15 Las Cruces Events before Christmas

Zane Fikany November 29, 2018

While Las Cruces may not be covered in snow, there is no shortage of Christmas Spirit.  We at Z Real Estate have put together 15 events from December 1, 2018 until Christmas for the whole family (well for the most part!)  So if you are looking for Christmas events, we have them.  Scrooge this year? There are non Christmas Events for you, too!  Take a look and let us know if we missed your favorite event this December.


Breakfast with Santa at Mesilla Valley Mall

Saturday December 1, 2018 8 AM to 9 AM

700 S Telshor Blvd, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011

The first of three Breakfasts with Santa events is December 1st at 8 a.m. in the Food Court. Tickets are $9 per child and are available for purchase in the mall office weekdays 8am – 5pm. Only 50 tickets are available to each date, so get yours early!
The ticket includes: Breakfast for the child, a meet & greet with Santa, a goodie bag, and a chance to win prizes including a Santa sack filled with toys!

Old Fashioned Holiday Display

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 1 PM – 4 PM

Las Cruces Railroad Museum

351 N Mesilla St, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005

Welcome Santa to Las Cruces at the Railroad Museum! Enjoy holiday model train displays, delicious refreshments, holiday music, children’s craft activities, and festive decorations. Continue your day of merriment and head over to the City’s Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Downtown Las Cruces Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 1, 2018 6 PM to 8 PM

Plaza de Las Cruces 100 N. Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

Join us in the Plaza de Las Cruces for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Festivities will include food trucks, music, and free activities and giveaways for children. Enjoy the decorations around the plaza and be sure to bring your camera for some great family photo ops. Santa will also be making an appearance!

The La Casa, Inc. Holiday Bazaar

November 30th from 4:30-7:30pm

December 1, 2018 from 9 AM to 5 PM

December 2, 2018 from 10 AM to 4 PM

Las Cruces Convention Center

680 E University Ave, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005

The La Casa, Inc. Holiday Bazaar is approaching its 28th year and this year is set to be the best one yet!

Held at the Las Cruces Convention Center, this family friendly event will be filled with original art, hand crafted goods, home baked treats and awesome raffle prizes. Additionally, the show is open to Youth Artisans!

Browse this shopping extravaganza for that unique and special gift for your loved ones, pick up some delicious baked goods from the famous Cookie Cupboard, or try your luck at the Santa Surprise where you have the chance to triple your dollar. Don’t forget to take your picture with Santa and much more!

Don’t miss out! The festivities and shopping begin on Friday, November 30th from 4:30-7:30pm, Saturday, December 1st from 9:00am-5:00pm; and Sunday, December 2nd from 10:00am-4:00pm.

Admission is $5 for a One Day Pass or $12 for a Weekend Pass.

NMSU Aggies Men’s Basketball vs. Washington State Men’s Basketball

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM

NMSU Pan American Center / Special Events

1810 E University Ave, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003

Our 5-1 Aggies take on PAC 12 Washington Cougars.

34th Annual Noche de Luminarias

Sunday, December 2, 2018 6PM to 9 PM

NMSU Corbett Center Student Union

1600 International Mall, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003

34th annual Noche de Luminarias event at New Mexico State University. Refreshments, entertainment, and trolley rides at Corbett Center Student Union.

NMSU Aggies Men’s Basketball vs. New Mexico Lobos

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7 PM

NMSU Pan American Center / Special Events

1810 E University Ave, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003

Our NMSU Aggies take on our rivals from up North. Aggies Fans can’t miss this game!

Las Cruces Festival of Trees

Thursday, December 6, 2018 from  4-8 PM

Friday, December 7, 2018 from 4-8 PM

Saturday, December 8, 2018 from 11 AM to 7 PM

Centennial High School

1950 S Sonoma Ranch Blvd, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011

A holiday celebration for the whole family! Tour dozens of whimsically decorated trees and vote for your favorites, take in the wonder of the gingerbread village, meet Santa, and enjoy crafts and live music.

Select trees available for auction and raffle. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and children under 5 are free. Proceeds benefit local nonprofits.

DH Lescombes Limited Release Renaissance Party

Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6 PM – 8 PM

St. Clair Winery & Bistro Las Cruces

1720 Avenida de Mesilla, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005

Please join us for the highly anticipated release of our D.H. Lescombes Limited Release Renaissance, a southern Rhone-style blend composed of the finest Syrah from our vineyard Block Five, blended with hand-selected Mourvèdre, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Noir. Aged in French oak for two years, this blend exhibits a velvety and luscious balance of rustic fruit.

Enjoy special hors-d’oeuvres selected by our Executive Chef.

$15 fee at the door will benefit MindMatters, a non-profit created to raise awareness and erase the stigma of mental illness in New Mexico.

Come join us and bring your friends to support this great cause!

The Polar Express

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 5 PM – 7 PM

Rio Grande Theatre

211 N Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

Admission $1 (cash only at the door)
Doors open at 4pm, show at 5pm
Concessions served including snacks, refreshments

On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.
Come dressed in your robe and PJs!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Saturday, December 1 at 8 PM – 10 PM

Rio Grande Theatre

211 N Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

Admission $5
Doors open at 7:00 pm, movie at 8:00 pm
Concessions served including snacks, refreshments, beer, wine, and spirits

The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster. Rated PG-13.

Kids Christmas Musical – “A Wondrous Birth”

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 5 PM – 7 PM

Mesilla Park Community Church

1040 El Paseo, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

Come see our talented children perform “A Wondrous Birth” and be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. Invite your family and friends to this performance and see our children worship through this production. We’re sure you’ll be blessed as much as you bless them by supporting their performance! It’s sure to get you into the Christmas spirit!

Nutcracker and Holiday Spectacular

December 14, 2018 7:00 PM

December 15, 2018 7:00 PM

December 16, 2018 2:00 PM

Atkinson Recital Hall, NMSU

1075 N Horseshoe, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003

Las Cruces Chamber Ballet presents the 35th Annual “Nutcracker” Ballet along with the Michele’s Dance Academy “Holiday Spectacular” which also features the Onate HS Choral Department


Las Cruces Food Truck Winterfest 2018

Friday, December 21, 2018 at 5 PM – 9 PM

Plaza de Las Cruces

100 N. Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

Food Truck Fiesta and the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership are proud to bring you Winterfest 2018 on the Plaza de Las Cruces from 5-9pm on Friday Dec 21st. 10 Food trucks, tons of vendors for last minute shopping, special pricing for Kiddo shopping, Free Picture Opportunity with Santa in exchange for canned goods, entertainment, carolers, and more! Bring the whole family and head downtown for this awesome holiday event!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Friday, December 21, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM

NMSU Theatre Arts/American Southwest Theatre Company

1000 E University Ave, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003
A fun, original production of Dr. Seuss’s classic Christmas story.

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