Christmas time is finally here and all around the sun city everyone can see and sense it. Family coming into town along with the long lines at the mall. The anticipation for family gatherings along with presents and children excited to be on break. Tamales are in almost every home at this time of year and anticipation for presents is at an all-time high.
Along with all the holiday festivities, there are lots of events going on in and around town Christmas weekend. Public Skating at Winterfest will be going on until January 1st in front of the Camino Real Hotel. Skating admission is only $8 and there will be sessions all day long. The 84th annual Sun Bowl Game will also be attracting many people on Dec 26th as Arizona State faces off against NC State. Another big tradition in El Paso is the Mount Cristo Rey Hike through time that takes place on Dec 29th. A perfect time of the year to do this hike. Trailhead to Mt. Cristo Rey off McNutt Road (NM 273). Take the Racetrack exit off Paisano and cross the Rio Grande. Whatever you and your family do, be sure to embrace everything that’s happened this past year and look forward to a great 2018.
It’s that time of year for the annual Sun Bowl game in the Sun City. The 2017 game will mark the 84th anniversary of the Sun Bowl game and the 50th consecutive broadcast on CBS. The game features selections from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences. This year’s teams are the Arizona State Sun Devils and the North Carolina State Wolfpack. Both teams had outstanding seasons and will be an interesting matchup at the end of the month.
The Arizona State Sun Devils (7-5) will travel just over 400 miles to El Paso, Texas for a matchup with the No. 24 North Carolina State Wolfpack (8-4) in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 29, 2017 at 1 p.m. MT. This is Arizona State’s 30th trip to a bowl game and sixth to the Sun Bowl. ASU holds a 3-1-1 record in the Sun Bowl with a 14-14-1 bowl record overall. North Carolina State makes its first Sun Bowl appearance in the history of the program. The Wolfpack hold a 16-13-1 bowl record and will play in a bowl game for the fourth consecutive season.
For the last 83 years, the Sun Bowl has featured the color and pageantry that is college football. Seven of the top 10 winningest programs of all-time have participated in the Sun Bowl and 30 college programs that have won national championships in the past have appeared as well. Through the years, 38 Sun Bowls have been decided by a touchdown or less, including six of the last 11 games. Through its first 83 years, the Hyundai Sun Bowl has featured 78 different programs, more than any other bowl in the nation.
December 9th a Christmas Carol comes back to El Paso. The classic journey of redemption and hope returns to the UTEP stage. Enjoy this heartwarming show that reminds everyone that kindness is the most generous gift. Travel through the past, present, and future with this magical production that will transport the audience to the streets of London through emotional performances, dazzling costumes, and breathtaking sets. This production is perfect for the whole family and an unforgettable way to kick off the holiday season.
Buy-one-get-one-free (as noted for the Wise Family Theater productions):
12/09 UTEP Alumni Night
12/10 UTEP Faculty & Staff Night
12/15 Military Night
12/17 El Paso City/County Employee Night & Educator Appreciation Night
Venue:Wise Family theater, Fox Fine Arts Building, 2nd Floor
Admission: Adults: $14; UTEP Faculty/Staff, Seniors, Military, Groups (10+), Alumni (with card), Non-UTEP Students: $12; UTEP Students, Children: $9
Contact Phone Number:915-747-5118
The Celebration of Lights comes back to Downtown El Paso on December 2nd. The annual Downtown Christmas tree lighting ceremony and parade are a yearly favorite in El Paso. Downtown El Paso will again play host to a full day of holiday entertainment that will begin with a Holiday Market at noon and culminate with the spectacular nighttime parade featuring numerous floats and walking groups all tricked out in colorful lights. The parade begins north of Campbell on Main Street, and proceeds left on Mesa Street to Overland and left on Campbell to Myrtle. The Christmas tree lighting festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. in San Jacinto Plaza. A fireworks display and the annual light parade will follow immediately after.
2017 Celebration of Lights Schedule of Events
Mayor Dee Margo will flip the switch for his first time on the hundreds of thousands of lights that will set San Jacinto Plaza aglow at 5:30 p.m. The tree lighting will be followed by the annual light parade winding down the streets of downtown
4:30 p.m. First Armored Division Band
5:00 p.m. St. Anthony’s Seminary Franciscanos Choir
5:30 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony
5:55 p.m. Celebration of Lights Parade
KVIA ABC7 will broadcast the Celebration of Lights festivities from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The UTEP Miner Basketball team is back and in full swing. The Miners won 100-50 in an amazing first game performance of the season against Louisiana College. The Miners look to have a big season this year with Matt Wilms and Omega Harris looking to capitalize on their senior seasons.
