We all know the famous line “there’s no place like home.” Home is where the heart is, where childhood memories were made, and where you are always welcomed back, no matter where life has led you. Whether you now live states away from El Paso, or maybe even overseas, the city invites you back home to experience a cheerful holiday season full of festivities for everyone to enjoy.
Traveling during the holidays might take some patience and planning, but don’t let that stop you from seeing the smiling faces of family and hometown friends. Plus, El Paso is filled with holiday fun that gets better every year. Start your visit by making plans with old buddies to check out the annual WinterFest celebration, beginning Nov. 19 – Jan. 1, 2023. This festival is the perfect way to spend time with loved ones, witness the growth and rejuvenation of Downtown El Paso, and serves as the perfect backdrop to another holiday season. The festive cheer doesn’t end with the WinterFest kickoff. The weeks after will have Downtown El Paso bustling with activity and good cheer. Catch the El Paso Symphony Orchestra at the historic Plaza Theatre with a “Sounds of the Holidays” show December 2 – 3, or enjoy a night out ice skating on The Rink, presented by Chick-fil-A, at the Convention Center Plaza. For the sport fans, the Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta is the best event for football, music, and good times. Enjoy the Pregame Fan Party on Dec. 29 at the El Paso Convention Center with a special battle of the bands competition and a marching band parade around San Jacinto Plaza. The official game is Dec. 30 at Sun Bowl Stadium, nestled in the picturesque campus of The University of Texas at El Paso. On the morning of the game, enjoy an early start to your day in downtown and use an El Paso Streetcar to make your way to and from the stadium. Parking will be available at the Convention Center Parking Garage where a streetcar car stop is available across the street. It's often believed you must “leave home to change and grow,” and for as long as you may have been gone, El Paso has transformed itself in almost every aspect you could think of. The Borderland is growing and there are no signs of it stopping anytime soon. With plenty of holiday fun to have, the entire city has expanded its number of businesses, attractions, and more offering countless opportunities for entertainment and good times.