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Last Minute LocalDecember 19, 2014

FRIDAY

Photo Op One: Photo with Santa @ Freedom Crossing
http://freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com/

Get your photo taken with Santa in the Freedom Crossing Food Court, right next to the Marketplace area. Friday hours are 3pm to 6pm, Saturday hours are 10am to 6pm and Sunday hours are 12pm to 5pm.

The Outdoor Concert: Friday at the Fire featuring TrailerBand (outlaw country)
http://freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com/news-and-events/

Join us every Friday night for an evening of music and fun at our beautiful outdoor fireplace. Bands play from 7pm – 9pm with DJ before and after. Our current schedule of entertainment for this free weekly event is listed below. Friday at the Fire is proudly sponsored by Western Technical College.

SATURDAY

Photo Op Two: Photo with Santa @ Exploreum
http://elpasoexploreum.org/

Bring your cameras and your wish lists for a personal visit. Children receive a special treat. Santa will appear at the top of each hour during the museum’s operating hours. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Photo Op Three: Santa @ the Tram
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/wyler-aerial-tramway

The Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park features an aerial cable car situated on 195.742 acres of rugged mountain and rock formations on the east side of the Franklin Mountains. Come and enjoy a beautiful view with Santa Claus.

The Posada: Annual Posadas Celebration and Luminaria Lighting Festival
http://www.sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org/

The Annual Posadas Presentation is an important part of the Mexican Christmas celebration. The word posada means “inn” or “shelter” in Spanish, and this celebration recreate Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. The presentation will begin at Veterans Memorial Plaza in San Elizario. It will be followed by Live Music, the traditional Christmas Piñata ceremony and Matachin dancer presentation.

The Luminaria Lighting of over 5,000 luminarias in the San Elizario Historic District will take place shortly after sundown and remain lit throughout the evening. Traditional fare will be on hand. The 4th Annual Christmas Bicycle giveaway and Mr & Mrs Santa Claus will be onhand. Sponsored by the San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society.

The Rim Rd. Tradition: 23rd Annual Navidad De La Fe Luminarias
https://www.facebook.com/CentroDeSaludFamiliarLaFe

The Christmas spirits of hope and giving will come alive when 4,000 luminarias (sand-filled paper bags with a candle) will be lit aglow at nightfall along El Paso’s Scenic Drive during the 23rd Annual Navidad de La Fe Luminarias.

Vehicles can enter Scenic Drive at Richmond Avenue (eastside of the mountain) beginning at 6 p.m. Cash donations to help feed El Paso families in need are also welcomed. Checks can be made out to “Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe” or to “La Fe.” For more information: (915) 545-7190. Event Gates Open From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Traffic will enter Scenic Drive at Richmond Avenue and head westbound in a single lane. Vehicles will exit Scenic Drive at Rim Road. Drivers are asked to dim their vehicle’s lights and proceed slowly and cautiously along the event route. For safety reasons, participants are asked to remain inside their vehicles at all times.

SUNDAY

Choose from two great Christmas performances brought to you by UTEP

The Nutcracker: Presented by UTEP and the El Paso Youth Ballet. Step into a winter wonderland complete with spectacular scenery, elegant costumes and exquisite dancing. This is an evening of pure enchantment.
http://utepspecialevents.com/

A Christmas Carol: Presented by the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance. This animated retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!
http://theatredance.utep.edu/Site/Up_Coming_Shows.html

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Welcome to the official Visit El Paso blog, your leading source for all things El Paso! Last Minute Local is posted every week and provides readers with a variety of "no planning necessary" ideas on things to see and do this weekend.


Last Minute LocalDecember 12, 2014

FRIDAY

The Crazy Christmas Sweater Party!: Friday at the Fire featuring Chris Baker
http://freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com

Join us every Friday night for an evening of music and fun at our beautiful outdoor fireplace. Bands play from 7pm – 9pm with DJ before and after. Enjoy a performance from Chris Baker (acoustic rock, country) and a contest for the craziest Christmas sweater!

SATURDAY

The Open House: Magoffin Home State Historic Site Visitor Center Grand Opening
http://www.visitmagoffinhome.com/index.aspx?page=13

Please join us for a joyful evening as the Magoffin Home comes alive with the sights and sounds of the season. See an art exhibit, enjoy music, dancing, food, and visit with Santa as we celebrate the opening of the Magoffin Home Visitors Center. Dress warmly for outside activities.

The Musical: Shrek
http://www.kidsn.co/

‘Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand…and his name is Shrek.

SUNDAY

The Museum Celebration: North Pole at the Museum
http://internationalmuseumofart.net/

North Pole at the Museum our annual holiday tradition will be held December 14. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance taking affordable photographs by Toni Marie. Children holiday activities and door prizes.

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Visit El Paso

Welcome to the official Visit El Paso blog, your leading source for all things El Paso! Last Minute Local is posted every week and provides readers with a variety of "no planning necessary" ideas on things to see and do this weekend.