UTEP did not fair well this week against Boise State and South Carolina. UTEP was a contender in the Puerto Rico Tip-off tournament. The Miners were leading Boise state 53-51 in the final 30 seconds of the matchup but Boise came through and capitalized on a turnover and won the game. The next morning this young miner squad faced off against Frank Martins South Carolina squad and lost 80-56. South Carolina coming off a final four appearance in last years NCAA Tournament.
The Miners face off next week against one of their biggest rivals in NMSU. Newcomer Keith Frazier is quickly showing leadership with the miners. Frazier is currently averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds. The former Mcdonalds All-American is a transfer from UNT and looks to have a standout senior year for the Miners.
The 81st annual Sun Bowl Parade is Thanksgiving Day.This year’s theme is “American Folklore.” The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935, and was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978 when the event was changed to Thanksgiving Day. The Sun Bowl
81 Years of Parade History: The El Paso Downtown Lions Club organized the Parade in 1935. The parade was held on New Year’s Day from 1936 until 1978 when the event was rescheduled for Thanksgiving Day. The holiday pageant is planned, coordinated and produced by volunteer efforts and draws an annual crowd of over 250,000 spectators. The Sun Bowl Parade is the largest community event in the west Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico area and brings together service clubs and civic organizations as well as all sectors of business and industries within the community.
100 units including floats, giant helium balloons, equestrian units, clowns, marching bands, drum and bugle corps units, dignitaries, celebrity Grand Marshal, and a wide variety of specialty units from Mexican / Indian dancers to military ceremonial units.
Television: Live coverage of the Parade on local affiliate television KTSM Channel 9 (NBC). – Television coverage starts at 10 a.m. (MT).
Review stand tickets (near First Baptist Church, 805 Montana): $10; available at all Circle K stores, FirstLight Credit Union branches and the Sun Bowl Office.
El Paso Live is proud to host the 2nd year of El Paso’s coolest winter event, Winterfest, presented by The Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital. Downtown Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas will come to life November 18th through January 1st with lights, food, holiday shopping, festivities and the coolest thing of all, an outdoor ice skating rink located near the Plaza Theatre.
Downtown El Paso comes alive this winter with an outdoor ice rink. The Hospitals of Providence Ice Skating Rink is the centerpiece to WinterFest. Open every day of WinterFest, it is Free to see, and just $8.00 to skate which includes the ice skate rental. It’s so easy – just pick your ice skating session, book online or at WinterFest, come early to check out Winterfest and then hit the ice at your scheduled time. There is limited capacity, so booking ahead is encouraged and there are no service fees to order your ticket online!
Skate to today’s hits and some holiday classics. Several special events, charity nights, and promotions will be happening throughout WinterFest, so be sure to look at the schedule and skate sessions to pick your favorite night to attend!
Taste of El Paso will be returning this November and will be taking place at the Convention Center on Thursday, Nov. 9! Taste of El Paso is the perfect place to try a variety of different local El Paso restaurants.
Local flavors come together for an evening of food, drinks, and an amazing culinary experience. Area restaurants, including: Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, Anson 11, Dragon Fly Wine & Sushi Bistro, El Paso Cookie Inc., Gallery 3 Kitchen, Gusto, Mesa Street Grill, Pelican’s Steak & Seafood, Tabla, Thirty 5ive Tavern & Grill, Savage Goods, and more will participate in this year’s event. Patrons will receive a sampling booklet that includes: two appetizers, 8 entree samples, and two dessert samples, PLUS craft beer, tequila, and wine samples.
Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster Outlets. Be sure to take a look at the VIP ticketing option, where food and drink will be served for you as well as you receiving a reserved table for your party size.
The Concordia Cemetery Dia De Los Muertos Festival in El Paso, Texas, is a cultural and spiritual celebration that takes place annually inside of our historic cemetery and commemorates the loved ones we have lost…
The one-day engagement sees revelers dressed in vintage Mexican clothes complete with the traditional Calaveras (skulls) painted on their faces… with dozens of artisans & vendors, a scavenger hunt, live music, food trucks, face painters, dancers, poetry readings, arts and crafts and ceremonial offerings. Featuring live music from Echoes in the Park… and a sunset fire dance performance by Mindy Chanson… and don’t miss the 10-foot-tall Mojiganga skeletons, they will be roaming the cemetery, come on out and meet them!
October 28, 2017 from 2-8pm.
