40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS

What’s going on in DECEMBER?

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 1

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Farmers and Crafts Market — 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Plaza of Las Cruces and along Main Street. Info: 575-805-6055.

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 2

Truth or Consequences/Sierra County

Sierra County Twirlers — 3-6 p.m. at the New Mexico Old Time fiddlers Playhouse, 710 Elm St. in T or C. Live music, toe-tapping mainstream dancing and refreshments. Info: 575-313-9971 or 505-804-3842.

Las Cruces/Doña Ana County

“Daddy Long Legs” play — 7 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. A musical story about a girl in an orphanage exchanging letters with a mysterious benefactor. Info: 575-523-1223.

 

Vado Speedway Park Christmas Village — 7-10 p.m. at Vado Speedway Park, 15900 Stern Drive, Vado. A Christmas wonderland with holiday light displays, holiday inflatable displays, holiday music, campfires, Christmas shoppes and special appearances by Santa Claus, Buddy the Elf, The Grinch and Elsa. Info: info@vadospeedwaypark.com.

FRIDAY, DEC. 3

Silver City/Grant County

Jingle & Mingle Down Candy Cane Lane — 7-9 p.m. at Regents Square, Western New Mexico University. A festive winter celebration with live music, children’s activities, seasonal treats and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” by the university president. Info: 575-538-6273.

Las Cruces/Doña Ana County

Fine Arts Flea Market— 4-10 p.m. at Plaza de Las Cruces. Info: 575-541-2444.

La Casa, Inc. 30th Holiday Bazaar — 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Find art and handmade gifts, Santa, gift wrapping, cookie cupboard. All proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. domestic violence shelter. Cost: $6. Info: www.lacasainc.org.

First Friday Art Ramble — 5-8 p.m. in the Arts and Cultural District between Main and Mesquite streets. Info: 575-541-2444.

Vado Speedway Park Christmas Village — 7-10 p.m. at Vado Speedway Park, 15900 Stern Drive, Vado. A Christmas wonderland with holiday light displays, holiday inflatable displays, holiday music, campfires, Christmas shoppes and special appearances by Santa Claus, Buddy the Elf, The Grinch and Elsa. Info: info@vadospeedwaypark.com.

“A Christmas Carol” a solo performance — 7:30 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St. Las Cruces. Charles Dickens play that has been adapted to a one actor retelling with Normal Lewis playing all the roles. Info: www.lcctnm.org/christmas-carol.

“Daddy Long Legs” play — 8 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. A musical story about a girl in an orphanage exchanging letters with a mysterious benefactor. Info: 575-523-1223.

SATURDAY, DEC. 4

Silver City/Grant County

Silver City Holiday Artisan Market — 8 a.m.-5p.m. at the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce & Conference Center, 3031 US Highway 180, Silver City. Info: 800-48-9378.

 

Truth or Consequences/Sierra County

Old Time Fiddlers Dance — 7-9 p.m. at the New Mexico Old Time fiddlers Playhouse, 710 Elm St. in T or C. Live music, toe-tapping and refreshments. Info: 575-744-9137.

Holiday in Hillsboro — A town-wide outdoor event in Hillsboro, N.M. Hillsboro Community Center, 316 Elenora St., Hillsboro. Info: 575-895-3300.

Alamogordo/Otero County

Alamogordo Otero County Farmers Market — 9:30 a.m., Tractor Supply parking lot, 2920 N. White Sands Blvd. in Alamogordo. Info: farmersmarketsnm.org.

Christmas on Mainstreet — 4-9 p.m. at Patron’s Hall and more, 1106 N. New York Ave. in Alamogordo. Local businesses staying open to spread holiday cheer and local vendors set up. Activities for all ages. Info:

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Farmers Arts and Crafts Market — 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Plaza of Las Cruces and along Main Street. Info: 575-805-6055.

Candyland Christmas by Kids Can — 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St. in Las Cruces. Local Youth 6-17 are invited to create a business plan, develop a product or service and open their business at the downtown market. Info: 575-527-8799 Ext. 117.

La Casa, Inc. 30th Holiday Bazaar — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Find art and handmade gifts, Santa, gift wrapping, cookie cupboard. All proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. domestic violence shelter. Cost: $6. Info: www.lacasainc.org.

Live Animal Feedings — 11 a.m. at the Museum of Nature & Science in Las Cruces. Watch and learn how different species of animals eat and what they eat. Info: las-cruces.org/1523/Museums.