Last Minute LocalDecember 5, 2014

FRIDAY

The Galleries: First Friday ArtWalk & Ghost Tour
http://www.sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org/

This free event includes appetizers, refreshments and music. All of the art galleries are open in the evening for this once a month event. Art patrons are encouraged to come out and enjoy an evening of art and history. Other participating artists are: Amado Pena, Joe Arroyos, Al Borrego, G. Jacquez Calderon, Rob Mack, Alberto Escamilla, Bert Saldana, Sergio Acosta, Manuel Alvarado, Rob Mack, Robert Lichlyter, Sam Gutierrez, Robert Estrada and others

Enjoy Live Music at the El Bandido Restuarant & Cantina. Don’t miss the “Movie on the Wall” at sundown.
Sign up for the San Elizario Ghost Tour at 10:00 p.m., presented by Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society.

The Holiday Shopping: 4th Annual ChristKindle Market
http://www.elpasomissiontrail.com/ChristKindleMarket/

This Christmas holiday market takes place in the heart of the San Elizario Historic Art District on December 7-8, 2013, and offers unique crafts and gifts for sale, a variety of entertainment, as well as German food and drinks.
ChristKindleMarket offers a holiday shopping experience unlike the department stores in the area, as many of the items are handcrafted and incredibly unique. Wares range from hand-painted glass and wooden ornaments, nutcrackers, cuckoo clocks, jewelry, toys, clothing, and more. Many of the vendors also offer demonstrations of the making of their items.

As it’s important to keep a full belly to stay warm in the winter chill, ChristKindleMarket will have a number of food and drink vendors on site as well. German sausages, sauerkraut, and potato pancakes are all on tap. Sweets, pastries and candies help provide a nice finish to your meal. To drink, German beers will be on hand as well as the traditional “Glühwein”, a hot spiced wine that is served around the holidays.

So this Christmas season, gather up the family and swing by ChristKindleMarket San Elizario for a one of a kind holiday experience — outside of Germany, that is.

SATURDAY

The Haunted History: Hell Paso History Tour
https://www.facebook.com/PasoDelNorteParanormalSociety

History, Legends, and Lore come ALIVE as you experience El Paso’s Old West History on this interactive two hour walking tour! Ghosts915 will guide you on this adventure Saturdays at High Noon in Downtown El Paso!
All ages are welcome and learn about Dallas Stoudenmire and the four dead in 5 seconds, John Wesley Hardin, Pancho Villa, and MORE. Enter buildings and see why El Paso was once called the “Six Shooter Capital of the World”. Meet us at the Ghosts915 Paranormal Research Center by 11:30 this Saturday!

The Holiday Lights: Celebration of Lights Parade
http://home.elpasotexas.gov/parks/

The single largest event in downtown El Paso will be center stage when the evolve Federal Credit Union Celebration of Lights Program unfolds.

A new route for the Holiday Lights Parade has been done due to construction at San Jacinto Plaza with exceptional support from many city departments and businesses. Cleveland Square Park will be the site for the Holiday Lights with thousands upon thousands of lights and decorations.

Evolve Federal Credit Union will sponsor the largest fireworks display downtown from atop Mills Plaza Parking Garage. Fernanda Garcia, eight years old of Candlelighters of El Paso will flip the switch with El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser.

Schedule
4:30 p.m. First Armored Division Band
5:00 p.m. St. Anthony’s Seminary Franciscanos Choir
5:30 p.m. Holiday Lighting Ceremony
5:55 p.m. Holiday Lights Parade
7:15 p.m. Fireworks Display

SUNDAY

The Precious Stones: Mineral, Gem, Jewelry, and Bead Show
http://www.epmgs.com/

El Paso Mineral & Gem Club presents the Mineral, Gem, Jewelry, and Bead Show at the El Maida Shrine Temple. Free parking and free admission.

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Visit El Paso

Welcome to the official Visit El Paso blog, your leading source for all things El Paso! Last Minute Local is posted every week and provides readers with a variety of "no planning necessary" ideas on things to see and do this weekend.


Last Minute LocalNovember 14, 2014

FRIDAY

The Steampunk Enthusiasts: Sun City Steam Fest
915-274-9531

This free event will include informational panels like Steampunk 101 so you can learn all about what is, and how to Steampunk, and we will have vendors selling jewelry, hats, accessories and artwork, pertaining to the Steampunk genre. PLUS, come and see a sidewalk parade of this sub-genre of science fiction and steam powered technology thru out downtown El Paso! All are welcome to enjoy the Victorian/Science Fiction Sub Culture.

SATURDAY

The Three R’s: GRO El Paso
http://usgbc-cd.org/gro-el-paso/

Don’t miss this 1st time fun and informative community event. No entry fee! Learn all about local resources in recycling, composting, solar & wind energy and training, health, wellness and MORE. Plus, there will be fabulous food, stage entertainment and dance. While you’re at it, Adopt a Pet and check out what the El Paso Zoo has to offer! This message is brought to you by the US Green Building Council, in partnership with the Office of Senator Jose Rodriguez and Friends of GRO .

