LAS CRUCES – The holiday season is in full swing and the residents of Las Cruces and the surrounding area are putting on light shows. Check out these locations to plan your ride around the city.
And don’t forget to stop by Downtown Las Cruces, the Mesquite Historic District, and the historic Mesilla Plaza to admire the Luminaria and other community exhibits.
Take a ride in Mesilla Park and enjoy several streets lined with decorated houses. Lights delineating the edges of houses give the area a gingerbread house feel. Turn off near Raleigh Road and Lucerne Way to see more nativity scenes, Santa Clauses, and snowmen.
City view ride
Once in the Foothills area, stop at City View Drive. The house on the corner is notorious for going all out with its light show every year. Lights cover the entire front of the property and illuminate the home for motorists along Lohman Avenue.
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Corona Del Campo Loop
This Sonoma Ranch street has several houses that are decorated with lights. One house in particular glows blue at night with decorations hanging in each tree and along the sidewalk.
Del Monte Street
If you’re driving down Lohman Avenue, don’t miss a turn on Del Monte Street near Arroyo Plaza. Several houses in each direction are illuminated in this neighborhood. Don’t blink or you might miss it.
Doña Ana street
This home is a little more secluded than the others on this list, but is well worth the drive. Candy cane lights, reindeer, and many other lights cover this house. Santa Claus is sitting on top of this house with nutcrackers, penguins, and other inflatable decorations scattered all over the yard.
Two houses on Egyptian Street near Tortugas Pueblo are being decorated by serious Christmas decorators. The lights on the two lots are synchronized with music on 96.9 FM for a spectacular show. Cars line up in the cul-de-sac to see pictures of the Grinch, Santa Claus, snowflakes, and more. And a screen in the center of the display can even show John Legend, Blake Shelton, or Gwen Stefani when you watch their songs play.
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South Espina Street
Several houses in the Espina area are decorated, but a house on the corner of Espina and Utah is fully lit. The house is on a full corner and lights cover it from the roof to the gates. Fairy lights hang from the trees and as you get closer you will notice the gathering of Despicable Me Minions, Reindeer, Batman and other inflatable characters.
Santa Claus scenes are abundant in this house near the Memorial Medical Center. Various decorations that represent the Big Man himself make this display something special. Snowflakes adorn the roof and inflatable decorations create a special pop.
Las Cruces Town Hall
The town of Las Cruces got into the Christmas spirit with lights wrapped around the trees in front of the town hall. Head down Main Street to see more landmarks along Plaza de Las Cruces.
Historic Mesilla Plaza
Known for its communal luminaria, the Mesilla Plaza doesn’t disappoint. Stroll along the rows of Luminarias shops that line the streets and the rooftops of the buildings. Christmas cribs are hidden all over the square. Don’t forget to stop by the Basilica de San Albino to see the decorations of the Catholic Church.
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South Mesquite Street
The Mesquite Historic District business community is hosting a Light Up Las Cruces event on December 11th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Luminarias and other decorations will adorn the community and invite visitors to walk down the path. Stop by at night for holiday treats.
Las Cruces place
Fairy lights run through the streets along Main Street in downtown Las Cruces. In the middle of the Plaza de Las Cruces there is a large Christmas tree surrounded by decorative gifts. Festive figures of snowmen and penguins are placed everywhere for people to take pictures with.
Lights drape along this street from Las Cruces. Figures of Peanuts’ Snoopy, nutcrackers, and candy canes are scattered around the property near the Hillrise Elementary School.
Sierra De Oro square
Near the Las Colinas and Metro Verde neighborhoods, this home is adorned with several puffed up characters from Me Despicable Me Minions, as well as snowmen and other characters. There is even a post box to send your letters straight to Santa Claus. The house is joined by other decorated houses along the street and in the surrounding communities.
University Church of Christ
This church near University Avenue and Jordan Road is planning a special light show in December. The nightly synchronized light show “Christmas on the Jordan” will be played every evening from 16 to 26 December from 6 pm to 9 pm.
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The show is about 30 minutes long and played for three hours a night. The lights change along with the music playing from an FM transmitter. Over 10 Christmas trees, arches and lights in the trees and bushes of the property will all be part of the show.
Leah Romero is the hip reporter for Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached on Twitter at 575-418-3442, [email protected] or @rromero_leah.