CANCELLED for 2020: Elephant Butte Luminaria Beachwalk & Floating Lights Parade

Next event date is December 11, 2021

2019 Elephant Butte Luminaria Beachwalk and Floating Lights Parade
Annually: 2nd Saturday in December
Cost: park entrance fee

The Luminaria Beachwalk, organized and hosted by Friends of Elephant Butte Lake and Elephant Butte Lake State Park, starts at dusk. Thousands of luminarias* line paths on the beach that lead to bonfires sponsored by local groups. Grab a complimentary holiday treat and join in the caroling, or visit with Santa Claus. Donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation will be accepted at campsites. Meanwhile out on the lake, the Floating Lights Parade starts at 6:30pm, and is preceded by “Cap’n and Crew Tamale Dinner” for boat captains. Anyone wanting to enter a decorated boat should call 575-744-5567.

[*What are luminarias? “A Christmas lantern consisting of a votive candle set in a small paper bag weighted with sand and typically placed with others along a driveway, sidewalk or rooftop as a holiday decoration.”]

For information contact Jasen Kershaw, Ranger Specialist at Elephant Butte Lake State Park: 575-755-5923

Luminaria Beachwalk bonfire, Elephant Butte New Mexico, 2nd Saturday in December

Santa Claus at the Luminaria Beachwalk in Elephant Butte New Mexico, 2nd Saturday in December

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