The Mobile Museum: Greyhound Centennial Tour
social.dog@greyhound.com

Celebrating 100 years of service, Greyhound is bringing its Centennial Mobile Museum Tour to El Paso! The tour will feature a bus converted into a mobile museum displaying memorabilia such as signage, vintage driver uniforms and an entire wall of history where guests will be able to see Greyhound’s transformation over the years, as well as view videos via interactive touchscreen displays. The tours will also feature restored classic coaches, such as the 1914 Hupmobile, 1931 Mack, 1947 Silversides and the 1954 Scenicruiser and a new, modern coach featuring amenities such as free Wi-Fi, leather seats, power outlets and extra legroom.

The Family Adventure: El Maida Circus
http://www.elpasocircus.com/schedule.php

The El Maida Shrine Circus is a combination of strength & skill, beauty & mystery. With amazing lighting and sound, watch as our human and animal performers* transform you into the magical world of circus. The circus is a fun family adventure that is for everyone.

SUNDAY

The Bazaar and Market Mania!

The holiday season kicks off earlier every year, so here are a few ideas to get you in the spirit.

Grace Life Holiday Fair
915-755-6128
The Holiday Fair will have homemade arts and crafts, ‘Heavenly Sweet Shop,’ classic car show, face painting, raffle, masseuse and other family activities.

All Saints Christmas Festival
http://www.allsaintsepiscopalep.org/
All Saints Episcopal Church will host its Christmas festival with gifts and Christmas decor, the Christmas Store with new and gently used holiday ornaments, decorations, and gift items, games and other activities, music and food.

Mission Trail Art Market
http://www.missiontrailartmarket.com/
Discover the Mission Trail Art Market, The Mission Valley’s premier art and craft sale. Professional artisans from across the region present an amazing selection of quality art and craft. Choose from delicate pottery, vibrant jewelry, timeless home accents, and seasonal decorations. Painting, sculpture and photography for the connoisseur. Sweet and savory treats for the gourmet.

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Visit El Paso

Welcome to the official Visit El Paso blog, your leading source for all things El Paso! Last Minute Local is posted every week and provides readers with a variety of "no planning necessary" ideas on things to see and do this weekend.


Last Minute LocalNovember 7, 2014

SATURDAY

The Art Lab: Mad Scientist Family Day
http://rubin.utep.edu/

The Rubin Center and FabLab invite children of all ages and their families to their upcoming event Mad Scientist Studio Art Lab Family Day. There will be a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) activities inspired by the current exhibition, Alejandro Almanza Pereda: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder. Some of the activities will be JIX 3-D Straw Sculptures, LANscape Projection Mapping, foam geometric puzzles and drawing with a Harmonograph spiral machine. Kids will be able to practice the art of Tai chi and enjoy other creative activities in the galleries while learning more about art. Almanza Pereda has developed an international reputation for creating large-scale artworks that often appear to defy the laws of physics. All ages are welcome but this event is especially geared for ages 4-12, and their families. All Rubin Center Family Days are free and open to the public. This event is supported in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

The Memorial Plaza: 18th Annual Veterans Parade & Celebration
http://www.sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org/

The Veterans Committee of the San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society and the town of San Elizario, cordially invites everyone to attend our Veterans Event in the San Elizario Historic District. Bring your families and enjoy a day honoring our veterans. The parade will begin at 9 am at the intersection of Thompson Road and Socorro Road. Special Guests and the 2013 Grand Marshall will be introduced, followed by the lighting of the Candles and the POW-MIA table ceremony. Five Veterans will be honored for their military service.

The Native American Month: Third Annual, Native American “Celebration of our Culture”
http://www.sanelizariohistoricdistrict.org/

The celebration will includes Historic Talks of the Pueblo, Navajo, Apache and Taino. Native dances by the War Kui Dance Group, Danca Nunutzi, Danza Matachin Pavo Real and Danca Azteca Omecoatel. Native American Arts & Crafts and more. Music and Food. Special appearance by the Pistoleros de San Elizario. Native American Arts & Crafts, Music & Food. Special appearance by the Pistoleros de San Elizario.

SUNDAY

The Shopping Extravaganza: “A Christmas Fair" by the Junior League of El Paso, Inc.
http://www.jlep.org/?nd=christmas_fair

The event features shopping and special events for all ages. Over 150 merchants from across the country will be present. Bring your family to visit Jolly Old Saint Nick and have your photos taken with him in Santa’s Whimsical Wonderland! Stick around for Storytime with Santa on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. where children will enjoy a holiday favorite along with cookies and milk. Santa is a graduate of Santa University!

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Visit El Paso

Welcome to the official Visit El Paso blog, your leading source for all things El Paso! Last Minute Local is posted every week and provides readers with a variety of "no planning necessary" ideas on things to see and do this weekend.


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