Vado Speedway Park Christmas Village — 7-10 p.m. at Vado Speedway Park, 15900 Stern Drive, Vado. A Christmas wonderland with holiday light displays, holiday inflatable displays, holiday music, campfires, Christmas shoppes and special appearances by Santa Claus, Buddy the Elf, The Grinch and Elsa. Info: info@vadospeedwaypark.com.

“A Christmas Carol” a solo performance — 7:30 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St. Las Cruces. Charles Dickens play that has been adapted to a one actor retelling with Normal Lewis playing all the roles. Info: www.lcctnm.org/christmas-carol.

“Daddy Long Legs” play — 8 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. A musical story about a girl in an orphanage exchanging letters with a mysterious benefactor. Info: 575-523-1223.

“The Polar Express” movie — 8 p.m. at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St. Info: 575-541-2444.

SUNDAY, DEC. 5

Silver City/Grant County

Silver City Holiday Artisan Market — 8 a.m.-5p.m. at the Silver City Grant County Chamber of Commerce & Conference Center, 3031 US Highway 180, Silver City. Info: 800-48-9378.

 

Las Cruces/Mesilla

La Casa, Inc. 30th Holiday Bazaar — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Find art and handmade gifts, Santa, gift wrapping, cookie cupboard. All proceeds benefit La Casa Inc. domestic violence shelter. Cost: $6. Info: www.lacasainc.org.

“A Christmas Carol” a solo performance — 2 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St. Las Cruces. Charles Dickens play that has been adapted to a one actor retelling with Normal Lewis playing all the roles. Info: www.lcctnm.org/christmas-carol.

“Daddy Long Legs” play — 2:30 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre in Las Cruces. A musical story about a girl in an orphanage exchanging letters with a mysterious benefactor. Info: 575-523-1223.

“Sounds of the Season” — 5-8 p.m. at Atkinson Recital Hall, New Mexico State University Music Center, 1075 N. Horseshoe St. Concert with the Mesilla Valley Concert Band featuring a special guest. Info: www.mesillavalleyconcertband.org.

Noche de Luminarias — 5-8 p.m. at New Mexico State University’s Corbett Center Student Union. Info: 575-541-2444.

Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society monthly concert series — 7 p.m. at First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo, Las Cruces. Info: 575-640-8752.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Farmers and Crafts Market — 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Plaza of Las Cruces and along Main Street. Info: 575-805-6055.

THURSDAY, DEC. 9

Truth or Consequences/Sierra County

Sierra County Twirlers — 3-6 p.m. at the New Mexico Old Time fiddlers Playhouse, 710 Elm St. in T or C. Live music, toe-tapping mainstream dancing and refreshments. Info: 575-313-9971 or 505-804-3842.

Las Cruces/Doña Ana County

Vado Speedway Park Christmas Village — 7-10 p.m. at Vado Speedway Park, 15900 Stern Drive, Vado. A Christmas wonderland with holiday light displays, holiday inflatable displays, holiday music, campfires, Christmas shoppes and special appearances by Santa Claus, Buddy the Elf, The Grinch and Elsa. Info: info@vadospeedwaypark.com.

FRIDAY, DEC. 10

Truth or Consequences/Sierra County

T or C’s Old-Fashioned Christmas — 5-9 p.m. 301 S. Foch St. in Truth or Consequences. The evening begins with the annual Christmas Tree lighting downtown at Evelyn Renfro Park followed by bonfires, carolers and other performers. Info: sierracountynewmexico.info.

Alamogordo/Otero County

Christmas Tree Lighting party — 6-9 p.m. at the Washington Park stage. Info: 575-439-4279.

Las Cruces/Doña Ana County

Vado Speedway Park Christmas Village — 7-10 p.m. at Vado Speedway Park, 15900 Stern Drive, Vado. A Christmas wonderland with holiday light displays, holiday inflatable displays, holiday music, campfires, Christmas shoppes and special appearances by Santa Claus, Buddy the Elf, The Grinch and Elsa. Info: info@vadospeedwaypark.com.

“A Christmas Carol” a solo performance — 7:30 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St. Las Cruces. Charles Dickens play that has been adapted to a one actor retelling with Normal Lewis playing all the roles. Info: www.lcctnm.org/christmas-carol.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 11

Alamogordo/Otero County

Alamogordo Otero County Farmers Market — 9:30 a.m., Tractor Supply parking lot, 2920 N. White Sands Blvd. in Alamogordo. Info: farmersmarketsnm.org.

