Whether you’re celebrating the upcoming holidays, getting an early start on your Christmas shopping, or just want to feed your eyes with beautiful sights, there’s something for everyone this weekend in Borderland.
The WinterFest starts on Saturday
The celebration begins Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with the WinterFest arts and farmers market, followed by the 4:30 p.m. ceremonial lighting of San Jacinto Plaza. The Scherr Legate WinterFest Light Parade takes place at 6:00 p.m. The city’s only parade of lights celebrates its 27th anniversary. It features floats and vehicles adorned with colored lights, marching groups, glittering walkers and animals. The parade stretches for a mile with more than 50 participants and is led by Santa Claus.
Christmas Film Festival to show free films
El Paso families can enjoy free vacation movies at the Plaza Theater starting Thursday. The nine-film series, sponsored by GECU and presented by the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival, is part of El Paso Live’s WinterFest. It starts at 7 p.m. with “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.
Go all out: Celebrate WinterFest with free holiday movies at the Plaza Theater
Hear live music at The Nature House
On Friday there is music at The Nature House. Andrew Ryan, touring from Missouri, Adam Gaffney, Lona Ramon and Tale of Giants will perform at the intimate El Paso venue on Monroe Ave. 3321 occur. Doors open at 8pm and music starts at 9pm. There will be a $5 donation.
Sunday market in Socorro
Buy local and help your neighbors! Moonlight Adobe Hall hosts a Sunday Market at 10180 Socorro Road in Socorro, Texas on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. featuring local artists and handcrafted goods. Visit the Mystic Desert Studio and see the artwork of Gabriel Marquez.
Exhibits art squared
Get art squared at El Paso Frame Co., which is showcasing the work of 48 artists from El Paso and beyond in its The One with All the Squares 2 exhibit through December 23. The Picture Framing Studio and Art Gallery at 3800 N. Mesa St., Suite A1 is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Blackout poetry and collages
Join a Blackout Poetry and Collage Workshop with Cassie Holguin-Pettinato, author of The Lamb’s Tail, at Toma Gallery and Studios, 210 Poplar St, Theremin on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m . The event is free for all ages.
Toast at the Old Sheepdog Christmas Market
It’s holiday market time! For food, beer, cigars and vendor booths, head to the Old Sheepdog Brewery, 3900 Rosa Ave on November 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The market is presented by Old Sheepdog Brewery, Vitola’s, IllPaso and AEI Designs.
Carden Circus Spectacular celebrates 60th anniversary
The Carden Circus Spectacular will be in town for six performances Friday through Sunday at the El Paso County Coliseum as it celebrates its 60th anniversary. Performances are on Friday at 6.30pm, Saturday at 11am, 3pm and 7.30pm and Sunday at 12pm and 6pm. Tickets are available one hour before the start of the performance. General admission tickets are $10 for children 12 and under, $25 for adults, with a limited number of $30 reserved seats and $35 VIP seats.
Make plans for the Las Artistas Art & Fine Crafts Show
The Las Artistas Art & Fine Crafts Show will be held Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 E. Mills Ave. Their artworks as well as food trucks and Live music. Wear your Christin Apodaca shirt and get free entry. Tickets are $10 plus a 25 cents service charge at https://www.lasartistas.org/event-details/las-artistas-fall-show-2 Children 12 and under are admitted free. Founded in 1970, Las Artistas is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide arts education opportunities and promote the appreciation of fine crafts and art in El Paso and southern New Mexico.
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Art, Christmas gifts and activities for children at ArteMercado
Looking for Christmas gifts? ArteMercado Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm at the Toma Gallery and Studios, 210 Poplar St. will feature art, pottery, prints, paintings, interactive art and children’s activities. The free art market and gallery exhibit showcases local art and handmade works by emerging Borderland artists, including artists from Toma. All ages are welcome. Toma is down the street from the Epic Railyard Event Center so you can enjoy the Art Mercado and Las Artistas event on the same day.
Take part in the pilgrimage to Mount Cristo Rey
The annual pilgrimage to Mount Cristo Rey takes place on Saturday. The gates will open at 8am and local clergy will be on hand to offer confession and reconciliation at 10am. The procession begins at 12:00 p.m., led by Bishop Peter Baldacchino of the Diocese of Las Cruces. Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m
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Goo Goo Dolls in concert Sunday
With four decades of music behind them, the Goo Goo Dolls are promoting their new album, Chaos in Bloom, with a concert on Sunday at 7pm at the Plaza Theatre. Admission is at 6 p.m. Tickets ranging in value from $46.50 to $96.50 plus fees are available at Ticketmaster.com
Don’t miss the Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel tour.
“Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition,” a self-guided tour, runs through January 1 at Sunland Park Mall. The tour features cloth graphics that make up approximately 80% of the life-size artworks from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. Opening times: 10am to 6pm Tuesday to Sunday. Tickets: $22.20 for adults, $14.95 for youth ages 4-12. Discounts are available for senior, student, military and family packages. Shop online at https://chapelsistine.com/exhibitions/el-paso. Tickets can be bought at the door with some capacity restrictions.
Be amazed by the Popocalypse pop art group show
Get ready for the free Popocalypse pop art group exhibition on November 25-26 from 6pm to midnight at Toma Gallery and Studios, 210 Poplar St. The Black Friday and Saturday event was created after the proposal of the artist Gabriel C. Rodriguez, aka Chuco Chamuco, an event with regional artists on the theme of pop art. The show’s name, Popocalypse, symbolizes the rebirth of pop art in Borderland. The Black Friday weekend after Thanksgiving offers families the opportunity to support local artists during the holiday shopping season. Artists featured include Chuco Chamuco, Juan Ornelas (who will showcase 12 new artworks he creates), Blanca Estrada, Illaramendi Graphic Arts, Carolina “Kako” Villarreal, Santiago Covarrubias, Jose Reyes, Dead Punk, Cushi Cushi 915, Steve Salazar and others Jimmy Alonzo.
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