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Posted on: November 27, 2019

Christmas in Cruces returns!

Cartoon santa in a teal train riding trough a town covered in snow

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., come and welcome Santa at the Old Fashioned Holiday Display at the Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla St. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving on a BNSF locomotive. Come and take pictures, enjoy toy train displays, crafts, and holiday treats for everyone.

Admission is free.

Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving to the Railroad Museum in a locomotive


The celebration continues at the Plaza de Las Cruces with the traditional Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. For the first time, the event features a Vendor Village that will be located at the Placita and opens at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., booths hosted by several City departments will open offering holiday crafts and complimentary cookies. The 40-foot Christmas Tree will be lit at 7 p.m. plus giveaways, family activities, food trucks, photos with Santa, and live music by "Unlyshed."

Admission is free.

A 40 ft. Christmas Tree with lights surrounded by happy people


Finish the festivities at the Rio Grande Theatre with the special screening of “Elf.” Doors open at 7 p.m., the movie starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online here

The adult Buddy in a classroom with all the Santa’s elfs. Everyone is tiny and he looks like a gi


Avoid parking mayhem by using the free shuttle provided by RoadRUNNER Transit that will have a route from stops at City Hall, 700 N. Main St., the Third Judicial District Court, 201 W. Picacho Ave., Water Street, Las Cruces Street, and the Railroad Museum.

Buses will run every 20 minutes from 12:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

A map of the downtown area with the buses stops

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