on the Digital Wall and shared on its Facebook page. The Digital Wall will be open until 9 p.m.
The museum gift shop will be open until 9 p.m. and will offer 10 percent discount coupons for purchases made at the museum store. You can also warm up with free hot chocolate in the museum lobby from 6-7:30 p.m.
Watch on TV
Those who can’t make it downtown for the festivities can enjoy them from the comfort of home. The program and the lights parade can be seen live on KVIA-TV’s El Paso – Las Cruces CW in its entirety from 4:30 p.m. through the Holiday Lighting, Fireworks and the Parade. KVIA-TV Channel 7 will carry the festivities live until 6:00 p.m. and you can also view the activities on kvia.com.
Celebration of Lights Holiday Market
Holiday festivities begin at noon as the City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department hosts its annual Holiday Market in the Pedestrian Pathway north of the Judson F. Williams Convention Center.
Visitors to the Holiday Market can expect a day of shopping and family activities that will get you into the holiday spirit as local artists and craftspeople display their wares until 8 p.m.
The Pathway from Santa Fe Street to Durango Street will be packed with non-stop live entertainment, holiday-themed cooking and baking demonstrations and local foods tastings, food trucks, festive holiday photography with The Photo Bus EP, and more. The weekly Downtown Art and Farmers Market will not be held this Saturday.
Schedule of Events
12:00 p.m. Holiday Market
4:30 p.m. First Armored Division Band
5:00 p.m. St. Anthony’s Seminary Franciscanos Choir
5:30 p.m. Holiday Lighting Ceremony
5:55 p.m. Fireworks Display from Southwest University Park
7:15 p.m. Celebration of Lights Parade
Celebration of Lights
When: Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Cleveland Square Park, 510 N Santa Fe St. Parade begins at Florence and Myrtle and turns on Myrtle to Kansas, San Antonio, then North Mesa, and then Main Street, Kansas and Texas.
How much: Free