Truth or Consequences/Sierra County

Elephant Butte Luminaria Beachwalk — 5-8 p.m. at Elephant Butte Lake State Park. Features 3,000 luminarias lining paths on the beach leading to campsites offering posole, chile, cocoa, cookies, s’mores and more. Visit Santa or stop by the Steel Soldiers’ campsite. Info: 575-744-5923.

Las Cruces/Doña Ana County

Farmers and Crafts Market — 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Plaza of Las Cruces and along Main Street. Info: 575-805-6055.

Vado Speedway Park Christmas Village — 7-10 p.m. at Vado Speedway Park, 15900 Stern Drive, Vado. A Christmas wonderland with holiday light displays, holiday inflatable displays, holiday music, campfires, Christmas shoppes and special appearances by Santa Claus, Buddy the Elf, The Grinch and Elsa. Info: info@vadospeedwaypark.com.

“A Christmas Carol” a solo performance — 7:30 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St. Las Cruces. Charles Dickens play that has been adapted to a one actor retelling with Normal Lewis playing all the roles. Info: www.lcctnm.org/christmas-carol.

Las Cruces Symphony Classics 2 concert — 7:30 p.m., Atkinson Recital Hall, NMSU Music Building, 1075 N. Horseshoe St. Includes Bach’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Mozart’s Symphony in D Major “Paris,” Schubert’s Symphony in B Minor “Unfinished and Mahler’s “Adagio from Symphony No. 10. Info: 877-466-3404.

SUNDAY, DEC. 12

Silver City/Grant County

First Armored Division Band — 3-5 p.m. at Western New Mexico University Fine Arts Theatre, 1100W. College Ave. Silver City. Info: 575-538-5362.

 

Las Cruces/Mesilla

“A Christmas Carol” a solo performance — 2 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St. Las Cruces. Charles Dickens play that has been adapted to a one actor retelling with Normal Lewis playing all the roles. Info: www.lcctnm.org/christmas-carol.

Mesilla Valley Chorale Christmas Concert — 3 p.m. at Rio Grande Theatre. Info: mesillavalleychorale.org.

Las Cruces Symphony Classics 2 concert — 3 p.m., Atkinson Recital Hall, NMSU Music Building, 1075 N. Horseshoe St. Includes Bach’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Mozart’s Symphony in D Major “Paris,” Schubert’s Symphony in B Minor “Unfinished and Mahler’s “Adagio from Symphony No. 10. Info: 877-466-3404.

 

MONDAY, DEC. 13

Silver City/Grant County

Widowed and Single Persons of Grant County — 10:30 a.m. at Cross Point Church, 11600 Highway 180 E. The speaker is Randy Salars with a special holiday video. Cost for lunch: $`12. All singles are welcome. Info: Jimccord@yahoo.com.

 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Farmers and Crafts Market — 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Plaza of Las Cruces and along Main Street. Info: 575-805-6055.

 

THURSDAY, DEC. 16

Truth or Consequences/Sierra County

Sierra County Twirlers — 3-6 p.m. at the New Mexico Old Time fiddlers Playhouse, 710 Elm St. in T or C. Live music, toe-tapping mainstream dancing and refreshments. Info: 575-313-9971 or 505-804-3842.

Las Cruces/Doña Ana County

Vado Speedway Park Christmas Village — 7-10 p.m. at Vado Speedway Park, 15900 Stern Drive, Vado. A Christmas wonderland with holiday light displays, holiday inflatable displays, holiday music, campfires, Christmas shoppes and special appearances by Santa Claus, Buddy the Elf, The Grinch and Elsa. Info: info@vadospeedwaypark.com.

“The Nutcracker” — 7 p.m. at the NMSU Center of the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave. Las Cruces. A Borderlands Ballet production with the Las Cruces School of Dance & Music. Info: borderlandsballet.com.

FRIDAY, DEC. 17

Silver City/Grant County

Mariachi Christmas — 7 p.m. at Western New Mexico University Fine Arts Theatre, 1100W. College Ave. Silver City. Virant music performed by Mariachi Aztlan. Dancing with Ballet Folklorico University Texas Rio Grande Valley. Info: 575-538-5362.

 

Las Cruces/Doña Ana County

The Nutcracker — 7 p.m. at New Mexico State University Atkinson Recital Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe St. in Las Cruces. Presented by the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and Michele’s Dance Academy. Info: darkcirclescontemporarydance.com.

