Christmas is in full swing and that means a sleigh-full of events throughout El Paso.

From light displays to free Christmas movies, here are fun and festive things to do from Friday, December 17 to Sunday, December 19 that are guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit.

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Brighten Your Night with Holiday Lights

Lights on the Lake - El Paso County lights up Ascarate Park all along the lake front. You can either stay in your car and drive through or park and pose for pics among the displays. Entry into the park is free on Friday and $2 on Saturday and Sunday.

Sun City Lights - El Paso's new holiday experience: a family-friendly drive-through featuring tens of thousands of lights, and holiday-inspired displays viewed from the comfort of your car. Friday, Dec. 17-Sunday, Dec. 19. [More Info]

Rae of Light Christmas Light Show - If you miss the Fred Loya Christmas light show, this homeowner wants you to swing by his place in east El Paso. The impressive synchronized light show takes residential house projections to the next festive level. Free to see. [More Info]

The Lights of Eastridge - An El Paso neighborhood tradition for almost 60 years. The original drive-thru light show. Friday-Sunday. Free to see. [More Info]

Vado Speedway Park Christmas Village - From holiday lights and inflatable displays to Christmas music, s’mores by the campfire and Santa Claus himself, there’s something for every Christmas junkie at Vado Speedway Park. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 17-18. [More Info]

San Jacinto Plaza - The City of El Paso lights up San Jacinto Plaza and the surrounding area beginning at sundown. Holiday Fiesta offers up live music, family-friendly entertainment, and photos with Santa nightly Friday to Sunday. Free

Free Christmas Movies


Holiday Movies at the Plaza - The weather outside might not be all that frightful, but watching a free movie in the historic Plaza Theatre is most certainly delightful. "It's a Wonderful Life" at 3 p.m., "Love Actually" at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. [More Info]

Very Merry Movies at Sunland Park Mall - "The Grinch" is the featured flick at the mall's Backyard Cinema, located by the entrance to the Greenery. "Bring your blanket, chair, and even your stuffed animal." Movie viewing includes complimentary hot chocolate. Free to attend. 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17.

Merry Scary Christmas

Downtown Burial Grounds Bar Crawl - Talk about getting into the spirit of the season! Lost El Paso Paranormal hosts the two-hour lantern-lit cemetery-themed walking tour that includes stops at several haunted downtown pubs. Saturday, Dec. 18. [More Info]

Merry-Achi Christmas

Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez - The songs of Christmas go full mariachi during Merry-Achi Christmas. Sunday, Dec. 19. [More Info]


Ice Skating

Holidays at the Ice Rink - The El Paso Rhinos’ indoor rink doesn’t have the glitz and glam of the downtown outdoor rink and its Winterfest surroundings, but it is our area’s largest and only indoor professional ice-skating rink. [More Info]

Winterfest - El Paso’s only outdoor seasonal rink. Skate in the sunshine during the day and under the stars at night. Attractions nearby include a Winter Market and the Holiday Cafe. [More Info]

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