‘Tis the Season for Lights & Luminarias

Elephant Butte's Luminaria Beachwalk

Christmas bellsCelebrate an Old-Fashioned Christmas in downtown Truth or Consequences Friday, December 11. New this year is a Christmas Light Parade, featuring Santa! You can light up your vehicle and participate. Entry applications are available on the MainStreet site and are due December 9.

At the end of the parade, the community Christmas tree will be lit at Evelyn Renfro Park near City Hall (6:15, time approximate), and Santa will be on hand for visits and pictures, first at the park and later at the The Club (Broadway & Mims), where performances by the community chorus, square dancers and line dancers will be happening.

Luminarias will light up the streets downtown. Warm yourself by the fire barrels on Broadway. Shop for special gifts for family, friends (or yourself!) at TorC’s downtown shops. Visit the live Nativity Scene near First Baptist Church. Sample holiday treats and warm drinks at different locations around town.

Luminaria Labyrinth Walk at La Paloma Hot Springs and Spa
Luminara Labyrinth Walk

Two blocks south of downtown, check out the Luminaria Labyrinth Walk at La Paloma Hot Springs and Spa from 6 to 9pm. The labyrinth will be made from luminarias arranged in the traditional Hopi seven-circuit pattern over TorC’s hot springs aquifer. Admission is free. La Paloma’s historic bathhouses and the LongHouse will be open to the public for soaks as well. La Paloma is located at 311 Marr Street. The Labyrinth will be available for walking on Friday and Saturday nights.

The festivities continue in Elephant Butte on Saturday, December 12 with the Luminaria Beach Walk at Elephant Butte Lake State Park, beginning at dusk. The main park entrance and paths on the beach will be lit with thousands of luminarias. Walk down the beach paths and visit the many community-sponsored campsites serving posole, hot drinks, sweet treats and more.

Elephant Butte Luminaria Beachwalk
Luminaria Beachwalk

Enjoy the Christmas lights, and warm yourself by the campfires. Share the joy by making a donation to Make-A-Wish at any of the campsites. Take a free hayride around the campsites. At 6:30, the beautiful floating lights boat parade begins on Elephant Butte Lake. After the parade, the Elephant Butte Inn hosts a Christmas party and community awards ceremony for Christmas light displays to wrap up the evening.

Sierra County’s rural towns will be celebrating this weekend as well. The Monticello Holiday Store continues Saturday & Sunday December 12 & 13, as does Yuletide in Chloride, which runs daily through the 13th.

Monticello Holiday Store, Monticello New Mexico
items from the 2013 Monticello Holiday Store
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