Vado Speedway Park Christmas Village — 7-10 p.m. at Vado Speedway Park, 15900 Stern Drive, Vado. A Christmas wonderland with holiday light displays, holiday inflatable displays, holiday music, campfires, Christmas shoppes and special appearances by Santa Claus, Buddy the Elf, The Grinch and Elsa. Info: info@vadospeedwaypark.com.

“The Nutcracker” — 7 p.m. at the NMSU Center of the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave. Las Cruces. A Borderlands Ballet production with the Las Cruces School of Dance & Music. Info: borderlandsballet.com.

“A Christmas Carol” a solo performance — 7:30 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St. Las Cruces. Charles Dickens play that has been adapted to a one actor retelling with Normal Lewis playing all the roles. Info: www.lcctnm.org/christmas-carol.

 

SATURDAY, DEC. 18

Alamogordo/Otero County

Alamogordo Otero County Farmers Market — 9:30 a.m., Tractor Supply parking lot, 2920 N. White Sands Blvd. in Alamogordo. Info: farmersmarketsnm.org.

 

Magdelena/Socorro County

Tea with Santa — 3-5 p.m. at Kind of a Small Array gallery, 106 N. Main, Magdalena. Holiday traditions, tamales and tea. Info: 210-473-9062.

 

Ruidoso/Lincoln County

“The Nutcracker” — at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts in Alto. The Ruidoso Academy of Ballet and Dance Company’s adaptation of the Tchaikovsky Christmas Classic. Info: www.spencertheater.com.

Las Cruces/Doña Ana County

Farmers and Crafts Market — 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Plaza of Las Cruces and along Main Street. Info: 575-805-6055.

Live Animal Feedings — 11 a.m. at the Museum of Nature & Science in Las Cruces. Watch and learn how different species of animals eat and what they eat. Info: las-cruces.org/1523/Museums.

“The Nutcracker” — at 2 and 7 p.m. at the NMSU Center of the Arts, 1000 E. University Ave. Las Cruces. A Borderlands Ballet production with the Las Cruces School of Dance & Music. Info: borderlandsballet.com.

Vado Speedway Park Christmas Village — 7-10 p.m. at Vado Speedway Park, 15900 Stern Drive, Vado. A Christmas wonderland with holiday light displays, holiday inflatable displays, holiday music, campfires, Christmas shoppes and special appearances by Santa Claus, Buddy the Elf, The Grinch and Elsa. Info: info@vadospeedwaypark.com.

“A Christmas Carol” a solo performance — 7:30 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St. Las Cruces. Charles Dickens play that has been adapted to a one actor retelling with Normal Lewis playing all the roles. Info: www.lcctnm.org/christmas-carol.

"The Nutcracker" — 7 p.m. at New Mexico State University Atkinson Recital Hall, 1075 N. Horseshoe St. in Las Cruces. Presented by the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and Michele’s Dance Academy. Info: darkcirclescontemporarydance.com.

SUNDAY, DEC. 19

Las Cruces/Mesilla

“A Christmas Carol” a solo performance — 2 p.m. Las Cruces Community Theatre, 313 N. Main St. Las Cruces. Charles Dickens play that has been adapted to a one actor retelling with Normal Lewis playing all the roles. Info: www.lcctnm.org/christmas-carol.

Ruidoso/Lincoln County

“The Nutcracker” — 2 p.m. at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts in Alto. The Ruidoso Academy of Ballet and Dance Company’s adaptation of the Tchaikovsky Christmas Classic. Info: www.spencertheater.com. 

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22

Las Cruces/Mesilla

Farmers and Crafts Market — 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Plaza of Las Cruces and along Main Street. Info: 575-805-6055.

THURSDAY, DEC. 23

Truth or Consequences/Sierra County

Sierra County Twirlers — 3-6 p.m. at the New Mexico Old Time fiddlers Playhouse, 710 Elm St. in T or C. Live music, toe-tapping mainstream dancing and refreshments. Info: 575-313-9971 or 505-804-3842.

Las Cruces/Doña Ana County

Vado Speedway Park Christmas Village — 7-10 p.m. at Vado Speedway Park, 15900 Stern Drive, Vado. A Christmas wonderland with holiday light displays, holiday inflatable displays, holiday music, campfires, Christmas shoppes and special appearances by Santa Claus, Buddy the Elf, The Grinch and Elsa. Info: info@vadospeedwaypark.com.