Tickets are $5 Adults (17+)… $1 Kids/Students… $2 Seniors (60+) and Military (including dependents)
Presented by the Concordia Heritage Association. Proceeds to benefit Concordia Cemetery.
Since 1933, the Junior League of El Paso, Inc. has returned more than $6 million to the City of El Paso through its service projects, programs, and community grants. “A Christmas Fair,” is the League’s primary fundraising event, it is staffed and implemented solely by trained volunteers allowing the Junior League of El Paso to maximize its financial contributions and help make El Paso a better place to live for all of its citizens.
“A Christmas Fair”, an annual shopping gift market, has officially kicked off the holiday season in El Paso for the past 40 years. The event, recognized as an El Paso tradition, is staged with over 200 merchants, which contribute to the festivities with great items for sale, and an average of 15,000 shoppers.
Every region of the country is represented in this holiday fantasyland, with El Paso receiving benefits which impact our community from the event’s proceeds. “A Christmas Fair“, the League’s primary fundraising event, has supported more than 100 worthwhile programs throughout its history. It is staffed and implemented solely by trained Junior League volunteers, allowing the Junior League to maximize its financial contributions and help make El Paso a better place to live for all of its citizens.
“A Christmas Fair” 2017 will be held November 2-5th, 2017 at the Judson F. Williams Convention & Performing Arts Center. In addition to the fabulous shopping, the Fair will also feature a myriad of special events with delicious holiday fare, fabulous auctions, and photographs with Santa for kids of all ages, and an atmosphere of wonder and delight.
UTEP Football has had some interesting changes in the past week. Former UTEP Football Coach Mike Price is back as the Interim Head Football Coach for the remainder of the season. Mike Price says he has no intention of staying on after this season and there are hopes that finishing the season with Price will reignite the players and fanbase. Sean Kugler resigned last week amid UTEP falling to 0-5 to start the season.
Coach Mike price led the miners from 2004-2012 where they had back to back bowl seasons in his first 2 years as head coach. Price was 48-61 at UTEP giving him a 177-183 career record as head coach. Coach Price led a Washington State team to a rose bowl in 1997 which earned him 1997 national coach of the year honors.
UTEP felt they were ready to bounce back but fell 15-14 against conference champion WKU. This young team was highly motivated and Mike Price was ready to show a crowd of 20,418 fans in the Sun Bowl but things fell short. The Miners will now face off against USM in the first of 6 remaining games for this team. The fans are pumped with Mike Price at the helm and let’s hope attendance rises some more.
Chalk the Block welcomes El Conjunto Nueva Ola (ECNO) to the Chase stage on Saturday, October 7, at 8 p.m. when they make their El Paso debut.
Combining classic new wave, rock and disco with Latin cumbia rhythms, ECNO will take El Paso by storm with their hilarious, irreverent and highly entertaining on stage antics and energetic performances. The band has performed throughout the US and Mexico and has graced the stages of top Hispanic television networks, including Telemundo, Telefutura and Univision.
The Chase stage will host live performances throughout the day on Saturday.
Chalk the Block is a collaborative event programmed by the City of El Paso Museums & Cultural Affairs Department and the El Paso Community Foundation and sponsored by the Rudolph family of dealerships. This year’s festival is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. This year, Chalk the Block is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
For more information about Chalk the Block, please call, 212-0110, or visit chalktheblock.com. You can also access a complete event guide on the Visit El Paso app. Download the app at visitelpaso.com.
Disney on Ice’s upcoming production is just around the corner and those who couldn’t attend the previous ones can come to this upcoming event along with their families and friends. Disney on Ice has been entertaining the world since 1981 and is known for its excellence and flawlessness. Amazing Disney songs, fireworks, lavish set designs and life-size Disney characters are all just a ticket away from you. Make sure you secure your desired seats as soon as possible.
Back in the 80s, Thomas Schumacher came up with this genius idea of dressing professional skaters as various Disney characters and making them skate and dance, accompanied by exquisite set designs, fireworks, and popular Disney jingles. Some of the most popular Disney on Ice productions include names like, 100 Years of Magic, Passport to Adventure, Beauty and the Beast and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. All these amazing productions have entertained the Disney fans for over fourteen years in various countries of the world. Disney on Ice runs over eight productions and touring companies that have done successful shows in Japan, Australia, Europe, England, Asia, Middle East and the US. Attendees get to see various popular Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Woody from Toy Story, Aladdin and Donald Duck skating, singing and dancing on the ice.
In order to enjoy this magical experience, you need to get your Disney on Ice El Paso tickets right away. Disney on Ice takes place October 4-October 8th at the El Paso County Coliseum.
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